Dance can often seem an intimidating or impenetrable art form for the non-pointy toed punter so here are our top 4 recommendations for shows to see in the rest of 2007. All will blow your mind in different ways. Go pop your dance cherry on the coolest shows around.
Zero Degrees 16-20 October, Sadlers Wells
Another chance to catch this unique artistic collaboration between dancers and choreographers Akram Khan and Sidi Labi Cherkaoui, composer and musician Nitin Sawhney and artist Antony Gormley, whose life sized casts of the dancers wouldn't look out of place on the roof of the Hayward Gallery right now. This is a chance to see two very different performers working together and, trust us, they are amazing. We cannot recommend this strange, beautiful, amusing and excellent arts fusion highly enough. Buy the best seats you can.
Striking, shocking, thrilling, gorgeous and sometimes just nuts, Michael Clark is the punk end of contemporary dance yet creates very beautiful things. This performance marks the culmination of a 3 year project, re-visioning Stravinsky's ballet scores for the postmodern era. Tickets are selling fast - visit Barbican's website right now to bag yours.
Scheduled to premiere soon, Probe's next production as yet has no published dates or venues but whatever and wherever they are, go and see them. Toni and Theo rock. They're so cool, we don't care about the details. More information will follow when we have it.
Nutcracker! 13 December - 20 January, Sadlers Wells
Funny, sexy, silly, sugary, spectacular for Chrimble from crowd pleasing Matthew Bourne who's made himself a household name by reinventing classics for today's audiences with delicious humour and an eye for contemporary issues. The Company are fabulous character actors as well as dancers as the opening scene with all the "children" will illustrate. Book now - this is an overwhelmingly popular show which also means, unfortunately, that the good tickets aren't cheap. Go for front of the second circle as a compromise and make sure you have a glass of bubbly beforehand.
Zero Degrees image by Tristram Kenton courtesy of Sadlers Wells.