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Pacific Northwest Ballet

In his “Director’s Notebook” programme note for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s recent all-Tharp triple bill, artistic director Peter Boal refers to his own memorable dancing experiences working with Twyla Tharp. Now that he is choosing experiences for his 50-dancer troupe, Boal wanted more Tharp. When he sat down with the choreographer about two years ago to […]

The Sleeping Beauty in Oslo

This was my second visit to the wonderful new Opera House in Oslo. My first was to attend the opening of the National Ballet season in May when the company presented an all Kylián programme and I now wanted to see them perform a classical work. The Sleeping Beauty is a challenge for any ensemble […]

Matthew Bourne’s Dorian Gray

Matthew Bourne’s dance works have undoubted popular appeal, and his latest production, a version of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is no exception. The show broke box office records when it was premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival and its season at Sadler’s Wells from September 2-14 was completely sold out. I saw […]

November 2008

New creation is the life-blood of dance, and this month we look at innovations both past and present. The Australian Ballet’s recent performances at Sadler’s Wells of Léonide Massine’s 1933 ballet, Les Présages, revealed stimulating dance by a master choreographer whose work many dance lovers had resigned themselves never to see. You can read my […]

October 2008

Sometimes the worlds of politics and dance collide, and in this month’s Dancing Times we bring you two fascinating features that explore this theme. Margaret Willis was in Edinburgh to interview Nina Ananiashvili, artistic director of the State Ballet of Georgia, just as the great ballerina’s home country seemed to be sliding into full-scale conflict […]

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