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  1. Thanks Duck! It looks terrific in the trailer you linked to. I love reading your reports, so lots more please!
  2. Dance links w/b Sunday April 22, 2018

    Links - Tuesday 24 April, 2018 Reviews - San Francisco Ballet, Unbound Festival, San Francisco: Ann Murphy, SF Examiner Janice Berman, SF Classical Voice Heather Desaulniers, DanceTabs Reviews - Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, 50th Anniversary Celebrations, New York: Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn, Bachtrack Sondra Forsyth, Broadway World Review - Viviana Durante Company, Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back in Time, London: Zoe Anderson, Independent Review - Martha Graham Dance Company, Ekstasis, The Rite of Spring, Panorama, Histoire, New York: Martha Sherman, Danceview Times Review - Miami City Ballet, Apollo, Concerto DSCH, La Valse, Miami: Sean Erwin, Danceview Times Review - Dance Theater of Harlem, Brahms Variations, Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, Vessels, Los Angeles: Valerie-Jean Miller, Broadway World Review - Scottish Ballet, Highland Fling, Shetland: Zdenka Mlynarikova, Shetland News Review - BalletLorent, Rumpelstiltskin, Salford: Dave Cunningham, Reviews Hub Review - LA Dance Project, Second Quartet, Bach Studies (Part 1), Yag, Paris: Laura Capelle, FT Review - Smuin Contemporary American Ballet, Dance Series 02: If I Were a Sushi Roll, Oasis, Falling Up, San Francisco: Steven Winn, SF Chronicle Review - Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Bach 25, StarDust, Los Angeles: Falling James, LA Weekly Review - Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Sutra, Boston: Marcia B Siegel, Arts Fuse Review - push/FOLD, Early, Portland: Elizabeth Whelan, Oregon Arts Watch Feature - Aerial Artists bring wonder and awe to San Diego International Airport: Una-Minh Kavanagh, Lonely Planet And finally: Feature - How tutus took over runners’ wardrobes: Claire Zulkey, The Atlantic
  3. Hello Selby1974 and welcome to the Forum!
  4. RBS Junior Associates - travel from Scotland?

    Hello Notmoreshoes and welcome to the Forum!
  5. The Autumn/Winter 2018/2019 Season at Sadler’s Wells Tickets for the Autumn/Winter 2018/2019 season are on public sale from Monday 21 May at 9am via www.sadlerswells.com and 020 7863 8000 and in person at 10am. Booking opens to members from Wednesday 16 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 2018/19 Season at Sadler’s Wells in detail: Natalia Osipova Pure Dance Wednesday 12 - Sunday 16 September Tickets: £12 - £60 WORLD PREMIERE Superstar ballerina Natalia Osipova returns to Sadler’s Wells with a hand-picked programme that combines classical ballet and contemporary repertoire, featuring a very special guest. American Ballet Theatre principal David Hallberg will join Osipova in both Antony Tudor’s Leaves Are Fading, and a brand new and specially commissioned work by Alexei Ratmansky. The evening also includes Israeli choreographer Roy Assaf’s Six Years Later and a new work by Iván Pérez created for this programme. “A spirit of joy, of technical bravura, of sheerest delight” Financial Times on Natalia Osipova A Sadler’s Wells 20th Anniversary Commission A Sadler’s Wells Production Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Tuesday 11 - Saturday 22 September THE PEACOCK Tickets: £15 - £38 The award-winning all-male comedy ballet company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (simply “The Trocks” to their friends) storms back to The Peacock with two programmes of side- splitting send-ups and hilarious homages to classical ballet. Programme A includes Swan Lake (Act II), Trovatiara and The Little Humpback Horse. Programme B features Les Sylphides, Napoli and Raymonda’s Wedding. Free post-show talk: Wednesday 12 September Jefta van Dinther LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Dark Field Analysis UK PREMIERE Wednesday 12 - Friday 14 September Tickets: £17 A rising name known for creating striking sensorial illusions, Jefta van Dinther draws on the intensity of being alive by placing us in relation to other forms of life. Organic blends with synthetic, human with animal. A conversation about blood unfolds between two naked men, serving as an analogy for looking inwards and outwards: into and beyond ourselves. A Sadler’s Wells 20th Anniversary Commission Contains nudity Free post-show talk: Wednesday 12 September English National Ballet Lest We Forget Thursday 20 - Saturday 29 September Tickets: £12 - £60 To commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, English National Ballet revives its “moving and ambitious” (The Independent) triptych reflecting the experiences of those who fought, and those who stayed behind. The programme features works by two Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists: Russell Maliphant’s Second Breath and Akram Khan’s award-winning Dust. Also presented is Liam Scarlett’s No Man’s Land, an evocative piece that intertwines the destinies of the soldiers and munition workers. “True to its title – it stays with you long after curtain-down” Daily Telegraph New English Ballet Theatre THE PEACOCK The Four Seasons / Remembrance Thursday 27 - Saturday 29 September Tickets: £18 - £42 A visual and musical feast of passion, hope and remembrance in a new ballet double bill. The Four Seasons is dynamically recomposed by Jenna Lee in a bold, stylish ballet and Remembrance is choreographed by world-renowned Wayne Eagling. Inspired