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The best dance and ballet shows in London this May 2019

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 May 2019.

Dance, Ballet

Beats On Pointe

icon-location-pin Peacock Theatre, Holborn

Ballet tutus and street dance camo collide in this crowd-pleasing show from Australia. Dance crew Masters of Choreography mix beat-boxing, ballet, and tongue-in-cheek humour in 'Beats on Pointe', which plays Peacock Theatre after calling in at Sadler's Wells last year. 

Dance, Contemporary and experimental


icon-location-pin Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Aimed at both kids and adults, Canadian dance company Cas Public's '9' plays with ideas of music and silence. It's performed by hearing impaired dancer Cai Glover, as choreographer Hélène Blackburn explores ideas of how the human body can capture the monumental sounds of Beethoven's Ninth. 


San Francisco Ballet

icon-location-pin Sadler's Wells, Finsbury

One of America's leading ballet companies, San Francisco Ballet's versatile dancers are back in London for the first time since 2012. They'll be performing four mixed programmes, each with its own distinct flavour. Things kick off Programme A, which is Alexei Ratmansky's formal, classically-inspired 'Shostakovich Trilogy'. Then there's fiercely contemporary Programme B, which includes Arthur Pita's fantastically costumed pop homage, 'Björk Ballet'. Programme C includes Liam Scarlett's 'Hummingbird', set to music by Philip Glass. And finally, Programme D features work by San Francisco Ballet's longtime British collaborator, Christopher Wheeldon.

Dance, Contemporary and experimental

A Festival of Korean Dance 2019

icon-location-pin The Place, Bloomsbury

This festival of Korea's most exciting dance work is back at The Place for a second year. It opens with a show by Modern Table, who perform hip hop inspired moves to the live sounds of the Ajaeng, a traditional Korean stringed instrument. Then, a duo of works by Bora Kim dive into 21st century Korean feminism. And finally, a head-scrambling triple bill of works by cutting-edge companies will play with camera technology and optical illusions.

Theatre, Experimental


icon-location-pin Soho Theatre, Soho

Two young women talk, lip-sync and dance their way through an exploration of sex at every age in hit fringe show 'Hotter'. Best friends Ell and Mary have interviewed people aged 11 to 93 to explore what makes them blush and sweat - and turned the results into a warm-hearted, joyful dance party with a bouncy pop soundtrack. 'Hotter' plays Soho Theatre from April to June 2019, after sell-out runs at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringes. 

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