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Mark Morris world premiere in Liverpool

This summer, Liverpool celebrates 50 years of The Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The programme of 13 world premieres – one for each of the album’s 13 songs – includes a work by Mark Morris, plus theatre, art, music and multi-media performances. Sgt. Pepper at 50: Heading for Home will be performed […]

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The Music Man

Jonathan Gray met Michael Corder, the British choreographer on the eve of his 60th birthday in 2015 Michael Corder has been making ballets for 40 years now. A graduate of The Royal Ballet School (RBS), he joined The Royal Ballet in 1973, but soon began to choreograph after receiving encouragement from Leslie Edwards, the then director […]

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Carlos Miranda: A personal tribute in loving memory, by Adam Gatehouse

How to think of a world in which Carlos isn’t there? Surely he’s just gone out or gone away and will drift back into our lives at some time or other. That’s how he was. Of course I wept buckets when I heard – he was an emotional man after all. How did we first […]

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Fringe focus

The arrival of the Fringe Festival each year turns solid, respectable Edinburgh into a blur of manic physical and visual experience. Throughout the city, the most unlikely spaces become performance venues, in which cramped church vestibules, paint-peeling basements, the wings – or even the stages themselves – morph into pop-up green rooms for hectic costume-change, make-up, […]

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Peter Wright pays tribute to the members of London Ballet Circle

At a book-signing event for London Ballet Circle on August 2, its patron, Sir Peter Wright, read out to the members gathered his tribute to the Circle that he was unable to include in his recently published autobiography, Wrights and Wrongs. With permission from London Ballet Circle, we publish here his speech in full: “During […]

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Sofia Boutella

Dancer Sofia Boutella’s Hollywood career has taken off, with roles in Star Trek Beyond and Kingsman: The Secret Service. In this 2012 interview, she tells Nicola Rayner about her dance training, dancing salsa in the film Street Dance 2 3D and working with Madonna My friends were crazy with me, they said: ‘You’re having to choose between Madonna and Michael […]

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Sixty years of the Bolshoi

Jonathan Gray looks back to the Bolshoi Ballet’s first visit to London in 1956 This summer, the Bolshoi Ballet returns to London to dance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for a three-week season opening on July 25. Recently, visits by the company to the UK have become so regular they almost seem commonplace, […]

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Fashion on the ration

From luminous flowers to gas-mask balls, Zoë Anderson looks at dance and fashion in World War II Imperial War Museum North’s new exhibition,Fashion on the Ration, includes a photograph of a young woman pinning a flower to her lapel. It’s luminous, a decoration designed to make her visible in the blackout. With bombing raids expected, […]

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Starting point

As a young dancer, you are fascinated by those who precede you. You share a curious relationship with bygone performers you adore and aspire to emulate, yet whose legacy you must uphold and re-interpret on a nightly basis. Even being on the same stage as they once were can feel like dancing on sacred ground. […]

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Flexible Benefits

Flexible Benefits Debbie Malina investigates Stretchworks, an exercise programme that was developed with the aim of helping dancers to avoid injury and maintain optimum fitness; it has since evolved into an approach that is designed to be adapted for all ages and abilities, proving to be beneficial on an emotional as well as a physical […]

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Dancing with the enemy

Zoë Anderson watched Pierre Dulaine work his magic in new documentary Dancing in Jaffa “What I’m asking them to do is difficult,” says former ballroom champion Pierre Dulaine in the fascinating new documentary Dancing in Jaffa. “It’s dancing with the enemy. That word isn’t ever said aloud, but I’m sure that, in their minds, that’s […]

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A tribute to Derek Rencher

Derek Rencher, the dancer and character artist who dedicated his 45-year career entirely to The Royal Ballet, died at the age of 82 on December 20, 2014. Here, David Drew, a colleague for many years at The Royal Ballet, pays tribute to the man:

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