March offers up a dizzying range of styles, so let’s get moving:
Blanca Li Company — Elektro Kif
Parisian Blanca Li Company presents a fresh form: electro dance, which is an impressive mixture of hip-hop, breaking, street, disco and voguing born in Parisian nightclubs. In Elektro Kif this trendy style with its myriad influences is tightly wound into contemporary dance with a highly theatrical flavour — skip to the end for a video taster. On 2-3 March, Queen Elizabeth Hall at 7.30pm, tickets £10-£20.
Ballet Black showcase an energetic mixed bill of premières, including a pas de deux by Jonathan Watkins (the Royal Ballet) and a new narrative ballet ‘Storyville’ set in 1900s New Orleans by Christopher Hamson (Scottish Ballet). From 29 Feb-7 March, Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House at 8pm, tickets £8.50-£20.
Sadhana Dance — Elixir
Sadhana Dance bring Elixir The Place, probing pressing issues around climate change. Combining elements of her scientific research from around the world and Bharata Natyam dance, choreographer Subathra Subramaniam explores the struggle of survival in a world where water is scarce. The Place, 3 March at 8pm, tickets £15.
DV8 — Can We Talk About This?
One that will no doubt cross the border from dance into theatre, and very political theatre at that, DV8’s Can We Talk About This? about Islamic fundamentalism, is provocative enough to have led to death threats for choreographer Lloyd Newson, so expect the philosophical and very physical. From 9- 28 March, Mon- Sat 8pm, Wed & Sat matinee 3pm, National Theatre, tickets £12- £35.
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance — Classic Cut
More Indian Dance with the iconic Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, celebrating their 25 year anniversary. The show pairs the fiendishly fast and intricate ‘Configurations’, Jeyasingh’s 1988 collaboration with composer Michael Nyman, with the dramatic ‘Dev Kahan Hai?/Where is Dev?’, a new work to a score by sound artist and DJ Niraj Chag. Between 13-17 March, at Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House at 7.45pm, tickets £8.50- £20.
Random Dance — FAR
If you missed him at British Dance Edition, fear not! Wayne McGregor brings FAR back to Sadler’s Wells on 19- 20 March at 7.30pm, tickets £12- £27.
Pet Shop boys and Javier De Frutos — The Most Incredible Thing
Finally, creeping into April, another chance to see The Most Incredible Thing at Sadler’s Wells. 25 March-7 April, Tue-Sun 7.30pm, 2.30pm Sat & Sun Matinee, tickets £10-£40.