People used to dance in theatres. You remember - padded seats, lighting, choc ices in the interval. This summer you are more likely to find dance on rooftops, piazzas, royal palaces and tea museums. Where you won't be finding it is Leeds Castle, Maidstone, the only remaining date on the Bolshoi's doomed British tour. Maidstone, too, has balked at paying pounds 55-no-bad-weather-refunds to sit outdoors and watch the wreck of a great company. Sylvie Guillem may have pulled it off at Hampton Court, but people would pay to watch Sylvie putting her tights on.

Unless you're a star it pays to be less ambitious and use venues that are themselves of interest. Javier de Frutos (right) was European Choreographer in Residence at Chisenhale Dance Space. In his last work he walked about in high heels first with and then without a pair of Y-fronts. This is exactly the sort of thing that gives naked men in high heels a bad name. However, his new work The Palace Does Not Forgive is staged in such an unusual way that you'll probably forgive him anything. K Shed is a Victorian warehouse whose vast floors are supported by 200 steel pillars. Punters will be allocated their own pillar from which to view the proceedings at 2.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Hang around the docks after the show and you could catch something else. Buy, an assortment of dancers and artists, performs London (I've been around a few corners myself]) one of its site-specific extravaganzas from Thursday to Sunday at 8pm in N Shed complete with dance, music, vocals, light and slide show. At pounds 7.50 never let it be said they don't give value for money.

Sheds K and N, Royal Victoria Docks, E14. Trains: DLR Royal Victoria (081-981 6617)

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