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.
Reviewed in London

An evening of Contrasts from the Mariinsky Ballet

With Contrasts, the Mariinsky dancers are put under a multifaceted microscope. 
***11
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Reviewed in London

Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake

A performance that led to the making of a new piece of history. Xander Parish made a Mariinsky Principal after a sublime performance of Swan Lake. 
****1
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Reviewed in London

Tolstoy speed read: Ratmansky’s Anna Karenina

How does one condense a Tolstoy epic for the stage? In Anna Karenina, choreographer Alexei Ratmansky focuses on the three central characters, filleting the novel to its bare essentials. 
***11
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Reviewed in New York

A rare Jewels

As dance experiences go, this one was hard to beat.
****1
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Reviewed in Pompeii

Ballets Russes' Gesamtkunstwerk in Pompeii

Rome Opera Ballet in Massine's Parade/Pulcinella "under the volcano" for the anniversary of Picasso's visit to Pompeii and Naples.
****1
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Reviewed in London

ENB: Romeo and Juliet

Rudolf Nureyev’s production of Romeo and Juliet erupts with life, giving the dancers of English National Ballet the opportunity to show off spectacular dancing and dramatic content, as well as coping with his highly technical, yet deceivingly simple looking, steps.
****1
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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. 
INTERVIEW

Gabriela Carrizo-Peeping Tom

Co-fondatrice de la compagnie Peeping Tom aux côtés de Franck Chartier, Gabriela Carrizo présente sa nouvelle création Moeder (Mère), deuxième volet d’un triptyque autour des portraits familiaux du père, de la mère et des enfants, sur les scènes européennes
FOCUS

Brussels, a dance capital

The Brussels Dance! Festival not only gives an insight into the dance riches of the city, but also into the many creative spaces and unique theatres of Brussels. 
REVIEW

We're pretty fucking far from okay

Lisbeth Gruwez and Nicolas vladyslav zoom in on what fear does to the body. An intense performance that goes further than just a demonstration of tight muscles and stress.
***11
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InnsbruckPygmalion

Rameau, Clerambault, Rebel
Christophe Rousset; Natalie Van Parys; Les Cavatines; Antoine Fontaine; Alain Blanchot; Anders Dahlin; Jodie Devos

BudapestBilly Elliot: The Musical

John: Music from Billy Elliot
István Silló; Hungarian State Opera; Géza Köteles

MadridVíctor Ullate Ballet

Víctor Ullate Ballet; Anna Güell; Eduardo Lao

StockholmRomeo and Juliet

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
Mats Ek; Anders Högstedt; Royal Swedish Ballet; Eva Ollikainen; Magdalena Aberg

StockholmPianorama: Inauguration

Chopin, Gluck, Scriabin, Liszt, Prokofiev, Strauss II
Roland Pöntinen; Lilly Zetterberg; Isadora Duncan

MadridSorolla

Various: Sorolla
Arantxa Carmona; Miguel Fuente; Manuel Liñan; Antonio Najarro; Ballet Nacional de España; Manuel Coves; Franco Dragone; Vincent Lemaire; Nicolás Vaudelet
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Yo Carmen, Maria Pagés

For the Edinburgh International Festival, María Pagés Company offers a new perspective on the character of Carmen, from the Bizet opera, in their production Yo, Carmen at the Edinburgh Playhouse.
****1
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+/- Human, Wayne McGregor

Wayne McGregor’s new dance work explores the relation between human bodies and technology as part of his curated installation +/- Human.
****1
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An evening of Contrasts from the Mariinsky Ballet

With Contrasts, the Mariinsky dancers are put under a multifaceted microscope. 
***11
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Tolstoy speed read: Ratmansky’s Anna Karenina

How does one condense a Tolstoy epic for the stage? In Anna Karenina, choreographer Alexei Ratmansky focuses on the three central characters, filleting the novel to its bare essentials. 
***11
Read more

ENB: Romeo and Juliet

Rudolf Nureyev’s production of Romeo and Juliet erupts with life, giving the dancers of English National Ballet the opportunity to show off spectacular dancing and dramatic content, as well as coping with his highly technical, yet deceivingly simple looking, steps.
****1
Read more

Ballets Russes' Gesamtkunstwerk in Pompeii

Rome Opera Ballet in Massine's Parade/Pulcinella "under the volcano" for the anniversary of Picasso's visit to Pompeii and Naples.
****1
Read more