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The best dance and ballet shows in London this February 2020

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

By Time Out London Theatre |

London's dance scene is hot with high pirouettes, lithe bodies and beautiful choreography. Time Out picks the best modern dance and ballet pieces to catch in the capital this February 2020, including dazzling dance from Taiwan, Resolution Fest, and a new Sting-inspired hip hop show by Kate Prince.

Resolution 2020
Photograph: Chris Herzfeld
Things to do, Festivals

Resolution 2020

The Place, Euston

Dense about contemporary dance? Change that in 2020 with a visit to the UK’s biggest festival of choreography. See shows from emerging dance artists, or throw some shapes of your own at a workshop.

'maliphantworks3' at Coronet Theatre
Photo: Julian Broad
Dance, Contemporary and experimental


The Coronet Theatre, Notting Hill

Russell Maliphant is back at Coronet Theatre with a third instalment of new work: this time, it's all about duets. He and his wife Dana Fouras will perform 'The Space Between' together, drawing on their decades of marriage. The line-up also includes 2018's 'Duet', and two short films made with photographer Julian Broad. 

Dance, Ballet


Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
4 out of 5 stars

John Cranko’s ballet adaptation of Pushkin’s revered verse-novel follows a dashing young man who breaks the heart of a bookish country girl, then comes to bitterly regret it. Royal Ballet's production is full of psychological complexity and dazzlingly romantic passages. 

'Message in a Bottle' at Peacock Theatre
Photo: Johan Persson
Theatre, Musicals

Message in a Bottle

Peacock Theatre, Holborn

Sting fans will be 'Walking on the Moon' (sorry) at the news that Kate Prince's latest dance-theatre show is inspired by his back catalogue. She's masterminded blockbuster ZooNation dance shows galore, including 'Some Like It Hip Hop'. Her newest effort will use hip hop and street dance to tell the story of three siblings who leave their village to go on a mysterious adventure, soundtracked by much-loved songs including ‘Every Breath You Take’, ‘Roxanne’, and ‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic’.

Theatre, Experimental

I Think We Are Alone

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford

Frantic Assembly, purveyors of emotionally intense and dance-tinged theatre, are bringing their 25th anniversary show to Theatre Royal Stratford East. 'I Think We Are Alone' is written by Sally Abbott, who's worked on telly projects like 'Casualty' and BBC's 'The Coroner'. 

Cloud Gate Dance perform '13 Tongues'
Photo: Lee Chia Yeh
Dance, Contemporary and experimental

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan: 13 Tongues & Dust

Sadler's Wells, Clerkenwell

This double bill from Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan offers a dramatic contrast; '13 Tongues' is all about the richness of Taiwan's streets and folklore, told in daubs of bright colour and movement, while 'Dust' evokes the devastation that followed the destruction of Dresden. The company's latest stint in London marks visionary founder Lin Hwai-Min's retirement, and the arrival of new artistic director Cheng Tsung-Lung.


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