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Ballet Revolution, Peacock Theatre, London

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Beatriz Stix-Brunell

Observations One To Watch: Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Ballerina, 19

The Royal Ballet's Beatrix Stix-Brunell replaced an injured Marianela Nuñez as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Artifact/Royal Ballet of Flanders, Sadler's Wells, London

Brutal and brilliant, it's high time a British company got in on the action

Ruth Bradley stars in ITV's 'Titanic'

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Television: I really enjoy 'Mad Men', but I'm hugely into 'Homeland'. The characters are very well drawn and complex. All too often, female characters in particular aren't multi-layered enough. Claire Danes is brilliant playing Carrie Mathison, the chemically imbalanced CIA agent. Sergeant Brody, played by Damian Lewis, is brilliant too. You're always waiting for the next thing to happen or trying to anticipate the plot twists. It's flawless.

Onegin, London Coliseum

Rejected Onegin, by the man she loves, Tatiana has a nightmare. In the Eifman Ballet’s version of the Pushkin story, the poor girl goes to Vegas in her dreams, tormented by red-clad rock musicians with terrible hair. This updated ballet plunges into cheesy extremes whenever it gets the chance.

Malaysia calls off Nutcracker over claims of 'indecency'

The cancellation of shows by a Singaporean ballet troupe in Malaysia has caused a tempest in a tutu, with the government saying the dancers applied too late for a permit to perform, and a local group blaming cultural concern over "indecent" costumes.

Anna Karenina, Coliseum, London

Boris Eifman's dancers launch themselves into tortured poses, hauling each other through lifts or folding into gymnastic knots. There's certainly a lot of angst, but this version of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is short on specific insight.

Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson - Pop's top producer jumps at the ballet

Mark Ronson, most famous for his work with Amy Winehouse, has co-created a new dance piece at the Royal Opera. He tells Elisa Bray what attracted him to it

Beyond Ballets Russes 2, London Coliseum

English National Ballet’s second Beyond Ballets Russes programme goes from the lucid beauty of Apollo to the fireworks of Suite en blanc, with some unexpected novelty in the middle. This is a company on confident form.

Coppélia, London Coliseum, London

Coppélia is a village comedy with a streak of fantasy, from quarrelling lovers to dancing mechanical dolls. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production has a light touch and a sunny atmosphere, from the bouncy corps dances to Nao Sakuma’s heroine.

Punchy: Ambra Vallo with Chi Cao in 'The Two Pigeons'

Spring Passions, Coliseum, London

In Daphnis and Chloë, the dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet wind in chain dances to Ravel's shimmering score. As they twist and sway, there's a sensuous ripple to their shoulders, as if they feel the warmth of the Mediterranean sun on their skin.

Birmingham Royal Ballet, London Coliseum

In Daphnis and Chloë , the dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet wind in chain dances to Ravel’s shimmering score. As they twist and sway, there’s a sensuous ripple to their shoulders, as if they feel the warmth of the Mediterranean sun on their skin.

Bestselling novelist Audrey Niffenegger to work on ballet

The author of the bestselling novel The Time Traveller's Wife is to write a new work for the Royal Ballet next season.

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Tony Hall: The man with a front row seat in our arts establishment

From the Royal Opera House to C4 and the Cultural Olympiad, Tony Hall discusses his rewarding roles with Ian Burrell

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