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  1. David Kierce is one of the best partners I have seen. He now teaches and is involved in the Ballet Retreat but I do not know if he does any specific partnering classes. It would be good if he did!
  2. Can we please stop this now and get back on topic.
  3. Thanks to 2DancersMum for bringing to my attention that the Hammond School is performing Sir Peter Wright's Production of Giselle as part of its centenary celebrations. The performances are on 09-11 May. I would love to go but unfortunately it clashes with a trip to London. If anyone is going I would love to hear about it. Sketchy details here: http://www.thehammondschool.co.uk/news-events/the-hammond-centenary/
  4. Links - Tuesday 25 April, 2017 Review - Paris Opera Ballet, Walkaround Time, Trio, Herman Schmerman, Paris: Michelle Potter, Blog Review - New York City Ballet, Fancy Free, Moves, The Concert, New York: Christina Pandolfi, Broadway World Review - Ballet Across America, Justin Peck’s programme, Washington: Hilary Stroh, Bachtrack Feature - Wendy Whelan: Lilah Ramzi, Vogue Review - Scottish Ballet, Each Other, Glasgow: Kirsty Morgan, Bachtrack Review - Dance Theatre of Harlem, mixed programme, New York: Mercedes Vizcaino, Zeal NYC News - Sadler’s Wells Autumn/Winter 2017 season announced: Robert Dex, Standard Will Longman, What's on Stage Reviews - Rosie Kay Dance Company, MK Ultra, London: Asterope Tia Chatzinikola, London Dance Maggie Foyer, Seeing Dance Reviews - National Youth Dance Company, Tatantiseismic, London: Graham Watts, DanceTabs Rachel Elderkin, Stage Cinema Review - Australian Ballet, Coppelia: Jo Litson, Limelight Review - JV2, 2017 mixed programme, London: Katja Vaghi, Bachtrack Review - Shanghai Ballet, Swan Lake, Melbourne: Brodie Paparella, Broadway World Reviews - Ballet Ireland, Giselle (Ondiviela), Dublin: Katy Hayes, Irish Independent Christie Seaver, Irish Times Reviews - Neena Prasad, Dancing the Gods Festival, New York: Marina Harss, DanceTabs Mary Cargill, Danceview Times Diary - Coming up around New York: Martha Sherman & Leigh Witchel, Dancelog.nyc DVD Review - Dancer: Jenny Gilbert, Arts Desk Q&A - Toney Wilson, Jazz Dancer: Liza Foreman, London Dance Review - Rocio Molina, Bosque Ardora, Taiwan: David Mead, Seeing Dance Review - Zinzi Minott, What Kind of Slave Would I be?, London: Asterope Tia Cahtzinikola, London Dance Review - Acts of Matter / Dance Aegis, T3thering, Los Angeles: Jeff Slayton, See Dance Play with movement reviews - El Conde de Torrefiel, Guerrilla, Leeds: Mark Smith, British Theatre Guide Catherine Love, Exeunt Play with movement reviews - Simon Stephens, Nuclear War, London: Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide Paul Taylor, Independent Feature - Leonard Choo, Ballet shopper in NY: Ginger Adams Otis, NY Daily News
  5. Mph what is a sublingual haematoma? It sounds horrific!!
  6. Hello SJK and welcome out of the lurking shadows. I can't help with your query but I am sure other people will be able to come up with suggestions.
