Dance to look forward to in 2020
2020 promises to be a bumper year for dance in London. Here are some of the unmissable shows
2020 starts in glamorous fashion, as English National Ballet celebrates its 70th anniversary with a couple of star-studded galas at the London Coliseum, featuring key works from the company's illustrious history.
ENB, Etudes. Photo: Laurent Liotardo
London firm favourites Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch return to Sadler's Wells with a rarely performed work never before seen in Britain – While Listening to a Tape Recording of Béla Bartók’s ‘Duke Bluebeard’s Castle.' Expect challenging and exhilarating dance theatre.
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Bluebeard. Photo: Maarten van den Abeele
Hot on the heels of his extraordinary Giselle for Engish National Ballet, Akram Kahn creates another much anticipated work for the company. Called Creature, not much is yet known about it, except that it takes Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as a starting point for an exploration of human overreach and its consequences. Details here
Akram Kahn. Photo: Lisa Stonehouse
Final Edition marks the sad farewell of the much-loved Richard Alston Dance Company, which closes down at the end of March. Although Alston will continue to choreograph, and his stunning dancers will go on dancing elsewhere, the loss of this company is grievous, so we welcome one final chance to enjoy their unique brand of dance. Details here.
Brahms Hungarian, Ellen Yilma and Carmine de Amicis. Photo: Chris Nash
Following the success of their first collaboration, Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite and playwright Jonathon Young return to Sadler's Well with their new work, Revisor.Read more ...
The Royal Ballet's sumptuous new production of the timeless classic Swan Lake has its first revival two years after its triumphant debut at Covent Garden. The company's current strength in depth will provide established casts alongside much-anticipated debuts for the ill-fated lovers, the Swan Princess Odette/Odile and Siegfried, her Prince.
Marianela Nuñez as Odile, Vadim Muntagirov as Siegfried © ROH 2018 Bill Cooper
An unmatched group of luminaries from the worlds of dance, music and theatre collaborate in choreographer Wayne McGregor's latest mega-project, based on Dante's The Divine Comedy.Read more ...
New York based choreographer Pam Tanowitz introduced herself to London audiences last year with her audacious treatment of TS Eliot's Four Quartets. It was an instant hit garnering a raft of four- and five-star reviews. We are, therefore, giddy with anticipation at the prospect of her reading of Bach's Goldberg Variations.
New Work for Goldberg Variations revolves around a grand piano, with seven dancers extracting all feeling, rhythm and nuance from Bach's complex composition. It will be one of the dance events of the year. Details here.
Pam Tanowitz, New Work for Goldberg Variations. Photo: Marina Levitskaya
Culture Whisper's favourite all-male troupe, BalletBoyz, mark their 20th anniversary in 2020 with a series of new and exciting projects.
The most immediate is Deluxe, a mixed bill that includes some of BalletBoyz brand-new, specially commissioned works alongside established pieces, such as Russell Maliphant's hypnotic Torsion. They are set to surprise us yet again. Details here.
BalletBoyz, Fourteen Days. Photo: Panayiotis Sinnos
The Cuban superstar dancer Carlos Acosta hits the ground running with his first major project as the newly installed artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Acosta has conceived an ambitious festival of dance, combining ballets by classic and contemporary composers with literature and visual arts events. And as a very special attraction, the luminous ballerina Alessandra Ferri will dance a duet with Acosta himself.
BRB Theme and Variations. Photo: Bill Cooper
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