What 10 UK dance shows to see this season
London – The Peacock Theatre – ¡Vamos Cuba! NOW until Nov 11th
Leicester – The Curve – Border Tales 11th Nov
London – Theatre Royal 42nd Street on NOW and running into the New Year
London – Dominion Theatre An American in Paris on NOW until Jan 2018
Dublin – Gaiety Theatre Romeo and Juliet 15th-18th Nov
London – Royal Opera House – Sylvia 23rd Nov – 16th Dec
London – Lilian Baylis Studio – The Little Match Girl 13th-24th Dec
London – Sadler’s Wells – Cinderella 9th Dec – 22nd Jan
Leeds – The Grand Theatre – The Little Mermaid 5th – 17th Dec
Southampton – The Mayflower Theatre – The Sleeping Beauty – 31st Jan – 3rd Feb
Salford - The Lowry - Flown - 24th-26th Nov
The Peacock Theatre, London - ¡Vamos Cuba!
If you love vibrant costumes, music, and sets, then this is the show for you! The show’s name gives it away that this is a true celebration of Cuban culture. It may be showing in the UK, but its roots firmly stay at home with the choreography by Cuban Nilda Guerra, and Cuba’s best dancers. Set in Havana Airport, Cuba is showcased through national dances from salsa to reggaeton dancing. Live music and singing, with an injection of Cuban humour, makes this show the perfect mid-winter mood-booster.
See it until Nov 11
The Curve, Leicester - Border Tales?
For a show that really makes you think, try award-winning dance company Protein’s commentary on multi-cultural Britain. A creative critique on stereotypical thinking on migrants through imagining a post-Brexit Britain, and making it accessible through live music, real-life dialogue, and dance. It’s been touring the UK and instigating a positive change in thinking through dance. Cultural identity is explored through different dance styles, some traditional to certain countries, and incorporating contemporary styles. Directed and choreographed by Luca Silvestrini. Andy Pink composed the music for the production to be “world music”.
See it on Nov 11
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London - 42nd Street
Experience all the glitz and glamour of Broadway at the West end with a huge, flawless and synchronised cast. Fast-paced musical starring Sheena Easton and Clare Halse with tap, jazz, and character stage dancing, and music by Harry Warren. @42ndStreetLDN has some fantastic reviews filtering through if you need more convincing.
On now and throughout 2018
Dominion Theatre, London - An American in Paris
Another Broadway Tony award-winning musical hits London this season!
The audience experiences an American GI’s wonder at stepping foot in Paris in 1945. Musical with ballet, jazz, tap and cancan dancing. Everyday to spectacular costumes make this a show for everyone.
See it until 31 Jan
Gaiety Theatre, Dublin - Romeo & Juliet
Ballet Ireland presents this timeless and elegant adaptation of a Shakespearean tragedy, choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple. It may be a classical tale, but Runacre-Temple truly modernises this ballet by transporting the set from Verona to a High School in a refreshing twist of this zeitgeist. Witness ballerinas making their debut with Ballet Ireland, like Amelia O’Hara. Music by Prokofiev.
See it 15-18 Nov
Royal Opera House, London - Sylvia
It’s quite a long ballet by Frederick Ashton, but it’s well worth it for the contemporary dancing, Arcadian set, and score by Delibes. Sylvia is based on a Greek myth about the eponymous huntress Sylvia, with its original premiere dating back to 1876. Despite it’s length, you’ll be enthralled by each act with the beautiful en pointe ballet dancing, jumps, and turns. See the 2010 trailer:
See it 23 Nov – 16 Dec
Lilian Baylis Studio, London - The Little Match Girl
Directed and choreographed by Arthur Pita in an intimate space, with beautiful, operatic live singing. So if you fancy experiencing the phenomenal skills of both halves of the genius dance couple that is Bourne and Pita, this one’s for you! It’s based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale and set in the Christmas period. It’s the perfect contemporary dance show this season to warm your heart (without those ballet warm ups layers), and remind you of the magical kindness that Christmas inspires.
See it 13-24 Dec
Sadler’s Wells, London - Cinderella
Directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne. Set in WW2 industrial London with the horrors of the Blitz, the love story of Cinderella and her RAF pilot romance still blossoms under the score of Profokiev. With Olivier Award winning set and costumes by Lez Brotherston, and lighting by Neil Austin, this is sure to be a winter treat. Coming to The Lowry in Salford, and the Birmingham Hippodrome in 2018.
See it 9 Dec – 22 Jan
Leeds Grand Theatre - The Little Mermaid
For another Hans Christian Andersen tale, experience David Nixon’s richly visual Northern Ballet adaptation of the dark fairytale. Indulge in a magical, aquatic set with a stage full of underwater characters and costumes. The soloist Abigail Prudames, who had the the lead mermaid role created for her, spoke about her initial unbalance when wearing her fishtail. Prudames has 3 costumes for this production, which means you get to see her transition from mermaid to human ballerina. It’s touring the UK, so if you’ve missed out on tickets you can also try and catch the show in 2018 in Edinburgh or Milton Keynes.
See it 5 – 17 Dec
Mayflower Theatre, London - The Sleeping Beauty
For the 60th Anniversary of the Royal Ballet. Classical ballet dancing, including fast-paced pirouettes, with lavish costumes to accompany the dancers’ complex moves. This ballet is enhanced by the score, which changes to darker music to signify the coming of Cabosse the bad fairy, or to signify the Lilac Fairy. Vadim Muntagirov plays Prince Florimund and Marianela Núñez is the Princess Aurora.
See it 31 Jan – 3 Feb
The Lowry, Manchester - Flown
For gymnastics enthusiasts, you will love The Pirates of the Carabina’s circus production. You’ll be in awe of the aerial tricks and dance moves in this show. Catch them while you can (they spend most of their time in the air, including a flying drumkit) because they’re touring only a select few European places this season!
See it 24th-26th Nov
Are your little dancers excited for Christmas? Get them even more in the festive spirit by seeing The Snowman in it’s 20th year at The Peacock Theatre (London) and The Manchester Opera House.