We’ve gone Nutcracker mad with the December Dancing Times, highlighting the fact that there will be no fewer than four different productions playing in London over the Christmas period – it seems we just can’t get enough of this seasonal favourite. In this issue, Zoë Anderson looks at the enduring appeal of The Nutcracker; Mary Clarke talks to Peter Wright about his production for Birmingham Royal Ballet; we offer pairs of tickets as prizes to see New York City Ballet’s production of Balanchine’s Nutcracker in the cinema; Natalie Wheen looks behind the scenes at The O2 as BRB prepare to stage The Nutcracker there; and in Dance Scene UK I see my first (but not my last) Nutcracker of the 2011–12 season!
As the cuts in Arts Council funding begin to take effect, we include two views about their impact on contemporary dance in this issue of Dancing Times. Betsy Gregory’s Talking Point column puts in perspective how the cuts will affect Dance Umbrella, the long-running annual festival of contemporary dance; and choreographer Lea Anderson talks to Zoë Anderson and me about the closure of The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs.
September is the month that sees the start of the academic school year and the beginning of the 2011–12 season for dance companies. In this issue of Dancing Times we offer sound advice for parents of talented young dancers from Rachel Rist, director of dance at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, as to how best to fund vocational dance training. We also continue our round-up of vocational school end-of-year shows in Dance Education (pages 74–77) – and there are lots to include over the coming months (I saw no fewer than 14 of them this summer!). Also in this issue, on pages 36–39, Paul Arrowsmith investigates how UK dance companies set about planning their advance seasons, and we invite you to take part in our questionnaire on performance attendance.
August 2011 Volume 101 Issue 1212
This issue of Dancing Times has a varied mix of articles and reviews, which we hope you will find stimulating. On pages 15–18, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Matthew Lawrence gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the company’s recent tour of Japan, and the article is illustrated with photographs by fellow dancer, Tyrone Singleton. Graham Watts travelled to Athens to interview Maya Plisetskaya, and you can read about his encounter with the extraordinary Russian ballerina on pages 25–27.
We are in nostalgic mode in this month’s Dancing Times, and there is also a distinct Russian flavour to the contents. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Maryinsky Ballet’s first performances in London, we publish on pages 34–35 a selection of Frederika Davis’ wonderful photographs of some of the great Russian ballet stars of the past, and on page 15 Zoë Anderson interviews the US-born star of American Ballet Theatre, David Hallberg, who will be appearing with the Maryinsky as a guest artist at Covent Garden.
In this month’s issue of Dancing Times, we take a look at some of the problems staging historic works of the 19th and 20th century repertoire. On page 30, Doug Fullington and Marian Smith reveal the extensive background work they undertook as part of their contribution to Peter Boal’s new staging of Giselle for Pacific Northwest Ballet, which opens in Seattle later this month.
Many of you will have read about the recent cuts in arts funding by Arts Council England in the national press. There will undoubtedly be difficult times ahead for all varieties and disciplines of the arts, but this will be especially true for organisations, such as Dance Umbrella which has lost a huge percentage of its funding, or Lea Anderson’s The Cholmondeleys and The Feathersonehaughs, which will no longer be funded by Arts Council England at all.