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Royal Ballet and St Mary’s University create sports science partnership

The Royal Opera House and the School of Sport, Health and Applied Science at St Mary’s University, Twickenham have announced a new partnership. Academics from St Mary’s will provide strength and conditioning and sports science support to dancers of The Royal Ballet, working with company’s clinical director, Greg Retter. They will also design bespoke programmes […]

Ballet under the stars

Covent Garden Dance Company will present an evening of ballet in the 17th-century walled garden of Hatch House, near Tisbury, Wiltshire, from July 15 to 17. Titled Ballet Under the Stars, the performances are conceived and directed by Matt Brady, founder of Covent Garden Dance Company, and will include guest appearances by former Royal Ballet […]

Christopher Marney appointed artistic director of Ballet Central

Choreographer and dancer Christopher Marney (pictured) has been appointed artistic director of Ballet Central. Marney, who trained at Central School of Ballet, has danced leading roles for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, and choreographed for companies including Ballet Black. Founded in 1984, Ballet Central gives Central School of Ballet’s final-year students first-hand experience of professional dance. Heidi […]

Bolshoi New Season

The Bolshoi Ballet’s 2016 to 17 season will include a celebration of Yuri Grigorivich and plans for a new ballet about Rudolf Nureyev. Provisionally titled Nureyev, this work will have choreography by Yuri Possokhov, working with composer Ilya Demutsky and director and set designer Kirill Serebrennikov – the same team who worked on Possokhov’s A […]

New Casanova for Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet has announced a new ballet about the 18th century’s most notorious lover, Giacomo Casanova. Kenneth Tindall’s new production will have its premiere in Leeds in March 2017, followed by a UK tour. Casanova’s 12-volume memoirs recall a scandalous life as a spy, scam artist, alchemist, church cleric and musician, but most of all […]

An American in Paris in London

Christopher Wheeldon’s production of An American in Paris is coming to London’s West End, with performances at the Dominion Theatre from spring 2017. Inspired by the Oscar-winning film, featuring music by George and Ira Gershwin, the production opened at the Châtelet Theatre in Paris before transferring to Broadway, where it won Wheeldon the Tony award […]

Royal Ballet 2016-17 Plans

The Royal Ballet’s plans for 2016 to 2017 include new works by Crystal Pite (pictured), Liam Scarlett and Wayne McGregor and a new production of Philip Glass’ dance opera Les Enfants Terribles choreographed by Javier De Frutos. The season also marks several anniversaries, including McGregor’s tenth as resident choreographer, 70 years of the company at the Royal Opera […]

Dance at the 2016 Edinburgh festival

The Edinburgh International Festival has announced its 2016 programme, with Natalia Osipova, Scottish Ballet and Akram Khan Company. This year’s festival runs from August 5 to 29, with events in opera, theatre and music as well as dance. In the dance programme, Natalia Osipova appears with Sergei Polunin, Jason Kittelberger and Vu Anh Pham in […]

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes

New Adventures has announced the world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, a new production based on the celebrated film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. The production will tour the UK this winter, with an eight week Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells. The designs will be by […]

Kobborg removed from Bucharest National Ballet

Johan Kobborg has apparently been fired as director of the ballet of the Bucharest National Opera. His name has been removed from the company’s website without comment. Kobborg has posted the following statement on Twitter on April 5: “It is with heavy heart I find my name removed as artistic director of the ONB company. I have nothing but […]

April 2016 Issue

Spring is here! The sun is shining (well, some of the time) and the bright new issue of Dancing Times has arrived. This month, we interview dancers from the ballet and ballroom worlds, look at dance on display with a new exhibition by choreographer Lea Anderson and explore the role of the chief executive in dance. There’s […]

The Mariinsky in Cardiff

The Maryinsky Ballet returns to Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff this month, dancing two mixed programmes. On April 14 and 15, the company dance Hans van Manen’s Five Tangos, Wayne McGregor’s Infraand Jerome Robbins’ In the Night. This is the first time the Maryinsky has performed Five Tangos, set to music by Astor Piazzolla, or Infra, to music by Max Richter, […]

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