by the story of Dame Marie Rambert’s life during the Great War, this ballet commemorates the armistice and is set to Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day played live by The English Concert. Taj Express THE PEACOCK Tuesday 2 - Saturday 20 October Tickets: £15 - £45 Vaibhavi and Shruti Merchant’s glitzy Bollywood extravaganza is set to dazzle once more as it returns to The Peacock. Featuring music by Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman, and Bollywood composers, Salim and Sulaiman Merchant and Monty Sharma, Taj Express showcases a fusion of classical Indian and contemporary dance in a celebration of the world’s most prolific film industry. William Forsythe A Quiet Evening of Dance Thursday 4 - Saturday 6 October Tickets: £12 - £27 WORLD PREMIERE William Forsythe is one of the foremost choreographers of his generation. For this unusual configuration of new and existing work, Forsythe creates an intimate, pure evening of choreography, stripped down to its essence. The works range from sparse analytic condensation to baroque-inspired counterpoint. The intricate phrasing of the dancers’ breath is the primary accompaniment for a distillation of the geometric origins of classical ballet. The evening is performed by seven of Forsythe’s most trusted collaborators who promise to provide insight into the workings of ballet and the mind of the man who has dedicated his work to this task. A Sadler’s Wells 20th Anniversary Commission A Sadler’s Wells Production Young Associates LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Mixed Bill WORLD PREMIERE Tuesday 9 & Wednesday 10 October Tickets: £12; £6 concessions This exciting mixed bill is the first opportunity to see the work of the inaugural Young Associates, Sadler’s Wells’ new programme that aims to both celebrate and support young artists under the age of 25, as they embark on their choreographic careers. In their Sadler’s Wells debuts, burgeoning choreographers Anthony Matsena, Wilhelmina Ojanen, Ruby Portus and Christopher Thomas showcase the innovative talent and original voices that mark them out as ones to watch. A Sadler’s Wells 20th Anniversary Commission A Sadler’s Wells Production Julie Cunningham / Alesandra Seutin / Botis Seva Reckonings WORLD PREMIERE Thursday 11 - Saturday 13 October Tickets: £20 To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the current theatre, Sadler’s Wells presents three commissions by a new generation of UK based dance-makers: Julie Cunningham, Alesandra Seutin and Botis Seva. Julie Cunningham recently launched Julie Cunningham Company after 15 years of dancing with the renowned Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Michael Clark Company. Alesandra Seutin founded Vocab Dance Company in 2007 and has been making work, performing and teaching internationally for over a decade. Botis Seva and his collective Far From the Norm have previously performed at Sadler’s Wells with Breakin’ Convention, and curated a Wild Card evening. Using the foundations of hip hop, Seva has created a physical dance language of his own. Reckonings showcases distinctive voices who help us see the world in a different light. A Sadler’s Wells 20th Anniversary Commission A Sadler’s Wells Production Free post-show talk: Thursday 11 October Dance Umbrella Dimitris Papaioannou The Great Tamer Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 October Tickets: £12 - £27 Trained at the Athens School of Fine Arts, Dimitris Papaioannou draws on the Greek classics and his visual arts background in this investigation of life and death. Inspired by the words of Homer and the work of the old masters, from El Greco to Rembrandt, Papaioannou builds macabre still lifes, dreamlike images and nightmarish creations with 10 performers, magical stagecraft and a shifting floor. Papaioannou’s return to Dance Umbrella, following Primal Matter in 2016, marks his first of two works to be performed at Sadler’s Wells, with his New Piece I for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in February 2019. “Exquisite food for the senses. Addictive to the eye” El País Free post-show talk: Tuesday 16 October Contains nudity Jasmin Vardimon Medusa Monday 22 - Wednesday 24 October Tickets: £12 - £32 Jasmin Vardimon Company celebrates its 20th anniversary year with Medusa, a new production reflecting on the powerful feminine symbol, the myth and its connotations in our contemporary life. Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jasmin Vardimon’s work looks at the gendered historical significance and the philosophical idea of “reflection” associated with the snake-haired gorgon. Inspired by the coast of Spain where the word “medusa” means jellyfish, Medusa will also explore the environmental fate that awaits our seas. Bringing together an international cast, Vardimon shows off her physical choreographic style in this theatrical piece. A Sadler’s Wells 20th Anniversary Commission Jasmin Vardimon is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Dein Perry's Tap Dogs Tuesday 23 October - Saturday 10 November Tickets: £15 - £45 THE PEACOCK Dein Perry's multi award-winning Tap Dogs returns to the London stage, showcasing high voltage, rugged, raw talent. The global smash hit has appeared in over 330 cities on six continents and has been seen live by over 12 million people. A worldwide television audience of over 3.4 billion saw 1,000 Tap Dogs performing in the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics. “Positively electrifying” The New York