Let’s Dance

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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The silence of the dance

SCANDINAVIAN dance company Panta Rei Danseteater will be staging a remarkable performance for Artsreach in a private house at Halstock on Wednesday 16th October. Silence, which will be performed twice at Caternwood House, offers an alternative to the noisy hustle and bustle of our daily lives. We all want a bit of quiet – “a…

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All tied up at Gillingham

CIRCUS meets dance in Knot, created and performed by Nikki and JD, coming to Gillingham School hall with Artsreach on Sunday 29th September at 7.30pm. Nikki Rummer and JD Broussé use hand-to-hand circus skills to tell the tale of an impossible choice: How can we be honest with ourselves without hurting those we love? Created…

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Romeo and Juliet a la Matthew Bourne

THE world premiere tour of the New Adventures production of Romeo and Juliet comes to Southampton May­flower from 24th to 28th September. Six young dancers between the ages of 16 and 19 have been invited to join Matthew Bourne’s company at each of the venues, and among those dancing at Southampton will be the prodigiously…

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Dancing at Maastricht with André

THE eagerly-awaited André Rieu 2019 Maastricht concert film, entitled Shall We Dance, will be broadcast by satellite at the Regent Centre in Christchurch on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July. Rieu’s annual hometown concerts attract fans from all corners of the globe. The medieval town square is transformed into a spectacular backdrop for the performances….

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Anniversary delights at Hatch ballet

WHEN the Covent Garden Dance Company celebrates its tenth anniversary of Ballet at Hatch, near Tisbury, from 25th to 28th July, the audience is in for a memorable evening, with exciting new works and an appearance by Xander Parish, one of the principals of Russia’s famous Mariinsky Ballet, and the only British dancer in the…

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Party with The Leylines

THE Chance to Dance event at the David Hall, South Petherton, on Saturday 6th July features The Leylines, a West Country collective with a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from traditional folk to festival rock. The band was founded by a group of musicians in Weston-super-Mare (via Bristol), who wanted to combine their individual musical…

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Rambert2 at Bristol Old Vic

RAMBERT’S new ensemble, made up of 13 of the world’s best young dancers chosen from 800 applicants after an open audition, comes to Bristol Old Vic from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th June. The performance features Grey Matter, a new dance work from Benoit Swan Pouffer, the company’s guest artistic director, with original music by…

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Smack That (a conversation) at Salisbury

IF the name Beverly and the word “party” reminds you of the 1977 black comedy Abigail’s Party, think again – the Beverley in Smack That is a very different character, as the audience will discover when the play comes to Salisbury Arts Centre on Tuesday 4th June, as part of Salisbury International Arts Festival. One…

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