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  1. BB are at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre at Quarry Hill in Leeds tonight and tomorrow. Sadly I can't go this time but fortunately I saw the programme in May.
  2. Sadly for Liverpudlians we have to travel quite a way to see B.B.
  3. BRB Japan tour casting

    I heard a while ago that there wouldn't be a midscale tour next year because it would have clashed with the Japan tour and possibly the dates in Virginia. For me, that is devastating news. I hope midscale resumes next year. And oh what irony that the casting for Tokyo next May (ie 6 months in advance) has already been announced.
  4. GET COSY THIS CHRISTMAS WITH DANCEEAST’S THE BORROWERS – MUSIC, MAGIC AND ANIMATION AWAITS A DanceEast season would not be complete without something magical for children. This Christmas Ipswich’s Jerwood DanceHouse will welcome a festive exclusive, from Wednesday 13 – Sunday 17 December. Commissioned by DanceEast, The Borrowers will capture the imagination of children, families and people of all ages, based on Mary Norton’s much-loved book. It is a ‘see it first at DanceEast’ moment before the production will tour throughout 2018, offering audiences the chance to get swept up in the world beneath the floorboards. Contemporary dance, physical theatre and animation will bring this story about tiny people to life, taking the theatre on a magical journey of discovery as The Borrowers flee their home, overcome fear and danger, taste freedom and adventure before finally finding a safe place to make a new life. Set within an oversized world of beautiful hand-painted animation, created by artist Betsy Dadd, audiences can join Pod, Homily, their headstrong daughter Arrietty and new friend Spiller for this playful performance by Jane Hackett Productions. It is the perfect festive treat for all the family, suitable for age 5+ years. Dedicated schools’ shows have been incorporated into The Borrowers’ run, however due to unprecedented demand, more shows have been added to the schedule. This is a great testament to the ongoing, positive relationship DanceEast is maintaining with Suffolk schools, both primary and secondary, across the region and into neighbouring counties. DanceEast continues to bring great dance to the East of England, with sold out shows across the season, and a great variety of outreach and extra-curricular activities. Audiences can get even closer to this classic tale, exploring story of The Borrowers in a special workshop on Saturday 16 December, through movement, animation and music. No prior experience or special dance clothing is required to get immersed in the magical world of these tiny people who live under the floorboards, perfect for children aged 7 – 11 years. Staged by kind permission of The Estate of Mary Norton. ENDS Performance details and Box Office information DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DW 
Box Office: 01473 295230 | DANCEEAST.CO.UK 
Dates: Wednesday 13 December | 1.30pm (sold out)
 Thursday 14 December | 10.30am (sold out) & 1.30pm (sold out)
 Friday 15 December | 10.30am (sold out), 1.30pm (sold out) & 7.30pm 
 Saturday 16 December | 2.30pm & 7.30pm
 Sunday 17 December | 2.30pm
 Ticket prices: from £10, £7 concessions (£30 family ticket) 
Workshop details and Box Office information DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DW
 Box Office: 01473 295230 | DANCEEAST.CO.UK 
 Dates: Saturday 16 December | 12.00 – 1.30pm 
 Ticket prices: £5 child
 About DanceEast DanceEast is one of the UK’s leading dance organisations. It is based at the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich, the home of dance in the East of England. DanceEast’s programme embraces the artistic, educational, social and recreational roles that dance plays in the local and national arts ecology. It places artists at the heart of the organisation, presenting high-quality high-profile dance work in the Jerwood DanceHouse and offering artists support, development and stimulation via programmes such as the Associate Artist Scheme, Rural Retreats, Professional Development workshops, advanced level classes and the Choreographic Development Fund. DanceEast has been running a range of innovative community projects for over thirty years, working closely with partners on local, national and international projects. DanceEast is a registered charity, funded by Arts Council England, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council, and donations from individuals, businesses, trusts and foundations. Thanks to Catalyst: Evolve funding, all donations DanceEast receives before 31 August 2019 will be matched by Arts Council England £1 for £1, doubling their value. There has never been a better time to donate, and contribute to the future of great dance at the Jerwood DanceHouse.
