LondonDance - Latest Articleshttp://londondance.comLatest news and articles from LondonDanceTue, 19 Jun 2018 03:25:18 +0100Thu, 01 Jan 1970 01:00:00 +0100WEEKLY DANCE GUIDE 18 JUNE 2018/articles/news/weekly-dance-guide-18-june-2018//articles/news/weekly-dance-guide-18-june-2018/Monday

Venture down to the cavernous basement of Shoreditch Town Hall for the final week of These Rooms, an immersive retelling of a pivotal moment in Ireland’s history from two of the country’s most original companies: Anu and Coiscéim Dance Theatre. Casting a lens on the Easter Rising of 1916, and in particular the North King Street Massacre in which 15 civilian men were killed by British soldiers, These Rooms uses theatre, dance and visual art to tell two sides of the story. It forms part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.

Tuesday

Surreal dance meets virtual reality in WHIST, which opens in the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler’s Wells on Tuesday. After donning a VR headset, audiences are in control of their own narrative, with 76 possible ways to encounter a fictional family’s fears and dreams. Inspired by Freud, WHIST is the brainchild of AOE, an exciting new company formed by Aoi Nakamura and Esteban Fourmi with a mission to create high-quality experiences not bound by a stage. Their previous experience includes work with Punchdrunk, an influence you can see here.

Wednesday

If you’re in the mood for a West End musical and a fun fusion of dance styles, try Strictly Ballroom at the Piccadilly Theatre. This glitzy adaptation of the Baz Luhrmann film stars Jonny Labey (EastEnders) and Zizi Strallen (Mary Poppins, Follies) as the maverick dancing couple, singer Will Young in a new role created for this stage version, and an abundance of sequins and feathers. It’s directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie (Jesus Christ Superstar, In The Heights).

Thursday

Known worldwide for their fierce technique, the acclaimed Dresden-based Semperoper Ballett makes its Sadler’s Wells debut this week with a triple bill of works by William Forsythe. The programme includes the influential American choreographer’s signature In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, alongside Neue Suite, a series of pas de deux set to music by Bach, Berio and Handel, and the energetic Enemy in the Figure. A must-see for fans of contemporary ballet.

Friday

Part-gig, part-social and part dance-party, Session at Bernie Grant Arts Centre Courtyard in Tottenham brings together an extraordinary group of young performers for an outdoor performance celebrating community, youth and belonging. Presented as part of LIFT Festival, collaborators include Still House, Tottenham’s Steppaz Performing Arts Academy and North London’s Empire Sounds. Expect hip hop, contemporary folk and afrobeat influences.

Saturday

What is a duet? LIVEVIBE at The Place interrogates this question in Two’s A Company, a mixed bill featuring work by Elinor Lewis with Nuria Legarda Andueza, Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, Kamara Gray, Viki Cercek, Jessica Walker and Saskia Horton. LIVEVIBE is a concept conceived by Hakeem “Mr Impact” Onibudo which offers emerging artists the opportunity to present work in a professional environment.

Sunday

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival opens this week, offering a vibrant programme of outdoor arts activities, most of which are free to attend. Head to the Royal Docks on Sunday for D-Construction, a high-energy hip-hop dance work which places the audience at the centre of the action, bearing witness to the performers behind a chain fence. Presented by French company Dyptik, it explores timely issues of identity, borders and the bonds that connect us with one another.

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Wayne McGregor collaborates with fashion brand COS /articles/news/studio-wayne-mcgregor-collaborates-with-fashion-br//articles/news/studio-wayne-mcgregor-collaborates-with-fashion-br/London-based fashion brand COS has joined forces with Studio Wayne McGregor to create Soma, a capsule collection of menswear essentials presented through the choreography of Wayne McGregor.

This is the first time that COS has designed a capsule menswear collection with a unique presentation format. The fashion brand has an established legacy of artistic collaborations but this marks its first foray into dance.

Soma will be performed by the dancers of Company Wayne McGregor at the Pitti Uomo fashion fair in Florence – one of the biggest events in the fashion calendar – and live streamed on the COS website at 10am on Wednesday 13 June.

Soma is inspired by everyday movement and celebrates the form and function of the garments. At its heart is an exploration of how a collection comes alive through the wearer.


COS x Pitti Uomo, Soma, in collaboration with Wayne McGregor

Speaking of the collaboration, Wayne McGregor says:

COS approached me to create an artistic conversation between the clothes and the body, to be free, to start exploring ‘everyday’ gesture and to see where that may lead – as well as to play with the fabrics, texture and cut of the collection.

By breaking down movement and clothing to their essential parts, we can explore the everyday gestures and movement that we take for granted, and see and experience them anew.

For me, COS is all about simplicity, focus, rigor, invention and play. These are all qualities I try to incorporate in a dance-making process.

Throughout my career I’ve always been interested in moving outside the dance bubble, finding unexpected ways to collaborate, and reach beyond the dimensions of dance.

I hope that after watching the performance people will first and foremost come away with joy, as well as a sense of the unexpected, having borne witness to bodies doing the familiar and unfamiliar. And a need to dance themselves!”

You can read more about the inspiration behind Soma, including McGregor’s full artistic statement, on the COS website.

The collection will be available in COS stores from 6 September.

Photo: COS

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Mirella Bartrip steps down as Director of Dance at Trinity Laban/articles/news/mirella-bartrip-steps-down-as-director-of-dance-at//articles/news/mirella-bartrip-steps-down-as-director-of-dance-at/Trinity Laban’s Director of Dance, Mirella Bartrip, will retire at the end of this year after an illustrious 36-year career at the conservatoire.

Situated in the Stirling Prize-winning Laban Building in Deptford and the nearby Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Trinity Laban is one of the UK’s largest conservatoires and the only one which combines the disciplines of music and contemporary dance.

Bartrip joined what was then the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in 1982 and in 1984 she became Programme Leader for the undergraduate dance programme. Over a period of 20 years, she led a series of reviews that refined and shaped the programme into what is today recognised internationally as one of the world’s most prestigious dance degrees.

As Vice Principal (Academic) and then Deputy Director & Dean of Studies, Bartrip oversaw the creation and development of a series of flagship Masters programmes, including the UK’s first Masters programme in Dance Science. She was also an important figure in the merger with Trinity College of Music, which led to the formation of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

In 2010, Bartrip became Director of Dance. Her achievements include being part of the team that saw Trinity Laban gain its own Taught Degree Awarding Powers, and successfully enter the Research Excellence Framework for the first time.

Professor Anthony Bowne, Principal of Trinity Laban, paid tribute to her, saying:

“Mirella is a truly magnificent colleague, and a towering figure not only within Trinity Laban, but within the wider world of dance. She has worked tirelessly to shift external perceptions of dance training, and to persuade and convince all that performance and creative work are equally important in the training of undergraduate students.

Mirella’s success is evidenced in the innovative design of the curriculum, in the international high regard with which Trinity Laban is held, and most importantly of all, in the success and employment profiles of Trinity Laban’s Dance graduates, who are thriving across the globe as influential and innovative artistic leaders in every area of dance.

On behalf of them, as well as on a deeply personal level, I thank her for all that she has done to Trinity Laban, and to advance the art form that we love so dearly.”

Trinity Laban is currently recruiting for a new Director of Dance. The closing date for applications is 2 July.

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WEEKLY DANCE GUIDE 11 JUNE 2018/articles/news/weekly-dance-guide-11-june-2018//articles/news/weekly-dance-guide-11-june-2018/Monday

Spot the stars of tomorrow at English National Ballet’s annual Emerging Dancer competition at the London Coliseum. Six finalists, chosen by their peers, perform in front of an expert panel before one receives the coveted 2018 Emerging Dancer award – audiences also have a say with the People’s Choice Award. This year’s finalists are Precious Adams, Fernando Carratala Coloma, Giorgio Garrett, Daniel McCormick, Francesca Velicu and Connie Vowles. If you can’t make it to the Coliseum, you can watch the live stream.

Tuesday

Swan Lake Royal Ballet

Liam Scarlett’s reimagining of Swan Lake for The Royal Ballet is proving popular with audiences and critics alike. If you haven’t already bagged a ticket, you can catch it in a live cinema screening.

