Let’s Dance

Celebrating human movement at Salisbury

LEADING musicians, athletes, dancers and artists from around the world will gather in Salisbury for this year’s International Arts Festival, running from Friday 22nd May to Saturday 6th June. Performers will include Hofesh Shechter and his dance company, violinist Harriet Mackenzie, inspirational conductor Charles Hazlewood jazz star Jacqui Dankworth, Paralympian Ade Adepitan and world champion…

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Bourne’s Red Shoes in Bristol and Southampton

MATTHEW Bourne  and his New Adventures company return to Bristol Hippodrome to perform The Red Shoes from 3rd to 7th March. Based on the Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger film, which in turn was based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy story, Bourne’s dance adaptation sold out before its world premiere in 2016. It has won…

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New version of ancient myth

BRIDPORT Youth Dance (BYD) brings new insights to the ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice for the company’s 16th annual production, at Bridport Electric Palace on Friday 6th March at 7.30pm and Saturday 7th at 2pm and 7.30 The production has choreography by Nikki Northover, Aimee Symes and Bec Ayles, with music by local composer…

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Khan revisited

THE Akram Khan Company is at Bristol Old Vic from Friday 28th February to Sunday 1st March to perform Chotto Xenos. Khan’s solo Xenos has been re-created by Sue Buckmas­ter, artistic director of Theatre-Rites. The family production takes young audiences back in time, exploring the often forgotten and untold stories of the colonial soldiers in…

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Candoco double bill opens in Bristol

THE inclusive dance company Candoco brings its latest show,  a double bill of Theo Clinkard’s Hot Mess and Yasmeen Godder’s Face In, to Bristol Old Vic on 25th and 26th February before its London performances. Hot Mess, a collaboration between internationally renowned choreographer and designer Clinkard and Joe Newman of Mercury Prize winning band alt-J,…

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New Khan ballet in Bristol

CHOREOGRAPHER Akram Khan brings his second full-length ballet Creature to Bristol Hippodrome from 18th to 21st November, with English National Ballet. The company is delighted to welcome Akram back for this third collaboration, after the impact of his Dust and Giselle. Creature is an unearthly tale of exploitation and human frontiers inspired by Georg Büchner’s…

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World dance premiere in Southampton

ENGLISH National Ballet will perform the world premiere of Tamara Rojo’s new production Raymonda at the Mayflower Theatre South­amp­ton from 21st to 24th Oct­o­ber 2020, and tickets are on sale from 6th February. Rojo,  the artistic director of ENB, will create a new version of the classic 19th century ballet, after Marius Petipa.  The production,…

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Finale for Richard Alston at Bath

CHOREOGRAPHER Richard Alston is taking his company on a final tour of the UK, coming to Bath Theatre Royal on Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st February. The Final Edition tour is an opportunity to  catch his renowned dance company perform thrilling contemporary dance for one last time.  The acclaimed company gives three performances at…

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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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