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Classically British 2017

Portobello Dance commemorate the 30th anniversary of Black History Month with a performance on Friday, October 20. Classically British, the company’s annual event, crosses boundaries with a programme of British dance, including classical ballet, flamenco, contemporary and street dance. Dancers announced for this year’s event include former Portobello Dance student Yinka Esi Graves, street dancer […]

Looking forward

Zoë Anderson talked to English National Ballet’s Daria Klimentová on the eve of the ballerina’s retirement from the stage in June 2014 It was a long decision,” the ballerina Daria Klimentová says of her decision to retire from dancing this year, at the age of 42. “It wasn’t just from one day to another. I’ve […]

Sadler’s Wells spring 2018

London dance venue Sadler’s Wells has announced its programme for Spring 2018, including Akram Khan’s final full-length solo production, Ballet British Columbia’s triple bill of works by female choreographers, the return of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch with Viktor and the 15th anniversaries of Flamenco Festival London and Breakin’ Convention. The season opens in January with […]

Akram Khan to retire from full-length dance performance

Akram Khan has announced his final full-length solo production. XENOS, which will have its premiere at London’s Sadler’s Wells in May 2018, is inspired by Greek mythology and by World War I. It will mark Khan’s final performances as a dancer in an evening-length work. Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the […]

Hungry for more

David Hallberg, the princely star of American Ballet Theatre, publishes his autobiography next month. In July 2011 he spoke to Zoë Anderson about his career up to that date I met David Hallberg round the corner from Sadler’s Wells, where he was dancing with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) earlier this year. During his visit, he’d […]

World Ballet Day

The online international celebration of ballet returns on October 5, with behind-the-scenes footage from the Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet. This is the fourth year of the programme: World Ballet Day 2016 had more than 700,000 views during the day, and later reached an […]

Dance at BFI London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival returns from October 4 to 15, with a programme that includes new and classic dance films. In the archive strand, the festival brings back The Dumb Girl of Portici, a 1915 movie starring Anna Pavlova in her only feature film role, a silent adaptation of Auber’s ballet-opera. Directed by Lois […]

October 2017 issue

This month’s issue has a strong focus on women in dance, from flamenco superstar Rocío Molina to new Strictly head judge Shirley Ballas, The Royal Ballet’s Nathalie Harrison, who reflects on dance and motherhood, and a group of women making names for themselves in the often male-dominated world of hip hop… Strictly Shirley New judge […]

Acosta Danza’s UK debut

Carlos Acosta’s new company gives its first UK performances this autumn. Debut, the company’s first programme, runs at Sadler’s Wells from September 27 to 30, before a UK tour visiting The Lowry, Salford, Birmingham Hippodrome, the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Brighton Dome and the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh. Acosta, who started the company after retiring from The […]

All kinds of dance

Since announcing his retirement from ballet, Carlos Acosta has been busier than ever. In October 2015, he talked to Zoë Anderson about Carmen, Cuba and a new company. Carlos Acosta is very, very focused. Deep in rehearsals for his new ballet Carmen, he’s also laying plans for his farewell to classical ballet, as well as his […]

Never stop growing

In 2015, Marcelo Gomes, the princely star of American Ballet Theatre, joined New Adventures for the sex and violence of Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man. He spoke to Zoë Anderson about challenges, choreography and change In a huge rehearsal space in east London, the New Adventures company is preparing for The Car Man. Multiple casts take turns to work […]

New Forsythe at English National Ballet

English National Ballet (ENB) has announced its plans for spring and summer 2018, including a world premiere by William Forsythe, the company premiere of Jerome Robbins’ The Cage and the return of Kenneth MacMillan’s production of The Sleeping Beauty. Forsythe, who has recently returned to creating works for large ballet companies, is one of the […]

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