  7. The Autumn / Winter 2017 Season at Sadler’s Wells Tickets for the Autumn / Winter 2017 season are on public sale from Monday 22 May at 10am via www.sadlerswells.com and 0207 863 8000. Booking opens to members from Wednesday 17 May at 10am. Sadler’s Wells and Lilian Baylis Studio Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or sadlerswells.com The Peacock Ticket Office: 020 7863 8222 or peacocktheatre.com The Autumn / Winter 2017 Season Brochure and Guide can be downloaded here. The Autumn / Winter 2017 Season at Sadler’s Wells in detail: Rosie Kay Dance Company OFFSITE: YEOMANRY HOUSE 5 SOLDIERS: The Body is the Frontline Thursday 7 - Saturday 9 September Tickets: £20 (£15 concessions: along with regular concessions, also available for members of the Armed Forces) In 2008, Birmingham based choreographer Rosie Kay joined the 4th Battalion The Rifles, to watch and participate in full battle exercises, and visited the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre for our Armed Forces. What came of these observations is an award-winning, five-star work, performed offsite at Yeomanry House, Bloomsbury. 5 SOLDIERS offers no moral stance on war. Instead, through Kay’s trademark intense physical and athletic dance theatre, it questions what it is that we ask of our soldiers and explores how the human body remains essential to war, even in the 21st century, 5 SOLDIERS: The Body is the Frontline is part of Sadler’s Wells’ regular programme of performances offsite Age Guidance: 12+ (Parental guidance advised, contains some scenes of violence) In association with The Army Free post-show talk after each performance Hofesh Shechter Company Grand Finale UK PREMIERE Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16 September Tickets: £12 - £32 Internationally-acclaimed artist Hofesh Shechter has created a new genre: Part dance, part gig, part theatre and wholly original, his work has its own instantly identifiable and entirely unique voice. Grand Finale is the highly anticipated new show from “One of the British dance scene’s hottest properties” (New York Times) and comes to Sadler’s Wells as part of an extensive world tour. Performed by a ten-strong tribe of world-class dancers and accompanied by a live band, Grand Finale combines a cacophonic score and richly theatrical set and costume design with the anarchic energy of Shechter’s choreography to portray a world in freefall. Hofesh Shechter is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Free post-show talk: Wednesday 13 September The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler’s Wells Footloose THE PEACOCK Tuesday 12 - Saturday 30 September Tickets: £15 - £55; Under 16s half price on selected prices The rocking 80’s classic explodes onto the stage in a specially remastered show starring Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan. When Ren McCormack finds out his new home has banned dancing and rock ‘n’ roll, it isn’t long before he lets loose total anarchy. Footloose combines cutting edge choreography with iconic hits from the 80s like you’ve never heard them before, including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and (of course) Footloose. English National Ballet Akram Khan’s Giselle Wednesday 20 - Saturday 23 September Tickets: £12 - £55 After its sensational hit run last year, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Akram Khan’s reimagining of this iconic ballet for English National Ballet returns. Relocating the classic tale of love, betrayal and redemption to a community of migrant garment factory workers, this production has stunning costumes and set designed by Academy Award- winning designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), and stirring music adapted from the original Adolphe Adam score by Vincenzo Lamagna, performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. “A masterpiece of 21st century dance” Mail on Sunday Akram Khan is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist English National Ballet is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Company The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler’s Wells Akram Khan’s Giselle is a co-production between English National Ballet, Manchester International Festival, and Sadler’s Wells. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England Acosta Danza Debut Wednesday 27 - Saturday 30 September Tickets: £12 - £55 UK PREMIERE Following an exceptional career as a ballet star, Carlos Acosta launches his new company, Acosta Danza. The company features Cuban dancers who have trained in both ballet and contemporary dance styles. They perform new commissions and existing pieces by Cuban choreographers who have rarely been seen outside the country, and international choreographers taking inspiration from this iconic nation. For their first UK tour, in which Acosta himself makes a guest appearance, they perform works by Marianela Boán, Goyo Montero, Justin Peck, Jorge Crecis and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Acosta Danza is produced by Sadler’s Wells and Valid Productions with co-production support from The Movement and Festspielhaus St Pölten. Acosta Danza is a Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Pre-show Director’s Conversation: Friday 29 September at 6pm; £7.50 (£4 with performance) The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler’s Wells Supported by Members of the Acosta Danza Circle Joe Moran / Dance Art Foundation On The Habit of Being Oneself LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO UK PREMIERE Thursday 28 & Friday 29 September Tickets: £17 On The Habit of Being Oneself is an arresting dance experiment enticing us to pay attention to what dancing does. On a stripped back stage, seven exceptional dancers relentlessly navigate complex choreographic puzzles. The result is a challenging yet immediate encounter with dancers and dancing. A new solo and film installation open the evening. Joe Moran creates work concerned with dance’s potential as a contemporary art form, both in theatres and galleries and is currently a Sadler’s Wells Summer University artist. “Thoughtful, challenging and wide-ranging stuff” Time Out Free post-show talk: Thursday 28 September Company Wayne McGregor Autobiography WORLD PREMIERE Wednesday 4 - Saturday 7 October Tickets: £12 - £32 The visionary contemporary choreographer Wayne McGregor has led his company onto ever more radical and challenging innovations. With Sadler’s Wells Resident Company, Company Wayne McGregor, he embarks on his boldest and most intimate collaboration to date, as he allows world-leading geneticists to sequence his entire genome. His personal biological archaeology laid bare will dramatically alter McGregor’s viewpoint on his own life-story, tracing patterns back into the ancestral past of our species and illuminating what creates our individuality. Combining memoir, documentary and a re-processing of nature’s code through an act of human imagination, this new work charts McGregor’s adventure into his autobiography, and asks how to understand a life. “Extraordinary. Sometimes, five stars is not enough” The Independent on Tree of Codes A Sadler’s Wells co-production Wayne McGregor is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Company Wayne McGregor is a Resident Company The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler’s Wells Cirque Éloize THE PEACOCK Saloon UK PREMIERE Wednesday 4 - Saturday 21 October Tickets: £15 - £42; Under 16s half price Saddle up for a journey to the Wild West as a world leader in contemporary circus, Cirque Éloize, blasts back to the West End with its new show. The company’s trademark blend of spectacular circus and drama creates the colourful characters swinging through the saloon doors. Never before has a stranger kicked up so much dust. With non-stop live folk and country music, from Patsy Cline to Johnny Cash, and original compositions by composer Éloi Painchaud, Saloon is the most foot-stomping, lasso-throwing night of entertainment you’ll find. BalletBoyz 14 Days Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14 October Tickets: £12 - £40 BalletBoyz is back with an exciting quartet of new works that demonstrate the range and ability of these versatile dancers. Choreographers Javier de Frutos, Craig Revel Horwood, Iván Pérez and Christopher Wheeldon have teamed up with composers Scott Walker, Charlotte Harding, Joby Talbot and Keaton Henson to create their pieces. Fallen forms the second half of the evening, choreographed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Russell Maliphant and is set to a powerful score by French film composer Armand Amar. Fallen won the award for Best Modern Choreography at the 2013 National Dance Awards and features lighting by Michael Hulls. “A paradox of muscular impact and weightless flight that I’ve never seen on stage” The Guardian A Sadler’s Wells co-production BalletBoyz, Russell Maliphant, Michael Hulls and Christopher Wheeldon are all Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler’s Wells Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Bayadère - The Ninth