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  1. PRESS RELEASE Fertile Ground presents Myths & Dreams North East Tour 14 - 29 October 2021 www.fertileground.org.uk/2021-22programme “An entertaining and engrossing evening of dance.” British Theatre Guide This October, the North East of England’s touring dance company, Fertile Ground, presents Myths & Dreams at Dance City, Newcastle (14 Oct), The Arts Academy, Sunderland (21 October) and The Maltings, Berwick (29 Oct), with more dates in 2022 to be announced shortly. Combining dance, film and digital sculpture, this captivating programme features works by four of the most exciting and innovative choreographers working today, performed by a cast of emerging dancers from across the North East. Opening the bill is Labyrinth by Artistic Co-Director Renaud Wiser. This inter-disciplinary work is inspired by the myth of the Minotaur and sees the dancers immersed in and respond to a virtual environment created by sculptor Marie Lelouche. Also in the programme is a stage adaptation of Artistic Co-Director Malgorzata Dzierzon’s film Somnium. Created during the pandemic, Somnium looks to capture and express our dreams, memories, anxieties and desires at this time of change, in a collaboration with filmmaker Filipe Alcada and composer Oliver Oates, commissioned by Dance City. Completing the programme is Plubel by rising European choreographers Fabritia D'Intino and Clémentine Vanlerberghe. A finalist in Boris Charmatz’s Danse Élargie competition and performed at Sadler’s Wells in 2019, Plubel is a hypnotic piece that finds individuality within the corps de ballet and questions how the female figure is represented in dance. Founded in 2013 Fertile Ground is dedicated to talent development and retention in the North East and North of England. It aims to nurture, challenge and inspire a new generation of dance artists and to develop and present world class dance to people across the North. The Company’s vision is to make the North East of England the place to dance. Alongside Myths & Dreams there will be an opportunity for audiences to experience the virtual sculptures featured in Labyrinth, to witness their full scale and beauty before watching the dancers interact with the digital sculptures on stage. Listings Fertile Ground Myths & Dreams www.fertileground.org.uk Dance City, Newcastle Thursday 14 October 2021 at 7.30pm Tickets: https://www.dancecity.co.uk/performance/165299/myths-and-dreams-fertile-ground/ The Arts Academy, Sunderland Thursday 21 October 2021 at 7pm Tickets: The Maltings, Berwick Friday 29 October 2021 at 7pm Tickets: https://www.maltingsberwick.co.uk/whats-on/fertile-ground-myths-and-dreams/ Social Media Handles: Instagram: @fertileground.dance Facebook: @fertileground Twitter: @fertilegroundNE Notes to editors Credits: Title: Labyrinth Choreography: Renaud Wiser in collaboration with dancers Performed by: Esmée Halliday, Ellie Marsh, Lila Naruse, Beth Veitch Sculptor and Designer: Marie Lelouche Creative Technologist: Florent Berthaut Lighting Design: Christopher Swain Title: Somnium Concept: Małgorzata Dzierżon Choreography: Małgorzata Dzierżon in collaboration with dancers Performed by: Esmée Halliday, Ellie Marsh, Lila Naruse, Beth Veitch Film director: Filipe Alcada Music: Oliver Coates Lighting Design: Christopher Swain Director of Photography: Fabio Calascibetta Editing and grading: Filipe Alcada John Antony Thadicaran Trailer and photography: Filipe Alcada Title: Plubel Choreography: Fabritia D’Intino & Clémentine Vanlerberghe Performed by: Esmée Halliday, Ellie Marsh, Lila Naruse, Beth Veitch Music: Federico Scettri Lighting Design: Violaine Burgard with Pierre Staigre Photography: Hubert Helleu Supporters credits Fertile Ground 2021/2022 programmes are funded by the Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants, Dance City, Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, Three Monkies Trust, Scops Arts Trust, Didymus CIO, Barbour Foundation, Leche Trust and the Percy Hedley 1990 Charitable Trust and developed with support from Dance City, Sunderland College and Newcastle College. Somnium is a Dance City 2021/22 Commission.
