News: Top dance shows to see in August

Friday 3 August 2018

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake.

Swan Lake

Prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova leads this majestic production of one of the most beloved ballets of all time, from St Petersburg Ballet Theatre. The alternating soloists include guest stars Denis Rodkin, Alexander Volchkov and Kimin Kim as Siegfried, and Bolshoi principal Yulia Stepanova sharing the role of Odette, while the Orchestra of English National Opera performs Tchaikovsky’s iconic score. The company’s 2015 season sold out, and extra performance dates have already been added, so grab your tickets quickly.
22 August – 2 September, London Coliseum

On Mother’s Day

Ekata Theatre’s new physical theatre piece is inspired by writer Saaramaria Kuittinen’s experience of writing to a death row convict for seven years. Performed in the round, it follows the story of a prisoner on death row who is writing to his mother on Mother’s Day. His monologues are supported by two physical performers who use ensemble stagecraft, handheld lights and choreography to re-enact scenes and become characters from his memories.
13 – 16 August, The Cockpit

Carmen La Cubana

This sizzling hot summer musical puts a fresh spin on the famous femme fatale, with an all-Cuban cast, irresistible dance routines and an infectious score which fuses Bizet’s opera with authentic Cuban styles. Select performances include a free post-show dance class with members of the cast, for those looking to brush up on their cha-cha-cha, salsa, rumba and mambo.
Until 18 August, Sadler’s Wells

Shechter Underground

A macabre circus of comedy, murder and desire from Hofesh Shechter Company’s talented young group, Shechter II. This site-responsive show leads audiences in to the atmospheric tunnels beneath Somerset House in spaces not usually open to the public, offering a chance to encounter Shechter’s inimitable dance-meets-rock-gig style in a unique setting. Company dancer Erion Kruja reworks original movement from Shechter’s hit show Clowns to create a darkly comic, topsy-turvy world.
23 – 25 August, Somerset House

Rambert Summer Installation

A unique opportunity to experience contemporary dance up close and go behind the scenes with one of the world’s leading dance companies. This immersive installation from Rambert removes the barrier between the audience and the performer, and takes place in the backstage areas of the company’s home on the South Bank.
24 – 26 August, Rambert


Dancers and JCB diggers become unlikely partners in this free, family-friendly outdoor spectacle from Motionhouse which explores the relationship between man and machine in an awe-inspiring way.
25 August, Griffin Square

Velvet Petal

Scottish Dance Theatre explore the transformative power of beauty this intimate dance work inspired by the life-cycle of the Monarch butterfly and Robert Mapplethorpe’s polaroids. The piece is accompanied with a dance-punk score by Torben Lars Sylvest including music by LCD Soundsystem, Spoek Mathambo, and Four Tet, with a live performance by Abul Mogard. This is its London premiere.
31 August – 1 September, Southbank Centre

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