Life Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 October Tickets: £12 - £27 Ground-breaking dance-maker Shobana Jeyasingh brings her radical imagination to Petipa’s legendary ballet La Bayadère. Through the words of celebrated French writer, Théophile Gautier, who recorded his ambiguous impressions of Indian temple dancers in 1838, and Gabriel Prokofiev’s score, this performance searches for the roots of the Bayadère and the allure she exerted in Europe over the centuries. Bayadère - The Ninth Life features a bold design created by the award-winning contemporary theatre designer Tom Piper. “Marvellous, inspiring mesh of history, poetry and ideas” The Guardian 5 A Sadler’s Wells co-production Free post-show talk: Tuesday 17 October The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler’s Wells Lyon Opera Ballet PART OF DANCE UMBRELLA Trois Grandes Fugues Thursday 19 & Friday 20 October Tickets: £12 - £27 Three acclaimed choreographers each create inimitable dance works to the same piece of music, Beethoven’s Grande Fugue op. 133. Lucinda Childs’ interpretation exemplifies her meticulous precision and cool, complex classicism. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker responds with an uninhibited, masculine and non-classical vocabulary, whilst Maguy Marin creates an exhilarating whirlwind where life is reduced to a race against death. Trois Grandes Fugues marks a welcome return for the world class dancers of Lyon Opera Ballet who last performed at Sadler’s Wells more than a decade ago. “The experience is riveting” New York Times Talk Amongst Ourselves free post-show talk: Thursday 19 October Free pre-show performance by local community groups: Friday 20 October at 6.45pm Jan Martens LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO RULE OF THREE UK PREMIERE Thursday 19 & Friday 20 October Tickets: £17 One of the most original Belgian choreographers of his generation, Jan Martens present his new work RULE OF THREE. Falling somewhere between concert and short stories, it features American drummer NAH performing live with three dancers to recreate the atmosphere of a nightclub. Rhythm, light and movement accumulate, before being stripped back in an untamed meditation. Free post-show talk: Thursday 19 October Vamos Cuba! THE PEACOCK Tuesday 24 October - Saturday 11 November Tickets: £15 - £42; Under 16s half price The sizzling spectacular from celebrated Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra returns to London, in a new collaboration with acclaimed director Cal McCrystal, whose work includes One Man Two Guvnors and productions with Cirque du Soleil. Set in the crazy chaos of Havana airport, Vamos Cuba! is an exuberant mix of traditional and modern dance styles including salsa, rumba, cha-cha-cha and reggaeton, with a live band led by Julito Padron and a cast of the hottest dancers Cuba has to offer. Post-show Cuban dance class: Tuesday 24, Tuesday 31 October & Tuesday 7 November Jasmin Vardimon Company Pinocchio Friday 27 & Saturday 28 October Tickets: £12 - £18 Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jasmin Vardimon is set to charm audiences once again this half term as she returns with her joyous and wildly imaginative take on the classic Collodi fairy tale. With clever humour, engaging drama and witty observations, this theatrically innovative piece takes us on a magical adventure with Pinocchio as he discovers what it means to be human. In Vardimon’s trademark choreographic style, breathtakingly physical dancers bring to life the enchanting world of the famous marionette in this visual delight. “Simple yet elaborate, stark but magical, Pinocchio is a pretty impressive achievement” The Times Family dance workshop: Friday 27 & Saturday 28 October at 1pm; £2 Birmingham Royal Ballet Aladdin & Arcadia / Le Baiser de la fée / ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café Tuesday 31 October - Saturday 4 November Tickets: £12 - £45 A cave of riches is waiting to be explored in David Bintley’s production of the classic story of Aladdin and his adventures with the magic lamp. Boasting a score by BAFTA award-winning composer Carl Davis, played live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, this performance features lavish sets and costumes, special effects and a larger-than-life Chinese lion. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s triple bill hosts a mixed programme of new work and much-loved pieces. The ancient god Pan is unleashed in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s first artist Ruth Brill’s Arcadia, created to a score from saxophonist John Harle. Michael Corder’s Le Baiser de la fée is a beautiful interpretation of this classic fairy tale. Finally, a morris-dancing flea, a ballroom- dancing ram and many more endangered animals seek shelter from the storm in David Bintley’s ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café. Touch tour at 11.30am Aladdin Audio Described Performance: Wednesday 1 November at 2pm Free pre-show talk: Wednesday 1 November at 6.30pm First Steps, A Child’s Aladdin: Thursday 2 November at 1pm £12.50 Pepa Ubera and Josefina Camus LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Ellipsis Land UK PREMIERE Thursday 2 & Friday 3 November Tickets: £17 Movement, video and sound combine in Pepa Ubera and Josefina Camus’ duet Ellipsis Land as they explore the relationship between the body and the technology surrounding it. They invite us to consider the body as a container of energy in a sensorial set up, heightening our perceptions. With an original sound score by Simone Salvaticci creating an ambient immersive landscape, they aim to awaken unnoticed connections between the concrete and the digital. This is a development of the work presented in Sadler’s Wells Wild Card curated by Ubera in 2016. She is currently a Sadler’s Wells Summer University artist. “The kind of cryptic that intrigues rather than bewilders” DanceTabs Free post-show talk: Thursday 2 November Darbar Festival 2017 a celebration of classical Indian music and dance Thursday 9 - Sunday 12 November Tickets: £12 - £50 (ticket prices vary from show to show) Festival Pass: £195 Darbar Festival comes to Sadler’s Wells to offer a classical dance programme. Specially curated by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Akram Khan, the dance programme sits alongside the programme of revered musical masters and new talents of the Indian subcontinent. The festival will continue to present classical Indian music at the Southbank Centre, but along with Sadler’s Wells will also present work at the Barbican Centre for the first time since the festival launched over ten years ago. For more information on the full festival programme please go to www.darbar.org Akram Khan, Raga & Tala Experience Thursday 9 November UK PREMIERE Tickets: £12 - £50 Akram Khan performs a short solo, focussing on his kathak tradition, the classical dance form from North India. Patri Satish Kumar, a musician from the great carnatic tradition performs with Triplicane Sekar on the Tavil (the first time this South Asian percussion instrument has featured in the festival) and Amrit on khanjira. Pravin Godkhindi and Supreet Deshpande follow with ragas - one of the key structures of Indian music, on basuri flute and tabla, India’s iconic percussion drums. Ragas, Sarod and Fiery Dance Friday 10 November Tickets: £12 - £45 A triple bill of dynamic new talents with international star of bharatanatyam, Mythili Prakash and noted kathak perfomer Dheerandra Tiwari, plus a music concert by the remarkable Debasmita Bhattacharya on the emotive sarod joined by Gurdain Rayatt on tabla. Secret of Midnight Ragas LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Friday 10 November Tickets: £20 (cushion floor seating) - £25 (seated) Indrani Mukherjee is one of the finest classical vocalists performing today. In this intimate baithak (traditional floor seated concert) she will perform night time ragas into the small hours, accompanied by Sanju Sahai on tabla and Milind Kulkarni on the harmonium. Escape Through Morning Ragas LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Saturday 11 November Tickets: £20 (cushion floor seating) - £25 (seated) Pandit Ram Kumar Mallick and Samit Kumar unfold their morning ragas, accompanied by Surdarshan Chana on the jori, a powerful percussion instrument from Punjab. A pre-concert complimentary snack with chai is available Afternoon Raga Effect LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Saturday 11 November Tickets: £20 (cushion floor seating) - £25 (seated) Arshad Khan envelops the audience through afternoon ragas, with the esraj, an earthy and soul stirring string instrument. Table master, Shabaz Hussain, accompanies. Indian Adventures of Sitar and Dance Saturday 11 November Tickets: £12 - £45 A rare chance to see two internationally acclaimed dance artists. Kathak dancer Aditi Mangaldas, and bharatanatyam soloist Mavin Khoo who performs with vocalist OS Arun, plus one of India’s most distinctive sitarists of her generation Shahana Banerjee with Supreet Deshpande on tabla. Benares Rhythm Essentials LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Saturday 