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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Reviewed in London

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance: Bayadère – The Ninth Life

A radical and challenging new look at La Bayadère that has the well-worn familiarity of something borrowed but also brings a distinctively and refreshingly new perspective 
***11
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Reviewed in London

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland returns

As with Carroll’s original fantasy novel, Wheeldon’s wonderful ballet matures and pleases, yet more, at each revisit.   
*****
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Reviewed in Edinburgh

Scottish Ballet's Stravinsky Bill is a Hit

Once again, Scottish Ballet produces another winner for the Edinburgh Festival Theatre with a double bill of ballets set to the emotive otherworldly harmonies of composer, Igor Stravinsky.
*****
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Reviewed in New York

A Bushel and Some Pecks at NYC Ballet

Is there anything Tiler Peck can’t do? After her just completed triumph in Swan Lake we’re obliged to say no.
***11
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Reviewed in Montreal

Les Grands Ballets: spirituality front and centre

Les Grands Ballets has a new Artistic Director – Ivan Cavallari – and 13 new dancers, mostly cherry-picked from some of Europe’s best ballet companies. Montreal audiences are in for a thorough journey through European contemporary ballet movements; which is not so far from the trajectory the previous Artistic Director Gradimir Pankov established during his tenure
***11
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Reviewed in Chicago

A Voyage of Discovery with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

The powerful and appealing Hubbard Street contemporary dancers took audiences on a journey through the innards of Chicago's Harris Theater, in an 'immersive' experience choreographed and creative-directed by Peter Chu.  
***11
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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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New York Citynew Ratmansky / Symphonic Variations / Other Dances / Serenade after Plato's Symposium

Desyatnikov, Franck, Chopin, Bernstein
Sir Frederick Ashton; Jerome Robbins; Alexei Ratmansky; American Ballet Theatre

LondonChina National Peking Opera: A River All Red

A River All Red
Unknown; China National Peking Opera Company

AmsterdamMata Hari

O'Regan: Mata Hari
Ted Brandsen; Dutch National Ballet; Matthew Rowe

New York CitySerenade after Plato's Symposium / New Ratmansky / Thirteen Diversions

Bernstein, Desyatnikov, Britten
Alexei Ratmansky; Christopher Wheeldon; American Ballet Theatre

Hong KongHong Kong Sinfonietta: Transfigured Night

Schubert, Mozart, Schoenberg
Hong Kong Sinfonietta; Christoph Poppen; Sophie Pacini; Yuri Ng; Unknown

AntwerpL'Oiseau de Feu

Martinez, Stravinsky
Crystal Pite; Édouard Lock; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Opera Ballet Vlaanderen; Philipp Pointner; Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen
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Shobana Jeyasingh Dance: Bayadère – The Ninth Life

A radical and challenging new look at La Bayadère that has the well-worn familiarity of something borrowed but also brings a distinctively and refreshingly new perspective 
***11
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A mix of soap and sweetmeats: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King in Zurich

In an entirely new version of the ballet, choreographer Christian Spuck wanted to explore the darker realms and fantasy of the ETA Hoffmann narrative that inspired Tchaikovsky’s suite.
***11
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Ballet West, The Joyce

Once again, kudos to Adam Sklute and Ballet West for putting on a program of mostly new or recent works created for the company.
***11
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Les Grands Ballets: spirituality front and centre

Les Grands Ballets has a new Artistic Director – Ivan Cavallari – and 13 new dancers, mostly cherry-picked from some of Europe’s best ballet companies. Montreal audiences are in for a thorough journey through European contemporary ballet movements; which is not so far from the trajectory the previous Artistic Director Gradimir Pankov established during his tenure
***11
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Scottish Ballet's Stravinsky Bill is a Hit

Once again, Scottish Ballet produces another winner for the Edinburgh Festival Theatre with a double bill of ballets set to the emotive otherworldly harmonies of composer, Igor Stravinsky.
*****
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Hit & Miss: Ballet Boyz 14 Days

Artistic directors of Ballet Boyz Billy Trevitt and Michael Nunn stage a speed dating style collaboration, match making four choreographers with four composers. The quality of performance is top-notch, but the choreography is pot luck in places. 
***11
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The Paris Opera Ballet closes the season with <i>La Sylphide</i> © Svetlana Loboff | Opéra national de Paris
The Paris Opera Ballet closes the season with La Sylphide
© Svetlana Loboff | Opéra national de Paris