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Carlos Acosta celebrates 30 extraordinary years in dance
Our December dancer is the great Carlos Acosta, whose unique journey and extraordinary international career now continue with Acosta Danza, a professional platform for Cuban dancers which he founded in Havana and many other projects. Carlos Acosta is here interviewed by Graham Watts
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HamburgDer Nussknacker - Magische Performance

© Mark Allan
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a
Alexandra Dăriescu; Désirée Ballantyne

AmsterdamCinderella

Cinderella
Prokofiev: Cinderella
Christopher Wheeldon; Jacquelin Barrett; Dutch National Ballet; Martin West; Julian Crouch

ViennaWiener Staatsballet in der Volksoper: Märchenwelt Ballett

Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov
Andrey Kaydanovskiy; Vesna Orlic; Vienna State Ballet; Alfred Eschwé; Karoline Hogl; Alexandra Burgstaller

BernThe Four Seasons

Richter: The Four Seasons
Estefania Miranda; Bern:Ballett; Hans Christoph Bünger; Till Kuhnert; Bern Symphony Orchestra

LeipzigDer Nussknacker

© Ida Zenna
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Jean-Philippe Dury; Leipziger Ballet; Yoko Seyama; Aleksandar Noshpal; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Leipzig Opera Children's Choir

TokyoThe Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Wayne Eagling; National Ballet of Tokyo; Alexei Baklan; Naoji Kawaguchi; Ayako Maeda; Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake takes flight once again

Matthew Ball (Swan) and Liam Mower (Prince) © Johan Persson
Bourne's radical reworking of Swan Lake returns to Sadler's Wells, 23 years after its premiere. 
*****
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The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: A redesign in Zürich

Yen Han and Matthew Knight (Clowns) and William Moore (Nutcracker), Nutcracker and the Mouse King © Gregory Batardon
In Zurich, ballet director Christian Spuck recently launched the second season of the multi-layered ballet he choreographed to the great P.I. Tchaikovsky score.
****1
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Scottish Ballet's Cinderella lights up Edinburgh

Roses in Scottish Ballet's Cinderella © Andy Ross
A welcome revival of Christopher Hampson's imaginative reworking of this perennial fairy tale 
***11
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Ballet Nacional de España presents a vibrant 40th anniversary gala

BNE in Ritmos © Jesús Vallinas
Ballet National de España (BNE) celebrates its 40th anniversary with a vibrant gala that brings together old and new landmarks of its repertory. Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela hosts the event.
****1
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No body left behind: Sasha Waltz & Guest and Hans Peter Kuhn Körper

Körper © Berndt Uhlig
A mesmerising catalogue of the body’s uses and abuses in our society, Sasha Waltz & Guest presents Körper an old-time favourite at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.
*****
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Sugar and spice: The Nutcracker returns

Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) © ROH | Bill Cooper (2013)
What marks the start of Christmas? For many, it's when the Christmas tree magically grows in The Royal Ballet's Nutcracker...
****1
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