ROH: Manon (12A)

Connaught Studio, Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Thursday May 3, 7.15pm

Tickets £16.50/child and senior £15.50/student £14.50

Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful telling of the tragic love between Manon and Des Grieux is performed at the Royal Opera House and streamed to cinemas. Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G M offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress, she can’t resist. With the Lescauts’ encouragement, Des Grieux cheats at cards in an attempt to win Monsieur G M’s fortune but they are caught. Manon is arrested as a prostitute and deported to New Orleans, followed by Des Grieux. On the run, Manon dies from exhaustion. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole company create vivid complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. 

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Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival

St Catherine’s College, 59 Priory Road, and Langley Primary School and Sports Hall, 7 Chailey Close, both Eastbourne

Friday-Monday May 4-7

Tickets £15-£108

During three days and nights of dancing on the sunshine coast, the line-up of performers and events includes the Playford Ball where the English country dance from the late 17th and early 18th century will be  performed, US musicians Persons of Quality where 18th century England meets 21st century California, dance performer and teacher Kalia Kliban, who specialises in morris, American clogging and English country dance, New England caller Lisa Greenleaf, Loughborough caller and dancer Lynne Render, period costume dancer Brian Stanton, folk dancer Dalila Heath, the Gog Magog Molly Dancers, who perform traditional molly dancing from the fens of East Anglia, Breton dancers Hervé Dréan and Rachel Goodwin, Irish set dancer Maggie Daniel, dance teachers Jill Bransby and Maggie O’Regan and more.


Brighton Festival 2018

Various venues, Brighton and Hove

Saturday Sunday May 5-27

Brighton-based visual artist David Shrigley (pictured) is the guest director at this year’s Brighton Festival, following in the footsteps of arts luminaries including Kate Tempest, Laurie Anderson, Ali Smith, Hofesh Shecter and Michael Rosen. His offbeat take is reflected in an eclectic programme spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, literature and debate, from Brighton Festival commission Problem in Brighton, a brand new alt rock/pop pantomime, written and directed by David Shrigley himself to a live durational reading of Camus’s seminal The Myth of Sisyphus, and performances from genderqueer rock‘n’roll hero Ezra Furman and cult-favourite Amanda Palmer. Alongside Life Model II, a follow-up to the artist’s Turner Prize-nominated installation of the same name, which invites visitors to take part in a life drawing class with a sculpture of a nine-foot-tall woman as the ‘model’, there is an illustrated talk billed as ‘containing numerous rambling anecdotes… not in the slightest bit boring’, and a screening of a documentary about his work. Other events close to the artist’s heart include an exclusive collaboration between orchestral collective Stargaze and one of his favourite bands, Deerhoof; an exhibition by San-Francisco-based artist and trucker Brett Goodroad (picture below); and a double bill from his friend Malcolm Middleton, one half of Arab Strap, and Scottish musician Iain Shaw, whose quirky folk song-smithery has turned Shrigley’s poems into incisive songs on albums like Awesome and Listening to Slayer. Picture of David Shrigley: Victor Frankowski. Picture below: John Janca.

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Read our feature on the Brighton Festival.

Kaya – Ceyda Tanc Dance

Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton

Monday May 14, 8pm

Tickets £13.15-£19.15

Brighton-based choreographer Ceyda Tanc creates dance influenced by her Turkish heritage. Her unique movement vocabulary fuses traditional Turkish folk dance with contemporary styles. Her work challenges gender stereotypes by using the virtuoso movements of male Turkish dancers for her all-female company.

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella (12A)

Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Tuesday May 15, 7pm

Tickets £14.50/child, senior and student £13.50

Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed production of Cinderella is recorded live at Sadler’s Wells and is followed by a live satellite Q&A with the choreographer. Starring Ashley Shaw and Andrew Monaghan, the thrilling and evocative love story is set in London during the Second World War. The internationally acclaimed choreographer’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.

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Balletboyz: Fourteen Days

Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Saturday May 19, 7.30pm

Tickets £23.50/concs £22.50/FWT £21.50/student £15. Age 7+

BalletBoyz, the award-winning all-male company of 10 dancers, have four new works called Fourteen Days, in which choreographers Javier de Frutos, Craig Revel Horwood, Ivan Perez and Christopher Wheeldon were teamed with composers Scott Walker, Joby Talbot, Charlotte Harding and Keaton Henson and given 14 days to create their pieces. They form the first half of this evening, while the second half features the award-winning Fallen, choreographed by Russell Maliphant and set to a score by French film composer Armand Amar.

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The Pavilion Grand Tea Dance

Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing

Sunday June 10, 2pm

Tickets + afternoon tea £15.50. Tickets must be booked in advance

Enjoy a dance accompanied by special guest performer Michael Wooldridge partnered with an afternoon tea.

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ROH: Swan Lake (12A)

Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Tuesday June 12, 7.15pm

Tickets £16.50/child and senior £15.50/student £14.50

Performed at the Royal Opera House and streamed to cinemas is this new production of Tchaikovsky’s classical ballet featuring additional choreography by artist-in-residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night. The production is directed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

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Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing

Wednesday and Thursday June 27 and 28, 8pm

Tickets £16.50/senior £14.50/FWT £12.50/child and student £10

In a collaboration between UK companies NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse, Block is a powerful fusion of dance and circus that pushes the limits of both art forms. Block is about life in the city: its contradictions and challenges. Twenty oversized blocks are deconstructed and reformed to create different cityscapes for the performers to play on, move with and explore.

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