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Shifting Perspective, Breaking Boundaries: Introducing Unbound Dance Theatre
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Shifting Perspective, Breaking Boundaries: Introducing Unbound Dance Theatre

A brand-new dance company launches in Leeds, created to break down barriers and nurture a dance culture where everyone feels recognised.  Founded by Dance Artist and Choreographer, Sandrine Monin, the company sets out on a mission, ‘to champion inclusivity, connection and expression’ and make dance more accessible.  Sandrine Monin and her company of dancers, both professional and creative collaborators from the Blind and Visually Impaired community, will be delivering a series of new workshops in the coming months. Dates include London, Leeds and Bradford, as the company works towards the premier of a new performance, to be toured nationally in 2024-25, entitled Feathers.  An innovative & inclusive new dance piece, Feathers takes audiences on an emotional journey,...
Balletboyz: England on Fire – Sadlers Wells
London

Balletboyz: England on Fire – Sadlers Wells

Based on the book, England on Fire by Stephen Ellcock and Matt Osman, this sizzling production brings England’s eclectic past and present to life. The show begins with a meditative lighting design (designed by Andrew Ellis) projected on the high side walls. This gives way to a sombre, moody, arboreal setting with freakish animal-hybrid characters extravagantly dressed in black, watching the metaphorical birth/death of our protagonist. A dramatic start. The piece is a curation of different dances, each relating to a segment of the book. The setting explores England through time; from the ancient land to the modern day featuring a sparky Arctic Monkeys-esque band, Gag Salon. It is no surprise that the result is outlandish and stylistically fluid. The main thread is this new-born person w...
Sadlers Wells Breakin’ Convention 2023 – Birmingham Hippodrome
West Midlands

Sadlers Wells Breakin’ Convention 2023 – Birmingham Hippodrome

A smorgasbord of hip-hoppery whooped and hooted and hollered and exploded on the stage of the Birmingham Hippodrome last night as “Breakin’ Convention 2023” delivered a gobsmacking, head spinning array of some of the finest hip-hop dancers from “around the corner and around the world” and the audience lapped it up. This was a whole new world to me. Our host, Jonzi D (MC, spoken word artist, dancer and director) entreated us to “give it up” and “big it up” and “make some noise” which we were only too eager to do. The cast included Gloucestershire’s victorious street dance company, CoadyCrew, Company Apidea and Gfunk Collective. Apart from the first the programme tells us nothing of these people or where they are from, but wherever it is they must be very proud. But my guess is they are ...
Jasmin Vardimon Company: ALiCE – Sadlers Wells
London

Jasmin Vardimon Company: ALiCE – Sadlers Wells

Jasmin Vardimon Company's modern retelling of 'Alice' is arresting, illuminating and inspiring. As you settle into the auditorium, there is a clock turning, and you notice the countdown to the start of the performance. Then it dawns on you to observe closely that it's a group of super flexible dancers telling the time with their bodies. With this stopping of time, as we wait for the time the show begins, we are grasped by the captivating 3rd Movement of Vivaldi's Summer. A rendition that evokes goosebumps. That is Jasmin Vardimon's choreography for you, beauty in the details, on-point music, arresting images and thought-provoking choreography. 'Allice in Wonderland, a classic, has been an inspiration for so many movies, theatre, sketches and dance ballets. This production literal...
A Night at the Kabuki – Sadlers Wells
London

A Night at the Kabuki – Sadlers Wells

The description of Hideki Noda’s ‘A Night at the Kabuki’ sets the tone for the production itself. The classic tale of Romeo and Juliet, taking place at the dawn of the Samurai in late 12th Century Japan, set to the music from Queen’s A Night at the Opera. It’s chaotic, colourful and exciting – a bizarre clashing of cultures which shouldn’t work on paper but culminates in a thrilling and utterly enthralling sensory overload of an evening. Of course, it isn’t quite that simple – no giving the game away here but the audience is invited to join older and wiser star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet as they journey back to their younger selves to see if they can rewrite their own tragic love story. The production is performed with subtitles, but dialogue is used sparingly, instead favouring e...