Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

When it premiered at Sadler’s Wells in 1995, Matthew Bourne’s triumphant modern re-interpretation of Swan Lake turned tradition upside down, and took the dance world by storm... 

Full Throttle

Full Throttle

Strike a pose at our gay and glamorous Les Odalisques inaugural gala, a riotous romp of lighthearted frivolity and hot-headed hijinks on and off the stage. Sultry starlets Tatiana Diavoletto and Bleu Phoenix simper and seethe with pent-up frustration as West End Bares (fourth assistant) director Lex Del Fierno thwarts their ambitions in his pursuit of the show-stealing newcomer Beau Angel... 

Bob Slayer: NeverMind the BusStops

Bob Slayer: NeverMind the BusStops

Bob Slayer’s infamous late-night aftershow that probably isn’t for you. Storytelling, happenings and music... Oh the music. 'Spirit of the Fringe' (Guardian). 'Brilliant off-the-cuff show' (ThreeWeeks)... 

Giselle

Giselle

This version of Giselle, re-imagined by Ballet Ireland in modern dress is bound to cause controversy between traditionalists and modernists. You may love it or hate it but this reviewer falls some way in-between, loving much of the Gothic second act, but finding fault with the first act's uneasy balance of realism and classical dance... 

Elicitations

Elicitations

Elicitations features extracts from three poignant works by British/Australian choreographer Briar Adams. The cool and flawless dancers evoke the precarious boundaries between belonging and escape, in an eruption of emotionally charged and gracefully articulated contemporary ballet... 

David Earl Is Brian Gittins: Don't Feed the Monkey Man

David Earl Is Brian Gittins: Don't Feed the Monkey Man

As seen on Ricky Gervais’ Derek, Sky’s Rovers and Channel 4’s Gittins. David Earl’s alter ego, Brian Gittins, is a complete berk and according to the Sussex Argus, 'the world’s worst comedian'... 

The Sleeping Beauty - English National Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty - English National Ballet

Fall under the spell of Kenneth MacMillan’s fairy tale classic.  The malevolent Fairy Carabosse curses Princess Aurora to 100 years’ slumber, by a single prick of her finger on her 16th birthday... 

Northern Ballet Jane Eyre

Northern Ballet Jane Eyre

After bringing Sadler’s Wells a succession of sumptuous story-ballets, including the South Bank Sky Arts Dance Award-winning 1984 and the critically acclaimed Casanova, Northern Ballet returns with Jane Eyre... 

Cloud Gate - Formosa

Cloud Gate - Formosa

Choreographer and writer Lin Hwai-min’s new work takes inspiration from the legendary words of the Portuguese sailors in the 16th century, as they spotted the verdant land that would one day be known as Taiwan: “Formosa!” (“Beautiful!”) With music by award-winning Taiwanese indigenous singer Sangpuy and projection designs made up of Chinese characters, the lines between tribal rituals and the bustle of the city begin to blur... 

Obsidian Tear Mixed

Obsidian Tear Mixed

The imaginative world of the ballet is both archaic and futuristic in its exploration of the tribal behaviour of its all-male group. From the ballet’s opening duet, tender and innocent, the dancing becomes darker and more turbulent as the group plays out a dynamic of conflict and challenge, loyalty and rejection... 

Sidi Larbi with Monks from the Shaolin Temple: Sutra

Sidi Larbi with Monks from the Shaolin Temple: Sutra

This award-winning collaboration between choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, sculptor Antony Gormley and 19 Buddhist monks from the Shaolin Temple in China is one of Sadler’s Wells’ longest-running and most exhilarating productions, now returning to London to celebrate its tenth anniversary... 

Motionhouse: Charge

Motionhouse: Charge

Following on from the success of Broken and Scattered, Motionhouse unearths the science behind the beating of our hearts and the memories we make. Six performers use dance and acrobatics to expose the charge that sparks human life in this electrifying new multi-media show tracing the incredible story of energy in our lives... 

New Wayne McGregory / The Age of Anxiety / New Christopher Wheeldon

New Wayne McGregory / The Age of Anxiety / New Christopher Wheeldon

The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein programme from the Company’s three associate choreographers, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon... 

