News: March dance guide

Thursday 28 February 2019

Ballet Black

Ballet Black
This triple bill features two world premieres: a light-hearted work by Scottish Ballet’s choreographer-in-residence, Sophie Laplane, and Ingoma (Song) by company dancer Mthuthuzeli November which imagines the struggles of black South African miners and their families in 1946, through a fusion of ballet, African dance and singing. Martin Lawrance’s intimate duet, Pendulum, completes the programme.
14 – 17 March, Barbican


Richard Alston Dance Company presents three contrasting works – Alston’s popular Proverb, set to the vocals of Steve Reich, and the joyous Brahms Hungarian, performed with live accompaniment from pianist Jason Ridgway. A new work by the company’s Associate Choreographer Martin Lawrance completes the programme – Detour is a driving, quick-paced septet set to a pulsing score by Michael Gordon.
1 – 2 March, Sadler’s Wells

Mockumentary of a Contemporary Saviour

The latest work by Ultima Vez and Wim Vandekeybus sees performers journey to a distant future where a turning point in the history of mankind has been reached and a devastating force is destroying all life on earth.
1-2 March, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre


Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece is the subject of Liam Scarlett’s first full-length ballet, revived here in a co-production by The Royal Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Scarlett’s highly expressive choreography and dark waltzes are enhanced by chilling designs by John Macfarlane, to bring the haunting tale to life.
5 – 23 March, Royal Opera House

Tea Time Conversations with Corali

This year marks Corali’s 30th anniversary as a leader in dance created by artists with a learning disability. This informal discussion will appeal to creative practitioners, educators, and arts organisations alike – a chance to talk to Corali dancers about how they make their performance work, as they share experiences of their collaborative creative process, and discuss the future of arts and disability. See the company perform new work Technicolour Everyday in a programme with Thick & Tight on 30 March.
6 March, The Place

Woman SRSLY Takeover: Wildlife in Strange Waters

For one night only, female performance art collective Woman SRSLY take over The Place to present a programme of unique and challenging performance by socialised female and female identified artists, in an evening that spans art, film, dance, theatre, cabaret and all-round femme power.
13 March, The Place

Polish Dance Theatre: Forefather’s Eve_Copy.Doc

Referencing contemporary science and medicine, the innovative Polish Dance Theatre present a modern reflection on the idea of ritual, in a narrative which looks at the body threatened with annihilation.
14 – 15 March, Laban Theatre

Frame Rush: A Place for Screendance

A two-day festival of dance film curated by postgraduate students of London School of Contemporary Dance’s MA in Screendance, the only programme of its kind. The programme takes in five works from around the world, from early 20th century pioneers to urban films exploring screendance in contemporary culture.
15 – 16 March, The Place

The Thread

This world premiere from Russell Maliphant is inspired by the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, and the symbolic significance of the thread which helped to guide Theseus out of the labyrinth after slaying the beast. The choreography explores changing forms of traditional Greek dance, performed by a company of 18 dancers. Composer Vangelis (Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire) provides explosive electronic music, with lighting design by Michael Hulls and costumes by fashion designer Mary Katrantzou.
15 – 17 March, Sadler’s Wells

The Idiot

Cult Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara returns to London with the UK premiere of his hypnotic new work – a danced telling of Dostoevsky’s sublime 19th century novel, The Idiot. Intricately sculpted and fluid, Teshigawara’s thoughtful retelling is created and performed with his longstanding collaborator Rihoko Sato. Together they embody the principal characters of the novel, revealing the movement inside Dostoevsky’s words.
20 – 30 March, The Print Room at the Coronet, Notting Hill


Cathy Marston choreographs this intriguing new narrative work for Northern Ballet, which focuses on the life of Queen Victoria, her grief following Albert’s death, and her relationship with her daughter Beatrice, who tried to rewrite history.
26 – 30 March, Sadler’s Wells

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