There's blockbuster ballet in town this August but also emerging and barely there contemporary work.
Mariinsky 50th Anniversary Season
Continuing their residency at the Royal Opera House the Mariinsky perform Don Quixote, Anna Karenina and La Bayadère, along with a mixed bill including Scotch Symphony/In the Night/Ballet Imperial.
Royal Opera House, 25 July–13 August. Tickets from £8.50
This summer The Place presents work so new, it's work-in-progress in a very real and last minute sense. Thursday and Friday nights through August and September are given over to these embyronic and hopefully exciting nuggets. We're looking forward to Bloom! because it's about the city, 5 August.
The Place, Robin Howard Dance Theatre, WC1H 9PY. Dates: 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 August, 1-2, 8-9 September at 8pm. Tickets £10.
Akademi, Song of the City
Modern choreography combines with ballet and classical Bharatanaytyam Indian dance, music, film and text to interpret Tagore’s canon against the backdrop of 21st century London.
The Vault, Southwark Playhouse SE1, 5-6 August at 7.30pm. Tickets £10.
Fed up with Tango shows conjuring up the brothels and cafes of Buenos Aires? Then try a little Italian with your Tango. Napoletango. Mixing Neopolitan music with well known Tango songs and aromas of Italian cooking – this show might make you hungry!
London Coliseum, 4–6 August. Tickets from £10
Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe of China, Swan Lake
If you think ballet danced en pointe seems a little too easy take a look at this group of Chinese performers. Prepare to be amazed and maybe a little freaked out as women perform arabesques en pointe whilst balanced on their partners heads! With a mix of ballet, traditional Chinese acrobatics and elements of Peking Opera, Guangdong Acrobatics return to wow London.
London Coliseum, 9-14 August, Tickets from £10
PS don't forget Cloud Dance Festival 'Firefly' this weekend at Pleasance Islington.