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New Adventures Choreographer Award Showcase

Jamaal Burkmar, winner of the 2016 New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA), will present three new works at a London showcase from September 21 to 24. Held at the Platform Theatre at Central St Martins, by King’s Cross, the programme includes 16 Bars, created for Jamaal Burkmar Dance to original music by Otis Jones. Storm, danced […]

Candoco autumn tour

Candoco Dance Company’s autumn tour showcases the breadth of the company’s repertory, from a reimagined Trisha Brown classic to improvisation inspired by a documentary about opera singers. Candoco, the UK’s first professional dance company of disabled and non-disabled artists, was founded in 1991. This tour, part of the company’s 25th anniversary season, opens at Tramway, […]

Resolution: call for choreographers

Applications are open for Resolution 2017, The Place’s annual festival of short dance and performance works for emerging artists. This will be the 28th edition of Resolution, which has been a starting point for choreographers including Wayne McGregor, Kate Prince, Luca Silvestrini and Drew McOnie. Selected shows will be performed at The Place, London in […]

Together for dance

Laura Dodge previews an upcoming gala that benefits the UK’s dance industry On October 9, a dazzling array of dancers take to the Novello Theatre in London’s West End to raise money for the UK’s dance industry support body. One Dance UK’s Together for Dance gala is directed by former Royal Ballet principal Mara Galeazzi […]

100 years of dance in 100 minutes

The Ragroof Players’ Happy Feet promises to take audiences through a century of dance history, revisiting everything from the Charleston to the cha cha slide. In this participatory show, a team of dancers and DJs lead a dance through the decades. The company focuses on attracting harder-to-reach audiences, working with communities in their own settings. […]

A new name

Following the successful merger of The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund and the Dance Teachers’ Benevolent Fund, the charity has adopted the working name of the Dance Professionals Fund (DPF). The new name has been chosen to signpost the all-encompassing support the fund provides to a variety of people from the dance profession. As the two […]

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 […]

Sonnabend designs on display

Over 50 designs for ballet by the artist Yolanda Sonnabend, who died in November 2015, are being presented this summer at the Stephanie Hoppen Gallery in London. Sonnabend worked closely with choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, as well as Peter Wright and Anthony Dowell, and the exhibition includes designs from ballets such as Swan Lake, La Bayadère […]

Performing as professionals

In her fascinating book, “But First A School,” a history of New York’s School of American Ballet, Jennifer Dunning examines its annual Spring Workshop Performances, remarking that “the Workshop tradition… has given visibility to the School as a productive vocational institution.” The phrase “productive vocational institution” doesn’t quite suit the end-of-year performances here, which are […]

August 2016 issue

Our August issue goes from politics to reaching audiences, as we examine the impact of the EU referendum on the dance world, look at dance styles from flamenco to ballroom, and profile Shanghai Ballet, who come to the London Coliseum this month. Our cover stars are the company’s Wu Husheng and Qi Bingxue in Echoes […]

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 […]

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