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August 09

Posted on August 4, 2009


The Maryinsky Ballet returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, this month after an absence of four years. Within the past year the company has gained a new ballet director, Yuri Fateyev (see for a web-exclusive interview), who will undoubtedly be aiming to shape the company to his own vision following the departure of former director, Makhar Vaziev.

Dancing Times has kept abreast of events in St Petersburg through Igor Stupnikov’s invaluable Letter from St Petersburg, but this month we investigate further some of the latest developments at the Maryinsky. On page 15, Nadine Meisner explores the legacy of the late Konstantin Sergeyev, whose productions of Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty can be seen in London, and on page 77 our Dancer of the Month is Ekaterina Osmolkina, a rising star who made a very favourable impression during her recent performances with The Royal Ballet. In addition, we have interviews with David Howard, the celebrated New York-based teacher on page 18 and on page 26 John Guy discovers what Frank Andersen has been doing since stepping down as artistic director of The Royal Danish Ballet. We also offer a Talking Point from choreographer Matthew Hawkins on page12, and the first part of Elizabeth Marshall’s A Level Study Aid on Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella on page28. Finally, as mentioned last month, the Dancing Times offices will soon be closed for refurbishment. From July 27 until August 10 it will be advisable to email us rather than telephone. Our webstore will still be open, but it may take a little longer than usual to process orders, so please be patient with us.

Jonathan Gray

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15 The other Sergeyev. Nadine Meisner looks at Konstantin Sergeyev’s production of
The Sleeping Beauty

18 Pied Piper of the ballet. Sharon Wagner reviews the career of David Howard

21 Autogenic Training. By Debbie Malina

26 The Queen’s ballet master. Frank Andersen talks to John Guy

28 a level study aid Cinderella. Part One. By Elizabeth Marshall

33 Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev. Part 10 researched by Sarah Woodcock

35 Another Opening. Barbara Newman reviews Forbidden Broadway

37 DanceScene International. UK: Ensemble Productions; English National Ballet;
Richard Alston Dance Company; Nederlands Dans Theater 2; Diversions, Dance
Company of Wales; Birmingham Royal Ballet; Les Ballets C de la B; Carlos Acosta and Guests OVERSEAS: New York City Ballet; American Ballet Theatre

53 Books. Jonathan Gray reviews Ballets Russes. The Stockholm Collection; Bakst in Greece; and Roman Jasinski, A Gypsy Prince from the Ballet Russe

56 Obituary. Michael Jackson and Pina Bausch

6 Dancematters. Dance Umbrella, Royal Danish Ballet

11 Letters to the Editor

12 Talking Point. By Matthew Hawkins

51 Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

55 Miscellany.

58 Teachers & Training.
Northern Ballet School, SLP College, RAD Annual Review

63 Classified

64 Where to Learn

66 Calendar

75 DVD and CD reviews

77 Dancer of the Month – Ekaterina Osmolkina. Interviewed by Margaret Willis

80 IntoDance The Maryinsky Returns. By Katerina Pantelides

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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