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  1. Do you mean the Birmingham Royal Ballet HQ in Thorp Street? If so, the world is your Birmingham Oyster!! If you come out of the BRB entrance and turn right - walk down to the corner and turn left. Cross the dual carriageway and pass the Holiday Inn. Ahead on the right is the entrance to John Lewis/Grand Central on top of New Street Station. There's a good choice of eateries on the top level. If you turn right at the Dual Carriageway and walk up you come to the Bull Ring, again with lots of eating places. Opposite the Hippodrome Theatre is the Arcadian Centre - there are places to eat and drink in there too but can only comment on Milanos and James Daal, both of which I like.
  2. Hello Thomas and welcome to the Forum. I feel I should point out that Sheila is an avid ballet-watcher of many years standing, who sees many companies from across the globe and is a regular at DNB performances amongst others.
  3. I've seen a number of theatres who "suggest" no children under 5 over the years (unless it's a production aimed at younger children). I can appreciated the issue if you are desperate to see something and can't arrange child care but I think people should still consider other audience members.
  4. Emanuel Gat Dance WORKS Sadler’s Wells, EC1R 4TN Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 November Performances: 7:30pm Tickets: £20 - £25 Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com On 11 & 12 November, as part of the Institut français’ festival FranceDance UK, Emanuel Gat Dance returns to Sadler’s Wells to celebrate its dancers’ unique virtuosity and fearlessness. In WORKS, 10 dancers share the stage in a series of seven short pieces, varying in structure, musical composition and choreographic direction. From July - November, dance from France and francophone countries features across the UK, with 50 performances across 9 major cities. Sadler’s Wells is one of the 16 partners of FranceDance UK and presents four works as part of its Autumn season: Preljocaj’s La Fresque (30 September - 2 October), CROWD by Gisele Vienne (8 & 9 October), Danse Élargie: Dance Expanded (11 & 12 October) and Emanuel Gat’s WORKS completes the French season finishing in November. Ranging from Nina Simone to The Chordettes, to music from Gat himself; the dancers move through musical landscapes showcasing their responses, relationships and interpretations to create a powerful togetherness in real time. The piece premiered at Montpellier Danse Festival in 2017 and is also presenting at The Lowry on 9 November as part of FranceDance UK. Emanuel Gat, the Bessie Award-winning Israeli choreographer, has had his work celebrated and presented across the world for over 25 years. Originally, Gat trained as a classical music conductor before a stint in the military. He had never danced professionally but at 23, with a natural talent for syncing music to movement, he began dancing with Israel’s Liat Dror Nir Ben Gal Company. He founded Emanuel Gat Dance in Tel Aviv in 2004, before deciding to settle in Istres, France in 2007. He has been invited to create works for a variety of dance companies across the globe including The Paris Opera Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Candoco Dance Company, Royal Swedish Ballet, Polish National Ballet, Ballet British Columbia and Cedar Lake among others. He is an Associate Artist of the National Theater of Chaillot in Paris. The company was last at Sadler’s Wells with Brilliant Corners in 2011. Listings information: Emanuel Gat Dance WORKS Sadler’s Wells, EC1R 4TN Performances at 7:30pm Tickets: £20 - £25 Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com Notes to Editors 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. www.sadlerswells.com ABOUT FRANCEDANCE UK Launched by the Institut français, FranceDance UK is a unique contemporary dance festival running from August - November 2019. 16 leading institutions throughout the UK hosts over 50 performances by 14 young and promising French artists. With a focus on creation and innovation, the festival highlights the diversity and work of female choreographers, many of whom are presenting in the UK for the first time. Partners of FranceDance UK: Ace Dance and Music Birmingham, Belfast International Arts Festival, Birmingham Hippodrome, Brighton Dome, Dance4 Nottingham, Dance International Glasgow, Dance Umbrella, Edinburgh International Festival, In Between Time Festival Bristol, Linbury Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre, Siobhan Davies Dance, Southbank Centre, The Coronet Theatre, The Lowry www.institut-francais.org.uk/francedanceuk
  5. Hello Lilyflower and welcome to the Forum!
  6. Could you use the bus? The bus station is much closer to NB’s HQ.
  7. I've just googled - there does seem to be a ballet company in Basel: https://www.theater-basel.ch/Ensemble/Ballet/PXK2A/?lang=EN&redirect_lang I think the Bern Company became more contemporary dance when Cathy Marston left.
