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Akram Khan Company : DESH at Sadler’s Wells – 31st May to 3rd June 2017

Akram Khan Company returns for the final ever performances of DESH, Khan performs his most personal and iconic solo piece at Sadler’s Wells from Wednesday 31 May – Saturday 3 June.

DESH, meaning “homeland” in Bengali, weaves together stories that span both Britain and Bangladesh to create a surreal world of myth and memory. This acclaimed very personal solo first premiered in 2011 and this is the fourth time Akram Khan performs the piece at Sadler’s Wells. The production is created with a highly talented team of collaborators, including Oscar-winning visual artist Tim Yip (production designer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), award-winning lighting designer Michael Hulls, writer and poet Karthika Naïr, Olivier Award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook and slam poet PolarBear.

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Tanguera at Sadler’s Wells – 19th July to 6th August 2017

Tanguera. Photo Stefan Malzkorn

A huge success in its native Buenos Aires where it ran for 18 months, Tanguera has been touring the world since 2003, including performances in New York, Paris, Berlin, Madrid and Tokyo. Over 30 musicians and dance virtuosos who portray different elements of the history of tango. Leading the company for this production is tango world champion Melody Celatti, celebrated dancer and choreographer Dabel Zanabria and Argentinian dancer Esteban Domenichini.

Tanguera. Photo Herbert Schulze

With a cast of over 30 dancers, singers, and musicians Argentina’s classic tango production Tanguera returns to Sadler’s Wells this summer and tells a story of unrequited love in early 20th century Buenos Aires. After playing to packed houses in 2010, the hit show returns to London for a strictly limited run.

Tanguera. Photo Herbert Schulze

When Giselle, a young French woman, arrives in Argentina as one of the first waves of European immigrants, she meets Lorenzo, a port worker who falls in love with her at first sight. But as Giselle falls deeper into Buenos Aires’ seedy underworld, Lorenzo must fight to win her love.

With its award-winning choreography by renowned tango star Mora Godoy and direction by Omar Pacheco, Tanguera features a company of, who starred in Tanguera when the show premiered in Argentina in 2002. Tango is a social dance and music genre that originated within different ethnic communities of La Boca in Buenos Aires during the 20th century, initially as a dance between men. It first spread to Uruguay and became popular throughout the rest of the world.

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Nora invites Aggiss, Burrows, Fargion and Tanguy at the Lilian Baylis Studio – 1st and 2nd June 2017

Nora, photo Camilla Greenwell

Following a successful international and UK tour, dancers Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley, AKA Nora, return to Sadler’s Wells on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 June. Nora Invites is a programme of specially commissioned duets by renowned duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, up and coming French choreographer Simon Tanguy and the provocative Liz Aggiss.

Nora, photo Camilla Greenwell

Sikorski and Wellesley Wesley, who create, perform and curate Nora Invites, offer an evening of energy and wit as they shift between the contrasting characters and worlds of three pieces. It is a thoughtful, engaging programme that brings a distinctive feminist voice to the Lilian Baylis Studio, returning here after launching their company at Sadler’s Wells with their critically acclaimed premiere in Autumn 2015.

Eleanor And Flora Music overflows with free-ranging, rhythmical dancing whilst Digging slips between road trips, plant biology and sexual desire.

Bloody Nora! by Liz Aggiss, is a story of competitiveness, hormones and friendship and concludes the evening with gusto. This piece is inspired and framed by clippings, offcuts, personal history, archives and assorted individuals.

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Taj Express at The Peacock Theatre – 13th June to 2nd July 2017

Taj Express, Photo by Quintessence Entertainment

Sadler’s Wells presents the UK premiere of Taj Express from Tuesday 13 June – Sunday 2 July 2017. The new production visits The Peacock from Film City, Mumbai after a smash hit, sell-out tour of America, transporting the kaleidoscopic colours of India into the heart of London’s West End.

Taj Express follows the story of ones man’s passion and another man’s genius. Young composer Shankar struggles with his music, and it’s only when he begins to follow in the footsteps of his idol, A.R. Rahman that he discovers his path to success. The production reveals the secrets of the world’s most prolific film industry, and the people behind the screen who make the magic in India’s factory of dreams.

Taj Express, Photo by Quintessence Entertainment

Taj Express blends explosive dance with the hits of India’s most iconic composers and is brought to life by the stars of Bollywood cinema and its greatest musicians live on stage and includes an unforgettable soundtrack featuring the songs of Oscar winner A.R. Rahman, composer of Danny Boyle’s 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire. The production follows on from the success of The Merchants of Bollywood and Wah! Wah! Girls.

