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Sonnabend exhibition

Stage designs by the artist Yolanda Sonnabend, who died in 2015, are to be sold at Abbott and Holder Ltd, 30 Museum Street, London WC1, from November 24 to December 22. The exhibition includes designs for theatre, cinema, opera and dance, as well as Peter Wright’s 1958 The Great Peacock, and Kenneth MacMillan’s 1976 production […]

From the archive: Dancing on his tip-top toes

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo broke all box office records at the Peacock Theatre during its season in March this year [2006]. Jonathan Gray talks to the company’s prima ballerina Robert Carter (aka Olga Supphozova) as the company prepares for a return visit on September 19. Photographs by Zoran Jelenic JG: The Trocks are back […]

Swan Lake in a sea container

In May 2015, Dancing Times editor Jonathan Gray travelled to Tokyo with Birmingham Royal Ballet to find out what is involved when a ballet company goes on tour We almost take it for granted that when a ballet company tours abroad the dancers will be in top condition, the sets and costumes will look pristine […]

DC dancing

The Washington Ballet, which last year celebrated its 40th anniversary, is now under the artistic direction of Julie Kent, former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. Kent has announced an excellent repertoire for the 2017–18 season, which opens at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC on October 4 with […]

Barreworks launches Instructor Training Programme

Barreworks, which introduced to the UK barre and ballet-based fitness exercises that have their origins in the Lotte Berk method and the New York City Ballet Workout, is launching its first REPs recognised Barre Instructor training programme that has been developed by its founder, Vicki Anstey. “After ten years in development, I am delighted to […]

Get the Priority treatment at MOVE IT 2018

The team at MOVE IT have something extra special lined up for 2018, so get ready for MOVE IT PRIORITY! A brand new ticket package, MOVE IT PRIORITY unlocks a huge number of exclusive offers, merchandise and early access to the MOVE IT Class Programme. Available from September 2017, MOVE IT PRIORITY means people can […]

Jonathan Gray goes back to the barre

It’s something I’ve been thinking about for some time now. For years, I’ve been conscious of how increasingly desk-bound a professional life spent writing and editing is, with very little opportunity for much physical activity, especially when working in a small office. A high proportion of my work takes place in a sitting position, and […]

Service of Thanksgiving for Peter Farmer

A Service of Thanksgiving, celebrating the life and work of the eminent theatre designer Peter Farmer, will be held at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 11am, to which all are welcome. Amongst those participating are Wayne Eagling, Kevin O’Hare and Sir Peter Wright. Peter enjoyed a remarkable and […]

The Music Man

Jonathan Gray met Michael Corder, the British choreographer on the eve of his 60th birthday in 2015 Michael Corder has been making ballets for 40 years now. A graduate of The Royal Ballet School (RBS), he joined The Royal Ballet in 1973, but soon began to choreograph after receiving encouragement from Leslie Edwards, the then director […]

Nominations sought for the 2016 Jane Attenborough One Dance UK Industry Award

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Jane Attenborough One Dance UK Industry Award, which honours an individual working in dance who has made an outstanding contribution to the art form. The award aims to highlight the important, but often unacknowledged, contributions made by individuals who make a real difference to how dance is created, […]

One Dance UK pledges support for hip hop and circus artists

The next conference by One Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Programme has been rescheduled in order to allow for more consultation with artists in both circus arts and hip hop dance. In preparation for this event, artists, healthcare professionals and researchers in hip hop and circus arts are invited to attend a free collaborative forum on […]

Michael Flatley DANCE Academy

Michael Flatley, the American-born Irish dancer known internationally for his appearances in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, has launched the Michael Flatley DANCE Academy in and around the London area. The Academy aims to teach his unique style of Irish dance to children and teenagers in an environment that builds self-confidence whilst also instilling […]

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