Preview: Upcoming dance events

Some of the ballet world's most accomplished and artistic soloists take to the Theatre Royal stage as Moscow City Ballet return to Norwich. Plus Richard Alston Dance Company, BalletBoyz, and Dance: Connect.


Norwich Theatre Royal, February 1-4, �29.50-�6.50, 01603 630000,

Some of the ballet world's most accomplished and artistic soloists take to the Theatre Royal stage as Moscow City Ballet return to Norwich.

Formed in 1988 by the distinguished Russian choreographer Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, the company will be presenting Romeo and Juliet, one of the best-loved ballets in its repertoire. The company has a range of talented soloists and a sublime corps de ballet, all trained in the best traditions of the Russian school. Prokofiev's score is generally regarded as one of the greatest ever written for a full length ballet, providing the tragic young lovers with some of his most powerful and lyrical music, performed live by the Moscow Ballet Orchestra. Moscow City Ballet's distinctive style is due to the dedication of Smirnov-Golovanov and his wife, principal teacher Ludmila Nerubashenko.

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Norwich Theatre Royal, February 14-15, �18.50-�5.50, 01603 630000,

The annual visit by the hugely acclaimed Richard Alston Dance Company is always eagerly anticipated by dance audiences. This latest programme features two brand new Alston pieces, to strikingly different musical pieces. A Ceremony Of Carols is choreographed to Benjamin Britten's masterpiece for boys' voices and harp, while Unfinished Business is performed to Mozart's achingly beautiful Piano Sonata No.15. The programme also includes a revival of Alston's iconic Roughcut, probably his best-loved signature piece, and a defining classic of British dance. It is performed to the shimmering peals of Steve Reich's New York & Electric Counterpoints for clarinet and guitar. Richard Alston himself will give a free pre-performance talk at 6.30pm on February 14, pre-book your place on 01603 630000.


Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, February 24-25, �22-�10, under-18s �2 off, 01728 687110,

Led by former Royal Ballet lead dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, BalletBoyz is one of the most original and innovative forces in modern dance. Their latest show The Talent, which premiered to rave reviews last year, features an explosive programme of exhilarating dance including Russell Maliphant's mesmerising Torsion, one of BalletBoyz' signature pieces that has been re-worked as a thrilling sextet, Paul Roberts haunting Alpha and the critically acclaimed Void, a adrenaline-fuelled ensemble piece by Czech choreographer Jarek Cemerek who won the honour of adding this piece to the BalletBoyz repertoire after beating over 160 choreographers from around the world.



Junction, Cambridge, February 1, �10 (�8 cons), 01223 511511,

An intriguing dance double bill. Made in China is a hilarious and unsettling examination of what it means to be an unwitting consumer in a hyper-communicative world. 30 Cecil Street uses a film shot by Dan Canham as the basis for an original piece of dance-theatre that's an eloquent elegy for a lost theatre


Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, February 4, 9am-5pm, �25, 01473 295230

This street dance day presented by SuperBad and featuring Nike Dance athlete Kymberlee Jay, is a chance to explore street dance techniques with some of the UK's leading teachers of this popular dance style, and learn choreography like never before. It's an intensive one day course for dancers aged 11+ of all levels.