Taj Express, Photo by Quintessence Entertainment

With a cast of multi-talented performers, Taj Express is an uplifting show full of colour, high-energy music and sensational dance scenes choreographed by one of Bollywood’s top young choreographers, Vaibhavi Merchant and directed by her sister Shruti Merchant. The pair were part of the creative team behind The Merchants of Bollywood, based on the life of their grandfather Shri Hiralalji and Vaibhavi herself.

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Review : Sony World Photography Awards and Martin Parr Exhibition 2017 at Somerset House from 21st April to 7th May 2017

The picturesque Somerset House is the location of the Sony World Photography Awards and Martin Parr Exhibition 2017 which will run from 21st April to 7th May 2017.

The 2017 Awards received over 227,000 entries from 183 countries and is the world’s largest photography competition. The exhibition shows all the winning and shortlisted work, along with rare images by British photographer Martin Parr, recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize.

Just before the exhibition opened, The World Photography Organisation named Belgian photographer Frederik Buyckx as the Sony World Photography Awards’ 2017 Photographer of the Year. The Awards’ judges were taken by the beauty, scale and effort involved in Buyckx’s winning work titled “Whiteout”.

Chosen from the winners of the Awards’ ten Professional categories, Buyckx presented with the $25,000 (USD) prize.

An expert panel of international judges were challenged to find the best photography series (between 5-10 images) across the ten Professional categories. The winning photographers are:

Architecture winner: Dongni, China

Conceptual winner – Sabine Cattaneo, Switzerland

Contemporary Issues winner – Tasneem Alsultan, Saudi Arabia

Current Affairs & News winner – Alessio Romenzi, Italy

Daily Life winner: Sandra Hoyn, Germany

Landscape winner: Frederik Buyckx, Belgium

Natural World winner: Will Burrard-Lucas, United Kingdom

Portraiture winner: George Mayer, Russian Federation

Still Life winner: Henry Agudelo, Columbia

Sport winner: Yuan Peng, China

It is becoming increasingly difficult for photographers to stand out against the mass of digital images available, however many of the prize winners photographs have a strong narrative that offers specific and universal interpretations. Tasneem Alsultan looks for love in unusual circumstances and allows the sitter to compose the picture. Frederik Buyckx provides the contrast of human and animal activity dwarfed by a grand landscape. Will Burrand- Lucas uses the latest technologies to get close and personal to creatures of the night in Africa. George Mayer provides an interesting and complex study of light and dark for his portraits and Yuan Peng offers a study of determination and effort in the Sport Section.

“Mathilda” by Russian photographer Alexander Vinogradov was selected as the best single photograph in the world and awarded the photographer $5,000 (USD) along with the Open Photographer of the Year title.

British photographer Martin Parr is honoured in the exhibition with a specially curated exhibition of rarely seen black and white images from Martin Parr’s early career alongside some of his most iconic work, books and films. Parr delves in the world of everyday life and takes pictures of people in the act of taking pictures at famous tourist landmarks illustrating that the act of taking selfies and photographs has become a performance in itself.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Sony World Photography Awards the finest contemporary photography and the exhibition provides plenty of insights for those who enjoy photography and those wanting to develop their skills. The intimate rooms of Somerset House provide a fitting setting where you can study the photographs in some detail.

Sony World Photography Awards and Martin Parr Exhibition 2017 at Somerset House from 21st April to 7th May 2017

Video Review available here.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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School of Rock at the New London Theatre

Following its triumphant Broadway opening, Andrew Lloyd Webber has opened the West End production of School of Rock – The Musical to rave reviews.

Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes.

Down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.

Important information

Running time2 hours 30 minutes (includes one interval)

Performance dates – Monday 24 October 2016 until Sunday 13 November 2017.

Child policy 5+ Recommended age 8+

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The Wind In The Willows at the London Palladium – 17th June to 9th September 2017

The major new musical based on Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved classic opens at the London Palladium from June 2017.

Starring Rufus Hound as the amazing Mr Toad in a spectacular new production reuniting Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

This riotous comedy follows the impulsive Mr Toad whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat from the notorious Chief Weasel and his gang of sinister Wild Wooders, Toad must attempt a daring escape leading to a series of misadventures and a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall.

Featuring eye-poppingly beautiful design, exuberant choreography and a gloriously British score, The Wind in the Willows brings an explosion of anarchy, humour and heart to the world famous London Palladium.

Important information

Running time 2 hour 20 minutes (including an interval)

Performance dates – 17 June to 9 September 2017

Child policy – Recommended for everyone aged 5 and over

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