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004 dt april-2014

Inside this month:

Zoë Anderson talks to Tamara Rojo

Margaret Willis meets Boris Eifman and Francesca Hayward

Dominic Antonucci reflects on the use of mirrors in the daily life of a ballet dancer

Neil Norman wonders where are all the ballet movies?

And much more

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Welcome to Dancing Times - Britain's leading monthly dance magazine

In conjuction with our very special issue of Dancing Times, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the publication of our first issue, we have taken the opportunity to re-launch our website, as well as the layout of the magazine. We hope you enjoy the final results!

Dancing Times can state with some pride that throughout the often turbulent century of its existence – two World Wars, the Wall Street Crash and Great Depression, and the current financial crisis – we never missed the publication of a single issue and have remained true to our aims of recording with honesty the events and developments in all aspects of dance. Dancing Times played an instrumental role in the formation of such important teaching bodies as the Royal Academy of Dance and the British Dance Council, and it has witnessed the UK dance scene change beyond all recognition. Just some measure of the love and respect the magazine has garnered can be read in the wonderful tributes published on page 25 of our latest issue. Kathrine Sorley Walker salutes our first editor, Philip Richardson, on page 12 and our beloved editor emeritus, Mary Clarke, is interviewed by Gerald Dowler on page 53. Also in this issue, we interview The Royal Ballet’s Lauren Cuthbertson, look at how dance floors have changed over the years, and preview the 2010 season from Dance Umbrella.

The April issue of Dancing Times reveals some interesting viewpoints. In our main interview on page 13, Tamara Rojo, artistic director of English National Ballet, talks to Zoë Anderson about her vision for the company in the run-up to its new programme, Lest We Forget, at the Barbican Theatre this month. Dominic Antonucci, ballet master with Birmingham Royal Ballet, poses some questions about the use of mirrors in the daily life of a dancer on page 35, and on page 29 choreographer and director Boris Eifman discusses his life and career with Margaret Willis on the eve of The Eifman Ballet's visit to the London Coliseum. Also in this issue, on page 81, Margaret interviews The Royal Ballet's Francesca Hayward as our Dancer of the Month – a young ballerina who has recently been making her mark on the stage of the Royal Opera House. Paul Arrowsmith looks at the pleasures and pitfalls of reconstructing some long-lost ballets on page 19; and in Talking Point, dance and film critic Neil Norman wonders where are all the ballet movies? As usual, we include a full range of news and reviews, plus our regular columns from New York and St Petersburg written by Jack Anderson and Igor Stupnikov. Happy reading!

JONATHAN GRAY, EDITOR

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