Let’s Dance

Remembering Benjamin Rose

ON 29th January 1820, Benjamin Rose sat down in his alehouse in Belchalwell and began to copy country dance tunes into a small book. Amazingly, the book survived and on Saturday 1st February, Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson will lead a band of local folk musicians for a ceilidh celebrating the anniversary. The book had…

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A week of dance at Bath

SIX nights of dance at Bath Theatre Royal begin on Sunday 26th January with the visit of the Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet performing  Tchaikov­sky’s masterpiece The Nut­cracker. The company is in Bath until  Wednesday 29th January  with four performances of the beloved seasonal ballet, accompanied by a full orchestra. The story of Clara’s fantastical adventure…

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Mark Bruce Returns to Heaven at the Merlin

FROME’S Merlin Theatre once again welcomes the exciting  Mark Bruce dance theatre company for the first performances of its new touring work, Return to Heaven. The multi-award winning Frome-based company will be at the Merlin from Thurs­day 30th January to Saturday 1st February, before a tour that includes stops at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol…

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Powerful dance based on 9/11 photographs

WITHIN This Dust, which comes to the Ustinov Studio in Bath on Wednesday 22nd January, is a dance performance inspired by the photographs of the World Trade Centre on 11th November 2001. Dundee-based dance company Shaper/Caper is making its debut at the Ustinov Studio. This beautiful performance is based on photographer Richard Drew’s iconic Falling…

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A child’s eye view at Cerne Abbas

CERNE Abbas starts the 2020 Artsreach season with a new contemporary dance version of the classic French story, The Little Prince, presented by the Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, in the village hall on Saturday 25th January at 2.30pm. The story is retold by a pilot stranded in the desert. Hear how he leaves behind his tiny…

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Living Spit tiptoes into ballet

THE multiple talents of Howard Coggins and Stu McLoughlin are well-known from their inventive Living Spit performances, and now the fearless pair are tackling classical dance, to bring their own version of the world’s favourite ballet, Swan Lake. The tour continues at Bristol’s Tobacco Factory  from Thursday 30th January to Saturday 9th February. Working 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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