  2. Press Release: Thursday 23 September 2021  New shows announced at Sadler’s Wells   Sadler’s Wells’ second cohort of Young Associates - Olive Hardy, Vidya Patel, John-William Watson and Magnus Westwell - present the first live performances of their work, following the success of their short films released on Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage earlier this month. The mixed bill in the Lilian Baylis Studio this November showcases the distinct and diverse creative voices of these young artists as they embark on their careers as choreographers. Looking ahead to spring 2022, hit Bee Gees musical Saturday Night Fever is presented at Peacock Theatre, while Gandini Juggling joins the London International Mime Festival line-up in January. Two ballroom shows from Johannes Radebe and Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice, stars of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, are also announced. They join the previously announced show from Strictly’s Aljaž Skorjanec and Janette Manrara at Peacock Theatre in spring 2022. Tickets for newly announced events are on public sale from Monday 4 October at 10 am via www.sadlerswells.com. Booking opens to members from Friday 1 October.    Young Associates LILLIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Mixed Bill Tuesday 23 – Wednesday 24 November    Tickets: £15   This Mixed Bill introduces audiences to the next generation of choreographers, with the first live performances of work by Sadler's Wells' second cohort of Young Associates; Olive Hardy, Vidya Patel, John-William Watson, and Magnus Westwell. This evening of dance showcases the distinct and diverse creative voices of these young artists as they embark on their careers as choreographers. Supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Noël Coward Foundation London International Mime Festival LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Gandini Juggling    WORLD PREMIERE LIFE                           Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 January    Tickets: £20 Under 16’s: £12 LIFE is a new work from masters of contemporary  circus, Gandini Juggling, based on the innovative choreography of Merce Cunningham. Following the success of Smashed, Gandini Juggling’s tribute to another iconic choreographer, Pina Bausch, Sean Gandini and company co-founder and director Kati Ylä-Hokkala have created a work firmly rooted in the Cunningham universe. The result is a captivating and fresh work from pioneers of contemporary juggling – turning a skill into a thrilling and theatrical artform.  LIFE features an original soundscore from Pulitzer Prize winning American composer, cellist and vocalist, Caroline Shaw.  Saturday Night Fever  PEACOCK THEATRE Tuesday 1 February – Saturday 26 March 2022 Tickets: £18-£75 Experience the bestselling Bee Gees soundtrack live on stage in this spectacularly reimagined music and dance extravaganza. Saturday Night Fever returns to London’s West End for 8 weeks only as part of a national tour throughout 2022. Follow the story of Tony Manero as he embarks on a reckless yet thrilling road to dancing success. It’s a homage to the 1977 John Travolta classic with more drama, more music, and hot new choreography which is sure to have you dancing in the aisles. Featuring songs from the bestselling movie soundtrack of all time, including the Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, Tragedy and More Than a Woman as well as 70’s favourites Boogie Shoes, Disco Inferno and many more. Johannes Radebe PEACOCK THEATRE Freedom Friday 1 – Saturday 2 April    Tickets: £18 - £65   Strictly Come Dancing sensation and international champion, Johannes Radebe, comes to the Peacock Theatre for the London premiere of his debut tour, Freedom. This is a celebration of the dances that you love, with Johannes’ signature flair and energy. From ballroom to Latin, the company will perform to classic dance arrangements, South African rhythms and party anthems. Johannes will take you on his journey from growing up in South Africa, to travelling the world, winning competitions and starring in Strictly’s most memorable numbers. Anton & Giovanni PEACOCK THEATRE Him & Me Saturday 18 June – Sunday 19 June Tickets: £18 - £65 Get ready for a night out with two of Strictly Come Dancing’s professional dancers and their unforgettable tour, Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice – Him & Me!  Showcasing their unrivalled rapport, they are bringing audiences a collaboration of dance, song and light-hearted fun, joined by a world class cast of dancers and singers. The Ballroom King and the Jive Master bring you Him & Me, produced by Strictly Theatre Co. and directed by Alan Burkitt. This performance may contain haze, smoke, pyrotechnics and flashing lights. Covid Safety    In order to help artists, audiences and staff members to feel safe and enjoy these performances, Sadler’s Wells has introduced a series of safety measures and is closely following all UK Government guidance in presenting these events. Ticket bookers will be sent full information about all coronavirus safety measures in advance of the performance, so that they may plan accordingly and feel as secure as possible during their visit. These guidelines are also available on Sadler’s Wells’ website via the following link, which we keep updated with the latest information, as soon as we have it. If these performances are unable to be presented due to changes to the UK Government’s coronavirus restrictions, customers will be contacted as soon as possible and given the option to receive a full refund. Sadler's Wells, alongside all companies performing in upcoming events, have also followed recommended UK Government protocols in order ensure the safety of all artists and crew involved by creating performances in a covid-secure environment.     Sadler’s Wells Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance organisation. We strive to make and share dance that inspires us all. Our acclaimed year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap. We commission, produce and present more dance than any other organisation in the world. Since 2005, we have helped to bring close to 200 new dance works to the stage, embracing both the popular and the unknown. Each year, over half a million people visit our three London theatres - Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Lilian Baylis Studio and Peacock Theatre. Many more attend our touring productions nationally and internationally or explore our digital platforms, including Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage. In 2023 we’re opening a fourth London venue in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Sadler’s Wells’ new space will house a 550-seat mid-scale theatre, as well as facilities for a choreographic centre and a hip hop theatre academy. Supporting artists is at the heart of our work. We have associate artists and companies, which nurture some of the most exciting talent working in dance today. We host the National Youth Dance Company, which draws together some of the brightest young dancers from across the country. Sadler’s Wells Breakin' Convention runs professional development programmes to champion and develop the world’s best hip hop artists, as well as producing, programming and touring groundbreaking hip hop performances. Around 30,000 people take part in our learning and engagement programmes every year. We support schools local to our theatres in Islington and Stratford, designing experiences for children and young people to watch, explore and critically engage with the arts. We also run Company of Elders, a resident performance company of dancers aged over 60 who rehearse with renowned artists to make new work for public performances locally, nationally and internationally. Sadler’s Wells is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
