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Protest and Provocation by Barbara Newman

Take off most of your clothes, paint your body white, and move as if you’re drugged or hypnotised or a ghost or a dream. The art of butoh often involves all these things, along with extremely slow and highly controlled movement, playful and despairing moods, hands cramped into claws and grotesque positions. This indefinable dance-theatre […]

July 2017

Summer is in full swing, but with little in the way of traditional ballet on view in the UK this month, we investigate instead a range of other dance styles. Not only does Martin Cutler report on the 2017 Blackpool Dance Festival in the Dance Today section of the magazine, but Iris Fanger takes a […]

August 2017 issue

We hear from Flavia Cacace about her new tango show with Vincent Simone, about ballet in Moscow and Ufa, and highlight the Washington Ballet, whose EunWon Lee and Gian Carlo Perez are this month’s cover stars… Thoroughly Moderno Flavia Cacace tells Nicola Rayner about Tango Moderno – and why she and Vincent Simone are returning […]

Seeking dance ambassadors!

One Dance UK and Dance Consortium are looking for 20 aspiring dance leaders to become their 2017 to 2018 cohort of dance ambassadors. Developed over the past nine years, this programme provides training and guidance for young people considering a career in dance that goes beyond the stage. Dance ambassadors will have the chance to […]

Call for Resolution dance makers

Applications are now open for UK-based dance makers to take part in Resolution, The Place’s annual festival of new dance and performance works by emerging artists. Choreographers and companies are invited to propose ideas for new work. More than 70 artists will be selected to create their works and have them performed in the festival, […]

Sense and talent

Pippa Moore has spent 20 years with Northern Ballet. She speaks to Zoë Anderson about change, camaraderie and experience The first time Pippa Moore auditioned for Northern Ballet, she met a gruff response from then director Christopher Gable. “He said to me, ‘How old are you?’ I said 18. He said, ‘Well, this company has […]

Music Notes by Barbara Newman

Pictured: les ballets C de la B in nicht schlafen. Photographs: Chris Van der Burght. 1. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas in Rain at Sadler’s Wells In Lucinda Childs’ Melody Excerpt, created in 1977 and seldom if ever revived now, the dancers’ feet in trainers supplied the only music. Grouped in varying combinations, the five performers […]

Dutch National Ballet’s Dance for Peace

Dutch National Ballet (DNB) has set up a fund to support talented dancers from Syria and other conflict zones. The fund was inspired by Syrian dancer Ahmad Joudeh, who was featured in the documentary Dance or Die, created by journalist Roozbeh Kaboly in summer 2016. Born in 1990, Ahmad grew up in a Palestinian refugee […]

Bolshoi postpones Nureyev ballet amid accusations of censorship

The Bolshoi Theatre has postponed its new ballet about the life of Rudolf Nureyev, prompting accusations of censorship. On July 8, after the dress rehearsal, the Bolshoi announced the postponement – just four days before the premiere, scheduled for July 11. At a press conference on July 10, Vladimir Urin, general director of the Bolshoi, […]

Travelling to see Miami City Ballet           

In the summer, our thoughts turn to the holidays, but I had something of my own busman’s holiday back in March when I went to see Miami City Ballet performing for one night only in a south Florida town called Naples. It was a Tuesday night, the drive took two hours, and I’d had a […]

Barreworks launches Instructor Training Programme

Barreworks, which introduced to the UK barre and ballet-based fitness exercises that have their origins in the Lotte Berk method and the New York City Ballet Workout, is launching its first REPs recognised Barre Instructor training programme that has been developed by its founder, Vicki Anstey. “After ten years in development, I am delighted to […]

Dance Gala for Grenfell

Arlene Phillips is organising a gala to raise funds for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Held at London’s Adelphi Theatre on Sunday, July 30, the gala will bring together stars from many styles to support those who have been affected by the tragedy. The Grenfell Tower, a block of public housing flats in Kensington, […]

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