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- 03/07/18--09:34: _What is wrong with ...
- 03/09/18--07:25: _42nd Annual Oliver ...
- 03/13/18--10:15: _The Return of DV8...?
- 03/27/18--06:31: _Scott Ambler 1960-2018
- 03/28/18--03:52: _Birmingham Internat...
- 04/09/18--05:30: _2019 - The Year in ...
- 04/12/18--05:14: _Fearghus Ó Conchúir...
- 04/25/18--06:36: _Rambert - Baldwin o...
- 05/03/18--09:26: _Michael Clark's to ...
- 05/10/18--04:56: _BBC Four Dance Season
- 05/24/18--07:21: _Quays Culture prese...
- 06/05/18--07:11: _A New Venue for Sad...
- 06/27/18--09:47: _Music and Movement
- 07/17/18--04:57: _Death of the dance ...
- 07/23/18--04:52: _Dance Consortium pr...
- 07/27/18--06:20: _Sir Anton Dolin (27...
- 08/13/18--07:31: _Company Chameleon a...
- 08/30/18--08:35: _Legendary American ...
- 09/24/18--12:53: _Hofesh Shechter Com...
- 10/11/18--05:48: _New Adventures Anno...
- 03/07/18--09:34: What is wrong with dance in Manchester (Salford, actually)
- British Ballet Columbia aka Ballet BC | The Lowry [Lyric Theatre] | 20-21 March
- Swan Lake / Loch na hEala | Michael Keegan Dolan & Teaċ Daṁsa | The Lowry [Lyric Theatre] | 19-20 May [part of: Week 53]
- 03/09/18--07:25: 42nd Annual Oliver Awards Nominations for Dance
- 03/13/18--10:15: The Return of DV8...?
- 03/27/18--06:31: Scott Ambler 1960-2018
- Atomos by Company Wayne McGregor at New Alexandra Theatre on 1 and 2 June. This is a rare opportunity to see this celebrated choreographer’s work outside London. A beautiful exploration of movement, film, sound and light – where the audience wear 3D glasses for part of the show.
- Continuing the digital theme, Guide by Vera Ondrasikova & Collective makes its UK premiere at The Patrick Studio on 8 and 9 June. Guide is an absorbing audio visual experience in which the past and present become one, as the performer sculpts light watched by an audience immersed in electronic music.
- Leaders in VR technology the Swiss Cie Gilles Jobin & Artanim bring an immersive, fun and unforgettable Virtual Reality experience ideal to share with friends and family. Tracked by an optical motion capture system, five participants at the same time become their own avatar, physically moving in a virtual environment, meeting five virtual dancers in VR_1.
- Challenging the notion of what can be presented on a traditional stage, on 14 June ISH Dance Collective will bring vert ramps and extreme sports to the stage of Birmingham Hippodrome in Elements of Freestyle. A UK premiere, the show will feature a dynamic fusion of live music, dance and theatre with break dance, inline skating, free running, skateboarding, BMX and freestyle basketball.
- Midlands Arts Centre will host a festival family weekend on 16 and 17 June, bursting with an exciting indoor and outdoor programme for children and families to participate, create and watch dance. The highlight is the unmissable Kindur by Company TPO, a magical interactive theatre experience for 5–10 year olds. The whole audience can join in an adventure with the Kindur (Icelandic for sheep) as part of a larger flock, either from their seats or on stage, as their movement triggers sounds, images, music and colours.
- As part of the festival’s focus on the diversity of dancer’s bodies, renowned veteran dancer and choreographer Rui Horta, whose audacity and doggedness has propelled him to get back to the stage after thirty years of absence, presents a deeply personal performance of Wasp at the Patrick Studio on 15 and 16 June. Candoco Dance Company, celebrated for cutting edge work that challenges and broadens perceptions of art and ability, will make a rare visit to the city on 13 and 14 June at Midlands Arts Centre with their double bill by Yasmeen Godder and Hetain Patel.
- From 15 – 23 June, Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with BIDF 2018, presents the world premiere of Woyzeck. Woyzeck is a celebration of fighting for a better life when everything else seems to be against you. Most of all it's a celebration of the West Midlands spirit as a stellar professional cast is joined by a community chorus of one hundred performers and dancers choreographed by Rosie Kay.
- An exhilarating triple bill, Polarity & Proximity by Birmingham Royal Ballet, 20-23 June, includes a new choreographic work by George Williamson.
