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The Shape of Sound
Kenneth Tindall's The Shape of Sound is set to Max Richter's recomposition of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and premieres at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds on 12 September. The ballet forms part of Northern Ballet's new mixed bill which also features The Kingdom of Back by Morgann Runacre-Temple and Mlindi Kulashe's Mamela...
Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival is presenting a selection of video works from Asia, South America and Europe, and is being hosted by CCDC in Hong Kong from 8 - 16 September. Programme details can be found HERE.
Dutch National Ballet principal Marijn Rademaker has decided to end his dancing career due to a chronic knee injury and will give his farewell performance on Sunday afternoon, 16 September. He will be performing Edward Clug's Ssss and also partnering Igone de Jongh in the white pas de deux from La Dame aux Camellias. Rademaker will, however, be remaining with the company as assistant ballet master.
Trailer for a new film, Danseur, that deals with how boys cope with society’s negative stereotypes of male dancers. Directed by Scott Gormley, the film's premiere is being hosted by the New Zealand School of Dance and the Royal Academy of Dance on 3 October at Wellington’s Embassy Theatre.
Half Life VR
Royal Swedish Ballet’s performance of Sharon Eyal’s dance work Half Life, which was captured using Virtual Reality (VR), has been nominated for two awards - one at the Venice International Film Festival, which starts August 29, and another at the Biennale de Lyon. Watching Half Life VR through VR glasses the audience gets to see the 13 dancers from 60 different vantage points. The work, created in collaboration with Robert & Robert Studios, is the Royal Swedish Opera's first purely digital creation.
Belly of the Whale
Ockham’s Razor unique Belly of the Whale is the company's first production created specifically for the outdoors and involves a giant half-circular see-saw structure.Running for 45 minutes, it's great entertainment for all ages and can be seen for FREE this summer at Millfield Theatre on 16 August, Lift Off! Salisbury on 26 & 27 August, Bell Square, Watermans on 8 September and Out There, Great Yarmouth, on 15 & 16 September.
Birmingham Royal Ballet will be opening the season with Ashton's Fille mal gardée at the Birmingham Hippodrome from 26 - 29 September. More info HERE.
Genée in Hong Kong
Congratulations to the winners of this year's Genée in Hong Kong:
GOLD MEDAL Monet Hewitt, aged 16, New Zealander,
trained by Joye Lowe at Philippa Campbell School of Ballet
GOLD MEDAL Joshua Green, aged 17, Australian,
trained by Karen Ireland at Karen Ireland Dance Centre
SILVER MEDAL Caitlin Garlick, aged 15, Australian,
trained by Karen Ireland at Karen Ireland Dance Centre
SILVER MEDAL Basil James, aged 16, British,
trained by Faculty of Tring Park School
BRONZE MEDAL Enoka Sato, aged 16, Japanese,
trained by Annette Roselli at Annette Roselli Dance Academy
BRONZE MEDAL Jordan Yeuk Hay Chan, aged 16, British (Hong Kong),
trained by Yui Man Cheung at Jean M Wong School of Ballet
Jordan Yeuk Hay Chan was also presented with the Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award, and the Choreographic Award for best Dancer’s Own variation was awarded to Joshua Green.
A new documentary tracing the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev and including never-seen-before footage will be in cinemas in the UK from 25 September. Made with the support of The Nureyev Foundation,the film is directed by Jacqui and David Morris and narrated by Dame Siân Phillips. Other contributors include Nureyev’s contemporaries from the dance world, Alla Osipenko, Ghislaine Thesmar and Dame Antoinette Sibley and Nureyev’s personal friends Tamara Zakrzhevskaya, Leonid Romankov and Liuba Myasnikova. Previews from 21 September at the Curzon Mayfair. For more info, check nureyevthefilm.com
Martha Graham Dance Company
To open the season, the Paris Opera is presenting guest performances by the Martha Graham Dance Company, after an absence of 27 years, at the Palais Garnier from 3 – 8 September. The programme comprises Cave of the Heart, Appalachian Spring and The Rite of Spring. Additionally, Janet Eilber, director of the visiting company, has invited Paris Opera director Aurélie Dupont to participate in the programme. Dupont will be performing in Ekstasis, a piece revisited by Virginie Mécène last year after the original created by Graham in 1933.
NEW ENGLISH BALLET THEATRE
New English Ballet Theatre will be touring its new double bill to Shrewbury, Grays, London and Birmingham from 18 September to 1 October. The programme comprises Wayne Eagling's new ballet, Remembrance, set to Handel's Ode to St Cecilia's Day and Jenna Lee's The Four Seasons set to Vivaldi's famous score, recomposed by Max Richter. A special gala performance on the company's first night at London's Peacock Theatre will be accompanied by The English Concert orchestra and feature guest artists. The proceeds from the evening, which also includes a reception, will support both NEBT and The Royal British Legion. TICKETS
LEST WE FORGET
English National Ballet is reviving its Lest We Forget programme at Sadler's Wells from 20 - 29 September. Originated premiered in 2015, the bill comprises Akram Khan's Dust, Liam Scalett's No Man's Landand Russell Maliphant's Second Breath. More INFO.
Dance Umbrella, London's contemporary dance festival, runs from 26 September - 21 October at various venues. One piece that promises to "seduce the imagination with scenes of birth, death, destruction and reconstruction" is Dimitris Papaioannou's The Great Tamer which is at Sadler's Wells on 16 & 17 October.
English National Ballet will be touring MacMillan's Manon this autumn, opening at Manchester Opera House from 17 - 20 October. The company will then perform the ballet inMilton Keynes and Southampton before concluding the run at the London Coliseum from 16 - 20 January. For more info, visit ballet.org.uk/manon