September means many things – end of the summer, back to school, birthdays for Virgos and Libras but in the dance calendar it means only one thing – too much choice! Don't dither - book your tickets now.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui - TeZukA
Since Zero Degrees, bendy choreographer/philosopher Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has had us hooked. This time around he takes inspiration from Japanese animator and manga artist Osamu Tezuka, collaborating with Nitin Sawney on the score and using original illustrations as well as video, TeZuka sounds fascinating. It also features one of our favourite dancers, Daniel Proietto as part of the cast of 9 dancers.
Sadler’s Wells, 6-10 September. Tickets from £10
Grupo Corpo - Ímã and Onqotô
Brazilian contemporary dance could never be dull. Grupo Corpo have been reinventing classical ballet infused with Brazilian dance rhythms since 1975 and we can confirm that they’re pro’s. Not content with winning the rhythmic gene pool lottery, Grupo Corpo, also throw in a bit of football to get to grips with the origins of the universe.
Sadler’s Wells, 13-16 September Tickets from £10
Choreographer, Arthur Pita is brilliant at one act dance-theatre so we can’t wait for The Metamorphosis. Royal Ballet principal Edward Watson takes on the role of the unfortunate Gregor Samsa, so look out for those lovely legs getting all insect like.
Downstairs at the Royal Opera House, ROH2, 19-24 September. Tickets from £10.50
The Royal Ballet – Jewels
Fancy watching all of those spectacular big ballet moments without the faffy storylines? Jewels is for you. Split into three gems: Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds this is a bite-sized ballet with wide appeal.
Royal Opera house, 20, 22, 24, 29 and 30th September Tickets from £5
Sylvie Guillem: 6000 miles away
Returning due to popular demand, Sylvie Guillem will be presenting her 6000 miles away programme again, so here’s what we said last time: 'You may have heard of this long limbed ballet dancer and mistakenly thought she’d retired. Whilst not frequenting the stage with her old ballet companies, Guillem is finding every opportunity to put her amazing talent to the test in a whole range of contemporary choreographies. She’s in safe creative hands with an evening of new dance by Mats Ek, William Forsythe and Jiří Kylián.'
Sadler’s Wells, 22-25 September. Tickets from £10
La La La Human Steps - New Work by Edouard Lock
Not one but two operas are the starting point for this new work. Composer Gavin Bryars has united Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice into one seamless tragedy – let's hope the amazing feats of the La La La Human Steps dancers are enough to keep us out of the Thames.
Sadler’s Wells, 28 September – 1 October Tickets from £10