  8. There's quite a lot of discussion about LCB on various threads if you search on LCB: https://www.balletcoforum.com/search/?q=LCB&type=forums_topic&nodes=9
  9. I've just come across this on Facebook: https://russellmaliphantdancecompany.com/events/2019/11/1/autumn-intensive-with-russell-maliphant-and-adam-benjamin?fbclid=IwAR00OAEZkIa5nrDdSD6jXsdlchjm6-DHJ6ooLPjj-HiG293Bw19flij_k0E
  10. A lovely interview with Martha Leebolt: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/lifestyle/people/story/2019-09-11/bringing-another-form-of-creative-expression-to-adults-with-special-needs-through-dance-workshop?fbclid=IwAR2yN963hv0LnLX9aRwiE1a7EZWjay-tDHEL6NmnRMmU_3eY08G9l5hpTW8
  11. Hello Dancingboy06 and welcome to the Forum!
  12. Hello Ballet Power and welcome out of the lurking shadows! I have expanded your title and added a couple of tags.
  13. Probably too obvious but the benefits to children - team working, respect, health, fitness, work ethic, social side...
  14. Links - Saturday 14 September, 2019 Review - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ounce of Faith, Members don’t get weary, Ella, Revelations, London: Graham Watts, Bachtrack Review - Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Romeo + Juliet, Birmingham: Phil Preece, Seeing Dance Reviews - Astana Ballet, mixed programme, London: David Mead, Seeing Dance Aliya Al-Hassan, Broadway World Review - West Australian Ballet, Giselle, Perth: Rita Clarke, Limelight Diary - Three of the best dance shows, Birmingham, Salford, London: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Film Review - Cunningham (Merce Cunningham film): Apollinaire Scherr, FT Preview Feature - Hudson Valley Dance Festival, New York: News Desk, Broadway World Preview Feature - Adam McKinney, HaMapah/The Map, San Francisco: Maya Mirsky, Jewish News Featurette - Joffrey Ballet, Of shoes and Sugarplums: Kaylen Ralph, Chicago Reader
  15. Northern Ballet live-streamed part of a costume rehearsal of Cinderella from their HQ in Leeds last week. It's still available online. Some of the sound is a bit ropey. (This Cinderella has a commissioned score composed by Philip Feeney).
  16. The casting for the 2 BRB elements of the mixed programme are now on the company's website: https://www.brb.org.uk/whats-on/event/autumn-2019-mixed-bill
  17. The Mayor of London officially opens English National Ballet’s new home in East London English National Ballet’s new state of the art home will provide a world-class centre for ballet in East London £1million from the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund towards the new purpose-built home will generate jobs and apprenticeships for people in the local community The 93,000-sq ft. new home houses a production studio with fly tower, seven full-sized studios, state-of-the-art wardrobe and medical facilities and public spaces English National Ballet’s purpose-built new home in Canning Town East London, was officially opened last night by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and is now open to the public. The 93,000-sq ft. state-of-the-art building gives English National Ballet the space and facilities needed to continue to develop world-class artists, create new works that push the boundaries of ballet, and offer new jobs, skills and training opportunities for local communities. Photo caption: Tamara Rojo, Deputy Mayor for Culture Justine Simmons and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at the opening of English National Ballet's new building (c) Laurent Liotardo While visiting the new premises, the Mayor of London saw a performance of the Olivier Award-nominated Playlist (Tracks 1,2) created by William Forsythe for English National Ballet and performed by 12 of its dancers in the new five storey production studio, fully equipped with fitted fly tower. Also on view were the seven full-sized studios and dedicated engagement and learning spaces showcasing English National Ballet’s work with local communities, including a rehearsal from young members of ENBYouthCo. The Mayor of London also met participants in English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s programme and Dancing East, a programme of weekly ballet classes for over 50’s. The Mayor also learnt about English National Ballet’s plans for an apprenticeship programme in its extensive wardrobe workshop and met some of the company’s dancers, production and wardrobe staff to hear more about its transformational new facilities. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “London is a city full of creative talent so I’m delighted that these world-class facilities are opening up opportunities to all Londoners. By enabling the community to practise alongside internationally-renowned professional dancers, these new spectacular studios not only showcase our capital as a world leader for ballet, but help improve the lives and wellbeing of Londoners from all backgrounds. “It shows the positive impact that culture can have on our communities and, with work on East Bank already underway, is the latest step towards creating a global cultural powerhouse in East London. This sends a clear message to the world that London is open to talent and creativity and always will be.” Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director of English National Ballet said: “Our new home is a hub for creativity, where imaginations will be ignited. It will be a springboard where artists from all disciplines can meet, grow, exchange, and inspire each other, creating work that can be shared with audiences up and down the country and across the world. “It is a space where everyone can feel welcome, where we can increase our engagement with our local community, and where people of all ages, young and old, from all backgrounds can enjoy our art form. “I truly believe that this is the best ballet centre in the world, which will transform the way ballet is created and open up the creative process to our audience.” At four times the size of its former building in South Kensington, English National Ballet’s new home allows the company to open up the creative process for more people to participate in and benefit from the powerful art form of dance. The building, which has been designed by Glenn Howells Architects, has been designed to