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Back on stage

There we were, back at Sadler’s Wells, and all it took to provoke a sustained ovation were the words, “Welcome to this evening’s performance of English National Ballet.” Several live and recorded speeches later, the curtain rose on the first of the five dances that filled the next 80 minutes (no interval, no bar, everyone […]

Phoenix Dance Theatre returns

This autumn, Phoenix Dance Theatre will return to the stage to present a double bill of works by Leonard Bernstein in collaboration with Opera North. This production had been scheduled to tour last autumn, but was postponed due the COVID-19 pandemic. West Side Story Symphonic Dances/Trouble in Tahiti marks Phoenix Dance Theatre’s second major collaboration […]

Invitation from Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) is inviting readers of Dancing Times to enjoy a rare opportunity to join director Carlos Acosta for an exclusive free Zoom event at 6.30pm on June 7, ahead of the company’s return to the stage this month with the triple bill Curated by Carlos and David Bintley’s Cinderella.  Acosta will be […]

EIF moves outdoors

Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), the world’s leading performing arts festival, will move outdoors in 2021, using bespoke venues to reunite artists and audiences safely. Taking place from August 7 to 29, this year’s festival will use a selection of performance spaces across the city including three temporary outdoor pavilions designed especially for live performance. The […]

Brave New World? 

It isn’t unusual to feel reflective at the start of a new year, but as winter 2020 turns into spring 2021, I’m feeling more pensive than I have in recent years. I’ve written before in the pages of Dancing Times about how lucky I am to be living a dancing life that, though adapted, is […]

April 2021 issue

This month, Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp embarks on a four-part series on diversifying dance. Many months in preparation, and inspired by the stance members of the dance community took in response to the Black Lives Matter protests held last summer, we are delighted that Kenneth, with his extensive knowledge of the UK’s dance sector, has agreed […]

March 2021 issue

In the March issue of Dancing Times, Graham Watts writes about the huge amount of dance he has been watching online since the start of 2020, Jonathan Gray highlights the 75th anniversary of Frederick Ashton’s sublime Symphonic Variations, and Nicola Rayner hears about the new UK Argentine Tango Association. In addition, Matthew Paluch asks some […]

February 2021 issue

In this latest issue of Dancing Times, we pay tribute to Robert Cohan, the dancer, choreographer, teacher and director who did so much to establish and promote contemporary dance in the UK. Cohan died last month at the age of 95, but continued to work almost to the end, and I think it fair to […]

January 2021

This month, we find out from Rebecca Haw how to audition during the pandemic, talk to Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse, and hear how Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Dominic Antonucci got back into shape. We also find out how dance companies in France and the US have been coping with COVID-19.  Step forward Deborah Weiss finds […]

December 2020 issue

This month, we find out what it was like for dancers and a choreographer to return back to work in the theatre, hear from Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas, discover who may have been the hidden hand behind Vaslav Nijinsky’s dismissal from the Imperial Russian Ballet in 1911, and talk to Manuel Legris, the new […]

Back on stage

Editor Jonathan Gray asked Francesca Hayward, a principal with The Royal Ballet, how she prepared to get back on stage in front of a live audience following lockdown When was your last performance before lockdown? It was Dances at a Gathering on February 25 – the title of the ballet is so ironic! Was lockdown […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 5

Well. This was not one of Strictly’s better outings. Our Staycation Blackpool Week sadly took all the worst elements of that usual jaunt – judging hysteria, inconsistent scores – without actually giving us the pleasure of performances at the Tower Ballroom. Add in some unfortunate sexism and another trying week of Judge Anton, and this […]

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