Let’s Dance

Wheeldon dance, pursued via satellite by a bear

THE first live satellite broadcast of 2018 from the Royal Ballet in Covent Garden is Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet The Winter’s Tale, and it will be beamed live to theatres, arts centres and cinemas around the country on Wednesday 28th February. Yeovil-born Wheeldon, now artistic associate of the Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakes­peare’s late,…

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TEN at Pavilion Dance

ACE Dance and Music, the internationally recognised Afro-fusion company, comes to Bourne­mouth Pavilion Dance South West on Thursday 10th March, at 7.30pm. The company brings its production of TEN, choreographed by José Agudo, described as a powerful and thought-provoking dance piece,inspired by global immigration. It fuses contemporary Afri­can, Flamenco and Kathak dance styles. The performance…

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Opening Doors at Wells

TEN years ago, composer Helen Ottaway from Frome and dance artist Melanie Thompson collaborated on a public art project at Wells – on Saturday 24th March, they are back in the city to explore their recent travels and residencies in Denmark and Sri Lanka and to start to develop a new project. Opening Doors at the…

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Point of Echoes – new dance at Stockland

CONTEMPORARY dance companies bgroup and China Plate bring a powerful new work to Stockland village hall, between Honiton and Chard on the Devon-Somerset border, on Wednesday 21st March. Commissioned by the Rural Touring Dance Initiative, Warwick Arts Centre and Dance East, Point of Echoes is set on a remote lighthouse. The year is 1978. Isolated…

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Won’t you Charleston with Victoria?

VICTORIA Hole returns to the Lyric in Bridport on Friday 16th February, to teach her growing band of fans the fun and frolics of the Charleston. The feather shaking flapper will put her students through the vintage moves of the Roaring 20s, after her success at December’s Lyric Prohibition Party.  The class is stylish and…

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Haunting dance at the Town Hall

TROWBRIDGE Town Hall hosts bgroup in Point of Echoes on Friday 16th Feb­ruary at 7.30pm. Described as an intimate new dance-theatre work, it is a haunting tale of love, death and monsters, blending the tones of a Wes Anderson movie with the eerie dread of The Twilight Zone. It is set in 1978, when, isolated…

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A woman’s thoughts in dance and drama

WHEN Antonia Grove brings her new solo show, Now You See It, to Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth on Thusday 15th February, she will combine dance and theatre in her solo performance of a woman contemplating her past and reconsidering her strategies for survival. Written, choreographed and performed by Antonia, it is a dialogue between wonder…

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Walk of Life – movement and dance on the Jurassic Coast

MOVEMENT and dance in the uniquely inspiring setting of the Jurassic Coast have for more than 25 years been the basis of Helen Poyner’s Walk of Life workshops which begin the 2018 programme from 2nd to 4th March with The Art of Being In Motion. In this collaboration Helen Poynor and Shelagh O’Neill invite  participants…

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Ballet classics at Bath

THE dancers of St Petersburg Classic Ballet make a welcome return to Bath Theatre Royal from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 11th February with the ever-popular  Tchaikovsky’s masterpieces The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. There are nine performances of the timeless classics, accompanied by a full orchestra, are directed by former prima ballerina Marina Medvetskaya. The company…

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Pavilion Dance films

BOURNEMOUTH’S Pavilion Dance continues its series of dance films with a screening of A Chorus Line, at the Westover Road headquarters on Thursday 8th February at 7.30. The series was successfully launched last Autumn’s dance cinema and the spring season starts with the 1985 film directed by Richard Attenborough. Recognised as one of the great…

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