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Log-in From London

In the third instalment of his regular blogs, Graham Watts, summarises the dance he has seen in London during December 2017 and January 2018 Nuts for Christmas, Resolutions for the New Year: dance mirrored most of our lives at the turn of this past year. December’s dance in London was dominated by The Nutcracker, with […]

Log-in From London

In the second instalment of a regular series of blogs, Graham Watts summarises the dance he has seen in London during November November’s dance in London came in a succession of pairs. There were two world premieres by the same choreographer; two programmes by Birmingham Royal Ballet; The Place offered two thoughful and topical pieces […]

Log-in from London

In the first instalment of his new blog, dance writer Graham Watts summarises what he has seen on stage in London during October October. A month of darkened afternoons, falling leaves and frequent need of an umbrella. It’s also the time to unfurl the Dance Umbrella, the annual festival that pops up in mainstream theatres, […]

Logging on

As a prelude to his forthcoming monthly blog, Log-in from London, Graham Watts writes on Jasmin Vardimon Company’s Pinocchio at Sadler’s Wells I’m not sure if this is a confession or a declaration of interest, but I’ve now seen Jasmin Vardimon’s Pinocchio five times, including a full-run dress rehearsal. Just like the puppet’s nose, it […]

Turning the Titanic

Graham Watts talks to Tamás Solymosi, artistic director of the Hungarian National Ballet Many will remember Tamás Solymosi as a dashing lead dancer with English National Ballet; or perhaps, as a soloist in Amsterdam, a guest principal with American Ballet Theatre or touring the world with Rudolf Nureyev; just a few of the many companies […]

Inner worlds of emotional generosity

Graham Watts meets choreographer Jasmin Vardimon  “I like talking,” explains Jasmin Vardimon at the end of our 90-minute conversation that I’d assured her PR would take no longer than a third of that time. There’s certainly enough for her to talk about. The day before we met, Vardimon’s junior company, JV2, had performed twice at […]

Baltic Dance Theatre in The Tempest

The Tempest Baltic Dance Theatre, Baltic Opera House, Gdansk – June 14, 2015 There have been a number of Shakespeare plays made into ballets, notably Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, although not that many contemporary choreographers have chosen the Bard for their source material. Izadora Weiss has bucked that trend by making […]

A new superhero emerges… and the secret power is a quiff!

Graham Watts speaks to Steven McRae about his latest project – on the page, not the stage “Like most kids, I was surrounded by cartoons and comics and I loved things like Toy Story, The Flintstones and TheJetsons,” says The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae when we meet to discuss his latest project. “And then Sailor […]

The Mikhailovsky Ballet in The Flames of Paris

The Flames of Paris The Mikhailovsky Ballet, Mikhailovsky Theatre, St Petersburg – July 22, 2013 Within minutes of the curtains closing on the premiere of The Flames of Paris, dancers and staff of the Mikhailovsky Ballet were addressed onstage by the surviving son of Vasily Vainonen. He spoke softly, barely audible above the sound of […]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Gdansk

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Baltic Dance Theatre, Baltic Opera House, Gdańsk – May 28, 2013 A breath of fresh air wafted though this innovative narration of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, carrying with it an affirmation that complex stories can be told with simple clarity through the medium of dance and gesture alone without the need to […]

Who’s the Boss? Kathryn Bennetts, former artistic director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders

In addition to the feature “Who’s the Boss” printed in the September issue of Dancing Times we are publishing on our website a series of supporting interviews between the author, Graham Watts, and those in administrative and artistic leadership within dance companies. The second of these interviews is with Kathryn Bennetts who was until recently […]

Who’s the boss?: Ethan Stiefel and Amanda Skoog of the Royal New Zealand Ballet

In addition to the feature “Who’s the Boss” printed in the September 2012 issue of Dancing Times, we are publishing on our website a series of supporting interviews between the author, Graham Watts, and those in administrative and artistic leadership within dance companies. The first of these interviews is jointly with Amanda Skoog, the managing […]

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