Top London dance shows this month

Anna Winter gives us a run-down of the best London dance shows you can see in the coming weeks.

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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

Igor and Moreno: Andante at The Place
Igor and Moreno: Andante at The Place – best London dance shows

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

Untouchable at Royal Opera House (Image: Tristram Kenton)
Untouchable at Royal Opera House (Image: Tristram Kenton)

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

Darbar Festival at Sadler's Wells
Darbar Festival at Sadler’s Wells – best London dance shows

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

HUNTED at Lilian Baylis Studio
HUNTED at Lilian Baylis Studio

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's A Linha Curva at Sadler's Wells
Rambert’s A Linha Curva at Sadler’s Wells – best London dance shows

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

Svetlana Zakharova: Amore at London Coliseum
Svetlana Zakharova: Amore at London Coliseum

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

Men In Motion at London Coliseum
Men In Motion at London Coliseum – best London dance shows

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

Sylvia at Royal Opera House
Sylvia at Royal Opera House

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