NEWS: Dancers Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace to return – Milton Keynes Theatre, November 2017

 

Everyone knows it takes two to Tango and dancing duo Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are teaming up once again to show us exactly how it’s done.

The former Strictly Come Dancing professionals return to Milton Keynes Theatre with Tango Moderno, a smouldering new stage spectacular, this month.

We last saw Vincent and Flavia in November 2015 during their farewell tour. This last hurrah was meant to be all about them officially bidding adieu to the world of theatre with their third production, The Last Tango.

 

Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in Tango Moderno.

 

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NEWS: Happy Halloween, 31st October 2017

 

Feline fun for a Happy Halloween

 

Happy Halloween! It’s the time of year for fancy dress so what better look for me to adopt than that of an elegant black cat?

Ballet Papier artist Berenice created a purrfect picture of me as a black cat for Halloween 2014 and featured my character in a spellbinding video for Halloween 2016.

Inspired by her efforts, I just had to make Halloween 2017 all about being a fabulous feline! What do you think of my Halloween cat costume?

 

Happy Halloween. Georgina Butler dressed as a cat for Halloween.

 

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NEWS: English National Ballet to perform a masterpiece and a beloved classic in a brand new double bill – October 2017

 

English National Ballet is to make a much-anticipated return to Milton Keynes Theatre with an exciting new double bill next week.

When the dancers tour to the venue for their annual autumn visit, they will perform Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece Song of the Earth alongside Frank Andersen’s faithful recreation of La Sylphide. Both works are recent additions to English National Ballet’s repertoire so audiences in Milton Keynes will be among the very first dance lovers to see them performed by the company.

 

English National Ballet publicity image for new double bill, Song of the Earth and La Sylphide. Four dancers pose beneath a long sheet of fabric. A female dancer and a male dancer are dressed in a simple, neoclassical style for Song of the Earth. The other couple are dressed for La Sylphide, so the male dancer is in Scottish costume and the female dancer is a winged sylph.

 

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NEWS: World Ballet Day 2017, 5th October 2017

 

Happy World Ballet Day 2017!

 

Today, Thursday 5th October 2017, is World Ballet Day 2017.

As someone who has never known life without ballet, I would be lost without it. Ballet class has always been my favourite place to be. Moreover, my professional life revolves around watching ballet, learning about ballet, writing about ballet and teaching ballet. Essentially, most of my days are ballet days!

Still, today is an extra special day. It is all about celebrating what makes ballet important to us, sharing our love of ballet with those who have the same passion and encouraging everyone else to discover ballet for themselves.

World Ballet Day 2017 is the fourth edition of the annual celebration and the format of the international online event remains the same. Five of the world’s top ballet companies are live-streaming footage from their studios today to give us an insight into the day-to-day athleticism and dedication that life as a professional ballet dancer requires. Throughout an incredible 22 hours of live filming, viewers will see some of the most talented dancers on the planet take their daily ballet class, rehearse for upcoming performances and work with esteemed choreographers. We will also be treated to interviews with company directors, dancers and teachers – and be urged to get involved in discussions ourselves by joining the ballet buzz on social media.

 

Georgina Butler. World Ballet Day 2017.

 

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NEWS: Northern Ballet’s ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ just right for young visitors – Milton Keynes Theatre, April 2017

 

Little ones are sure to love Northern Ballet’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  

The classic story is the latest offering in the company’s award-winning Short Ballets for Small People series. It follows the hugely successful tours of Ugly Duckling, Three Little Pigs, Elves and the Shoemaker and Tortoise and the Hare – all productions that have since been adapted for television by CBeebies.

With a running time of approximately forty minutes, these productions are specially created to introduce children and young families to the magic of live dance, music and theatre.

 

Northern Ballet's Golidlocks and the Three Bears. Jenny Hackwell as Goldilocks. Photography by Brian Slater.

 

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