Let’s Dance

Living Spit tiptoes into ballet

THE multiple talents of Howard Coggins and Stu McLoughlin are well-known from their inventive Living Spit performances, but this Christmas the fearless pair are tackling classical dance, to bring their own version of the world’s favourite ballet, Swan Lake, for three Artsreach dates, from 13th to 15th December. Working with Somerset-based Theatre Orchard – and with…

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This is not a wedding?

FEMINIST dance group Gracefool Collective explore the experience of getting married in their new show, This Is Not A Wedding, coming to the Bay Theatre at Weymouth on Thursday 28th November and Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange on Friday 29th. Expect to laugh, cry and shimmy along to the classics while four women in…

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Hip hopping dwarfs at Street

VIENNA Festival Ballet returns to Strode Theatre on the Strode College campus in Street on Thursday 28th Nov­ember with a performance of the classic Snow White, starting at 7pm. After its 2018 sell-out with The Nutcracker, the company is  delighted to bring its magical new production to Somerset. Based on the traditional Brothers Grimm story,…

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She’Koyokh with Artsreach

TOP klezmer band She’Koyokh comes to Cranborne’s Cecil Memorial Hall at 4pm on Sunday 24th November, its second date with Artsreach on the current tour. In 19th century Eastern Europe, Jewish musicians travelled from town to town performing at weddings and other celebrations, meeting and playing with local musicians and sharing repertoire. In the same…

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Singers invited to join dance theatre at Poole

THERE is an invitation for non-professional singers to join the cast of an exciting new dance theatre production which is coming to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre next April. Created to mark the 25th anniversary of the demolition of Grimethorpe Colliery in South Yorkshire and 30 years since the rise of UK rave culture, Wasteland, by…

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Rosie Kay’s Fantasia at Salisbury and Street

CHOREOGRAPHER Rosie Kay, whose work includes the Commonwealth Games handover ceremony, brings her latest work, Fantasia, to Salisbury Arts Centre on Saturday 16th November and at Strode Theatre, Street, on Monday 18th. The new work brings the world of classical ballet and tutus into the 21st century using dance and science to create an exquisite…

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Fighting for freedom with Alleyne Dance

ARTSREACH brings Alleyne Dance to Drimpton village hall on Thursday 14th November with A Night’s Game, a piece of dance theatre inspired by true life events. How does it feel to have your freedom taken from you? Would you spend every waking hour longing to be free again? Or would you fight against it? A…

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Urban hiphop at Martinstown

MONTREAL-based hiphop troupe Tentacle Tribe make their Artsreach debut at Martinstown village hall on Sunday 10th November with a double bill, Origami Mami and Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid. In Origami Mami, three female dancers perform a routine that unfolds from simple to complex geometry, looking like the interlocking parts of a machine with bending,…

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Terpsichorean fireworks from Covent Garden

THE Regent Centre in Christ­church is one of many venues around the country to broadcast a satellite screening of the Royal Ballet’s triple bill on Tuesday 5th November at 7.15. The three works, Concerto, En­ig­ma Variations and Raim­onda Act III, were choreographed by Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan and Rudolf Nureyev. Together they display the versatility…

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Zimbabwe to Norfolk to Dorset

SINGER, dancer and storyteller Anna Mudeka brings her one-woman show, Kure Kure / Faraway to Powerstock Hut on Saturday 26th October and Shillingstone’s Portman Hall on Sunday 27th, both at 7.30pm. Reaching back 5000 years to the Bantu migration from the Tanganyika and Baka tribal regions, Anna takes the audience on an inspirational journey to…

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