Wednesday

Birmingham Royal Ballet breathes new life into Shakespeare’s enduring tale of star-crossed lovers in an epic production of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet at Sadler’s Wells. MacMillan’s choreography is a favourite with audiences worldwide, from the balcony scene’s romantic pas de deux to large-scale sword fights and the lovers’ heart-breaking end. Paul Andrews’s design recreates the grandeur and heat of Verona while Prokofiev’s stirring score is performed live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

Thursday

Ann Van den Broek: Loops of Behaviour is a new immersive performance installation – the first in the UK from Dutch-Flemish dance company WArd/waRD. Using Van den Broek’s most recent work Accusations (2017) as a starting point, the installation mixes live performance, spoken word, sound and video to create a forensic exploration of emotional behaviours and how they translate into movement.

Friday

LIFT festival is back for its biennial dose of pioneering theatre and performance, presenting artistic talent from all over the world in London’s major venues and hidden spaces. Don’t miss the UK premiere of In Search of Dinozord by Faustin Linyekula, who delves in to the history of his native Democratic Republic of Congo to address themes of memory, forgetting and dreams. Running at The Place for two performances, In Search of Dinozord uses fragments of Mozart’s requiem, guitar riffs from Jimi Hendrix, metronomic taps on a typewriter and live vocals by South African Hlengiwe Lushaba to create a poetic, political fairy tale in which dancers and actors move through a landscape of ruins.

Saturday

Jackson’s Lane presents the UK premiere of Insomniac’s Fable, featuring internationally distinguished circus artist Sakari Männistö and dancer Emma Lister. Together they navigate a twisting and erratic landscape in which an insomniac meets his dream woman. Choreography is by Ludovic Ondiviela.

Sunday

Doing Day: Futureproof at Siobhan Davies Studios is an intriguing workshop led by Lucy Suggate which asks participants to consider how we can prepare for the future by embracing movement, dance and vibration. It’s a chance to experiment with new ideas through individual and group working, and no previous dance experience is necessary.

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BALTIC Centre and Siobhan Davies Dance Announce New Partnership: Continuous/articles/news/baltic-centre-and-siobhan-davies-dance-announce-ne//articles/news/baltic-centre-and-siobhan-davies-dance-announce-ne/©. Photo by Felix Clay

Two leading contemporary arts organisations, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead and Siobhan Davies Dance in London, have announced a new partnership; CONTINUOUS. This ambitious collaboration will be a four-year partnership and will initiate a step-change in the commissioning, creation and presentation of experimental independent contemporary dance within visual arts contexts.

As part of the launch, CONTINUOUS has announced an open call to dance artists and choreographers to apply for two CONTINUOUS Commission opportunities. Developed through working at both venues for up to seven weeks, these first commissions will premiere at BALTIC in autumn 2019. Additional activities and national and international partnerships will be developed over the coming months and years.

CONTINUOUS will be the first collaboration of its kind in the UK and was developed by the two leading arts organisations in recognition of the need to further grow the dialogue between contemporary dance and visual arts.

Siobhan Davies, comments, “I’m hugely enthusiastic about this new partnership between BALTIC and Siobhan Davies Dance, and between the visual arts and dance. As well as creating new live choreographic works for galleries, a vital part of this activity will be to scrutinise and document the whole process from beginning to end. We wish to use this opportunity to discover together a learning and appreciation of each other’s histories, interests and skills, and generate richer and more sustainable foundations for future artists, venues and audiences.”

As leaders within their respective fields, BALTIC and Siobhan Davies Dance bring together skills and experience of working locally, nationally and internationally to expand the ambition and reach of contemporary visual arts and dance.

Sarah Munro, comments, “I am incredibly excited by our new collaboration between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Siobhan Davies Dance. We have committed to a long term partnership together – a journey that unites our practice, knowledge, and organisational resources to create something more powerful and full of potential for our community of dancers and our audiences than either of us could have done alone. Since introducing experimental dance to BALTIC two years ago we have seen a real passion from our audiences to engage. This partnership will provide significant support to enable the production of new work to support both artists and audiences in a deeply strategic framework.”

The partnership will combine expertise from dance and visual art to build capacity within each organisation. Working together offers opportunities to support skills development in curating, producing, presentation and audience engagement, supporting the future development of ambitious new dance works and touring opportunities. Shared learning will be made available to professionals in the dance and visual art fields and further support critical dialogue at the intersection of both art forms. Opening up the processes of making will engage new audiences for dance in gallery spaces.

Interested applicants should submit their expressions of interest by midnight, Wednesday 20 June 2018.

All application must be submitted electronically via the BALTIC website here.

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Dance nominations announced for The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2018/articles/news/dance-nominations-announced-for-the-south-bank-sky//articles/news/dance-nominations-announced-for-the-south-bank-sky/Russell Maliphant in One © Chris Nash

Nominations have been announced for The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2018, celebrating creative talent in Britain across the full spectrum of the arts.

Now in its 22nd year, the prestigious annual awards ceremony will take place at The Savoy Hotel in London on Sunday 1 July 2018, hosted by Melvyn Bragg.

World-renowned hip hop and contemporary dancer Dickson Mbi is nominated for The Times Breakthrough Award, which recognises achievements made by newcomers across the arts. Known for his remarkable popping skills and the winner of many major competitions including the UK B-Boy Championships, Mbi has recently been making waves in the contemporary dance scene through his work with Russell Malpihant Company and Akram Khan Company. His transition from hip hop to contemporary dance was recently documented in BBC Four’s Danceworks: From Street to Stage.

The Dance category nominations are:

maliphantworks – Russell Maliphant Company

maliphantworks is a career-spanning collection of contemporary dance works curated by choreographer Russell Maliphant especially for the intimate setting of Print Room at the Coronet, and presented there in spring 2017. It incorporates the contemporary dance classics Two, Afterlight (Part One) and The Wall from The Rodin Project, and One Part II, all reunited with their original dancers: Dana Fouras, Daniel Proietto, Tommy Franzen, Dickson Mbi and Maliphant himself.

Flight Pattern – The Royal Ballet

Flight Pattern
Artists of The Royal Ballet in Flight Pattern © ROH 2017. Photo by Tristram Kenton

Flight Pattern is Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite’s first work for The Royal Ballet, a moving and topical exploration of the refugee crisis which premiered in March 2017 to critical acclaim. This large-scale ensemble work takes a powerful and sombre look at the ongoing refugee crisis, set to music from Górecki’s ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’.

Flight Pattern returns to Covent Garden in May 2019.

Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) – English National Ballet

Le Sacre Du Printemps
Le Sacre Du Printemps Ensemble photo by Ulli Weiss © Pina Bausch Foundation

Last year English National Ballet became only the second ballet company in the world to perform Pina Bausch’s masterpiece Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) set to Stravinsky’s riotous score. Featuring 26 dancers and a stage covered in soil, the company presented the iconic work in a triple bill at Sadler’s Wells in March 2017, alongside William Forsythe’s In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Hans van Manen’s Adagio Hammerklavier.

See the full list of nominations here.

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NewsSun, 06 May 2018 00:00:00 +0100
H2DANCE launches Fest en Fest Dance Festival/articles/news/h2dance-launches-fest-en-fest-dance-festival//articles/news/h2dance-launches-fest-en-fest-dance-festival/H2DANCE’s new international festival of expanded choreography Fest en Fest kicks off on Friday 22 to Sunday 24 June in Deptford, London.

Fest en Fest is the latest collaboration between the award-winning maverick performers and choreographers, Hanna Gillgren and Heidi Rustgaard of H2DANCE and The Albany, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Goldsmiths, University of London. Fest en Fest will bring artists and audiences from the UK, Sweden and Norway together for three days through a mix of performances, talks, lunches and parties.

H2DANCE has been developing the format for this new international festival of expanded choreography since early 2017, with Fest en Fest aiming to make space for artists and audiences from the Nordic and British scenes to come together to present works and ideas; discuss, provoke, influence and be a force for change.

Through performances, talks, lunches and parties, the event will have overlapping activities in and between four different spaces over three days, becoming a network for interaction and connection. The following choreographers to the programme:

Björn Säfsten (SE) presenting Prologue
Ingri Fiksdal (NO) presenting Shadows of Tomorrow
Kristin Ryg Helgebostad (NO) presenting Me Too
Karen Røise Kielland (NO) presenting A Slow Escape
Matthias Sperling (UK) presenting Now That We Know
Mette Edvardsen (NO/BE) presenting No Title
H2DANCE (NO/SE/UK) presenting Strangers & Others

The full festival programme can be found here.
Book via thealbany.org.uk | 020 8692 4446

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WEEKLY DANCE GUIDE 04 JUNE 2018/articles/news/weekly-dance-guide-04-june-2018//articles/news/weekly-dance-guide-04-june-2018/Monday

There is still chance to see TriOperas at the Peacock Theatre. Three legendary operas in one show featuring spectacular acrobatics, kung-fu, puppetry, breakdancing, tap, ballet, salsa, Chinese lion wushu and parkour – an unforgettable journey of love, vengeance, tears and laughter. A dazzling experience for audiences of all ages, with rollercoaster action and powerful emotional music from composers, Puccini and Bizet.

Tuesday

Portraits in Otherness

Check out the new generation of talent from the Akram Khan Company with Portraits in Otherness tonight at the Lilian Baylis Studio. A new platform initiated Akram Khan and his producer F*arooq Chaudhry*. Four distinctive dance artists will be presenting their solo work: Joy Alpuerto Ritter, Ching-Ying Chien, Dickson Mbi and Maya Jilan Dong.

Wednesday

Swan Lake and Me

If you’re going to see Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House, then why not attend one of the pre-performance events with the dancers of The Royal Ballet. In tonight’s Insights: Swan Lake and Me at the Clore Studio Upstairs, members of the company talk about the challenges of taking on some of ballet’s most iconic and demanding roles, and how they prepare for a performance.

Thursday

This English National Ballet revival of Sleeping Beauty at the London Coliseum coincides with the recent anniversary of MacMillan’s death. The bewitching and dark fairy-tale is brought to life in MacMillan’s exquisite production and features Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

Friday

Young Artist Choreography Labs

Young Artist Choreography Labs is a fantastic an opportunity to get involved with Siobhan Davies Dance. Each week, a different young artist leads a session exploring movement and choreographic ideas. No dance or choreographic experience is required.

Saturday

The Splayed Festival at The Place draws together a cluster of subversive, unruly and experimental artists exploring gender, desire, identity, violence, performance and power. Saturday is the last day of a week of bold and playful performance, so worth checking out this unique event.

Sunday

The Little Mermaid

One for all the family, join Ballet Theatre UK on this dramatic re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s all-time favourite story of The Little Mermaid at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. The famous story of the mermaid who falls in love with a human Prince and gives up everything to win his love.

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Everybody's Talking About Jamie Film Adaptation is Looking for Local Talent/articles/news/everybodys-talking-about-jamie-film-adaptation-is//articles/news/everybodys-talking-about-jamie-film-adaptation-is/West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is being turned into a film and will be holding an open casting search in Sheffield for the lead roles. The stage show which was nominated for Best Musical at the Olivier Awards this year is being developed by Sheffield-based production company Warp Films along with Film4. The movie adaptation will be directed by the musical’s original director and Sheffield native, Jonathan Butterell.

The musical based on the 2011 BBC documentary _ Jamie: Drag Queen at 16_, is written by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae, and originally premiered in Sheffield and is now running at the Apollo Theatre in London. The forthcoming film adaptation also announced they are looking to cast 30 local performers to star as the Year 11 class. The casting process will occur over the next seven weeks, led by casting director Shaheen Baig, who said: “We would love to find a beautifully diverse cast right here in Sheffield. The story is set here and it’s the most obvious place to start our search.”

Producers are looking for:

  • People aged 16 years and upward, but you must look/ be able to play 16 years.
  • There are no other parameters on how you should ‘look’ – we want you as you are!
  • We’re looking for a variety of people to make up our exciting and talented class.
  • You will ideally be from Sheffield or the surrounding areas.

No previous experience is necessary, however, anyone wishing to apply should upload a one-minute video of themselves and some basic information to www.jamiefilmcasting.com. Applicants must be over 16 to apply, and producers are looking for individuals from Sheffield and its surrounding areas.

Filming is expected to commence in Spring 2019. T&Cs apply.

Photo: Alastair Muir

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Working Title Holds Open Audition for CATS Movie/articles/news/working-title-holds-open-audition-for-cats-movie//articles/news/working-title-holds-open-audition-for-cats-movie/At the beginning of the year, Andrew Lloyd Webber and film distributors, Working Title Films and Universal Studios, announced the Oscar-winning British film-maker Tom Hooper will be directing a big-screen adaptation of the hit stage musical, CATS. Now the casting director announced they are hosting an open audition for a major role featured in the film.

Producers are looking for the following:

  • The role is a young dancer, 16-23 years old, any ethnicity.
  • The role requires a very high standard of ballet and acting who is also a confident singer.
  • Rehearsals begin from August/September filming to start from November 2018, in the UK.

Based on TS Eliot’s 1939 poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original production premiered in the West End in 1981, going onto conquer Broadway the following year. Directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, the musical launched the careers of Elaine Paige, Bonnie Langford and many other stars of the West End stage, and is the fourth-longest-running musical in the West End and on Broadway. Hooper’s recent big-budget musical adaptation of Les Misérables, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway, received three Academy Awards including Best Supporting Actress for Hathaway and took over $440m worldwide.

The auditions will be held in London on Saturday 2 June, if you would like to be considered please send a photo and your details (age, height and training/experience) by 30 May to Emily at lucybevancasting@gmail.com

The Producer is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and prohibits all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment based upon age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by law

Photograph: Dan Wooller/REX

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WEEKLY DANCE GUIDE 28 MAY 2018/articles/news/weekly-dance-gude-28-may-2018//articles/news/weekly-dance-gude-28-may-2018/Monday

London’s leading International Performance Festival, Block Universe, and Siobhan Davies Dance join acclaimed choreographer and artist Maria Hassabi for a workshop exploring how daily movements can be used to stimulate creativity. £15 or £12 Concessions.

Tuesday

Marking his final performances as a solo dancer in a new full-length piece, Akram Khan takes to the stage alongside five world-class musicians in the UK Premiere of XENOS at Sadler’s Wells.

Wednesday

Royal Opera House Spring Gala

The Royal Ballet will be performing as part of the Royal Opera House Spring Gala. Former Royal Ballet First Artist Leanne Cope and former New York City Ballet principal dancer and Tony Award-nominee Robert Fairchild perform an excerpt from Christopher Wheeldon’s award-winning An American in Paris, alongside Lauren Cuthbertson and Alexander Jones (Zurich Ballet) in Christian Spuck’s brilliant parody of the ballet genre, Le Grand Pas de Deux. Other highlights include a preview of The Unknown Soldier by Alastair Marriott, which has its world premiere this Autumn.

Thursday

Transitions Dance Company is the UK’s leading student dance company and Triple Bill 2018 at the Laban Theatre is a reminder of the outstanding talent they produce every year. Comprising of fourteen superb international dancers at the start of their stellar careers, the 2018 Transitions Tour features contemporary works by choreographers Richard Chappell (UK), Jarkko Partanen (Finland) and Hagit Yakira (Israel) with pieces ranging from the poetically human and the humorous to the intricately technical and dynamic, in what promises to be an engaging and enjoyable night out.

Friday

A Night With Boy Blue

A Night with Boy Blue returns to the Barbican as more than 100 performers, trained under the award-winning hip-hop dance group, present an empowering showcase guaranteed to blow you away.

Saturday

Part dance. Part ballet. Five guys on supermarket trolleys perform an extraordinary outdoor spectacle for free at the Bell Square Outdoor Arts Festival. Winner of the Argus Award for Artistic Excellence, choreographed by award-winning Australian choreographer Shaun Parker and performed by C-12 Dance Theatre, Trolleys will enthral and amaze.

Sunday

If you want a relaxing Sunday indoors, then don’t forget to watch the incredible documentary We Speak Dance which is still available on Netflix. The global series on dance cultures around the world, follows creator and former UN Advisor, Alvin Ailey and trained dancer Vandana Hart across the world to explore how dance connects people, places, and culture.

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Akram Khan Unveils New Digital Art Film/articles/news/akram-khan-unveils-new-digital-art-film//articles/news/akram-khan-unveils-new-digital-art-film/Dance lovers were in for a surprise treat today as Sadler’s Wells and Associate Artist Akram Khan premiered their short film ‘XEN’, inspired by XENOS, his final new full-length solo which receives its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells on 29 May 2018.

Watch the film now:

Created especially for the screen, XEN is a reimagined version of Akram Khan’s live performance and is a response to XENOS’ evocation of the shell-shocked dream of a colonial soldier in the context of the First World War.

Meaning ‘stranger’ or ‘foreigner’, XENOS takes place where humanity stands in wonder and disarray, on the border between East and West, past and present, mythology and technology. The live production of XENOS reveals the beauty and horror of the human condition and seeks to express tales of loss, hope and redemption, through a movement language that shifts between classical Kathak and contemporary dance.

XEN is produced by Illuminations for Sadler’s Wells and is part of Sadler’s Wells’ commitment to developing new forms of dance which reach new audiences.

To book tickets for XENOS visit Sadler’s Wells website.

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