Windrush: Movement of the People

Phoenix Dance Theatre marks the 70th anniversary of the journey that brought a generation of Caribbean immigrants to the UK. Sharon Watson’s new work explores their experience, from racism to building new communities, with a new score by Gary Crosby. February 7-10, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, then touring, phoenixdancetheatre.co.uk

Ballet British Columbia

The Canadian company is building an exciting reputation. This touring program has works by female choreographers: company director Emily Molnar, Sharon Eyal, and the sensational Crystal Pite, whose Solo Echo is a romantic work inspired by Brahms. March 6-7, Sadler’s Wells, London, then touring (danceconsortium.com)

Voices of America, English National Ballet

A coup for English National Ballet: a new work from William Forsythe, one of the most influential and elusive choreographers today. His range spans highspeed, fractured classicism, postmodernist edge and sharp theatricality. It will be performed with works by Jerome Robbins and Aszure Barton. April 12-21, Sadler’s Wells, London

Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

A new Swan Lake is a huge undertaking since a major production can last a generation. Choreographer Liam Scarlett, who will stage The Royal Ballet’s new version, was a daring choice: he’s much stronger on plotless works than story ballets. Will the gamble pay off? With designs by John Macfarlane, the production should look good. May 17-June 21, Royal Opera House, London

Akram Khan performs Xenos at Sadlers Wells (Jean Louis Fernandez)

Xenos, Akram Khan Company

Khan, a magnificent dancer, has announced that this will be his last full-length solo show. He plays a colonial soldier in the trenches of the First World War, evoking shell shock, the myth of Prometheus, and a moment of drastic technological, political and human change. May 29-June 9, Sadler’s Wells, London

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