Tango After Dark

Tango After Dark

When the night falls, the tango is revealed in its most authentic and pure form. Tango after Dark is an intimate performance where the wonderful music of Piazzolla merge with some of the most mesmerizing and sensual dance movements of these World Class Argentinean dancers from German Cornejo's Dance Company... 

Ballet Flamenco Jesus Carmona, Impetus, Flamenco Festival 2018

Ballet Flamenco Jesus Carmona, Impetus, Flamenco Festival 2018

Former dancer with Ballet Nacional de España, Jesús Carmona is a pioneer in flamenco’s evolution. His flawless footwork and ballet-infused moves translate masterfully to the work he creates for his own company who perform this irresistible interpretation of famous scores from Spain’s most beloved composers... 

Beats on Pointe

Beats on Pointe

Direct from a hugely successful tour in Australia, Beats On Pointe is headed to London for its debut season at The Peacock. A colourful fun filled show for the entire family, this show brings you an exciting commercial blend of electric entertainment that combines modern and old school street dance and classical ballet... 

The Winter's Tale - Royal Ballet

The Winter's Tale - Royal Ballet

King Leontes, possessed by a mad jealousy, believes his pregnant wife Hermione to be having an affair with his childhood friend King Polixenes. His actions tear their families apart... 

Lebensraum

Lebensraum

Following the five-star success of Horror, Jakop Ahlbom turns his attention to Buster Keaton’s 1920 silent film The Scarecrow. Two inventors live together in one small room. But when they create a robot maid their routine lifestyle quickly spirals out of control... 

Sunday at the Savoy

Sunday at the Savoy

Kristallin Productions is very excited to bring you an internationally acclaimed group of dancers to perform some of the world’s most loved solos, pas de deuxs, and excerpts from Le Corsair, Spectre de la Rose, Flames of Paris, etc… They will be presenting Xander Parish, lead principal from the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg and Iana Salenko, lead principal Stattsballet Berlin... 

Giselle - Royal Ballet

Giselle - Royal Ballet

The peasant girl Giselle discovers the true identity of her lover Albrecht – and that he is promised to another. Giselle kills herself. Her soul enters the ranks of the Wilis – shades of young women who died before their wedding day... 

Le Jeune Homme et La Mort and La Sylphide

Le Jeune Homme et La Mort and La Sylphide

English National Ballet returns with a double bill featuring Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort and Frank Andersen’s recreation of the beloved classic La Sylphide... 

Song of the Earth and La Sylphide

Song of the Earth and La Sylphide

English National Ballet returns with a double bill featuring Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece Song of the Earth and Frank Andersen’s recreation of the beloved classic La Sylphide... 

The Nutcracker - English National Ballet

The Nutcracker - English National Ballet

Over 100 dancers and musicians bring The Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live. On a sparkling Christmas Eve in a frost-dusted Edwardian London, Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll discover a magical world, where she battles with the Mouse King and meets a handsome stranger... 

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker... 

Sylvia

Sylvia

Frederick Ashton’s delightful full-length classical ballet is a charming feast for the senses, set to Delibes’ marvellous score. Sylvia was Frederick Ashton’s second full-length ballet, created in 1952 as a sparkling showpiece for his muse Margot Fonteyn... 

Amore / Svetlana Zakharova

Amore / Svetlana Zakharova

The three faces of Amore presented by the sublime Svetlana Zakharova in her brand new triple bill are passion, ambiguity and playfulness. She is joined on stage by top Bolshoi male artists, including Mikhail Lobukhin, Denis Rodkin and Denis Savin... 

Illustrated 'Farewell'/The Wind/Untouchable

Illustrated 'Farewell'/The Wind/Untouchable

Twyla Tharp and Arthur Pita create new works for The Royal Ballet, in a programme that includes the first revival of Hofesh Shechter’s 2015 work for the Company. Trailblazer Twyla Tharp is one of the most prolific choreographers of our time... 

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Mixed Bill

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Mixed Bill

A mixed programme of new work and much loved pieces. The ancient god Pan is unleashed in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s first artist Ruth Brill’s Arcadia, created to a score from saxophonist John Harle... 