Observer Birmingham Royal Ballet Fire & Fury Tuesday 30 & Wednesday 31 October Tickets: £12 - £45 In this double bill, Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to Sadler’s Wells with The King Dances, in which David Bintley reimagines ballet’s first searing steps, taken by King Louis XIV of France as he danced the role of the sun god. In his new work for the company, Juanjo Arqués draws inspiration from Turner’s The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons in a ballet that looks at contemporary political conflict. “A regal performance with heart and dazzle” The Guardian on The King Dances Pre-show talk: Wednesday 31 October at 6.30pm (Free to BRB Friends and same-day ticket holders) Birmingham Royal Ballet La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter) Thursday 1 - Saturday 3 November Tickets: £12 - £45 In Frederick Ashton’s country tale, Lise and her mother clash in a foot-stomping, cabbage- throwing battle of wills. Lise wants to marry her penniless sweetheart. Her shrewd mother prefers the prospects of the umbrella-obsessed Alain, a rich landowner’s son. This comic ballet is filled with dancing chickens, a ribbon dance, clog-dancing and a Shetland pony. “Sweet and funny and replete with set-pieces” The Sunday Telegraph Touch Tour on Saturday 3 November at 10.30am Matthias Sperling LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Now That We Know Thursday 1 & Friday 2 November Tickets: £17 What will change if science discovers how our bodies give rise to our minds? Choreographer and performer Matthias Sperling furthers his investigation into the relationship between mind and body in a performance lecture exploring a hypothetical future in which this connection is clarified. Originally presented in 2016, this work of science fiction takes a choreographic perspective in freely imagining plausible, absurd, thrilling or worrying scenarios. It will be accompanied by a symposium with invited speakers to launch the “Institute of Neurochoreography”. Free post-show talk: Thursday 1 November Symposium: Friday 2 November (see website for details) Rambert Two Tuesday 6 - Saturday 10 November Tickets: £12 - £40 Made up of some of the world’s most exhilarating early career dancers, Rambert2 presents artistic director of Sydney Dance Company Rafael Bonachela’s E2 7SD, Killer Pig by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sharon Eyal and a new creation by Rambert’s guest artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer. Alongside this new ensemble are the final London performances of a classic, as Rambert performs Christopher Bruce’s tribute to the victims of political oppression, Ghost Dances. A Sadler’s Wells 20th Anniversary Commission Sharon Eyal is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Free pre-show talk: Wednesday 7 November at 6.30pm Aakash Odedra Company LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO #JeSuis Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 November Tickets: £17 Aakash Odedra returns with his first group piece created for an international ensemble of talented young Turkish dancers. #JeSuis explores personal stories of conflict, media manipulation, displacement and identity. Tapping into different dance languages and qualities, this timely, emotive work asks: what makes a home when millions are on the move? Free post-show talk: Wednesday 7 November Mark Morris Dance Group & Silkroad Ensemble Layla and Majnun UK PREMIERE Tuesday 13 - Saturday 17 November Tickets: £12 - £45 Crafted by American choreographer Mark Morris in collaboration with Silkroad Ensemble - the musical collective founded by Yo-Yo Ma – and the British artist Howard Hodgkin, Layla and Majnun is based on the Azerbaijani opera by Uzeyir Hajibeyli, the story itself an ancient tragedy of Majnun (meaning “possessed”), driven mad over his love of Layla. 16 dancers tailor their movements to improvised mugham music, sung by the celebrated father and daughter vocalists Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova. Members of Silkroad Ensemble also perform on stage with traditional Asian instruments alongside Western strings and percussion. ***** “One of the most moving dances Morris has made” Financial Times A Sadler’s Wells 20th Anniversary Commission Free pre-show talk with Aida Huseynova: Wednesday 14 November at 6.30pm Wilkie Branson LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO TOM WORLD PREMIERE Thursday 15 & Friday 16 November Tickets: £17 Set in a hinterland between the civilised world and the wilderness, TOM tells the story of one man’s journey to rediscover who he really is. TOM is a dance-for-camera installation created by award-winning choreographer, film-maker and New Wave Associate Wilkie Branson. In this new work, Branson explores storytelling using the hip hop language of b-boying, combining it with cutting-edge technologies including animation, projection mapping and sound design. A Sadler’s Wells 20th Anniversary Commission Wilkie Branson is a Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Darbar Festival 2018 Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November Tickets: £12 - £50 Last year, the UK’s annual festival dedicated to Indian classical music expanded its remit to include dance, featuring performances from Sadler’s Wells favourites Akram Khan, Mavin Khoo and Seeta Patel alongside international superstars like Mythili Prakash and Aditi Mangaldas. With Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Akram Khan once again taking up the