We’ve gone through the listings with our highlighter pen, seeking out dance on television over the festive period, from Strictly to ballet to the traditional New Year’s Day concert from Vienna. We were feeling completist, so decided to include circus spectacle and migrating birds on our list.
This month, we speak to two star dancers with more strings to their bows. Alessandra Ferri talks about her return to dance, while Johan Kobborg explains how he’s taken on the directorship of the Bucharest National Ballet. Elsewhere, we look at male dancing in a new book and at Birmingham Royal Ballet, find out about Bird College and the Vienna State Opera’s junior company and more…
There’s a Russian feel to this month’s issue, as we speak to Bolshoi director Sergei Filin, look back at a turning point for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and report from a St Petersburg conference on the future of ballet choreography. Elsewhere, we look at The Australian Ballet’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty, and come back to the UK to report on London Contemporary Dance School and dance at this month’s Edinburgh festivals…
The laureates of this year’s Benois de la Danse have been announced, with The Royal Ballet’s The Winter’s Tale dominating the prize.
The Ardani 25 Dance Gala, held at the London Coliseum on July 17 and 18, has a starry cast including Natalia Osipova, Edward Watson, Ivan Vasiliev, Marcelo Gomes, Denis Matvienko, Joaquín De Luz and Friedemann Vogel in an evening of new and recent choreography. The gala is presented by Sergei Danilian of Ardani Artists.
Dance UK Conference live stream
Sessions from the Dance UK conference, The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations, will be live streamed. Sessions to be streamed include the opening night celebration starring Robin Windsor, Kristina Rihanoff, Teneisha Bonner and more, plus a session on dance training – an issue recently highlighted by choreographers Akram Khan, Hofesh Shechter and Lloyd Newson.
Dance UK Conference live stream
Sessions from the Dance UK conference, The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations, will be live streamed. Sessions to be streamed include the opening night celebration and performances, and a session on dance training – an issue recently highlighted by choreographers Akram Khan, Hofesh Shechter and Lloyd Newson.
Akram Khan, Kevin O’Hare, Gillian Lynne, Tamara Rojo, Jonzi D and Wayne McGregor are among the speakers at The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations, the UK’s first ever industry-wide dance conference. Organised by Dance UK, the conference will offer more than 120 speakers, with events at London venues from April 9 to 12. The conference aims to create the most diverse dance industry gathering ever seen in the UK.
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:
Christmas television traditionally includes some goodies for the dance-lover, from classic movie musicals to new recordings of ballet and dance. We’ve been through the listings with a highlighter pen – here’s what we’ve circled, including The Royal Ballet in The Winter’s Tale, Strictly Come Dancing’s grand finale and its Christmas special (pictured left) and Carlos Acosta in Tocororo Suite…