THIS WEEK

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NEWS & PERFORMANCES




Dancer of the Year

Dance Europe's writers nominated 12 very special dancers as the Dancer of the Year in the annual Critics' Choice featured in the current issue. We are now inviting our readers to select an ultimate Dancer of the Year from the nominations. Please send your vote to media@danceeurope.net before 1 November.


The Dante Project

Dante Alighieri died on 14 September 700 years ago and the aptly timed premiere of Wayne McGregor's new ballet, The Dante Project, is inspired by the Italian poet's The Divine Comedy and Vita Nuova. The creation was premiered by The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House on 14 October and comprises three acts - Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso. Set to a score by Thomas Adès, who also conducted the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the ballet has designs by Tacita Dean, lighting by Lucy Carter and Simon Bennison, and dramaturgy by Uzma Hameed. The title role has been created on Edward Watson who will be retiring at the end of the season after an illustrious career with the company. Performances continue at the ROH until 30 October and a streaming on 29 October will be available online for 30 days. www.roh.org.uk 


Diana and Actaeon

A short film with Francesco Gabriele Frola and Natalia de Froberville who perfromed the Diana and Actaeon pas de deux in the Ukrainian Ballet Gala presented by Putrov Productions - featured in the current issue.


DIDY VELDMAN

The dancer, choreographer and director shares her story and talks @HOME - her new work for Humanoove which premieres on 7 October in Canterbury. Filmed at White Lodge with dancers Hannah Ekholm, Melody Tamiz, Theo Arran, Oliver Chapman and Nicholas Tredrea, the piece is set to a commissioned score by Sabio Janiak.

WAYNE EAGLING

Formerly a principal with The Royal Ballet and artistic director of Dutch National Ballet and English National Ballet, Wayne Eagling shares his life story, his passion for photography and talks about his recent choreographies.



Merlin

Drew McOnie's Merlin was premiered at the Theatre Royal Nottingham on 25 September with Kevin Poeung as Merlin, Antoinette Brooks-Daw as Morgan, Lorenzo Trossello as Uther, Rachael Gillespie as Ygraine, Javier Torres as Vortigern, Minju Kang as Blacksmith, Abigail Prudames as Lady of the Lake, Greig Matthews as Helios and Ashley Dixon as the Dragon. The Northern Ballet Sinfonia was conducted by Jonathan Lo. Performances continues this week in Nottingham followed by a tour until 4 December. Casting, venues and more info HERE


Giselle in Lisbon