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 dancing-times.co.uk 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.
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
BRB, ENB and NBT
58 Teachers & Training.
Northern Ballet School, SLP College, RAD Annual Review
64 Where to Learn
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.