welcome in the local community, with views into the rehearsal studios, an exhibition space and café. The Company’s work in the local community has already seen Dance for Parkinson’s taster sessions held in Waltham Forest, Newham, Redbridge and Havering and its Dancing East programme runs weekly ballet classes for over 50’s in five community centres in Tower Hamlets. A roadshow of youth workshops will be held in community centres across East London to support a recruitment drive for the ENBYouthCo and the Company’s youth dance projects and Ballet Explored workshops focusing on Akram Khan’s Giselle begin in secondary schools. The new home will become the focal point for ballet in the capital and on the world stage. It is the latest cultural centre to move to East and will be joined on London City Island by the London Film School. Future East London culture developments include East Bank, and the planned education district at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Mayor of London invested £1million through his Good Growth Fund towards English National Ballet’s new building. With the support in creating exceptional facilities, the Company has the tools to launch our ambitious Bridging Neighbourhoods, Growing Talent project. Included in this is a skills programme that will provide training, apprenticeships, volunteering and learning opportunities for 4,000 Londoners over the next three years. This funding will also support new jobs at the facilities, supporting London’s creative industries to continue to grow. English National Ballet’s new home on London City Island is also generously supported by Arts Council England’s Large Scale Capital Programme. Claire Mera-Nelson, Acting London Area Director, Arts Council England said: ‘We are delighted that English National Ballet (ENB) are unveiling their new home on London City Island, which we supported with National Lottery funding. This new industry leading facility is future proofing their ability to develop world class artists and performances now and for generations to come. We look forward to seeing the impact on the local community the centre will have, how it will broaden offerings for children and young people and further their flagship Dance for Parkinson's programme to people across east London and beyond." The project received significant philanthropic support from individual donors and charitable foundations including the Clore Duffield Foundation, Dorfman Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Linbury Trust, London Marathon Charitable Trust, Wigoder Family Foundation and Wolfson Foundation. The Costume Atelier is supported by CHANEL. The shell and core of the building was generously donated by EcoWorld Ballymore. English National Ballet School move into their spaces at the new building this winter. ENDS Notes to editors: The fit-out team for English National Ballet’s new home is: Architects Glenn Howells Architects, Project Manager & Quantity Surveyor Pulse Consult, M&E Consultant & Structural Engineer Hydrock, Acoustic Consultant AECOM, Production Studio design & build Unusual Rigging, Fit-out contractor BW Interiors, Graphic design We Not I, Project Director Jen McLachlan. About the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund The Good Growth Fund is the Mayor of London’s biggest regeneration fund and is delivered through the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP). It was launched in June 2017 and provides capital funding from sources including the Local Growth Fund and European Social Fund, as well as expert regeneration advice, design support and knowledge sharing opportunities. For more information, see: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/regeneration/funding-opportunities/good-growth-fund-supporting-regeneration-london ‘A case for dance infrastructure’ Earlier this year City Hall published the first-ever study of dance performance and studio spaces in London. The research, published in May 2019, made clear London’s dance spaces are in demand –more than 3,800 people are based at dance premises across London on any given day. The findingshighlighted the importance of access to affordable spaces to support all dancers in London, and the need for local authorities and developers to work together to widen access to dance spaces in the city. The full report is available HERE. About English National Ballet English National Ballet has a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1950 as London Festival Ballet by the great English dancers Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, it has played a major role in the growth and history of ballet in the UK. Today, English National Ballet is renowned for taking world-class ballet to the widest possible audience through its national and international tour programme, offsite performances at festivals including Glastonbury and Latitude, its distinguished orchestra English National Ballet Philharmonic, and being a UK leader in creative learning and engagement practice and delivery, building innovative partnerships to deliver flagship programmes such as English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s. Under the artistic directorship of Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet has gained new acclaim as it introduces innovative new works to the Company’s repertoire while continuing to honour and reinvigorate traditional ballet. About English National Ballet School English National Ballet School is a world-renowned specialist training centre for aspiring and highly talented young ballet dancers aged 16 to 19. Founded in 1988 by English National Ballet, today the school exists as a separate entity but maintains strong links with its parent company, sharing its commitment to excellence and access. Its mission is to nurture and develop the next generation of world-class dance artists; artists who are confident and versatile, able to push boundaries and bring their creativity to the fore. Students participate in a three-year programme, validated by Trinity College London, with graduates joining prestigious dance companies worldwide. Currently a third of the dancers at English National Ballet are graduates of the School. The School also offer weekly children’s ballet classes, ENBS Juniors, for 3–10-year olds.