  5. Glad you like the list of dancers too. The last 4 on the list are enough to have made me want to buy a ticket but unfortunately it is the wrong week for me.
  6. And the official press release: English National Ballet Nutcracker National Tour Wednesday 29 November 2017 – Saturday 06 January 2018 Performance times and ticket prices vary www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker Press nights: Mayflower Theatre, Southampton: Wed 29 Nov at 7.30pm London Coliseum: Wednesday 13 Dec at 7.30pm This Christmas season English National Ballet presents its acclaimed production of Nutcracker at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre (29 November – 02 December 2017) as well as returning to the London Coliseum (13 December 2017 – 06 January 2018). This year’s performances of Nutcracker in London see Lead Principals Jurgita Dronina and Aaron Robison debut alongside each other as Clara and the Nephew. Guest Lead Principal, Jeffery Cirio also debuts in the role of the Nephew partnering Lead Principal Erina Takahashi. Soloist Ken Saruhashi debuts in the role of the Nephew opposite fellow Soloist Katja Khaniukova, with Artist of the Company Eric Woolhouse who debuts in the role of Nutcracker. First Soloist, Alison McWhinney debuts in the role of Clara partnering First Soloist James Forbat as the Nephew, whilst First Artist, Francesca Velicu also performs the role for the first time, partnering Ken Saruhashi as the Nephew. As previously announced, Southampton will see Soloist Aitor Arrieta debut in the role of the Nephew alongside Junior Soloist Rina Kanehara as Clara. Their performances follow their joint success at Emerging Dancer earlier this year. New Principal Joseph Caley debuts in the role of the Nephew, partnering fellow Principal Shiori Kase as Clara ahead of opening the run at the London Coliseum. Soloist Skyler Martin and Artist of the Company Fernando Carratalá Coloma debut in the role of Nutcracker. Further Principal casting sees Lead Principal Fernanda Oliveira partner James Forbat, Lead Principal Begoña Cao partner Aaron Robison, and Lead Principals Tamara Rojo and Isaac Hernández perform together in the roles of Clara and the Nephew. The role of Nutcracker will also be performed by Guilherme Menezes, Junor Souza, Aitor Arrieta and James Forbat. Based on a concept by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling, Nutcracker is choreographed by Eagling and accompanied by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s memorable score performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Last year saw English National Ballet’s most successful Nutcracker run on record, when over 79,000 people made a performance at the London Coliseum a part of their holiday celebrations. This year’s tour of Wayne Eagling’s version continues the Company’s tradition of presenting a Nutcracker production every year since 1950, its founding year. This Christmas, give the gift of ballet to a loved one with English National Ballet’s Friends and Ballet Buddies schemes, offering a range of unique and rewarding experiences bringing people closer to the artistic process. For more information, please see: www.ballet.org.uk/join-give Principal Casting In the order of Clara, Nephew, Nutcracker (Casting is subject to change. Please see www.ballet.org.uk for up-to-date casting) Southampton Mayflower Wednesday 29 November - Saturday 2 December 2017 Wednesday 29 November - Press night Rina Kanehara, Aitor Arrieta*, Fernando Carratalá Coloma* Thursday 30 November (matinee) Fernanda Oliveira, James Forbat, Skyler Martin* Thursday 30 November Shiori Kase±, Joseph Caley*†, Guilherme Menezes Friday 1 December Tamara Rojo, Isaac Hernández†, Aitor Arrieta Saturday 2 December (matinee) Shiori Kase±, Joseph Caley, Guilherme Menezes Saturday 2 December Rina Kanehara, Aitor