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Aladdin

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Aladdin

A cave of riches is waiting to be explored in David Bintley’s glittering production of the classic story of Aladdin and his adventures with the magic lamp. Featuring lavish sets and costumes, stunning special effects, beautiful choreography and a larger-than-life Chinese lion... 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century... 

Romantic Revolution

Romantic Revolution

Romantic Revolution is an extraordinary evening of ballet where four of the world’s leading dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet will perform with students from London Russian Ballet School... 

Aladdin

Aladdin

This 'professional ballet company in microcosm' (Scotsman) tells the tangled tale of Aladdin and his famous lamp condensed into a delightful hour. Aladdin encounters a genie, jewels and snakes while seeking the love and approval of the princess... 

La Bayadere - Mariinsky Ballet

La Bayadere - Mariinsky Ballet

The Mariinsky Ballet dance Petipa’s great classical ballet of love, betrayal and ultimate redemption. Set in mythical India, Petipa’s lavish melodrama of love, betrayal and ultimate redemption tells the tale of the temple dancer Nikiya’s doomed love for the warrior Solor... 

Contrasts - Mariinsky Ballet

Contrasts - Mariinsky Ballet

The Mariinsky Ballet dances a mixed programme of Alonso’s Carmen Suite, McGregor’s Infra and Petipa’s Paquita Grand pas. ‘Contrasts’ offers three mesmerizing and sensational Mariinsky productions... 

California Dreaming

California Dreaming

This southern Californian dance troupe presents an hour of high-energy contemporary ballet, depicting humor, beauty, longing, first love and the contemplation of strengths and weaknesses within a dancer's career... 

Anna Karenina - Mariinsky Ballet

Anna Karenina - Mariinsky Ballet

The Mariinsky Ballet presents the highly anticipated revival of Alexei Ratmansky’s acclaimed Tolstoy adaptation. Alexei Ratmansky’s acclaimed staging of Tolstoy’s epic novel Anna Karenina returns after its stunning success six years ago at the Royal Opera House... 

Swan Lake: The Royal Ballet

Swan Lake: The Royal Ballet

Konstantin Sergeyev’s entrancing production of Swan Lake, based on Petipa and Ivanov’s timeless masterpiece, creates a lyrical, mysterious world where Prince Siegfried and the swan-princess Odette affirm their love for each other, conquering the forces of evil... 

Don Quixote - Mariinsky Ballet

Don Quixote - Mariinsky Ballet

The Mariinsky Ballet opens its London season with the company’s sparkling production of Petipa and Gorsky’s exuberant classic, Don Quixote. Set in romantic Spain, the plot unfolds as the love between Kitri and Basilio is challenged by the fruitless attempts of Kitri’s father to engineer a more lucrative match for his unwilling daughter... 

Dorrance Dance-ETM: Double Down

Dorrance Dance-ETM: Double Down

Michelle Dorrance brings tap into the age of electronic music with collaborator Nicholas Van Young. Tap has always been a way of talking to the stage, now with Van Young’s electronic tap boards, the stage is able to talk back, as every step, swipe, and scrape sets off an element of sound, building musical loops, turning the stage into a musical instrument in its own right... 

Sisters Grimm-Voices of the Amazon

Sisters Grimm-Voices of the Amazon

Following the Grammy Award nominated success of INALA, a Zulu ballet performed with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sisters Grimm return with the tale of a water spirit from the Amazon River, who ventures deep into the rainforest in search of a cure for her dying sister... 

Les Ballet C de la B: Nicht Schlafen

Les Ballet C de la B: Nicht Schlafen

The unclassifiable Alain Platel returns with nine dancers from his critically acclaimed contemporary ensemble le ballets C de la B, for the dark and moving nicht schlafen. Inspired by the music of Gustav Mahler and the time her lived in, Platel draws parallels between the music and the troubled early years of the 20th century in Europe... 

Alexander Whitley -8 minutes

Alexander Whitley -8 minutes

Following on from his innovative digital work Pattern Recognition, Sadler's Wells New Wave Associate Alexander Whitley takes on the breath-taking scale of space for his company's main stage debut... 

Richard Alston-Triple Bill

Richard Alston-Triple Bill

Richard Alston’s newest creation comes to Sadler’s Wells as part of a triple bill. Chacony is inspired by the richness and nobility of Henry Purcell’s slow and weighty Baroque Chaconne, and Britten’s tribute to it... 

