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December 9, 2019

On 29th November, choreographer Joe Moran and the Dance Art Foundation invited the audience into Sadler’s Wells' cozy and intimate Lillian Baylis Studio to present two new pieces of contemporary dance: the twelve-minute solo, Decommission, and the fifty-minut...

December 6, 2019

Coppélia, with its magnificent choreography, colourful set design and beautiful costumes, is a performance anyone will very much enjoy, premiering on the night of Thanksgiving.

First performed in 1870 at the Paris Opera, Coppélia is a Romantic ballet centred on the...

November 28, 2019

Death in Venice is considered to be Benjamin Britten's great confessional piece. First written and performed in 1973, with the tenor role intended for his life partner, Peter Pears, the opera is closely based on Thomas Mann's 1921 novella Der Tod in Venedig. The plot f...

November 25, 2019

Hélène Blackburn has artistically adapted Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty into the multifaceted masterpiece that is Les beaux dormants (The Sleeping Beauties). The work follows the indefinite and convoluted transition from childhood to adulthood. Perform...

November 10, 2019

The magic of this production of The Sleeping Beauty was fulfilled through Yasmine Naghdi’s impossible conquering of gravity. The prodigy confronted the stage en pointe with poise, suggesting that her frame was not susceptible to the same earthly forces us mer...

November 8, 2019

The Birmingham Royal Ballet remains loyal to the nineteenth century choreography of Marius Petipa in its retelling of Giselle, a tale of tragic love, betrayal and redemption. David Bintley and Galina Samsova’s joint production has interpreted one of the most cherished...

November 5, 2019

Last Friday, the Royal Opera House finally unveiled their captivating production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte). The opera tells the tale of Prince Tamino, who promises the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from Sarastro, with the hel...

October 28, 2019

Russell Maliphant Dance Company’s Silent Lines is a complete synthesis of movement, sound, light and fabric, all working to enhance the quest of five dancers to understand the inner and outer workings of their anatomy. For one hour, the audience is presented with a col...

October 17, 2019

This week, the Royal Ballet once again engages its audience with a story of self-deceiving masculine desire and sexual exploitation. Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon portrays the rise of a young girl through her promiscuity before her inevitable fall from grace. The opera als...

October 10, 2019

London’s contemporary dance conservatoires produce a cohort of well-equipped and well-versed choreographers and dancers each year. Graduate showcases on offer during summer are in excessive abundance in London. In particular, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Da...

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