Arrieta, Fernando Carratalá Coloma London Coliseum 13 December 2017 - 6 January 2018 Wednesday 13 December - Press night Shiori Kase±, Joseph Caley†, Guilherme Menezes Thursday 14 December Jurgita Dronina*†, Aaron Robison*†, Skyler Martin Friday 15 December (matinee) Alison McWhinney*, James Forbat, Junor Souza Friday 15 December Shiori Kase±, Joseph Caley†, Guilherme Menezes Saturday 16 December (matinee) Erina Takahashi, Jeffrey Cirio*††, James Forbat Saturday 16 December Tamara Rojo, Isaac Hernández†, Aitor Arrieta Sunday 17 December (matinee) Jurgita Dronina†, Aaron Robison†, Skyler Martin Tuesday 19 December (matinee) Alison McWhinney, James Forbat, Junor Souza Tuesday 19 December Jurgita Dronina†, Aaron Robison†, Skyler Martin Wednesday 20 December (matinee) Katja Khaniukova, Ken Saruhashi*, Eric Woolhouse* Wednesday 20 December Erina Takahashi, Jeffrey Cirio††, James Forbat Thursday 21 December (matinee) Begoña Cao, Aaron Robison†, Junor Souza Thursday 21 December Fernanda Oliveira, James Forbat, Skyler Martin Friday 22 December (matinee) Katja Khaniukova, Ken Saruhashi, Eric Woolhouse Friday 22 December Rina Kanehara, Aitor Arrieta, Fernando Carratalá Coloma Saturday 23 December (matinee) Erina Takahashi, Jeffrey Cirio††, James Forbat Saturday 23 December Tamara Rojo, Isaac Hernández†, Aitor Arrieta Sunday 24 December (matinee) Shiori Kase±, Joseph Caley†, Guilherme Menezes Tuesday 26 December (5pm) Fernanda Oliveira, James Forbat, Skyler Martin Wednesday 27 December (matinee) Begoña Cao, Aaron Robison†, Junor Souza Wednesday 27 December Erina Takahashi, Jeffrey Cirio††, James Forbat Thursday 28 December (matinee) Begoña Cao, Aaron Robison†, Junor Souza Thursday 28 December Tamara Rojo, Isaac Hernández†, Aitor Arrieta Friday 29 December Shiori Kase±, Joseph Caley†, Guilherme Menezes Saturday 30 December (matinee) Erina Takahashi, Jeffrey Cirio††, James Forbat Saturday 30 December Tamara Rojo, Isaac Hernández†, Aitor Arrieta Sunday 31 December (matinee) Fernanda Oliveira, James Forbat, Skyler Martin Tuesday 2 January Begoña Cao, Aaron Robison†, Junor Souza Wednesday 3 January Rina Kanehara, Aitor Arrieta, Fernando Carratalá Coloma Thursday 4 January (matinee) Fernanda Oliveira, James Forbat, Skyler Martin Thursday 4 January Jurgita Dronina†, Aaron Robison†, Skyler Martin Friday 5 January Rina Kanehara, Aitor Arrieta, Fernando Carratalá Coloma Saturday 6 January (matinee) Francesca Velicu*, Ken Saruhashi, Eric Woolhouse Saturday 6 January Alison McWhinney, James Forbat, Junor Souza * Debut in the role with English National Ballet † Sponsored by the Aud Jebsen International Talent Programme †† Guest Artists sponsored by Aud Jebsen ± Backes & Strauss Brand Ambassador Ends For further information about English National Ballet and to book tickets visit www.ballet.org.uk. Please note performance details are subject to change. Notes to editors: To coincide with Nutcracker, English National Ballet will host a range of workshops and events, aimed to provide a gateway into the world of ballet. Activities include on-stage workshops for all ages, Live Drawing, Family Events, and behind-the-scenes talks. The Family Friendlyperformance of Nutcracker is on Saturday 6 January 2018, 2.30pm. Children under 5 may attend this performance and up to two children under 16 can go free with each full paying adult. For more details, see www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on Listings information: Nutcracker Mayflower Theatre, Southampton 29 November 2017 – 02 December 2017 Box Office: 023 8071 1811 or www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker Tickets: £11.50 - £48.50 Nutcracker London Coliseum 13 December 2017 – 06 January 2018 Box Office: 020 7845 9300 or www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker Tickets: £14.00 - £79.00 Booking fees may apply.
