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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 […]

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The dreaming ballerina

Zoë Anderson talked to Dame Beryl Grey about her life and career Beryl Grey still dreams about dancing. The roles she danced as a ballerina, with The Royal Ballet and internationally, return in her sleep. “They’re all built in: Sylphides, Swan Lake… Or I’ve lost my shoes, and the music’s playing. Sometimes they’re nice, and […]

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Gerald Dowler sees a new production of The Nutcracker in Toulouse

Kader Belarbi continues to fight for classical ballet in Toulouse, his particular corner of France, where, fortunately, the local politicians support his efforts and see the city’s dance ensemble, the Ballet du Capitole, as a jewel in its cultural crown. As a gift back to Toulouse and his audience, for Christmas 2017 Belarbi created a […]

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Svetlana’s boys

In the print edition of November’s Dancing Times, Margaret Willis talked to the Bolshoi ballerina Svetlana Zakharova about Amore, her forthcoming show in London. Margaret also found time to talk to Zakharova’s male stage partners, and we publish here what they had to say Mikhail Lobukhin A Bolshoi principal, Mikhail Lobukhin (who dances Giovanni in […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Turning the Titanic

Graham Watts talks to Tamás Solymosi, artistic director of the Hungarian National Ballet Many will remember Tamás Solymosi as a dashing lead dancer with English National Ballet; or perhaps, as a soloist in Amsterdam, a guest principal with American Ballet Theatre or touring the world with Rudolf Nureyev; just a few of the many companies […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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From Diva to Woman

As Diana Vishneva brings her show On the Edge to London, she talks to Zoë Anderson about finding fresh challenges All photographs: Danil Golovkin. “It’s important to have a diverse career,” explains ballerina Diana Vishneva. “Not only as an actor, a performer, but also as a dancer – to teach your body all the varieties of movement […]

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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 […]

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