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36,000 humans have lost their lives in transit whilst trying to seek asylum in Europe. In Refugee Week 2019 Bearwood Action For Refugees launched a project to honour and remember them. Now you can share that experience online.
Windrush: Movement of the People
Available until 21st July 2020
Phoenix Dance Theatre performs Sharon Watson’s Windrush: Movement of the People, a contemporary dance work exploring the narrative of the arrival of SS Empire Windrush that brought the first Caribbean migrants to the UK. The work is a lively celebration of the rise of multicultural Britain and features an uplifting soundtrack, which draws on calypso, jazz, gospel and reggae, with original music created by Christella Litras. Set and costume design is by Eleanor Bull.
Available until 11th July 2020
For the first time, watch the film of Illuminations, melding the music of Britten with spectacular circus artistry. This piece opened the 2016 Aldeburgh Festival, was directed by Struan Leslie and performed by soprano Sarah Tynan, Aurora Orchestra, and an ensemble of international circus artists. See it from Friday 12 June at 9pm.
The Four Seasons (chor. Jenna Lee)
Commissioned by New English Ballet Theatre in 2017, this bold, stylish, contemporary ballet is being performed to Max Richter's dynamic recomposition of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Choreography: Jenna Lee Music: Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons Costume Design: April Dalton Lighting Design: Andrew Ellis Rehearsal Director: Nicky Henshall Video copyright: New English Ballet Theatre Music with permission of Max Richter: Mute Song and Universal Music Group
Stay active, creative and connected with Dancefest
Dancefest are running dance classes and creative challenges across their digital channels, to keep you active, creative and connected.
These short accessible podcasts are designed to encourage children ages 4+ to move, dance and get creative with a screen-free activity.
A two-day online festival that looks into the rituals of dancing and masking in times of social distancing. How do these rituals happen in online space? What are the solutions that can empower us and activate our bodies? How do we navigate through this switch between private and public space? What kind of knowledge and ideas can we extract from new media artists and dancers? Together, we will create an online experience that stays part of our memory as festivals do. Last few months, our movements and ways of communicating have been impacted by a global crisis. Distances between our bodies in public and private spaces have been regulated by new measurements. Our freedom of movement is on hold. Dancing became possible only in private, and suddenly it has a different meaning and context. It introduced another form of visibility, “performing” for the web camera on our online meetings, dates, events. In the beginning, it felt weird and awkward, but we are adjusting to it. Now it is time to emancipate the online body and get a deeper understanding of the new realness. It is time to unmute the body.
Resident Choreographer Justin Peck's most recent ballet, set to a commissioned score by Nico Muhly, celebrates the importance and value of community – as well as the power of the individual in the creation of art. This world premiere performance, captured on February 26, 2020 at the David H. Koch Theater, features dancers Sara Adams, Claire Kretzschmar, Sara Mearns, Miriam Miller, Unity Phelan, Brittany Pollack, Gilbert Bolden III, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Jovani Furlan, Gonzalo Garcia, Andrew Scordato, and Daniel Ulbricht, with NYCB's Music Director Andrew Litton conducting the New York City Ballet Orchestra.
'Grip' from Rutkay Özpinar is a personal story about two people who loose each other for a while. Time stands still. They keep going back to that moment of saying goodbye. Thoughts are dominated with memories, with restless dreams. What was once love, is slowly turning into an obsession.
The first production in our Earth trilogy, Scattered, explores our relationship with water. Scattered has been taking audiences by storm since October 2009, with sell-out houses and standing ovations in venues across the globe. Exploring our relationship with water, and extremely popular with audiences, it is our longest running show to date. Performed on a vertiginous sloping wall, inspired by a quarter pipe, seven performers slide, climb and dive through a magical world where dancers and images interact seamlessly – plunging into an ocean, tumbling down a waterfall and sliding on a frozen landscape of arctic beauty – a remarkable interaction between film and live performance. Capturing the imagination with its spellbinding and ingenious choreography, Scattered is a great family night out.
