Dance

For dance and ballet fans, you can use our calendar to find a great selection of upcoming events and read reviews from top dance companies as well as smaller, lesser known artists and choreographers from around the world.
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The Jinx and rehabilitation of Sylvia

Thirteen years’ after its restoration - and at the grand old age of 140 - Sylvia might, at last, be free of her jinx. Discover the ballet's complex history, written here by Graham Watts.

ENB tours MacMillan's Song of the Earth this Autumn

Going from strength to strength under the leadership of Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet presents MacMillan's Song of the Earth as part of nationwide celebrations of the choreographer's formidable legacy. 
Reviewed in London

Project Polunin

Project Polunin takes a big step forward with a refreshingly new programme that was as well produced as it was performed 
****1
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Reviewed in London

Peter Wright's Nutcracker

Sir Peter Wright's enchanting vision of The Nutcracker continues to delight 
****1
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Reviewed in Edinburgh

Scottish Ballet's Nutcracker : A Festive Delight

Scottish Ballet's The Nutcracker, at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre sweeps the audience away to a magical snowscape of childhood wonder and sugar confectionery.
****1
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Reviewed in Philadelphia

Beautiful Decay

BalletX's exploration of the cycle of life in Beautiful Decay is a clever and truly profound choice (choreography: Nicole Fonte)
****1
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Reviewed in Berlin

NDT in Berlin

NDT's main company is back in Berlin, at the House of the Berliner Festspiele, with works by four aces of contemporary choreography. More classically abstract works are successfully paired with ones for the digital-literate.
*****
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Reviewed in San Francisco

Wendy Whelan / Brian Brooks: Some of a Thousand Words

The body as it moves, in all its human vulnerability, is never free of emotion. Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks collaborate on Some of A Thosand Words, performed in San Francisco.
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The foundations of classical ballet: a French affair?

It’s common knowledge that Louis XIV developed the foundations of classical ballet in the late 17th century, during his long and rather extraordinary reign as King of France. But was the French King the true mastermind of ballet technique? 

Ballet in Paris: a little History of the French Technique

Origins: from the Royal court of Louis XIV to neoclassicism.  The Paris Opera Ballet company has a long-standing History, dating back to 1662, and the establishment of the Académie Royale de Danse by Louis XIV. At the time, the Academy’s mission was to develop the theatrical dance style performed in court, which noblemen and the King himself took part in.
Marie Taglioni in <i>La Sylphide</i>, 1832 © Wikicommons
Marie Taglioni in La Sylphide, 1832
© Wikicommons

The influence of Italian virtuosity on Russian Ballet

From the courts of Italy during the Renaissance to the grandeur of the Russian Imperial Ballet, discover more about the influence of italian virtuosity on Russian ballet

A storybook world of ballet

From La Sylphide To Morris' contemporary The Hard Nut, fairytales are often at the centre of ballets' libretti

Stepping into Tchaikovsky Ballet: Swan Lake

Ask anyone who claims to know nothing about ballet to actually name one, the chances are it will be one of Tchaikovsky's.

Symphonic storytelling: The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty is perhaps the Ugly Duckling of Tchaikovsky’s three ballets. It was the second in the trilogy, completed in 1889, but has neither the dramatic thrust of Swan Lake nor the calorific sugar-coated charm of The Nutcracker in terms of popular appeal. 

The Nutcracker: casting a Christmas spell

Along with chestnuts, turkey and Carols from Kings, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without The Nutcracker. It has become a staple part of the festive season. 
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LondonMatthew Bourne's Cinderella

Prokofiev: Cinderella
Matthew Bourne; Matthew Bourne's New Adventures; Lez Brotherston

AmsterdamThe Sleeping Beauty

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Sir Peter Wright; Dutch National Ballet; Boris Gruzin; Philip Prowse

BudapestThe Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Tamás Solymosi; Wayne Eagling; Hungarian National Ballet; Kálmán Szennai; Imre Kollár; András Déri; Péter Halász

TokyoCinderella

Prokofiev: Cinderella
Sir Frederick Ashton; The National Ballet of Japan; Martin Yates; Wendy Ellis Somes; David Walker [set designer]

LondonENB: The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; English National Ballet

ZürichThe Nutcracker and the Mouse KingNew Production

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Christian Spuck; Ballett Zürich; Paul Connelly; Yannis Pouspourikas; Rufus Didwiszus; Buki Shiff
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Rosas: Bach6Cellosuiten

Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker’s, Jean-Guihen Queyras’ and Rosas’ Mitten wir im Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten presented at HAU 1 is a raw but very sleek work on Bach’s milestone of Western music.
*****
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Scottish Ballet's Nutcracker : A Festive Delight

Scottish Ballet's The Nutcracker, at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre sweeps the audience away to a magical snowscape of childhood wonder and sugar confectionery.
****1
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Wonderland Down Under in Sydney

Alice is the Australian Ballet’s biggest production yet, calling for all-stops-out artistic wizardry to reconjure the wit and whimsy of Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic.
*****
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Project Polunin

Project Polunin takes a big step forward with a refreshingly new programme that was as well produced as it was performed 
****1
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Peter Wright's Nutcracker

Sir Peter Wright's enchanting vision of The Nutcracker continues to delight 
****1
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Boston's Nutcracker

Christmas tradition is valued deeply in New England, and it is only fitting that the region’s penultimate production of The Nutcracker be an utterly classic experience.
***11
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