World dance in London: Global dance styles in the West End
Experience cultures come to life through world dance from the comfort of the West End with tickets to a world-class show. Choreographers from continents far and wide bring their latest routines to the capital’s dance hubs, showcasing the newest talents and dance styles. Whether it’s an American dance company taking on the music of a Russian great or an African dance that’s returning to London, you’ll want to see every move up close at these dance shows.
Want to find out more about where dance shows are performed in London? Read our guide to the Peacock Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and the London Coliseum.
World dance shows: Global styles in London
Combining the power of Riverdance with the sultry heat of the Mediterranean, Latin and Flamenco join up in Flamenka at the Peacock Theatre. Karen Ruimy leads an exceptional company of male dancers from Madrid and South America in an exhilarating production where worlds collide.
13 Tongues of Dust
Performing their critically-acclaimed Taiwanese dance style to London, especially with Lin Hwai-Min, bringing works from the current and new artistic directors, don’t miss their limited engagement at Sadler’s Wells in 2020. Lin’s Dust uses Dmitri Shostakovich’s response to the destruction of Dresden to form his own requiem for this century. Dancers struggle through smoke and dirt until they are swallowed up in the darkness in Lin’s Dust, while the tales of Taipei are explored in Thirteen Tongues.
Witness the exquisite Romanian ballerina as she curates and performs in a new programme of classical and contemporary works at Sadler’s Wells. Joined on stage by Danish ballet star Johan Kobborg, Cojocaru has marked out their partnership as one of ballet’s great collaborations.
Taking inspiration from the ground-breaking spirit of Florence Nightingale and the women who supported the war effort in Crimea, Tamara Rojo choreographs and directs a brand new production of Raymonda at the London Coliseum. Keeping the 19th-century original score by Alexander Glazunov and the classical choreography of ballet genius Marius Petipa, see a heroine in command of her own destiny in this punchy production.
Nederlands Dans Theater
Celebrating 60 years of Nederlands Dans Theater, the company brings a cabinet of curiosities to Sadler’s Wells. Get ready for a dance extravaganza, set to an eclectic medley of music, from Ludwig van Beethoven to Janis Joplin, Arvo Part, Bela Bartok and Franz Shubert.
Akram Khan Company
In an evening comprised of two Indian classical works, see We are but Shadows at Sadler’s Wells this October. Finding connections between death and life, between saying goodbye and looking ahead, between release and hope, between shedding and seeking, choreography explores Hindu culture, attitudes and religious values.
Using a powerful blend of classical Indian kathak movement and contemporary dance, Akram Khan tells the story of Amba, one of the great, unsung heroines of the Mahabharata in Until the Lions. It’s a poetic retelling of the Sanskrit epic exploring notions of gender and time in a battle for justice and liberty.
An epic dance about maintaining rituals while living on an ever-changing planet, Outwitting the Devil, sees the king Gilgamesh punished by the gods for destroying a legendary cedar forest and killing its guardian; his friend Enkidu, a wild man he has tamed, is taken from him.
Dance shows in London