Rain

Rain

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's world-renowned company Rosas returns as part of our contemporary classics series with her iconic piece Rain. Known for her appreciation of mathematical structure and the geometric use of space, De Keersmaeker pushes these concepts to their limits to form a deceptively simple piece, using layers, repetition and variation... 

Scottish Ballet-Ceci Est Mon Corps/Emergence

Scottish Ballet-Ceci Est Mon Corps/Emergence

Scotland’s national ballet company returns with a double bill of two radically different, but equally powerful works. Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Crystal Pite “one of the world’s most vital dance-makers” (The Times) transforms the 38-strong corps de ballet into a swarming horde of insects for Emergence – a journey into a subterranean hive where classical ballet transforms into strange insect-like behaviour... 

The Dream Mixed

The Dream Mixed

A programme of three great works by Frederick Ashton closes The Royal Ballet’s Season. Shakespeare’s story and Mendelssohn’s delightful music provide the basis for his much-loved interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream... 

The Vertiginous Thrill Mixed

The Vertiginous Thrill Mixed

A stunning contemporary programme from The Royal Ballet presents four contrasting choreographic personalities. American William Forsythe is widely acknowledged as one of the most distinctive and imaginative of modern dance-makers... 

Rambert - Ghost Dances

Rambert - Ghost Dances

One of Rambert's most celebrated works returns to Sadler's Wells for the first time in 14 years. Ghost Dancers stalk the stage in Christopher Bruces' masterpiece, created as a tribure to victims of oppression in South America... 

Northern Ballet- Casanova

Northern Ballet- Casanova

Throw caution to the wind. Be led into temptation. Unmask Casanova with Northern Ballet. Consumed by his desires, Casanova lived every minute in a whirlwind of scandal and excess. But there’s more to the man... 

James Thierree-The Toad Knew

James Thierree-The Toad Knew

Following Tabac Rouge in 2014, Thierree returns with his latest critically acclaimed creation, featuring a seamless mix of mechanical marvels, music, surreal humour and acrobatic finesse... 

Mayerling

Mayerling

Rudolf, the emotionally unstable Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary, is forced to marry Princess Stephanie against his will. His former lover Marie Larisch procures him a young new mistress, Mary Vetsera – who shares his obsession with death... 

Jewels

Jewels

Jewels uses three gem stones as starting points to explore an array of musical and dance styles, each intimately connected to Balanchine’s own life and career. George Balanchine’s glittering ballet Jewels was inspired by the beauty of the gem stones he saw in the New York store of jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels... 

Mixed Ballet: The Human Seasons, After the Rain and New Crystal Pite

Mixed Ballet: The Human Seasons, After the Rain and New Crystal Pite

The Royal Ballet celebrates contemporary ballet with a programme that includes a world premiere from Crystal Pite and works by Christopher Wheeldon and David Dawson. Eight Principals and a corps of five embody the progress of the human seasons... 

Woolf Works

Woolf Works

The first revival of Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet triptych to music by Max Richter, inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf and starring Alessandra Ferri and Mara Galeazzi... 

Giselle - English National Ballet

Giselle - English National Ballet

Giselle is a haunting story of innocence and betrayal, a timeless tale about the redemptive power of love. A young peasant girl, Giselle, is in love with the handsome Albrecht, a Duke who hides from her his nobility and his engagement to another... 

The Nutcracker - Royal Opera House

The Nutcracker - Royal Opera House

The Nutcracker is classical ballet at its most approachable and visually entrancing – Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without it! A young girl’s enchanted present leads her to wonderful adventures and a journey through the Land of Snow to the glittering Kingdom of Sweets... 

Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes

Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes

Based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale Music by Bernard Herrmann   A beloved fairy tale and Academy Award-winning movie, The Red Shoes has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession and one girl's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world... 

Up & Down

Up & Down

Eifman Ballet returns to the London Coliseum this December with the UK premiere of Artistic Director Boris Eifman’s awe-inspiring balletUp & Down featuring the invigorating music of George Gershwin, Franz Schubert and Alban Berg... 

