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August 2012

Posted on August 23, 2012


If, like me, you are completely fed up with the terrible weather we have been enduring in the UK this summer, at least you can curl up somewhere warm and dry and pass the time by reading this month’s Dancing Times! As ever, we endeavour to bring to your attention the very best in dance, and in this issue Graham Watts goes to see Viacheslav Samodurov’s new full-length ballet in Ekaterinburg, Jeannette Andersen celebrates Gauthier Dance’s fifth birthday in Stuttgart, New York-based Meryl Cates discovers the treasures that can be found in The George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive of video recordings, and Barbara Newman draws some conclusions from the recent epic London season by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.

In Dance Education we embark on reporting the end-of-year shows by our leading vocational dance schools, and in Dance Scene we review performances in the UK and abroad. Finally, we would like to salute three departing directors of UK ballet companies who step down this summer – Dame Monica Mason, Wayne Eagling and Ashley Page – all of whom, in their own distinct and very different ways, have made huge contributions to the recent success of British ballet.


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15 From Ekaterinburg with love. Graham Watts sees Viacheslav Samodurov’s new full-length ballet, Amore Buffo, in Ekaterinburg

19 Expect the unexpected. Jeannette Andersen meets Eric Gauthier, the director of Stuttgart’s Gauthier Dance

29 Preserving a legacy. Meryl Cates finds out about the
work of The George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive

32 Tanztheater Wuppertal in London. Barbara Newman reviews the recent World Cities 2012 season

35 Bowing out. Gerald Dowler concludes his appreciation of Dame Monica Mason’s directorship of The Royal Ballet



6 Dance Matters. Dance Umbrella, Ballet CD box-set competition, Tommy Franzén

10 Letters

12 Talking Point. Daniel Pratt wonders if his generation is the first to forget the important and poetic elements of classical dance

23 Variety Lights. Barbara Newman on Kiss Me, Kate
at the Chichester Festival Theatre

25 Dance Health. Debbie Malina investigates types of pain,
and how to differentiate between them

39 Dance Scene. Reviews this month include : Tilted Productions, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Dance GB, and New York City Ballet

53 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov at the
White Nights Festival

54 Dance Media. New books and DVDs

57 Dance People. Pavlova 2012 Festival

58 Obituaries. Leo Kersley, Joan White, John Percival, Charles Hedges

61 Dance Education. Ballet Central, Laine Theatre Arts

65 Classifieds

66 Where to Learn

68 Calendar

Into Dance


77 Dancers of the month. Margaret Willis talks to some of the dancers teaming up on Dance GB

80 Another step to explore. Zoë Anderson talks to Marc Brew and Dame Evelyn Glennie about their collaboration on Fusional Fragments

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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