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It’s dance… but not as you know it

2013 Preview by guest blogger Elizabeth Hughes

Four very different and very unique dance acts pirouette into Brighton Dome in 2013 and you have the opportunity to share the stage with one of them.

First to leap into the spotlight is BalletBoyz, the brainchild of former Royal Ballet principal dancers Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt. Formed in 2001 the company has created numerous TV documentaries, won multiple awards and worked with stars such as Darcey Bussell.

In 2010 Nunn and Trevitt launched the first edition of a groundbreaking project The Talent for which they selected nine male dancers from a variety of backgrounds whom they mentored and coached to become world class performers.

Having toured internationally to rave reviews, The Talent 2013 arrives at Brighton Dome on 29 January.

Rippling muscles, fearless leaps and youthful exuberance combine to great a thrilling blend of physicality and grace.

BalletBoyz will perform two bold new works by acclaimed choreographers Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarelett.

Sexy, irresistible and not to be missed.

Exploring completely different sides of both ballet and sexuality, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is another all-male company.

However, these men wear tutus and dance the famous female roles, going to great lengths to find humor in traditional ballet choreography.

Made up of classically trained dancers drawn from all over the world with one size 10 foot in farce and the other in classical ballet the ‘Trocks’ promise an evening of surprises.

Their technical prowess means that they tread the fine line between comedy and dance perfection with ease and can win over the toughest of critics by the time the curtain falls.

Expect the unexpected when these divas arrive at Brighton Dome with a truckload of make-up and lashings of attitude.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo perform at Brighton Dome Concert Hall on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 February.

Also appearing that weekend, Geraldine Pilgrim will present six short but sweet performances of Handbag in the Corn Exchange throughout the afternoon and early evening of Saturday 16 February.

Lasting just 15 minutes, this uplifting dance work is a participatory experience which combines volunteer dancers with a mirror ball, great music and handbags.

It’s an exciting opportunity for men and women of all ages (16 years+) and no previous performing or dance experience is required.

Previous participants, audience members and reviewers have all described the show as a fun experience which made them want to dance the night away.

If you would like to register your interest in taking part click here  to find out more.

If you prefer to just watch from the sidelines and tap your feet tickets are just £4 and are available from Brighton Dome website 

Another piece which invites the audience to consider their level of participation (but not actually join the dancers on stage) is ‘Just As We Are’ by bgroup.

Brighton-based choreographer, Ben Wright is the director of bgroup and his award-winning work is always unpredictable, moving from dark and mysterious to funny and flippant.

Come as you are, be yourself and share the moment with bgroup at the Corn Exchange on 20 March.

Four sparkling opportunities to chase the winter blues away, move to the music or just be moved by internationally acclaimed performers and imaginative dances. I can’t wait ‘til the new year!

For more information about any of the artists appearing at Brighton Dome or to buy tickets visit https://brightondome.org/whats_on/featured/