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Nobody's Baby
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Nobody's Baby
Opens: 27/07/2014 Royal Opera House, London
Depression-era dance marathons were remarkably dark – they could last hundreds of hours and were frequently corrupt and dangerous (see Sydney Pollack's grim They Shoot Horses, Don't They?). Award-winning choreographer Arthur Pita, who created a gripping Kafka piece at the ROH in 2011 starring Edward Watson (currently in The Winter's Tale), explores the fad.  
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Rambert Event
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Rambert Event
Opens: 28/06/2014 Closes: 12/07/2014 Rambert, London
It's 50 years since Merce Cunningham staged his first ‘Event', a unique, site-specific choreographic mix of dance, music and design that he would stage over 800 times at various locations before his death in 2009. To celebrate, Rambert stage one of their own, at their new home on London's South Bank, with sets based on Gerhard Richter paintings, a soundtrack by Radiohead's Phil Selway and danced extracts from ten of Cunningham's most revered works.
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Swan Lake
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Swan Lake
Opens: 17/06/2014 Closes: 18/06/2014 Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
Sadler’s Sampled is exactly as it sounds – a good, cheap way to try out contemporary dance. One taster on offer is Dada Masilo’s adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Inspired by her native South Africa, the swans are male and the main focus is on stereotypes relating to gender, homophobia and AIDS awareness. 
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The Pearl Fishers
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The Pearl Fishers
Opens: 16/06/2014 Closes: 05/07/2014 London Coliseum
UK director Penny Woolcock has roamed between screen and opera, often focusing on marginal groups such as urban gangs. Now revived at the ENO, her 2010 production of Bizet’s watery work set in an Asian fishing village swaps the 19th for the 21st century and brings climate change and third world poverty to the fore. Not everyone was convinced first time round.
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Benvenuto Cellini
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Benvenuto Cellini
Opens: 05/06/2014 Closes: 27/06/2014 Coliseum, London
Who better to direct a mad, almost certainly flawed spectacle about the decadent life of Italian sculptor and goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini than the man behind such surreal blowouts as Brazil? Former Monty Pythoner Terry Gilliam reunites with ENO's musical director Edward Gardner (after their critical hit The Damnation of Faust) for his second opera.
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Eugene Onegin
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Eugene Onegin
Opens: 18/05/2014 Closes: 11/07/2014 Glyndebourne
Tchaikovsky's adaptation of one of the ‘greatest works of mankind' (according to Stephen Fry) is the Russian composer's best-loved opera. Marking their 80th anniversary, Glyndbourne revise Graham Vick's superlative 1994 staging, with the director himself again at the helm, leading a majority Slavic cast to tell this tale of youthful love. Reviews suggest critics are just as impressed now as they were then.
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Thebans
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Thebans
Opens: 03/05/2014 Closes: 03/06/2014 ENO, London Coliseum
Award-winning contemporary composer Julian Anderson bases his first opera on Sophocles. His librettist, venerable playwright Frank McGuinness, has adapted ancient tragedies before, alongside his own original works (Greta Garbo came to Donogal). This revolves around Oedipus, his daughter Antigone and a very long string of unfortunate suicides.
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The Tempest Replica
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The Tempest Replica
Opens: 25/04/2014 Sadler's Wells Theatre, London; Birmingham Hippodrome
Basing your choreography on the work of perhaps the greatest playwright is no easy feat; Canadian star Crystal Pite and her agile company Kidd Pivot are likely to give it a very good shot. Pite is a new Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist (in good company with the likes of Akram Kahn and Hofesh Shechter) and her crime thriller Lost Action went down a treat in 2009.
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The Winter's Tale
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The Winter's Tale
Opens: 10/04/2014 Closes: 08/05/2014 Royal Opera House, London
The man tasked with renewing narrative work for the Royal Ballet in the 21st century, award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, presents his second ever full-length (following crowd-pleaser Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) and the first to be based on Shakespeare’s play. No pressure, then. 
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Through His Teeth
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Through His Teeth
Opens: 03/04/2014 Closes: 11/04/2014 ROH, London Coliseum
Throughout April the ROH considers the legacy of the Faust story through a programme of events exploring the classic German legend. One highlight (alongside an event with Hilary Mantel) is this updated version of the Goethe classic by British composer Luke Bedford in which a woman falls for a car salesman, who isn't all he seems.
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