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Disabled performers stretch the boundaries of dance at Dance International Glasgow

27 Mar 2015

Glasgow’s newest dance festival is an open house for the disabled and non-disabled performers alike

20 performers stand on stage wearing headphones, music flooding into their ears but not ours. Every few seconds, the lyrics and pulsating beat becomes too hard to contain, leading to spontaneous bursts of movement and song. As an audience member…

The best Edinburgh Science Festival arts and culture events

26 Mar 2015

From drone orchestras to geek songs, we’ve picked our top tips for this year's science fest

The white coats are let out for the day to hop on their bikes as part of Edinburgh International Science Festival’s Street Science team. Engaging with audiences across the city, the aim is to shake up science, blow off the cobwebs and prove that it’s…

Northern Ballet – Elves & the Shoemaker

25 Mar 2015

Tailor-made ballet for younger audiences

From Nutcracker to Coppélia, the ballet world is filled with stories that children can latch on to. As the hours roll by, however, attention starts to wane. Which is why Northern Ballet is creating short, tailor-made ballets for younger audiences.

Ballet with a twist at Edinburgh International Festival

24 Mar 2015

2015 Festival lineup gives ballet fans much to look forward to

Anyone who puts dancers in heavy black boots and pretty pink pointe shoes in the same piece has got something interesting to say about modern ballet. And critical and audience opinion about Martin Schläpfer, Ballett am Rhein’s artistic director, would…

Dance review: Scottish Ballet – A Streetcar Named Desire

20 Mar 20155 stars

Theatrical ballet captures intensity of Tennessee Williams’ classic play

They say two heads are better than one, and in the case of this passionate re-working of Tennessee Williams, it’s most definitely true. In a rare, bold and presumably expensive move, Scottish Ballet brought in not just a choreographer to create their…

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Edinburgh International Festival lineup announced

18 Mar 2015

Includes: FFS, Sufjan Stevens, Chilly Gonzales, King Creosote, Complicite and Lepage’s Ex Machina

Pop musicians Sparks, Franz Ferdinand and Sufjan Stevens, international theatre makers Complicite and Robert Lepage’s Ex Machina, and a grand, free, outdoor opening spectacular are among the events unveiled today by director Fergus Linehan for his first…

Royal Ballet hits the big screen

13 Mar 2015

Swan Lake screening brings London ballet company to UK audiences

They are Britain’s most famous ballet company. Yet for dance fans outside of London, seeing the Royal Ballet involves both miles and money. But although UK touring isn’t on the company’s agenda, its popular programme of film screenings is bringing…

Integrated ensemble Indepen-dance 4 presents a triple-bill

5 Mar 2015

Disabled and non-disabled dancers showcase new choreography

Hitting the road with 28 performers soon takes its toll, both on your stamina and your wallet, as Karen Anderson, artistic director of Indepen-dance found out. ‘We had such a big company, touring was becoming exhausting and difficult to fund,’ she…

Scottish Ballet re-works A Streetcar Named Desire

5 Mar 2015

The five star adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play is back on the road

‘She’s almost too sensitive to survive,’ says Eve Mutso, when asked to sum up the character of Blanche DuBois. Few would argue with her description. One of American literature’s most tragic heroines, DuBois wafted out of Tennessee Williams’ pen in 1947…

Mulan the Musical: China’s only female percussion group presents new show

24 Feb 2015

From the Red Poppy Percussion Ensemble comes this new telling of the legend

Last seen by Scottish audiences during the Beijing Olympics closing ceremony, the Red Poppy Percussion Ensemble is known for many things – but most notably for being the only female drumming group in China. Founded in 1999, the group regularly…

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Northern Ballet's new Romeo and Juliet heads to Edinburgh and Leeds

17 Feb 2015

Acclaimed company present energetic new ballet by Jean-Christophe Maillot

For 20 years, Northern Ballet has been known for its passionate and crowd-pleasing production of Romeo and Juliet. But even a well-loved classic needs a rest. Which is why the company is temporarily setting aside the Christopher Gable/Massimo Moricone…

The Dance of the Magnetic Ballerina

12 Feb 20155 stars

Mesmerising choreography from this darkly erotic routine

Andrea Miltnerova's deconstruction of the limitations imposed on dance seems timely, arriving as part of Manipulate just as cinema has become obsessed with scrutinizing machines imbued with female consciousness (Her, Under The Skin,Ex-Machina) and…

The Pine Tree, Poggle and Me brings engaging dance to pre-schoolers

12 Feb 20154 stars

Barrowland Ballet's production is ideal for little ones, with plenty of energetic, dynamic movement

