Dedicated to dance
since 1910.

Buy Latest Issue

Blog

Lost Illusions by Barbara Newman

The Royal Ballet and the Maly Drama Theatre make an unlikely couple. One concerns itself with dance, the other with theatre. At capacity, the Royal Opera House accommodates 2,256 people, and the Maly’s home – “maly” means small in Russian – seats only 400, which means the buildings themselves impose different demands on performers. Luke […]

It was what it was, and it is just that

Ballets can surprise a dancer. There are works that appear in your lap that you have no prior relationship with: they were not part of your consciousness during your training and you’ve never seen them before. Yet they become a significant part of your life whilst working on them; the unfamiliar begins to feel like […]

Log-in from London

Graham Watts experiences the capital’s dance scene during March and April 2018 One of the better rites of spring is that these months bring out the best of dance and this year’s ritual feast was special, including a host of London, UK and world premieres. Sadler’s Wells was busy at the beginning of March, opening […]

Daniel Pratt on costumes for ballet

I wasn’t in London for the premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Corybantic Games in March, but a profile published on British Vogue’s website of Erdem Moralıoğlu, Wheeldon’s costume designer for the Hellenistically-infused ballet, excited me. Fashion and dance are intoxicating bed fellows; it’s satisfying that a contemporary fashion designer from the UK is working with a […]

Recording History by Barbara Newman

In 1979, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and the Dance Film Archive of the University of Rochester in New York restored 15 minutes of silent film shot between 1902 and 1906 and featuring the leading artists of the Royal Danish Ballet. Nine tiny ballet excerpts sprang to life, with added piano accompaniment matching the appropriate music […]

Risks Worth Taking by Barbara Newman

In 1921 when Serge Diaghilev produced The Sleeping Princess (commonly called The Sleeping Beauty) in London, he had trouble selling it. Accustomed to an assortment of styles, subjects, music and design in every programme, the public was disappointed by the endless string of classical ensembles and variations, and the production closed halfway through its intended […]

Come Again

Barbara Newman considers works by Richard Alston and Alain Platel Violette Verdy once told me, “Style is a moving field, moving sand. It can be reproduced but it doesn’t always necessarily reflect something that is present or actual, so it has to be done for itself, as a demonstration. It’s like yoga. Yoga is not […]

New choreography

In 1947, having hit the big time only three years earlier with his first ballet, Fancy Free, Jerome Robbins began choreographing his fourth Broadway musical. A satire about a touring Russian ballet company and the stage-struck heiress who keeps it afloat, the show, which lasted for 188 performances, was called Look Ma, I’m Dancin’! That’s […]

Log-in From London – February 2018

Emerging contemporary choreographers, flamenco and Shakespeare dominated February’s dance scene in London. The annual Flamenco Festival London took up residency at Sadler’s Wells for a fortnight, while another annual festival, Resolution, came to a close at The Place. The month ended with three successive shows – each in a very different dance form – based […]

Permeable Borders

By Barbara Newman When is it dance and when is it theatre? Before Pina Bausch turned up in the early 1980s, the term dance-theatre wasn’t bandied about as often as it is now. The defining lines were still quite firmly drawn, so when you booked a performance, you knew what to expect. Mark Bruce has […]

Jerome Robbins Centennial

Daniel Pratt attends Miami City Ballet’s Jerome Robbins Centennial Celebrations I saw Miami City Ballet for the first time in March 2017 and it prompted me to write an appreciation of the company in my July blog. February was my birthday month, so for an early birthday treat I made another trip to see the […]

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 […]

Connect with Dancing Times: