The Dutch National Ballet returns to London to present three of Hans van Manen’s best-loved pieces.
With a body of work that includes more than 120 ballets, created over the course of a career spanning nearly six decades, Hans van Manen is universally recognised as one of the most important choreographers of his generation. All the pieces will be performed to live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
Set to Beethoven, Adagio Hammerklavier is a beautifully lyrical work, while Concertante, with music from Frank Martin’s Petite Symphonie, is a captivating combination of humour and aggression. The solos and intense pas de deux characterise van Manen’s style perfectly; sophisticated simplicity, visual logic and wonderful musicality.
Completing the bill is one of van Manen’s most famous abstract ballets. Set to Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge, it explores the relationships between four couples. A masterwork of the 20th century, Grosse Fuge has been performed around the world for 40 years and is a regular fixture in the repertoires of the world’s leading ballet companies.
Buy tickets for Dutch National Ballet Hansvan at Sadlers Wells!
Tap Ole – 03-May to 07-May 2011
From sold out audiences at the Edinburgh Festival to winning the audience award of the International Festival of Valladolid, Tap Ole is a company with a long history of success, performing all over the world to critical acclaim. The company is described by critics as ‘spectacular and innovative…technically flawless’, ‘charming and exuberant show’ and ‘perfect synchronicity, stunning technical precision…you never want them to stop’.
Expanding their original program to include 4 additional dancers and musicians, Tapeando is a new creation fusing tap dance and Spanish guitar, exploring the infinite sound and choreographic possibilities of this union. Latin, jazz and Mediterranean music and rhythms mix with flamenco and tap dance and serve to inspire the dancers and musicians to create this new show.
Tango Fire – 12-April to 23-April 2011
Direct from Buenos Aires, following sell-out seasons in New York, London, Barcelona, Hamburg, and Cape Town, Argentina’s hottest dance show returns to the UK with their brand new show Tango Fire – Flames of Desire.
This sizzling show features ten sensational dancers including three world Tango champions, accompanied by Quatrotango, a quartet of brilliant musicians and one of Argentina’s finest young singers.
As one of the most popular dance forms world-wide, Tango Fire – Flames of Desire, combines the rawness and sophistication, sexy yet sensual side of tango. The men are strong and smouldering, the women all curves and long legs and their world is danger and dazzle. This is tango at its most seductive and fiery!
Adam, Anthony, Davin, Ed, Jesus, Kai, Leon, Matt, Miguel and Taylor are the remarkable dancers who were handpicked from open auditions by Balletboyz, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, to star in this explosive feast of live dance fused with film and behind the scenes footage. The Talent is a mixed programme of four works that show off the full range of these exceptional dancers. The evening will feature in demand choreographer Paul Roberts’ haunting ensemble work, Alpha, and one of Balletboyz’ signature pieces, Russell Maliphant’s Torsion re-worked as a thrilling sextet. Completing the line-up will be two brand new commissions.
Award-winning former lead dancers for The Royal Ballet, Nunn and Trevitt have had a dramatic impact on the British dance scene since they formed Balletboyz in 2001. With The Talent, they pass the baton on to a new generation in an evening of enthralling dance.
Ballet Boyz: The Talent at Sadler’s Wells Theatre from 29 March 2011 to 02 April 2011
Buy tickets for The Talent at Sadler’s Wells
A high energy mix of hip hop, African dance, samba and capoeira, hit Brazilian dance show Bale de Rua makes its debut at the Peacock Theatre after a triumphant international tour.
As colourful as the streets from which they hail, the cast of 15 dancers and two vocalists deliver a joyful celebration of life, love and the Brazilian way.
Choreographed by Marco Antonio Garcia, a self-taught dancer, in collaboration with the French director Paul Desveaux, Bale de Rua (which literally translates as ‘street ballet’) traces the country’s history from its African roots to contemporary Brazil.
A lively backdrop of percussion sets the scene for this sun-soaked spectacular – exhilarating rhythms and breathtaking body movements ensure this dynamic and engaging show will have you on your feet, dancing in the aisles!
Buy tickets for Bale De Rua at Peacock Theatre!
After seven consecutive London Christmases, this is the last season for English National Ballet’s Gerald Scarfe-designed Nutcracker at the London Coliseum.
Don’t miss your last chance to see English National Ballet’s magical production of The Nutcracker this Christmas. This vibrant and eccentric production designed by Gerald Scarfe and choreographed by Christopher Hampson will be performed for the last time, having enchanted London audiences for eight consecutive years.
The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, her Nutcracker doll and the magician Drosselmeyer, and their amazing adventures in the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets. It is a spellbinding experience; Clara battles with a Mouse King, dances with snowflakes and falls in love with a handsome Prince.
The eternally popular Tchaikovsky score features the ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ and many other familiar favourites.
Book Ticets for The Nutcracker at Coliseum Theatre