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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 […]

July 2018 issue

From Russian ballet to Blackpool Dance Festival and beyond, our July 2018 issue is truly global. We have reports from the Arabesque Ballet Competition in Perm, features on ballet in the Soviet Union and on a collection of costumes relating to Bronislava Nijinska, not to mention the Bolshoi Ballet School of Brazil. We also hear […]

Lost Illusions by Barbara Newman

The Royal Ballet and the Maly Drama Theatre make an unlikely couple. One concerns itself with dance, the other with theatre. At capacity, the Royal Opera House accommodates 2,256 people, and the Maly’s home – “maly” means small in Russian – seats only 400, which means the buildings themselves impose different demands on performers. Liam […]

June 2018 issue

There’s an American slant to our June 2018 issue, with reports from San Francisco Ballet’s extraordinary Unbound: A Festival of New Works, plus interviews with artistic directors Julie Kent, of The Washington Ballet, and Hope Muir, of Charlotte Ballet. Then there are interviews with Strictly’s Kevin Clifton and with competitive ballroom couple Kyle Taylor and […]

Log-in from London

Graham Watts experiences the capital’s dance scene during March and April 2018 One of the better rites of spring is that these months bring out the best of dance and this year’s ritual feast was special, including a host of London, UK and world premieres. Sadler’s Wells was busy at the beginning of March, opening […]

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