Dance season has arrived at The Grand

Dance star Ultima Vez comes to Blackpool's Grand Theatre
Dance star Ultima Vez comes to Blackpool's Grand Theatre
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A grand new season of dance gets under way this weekend, with ballet treats for the family.

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, will host a range of contemporary dance and physical theatre productions this spring and into the summer, thanks to its funding support from the Arts Council England.

But before that gets under way there’s a triple bill of ballet tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia brings Coppélia, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake to the Church Street theatre over the weekend.

Opening the season-proper on Thursday and Friday, March 12 and 13, will be DV8 Physical Theatre, with their adult-themed piece JOHN.

The work is based on the frank answers to a series of questions asked by DV8’s 
artistic director Lloyd Newson, to 50 men about love and sex – and John was one of those to respond.

His word-by-word account is told through innovative staging and movement to create what is billed as a ‘captivating life story, so far’ and his ‘struggle to survive’.

Also in the programme, on Friday, March 20, is dance star Ultima Vez, and the adrenaline-fuelled What The Body Does Not Remember, which helped propel Vez and choreographer WimVandekeybus to fame in their field when first performed in New York in 1987.

A spokesman said: “Twenty-eight years later and with a new cast, the show still stands as one of the most exciting pieces of dance ever made.

“It balances on the razor edge of attraction and repulsion. Dancers are driven to act and react at high 
speed and with split-second timing, to each other, and the music.”

Later in the season the former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt bring BalletBoyz’s theTALENT.

The cast of 10 male dancers have won rave reviews and sell out performances around the world.

“TheTALENT promises and evening of style, excitement and muscular grace,” on Saturday, May 16, the spokesman added.

These three productions are all included in the Grand’s new Dance Pass, discounting ticket prices for booking two or more of the shows.

Also heading for the Grand is Leeds-based Northern Ballet, on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26 and 27, with their interpretation of Madame Butterfly – the operatic inspiration for Miss Saigon the musical, and Perpetuum Mobile.

The Northern will also stage Elves And The Shoemaker, a fairytale work aimed at children.

Closing the season will be Hercules from New Art Club, with Dance4 and Nottingham Playhouse, on Tuesday, June 23.

For performance times and bookings, call (01253) 290190.