See The Pine Tree, Poggle and Me on tour Perfect introduction to dance for pre-schoolers 4 stars Catching, holding and re-catching attention is a constant challenge for anyone creating work for a pre-school audience. But if anything is going…

Sea Without Shore – a love story in extreme conditions

11 Feb 2015

Dance film shot in rural Sweden tells the story of the love of two women

A lot of things can happen between rehearsal studio and final performance, as Brazilian choreographer and co-director Fernanda Lippi discovered when working on her new film with André Semenza, Sea Without Shore. After creating the movement in advance…

Ballet West's fresh talent take on the classic Romeo and Juliet

11 Feb 2015

Siblings Sara-Maria and Jonathan Barton step into the famous principal roles

Up a winding hill, in the remote village of Taynuilt in the west of Scotland, something magical takes place. From humble beginnings 25 years ago, a tiny dance school with two pupils has flourished into a full-time academy attracting students from all…

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Cirque Éloize brings a different kind of circus to town

10 Feb 2015

Acrobatics, visual effects and dance all feature in the troupe's unique production, Cirkopolis

When a circus troupe cites Fritz Lang and Franz Kafka amongst its influences, you know to expect something a little bit different. Based in Montreal, Cirque Éloize is known for its collaborations with theatre makers, choreographers, filmmakers and…

The Typist tells an emotive tale with flamenco and theatre

10 Feb 2015

The personal and political come together in this story about one of Spain's child refugees

New company Kam-Ri's flamenco production, The Typist, is a powerful testament to the human spirit. Focusing on Esperanza, one of Spain's child refugees Los Ninos de la Guerra of the Civil War, it reveals the scars she bears as an adult 20 years later.

And Then He Ate Me takes on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood

5 Feb 20154 stars

Vélo Théâtre has fun exploring what happens when the big bad Wolf has an existential crisis

French company Velo Theatre's take on the Little Red Riding Hood tale is formidable – in both the French and English meaning – and a startlingly beautiful surrealist treasure. A louche,very French wolf (Charlot Lemoine) reclaims the spotlight back…

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Coppélia is intoxicating

5 Feb 20154 stars

Peter Wright's take on this classic ballet mixes elegance with roguish mischief

If ballets are to be believed, medieval life was about dances in village squares, balls, eccentric neighbours and the odd dose of tomfoolery thrown in. At least this is roughly the size of Coppélia’s slight but charming story, providing the framework…

The Pine Tree, Poggle and Me introduces dance to young audiences

4 Feb 2015

This simple story filled with music, dance and movement is perfect for pre-schoolers

With little or no language, dynamic ever-changing movement, and interesting music, dance is tailor-made for young audiences. Having already created Tiger Tale for older children last year, choreographer Natasha Gilmore has turned her attention to…

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Half-term activities for kids in Edinburgh this Spring

3 Feb 2015

Our top five activities for wee ones this Spring half-term

Ah, to be young in Auld Reekie. In addition to all of the usual activities on offer, such as trips to one of the city’s famous museums, parks or attractions, there are plenty of creative goings-on to keep the kids occupied during the school break.

Three's A Crowd uses the language of circus to explore human relationships

2 Feb 20153 stars

Aerial company All Or Nothing impress with graceful aerials but the performance concept is limiting

This pleasing piece from Edinburgh’s resident aerial company All or Nothing plays clever tricks with the language of circus to explore aspects of human relationships. The words ‘push’, ‘support’ and ‘hold’ pop up in performer Itxaso Moreno’s opening…

Preview: Birmingham Royal Ballet: Coppélia

13 Jan 2015

Midland-based company tackle Arthur Saint-Léon's classic

Heritage runs through Birmingham Royal Ballet like a stick of rock. Known as Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet for many years, before its relocation to the Midlands in 1990, the company has been home to some of Britain’s finest dancers, choreographers and…

Preview: Jasmin Vardimon Company – Park

12 Jan 2015

Sadler's Wells Associate Artist Jasmin Vardimon tours her critically-lauded work

For Jasmin Vardimon, staging a production is a lot like buying a house – it’s all about the location. To explore our relationship with health, she choreographed a work set in a hospital; to look at our legal system, she re-created a court room. And…

Review: Scottish Ballet – The Nutcracker

19 Dec 20144 stars

It’s an odd little story, The Nutcracker ballet. On Christmas Eve, Clara is given the gift of a wooden man who comes to life after midnight to lead her into a strange land. Some choreographers use it as a springboard to explore Freud, some to riff on…