  3. It is absolutely beyond my comprehension why people do not want to be vaccinated! I hope it doesn't disrupt the show.
  4. Links - Thursday 23 September, 2021 Reviews - New York City Ballet, Serenade, Symphony in C, After the Rain duet, New York: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Jerry Hochman, Critical Dance Video Report - New York City Ballet returns with in-person performances: Staff, Fox 5 NY Documentary Review - In Balanchine’s Classroom: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Preview - English National Ballet, Creature (Akram Khan), London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Review - London: Sara Veale, Spectator Ukrainian Ballet Gala Hofesh Shechter Company, Double Murder Preview Feature - Fall for Dance North, Toronto & Streamed: Michael Crabb, Toronto Star Dance Review Flashback - Dorrance Dance, Untitled Waveforms, … Praise: The Inevitable Fruit of Gratitude (excerpts), Jacob’s Pillow: Thea Singer, Arts Fuse Interview – Ayodele Casel and Torya Beard, co-curators of NY’s Little Island Dance Festival: Susanna Sloat, DanceTabs Preview - Alessandra Ferri celebrates 40 years of association with the Royal Ballet, London: Stephi Wild, Broadway World News - Royal New Zealand Ballet to end 2021 season with A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scarlett): Staff, Scoop Preview - Houston Ballet, mixed programme, Houston: Margaret Downing, Houston Press News - Ballet BC announces live 2021/22 season: Steve Newton, Straight Preview - Dance Umbrella 2021, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Feature - A new company - Dance Aspen: Kyra Laubacher, Pointe Magazine Review - 7 Fingers, Passagers, Birmingham: John Kennedy, Reviews Hub Feature - How did the 7 Fingers Passagers make it to the UK during the pandemic?: Nick Awde, Stage
  5. Royal New Zealand Ballet are performing Liam Scarlett's A Midsummer Night's Dream to end their 2021 season: https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU2109/S00196/liam-scarletts-enchanting-a-midsummer-nights-dream-to-close-2021-for-royal-new-zealand-ballet.htm
  6. I understand that streaming is a very expensive process. I wonder if it would be cheaper to have the performance filmed but not shown live (as with Northern Ballet's recent film release of Dangerous Liaisons)?
