Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Nottingham Playhouse - a fabulous dance season ahead

My Nottingham Playhouse brochure for 2014 dropped on my door map yesterday and what an array of fabulous theatrical and modern dance goodies it held within.

My personal highlight of the year (a must see in my opinion) is the Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre - The Rite of Spring and Petrushka (Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd May). It just feels and looks phenomenal.

In a programme rich with dance I would pick out BalletBoyz:theTALENT featuring ten exceptional male dancers in two exciting and explosive dance works by choreographers Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett. (Monday 31st March). Onward into the brochure I found that the Playhouse are to be blessed with the dance talents of Richard Alston Dance Company on (Tuesday 29th April). They are presenting three dance works, Shimmer, Illuminations and Madcap in the evening of modern dance.

On Wednesday 12th March, Sheffield based, Vincent Dance Theatre present Motherland and this promises to be a funny and moving show about 'having it all'. Motherland is billed as 'uncompromising yet utterly accessible' and has a broad appeal for both sexes through its potent blend of theatre, live music and dance. The New York Times called it "Astonishingly original."

Fancy a madcap dance cabaret? Then on Saturday 17th May Dance 4 along with Nottingham Playhouse present Hercules: A Dance Cabaret. The story of Hercules is told through hilarious dance routines and amazing speciality acts. It's a modern cabaret the whole family can enjoy.

U.DANCE 2014 are presenting shows over the weekend of Friday 27th of June until Sunday 29th of June. Nottingham Playhouse are hosting three distinct shows that will bring together hundreds of talented young dancers from across the UK. Visit www.u-dance.org for more information.

Ballet Black: For their debut at the Playhouse, the company are presenting a triple bill of new work with exciting ballets from two of Britain's best choreographers, Christopher Marney and Martin Lawrence. Plus, award winning dance maker, Arthur Pita creates Black Ballet's newest narrative ballet. Wednesday 2nd July.

More locally we have the opportunity to witness the dance talents of students at the Nottingham Theatre Dance School in their Showcase 2014. Produced by principal Jane Moreton, students from age 3 to adults will perform classical ballet, contemporary dance, modern dance, jazz dance, musical theatre and tap dance. Sunday 25th May

On Friday 20th and Saturday 21st of June the MADD college proudly presents their Gala Showcase featuring the talented students of their three year Professional Musical Theatre diploma course with a live orchestra. The show is directed and choreographed by leading professionals from the performing arts industry.

Finally, The Tracy Quaife Theatre Dance School will be showing their 'Dance Express 2014 and Variations 3 programme. This promises to be two days of superb entertainment choreographed and produced by principal Tracy Quaife. This show will be showcasing the young talented dancers and maybe Nottingham's young stars of the future.

For booking any of the dance events go to www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk or call the box office 0115 9419419

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