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Strictly Speaking – Week 2

After the electrifying opening show, a Strictly comedown was inevitable, but even so, Week 2 was quite the slump. A combination of overambitious routines, daft concepts, erratic judging and all the nerves so happily absent last week – the latter probably due to a looming elimination – made for a show, in Steps terminology, better best […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 1

Hello, new young people viewers to Strictly Come Dancing! Snapchat this on your Tide Pod slime, amiright? Yes, in Joe Sugg’s honour, the BBC has – I’m sorry to say – decided it must become hip to the kids of today. Please God let the try-hard shower of emojis that accompanied Joe’s dance never appear […]

Strictly Speaking – 2018 Launch Show

Marianka Swain introduces the contestants… Hello again, Strictly fans! It’s Series 16! Woohoo! Series 16, AKA the one where Marianka continually squawks “A YouTuber?” at her screen in the manner of Lady Bracknell’s “A handbag?” and feels about 102 and begins to contemplate the yawning void of mortality, and then remembers the state of the world […]

September 2018 issue

The September 2018 issue is particularly strong on interviews, from our cover star Laurretta Summerscales to former Strictly Come Dancing pro Robin Windsor, from Michael “Mikey J” Asante and Kenrick “H2O” Sandy of Boy Blue Entertainment to choreographers Lucas Jervies and Wayne Eagling – plus a roundtable discussion with Latin American dancers working in the UK… […]

Mark Morris’s Pepperland on tour

In 2019, Mark Morris Dance Group will tour the UK with Pepperland, a work inspired by The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Co-commissioned by Dance Consortium, Pepperland had its world premiere in Liverpool in 2017 as part of the city’s Sgt. Pepper at 50 festival. Ethan Iverson’s new score rearranges some of the album’s best-known hits, […]

June 2018 issue

There’s an American slant to our June 2018 issue, with reports from San Francisco Ballet’s extraordinary Unbound: A Festival of New Works, plus interviews with artistic directors Julie Kent, of The Washington Ballet, and Hope Muir, of Charlotte Ballet. Then there are interviews with Strictly’s Kevin Clifton and with competitive ballroom couple Kyle Taylor and […]

May 2018 issue

In the May 2018 issue, Dancing Times travels the world – from Staatsballett Berlin to dance in Chile, from Blackpool Dance Festival to ten years of Ballet Theatre UK, plus our regular reporting from France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Norway, Russia and the US…             A decade of growth David Mead on […]

Merce at 100: global celebrations of Cunningham’s centenary

The Merce Cunningham Trust has announced a global centennial celebration of the choreographer’s legacy, beginning this autumn. It will include Night of 100 Solos, in which 100 dancers will perform in New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris, plus film screenings, education initiatives and new works responding to Cunningham’s work. More than 60 companies are […]

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 […]

April 2018 issue

The April issue of Dancing Times has the thoughts of several leading company directors, from an interview with The Royal Ballet’s Kevin O’Hare to Scottish Ballet’s Christopher Hampson on standards of behaviour in the ballet world. We also look at gender fluidity in dance, speak to dancers from Chicago to ballet, and offer our regular […]

Royal Ballet 2018–2019 season

The Royal Ballet will dance new works by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alastair Marriott, Wayne McGregor and Liam Scarlett in the 2018 to 2019 season, and a new work by Aletta Collins as part of the first season of the reopened Linbury Theatre. The Royal Opera House has said that it will announce more works by […]

English National Ballet’s 2018-2019 season

English National Ballet’s new season will include an in-the-round Cinderella by Christopher Wheeldon, a new work by Stina Quagebeur based on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and the company’s move to its new home in East London. The season was announced at a press conference at London City Island, the site of the company’s new home. […]

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