- In the final days of the Festival work from Colette Sadler, and Cecilia Bengolea & Florentina Holzinger explore the limits of the body and survival.
- In the Quantum Exhibition Centre James Batchelor and collaborators create the mesmerising installation Deepspace inspired by a trip to the remote volcanic islands of the sub-Antarctic.
- On Saturday 23 June Birmingham International Dance Festival teams up with fierce to close the Festival with Club Fierce, harbouring some of the world’s Fiercest dance outlaws to whom no move is illegal. Full line coming soon.
- Opening the Festival Square on 1 June is Morning Gloryville, the original morning ravers. The event, part exercise craze, and part mass party, is a city premiere in collaboration with firm favourites from the local music scene and a big headline DJ, to be announced soon.
- Under the title of Birmingham Dances, the opening weekend 2 and 3 June will kick-start the outdoor festivities with a special programme of performances, participatory activities and playful interactive installations, interweaving dance, fitness and movement activities from local talent; featured spectacles such as Marawa The Amazing and her Majorettes, and much more to be announced.
- A special programme celebrating the best of Midlands dance talent takes place 4 to 8 June – supported by Dance Hub Birmingham and West Midlands Railways. Midlands Made commissions are from Andy Ingamells, Rebecca Thomas and Mickael Marso Riviere. Existing work from featured across lunchtime and early evening presentations. Also animating the square will be captivating multi-disciplinary artists and local DJs; morning yoga and mindfulness activities, bringing that outdoor summer vibe.
- D-Construction, a high octane hip-hop dance performance with a powerful beat by Compagnie Dyptik, challenging our perception of borders, questioning the profound nature of social links in the public space. What unites us? What separates us? To what extent are we able to question territories, borders and institutions?
- Challenging head on the perceptions of a dancer’s body, Compagnie Didier Theron present the UK premiere of Air, a bold and playful performance where four dancers are dressed in inflatable latex suits which transform and magnify their movements. They will be bouncing into unexpected places around the city centre.
- Ofir Yudilevitch’s Gravitas is a breath-taking duet combining dance and acrobatics performed on an air floor mat. The performers explore the elemental force of gravity, playing with it in one moment and in another becoming pure mass, surrendering to its blind will.
- 04/09/18--05:30: 2019 - The Year in Dance
- The Nutcracker | Russian State Ballet of Siberia | Bridgewater Hall | 2-3 January
- 04/25/18--06:36: Rambert - Baldwin out. Swan Pouffer in (for one season)
- 05/03/18--09:26: Michael Clark's to a simple, rock 'n' roll . . . song. on BBC Four
- 05/10/18--04:56: BBC Four Dance Season
- 06/05/18--07:11: A New Venue for Sadler's Wells - Olympicopolis [Updated]
- 06/27/18--09:47: Music and Movement
- 07/17/18--04:57: Death of the dance dictators: ballet in the wake of #MeToo
- 07/23/18--04:52: Dance Consortium presents Mark Morris Dance Group ◦ Pepperland
- 07/27/18--06:20: Sir Anton Dolin (27 July 1904 – 25 November 1983)
- Thu 13 Sep, 6:15pm
- Sat 15 Sep, 1pm
- Sat 15 Sep, 3pm
- 08/30/18--08:35: Legendary American Choreographer Paul Taylor dies at 88
- 09/24/18--12:53: Hofesh Shechter Company : Clowns
- 10/11/18--05:48: New Adventures Announce Romeo + Juliet
There are two amazing dance productions coming to Manchester - actually The Lowry in Salford. Both are in the enormous Lyric Theatre. And neither appear to be selling.
No amount of good reviews and sell-out performances in other venues seem to make a jot of difference to Manchester's Matthew Bourne-loving dance audience.
Both shows are completely and utterly worth-seeing and likely some of the best dance coming to the city in 2018.
|Swan Lake / Loch na hEala | Michael Keegan Dolan & Teaċ Daṁsa|
"Not a seat to be had at Sadler’s Wells this week where Ballet British Columbia was making its London debut with a trio of contemporary works by Crystal Pite, Sharon Eyal and artistic director Emily Molnar." - The Times
"There’s a gorgeous energy about Ballet British Columbia’s triple bill, touring the UK this month. The programme includes a superb work by star choreographer Crystal Pite, but it’s also a fine introduction to a smart, very contemporary company. The dancers have both individuality and shared muscular strength, powering through a programme of works by female choreographers." - The Independent
Below are the dance nomination for the 42nd annual Olivier Awards.
