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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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Sense and talent

Pippa Moore has spent 20 years with Northern Ballet. She speaks to Zoë Anderson about change, camaraderie and experience The first time Pippa Moore auditioned for Northern Ballet, she met a gruff response from then director Christopher Gable. “He said to me, ‘How old are you?’ I said 18. He said, ‘Well, this company has […]

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Get the Priority treatment at MOVE IT 2018

The team at MOVE IT have something extra special lined up for 2018, so get ready for MOVE IT PRIORITY! A brand new ticket package, MOVE IT PRIORITY unlocks a huge number of exclusive offers, merchandise and early access to the MOVE IT Class Programme. Available from September 2017, MOVE IT PRIORITY means people can […]

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Inner worlds of emotional generosity

Graham Watts meets choreographer Jasmin Vardimon  “I like talking,” explains Jasmin Vardimon at the end of our 90-minute conversation that I’d assured her PR would take no longer than a third of that time. There’s certainly enough for her to talk about. The day before we met, Vardimon’s junior company, JV2, had performed twice at […]

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Jonathan Gray goes back to the barre

It’s something I’ve been thinking about for some time now. For years, I’ve been conscious of how increasingly desk-bound a professional life spent writing and editing is, with very little opportunity for much physical activity, especially when working in a small office. A high proportion of my work takes place in a sitting position, and […]

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Mark Morris world premiere in Liverpool

This summer, Liverpool celebrates 50 years of The Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The programme of 13 world premieres – one for each of the album’s 13 songs – includes a work by Mark Morris, plus theatre, art, music and multi-media performances. Sgt. Pepper at 50: Heading for Home will be performed […]

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The Music Man

Jonathan Gray met Michael Corder, the British choreographer on the eve of his 60th birthday in 2015 Michael Corder has been making ballets for 40 years now. A graduate of The Royal Ballet School (RBS), he joined The Royal Ballet in 1973, but soon began to choreograph after receiving encouragement from Leslie Edwards, the then director […]

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Carlos Miranda: A personal tribute in loving memory, by Adam Gatehouse

How to think of a world in which Carlos isn’t there? Surely he’s just gone out or gone away and will drift back into our lives at some time or other. That’s how he was. Of course I wept buckets when I heard – he was an emotional man after all. How did we first […]

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