Russian newspaper Izvestia reports that Nikolai Tsiskaridze, who recently left the Bolshoi Theatre after several reprimands and a court case, will become Rector of the Vaganova Academy, St Petersburg’s leading ballet school. The current rector, Vera Dorofeyeva, will be offered a new position.
Now in its seventh year, Cloud Dance Festival returns this month, with a new programme of contemporary ballet and dance. Showtime, the first Cloud Dance Festival to be funded by Arts Council England, will be held at London’s Bernie Grant Arts Centre from November 15 to 17.
American Ballet Theatre (ABT) has announced its 2014 spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York. Running from May 12 to July 5, it includes the company premiere of Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, a Shakespeare celebration and a revival of Léonide Massine’s Gaîté Parisienne.
Cuba will soon celebrate two dance anniversaries. On October 28, it will be 65 years since the foundation of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba (BNC). On November 2, it will be the 70th anniversary of ballerina and company founder Alicia Alonso’s first performance of Giselle.
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Caroline Thomson, a former deputy director-general of the BBC, has been appointed executive director of English National Ballet. In her first act as executive director, she announced that Farooq Chaudhry, co-founder and producer of Akram Khan Company, will be joining ENB as producer. He will support the creative vision of artistic director Tamara Rojo and develop the company’s commercial potential in the UK and overseas.
Choreographer Hofesh Shechter (pictured) is to be the guest director of Brighton Festival 2014. Since 2009, the festival has invited artists to guest direct each year’s programme. Past directors have included artist Anish Kapoor, musician Brian Eno, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, actress Vanessa Redgrave and author Michael Rosen.