11 November Tickets: £20 (cushion floor seating) - £25 (seated) Stories of the Sikhs’ persecution by Moghul rulers are evoked by the emerging master Surdarshan Chana, using the jori and the language of paranth (oral notation). He is accompanied by Milind Kulkarni on the harmonium. Spirit of Morning Ragas LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Sunday 12 November Tickets: £20 (cushion floor seating) - £25 (seated) Indrani Mukherjee’s honeyed vocal timbre envelops the intimate baithak concert with harmonium maestro, Milind Kulkarni and table performer Gurdain Rayatt. A pre-concert complimentary snack with chai is available Rhythm Unleashed LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Sunday 12 November Tickets: £20 (cushion floor seating) - £25 (seated)) Supreet Deshpande is emerging as a rhythmic table genius. In his UK debut, he explores traditional rhythmic patterns as he unravels improvised ragas whilst taking inspiration from the audience, accompanied by Milind Kulkarni. Nishat Khan and the Soul of Khayal Sunday 12 November Tickets: £12 - £45 The vocalist Kaivalya Kumar interprets spiritual evening songs from the North Indian khayal tradition and the virtuoso sitar player Nishat Khan, torch bearer of one of India’s most renowned musical families, performs with table maestro Shahbaz Hussain. Seeta Patel LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Something Then, Something Now Sunday 12 November Tickets: £20 First created for Wild Card at Sadler’s Wells in 2014, this solo presents classical bharatanatyam repertoire in a contemporary way. With light design by Guy Hoare, Patel returns with a developed full evening work which previewed at Darbar Festival 2016. Insights into Indian dance from leading artists with talks and live one-to-one coaching: Aditi Mangaldas live coaching: Friday 10 November at 4pm, Ashton Studio; £10 Mavin Khoo live coaching: Sunday 12 November at 3pm, Ashton Studio; £10 Talk with Akram Khan: Saturday 11 November at 3pm, Lilian Baylis Studio; £15 Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods & Münchner Kammerspiel UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP Wednesday 15 November Tickets: £12 - £32 UK PREMIERE Acclaimed American choreographer Meg Stuart’s UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP is inspired by people who create their own, fantastical rules as they retreat from real life. This is a rare chance to experience this major artist at the forefront of choreographic development, coming for the first time to the Sadler’s Wells stage. Six performers and three musicians find themselves in a place that is both a nightclub and an arena, a place of desire and illusion. To the sound of throbbing basses, piano and drums, they connect with and explore each other, and draw the audience into their immersive world. Pre-show talk: Insights into the work of Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods in conversation with Tim Etchells: Wednesday 15 November at 6pm; £4 Maud Le Pladec / Okwui Okpokwasili LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO HUNTED UK PREMIERE Thursday 16 & Friday 17 November Tickets: £17 For centuries, troublesome, disobedient and independent women have been labelled: witch. Today this term is being re-appropriated. In HUNTED, up and coming French choreographer Maud Le Pladec collaborates with New York writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili to create a chant of words and movement, with music by one of Finland’s foremost contemporary composers, Kalevi Aho. Performed in London by Dorothée Munyaneza, this powerful solo uses storytelling and ritual. “Feline, predatory, strong and agile” Inferno Magazine about Dorothée Munyaneza Free post-show talk: Thursday 16 November Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion SADLER’S WELLS DEBUT Pavement UK PREMIERE Friday 17 & Saturday 18 November Tickets: £20 Sadler’s Wells Debut offers a chance to discover the work of choreographers new to Sadler’s Wells, highlighting rising artists on the international dance scene with a special ticket price and a free post-show talk. This season introduces New York based dancer and choreographer Kyle Abraham, who combines balletic and hip hop movements in his trademark, interdisciplinary style, which he typically refers to as a 'post-modern gumbo'. He has created work for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and New York City Ballet’s Wendy Whelan, as well as for his own company Abraham.In.Motion, who perform at Sadler’s Wells for the first time. Inspired by the 1991 