The awards will take place this year on 8 April at the Royal Albert Hall hosted by Catherine Tate.
Best New Dance Production
Flight Pattern by Crystal Pite at Royal Opera House
Goat by Ben Duke for Rambert Dance Company at Sadler's Wells
Grand Finale by Hofesh Shechter at Sadler's Wells
Tree Of Codes by Wayne McGregor and The Paris Opera Ballet at Sadler's Wells
Outstanding Achievement in Dance
Rocío Molina for pushing the boundary of flamenco in Fallen From Heaven (Caída Del Cielo) at Barbican Theatre
Francesca Velicu for her performance in English National Ballet's production of Pina Bausch's Le Sacre Du Printemps at Sadler's Wells
Zenaida Yanowsky for her performance in Liam Scarlett's Symphonic Dances at Royal Opera House
And a Professional Development Workshop is being planned for August 2018.
Could Lloyd Newson be ending DV8's hiatus...?
DV8 On Hold
Scott Ambler obituary
Superbly expressive dancer who went on to be a choreographer and movement director [The Guardian]
|Adam Cooper and Scott Ambler in the original production of Matthew Bourne's Swan lake|
Timothy Scott Ambler, dancer and choreographer, born 9 October 1960; died 17 March 2018
In the UK’s leading city for dance, BIDF showcases fantastic choreography in theatres and a takeover of Birmingham’s streets and squares, championing the best of current choreography and putting local talent on an international stage.
Festival celebrates the city exploring themes of imagination, digital art and the diversity of dancer’s bodies.
Choreographers and companies include Wayne McGregor, Rui Horta, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Compagnie Didier Theron, Yasmeen Godder, Rosie Kay, Vera Ondrasikova, Compagnie TPO, ISH Dance Collective, Compagnie Gilles Jobin & Artanim, and Compagnie Dyptik.
Produced by Birmingham-based DanceXchange, working with a rich network of partners.
First festival under Lucie Mirkova sees strong focus on contemporary and current choreography and looks to the future.
National Dance Company Wales (NDCWales) have today announced the appointment of their new Artistic Director, Fearghus Ó Conchúir.
Fearghus will take up his new position in the autumn (2018) joining Chief Executive, Paul Kaynes at the helm of Wales’ leading dance organisation to continue developing dance in all kinds of settings with all kinds of people, across all the Company’s work, locally, nationally and internationally.
Commenting on his new role, Fearghus Ó Conchúir said “It’s an honour to take on this role as Artistic Director of NDCWales. What excites me about the company is how we use dance to express an inclusive and robust vision of what Wales is and can be in the future. I’m joining a company that’s up for bringing its work from the stage and the studio to all kinds of other platforms – from nightclubs to social clubs, from schools to care homes, online and up close. I want to support the company to learn from all kinds of people and places across Wales and to make connections between them and the international dance network in which NDCWales already represents Welsh talent and potential.”
|Benoit Swan Pouffer|
Following the announcement that Mark Baldwin is stepping down as Artistic Director, Rambert has appointed Benoit Swan Pouffer as Guest Artistic Director and will begin a global search for a successor.
See the broadcast premiere of Michael Clark’s to a simple, rock ’n’ roll . . . song., Sunday 6th May at 10pm on BBC Four.
Recorded at the Barbican, London in 2017, this Olivier Award-nominated production features music by Patti Smith, Erik Satie and David Bowie, including the title track from Bowie’s final studio album, Blackstar.
BBC Four lifts the curtain on ballet, tap, street dance and more
Explore the thriving world of dance with a major season of programmes from Sunday 6 May.
Highlights include a Michael Clark broadcast premiere, a film on famed choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan, dancer Zenaida Yanowsky's swansong and Clarke Peters on the history of tap.
BBC Four Dance Season
Watch the Charge trailer https://youtu.be/SdL5BL-H7IY
This summer, Quays Culture will host a one-night only, exclusive outdoor performance, with the critically acclaimed, world-class dance circus production company, Motionhouse.
Motionhouse will take centre stage at Quays Culture’s Summer Showcase, with a performance of its electrifying new dance-circus, inspired by the role of electricity in the human body, Charge.
Charge is an exhilarating new multi-media show about energy, and for the first time it will be re-created as an outdoor spectacular, in partnership with the pioneers of outdoor arts and cultural events, Quays Culture.
Charge will be performed at 21.30, on Saturday 9th June 2018, at the MediaCityUK Piazza – a one show only experience that is FREE for all to enjoy.
Quays Culture brings this exciting fusion of art and science to the public realm, with an awe-inspiring 70-minute production, that has never before been seen at Salford Quays.
From the electrical charge that sparks human life, to the beating of our hearts and the memories we make, Charge sees six performers use dance and acrobatics to delve deep into the human body, tracing the incredible story of energy in our lives, to breath-taking effect. Digital projections create a world on stage where dancers and images interact seamlessly, bringing to life stories of energy in our own bodies and humans as energy manipulators.
Lucy Dusgate, Creative Producer at Quays Culture says: “It is fantastic to be working closely with Motionhouse again, to stage the first outdoor, large-scale production of Charge. Quays Culture introduces the public to world-class arts that utilise the latest digital technology, and this production is at the very pinnacle of this. We are delighted to be able to bring this monumental, spectacular show to a huge audience, and invite everyone to enjoy it at no cost. We have no doubt that this new outdoor commission of Charge will inspire the audience, even those who are not necessarily familiar with dance.”
Louise Richards, Executive Director of Motionhouse, said: “We are thrilled to bring our theatre production Charge to Salford Quays for its first ever outdoor performance. Taking a production outside its normal performance environment of a theatre is an exciting opportunity and we are looking forward to it immensely - bringing work to new audiences outdoors is a key part of our approach. The digital projections and technical elements of the show are a perfect fit with Salford Quays, a destination for innovative cultural events and performances.”
Quays Culture delivers outdoor arts and cultural events, combining the latest in digital and cutting edge technology with the vision of world-class artists throughout the year. Its work ranges from the intimate to the monumental, acting as a series of interventions and invitations to the public realm.
Find out more by visiting: www.quaysculture.com
Updated: 5 June 2018
Not a new story but something I have recently been reminded of...
In the coming years, a world class education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is being created that will bring together outstanding organisations to showcase exceptional art, dance, history, craft, science, technology and cutting edge design.
The Cultural and Education District will be made up of two sites on the Park, clustered around the iconic Stadium, ArcelorMittal Orbit and London Aquatics Centre.
A number of world-class institutions have already made plans to set up a permanent presence on these two sites. UCL East will be the site of a new university campus for University College London (UCL), while Stratford Waterfront features a new campus for the University of the Arts London, along with major new spaces for the Victoria and Albert Museum and Sadler's Wells. Discussions are also underway between the Smithsonian and the Victoria and Albert Museum to work together to create a major new international collaboration.
Sadler’s Wells aims to create a 7,000m2 venue with a 600-seat dance theatre to complement its existing venues cementing London’s position as one of the world’s greatest centres for dance.
The new venue will provide flexible ‘making’ spaces for research and development and producing new work, facilities for a Choreographic School, and for a Hip Hop Academy.
|Current Proposed Design|
London Olympicopolis: the design we might’ve had - The Guardian
Two dance companies have now announced collaborative projects with opera companies to appear at The Lowry.
National Dance Company Wales and Music Theatre Wales with London Sinfonietta and EXAUDI in a new production of Pascal Dusapin's 2009 vocal work/opera Passion, which appears to have originally choreographed by Sasha Waltz (although Waltz is not mentioned in the credits for this new production. NDC Wales's Caroline Finn is billed as co-director but no one gets credit as choreographer...
Meanwhile, Phoenix Dance Theatre have announced a production of The Rite of Spring for 2019 in collaboration with Opera North, their Leeds neighbours. Is it worth noting that The Rite of Spring is not an opera and Phoenix are now a relatively small company of eight dancers (plus two apprentices): although Scottish Ballet recently did The Rite with just three dancers.
The big question is: is this some 'new' European-style genre-combining vogue drifting across the mainland (while we still have the option). Obviously the linkages between opera and ballet are historic.
Or - in a climate in which it is starting to appear quite starkly that the dance market is going into crisis (outside London, possibly in London) is it that dance companies are seeking actively to collaborate with their more successful operatic partners in search of stages and audiences?
Interestingly, neither NDC Wales nor Phoenix Dance Theatre have managed to secure a regular home at The Lowry in recent years.
|Passion - by Pascal Dusapin & Sasaha Waltz|
Passion - by Pascal Dusapin & Sasha Waltz from Stephan Talneau on Vimeo.
With its culture of discipline, control and pecking orders, the dance world has always been plagued by claims of bullying and sexual exploitation. But old hierarchies are being challenged.
Judith Mackrell on the cultural shift happening within classical ballet.
|The Royal Ballet|
Choreographer Mark Morris, hailed as the “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical,” (New York Times) returns to the UK with Pepperland, a unique tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
An unprecedented chamber music ensemble of voice, theremin, soprano sax, trombone, two keyboards, and percussion teases out and elaborates on Sgt. Pepper’s non-rock and roll influences. This colourful new piece resounds with the ingenuity, musicality, wit, and humanity for which the company is known.
29-30 March 2019
Mark Morris Dance Group - Pepperland tour dates
Sir Anton Dolin (27 July 1904 – 25 November 1983) was an English ballet dancer and choreographer.
He trained at Serafina Astafieva's school at The Pheasantry in London's King's Road.
He joined Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1921, was a principal there from 1924, and was a principal with the Vic-Wells Ballet in the 1930s. There he danced with Alicia Markova, with whom he went on to found the Markova-Dolin Ballet and the London Festival Ballet.
Company Chameleon are delighted to present a trio of FREE pop-up dance performances in their home city of Manchester, and the UK premiere of 'magnetic' short dance piece, Amaranthine.
Gripping and raw, Amaranthine is a highly physical and fast paced male and female duet, which tells the story of two people who are deeply in love, and in conflict.
As the couple desperately try to reconnect and find resolution, the pushes and pulls of disagreement and heated argument are felt, as is the appreciation of space, understanding and eventually, acceptance.
The Foundation Coffee House, Lever Street, Northern Quarter
Arrive early and join us for complimentary drink before the performance.
Tony Wilson Place, First Street (outside HOME)
St Ann’s Square (outside Barclays Bank)
Free, no need to book
Performance duration: 15 mins
Amaranthine is choreographed & directed by Kevin Edward Turner and Navala ‘Niku’ Chaudhari | Performed by Theo Fapohunda and Juliana Javier | Music by Miguel Marin | The seed of the idea grew out of the research made under the direction of Marso ‘Mickael’ Riviere.
Paul Taylor - one of last living members of the third generation of America's modern dance artists - has died at the age of 88.
He began his career relatively late in 1953. In 1954 he assembled a small company of dancers and began making his own works. A commanding performer despite his late start, he joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1955 for the first of seven seasons as soloist. All the while he was continuing to choreograph on his own small troupe. He also worked with the choreographers Merce Cunningham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Wideman, Jose Limon and Jerome Robbins. In 1959 he was invited by Balanchine to be a guest artist with New York City Ballet.
A 2015 documentary titled Paul Taylor: Creative Domain showcased his creative process. It was described as "a fly-on-the-wall depiction of the 2010 creation of Three Dubious Memories, his 133rd modern-dance piece for the eponymous company that he founded 61 years ago."
"[Taylor] whose highly diverse style was born in radical experimentalism in the 1950s, created poignant and exuberant works that entered the repertoire of numerous dance companies. His own company, eloquent and athletic, has been one of the world’s superlative troupes." New York Times obituary, 30/08/2018
A specially filmed performance of Hofesh Shechter's Clowns - filmed at the Tivoli Ballroom in London and directed by Hofesh himself - has been shown on BBC2 as part of the Performance Live strand.
This 30 minute piece was created for NDT2 and now forms part of SHOW, which is touring soon performed by Shechter 2, the new junior company.
This film is a unique opportunity to see the piece in its entirety performed by Shechter's main company: led as ever by the charismatic and completely wonderful Erion Kruja.
Clowns is very much a continuation of Grand Finale in many ways and it is a fantastic piece of work.
It is available to watch on BBC iPlayer for around a month. See it if you can.
|Rome (Paris Fitzpatrick) & Juliet |
Photo: Johan Persson
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story.
Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, Britain’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company for this World Premiere production. Directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, collaborating with his entire New Adventures Associate Artistic team; Etta Murfitt, Associate Artistic Director, set and costume design by Lez Brotherston; lighting by Paule Constable; sound by Paul Groothuis; and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra and conducted by Brett Morris.