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Strictly Speaking – Week 6

Ah, Halloween Week – the annual dumbing down of Strictly. Why have subtext or delicate concepts when you can instead bumble about dressed in the most thuddingly literal, kids-dressing-up-box interpretations of groaningly repeated and/or entirely insane songs? Under such conditions, the judges’ sudden desire for technical precision seemed rather cruel – although it wasn’t applied […]

Future stars with Grishko

Calling young dancers! Dancewear company Grishko is looking for future stars to represent the brand. Participants in the Grishko Future Star and Grishko Generation programmes will become representatives of the company, introduced to more than 120,000 followers on social media. Their photographs may be used in posters or in advertisements, and they will receive unique […]

Photographers vs Prostate Cancer

The Dance Project, held at London’s Regent Street Cinema on November 1, is an evening of film, live flamenco and photography. It will include an exhibition and auction of works by some of the world’s top photographers to raise funds for the charity Prostate Cancer UK. Organised by Richard Dunkey, the exhibition features 20 donations […]

November 2018 issue

Our cover stars for the November 2018 issue are Elly Braund and Nicholas Shikkis of Richard Alston Dance Company, which has announced that it is to close in 2020. Alston has said he will seek new opportunities to make dance: we hope to see much more from him. Also this month, we look at preparations […]

October 2018

With the start of a new volume of Dancing Times – our 109th – we have taken the opportunity to rearrange the placement of some of our regular features. So, for example, you will now find that Laura Cappelle’s FRANCE/dance, Igor Stupnikov’s Letter from St Petersburg and Jack Anderson’s Notes from New York come after […]

Dane at Dulwich

Dane Hurst (pictured by Kristina Kashvili), the South African-born freelance dancer and choreographer who for many years was a popular performer with Rambert, is presenting Animalis, a new work that is being performed each Sunday at Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London in conjunction with an exhibition on the Spanish artist Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652) […]

Giveaway! Support + Convertible Tights

Legwear International is giving away 100 pairs of its innovative new SUPPORT + CONVERTIBLE tights to Dancing Times readers. Part of the company’s Silky Dance range, the new tights bring medically-proven support technology to dancewear. By enhancing blood flow to the legs, the tights reduce fatigue and the effect of delayed onset muscle soreness. Initially […]

Plain and Fancy

When George Balanchine choreographed Chaconne in 1976, he chose Suzanne Farrell and Peter Martins for the principal roles. They were the leading lights of New York City Ballet at the time, and people naturally wanted to see them in anything they might dance. The Balanchine historian Nancy Reynolds has described Chaconne as “a series of […]

#MeToo Medusa

Graham Watts travelled to the International Institute of the Arts in Sitges to talk to choreographer Jasmin Vardimon about Medusa, her new production for Jasmin Vardimon Company GW: What attracted you to the mythical character of Medusa as the subject for your new work? JV: What I find amazing is that when I ask people […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 5

In a firm bid to counter the Sean(n) Scandal of ’18, Strictly gave us lots of new things to gripe about this week – from Couple’s Choice (of which much more anon) to someone channelling the medicated enthusiasm and incoherence of Bruno Tonioli, if not the occasional dashes of lyrical expertise. Yes, it was another […]

Classically British 2018

Classically British returns to the Tabernacle, in London’s Notting Hill on October 26, with a programme designed to promote young British talent. The company celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and again holds its performances during the UK’s Black History Month. This year’s theme is “past and present”, working with new and pioneering artists. This […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 4

Everything’s fine, we’re all lovely, why do you ask, oh I’ve always had that twitch, silly really, just keep smiling, did I mention I rescued an orphaned puppy from a fire last week, no reason, that’s just me, and of course you know my charming children, darling where’s that smile, smile for Mummy, don’t mind […]

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