mantle as curator of this special programme, Darbar brings the best of classical Indian dance to Sadler’s Wells. “The festival that opened a window not only on to an art form but on to a worldview” The Guardian Birmingham Repertory Theatre The SnowmanTM Thursday 22 November - Sunday 6 January 2019 Tickets: £15 - £38 THE PEACOCK Based on the much-loved book and film, The Snowman stage adaptation is now as firm a fixture of Christmas as mince pies and fairy-lights. Swooping back into The Peacock for its 21st consecutive year, this festive show has transported generations of children to a wintery wonderland to discover exquisite dancing, live music – including Walking in the Air – a boy and his magical snowman. Friendship is kindled as the two embark on a starry-skied adventure to the North Pole, where they meet dancing penguins, Father Christmas, Ice Princess, and escape the clutches of Jack Frost. Raymond Briggs’ enchanting book celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018, while the stage show will be performed at Birmingham Repertory Theatre for the 25th consecutive year. “Go see The Snowman, and melt” The Times Copyright © Snowman Enterprises Limited 2018. THE SNOWMANTM is a trademark of Snowman Enterprises Limited. Nitin Sawhney / Sébastien Ramirez & Honji Wang Dystopian Dream Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 November Tickets: £12 - £35 UK PREMIERE Dystopian Dream is created from a concept originated by composer Nitin Sawhney and co- devised with Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez. Taking inspiration from threads woven through Nitin Sawhney’s album of the same name, this stage interpretation directed by Wang Ramirez combines choreography, live music and theatre to examine themes of loss, isolation, surrender and continuity. Featuring animated projections by Nick Hillel, costumes by Hussein Chalayan, lighting by Natasha Chivers and set by Shizuka Hariu, Dystopian Dream is performed by Wang Ramirez and singer Eva Stone. A Sadler’s Wells 20th Anniversary Commission A Sadler’s Wells Production Nitin Sawhney is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Antony Gormley Icon / Noetic UK PREMIERE Friday 30 November & Saturday 1 December Tickets: £12 - £38 Led by artistic director Katrín Hall, Swedish contemporary dance company GöteborgsOperans Danskompani’s first visit to Sadler’s Wells brings two UK premieres choreographed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, with designs by his regular collaborator, the sculptor Antony Gormley. In Icon three-and-a-half-tonnes of clay are moulded, heaped and shaped by 18 dancers to the sound of traditional songs from the Amami Islands, French ballads and medieval compositions. In Noetic 19 black-clad dancers manipulate Antony Gormley’s pliable carbon fibre strips in this exploration of noetic (from the Greek “noesis” meaning intellect) philosophy. A Sadler’s Wells 20th Anniversary Commission Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist New Adventures Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake Tuesday 4 December - Sunday 27 January Tickets: £12 - £72 Swan Lake returns with a fresh look for the 21st century. Retaining the iconic elements of the original, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (set and costumes) and Paule Constable (lighting) will create a re-imagining of the classic production. Thrilling, audacious and emotive, this Swan Lake is perhaps best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble. Collecting over 30 international accolades including an Olivier and three Tony Awards, Bourne’s powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times. Matthew Bourne is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Audio-described performance and touch tour: Saturday 12 January German Cornejo THE PEACOCK Tango Fire Tuesday 29 January - Saturday 16 February 2019 Tickets: £15 - £45 Award-winning Tango Fire returns for its seventh season. Starring a cast of extraordinary tango dancers, including German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi, accompanied by Tango Fuego Quartet, Tango Fire showcases the history of authentic Argentine tango. “One of the most stupendous and drop-dead-sexy displays of tango that you are likely to see all year” Daily Telegraph Gandini Juggling & Alexander Whitley Spring Thursday 31 January - Saturday 2 February 2019 Tickets: £12 - £30 Regular participants in the award-winning London International Mime Festival, the “kings of juggling” (Libération) broke countless crockery sets at The Peacock with their Pina Bausch- inspired Smashed: Special Edition in 2016, and collaborated with the bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Seeta Patel in the Lilian Baylis Studio for Sigma in 2017. For their Sadler’s Wells stage debut, cult favourite Gandini Juggling joins forces with Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Alexander Whitley to create a jubilant work of deconstructed rhythms and patterns. Performing to an original score by Gabriel Prokofiev, five jugglers and four contemporary dancers explore and evolve their respective art forms in this new show. Part of London International Mime Festival 2019 Alexander Whitley is a Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Sadler’s Wells Sampled Friday 8 & Saturday 9 February 2019 Tickets: £20, £5 proms-style standing The world’s best ballet dancers, b-boys and b-girls, tangoers and contemporary dancers gather together for Sadler’s Wells’ annual celebration of dance. Previous shows