John Singleton film, Boyz N The Hood, the writings of American civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois and Abraham’s own childhood, Pavement takes seven dancers through a culture plagued by discrimination and genocide in Pittsburgh’s historically black neighbourhoods, set to an eclectic mix of Bach, Benjamin Britten, Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts in co-operation with the New England Foundation for the Arts through the National Dance Project. Major support for NDP is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation. Free post-show talk: Friday 17 November Age guidance: 7+ Contains adult language Rambert A Linha Curva, and other works Tuesday 21 - Saturday 25 November Tickets: £8 - £40; Family ticket for Saturday matinee: £40 (four tickets including at least one under 16) Itzik Galili’s party piece for Rambert returns to Sadler’s Wells for a percussion-fuelled carnival of dance. 28 dancers, four samba drummers and a dazzling light show contribute to its infectious energy. Rising star Ben Duke’s dance theatre creation is inspired by the music and spirit of Nina Simone, with a selection of her best-loved songs performed live on stage. The programme also features a celebration of the dancers’ virtuosity choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis, director of Greek National Opera Ballet, with a newly commissioned score by Ilan Eshkeri. “A sexily samba-soaked, hip-swinging, arm-waving, whistle-blowing fiesta” Daily Telegraph on A Linha Curva Sign language interpreted show: Wednesday 22 November Free pre-show talks: With Artistic Director Mark Baldwin: Wednesday 22 November at 6.30pm With Music Director Paul Hoskins: Friday 24 November at 6.30pm Schools Matinee: Thursday 23 November at 1.30pm Wild Card: Gianluca Vincentini LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Thursday 23 & Friday 24 November Tickets: £17 Wild Card brings fresh perspectives from a new generation of dance-makers curating special evenings. Originally from Italy, choreographer and curator Gianluca Vincentini is passionate about nurturing dance artists. Curious about the entwined nature of movement and emotion, Vincentini believes that dance can reveal the complexity of our intimate connections to each other, without compromising entertainment. For Wild Card, he showcases some of the most promising dance-makers based in the North of England: Carlos Pons Guerra, Crystal Zillwood and Jamaal Burkmar (New Adventures Choreographer Award Winner). The evening also introduces Vincentini’s company Möbius Dance devoted to working with early career artists. “An excellent showcase” Dance Europe on Vincentini’s curation of Verve Pre-show activities: 7pm Birmingham Repertory Theatre THE PEACOCK The Snowman TM Thursday 23 November - Sunday 31 December Tickets: £15 - £36; Family Ticket £115 (four tickets including at least one under 16) Twinkling with festive spirit, The Snowman has transported children into the wintery wonderland of a boy and his magical snowman for a record-breaking 20 consecutive years at The Peacock. With a magical mix of exquisite dancing and live music – including Walking in the Air – friendship is kindled as the two embark on a starry-skied adventure to the North Pole, where they meet dancing penguins, reindeer, Father Christmas, Ice Princess, and escape the clutches of Jack Frost. “The best kids show for Christmas by far” The Independent Michael Keegan-Dolan / Teaċ Daṁsa Swan Lake/Loch na hEala Thursday 30 November – Saturday 2 December Tickets: £12 - £40 After its sell-out success last year, critical acclaim and Best Production award-win at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Michael Keegan-Dolan’s magical adaptation of one of the most famous ballets in the world returns to Sadler’s Wells. Performed by a company of 13 world-class performers including actor Mikel Murfi, Swan Lake/Loch na hEala is interwoven with storytelling, song and live music. Dublin based band Slow Moving Cloud’s score combines Nordic and Irish traditional music with minimalist and experimental influences. With powerful imagery, this Swan Lake is rooted in the Midlands of Ireland where ancient mythology and the modern world collide. “A thing of wonder” The Observer A Sadler’s Wells co-production The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells Michael Keegan-Dolan is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Pre-show Director’s Conversation: Friday 1 December at 6pm; £7.50 (£4 with ticket to Friday’s performance) New Adventures Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Saturday 9 December - Saturday 27 January 2018 Tickets: £12 - £69; Family ticket £190 (four tickets including at least one child) Following the sold-out and critical success of The Red Shoes, New Adventures returns to Sadler’s Wells this Christmas with a thrilling love story set in London during the Second World War, which forms part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebrations. