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The Royal Ballet 2017-2016 season

The Royal Ballet has announced its plans for the 2017–18 season, including a new production of Swan Lake by Liam Scarlett, a celebration of Kenneth MacMillan and new ballets by Twyla Tharp, Arthur Pita, Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon. Twyla Tharp’s The Illustrated “Farewell” has its world premiere on November 6, as part of a triple bill with Arthur […]

Dancing Scènes de ballet

This month is a piece of self-indulgence. I’ve been working on Frederick Ashton’s Scènes de ballet for Sarasota Ballet, and the work has become a bit of a “personal helicon”, to reference Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Dancers are always reminded of the evanescent nature of our job: once a performance is over, you have little […]

New season at English National Ballet

English National Ballet has announced plans for the 2017 to 2018 season, including company premieres of Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth and Frank Andersen’s production of La Sylphide. The season opens in September with a revival of Akram Khan’s reimagined Giselle. The company dance the work at London’s Sadler’s Wells from September 20 to […]

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 […]

March 2017 issue

This month’s is the biggest ever issue of Dancing Times! It’s packed with features on a huge variety of dance styles, from a behind-the-scenes look at the new Sergei Polunin documentary Dancer to an interview with Strictly’s Joanne Clifton and news of how dance can help people with multiple sclerosis…           […]

Royal Ballet to reopen Hull New Theatre

The Royal Ballet will reopen Hull New Theatre, which has had a £16 million transformation, as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. On September 16, the company will perform a gala evening of dance, curated by its Hull-born director, Kevin O’Hare. The Royal Ballet will be joined by other artists from Hull, including […]

Northern Ballet announces all-MacMillan triple bill

Northern Ballet has announced a triple bill of works by Kenneth MacMillan this autumn, with further performances in spring 2018. The programme will consist of MacMillan’s Las Hermanas, Gloria and Concerto, and will be performed in Bradford and Leeds. This programme is the first time Northern Ballet has danced ballets by MacMillan, and marks 25 […]

Les Enfants Terribles

Literature and dance are age-old partners. Challenged by the weave in words of plot, character, atmosphere, emotion, time and place, choreographers reinvent the textual elements that most appeal to them, fully aware and possibly frightened that they can’t realise them all. José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane, Robert Helpmann’s Hamlet, and Frederick Ashton’s The Dream capture […]

National Dance Awards 2016

The National Dance Awards for 2016 were announced at on February 6, 2017, in a ceremony where comment ranged from rose-patterned jackets to the impact of politics on the arts. Hosted by Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante of Boy Blue Entertainment, this year’s ceremony was held at Sadler’s Wells’ Lilian Baylis Studio […]

February 2017 issue

This month’s magazine reflects the range of dancing experience – from taking dance to some of the world’s most deprived communities to how it feels to tackle a major role, or to challenge the different stereotypes of your chosen dance form. We also announce the winner of the Dance Today Dance Teacher of the Year, […]

Ferri to dance Ashton’s Marguerite

The Royal Ballet has announced casting for its forthcoming triple bill of ballets by Frederick Ashton. Alessandra Ferri, Zenaida Yanowsky and Natalia Osipova will share the role of Marguerite in Marguerite and Armand, Ashton’s version of La Dame aux camélias. After brief retirement, Ferri has made an acclaimed return to the stage as a mature […]

Move for fair pay and conditions in dance

Equity, the artists’ trade union, and DanceEast have agreed an innovative policy on choreographic commissions. An attempt to tackle low pay and poor conditions in commissioned dance work, the policy will apply to all commissions awarded by DanceEast from January 1, 2017. The policy has several key elements. It requires choreographers to pay rates that […]

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