A host of London dance shows are on across the capital this month. From ballet to tap, from street dance to folk tales, there is a wealth of options. The tough choice is where to start.
We’re here to help. Theatre.London’s resident dance expert has put together a handy list of the London dance shows she’s most excited about this month. We’re sure one or two will be up your dance street.
Igor and Moreno: Andante (The Place) – 2 to 4 November
Andante offers an intriguing invitation for audience members to pause, to connect and to not have to say or see anything. London-based artists Igor and Moreno’s latest work is inspired by philosopher Simone Weil’s statement that “attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity”.
The Royal Ballet: The Illustrated “Farewell”/The Wind /Untouchable (Royal Opera House) – 6 to 17 November
An eagerly anticipated opening at Covent Garden, this triple bill features two new works by Twyla Tharp and Arthur Pita as well as a revival of Hofesh Shechter’s 2015 piece Untouchable. American choreographer Tharp premieres a work set to Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony (No. 45), showcasing the speedy powers of principal Steven McRae, among others. The ever-inventive Pita presents an interpretation of Dorothy Scarborough’s 1925 novel, The Wind, adapted into a silent movie in 1928. Natalia Osipova stars as a lonely heroine driven to insanity and murder by relentless gusts in a 19th-century Texan frontier town.
Darbar Festival 2017 (Sadler’s Wells) – 9 to 12 November
A celebration of authentic dance and music from across North and South India, 2017’s Darbar Festival features a kathak solo performance from renowned choreographer Akram Khan, beautiful ragas from bansuri and tabla players, esteemed Bharatanatyam soloists, virtuoso sitar players and vocalists as well as work by emerging talents.
Maud Le Pladec/Okwui Okpokwasili: HUNTED (Lilian Baylis Studio) – 16 and 17 November
French choreographer Maud Le Pladec and New York writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili reclaim the figure of the witch. A ritualised combination of words and movement is accompanied by music from Finnish contemporary composer Kalevi Aho and performed by Dorothée Munyaneza.
Rambert: A Linha Curva, And Other Works (Sadler’s Wells) – 21 to 25 November
Rambert returns to Rosebery Avenue with a triple bill featuring Itzik Galili’s carnivalesque A Linha Curva, a delicious caipirinha of a dance work involving 28 performers, four samba percussionists and a dazzling light display. Symbiosis by Andonis Foniadakis uses the company’s high-velocity skills. Ben Duke’s new work, Goat, inspired by Nina Simone, evokes the pleasure and pain of performance.
Svetlana Zakharova: Amore (London Coliseum) – 21 to 25 November
Bolshoi superstar Svetlana Zakharova graces the London Coliseum stage for the UK premiere of a triple bill in her honour. Choreographers Yuri Possokhov, Patrick De Bana and Marguerite Donlon showcase Zakharova’s extraordinary talent in a trio of works that span abstract electronica, Tchaikovsky-set drama and capering frivolity. Accompanied by the orchestra of the English National Opera, with support from Bolshoi principals Mikhail Lobukhin, Denis Rodkin and Denis Savin.
Men In Motion (London Coliseum) – 22 and 23 November
Former Royal Ballet star Ivan Putrov brings together ballet’s eminent blokes in another exploration of the changing role of the male dancer.
Royal Ballet: Sylvia (Royal Opera House) – From 23 November
Naiads, dryads, goats and Delibes’ lustrous score – Frederick Ashton’s full-length ballet Sylvia is back on stage at Covent Garden after a 13-year hiatus. Ashton created this 1952 ballet as a tribute to his muse Margot Fonteyn, having seen Anna Pavlova perform extracts of a Russian staging in his youth. Now it’s time for 2017’s prima ballerinas – Marianela Nuñez, Lauren Cuthbertson and Natalia Osipova – to take up the gilded bow and arrow as proud huntress Sylvia. BOOK NOW