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Inside this month:

Jack Thorpe Baker on moving on from dance

Nicola Rayner talks to Broadway choreographer Susan Stroman

Michael Barber remembers Marjorie Stevns, the "Child Pavlova"

Paul Arrowsmith on what it takes to be a man in dance

And much more

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Tuesday, 19 April 2011 09:53

Royal Ballet 2011-2012

asphodelmeadowsnunezpennefatherfrederikadavis2011–2012 will be Monica Mason’s final season as director of The Royal Ballet. This is, she explains, “a case of ‘Director’s Choice’ – I’ve included a lot of things that have been particularly special to me, and also one or two that might not appear again for a while.”

Published in Dancing Times - News

Sense of Self

At the opening of Sense of Self, the new duet from Mélanie Demers and Laïla Diallo, one of the performers, dressed in a red velvet evening frock, her face obscured by a guerrilla mask, smashes a pile of plates into a large cardboard box. Such frustration at having to do the dishes is something to which I can well relate, but its presence as the first of a series of tableaux, investigating (so the programme informs us) “delicate questions linked to identity”, is harder to fathom. That Diallo was, until her departure in 2005, a dancer with Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance might offer a certain clue. Those ultra-intellectual musings that so befuddle much of McGregor’s oeuvre have sneaked into this show: “as skin is always renewing itself, is identity not also in a constant state of becoming?” asks the hand-out, but as with McGregor, beneath Sense of Self’s perplexingly tough exterior (even unto plate smashing) lies an intriguing work that fascinates long after the lights have gone out.

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