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International dance at The Lowry

Vibrant dance and rich stage pictures in Korean choreographer Eun Me-Ahn's work Dragons. Pic Sukyu Mun
Vibrant dance and rich stage pictures in Korean choreographer Eun Me-Ahn's "Dragons". Pic Sukyu Mun

Cutting-edge Dragons, from Korean choreographer Eun-Me Ahn, heads the packed new autumn/winter dance season at The Lowry in Salford.

Eckhard Thiemann, the theatre's programming associate for dance, said: "Eun Me-Ahn is one of the most imaginative and successful Korean choreographers; there's no one else like her. We are immensely pleased to bring this ground-breaking production finally to The Lowry. Be prepared for a spectacular ride." Performed in Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian, with English subtitles, Dragons arrives September 26-27.

Other dance in the season includes Lowry "Developed With" artist Bobak Champion, who presents I’m Muslamic, Don’t Panik! (October 4), in which spoken word meets dance and live music meets clowning.

The Forest Dream, by Payal Ramchandani (October 10), weaves Carnatic music with Western soundscapes in a stylistic blend of South Indian classical dance styles and contemporary dance.

Ailey 2 (October 13-14), founded by American choreographer Alvin Ailey as an offshoot to the main, world-class dance company, returns to the UK with a selection of works, including Francesca Harper’s futuristic Freedom Series (excerpt), Robert Battle’s The Hunt, William Forsythe’s Enemy in the Figure (excerpt), and Alvin Ailey’s own masterpiece, Revelations.

Ballet Black: Pioneers (October 31-November 2) presents award-winning choreographers Will Tuckett and Mthuthuzeli November in a double bill of new and original work. Tuckett’s Then Or Now, created in 2020, blends classical ballet, music and the poetry of Adrienne Rich. Mthuthuzeli November's Nina: By Whatever Means, is inspired by Nina Simone.

Seeta Patel marries Indian classical dance and Western classical music in her The Rite of Spring (November 21), accompanied by a recorded score by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, this is the famous work, but perhaps not as you know it.

Snowed In (November 24-26) finds four friends, who wake to find they are completely snowed in. An adventure unfolds in this interactive family show.

Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands (November 28-December 2) is based on the classic Tim Burton movie, and Bourne and his New Adventures Company return to this bittersweet story of an incomplete boy left alone in a strange new world.

Looking ahead, The Lowry and partner companies Birmingham Royal Ballet present The Sleeping Beauty in March and Rambert has Death Trap, in April.

More info and tickets here


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