Dance in London: 2012 preview

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The ten dance shows we're most looking forward to in 2012

  • Bamboo Blues Bamboo Blues - © Angelos Giotopoulos

    Pina Bausch season

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    Jun 6-Jul 9 2012, Sadler's Wells & Barbican Centre

    Ten works by the late, legendary Pina Bausch, many of them making their UK debut. Part of the cultural festival surrounding the Olympics, it’ll be a marathon month for fans of tanztheater (or dance theatre, if you prefer it in English) and will probably inspire the same wide range of emotions as an endurance run: exhaustion, exhilaration, frustration, mental challenge, physical discomfort, personal revelation and light-headed joy.

  • Flamenco Festival

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    Feb 8-18, Sadler's Wells

    The Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival sees the theatre's auditorium alive with the sound of 'Olé!', and that's just from the audience. On stage, the clattering heels and mournful song of some of Spain's top performers is an annual treat, with a programme ranging from the purest gypsy flamenco to experimental modern dance. The gala show (Feb 11-12) is always a good opportunity to see a variety of artists in one sitting; elsewhere there are full-length shows from Manuela Carrasco, Rafael Amargo and José Mercé.

  • Blanca Li Company: Elektro Kif

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    Until Sat Mar 3, Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Nightclub, street and stage come together as choreographer Blanca Li mixes Parisian electro dance with contemporary dance and theatre in 'Elektro Kif'. Spanish-born, France-based Li has worked in a plethora of styles and...

  • DV8: Can We Talk About This?

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    Until Wed Mar 28, National Theatre, Lyttelton

    Lloyd Newson's productions for DV8 are becoming increasingly less dancey show by show, but still we like to claim him as one of our own. 'Can We Talk About This?', a piece examining Islamic fundamentalism, has earned...

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  • Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company: Classic Cut

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    Tue Mar 13, Linbury Studio Theatre

    Choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh celebrates her company's twenty-fifth anniversary with a reworking of her 1988 work 'Configurations' set to a Michael Nyman score, played live. 'Configurations' demonstrates Jeyasingh's...

  • Protein: LOL (lots of love)

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    Until Sat Mar 17, The Place

    The latest work from witty dance theatre director Luca Silvestrini moves into the age of social networking to look at the way the internet has affected life and love in the twenty-first century. This may be Silvestrini's...

  • Royal Ballet: Scarlett/Wheeldon/McGregor

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    Until Mon Apr 23, Royal Opera House

    Probably the three most talented British choreographers working in the ballet realm, Liam Scarlett, Christopher Wheeldon and Wayne McGregor have all been nurtured by Royal Ballet director Monica Mason. In her final season...

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  • Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words

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    Until Sun Aug 5, Sadler's Wells

    Definitely one of Bourne's best works, 'Play Without Words' is a sexy, '60s-set, upstairs/downstairs dance drama, based on Robin Maugham's story 'The Servant' (and the Joseph Losey film of the book). You'll see super...

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  • Metamorphosis: Titian 2012

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    Until Fri Jul 20, Royal Opera House

    Part of the London 2012 Festival (formerly known as the Cultural Olympiad), a hugely ambitious and exciting collaboration between the Royal Ballet and the National Gallery, based around three Titian paintings. The project...

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