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February 2018

Editorial and contents February 2018 I often wonder what dance in the UK would be like without South America. This might sound far-fetched, but it’s worth remembering that Frederick Ashton, our greatest choreographer who did so much to distil what we now think of as the “British” style through the works he created on The […]

Want to win a pair of complimentary tickets to MOVE IT?

We have ten pairs of complimentary tickets for MOVE IT to give away. To win a pair, simply email your name and address to competitions@dancing-times.co.uk by midday on Friday, March 9. The names of the winners will be drawn out of a hat. To find out more about MOVE IT, follow this link or see […]

Mark Baldwin to step down as director of Rambert

Mark Baldwin is to step down as artistic director of Rambert, the contemporary dance company he has led since 2002. He is leaving to devote more time to his own choreography. Born in Fiji and educated in New Zealand, Mark Baldwin joined Rambert as a dancer in 1983. After ten years working as an independent […]

Dance and redevelopment at Southbank Centre

After restoration and redesign, the Southbank Centre is to reopen two of its venues, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room. The London venue celebrates with the announcement of its 2018 to 2019 programme, and the appointment of two new associate companies, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and Forced Entertainment, joining ZooNation Youth Company as associates. […]

National Dance Awards: the winners

The winners of the National Dance Awards (NDAs), chosen by the dance section of the Critics’ Circle, were announced at a ceremony at London’s Barbican Centre on February 19, 2018. There were plenty of firsts in this year’s awards. Liam Riddick, of Richard Alston Dance Company, won his first Dancing Times award for best male […]

Zenaida Yanowsky to guest with Northern Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky, former principal of The Royal Ballet, will dance with Northern Ballet in March, appearing in the company’s tribute to choreographer Kenneth MacMillan. Yanowsky will dance in Las Hermanas at Leeds Grand Theatre on the evenings of March 16 and 17. Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s play The House of Bernarda Alba, it is […]

Log-in From London

In the third instalment of his regular blogs, Graham Watts, summarises the dance he has seen in London during December 2017 and January 2018 Nuts for Christmas, Resolutions for the New Year: dance mirrored most of our lives at the turn of this past year. December’s dance in London was dominated by The Nutcracker, with […]

Daniel Pratt considers Conversations on Dance

January is a time for reinvention and renewal. Looking back over more than a year of this blog, I wrote in my first post that I wanted “to reveal something of the voice of the dancer”. Bringing that intention into fresh focus for 2018 is Conversations on Dance, a fantastic podcast I discovered last year. […]

The Brexit Effect by Barbara Newman

Are you worried about Brexit? You should be. Its impact on the arts in the UK could be greater than you might anticipate. In the February issue of Dancing Times, an excellent letter to the editor from Fiona Biddulph in Rutland raises important questions about the opportunities for British dancers that may be limited by […]

Carlos Acosta celebrates 30 years in dance

Carlos Acosta will celebrate 30 years in dance with performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall, running from October 2 to 5, 2018. Acosta retired from classical ballet in 2016, after an international career that included dancing as principal guest artist with The Royal Ballet from 2003 to 2016, appearing with many of the world’s major […]

20 for 20: new commissions mark Sadler’s Wells’ 20th anniversary

Sadler’s Wells has announced 20 commissions to mark the 20th anniversary of its London theatre. Mark Morris, Natalia Osipova, William Forsythe, Akram Khan and Sharon Eyal are among the artists presenting new work in 2018, produced or co-produced by the venue. The current building, which opened in 1998, is the sixth on the Islington site […]

Bloch

Founded in Sydney, Australia in the early 1930s by Eastern European immigrant Jacob Bloch, a craftsman who began his career producing exceptional hand-made pointe shoes for revered ballet dancers worldwide. So successful was Jacob, that a full dance range quickly followed. Since that time, the rapid growth of Bloch’s reputation has established the brand as one […]

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