  18. Nice article from New Zealand: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/inspire-me/115374004/septuagenarian-dancer-susan-jordan-tells-older-people-to-claim-your-space
  19. Hello Moonbeam and welcome to the Forum! I have moved your post to the main Doing Dance section. I agree with Jane, I would approach the teacher for an explanation and advice.
  20. The cafe in the Atrium of NB's HQ is open to the public and can be good for dancer watching! On the main road opposite the bus station Cafe 164 is good. There's also a Pret in Victoria Gate and over the road in the Victoria Quarter the espresso bar outside Harvey Nicks has excellent service and a nice atmosphere even though more pricey. Depending on how long you have to kill time San CoCo on Briggate near the Grand Theatre is great and (if you are having a sandwich) the bread is divine!
  21. Phoenix Dance Theatre is auditioning: https://www.phoenixdancetheatre.co.uk/news/auditions-2019/
  22. Use public transport! The parking fees in Leeds are bad!!! The bus station is a 3 minute walk from NB's HQ. I've just re-read your post. Dependent on the time of your DD's classes the parking at the John Lewis car park is £3 for the evening after 5pm. It's about a 5 minute walk from there to NB's HQ.
  23. Links - Friday 13 September, 2019 Review - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ounce of Faith, Members don’t get weary, Ella, Revelations, London: Jenny Gilbert, Arts Desk Review - Cullberg Ballet, Figure a Sea, London: Sara Veale, Fjord Review Review - Royal New Zealand Ballet, Bold Moves mixed programme, Dunedin: Hannah Molloy, NZ Theatreview Review - Bangarra Dance Theatre, 30 years of sixty five thousand, Melbourne: Gracia Haby, Fjord Review Preview Feature - Gary Clarke, Wasteland, on tour: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Preview Feature - Invertigo Dance Theatre, Formulae & Fairy Tales, Los Angeles: Makeda Easter, LA Times Make a Date: 6 dance performances to see in NYC this weekend: Brian Schaefer, NY Times Fall preview for New York: Gia Kourlas, NY Times 12 dance performances to see in LA this fall: Makeda Easter, LA Times Fall preview for Chicago: Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun Times Review - Company Chordelia, The Chosen, Greenock: Mary Brennan, Herald Scotland Feature - A gender gap in ballet, seriously?: Kim Elsesser, Forbes Feature - Henry Danton still teaching at 100 years old: A Pawlowski, Today Feature - Ballerina Kim Sey-Yun explores new career as choreographer: Staff, Korea Times Review - Tamsin Shasha, Maisie Taylor & Helen Tennison, Everything I see I swallow, Salford: Jay Nuttall, Reviews Hub Review - Heartbeat of Home, London: Anna Winter, Stage
  24. Links - Thursday 12 September, 2019 Feature - Marcelino Sambé, Royal Ballet: Emma Byrne, Standard Reviews - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ounce of Faith, Members don’t get weary, Ella, Revelations, London: Rachel Elderkin, Stage Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide Review - Cullberg Ballet, Figure a Sea, London: Graham Watts, Bachtrack Review - Le Temps d’Aimer la Dance Festival, Biarritz: Laura Cappelle, FT Coming Up - Fall Arts Preview 2019, Vancouver: Janet Smith, Straight Review - The REACH Opening Festival, Washington: Arielle Ostry, Danceview Times Audio Feature - Marcello Angelini, AD Tulsa Ballet: Rich Fisher, Public Radio Tulsa Feature - Four of the best dance holidays in France, Vienna & beyond: Rebecca Wilson, Good Housekeeping
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