Dances from around the world in the West End
See the world come to life from the comfort of the West End with tickets to a world-class dance 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.
Dance shows from around the world
Sisters Grimm – Inala
After two sell-out runs at Sadler’s Wells, South African and contemporary dance returns at Inala, making its West End premiere at the Peacock Theatre. As the Soweto Gospel Choir accompany the cast of world-class dancers, see how South African and Western cultures assimilate with one another, with Mark Baldwin’s choreography fusing classic ballet and Zulu traditions for a powerful result. If you’re looking for a live experience to raise your dancing spirits while learning about foreign cultures, you’ll want to see Inala.
Celebrated dance superstar Israel Galván, returns to London to bring his fancy flamenco footwork which champions the Spanish dances tyle. Experience flamenco to its maximum potential, with nimble moves and creative, astonishing choreography demonstrating flamenco as more than dance, but an art style that is a way of life. Galván’s flair for the avant-garde brings the electric moments of the “fin de fiesta” to life; the time of freedom and improvisation following a flamenco show. Lighting up the Sadler’s Wells stage for just one weekend, take a dancing trip to Spain with a fiesta you won’t forget.
Hailed as the ‘Peacock Princess’ in China, join a dance company as they take on the form of a peacock’s movement through The Rite of Spring. Inspired by the peacock folk dancing during her childhood, Yang Liping has choreographed a beautiful piece, where cultures from around the world collide, utilising Stravinsky’s music with Tibetan inspired music. Returning to her roots for this piece, Yang’s sacrificial Chosen One will see routines plume at Sadler’s Wells and into the beating heart of London theatre.
TAO Dance Theater
Numbers ‘4’ and ‘9’ jump onto stage in the latest dance show by TAO, led by Chinese choreographer Tao Ye. Well-known for seemingly simplistic routines that showcase individual talents, be wowed at a quartet’s synchronicity that’s both effortless and stunning. In ‘9’, see how the number translates from Chinese culture into a dance routine, as connections and chaos come to light. Featuring music from Xiao He, TAO is a focused dance company which focuses on their inner strengths to pull off unique movements.
San Francisco Ballet – Shostakovich Trilogy
Last seen at Sadler’s Wells in 2012, the San Francisco Ballet return to the UK to perform four separate dance productions, reinforcing themselves as a world-leading ballet company. In their first piece, routines pay homage to Shostakovich, a Russian composer whose life, career and experiences are told through music. Choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, see how his abstract concertos can be channelled and focused to create blissful movement. With performers from around the world, it’s sure to be an unmissable dance experience.
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.