The best of dance in Norfolk & Suffolk

It is getting easier to see high quality dance across Norfolk and Suffolk with performances ranging from classical and contemporary ballet to the showcasing of dance from other parts of the world. We have amassed some of the best and most interesting of upcoming shows across Norfolk and Suffolk including a few live cinema screenings of ballets. Do get in touch if you’d like us to add your production.

Autumn and Winter at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds brings us one of the greatest classical ballets of all time- the production of ‘Swan Lake by Ballet Theatre UK between 17-19th Nov. Featuring new choreography by Artistic Director Christopher Moore and over 120 new costumes and stunning sets this production promises to provide you with a fresh look at the classic tale. This is a totally new concept to Swan Lake that is aimed for family audiences – the production has been taken from the classical four Act Ballet to only two halves, making the ballet more accessible for a wider audience.

Ballet UK are certainly no strangers to the Theatre Royal, having staged other productions there including The Little Mermaid, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, The Snow Queen and A Christmas Carol.  An innovative classical dance company with a bold and unique approach to creating new theatre productions and raising the awareness of dance, Ballet UK are known for engaging their audiences with a passion and energy that is truly inspiring.

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Tavaziva Dance Company

The Tavaziva Dance Company will be performing at The Theatre at West Suffolk College on Thursday 27th November in a wonderful melange of the food and music of the continent of Africa. A relaxed way to dine, food will be served in bowls before and after the event (pre booking necessary from 6pm onwards). Tavaziva Dance Company is a national touring company that presents cutting-edge new work representing the diversity of Black British Dance. The company specialises in fusing African and contemporary dance, creating a unique dance style that is both contemporary and rooted in African cultures.

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At Norwich’s Theatre Royal, the dance programme sees visits from the contemporary Richard Alston Dance Company with its newly revived ‘Overdrive’ (which I first saw at Sadlers Wells over ten years ago) to Brendan Cole from the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing with his show, ‘A Night to Remember’- a blend of latin, ballroom and showbiz. I am looking forward to Ballet Rambert and the swagger of The Rolling Stones in ‘Rooster’, the first of a triptych of performances, followed by the serene elegance of Four Elements and The Strange Charm of Mother Nature ,brand new works by Rambert’s Artistic Director Mark Baldwin. With the accompanying live orchestral music, ranging from JS Bach to Igor Stravinsky, this is a going to be one heck of a night.

Brought to the stage by Matthew Bournes ‘New Adventures’, Lord of the Flies is a thrilling new dance production of William Golding’s classic novel, choreographed by Olivier Award nominated Scott Ambler. With a cast of New Adventures dancers and remarkable young talent from across East Anglia, Golding’s legendary characters are brought to life with raw energy, emotional intensity and breathtaking performances. Look out for Bournes production of ‘Edward Scissorhands’ which comes to Norwich February 2015 and is based on the classic Tim Burton movie and features the beautiful music of Danny Elfman and Terry Davies. Specially recorded for New Adventures in magnificent surround sound, this touching and witty love story tells the bittersweet tale of a boy left alone and unfinished in a strange new world.  It is a parable for our times about the ultimate outsider. Also in February is the Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia and April 2015 sees the Northern Ballet with their production of ‘The Great Gatsby’.

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If you are a fan of ‘Dirty Dancing‘, then the Theatre Royal in Norwich has a two week run of the live touring show, all heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing. This is the fastest selling show in West End history so not one to dither over booking tickets for.

The Corn Exchange at Kings Lynn sees Noise of Chance School of Dance perform ‘Hansel & Gretel’ at the Guildhall Theatre, danced by 160 local children with beguiling beautiful women, a sandman and the eponymous hero and heroine. The Pavilion Theatre in Gorleston is Dancing to Raise the Roof 2 this November to raise funds for restoration.  Watch local dance schools perform latin ballroom, contemporary ballet and comedy dance routines. A live screening of Moulin Rouge: The Ballet will be shown at Lowestofts Marina Theatre on the 2nd November. Along with a rousing French soundtrack, the ballet features high-kicking choreography and a passionate story of love, ambition and heartbreak or watch The Nutcracker performed by the Moscow City Ballet in another live screening from 27-29th November. In Woodbridge, the Seckford Theatre hosts the return of the ever popular Co-op Juniors and in February 2015, Dance East in collaboration with Snape Dance sees Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Wayne McGregor’s latest work Atomos at the Snape Maltings Performance Hall. Ten incredible dancers perform McGregor’s unique style – sculptural, rigorous, jarring and hauntingly beautiful. He is accompanied by a team of sensational artists including longtime collaborators, lighting designer Lucy Carter and filmmaker Ravi Deepres, along with costumes by the ground-breaking designers of wearable technologies, Studio XO.

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Dance East itself has a full programme of dance events (as one would expect) including ‘The Measures Taken’ and ‘The Grit in the Oyster’ by the Alexander Whitley Dance Company on the 14th November. On the 22nd November, the Mark Bruce Company perform ‘Dracula’, a Jerwood House debut with ten exceptional dancers bringing Stoker’s haunting, erotic tale to life in a heartwrenching and magical dance theatre production. With an eclectic mix of music from Bach and Mozart to Ligetti and Fred Frith, Bruce explores choreographic styles ranging from the subtlety of classical etiquette to visceral contemporary dance. For children, there is the magical theatrical dance performance by Compagnia TPO in December. ‘Butterflies’ follows its amazing transformation from caterpillar to winged creature. Using motion capture technology, Compagnia TPO invites you to a festive, playful, theatrical experience. Dotted with moments of participation, children are invited to watch and join in with the company’s dancers. Paint with your arms, compose lullabies with your feet and chase caterpillars on all fours.

If you cannot get to one of the larger (often London based) theatres, then Haverhill Arts Centre is putting on live cinema screenings of The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet and Ivan the Terrible between November to April 2015. Keep a look out for new shows which are announced weekly. Cineworld is also screening a full programme of classical ballet from the Bolshoi Ballet and the Royal Ballet Companies. La Fille Mal Gardee, Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, the Legend of Love and Alices Adventures in Wonderland are some of the shows available. Check their website for details of how to book.

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