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella takes the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent score, with surround sound designed by Paul Groothuis, and a specially commissioned recording of a 60-piece orchestra, Lez Brotherston’s Olivier Award-winning designs and lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin. “A gripping theatrical spectacle” The Guardian Workshop: Saturday 13 January at 11am Touch Tour: Saturday 13 January at 1pm Audio Described Performance: Saturday 13 January at 2.30pm Matthew Bourne is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist New Adventures is a Sadler’s Wells Resident Company Supper at Sadler’s: Special pre-show supper: Wednesday 13 December - Saturday 27 January Arthur Pita The Little Match Girl Wednesday 13 - Saturday 24 December Tickets: £12 - £18 School tickets: £6 LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Celebrated director and choreographer Arthur Pita returns for the fourth time to the Lilian Baylis Studio this Christmas with his magical dance theatre show. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic story, this tale of a young street girl's hopes and dreams is told through dance, song and original music performed live. Our unlikely heroine is an impoverished girl, who wanders the ever-darkening streets with just one final match to keep her warm on a cold Christmas Eve. The Little Match Girl is a timeless fable about kindness and helping others, which will enthral young children and the whole family alike. “Charmingly eccentric and marvellously magical. Adults will be enchanted too” Evening Standard Age guidance: for families and children age 5+
  8. Is this lady the oldest dancer in the UK? http://swns.com/news/britains-oldest-ballerina-still-showing-off-dance-skills-at-91-83816/
  9. Links - Monday 24 April, 2017 Interview - Alexander Campbell, Royal Ballet: Mark Monahan, Telegraph Review - Royal Danish Ballet, Jewels, Copenhagen: Eva Kistrup, Danceview Times Reviews - BBC Young Dancer Award 2017: Graham Watts, DanceTabs Donald Hutera, Times Reviews - Ballet Across America, Washington: Justin Peck’s programme: George Jackson, Danceview Times Opening Night Celebration: Oksana Khadarina, DanceTabs Season Roundup: Sarah L Kaufman, Washington Post Review - Rosie Kay Dance Company, MK Ultra, London: Luke Jennings, Observer Louise Levene, FT Review - National Youth Dance Company, Tarantiseismic, London: Jeffrey Taylor, Express Feature - Theatre directors are hiring 'movement experts' to make dance an integral part of their plays: Sarah Crompton Times Reviews - Dance Theatre of Harlem, mixed programme, New York: Brian Seibert, NY Times Caryn Cooper, Broadway World Review - Ballet Ireland, Giselle (Ondiviela), Dublin: Clara Mallon, Reviews Hub Review - Los Angeles Ballet, Divertimento No 15, Prodigal Son, Who Cares?, Los Angeles: Barndi Kim, Disarray Magazine Feature - Hazzard Dancers’ Group makes big impact in Bay Area: Mary Ellen Hunt, SF Chronicle Review - V-TOL, Out of this World, Stirling: Mark Fisher, Guardian Play with movement review - Simon Stephens, Nuclear War, London: Michael Billington, Guardian
  10. All these comments are adding to the weight of evidence that Bank Holidays should be abandoned in favour of an extra week's leave!!!
  11. A review of Jewels from Eva Kistrup: http://danceviewtimes.typepad.com/eva_kistrup/2017/04/by-george-they-did-it.html#more
  12. Personally I hate Bank Holidays and would get rid of them all except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday. I would much rather have had an extra week's leave to take when I wanted to take it!
  13. I think we, as keen ballet watchers, have to appreciate that, like it or not, Darcey Bussell is likely to bring in more viewers than other dancers we know well but whom the general public will not have heard of. I couldn't disagree with the judges' decision - I thought Nafisah had a very special quality of movement.
  14. I suppose it depends on the criteria they are given for the duet. Does it have to be a "recognised" classical duet or perhaps they could do, for example, the Dracula/Harker duet from Michael Pink's Dracula?