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August 2014 issue!

Posted on July 29, 2014

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008 dt august-2014 squareOur August 2014 issue is here, celebrating dance around the world and on the move, from The Royal Ballet in Russia to dancing on the end of a pier.

Paul Arrowsmith speaks to senior dancers – including Balanchine ballerina Merrill Ashley and celebrated Lise Brenda Last – about passing on their knowledge to the next generation. Graham Watts looks at ballet on tour, from Anna Pavlova’s marathon performance schedule to Vienna Festival Ballet, whose UK visits include dancing in Cromer’s pier theatre, with waves thundering against dressing-room walls on stormy nights!

Our editor Jonathan Gray speaks exclusively to The Royal Ballet’s director Kevin O’Hare about the company’s recent triumphs in Moscow and future plans. And as the Maryinsky Ballet begins its much-anticipated London season, Igor Stupnikov reports on the company’s performance of Hans van Manen ballets at home in St Petersburg. From New York, Jack Anderson reports on Frederick Ashton in the US.

As the summer heats up, Debbie Malina looks at the cooling subject of dance and ice skating, while Margaret Willis meets English National Ballet’s Alison McWhinney and Zoë Anderson previews the Edinburgh Interntaional Festival’s INALA, the new collaboration between South African choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo, choreographer Mark Baldwin and dancers from Rambert and The Royal Ballet.

This month’s reviews section includes reports on Daria Klimentová’s farewell from English National Ballet, Dada Masilo’s inventive Swan Lake at the Sadler’s Wells Sampled season, Kenneth Tindall’s latest work for Northern Ballet,

the Rambert Events, Nederlands Dans Theater, New English Ballet Theatre, Ballets Russes-inspired repertory from Les Saisons Russes du XXIe siècle, National Dance Award-winner Paul White, the Stuttgart Ballet and the Paris Opéra Ballet.

The August 2014 issue will be in the shops from Wednesday, July 30. You can buy the print edition here and in shops, while the digital edition is on sale now from all good app stores.




Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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