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Going high when others go low

I always planned my November blog to use the US Presidential Election as a departure point. I started writing this on the morning before the polls opened. I finished it on the day after the election result. My ideas about what I’d write this month changed radically as I went about my ballet business over […]

Going further

Many people consider Wayne McGregor’s choreography the latest development in classical ballet, the next step after William Forsythe. Unlike Forsythe, however, he was not trained in ballet, yet he tinkers with its vocabulary obsessively, manipulating human bodies to their physical limits, distorting their alignment, disturbing their balance, and twisting joints to the extreme of their […]

Strictly Speaking – Week Nine

Marianka Swain reports on Strictly Come Dancing‘s annual pilgrimage to Blackpool Ah, Blackpool Week: forced VTs, drama, sky-high scoring and the odd great performance amidst the hysteria. The best part for dancers is the chance to use that giant sprung floor – or at least it would be, but once again the couples spent their routines […]

November 2016 issue

This month, we look back at the creation of La Fille mal gardée, with the first in a series of extracts from the unpublished memoirs of Nadia Nerina, the first Lise in Frederick Ashton’s ballet. Our cover features The Royal Ballet’s Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé, two of the most recent stars to dance the […]

The first Crown Prince: David Wall interview

David Wall, who died on June 18, 2013, created the role of Crown Prince Rudolf in Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling. In 2007, he spoke to Zoë Anderson about creating and coaching the ballet. Here is the interview, from Dancing Times, April 2007.   Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling returns to The Royal Ballet’s repertoire later this month. This […]

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