have seen the likes of New York City Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Iron Skulls and Paco Peña Flamenco Dance performing an eclectic mix of extracts and short works. Sampled gives dance fans and new audiences alike an opportunity to experience new styles in myriad ways. Come early for the full experience and join in free workshops, classes, live performances and more. For the full line-up, visit sadlerswells.com/sampled “A brilliant introduction to all that dance can be” The Guardian Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch New Piece I / New Piece II Thursday 14 - Monday 25 February Tickets: £12 - £60 UK PREMIERE The unmistakable style of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch was forged over decades performing Pina Bausch’s huge catalogue of works. Following the choreographer’s death in 2009, the company is now ready to embark on the expansion of this repertoire with new works by two choreographers. New Piece I marks the creation of the company’s first full-length work by a guest choreographer, while also being the first work that Greek choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou has created outside of his own company. Trained as a visual artist, Papaionannou’s work is renowned for its dream-like atmosphere, inhabited by a circus of contorted and absurd creatures. Norwegian choreographer, director and award-winning playwright Alan Lucien Øyen creates the second new work. As resident choreographer of the Norwegian National Ballet and for his own company winter guests, Øyen seeks to reflect the human experience using dance and text. Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch is a Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company Cirque Éloize THE PEACOCK Hotel UK PREMIERE Wednesday 20 February - Saturday 9 March 2019 Tickets: £15 - £42 Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Canadian contemporary circus crew Cirque Éloize opens the doors to its new show, Hotel. In an art deco grand hotel, tourists and travellers, the famous and infamous, mingle in the 1920s, the 1970s and 2040. Sneak behind closed doors to witness intimate stories, guided by a time-spinning groom and the artful maître d’hôtel. With 12 acrobats and musicians, and an original score by Éloi Painchaud, Cirque Éloize shows off the company’s trademark blend of circus and drama in a place that never sleeps. “Astounding” Time Out on Saloon Yamato THE PEACOCK Passion Tuesday 12 - Sunday 31 March 2019 Tickets: £15 - £38 (£7.50 concessions) The Japanese taiko drummers of Yamato make their way back to London, bringing with them the Odaiko drums. These traditional drums, used in Shinto rituals, weigh over half a tonne each, requiring exceptional skill and physicality to produce each floor-shaking note. In creating Passion, the Yamato drummers have been inspired both by their daily commitment to rigorous training, and by their desire for a mutual exchange of energy with the audience, resulting in a display of impressive strength. On stage, they emit an intense passion that resonates in their pounding, high-energy and thunderous performances. “Primal, exhilarating; you want to do it too” The Times on Chousensha – The Challengers
  6. Sibling Rivalry

    That didn't work for my sister and I. SHE STILL TOOK MY STUFF!!! But it is a good idea.
  7. Choreographer Corey Baker created this piece, performed in Antarctica, on Madeleine Graham of RNZB. The film was shown in London on World Earth Day. http://antarctica.coreybakerdance.com
  8. CAT scheme birmingham

    Hello Dancingpanda and welcome to the Forum!
  9. Dance links w/b Sunday April 22, 2018

    Links - Monday 23 April, 2018 Reviews - San Francisco Ballet, Unbound Festival, San Francisco: Allan Ulrich, SF Chronicle Alastair Macaulay, NY Times Review - Viviana Durante Company, Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back in Time, London: Jann Parry, DanceTabs Feature - Tamara Rojo: Julia Moloney, Independent (Ireland) Review - English National Ballet, Voices of America, London: Toba Singer, CultureVulture Feature - Aaron Robison, English National Ballet: Penelope Ford, Fjord Review Review - Royal Ballet, Manon, London: Michelle Potter, ... on dancing Review - Royal Ballet, Obsidian Tear, Marguerite and Armand, Elite Syncopations, London: Jeffrey Taylor, Express Review - Royal Danish Ballet, Queen of Spades (Scarlett), Copenhagen: Eva Kistrup, Danceview Times Review - Dance Theater of Harlem, Brahms Variations, Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, Vessels, Los Angeles: Laura Bleiberg, LA Times Review - Martha Graham Dance Company, Ekstasis, The Rite of Spring, Panorama, Histoire, New York: Joel Benjamin, Theater Scene Video Feature - Dance filmed in Antarctica premieres in London for World Earth Day: tvnz Preview (with video feature) - Pennsylvania Ballet, Jewels, Philadelphia: Karen Rogers, 6abc Diary - The week ahead in LA dance: Matt Cooper, LA Times Review - Joannis Mandafounis & Corpus, It finishes when it finishes, Copenhagen: Eva Kistrup, Danceview Times Preview - Carolina Ballet, Serenade, Raleigh: Linda Haac, Herald Sun Feature - Bringing Khmer dance down to earth: Staff, The Nation
  10. Finding The Money To Pay For Dance Training Expenses

    Check vacancies in your local papers - shops and offices may look for "temps" to cover the summer holiday period. If you've got a local cinema chain it may be worth enquiring if they have any summer jobs going. You could prepare your CV and hand it in to various places.
