Let’s Dance

Ballet under the stars at Hatch House

THE 2018 visit by Covent Garden Dance Company to Hatch House near Tisbury, on 20th to 22nd July, has the theme of Best of British, and will include works by two legendary choreographers, Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Kenneth MacMillan. Covent Garden Dance Company has been bringing international stars of ballet and dance to Hatch…

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Ballet Black’s seventh year at Exeter

AUDIENCES at Exeter’s North­cott Theatre can’t resist the “joyously unpredictable” dance prog­rammes brought to Devon by Ballet Black, returning on 25th and 26th June for the seventh annual summer visit. Artistic director Cassa Pancho leads the company in a celebration of dancers of black and Asian descent, dancing specially commissioned pieces that showcase the technique,…

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Covent Garden comes to the Rex

WORLD class performances from the Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden are to be screened at Wareham’s historic Rex cinema, beginning on Sunday 17th June at 2.15pm. One of Britain’s oldest cinemas, the Rex season opens with the world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s Swan Lake. One of the best-loved of classical…

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Decades of dance on tour

THE Jazz Dance Company is out on its annual UK tour, stopping at Yeovil Octagon on Tuesday 19th June and Poole Lighthouse the following night. This year’s programme is called Decades, and it takes its audience on a journey through the ages of dance from the glamour of 1920s Hollywood through the decades of the…

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Music, mantras and movement

TIBETAN Monks from the Tashi Lhunpo monastery come to Spring­head in Fontmell Magna on Sunday 24th June to perform an evening of magical music, mantras and movement, at the invitation of Artsreach. The lakeside setting of Springhead Gardens near Shaftes­bury will provide the perfect backdrop for the performance, part of a European summer tour for…

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Scarlett’s new look at Swan Lake

THE world’s favourite classical ballet, Swan Lake, will be beamed live by satellite from the Royal Ballet in Covent Garden to Christ­church Regent Centre (and many other venues) on Tuesday 12th June at 7.15pm. It will be repeated at Christchurch on Sunday 17th June at 2pm. This sparkling new production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is…

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Resonating at the Lyric

SHAPESHIFTER Productions comes to the Lyric Theatre in Brid­port on Thursday 7th June with a new show, Resonance. Described as a brand new style of performance that blends haunting music and exhilarating dance, it starts at 8pm. The original concert pieces are composed by Alison Jones and performed live by Alison on violin and vocals,…

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Bolshoi sends Coppelia round the world

STRODE Theatre in Street will screen Coppelia, the last satellite transmission of the 2017-18 season from Moscow’s Bolshoi, on Sunday 10th June at 4pm. The gloriously funny classic starts as Swanhilda notices that her fiancé Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppélia, whose only contribution to village life is to sit reading on her balcony…

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Velvet Petal at Poole

SCOTTISH Dance Theatre’s Velvet Petal, choreographed by Fleur Darkin, comes to Poole’s Lighthouse on Wednesday 23rd May at 7.45. Scotland’s leading contemporary dance company has a permanent ensemble of nine dancers and under Darkin’s artistic direction is committed to producing ambitious, thoughtful and innovative work led by the power of the dancing body. Velvet Petal…

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Astaire’s legacy on the road

REMEMBERING Fred, currently touring the UK with Strictly Come Dancing stars Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara, makes four stops in the south west region in the coming week. Starting at Bath Forum on Friday 18th May, the show also visits the Princess Theatre on 23rd May, Salisbury City Hall on 24th and Poole’s Lighthouse on…

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