  7. PRESS RELEASE Tuesday 14 November 2017
 SUPPORT DANCEEAST’S CHALLENGE 1000 AND HELP PROVIDE GREAT DANCE FOR EVERYONE DanceEast is in the midst of challenging 1,000 people to donate £5 each, to help the organisation continue delivering vital work for older movers, and make a huge difference to health and wellbeing through dance. DanceEast’s Challenge 1000 is part of its wider Great Dance for Everyone campaign, aiming to provide rewarding dance and movement experiences for everyone. It is pioneering dance classes and projects to promote health and wellbeing, and therefore enhance lives. With the help of 1,000 generous people, DanceEast can continue this vital work, and provide more enjoyment, fulfilment and satisfaction for everyone, including older movers. Now part-way through the campaign, DanceEast still requires support from Ipswich locals, Suffolk residents, and all those further afield in order to provide more fulfilling dance experiences for older movers, who may not otherwise get the chance to enjoy the wonder of dance. In the run up to the festive season, supporters can ‘give the gift of dance’ and support this hugely worthwhile cause. Currently DanceEast works with people with Parkinson’s and Dementia, as well as focusing on preventing falls and injury in older people through dance. DanceEast’s Dance for Parkinson’s programme, its recently relaunched Care to Dance? (previously Dance for Dementia) and its new StowMovers sessions for those over 55 in Stowmarket demonstrate just some of the ways in which it promotes health and wellness via dance, in addition to its Dance to Health schemes in both Southend and Norfolk. No dance experience is necessary to take part in DanceEast’s work for older learners, and sessions are open to all, providing both social and physical benefits through dance. A Dance for Parkinson’s participant at DanceEast said: ‘I have found it beneficial in so many ways…it has helped with my speech; my walking has improved; my self-confidence has improved. Dance helps us forget all our troubles.’ Through its Challenge 1000, and Great Dance for Everyone, DanceEast will be able to build a community of older movers that are both healthier and happier. To donate, text GDFE17 £5 to 70070. You can also donate by phoning the DanceEast Box Office on 01473 295230, in person at the Jerwood DanceHouse, or online at www.danceeast.co.uk/donate DanceEast is a registered charity and now is the best time to support its work. Until 2019, all donations will be doubled by Arts Council England’s Catalyst: Evolve Scheme, helping to create great dance for everyone. #challenge1000 
  8. Thank you

    Well done to your DD richieN. I can't wait to hear more news.
  9. https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/about/press/articles/none/Nureyev-sale/ I suppose the stringent rules are being applied in view of all the controversy. As the previous thread about this ballet was closed, I am not inviting comments on this thread so am locking it now.
  10. Thanks Amelia. That's a blummin' good lineup of dancers!
  11. I saw Rina Kanehara last year in Liverpool and she made the (for me) tedious production worth seeing. I think she is absolutely exquisite.
  12. The 'C' word (dance themed gifts) 2017

    Glad I’ve read this ... must nip in to Home Bargains!
  13. I like David Nixon's Nutcracker very much. It's set in a house in Georgian England and is very straightforward. Obviously it's a touring production so not on the same scale as BRB's brilliant version but still very enjoyable and watchable.
  14. Janet is a very, very happy bunny this afternoon. I've been waiting 10 very long years for Three Musketeers to come back into the rep!!!
