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August 2011

Posted on August 24, 2011


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.

Zoë Anderson talks to Darshan Singh Bhuller about his new work on pages 36–37. On page 42 of Dance Scene, Nicola Rayner sees The Royal Ballet dance at The O2, and in Variety Lights on page 29, Barbara Newman reviews a new production of The Beggar’s Opera with striking modern parallels at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park. If you enjoy what you see, why not take advantage of an annual subscription to the magazine before our price increase in October? See page 19 for more details.




15 Earthquakes, radiation… and ballet. Matthew Lawrence takes us behind the scenes on Birmingham Royal Ballet’s tour of Japan. Photographs by Tyrone Singleton

21 Pirouette: Noel Streatfeild’s peculiar turn. By Katerina Pantelides

25 Ave Maya. Graham Watts meets prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya in Athens

33 Painted ladies. Zoë Anderson previews an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery opening this autumn

36 Darshan Singh Bhuller. Zoë Anderson talks to the choreographer about his latest project



6 Dance Matters. Dance Umbrella, Degas exhibition tickets competition, Marion Tait

10 Letters

12 Talking Point. This month, Kathrine Sorley Walker writes on dance theatre inspired by faith

29 Variety Lights. Barbara Newman on The Beggar’s Opera at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

30 Dance Health. Debbie Malina continues our health directory for dancers

41 Dance Scene. Reviews this month include : The Royal Ballet at the O2, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sol Picó, les ballets C de la B, Sylvie Guillem, Pacific Northwest Ballet

53 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov at the Maryinsky

55 Dance Media. Anatomy, Dance Technique and Injury Prevention reviewed by Rachel Rist

57 Dance People. Scottish Ballet, BRB promotions

58 Obituaries. Terry Monaghan, Roland Petit

61 Dance Education. Dame Antoinette Sibley, Ballet Central

65 Classifieds

66 Where to Learn

68 Calendar

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77 Dancer of the Month. Ballet Cymru’s Lauren Poulton interviewed by Margaret Willis

80 National Youth Ballet. By Andrew McNicol

82 Your Page

Simon Oliver has been production editor of Dancing Times since 2010 and is highly experienced in design across print and online magazine production. Throughout his career, Simon has worked on a diverse range of subjects including music, family history, book collecting and poker.

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