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July 2020 issue

Like many others, I was shocked and outraged by the killing in Minneapolis on May 25 of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, by a white police officer who knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. It rightly sparked protests and demonstrations around the world, and highlighted once more the ugly truth […]

June 2020 issue

All of the team at Dancing Times hope you are keeping safe and well in these difficult times. We have been very touched by the messages we got from readers over the past month saying how delighted they were to receive the magazine during the lockdown (you can read a selection of them in Letters). […]

May 2020 issue

With everyday life seemingly at a standstill, I was beginning to wonder how we could possibly fill the pages of Dancing Times this month. Although by necessity there are fewer pages than normal in this issue, in the event it didn’t prove too onerous, as there is as much to discuss about dance during a […]

20 years of Dancing Times now available to read digitally

Dancing Times has a new fully searchable archive which goes back to January 2000. Access to the archive is available to individuals and organisations by PAID subscription only.   Individual: https://shop.exacteditions.com/dancing-times Subscribe via Exact Editions for fully-searchable access to an archive of issues dating back to 2000, available across web, iOS and Android platforms.   Institutional: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/dancing-times […]

World Ballet Day

At this current time, I think it’s important people have access to content that shows some of the realities of a dancer’s life. In a world where we are all calibrating to a life of social-distancing and self-isolating, many of us are consuming the arts online. I thought now was a useful time to look […]

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March 2020 issue

There is so much in the March issue of Dancing Times, we don’t know where to begin. This month, we hear from Kenneth Tindall about Geisha, his new full-length work for Northern Ballet, talk to pianist Jason Ridgway about his 20-year collaboration with choreographer Richard Alston, report back on the 2020 UK Open from Bournemouth, […]

Our Bodies, Our Archives

From March 20 to 29, artists Faustin Linyekula, Okwui Okpokwasili and Tanya Lukin Linklater will take part in the BMW Tate Live Exhibition Our Bodies, Our Archives. The three artists, who each use the body in different ways to explore history, inheritance and storytelling, will create ten days of live performances and site-specific installations for […]

In search of nourishment

You could call it a feast of narratives. The Royal Ballet has served up The Sleeping Beauty and Coppélia for Christmas and dances Onegin throughout February. Birmingham Royal Ballet brought The Nutcracker to Birmingham and the Royal Albert Hall; that company has just launched a long tour of Swan Lake. English National Ballet (ENB) followed […]

February 2020 issue

We take a look at modern dance this month, from Isadora Duncan at the start of the 20th century, to Sharon Watson, director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, Lin Hwai-min and Cheng Tsung-lung of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Ellen Yilma of Richard Alston Dance Company and Sean Cheesman, choreographer of The Prince of Egypt, which is […]

Balanchine’s Nutcracker

It’s become a habit that I think about The Nutcrackereach Christmas for this blog, even on the years when I haven’t danced in it. Tchaikovksy and Lev Ivanov’s ballet is so integral to a dancer’s DNA it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas unless you’re performing in a version somewhere. Christmas has now been and gone, […]

All that it seems?

A children’s riddle asks, When is a door not a door? The answer is, When it’s ajar, which made no sense to me until I learned the meaning of “ajar.” I remembered the question, though, when Akram Khan’s Giselle for English National Ballet (ENB) and Matthew Bourne’s new Romeo and Juliet appeared in quick succession […]

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