  15. Northern Ballet announces autumn 2018 season The Three Musketeers – Nottingham, Newcastle, Sheffield & Canterbury The Nutcracker – Hull, Norwich, Woking & Leeds Mixed Programme – Leeds & Doncaster Northern Ballet has announced details of its autumn 2018 season which heralds the return of two audience favourites, The Three Musketeers and The Nutcracker. Both productions by David Nixon OBE will tour nationally and the Company will also perform a new Mixed Programme in Leeds and Doncaster. The Three Musketeers Returning to the stage for the first time in more than 10 years, David Nixon OBE’s The Three Musketeers is a dashing tale of intrigue, treachery, romance and thrilling swordplay. Set in 17th century Paris where honour is everything but no secret is safe, devoted friends D’Artagnan and the three musketeers, race on chivalrous quest to save the Queen’s reputation and the life of D’Artagnan’s love. With a sweeping score by Sir Malcolm Arnold, played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, this is a gripping ballet with larger than life characters for the whole family to enjoy. The Three Musketeers will tour to Nottingham, Newcastle, Sheffield and Canterbury from October to November 2018. The Nutcracker A festive classic, David Nixon OBE’s The Nutcracker follows young Clara as her Christmas dreams come true. As her Nutcracker doll proves to be no ordinary toy, Clara is whisked away on the magical journey of a lifetime through a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and the famous Sugar Plum Fairy. Set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score, played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, The Nutcracker will radiate the warmth and excitement of Christmas on tour to Hull, Norwich, Woking and Leeds in November and December 2018. Mixed Programme Northern Ballet’s Mixed Programme will offer audiences an exhilarating line-up of new work by Kenneth Tindall, choreographer of Northern Ballet’s hit new ballet Casanova; freelance stage and film choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple; and a choreographic debut by Northern Ballet Soloist Mlindi Kulashe. Further details of the programme are to be announced. Northern Ballet’s Mixed Programme will be performed in Leeds and Doncaster in September 2018. For more information, on sale dates and booking details for performances until December 2018, see northernballet.com/whatson -ENDS- Notes to Editors Autumn 2018 Tour Dates Mixed Programme Leeds Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre 12 – 15 September 2018 Box Office 0113 220 8008 theatreleeds.com On sale soon Doncaster Cast 21 – 22 September 2018 Box Office 01302 303 959 castindoncaster.com On sale soon The Three Musketeers Nottingham Theatre Royal 4 – 6 October 2018 Box Office 0115 989 5555 trch.co.uk On general sale 22 November 2017 Newcastle Theatre Royal 17 – 20 October 2018 Box Office 08448 11 21 21* theatreroyal.co.uk On general sale 16 March 2018 Sheffield Lyceum Theatre 24 – 27 October 2018 Box Office 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk On sale soon Canterbury Marlowe Theatre 31 October – 3 November 2018 Box Office 01227 787787 marlowetheatre.com On general sale 27 November 2017 The Nutcracker Hull New Theatre 14 – 17 November 2018 Box Office 01482 300 306 hulltheatres.co.uk On general sale 22 November 2017 Norwich Theatre Royal 21 – 24 November 2018 Box Office 01603 63 00 00 theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk On sale soon Woking New Victoria Theatre 27 November – 1 December 2018 Box Office 0844 871 7627* atgtickets.com/woking On general sale 22 November 2017 Leeds Grand Theatre 4 – 16 December 2018 Box Office 0844 848 2700* leedsgrandtheatre.com On general sale 5 December 2017 *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Northern Ballet Artistic Director – David Nixon OBE Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s leading ballet companies and the widest touring ballet company in the UK. Bold and innovative in its approach, Northern Ballet is prolific at creating new full-length work with a unique blend of strong classical technique and world-class storytelling. Northern Ballet’s repertoire embraces popular culture and takes inspiration from literature, legend, opera and the classics, pushing the boundaries of what stories can be told through dance. A champion for the cultural exports of the North, Leeds-based Northern Ballet is dedicated to bringing world-class story ballets to as many people and places as possible, under the leadership of Artistic Director David Nixon OBE. Northern Ballet’s Company of 47 dancers performs a combination of its full-length ballets and specially created ballets for children at almost 50 venues annually. For more details of Northern Ballet's tour, on sale dates and booking information, please visit northernballet.com/whatson National Tour Sponsor Main image: Matthew Topliss, Lorenzo Trossello, Gavin McCaig and Ashley Dixon in The Three Musketeers. Photo Guy Farrow. Other images: Matthew Koon and Rachael Gillespie in The Nutcracker. Photo Guy Farrow.