  11. AΦE WHIST Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells Tuesday 19 - Saturday 23 June Tickets: £12 Ticket office: 020 7863 8000 / www.sadlerswells.com Inspired by the work of Sigmund Freud, WHIST by AΦE invites audiences on a journey into the unconscious mind, through the dreams, fears and desires of a fictional family. Following a sold-out world premiere and UK and international tour in 2017-18, WHIST comes to Sadler’s Wells’ Lilian Baylis Studio from Tuesday 19 - Saturday 23 June. The one-hour experience merges physical theatre, interactive Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and an art installation, in an environment that blurs the boundaries between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual, exploring the story from one of the 76 different perspectives. Immersed in a world of unfolding dreams, the viewer chooses his or her own path, creating a truly unique narrative dependent on choice. Aoi Nakamura and Esteban Fourmi, founders of the Ashford-based dance company AΦE, who created the production said: “We had many conversations with psychoanalysts working at the Freud Museum and were introduced to several patient case studies. We thought: ‘What if those patients formed one single family?’ And there we were, completely immersed in their worlds… Freud’s own theories about fears, dreams, symbolism in dreams and the notion of the unconscious is just the beginning.” Aoi Nakamura has performed with State Theater Saarbrücken and State Theater Wiesbaden in Germany, as well as with Jasmin Vardimon Company, Punchdrunk and Neon Dance. She won first prize at the international choreography competition in Aarhus in 2010 for her work Ototoxic. Esteban Fourmi has also worked with Punchdrunk and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jasmin Vardimon. He was involved in the creation of works for Jasmin Vardimon Company including 7734, Home, Freedom, Park, Pinocchio and Tahnhäuser. He remounted Vardimon’s early work Shabbat, and performed and toured in Yesterday, Justitia and Pinocchio. AΦE was one of the 70 organisations to be on Creative United’s Prosper business support programme in 2017-18, and TimeOut Sydney called it “an innovative UK dance company”. WHIST was seen in London at the V&A, Colours International Dance Festival in Stuttgart, Sydney Festival, and other film and technology festivals around the world. VICE, The Creators Project calls it “a truly beautiful, compelling and important work.” Eva Martinez, Sadler’s Wells’ Artistic Programmer, said: "With the rise of possibilities in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, the experience of theatre is changing and new possibilities are arising. With this young company, what is remarkable besides the high level of production standard and their artistic ambition, is for me the fact that they are clearly creative minds. They understand how to tell a story through watching the body and playing with the relationships of objects and people in space, both the digital and the real space. I was also taken by their reference to the tradition of tanztheater and their analytical take on it with the Freudian lens: a fascinating investigation into what watching dance means to our psyche." Age guidance: 16 years and above contains partial nudity and sexual reference The performance is promenade and audiences are required to wear Samsung Gear VR headset and headphones About AΦE AΦE is an Ashford-based dance company founded in 2013 by Aoi Nakamura and Esteban Fourmi. With the vision to bring the art of dance closer to audiences, the company’s mission is to create high-quality productions and experiences that are not bound by a stage. Driven by the power of body and movement in space, AΦE productions are environments that allow the audience to enjoy total immersion. Each element in the performance space – the set, performers, audience, sound, objects – is part of an ecosystem, carefully constructed to allow audience’s own reflection on the subject explored. The company has choreographed, directed and performed for award-winning works, such as Sean Rogg’s immersive experience The Waldorf Project, stage productions (Wound, Für Eli), 360 films (The Night Opera, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg video for Google Arts & Culture) and short films (Kai, Bysju promo, Chasing Mirror by Padre ft Jova music video). www.aoiesteban.com About Sadler’s Wells Sadler's Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With over three centuries of theatrical heritage and a year-round programme of performances and learning activities, it is the place where artists come together to create dance, and where people of all backgrounds come to experience it – to take part, learn, experiment and be inspired. Audiences of over half a million come to its London theatres each year, with many more enjoying its touring productions at venues across the UK and around the world, and accessing its content through digital channels. Sadler's Wells commissions, produces and presents more new dance work than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 160 new dance works to the stage, many of them involving its 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and four Associate Companies – the most exciting talents working in dance today. It also nurtures the next generation of talent through research and development, running the National Youth Dance Company and a range of programmes including Wild Card, New Wave Associates, Open Art Surgery and Summer University. Sadler's Wells' learning and engagement activities reach over 25,000 annually through programmes that take dance out into the community and invite communities into the theatre. Projects include community productions and the renowned Company of Elders, its resident over-60s performance group, while events range from pre and post-show talks with dance artists to classes, workshops and assisted performances. Located in Islington, north London, the current building is the sixth to have stood on site since entrepreneur Richard Sadler first established the theatre in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera having all started at Sadler's Wells. sadlerswells.com
  12. Dance on terrestrial TV

    A press release from Sadler's Wells about the BBC4 Dance Series: 17 April 2018 Sadler’s Wells Partners with the BBC to present DanceWorks on BBC Four In a new partnership, the BBC and Sadler’s Wells have curated and commissioned DanceWorks, four 30-minute artist-led films for broadcast on BBC Four this May as part of their forthcoming dance season, which was announced at a press conference at Sadler’s Wells this morning. Co-produced with Islington-based production company ClearStory, each film in the DanceWorks series introduces the audience to a different artist:Zenaida Yanowsky, Dickson Mbi, Carlos Pons Guerra and Shobana Jeyasingh. Following them as they create new work and gaining behind-the-scenes access to the creative process, these films allow viewers a unique insight into the world of dance in Britain today. The films will be broadcast on BBC Four from Monday 7 - Thursday 10 May. The Dying Swan follows former Principal dancer Zenaida Yanowsky as she overcomes knee surgery and fights her body back to fitness to prepare for one of her final public performances following an acclaimed classical ballet career. The artistic process behind Shobana Jeyasingh’s new work, Contagion, an evocation of the 1918 flu epidemic, is revealed in Choreographing History. Dancer and choreographer Dickson Mbi is followed as he transitions from his street dance roots to the contemporary dance limelight under the guidance of his mentor, Akram Khan’s producer, Farooq Chaudhry. Prejudice and Passion follows Carlos Pons Guerra as he begins choreographing a new children’s production, the true story of two male penguins raising a baby penguin. Alistair Spalding, Artistic Director and Chief Executive at Sadler’s Wells said: “At Sadler’s Wells, we’re always looking for ways to introduce the experience of high quality dance to the widest possible audience. Beyond the stage we also want people to be able to experience dance through different media. I’m delighted that our partnership with the BBC and ClearStory has enabled us to present these films on BBC Four, which will give viewers an opportunity to go behind the scenes with some of today’s most exciting artists and discover how they create dance.” The BBC Four Dance Season launches on Sunday 6 May and lifts the curtain on today’s thriving dance scene, featuring some of today’s most exciting dance makers and the enduring legacy of others whilst shining a light on a broad range of dance styles from ballet and contemporary to tap and hip-hop. The Dying Swan: Using the lyrical and elegant metaphor of a ballet classic about death, this film explores how a dancer fights age, the deterioration of the body over time and fear of retirement. Former Royal Ballet Principal Zenaida Yanowsky plans to overcome knee surgery and fight her body back to fitness so as to perform a swansong, one of ballet’s best-known of solos, The Dying Swan. For Yanowsky, this is one of her last public performances before drawing the curtains on an acclaimed classical ballet career. The film also features an encounter between Zenaida Yanowsky and a current rising star of The Royal Ballet, Russian dancer Natalia Osipova, as they exchange reflections on The Dying Swan routine. Street to Stage: Dickson Mbi is at a critical breakthrough point in his career as he transitions from his street dance roots to the contemporary dance limelight. This film follows him as he wins the UK heat of the international street dance competition Keep on Dancing (KOD). This is nothing, however, compared to the challenge that now faces him as he starts to choreograph and perform his first contemporary dance solo under the watchful eyes of Akram Khan’s producer, Farooq Chaudhry. Prejudice and Passion: Audacious and funny, Leeds-based Carlos Pons Guerra creates darkly humorous, highly theatrical and vigorously physical work that often explores questions of gender and sexual identity. Now, he wants to bring his avant-garde style and preoccupations to a broader audience. This film follows Carlos Pons Guerra as he begins choreographing a new children’s production at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, which tells a true story of two male penguins raising a chick. This work is about using dance to set an agenda - can he bring the fight for acceptance that has defined him into the mainstream and win over family audiences? Choreographing History: Experimental and highly original, Shobana Jeyasingh’s new work Contagion will, through dance, evoke the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which killed over 50 million people. This film offers a unique insight into a choreographer’s artistic process and their sources of inspiration as Jeyasingh researches the pandemic and attempts to translate what she finds into movement, working closely with dancers on the stage. Jonty Claypole, Director of BBC Arts said: “Dance has the power to bring together different communities and generations in a shared love of creative expression, and you only have to look at the extraordinary diversity of dance talent and audiences right across the UK to realise how successfully it fulfils this promise. As part of our forthcoming Dance Season we’re delighted to be partnering with Sadler’s Wells for the first time to present these four fascinating DanceWorks films, placing the spotlight on some of the UK’s most exciting dancers.” ClearStory Executive Producers Molly Milton and Russell Barnes said: “This has been a creatively exciting partnership with Sadler’s Wells. Through working so closely and intimately with leading dancers and choreographers, ClearStory has been able to push the boundaries of