  7. Links - Wednesday 22 September, 2021 Obituary - Coralie Hinkley, dancer & choreographer: Michelle Potter, ... on dancing Preview - Candoco, Set and Reset/Reset, Last Shelter, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Preview Feature - Dance Made in Canada Festival 2021, Toronto: Michael Crabb, Toronto Star Review - Australian Dance Theatre, Objekt, Adelaide: Maggie Tonkin, Dance Australian Documentary Review - In Balanchine’s Classroom: Neely Swanson, Easy Reader Streamed Review - In Conversation with Merce (Cunningham): Brian Seibert, NY Times Film/DVD Review - Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, The Red Shoes: Helen Tope, Reviews Hub News - West Australian Ballet increases roster by 7 new dancers: Stephi Wild, Broadway World Feature - Michael Halpern on enlisting the Royal Ballet’s dancers as models for his London Fashion Week show: Tamara Abraham, Telegraph Prime Review - Birds of Paradise: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
  8. World Ballet School Day celebrates a new generation of dance artists The World Ballet School Day 2021 organising committee is delighted to announce that the second annual World Ballet School Day will be streamed online at www.worldballetschoolday.com on Saturday 13th November throughout the day. World Ballet School Day (WBSD) connects the next generation of young professional dance artists with young people from around the world. Created by students for students, this event is a platform for young artists in training to share a message of solidarity through the language of dance and ballet. Students from the seven schools of the organising committee will join together in discussion to provide insights into the world of professional ballet and dance training, introducing segments from each school featuring behind the scenes and performance footage, exploring the following themes: Adaptability – This topic will share how the dance world must evolve to meet the societal conditions of today and showcases how students and their schools have adapted to COVID. Identity – Students will focus on how they see themselves on the stage and identify as artists discovering themselves, as well as showcasing the ideas around celebrating/embracing diversity. Pathways – As COVID continues to challenge how students will enter the profession, this topic will share and discuss a variety of ways dancers are becoming professionals. This year, the committee extends an invitation for ballet schools to participate in this second edition of WBSD by submitting a short video clip (no more than 20-30 seconds) of dance content that best represents their organization and connects with the above themes. These submissions will be edited into a celebratory representation of our global dance community. Submissions can be made online at www.worldballetschoolday.com. The seven educational institutions in the WBSD 2021 organising committee include: The Ailey School, Boston Ballet School, Canada’s National Ballet School, English National Ballet School, New Zealand School of Dance, Palucca University of Dance Dresden, and the Prix de Lausanne. The idea was originally conceived by Viviana Durante from the English National Ballet School. For more information, please contact World Ballet School Day on info@worldballetschoolday.com Notes to editors: WBSD will be available online for catch-up for 30 days.
  9. Thanks Bruce. I'm out this afternoon but I do hope people will contribute. I'll move this to Doing Dance and leave a link here.
  10. Links - Tuesday 21 September, 2021 Feature - Edward Watson, Royal Ballet: Laura Cappelle, Dance Magazine Feature - Erina Takahashi, English National Ballet: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Podcast Interview - David Hallberg, AD Australian Ballet: Claudia Lawson, Fjord Review Review - Joffrey Ballet, mixed programme, Chicago: Hedy Weiss, wttw Reviews - West Australian Ballet, Coppelia, Perth: Alana Kildea, Dance Australia Lucinda Coleman, Arts Hub Review - BalletX, Sunset, 0639 Hours, Philadelphia: Lewis Whittington, Culture Vulture Review - The Ruggeds, Between Us, London: Graham Watts, DanceTabs Review - Sung Im Her, W.A.Y, London: Sanjoy Roy, Guardian Review - Charlotte Spencer Projects, Is this a waste of land, London: Daisy Hayes, Seeing Dance News - Dance Consortium announces 2022 tours for Acosta Danza & NDT2: Stephi Wild, Broadway World Video Feature - Afghanistan: The Escape of the Whirling Dancer: Kawoon Khamoosh, BBC Video Feature - Ballet Hispanico: Jenna DeAngelis, CBS Local NY
  11. I agree. I can't understand why he has been passed over previously.
  12. It's a Royal Ballet Romeo debut for Alex but I saw him do a couple of GLORIOUS performances when he was with BRB.
  13. Links - Monday 20 September, 2021 Reviews - Hofesh Shechter Company, Double Murder, London: Sarah Crompton, Observer Robert Tanitch, British Theatre Guide Review - Rosie Kay Dance Company, Romeo + Juliet, Birmingham: Staff, Today UK News Reviews - West Australian Ballet, Coppelia, Perth: Rita Clarke, Limelight Graeme Watson, Out in Perth Preview - De Nada Dance Theatre, Mariposa, Birmingham: David Mead, Seeing Dance Feature - Ballet in the City: Jewish contributions to the performing arts in 1930s Shanghai: Susan Blumberg-Kason, LA Review of Books
  14. Links - Sunday 19 September, 2021 Preview World Ballet Day 2021: Valerie Lawson, Dance Lines Review - Ukrainian Ballet Gala, London: Deborah Weiss, Dance for You Magazine Interview - Patricia Ward Kelly talks about Gene Kelly & his ballet Pas de Dieux: Marianka Swain, Telegraph Streamed Review - Rambert 2, Note to Self: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Feature - Mikhail Baryshnikov’s photography: Michael Crabb, Toronto Star Video Feature - Kamal Singh, from Delhi to English National Ballet School: Staff, One India News/Gallery – RB and BRB dancers featured in London Fashion Week: Isabelle Truman, Grazia
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