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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 […]

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… […]

Organic gardening

The word “organic” isn’t often associated with musicals, but it exactly describes the history and content of Little Shop of Horrors, which runs until September 22 at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Created for a tiny off-Broadway stage in 1982, this show has roots in the science fiction tales of the 1930s and 1950s […]

From ballet to Broadway

I travelled to Asia for the first time this June to watch my partner perform in the production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh’s musical Cats that is currently in tour in China. My ten-day stay in Shanghai is a talking point in itself. Reading J G Ballard’s Empire of the Sun as a […]

The Sunny Side of the Street

Only Alan Bennett could set a play in the geriatric ward of an all-purpose community hospital and pack 900 seats with people dying to laugh about people dying. During the initial scenes of Allelujah!, his first play in six years, now installed at the Bridge Theatre, nearly every line drew immediate laughter. Two and a […]

How to Skin a Cat

People have been saying “There’s more than one way to skin a cat” since about 1840 but probably not in terms of making dances. Yet as Örjan Andersson’s Goldberg Variations unfolded at the Barbican several weeks ago, only that phrase allowed me to control my irritation and hang onto my objectivity. It wasn’t easy. Andersson […]

August 2018 issue

In the August 2018 issue, we mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Frederick Ashton, one of the greatest choreographers of the 20th century, with articles by Alastair Macaulay, Alex Simpkins and Iain Webb. We also hear from professional ballroom couple Warren and Kristi Boyce, Maryinsky ballerina Viktoria Tereshkina and more…   Ashton after Ashton […]

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, […]

Back in town by Daniel Pratt

A huge smile probably doesn’t dawn across the face of many people on their commute into the City each morning, but that’s what happened to me one morning in late May as I descended the steps out of the mainland station at Cannon Street in London. I was home. Working for most of the year […]

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 […]

Built to Last by Barbara Newman

Why does Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room always bring the house down? Why does William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated ignite cheers every time it’s performed? Neither ballet has a set or a story, which, we’re constantly informed, ballet audiences in the UK prefer to anything else. Neither comes attached to lengthy notes […]

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