what a dance film can be, threading performance through an observational narrative. We hope viewers come away with a fresh perspective and insight into the world behind the stage curtain.” Production Company: Sadler’s Wells & ClearStory Director: Glen Milner Producer: Bia Oliveira Executive Producers: Russell Barnes, Molly Milton, Alistair Spalding Exec Producer for BBC: Emma Cahusac Notes to Editors: Contagion is co-commissioned by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Culture Media and Sport. Supported by The Deborah Loeb Brice Donor Advised Fund at CAF America, Garcia Family Foundation, Dr Michael and Anna Brynberg Charitable Foundation, Oak Foundation and Wellcome. Sadler’s Wells’ other broadcast and digital projects in 2018 In addition to the Danceworks films with the BBC, Sadler’s Wells’ other broadcast and digital projects in 2018 include a partnership with Channel 4’s Random Acts to commission three original films from Julie Cunningham, Alesandra Seutin and Botis Seva for broadcast later in the year. Linked to the new works the artists are creating for Reckonings in the 20th Anniversary week, the films will be creative entities in their own right, offering the three distinctive younger artists an opportunity to tell their stories in a different medium to a wider audience. Celestial Motion is a new virtual reality experience adapted from Alexander Whitley’s production 8 Minutes, which premiered at the theatre in June 2017 and was commissioned as part of the New Wave Associates programme. This is the first arts-inspired experience made by The Guardian’s award-winning VR team, with the Alexander Whitley Dance Company in association with Sadler’s Wells. It uses the latest 360 and motion capture technology to explore the human relationship with the Sun, enabling viewers to get closer to the dancers. Audiences previewed it at the theatre’s Sampled festival on 2 & 3 February 2018. Celestial Motion is available to view on Daydream and will be available on Google Cardboard and YouTube 360 video later this year. Download The Guardian’s new VR app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. About Sadler’s Wells Sadler's Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With over three centuries of theatrical heritage and a year-round programme of performances and learning activities, it is the place where artists come together to create dance, and where people of all backgrounds come to experience it – to take part, learn, experiment and be inspired. Audiences of over half a million come to its London theatres each year, with many more enjoying its touring productions at venues across the UK and around the world, and accessing its content through digital channels. Sadler's Wells commissions, produces and presents more new dance work than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 160 new dance works to the stage, many of them involving its 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and four Associate Companies – the most exciting talents working in dance today. It also nurtures the next generation of talent through research and development, running the National Youth Dance Company and a range of programmes including Wild Card, New Wave Associates, Open Art Surgery and Summer University. Sadler's Wells' learning and engagement activities reach over 25,000 annually through programmes that take dance out into the community and invite communities into the theatre. Projects include community productions and the renowned Company of Elders, its resident over-60s performance group, while events range from pre and post-show talks with dance artists to classes, workshops and assisted performances. Located in Islington, north London, the current building is the sixth to have stood on site since entrepreneur Richard Sadler first established the theatre in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera having all started at Sadler's Wells. sadlerswells.com About ClearStory ClearStory (www.clearstory.co.uk) is run by the BAFTA and Grierson Award-winning Executive Producers Molly Milton and Russell Barnes. The company has built a reputation for its dynamic and diverse creative output. ClearStory productions released in 2017 include a humorous biography of Damien Hirst, Passions: Damien Hirst by Harry Hill, for Sky Arts, The Great Village Green Crusade, a feature-length science documentary about renewable energy, and Utopia: In Search of the Dream, a three-part series about visions of a better future, for BBC4. ClearStory is currently in production with three major new BBC projects due to broadcast in 2018. About BBC Arts The BBC is the biggest creator of arts content and is Britain's creative partner – a stage for the nation to experience the very best arts; when they want, how they want. • The nation’s stage: access to arts and culture programming for all through the licence fee – we create and showcase more arts and culture than any other broadcaster • An Innovator: constantly finding new ways to bring the best quality culture to audiences; working with the arts sector as partner and acting as a hot house for new talent • Britain’s creative partner: a bold force in the UK creative sector as creator and commissioner, also a platform for new talent • An investor in quality: we only present the highest quality arts and culture programming, crafted by skilled production teams and shared with all audiences • Bringing the nation together: like no other we create and amplify moments in arts and culture, cutting through with a broad audience
  13. Thanks Duck. How lucky you were to see what sounds like a fascinating programme.
  14. Dale Winton RIP.

    Very sad news. RIP
  15. Nice filmed interview with Celine Gittens and Brandon Lawrence ahead of the performances of R&J in Richmond, Virginia. http://wtkr.com/2018/04/18/dancers-from-the-birmingham-royal-ballet-on-coast-live/
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