Matthew Bourne to Giselle: the best dance-theatre in Norfolk and beyond

A full Corps de Ballet of 24 international dancers will perform in Ballet Theatre UK's production of

A full Corps de Ballet of 24 international dancers will perform in Ballet Theatre UK's production of Giselle. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

The region welcomes a diverse range of dance theatre, from classical ballet to contemporary dance via early classics from Matthew Bourne and an Indian retelling of Cinderella.

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures

Cambridge Corn Exchange, until February 25, 7.30pm, 2.30pm Feb 25, £29-£15, 01223 357851, www.cornex.co.uk

While Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes continues to wow audiences at Norwich Theatre Royal, this triple-bill of his early works comes to the region as part of the company's 30th anniversary celebrations. With designs by long-time collaborator Lez Brotherston, Matthew returns to his roots with the programme of hit pieces that saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that have become hallmarks of the New Adventures company. The programme includes French fancy The Infernal Galop and Town and Country, featuring evocative music of Edward Elgar, Noël Coward and Percy Grainger, amongst others. Based on Joyce Grenfell's famous 'Nursery School' sketches, Watch with Mother also returns to the stage for the first time in 25 years.


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A Matter of Impression

King's Lynn Corn Exchange, February 28, 7.30pm, £14-£10, 01553 764864, www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

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Two separate dance pieces intertwined on this double bill, as a new work by internationally acclaimed Luca Silvestrini and a reworking of Sardoville's 2015 piece Impressed Upon are blended together with choreographed set and costume changes. Silvestrini brings his trademark expose comedic style to his new work while Impressed Upon will be performed by local dance teacher Josh Wille along side other members of dance theatre company Sardoville. The company has a unique and highly physical style as 'Sardovillian theatre' deconstructing the production bringing the backstage into view. No illusion, no artifice, just performance, it allows audiences get up close and personal. The evening will include a curtain raiser from Studio 19 students.

Thrive

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, February 28, 6pm/8pm, £10, 01502 533200, www.marinatheatre.co.uk/The Garage, Chapel Field North, Norwich, March 9, 7pm, £15 (£5 cons), 01603 630000, www.thegarage.org.uk

Zest, a national touring company, creating eye-opening work for young people, bring their powerful and visually stunning new dance-theatre production aimed at teenagers about the psychological effects of trauma and thriving in the face of adversity. Thrive is about three young people who didn't go looking for suffering, but suffering found them anyway when they are thrown together by the sudden death of someone they knew. Developed in collaboration with psychologists and inspired by true stories of young people, while it takes on the challenging subject of trauma this is a life-affirming rather than morbid piece of theatre.

Giselle

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, March 2-4, 7.30pm, 3pm Mar 4, £26-£8.50, 01284 769505, www.theatreroyal.org/Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, March 5, 3pm, £20.75 (£18.95 cons), £15 under-12s, 01502 533200, www.marinatheatre.co.uk

Featuring a full Corps de Ballet of 24 international dancers along with the critically acclaimed principal dancers, Ballet Theatre UK return to the region with this haunting classic in its full glory set to the stunning music by Adolphe Adam. First performed in 1841, Giselle has never lost its popularity with audiences, considered to be one of the jewels in the crown of the romantic repertoire. Young, sickly peasant girl Giselle falls in love with the handsome Prince Albrecht. On finding her love is unrequited, and weakened by her ill health, Giselle dies. She is summoned from her grave and saves the remorseful Albrecht proving that love can conquer all – even death.

Sunderella

The Cut, Halesworth, March 4, 8pm, £8, 0300 3033211, www.newcut.org

In their new Bollywood production, Norwich-based Natyapriya Dance Company tell the story of the much loved fairytale, Cinderella, with a exotic Eastern twist. Mistreated and neglected by her family, and overlooked by the community she lives in, Sunderella seems the most unlikely of heroines to capture the heart of the Royal Prince; but helped by some magic touches from her fairy godmother, and some strange twists of fate, Sunderella gets her 'happily ever after' and her family get their comeuppance. The dancers of Natyapriya tell this with a mix of beautiful, vibrant dancing, rousing music, gorgeous costumes and great humour.

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