National Ballet of China - The Peony Pavilion

National Ballet of China - The Peony Pavilion

The 16th Century epic, The Peony Pavilion, is one of the most enduring love stories in Chinese literature. Originally performed as a Kunqu Opera in a 20-hour cycle, choreographer Fei Bo has redrawn it into a sublimely enchanting and pioneering two act fusion ballet that combines Western style choreography with traditional Chinese influences... 

The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

Cinema screening of live performance. The pinnacle of classical ballet: a perfect marriage to Petipa's choreography and Tchaikovsky's music and a glorious challenge for every dancer on stage... 

The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

Cinema screening of live performance. The pinnacle of classical ballet: a perfect marriage to Petipa's choreography and Tchaikovsky's music and a glorious challenge for every dancer on stage... 

The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

Cinema screening of live performance. The pinnacle of classical ballet: a perfect marriage to Petipa's choreography and Tchaikovsky's music and a glorious challenge for every dancer on stage... 

The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

Cinema screening of live performance. The pinnacle of classical ballet: a perfect marriage to Petipa's choreography and Tchaikovsky's music and a glorious challenge for every dancer on stage... 

Unknown and Liminal

Unknown and Liminal

It has been said that creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. Unknown explores the theme of uncertainty and the inescapable part that taking risk and accepting the possibility of failure plays in life... 

The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis

Cinema screening of live performance. Edward Watson gives an Olivier Award-winning performance in the Royal Opera House's sell-out 2013 show. He stars as salesman Gregor, who wakes to find he has turned into an insect. 

The Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

The Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

Cinema screening of live performance. Surely the greatest of all romantic ballets, Swan Lake is a perfect synthesis of choreography and music. Tchaikovsky's first ballet score is now synonymous with ballet itself, inspiring generations of dancers and crossing over into popular culture... 

The Royal Ballet: The Winter's Tale

The Royal Ballet: The Winter's Tale

Cinema screening of live performance. Based on Shakespeare's play, the story follows the destruction of marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love... 

The Royal Ballet: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The Royal Ballet: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Cinema screening of live performance. Those familiar with Lewis Carroll's literary menagerie of colourful characters will enjoy the clarity with which Christopher Wheeldon portrays them in dance... 

The Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

The Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

Cinema screening of live performance. Since 1965, Kenneth MacMillan's first full-evening ballet has been one of The Royal Ballet's signature works. Performed well over 400 times, each performance is subtly different... 

Nutcracker

Nutcracker

The magical Christmas ballet for all the family. Over 100 dancers and musicians bring Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live... 

Balletronic

Balletronic

Balletronic has a name that intrigued me from the get-go. Mixing ballet with electronic music is something that, for me, has still not been executed to its full potential by a company yet... 

Sideshows

Sideshows

Roll up for the award-winning Sideshows and feast your eyes on an opera and ballet spectacular. As heard on BBC Radio 3, Sideshows presents acts which quickly spiral out of control to comical effect... 

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

‘Choreographed by Robert Royce and Joanne Whitehill, this Alice captures the zany adventure in Lewis Carroll's original story in a package that appeals to even the youngest audience members’ (CriticalDance... 

Oriental Fairy Tales: Wild Zebra (Ballet with Orchestra)

Oriental Fairy Tales: Wild Zebra (Ballet with Orchestra)

Wild Zebra is a fantasy ballet with symphony orchestra accompaniment showcasing the accomplishments of a troupe of young Chinese performers (8-12 years). It was created by Zhang Jigang, deputy director and choreographer of the 2008 Beijing Olympic opening and closing ceremonies... 

4x4 Ephemeral Architectures

4x4 Ephemeral Architectures

Ballet and juggling. Yes, it sounds bonkers but within minutes of this show beginning, the similarities between the two are evident. Both are graceful and seem effortless, though require hard work and concentration to pull off successfully... 

Special Edition 2015

Special Edition 2015

Following a sell-out Fringe Season in 2014, dancers from Scottish Ballet return to Dance Base to present new work freshly made and premiered exclusively for the Dance Base Fringe programme... 

Transitions of (I)dentity

Transitions of (I)dentity

The inner struggle of who we are, and who we should be. Sometimes forced to move into one direction by society and politics, we stretch out as far as we can to find what we call freedom...