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Strictly Come Dancing:
Tony Adams withdraws with an injury.
Former footballer Tony Adams has pulled out of Strictly Come Dancing after hurting himself in Saturday’s show. His decision saved DJ Tyler West and Strictly dancer Dianne Buswell from Sunday night’s dance-off, meaning they will go through to next week’s show. Adams, 56, said the show had taught him a lot about himself and described his dance partner Katya Jones as an “exceptional human being”.
The couple were in bottom place after a 1960s-themed jive on Saturday night.
Speaking about his time on Strictly, ex-England player Adams said he had “cried for the first month”. “I thought this ‘journey’ rubbish was nonsense but, my god, the rollercoaster of emotion. I’ve got to be honest, it’s tough, physically it’s really tough out there, but dancing is really fantastic for you. “Go out there and enjoy it and pick up new skills and explore,” he said.
On the one message he wanted to bring to the show, he told viewers: “If you’ve got an issue with mental health then please don’t suffer in silence and reach out for help.”
Head judge Shirley Ballas was full of praise for the former Arsenal player, saying he had become “one of the nation’s favourite entertainers” and encouraged him to carry on dancing. “On behalf of all the judges, we’ve enjoyed watching every second. You are truly what this show is all about, and we can only wish you the best as you move forward,” she said.
Katya Jones expressed how grateful she was to have partnered Adams. “I loved that we didn’t care what people thought, we did every single dance our way. “You led by example, and put yourself out there, and showed everyone you can do anything. And everyone deserves love and to be loved,” she said.
The couple performed their Saturday night jive to Wilson Pickett’s Land of 1000 Dances, making the studio audience cheer with excitement after executing a series of roly-polies. But their efforts failed to impress the judges who only scored them 24 points. Craig Revel Horwood branded their dance a “technical disaster”.
Sunday’s results show opened with a touching Remembrance Sunday tribute as Strictly professionals performed a ballroom dance. Adams and Jones will join hosts Rylan Clark and Janette Manrara on Strictly It Takes Two on Monday evening.
The remaining eight couples will take to the dancefloor in Blackpool next week.
The Place announces the call out for Resolution 2023 artists.
The Place has announced a call out for artists to take part in Resolution, its annual festival for choreography and performance work that’s taking place Thu 18 May – Fri 16 Jun 2023.
The Place is looking for applications from UK based artists proposing ideas for 15 – 25 minute live performances spanning dance, dance theatre, physical theatre, hip hop, South Asian dance, circus and live art all welcome. Applications close Wed 30 Nov 2022.
Resolution is the UK’s biggest festival for new work that exists to support and celebrate work by emerging artists. Every year, for over thirty years, The Place welcomes over 70 UK-based artists to create original work for London’s best platform for contemporary dance performances.
Over the years, Resolution has kickstarted the careers of world leading choreographers such as Luca Silvestrini (Protein), Wayne McGregor, Frauke Requardt, Kate Prince (Zoonation) and Drew McOnie. Resolution marks an opportunity for artists from all over the world to perform new work for audiences eager to see the latest experiments in choreography.
The Place’s programming team says: “Each year Resolution marks a special moment where the next generation of performance makers are brought to our stage. We can’t wait to see and hear from all the incredible UK based emerging artists who apply.”
As well as being an opportunity for artists to present their work at The Place theatre to an audience of up to 288 people, including industry critics, artists can learn from industry professionals through supportive and practical workshops.
For more information on the application process and how to apply visit: https://theplace.org.uk/opportunities/resolution-2023-call-out.
Birmingham Royal Ballet to host special free Christmas event at Birmingham Bullring.
Birmingham Royal Ballet will be running FREE family activities at Birmingham’s Bullring this festive season providing visitors to the shopping centre with the opportunity to delve into the world of Sir Peter Wright’s magical Christmas ballet The Nutcracker.
The event, especially for families, will feature Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Children’s Ballet for children aged 3-10 years. This colourful, interactive workshop, using themes from The Nutcracker, will include story guides, movement and a rare chance to try on the costumes of some of the favourite characters from the ballet.
A lecture demonstration introduction to the story of The Nutcracker will also take place and will feature two of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s world class dancers performing the Sugar Plum and Prince pas de deux live, followed by a meet and greet and walk about.
The Nutcracker, famed for its magnificent sets and costumes, takes place on Christmas Eve in the Victorian setting of Clara’s family home. As midnight strikes, the magical Christmas tree grows and grows, Clara’s nutcracker doll and his army of toy soldiers come to life, and Clara is swept away into a fantasy adventure through an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes to the magical kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The Nutcracker was gifted to the people of Birmingham in 1990 by the then artistic director Sir Peter Wright, a thank you for making the company welcome when it moved from London, and has been performed almost every Christmas since.
Tom Rogers, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Creative Content Producer, and former-First Soloist said: “Sir Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker belongs to the City of Birmingham. It is important that we find ways to make sure it can be seen and enjoyed by the whole city. We are therefore delighted to be partnering once again with Birmingham Hippodrome to bring this exciting free event to the Bullring. It will offer families the chance to meet our world-class dancers and staff and find out more about the story of The Nutcracker which has now been seen by over 1-million people around the world and is a festive favourite in our hometown. We look forward to seeing everyone on 12th November.”
The event will open on Saturday 12th November, ground floor, Bullring and activities will run from 2pm-5pm. Free to participants. Please note that as space is limited access to the event will be on a first come first served basis.
The Nutcracker returns to Birmingham Hippodrome this Christmas from 19 November-10 December following a £1 million refresh thanks to the extraordinary support of hundreds of individuals, numerous Trusts and Foundations and BRB investment. www.birminghamhippodrome.com
New Cole Porter musical Roman Holiday to stage UK premiere.
The stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film will be mounted in Bath next summer. The city famous for its Roman baths will also be staging the UK premiere of new Cole Porter musical Roman Holiday next summer.
Theatre Royal Bath Productions, by arrangement with Paul Blake and BFI Productions, will present the new stage adaptation of the multi-Academy Award-winning movie which made a global star of Audrey Hepburn. It will feature a plethora of Porter classics such as “Easy To Love”, “You Do Something To Me”, “In The Still Of The Night”, “Just One Of Those Things” and “Night and Day”.
Adapted by Kirsten Guenther and Paul Blake (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas) and directed by Olivier Award winner and Tony Award nominee Jeremy Sams (Noises Off), the musical follows Ann, a young princess visiting Rome on a goodwill tour, and Joe, an American journalist who offers to show her around the city.
The romantic comedy had previously been scheduled for a 2020 summer run at Curve in Leicester. Casting and additional creative team information for the UK premiere will be announced in due course.
Roman Holiday will run at Theatre Royal Bath from 10 June until 1 July 2023, with a press night set for 20 June.
Irving Berlins White Christmas The Musical
Liverpool Empire Theatre 6 – 31 December 2022.
Join veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis as fuelled by love, the all singing, all dancing duo follow the stunning Haynes Sisters, Betty & Judy to a Vermont lodge for a special Christmas show. Their journey takes a misstep, and their rhythm is thrown off when they discover the lodge happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s old Army General and is in desperate need of their help.
A tale of love and friendship, White Christmas features the dazzling songs Blue Skies, Sisters, Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep, The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing, I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm and the most famous festive song of all, White Christmas.
Direction by Ian Talbot OBE, based on the original direction by acclaimed Curve artistic director Nikolai Foster (Annie) and two-time Olivier Award-winning choreographer Stephen Mear CBE (Mary Poppins).
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