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The best dance shows this month

Take your pick from the highlights of the London dance scene this month

London's dance scene is hot with high pirouettes, lithe bodies and beautiful choreography. Time Out picks the best dance pieces to catch in the capital this Spring.


Wild Card - Dotdotdot Dance

New company dotdotdot dance create flamenco that defies stereotypes - this contemporary performance emphasises female power over polka dots and ruffled frocks. Magdalena Mannion, Yinka Esi Graves and Noemi Luz capture the power of a solo flamenco dancer, exploring how one dance can mimic the rhythms of an entire life's journey.

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Lilian Baylis Studio , Canonbury Thursday May 26 2016 - Friday May 27 2016
© Mikah Smillie

Jekyll & Hyde

Turning Stevenson's schlocky split personality classic into a piece of dance theatre is a move as unexpected as Jekyll's transformations into sinister Hyde. But choreographer Drew McOnie is well placed to manage the transformation: he's fresh from handling hordes of fiendish children in the Lyric Hammersmith's acclaimed Bugsy Malone. The cast includes Daniel Collins as Dr Jekyll, Tim Hodges as Mr Hyde and Rachel Muldoon as Dahlia.

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Old Vic , Southwark Until Saturday May 28 2016

Across, Not Over

Chennai-based choreographer and dancer Preethi Athreya collaborates with soloist Vikram Iyengar to create a simple, focused piece that questions ideas of classicism and beauty, as the dancing body is presented as an image of itself.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Friday May 27 2016 - Sunday May 29 2016

The Royal Ballet: The Winter's Tale

A darkly fantastical story of obsession, revenge and redemption, 'A Winter's Tale' is one of Shakespeare's oddest plays. Christopher Wheeldon's 2014 three-act ballet adaptation combines a striking modern setting, bold designs by Bob Crowley and original music by Joby Talbot. With weather this chilly, it's almost worth postponing spring's arrival to enjoy this wintry spectacular.

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Royal Opera House , Covent Garden Wednesday June 1 2016 - Friday June 10 2016

Northern Ballet: 1984

Choreographer and former Royal Ballet dancer Jonathan Watkins creates a slick, stylish retelling of George Orwell's dystopian novel for Northern Ballet. In a world of intense conformity overseen by the sinister Big Brother, Winston dares to rebel by falling in love with Julia, and imagining a better world.

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Sadler's Wells , Finsbury Until Saturday May 28 2016


Mary Shelley's tale of loneliness, betrayal, and the trauma of being created from stitched-together spare body parts is an unlikely choice for a dance drama. But Royal Ballet artist-in-residence Liam Scarlett has a flair for narrative and psychological complexity. His full-length ballet is bound to be a haunting interpretation of a classic spine-chiller.

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Royal Opera House , Covent Garden Wednesday May 25 2016 - Friday May 27 2016

Wild Card - Dotdotdot Dance

Contemporary flamenco from the three dancers, flamenco. Magdalena Mannion, Yinka Esi Graves and Noemi Luz.

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Lilian Baylis Studio , Canonbury Thursday May 26 2016 - Friday May 27 2016