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Zoë Anderson meets The Royal Ballet’s Vadim Muntagirov and choreographer Richard Alston

Maggie Foyer visits the New Zealand School of Dance

Igor Stupnikov writes his Letter from St Peterburg

Paul Arrowsmith talks about The Sleeping Beauty with stage designer Richard Hudson

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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.

Welcome to the latest issue of Dancing Times! At 124 pages, we believe it to be the largest magazine we have ever put together in our 105-year history, and I’m sure you will find plenty of interesting things to read within the covers. Highlights this month include interviews with The Royal Ballet’s Vadim Muntagirov, choreographer Richard Alston and former ballerina, now dancewear and costume designer, Yumiko Takeshima. We also talk to theatre designer Richard Hudson about his latest project recreating designs by the great Léon Bakst for Alexei Ratmansky’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty for American Ballet Theatre, which opens next month; and we pay a visit to the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington. In addition, we bring you dance reviews from recent performances in London, Paris, Munich, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Monte-Carlo, New York, St Petersburg and Stuttgart, as well as all the latest dance news.




Win! Tickets to Birmingham Royal Ballet!

carmina-burana-compAs David Bintley celebrates his 20th year as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB), a new programme will present Serenade by George Balanchine, one of Bintley’s heroes, along with Carmina burana, the first ballet he created for BRB as director. In Carmina burana, three seminarians are compelled by the goddess Fortuna to abandon their sacred studies to pursue a more sensual approach to life. Soon the young celebrants are soaring with passion, love and alcohol. This is a large-scale production, danced to Carl Orff’s dramatic choral music. Bintley’s choreography has been delighting and astonishing audiences for nearly 20 years.

Birmingham Royal Ballet will dance Serenade and Carmina burana at the London Coliseum from March 19 to 21. For a chance to win one of three pairs of tickets to see the programme, email us or send the answer to the following question, with your name and contact details: What was David Bintley’s first piece as director for Birmingham Royal Ballet?

The closing date is March 1, 2015.

Pictured: Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet in David Bintley’s Carmina burana. Photograph by Bill Cooper.


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