The second production in our Earth trilogy, Broken, created in 2013, explores our relationship with the Earth. Broken erupts onto the stage in an adrenaline filled multi-media spectacle. This awe-inspiring show has something for everyone. Athletic contact work, spectacular acrobatics and a gripping narrative combine with a revolutionary set design, an amazing musical soundtrack and digital imagery that melds with the performers as they move. Broken is guaranteed to wow audiences of all ages. Broken examines our precarious relationship with the earth. Hanging in suspense and scrambling to safety, the dancers negotiate the cracks and craters of this world of illusions where nothing is quite as it seems.
For the first time ever we're sharing screenings of our Earth Trilogy productions. Charge is the final production in the Trilogy, and premiered at Warwick Arts Centre in 2017. Inspired by the role of electricity in the human body, Charge, our exhilarating multi-media show, is about energy. From the electrical charge that sparks human life, to the beating of our hearts and the memories we make, six performers use dance and acrobatics to delve deep into the human body, tracing the incredible story of energy in our lives. Digital projections create a world on stage where dancers and images interact seamlessly, bringing to life stories of energy in our own bodies and humans as energy manipulators.
Roll up... roll up! We are holding our very own theatre quiz LIVE on Facebook hosted by radio presenter Elise Evans. With rounds featuring musicals, Hippodrome classics, pantos and more... it's going to be a whole lot of fun. Tune in at 7:30pm on Tue 14 Apr. Create a team, play against your family or give it a go solo. We will be providing a printable answer sheet or just grab a pen and paper and play along. We can't wait!
An abstract dining room is the setting for Scottish Ballet’s largest film yet. Tremble stars 26 Scottish Ballet dancers and has been co-choreographed and directed by Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple, set to Anna Meredith’s brassy track ‘Nautilus’.
Elevate© (Dance for Multiple Sclerosis)
This pilot programme aims to improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of people living with Multiple Sclerosis. These fun classes are a chance for you to explore your creativity, expression, musicality, fluidity, balance and posture. Our highly experienced dance health team will support you, and you are welcome to bring a friend, partner or carer to join in too.
Frontiers explores outdated gender norms inherent in the classical ballet industry. Directed by Scottish Ballet’s in-house filmmaker Eve McConnachie and choreographed by San Francisco Ballet dancer Myles Thatcher – an exciting new talent working in the queer space.
Sadler's Wells presents a programme of full-length dance performances and workshops online, to keep you entertained & connected through dance, wherever you are in the world while our live stages are dark. The programme launched on World Theatre Day, with an online screening of Deluxe by BalletBoyz. Upcoming performances include a new version of Wilkie Branson’s dance for camera installation TOM. Sadler’s Wells is also presenting free online activities for people to dance along to at home, with Family Dance Workshops for younger children, and Company of Elders Workshops for older audiences.
Acis and Galatea
The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet present Wayne McGregor's production of Handel's Acis and Galatea as part of the Royal Opera House's #OurHouseToYourHouse series.
This major work brings together two pre-eminent dance talents, Akram Khan, world renowned for developing his own 'contemporary Kathak' style, and international superstar Sylvie Guillem, as they explore the dynamics and language of two great classical dance forms, kathak and ballet.
BMW Tate Live Exhibition Our Bodies, Our Archives
Watch an online-only performance by Faustin Linyekula in the Tanks at Tate Modern
Widely lauded by critics, 1984 is an awe-inspiring retelling of George Orwell's masterpiece choreographed by Jonathan Watkins. Winston Smith lives in a world of absolute conformity, his every action scrutinised by Big Brother. When he meets Julia however, Winston dares to rebel by falling in love. Danced by Northern Ballet - the UK's foremost narrative ballet company - to a score by Tony-nominated composer Alex Baranowski, this thoroughly modern take on 1984 will change the way you think about ballet.
Midsummer Night's Dream
After the sensational success of A Swan Lake, performed by the Norwegian National Ballet in 2014 at the Oslo Opera, the choreographical prodige Alexander Ekman created his Midsummer Night’s dream in April 2015 for the Royal Swedish Ballet at the Stockholm Opera. A powerful contemporary piece that explores the energy and the mysteries conjured up by the summer solstice in the scandinavian tradition. Swedish star pop singer Anna von Hausswolff sings through this great production, truly one of a kind.
Five strong troupe Le Patin Libre use the ice in daring and dazzling ways to present a completely new perspective in the full length 20-minute film Vertical.