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Looking forward

Zoë Anderson talked to English National Ballet’s Daria Klimentová on the eve of the ballerina’s retirement from the stage in June 2014 It was a long decision,” the ballerina Daria Klimentová says of her decision to retire from dancing this year, at the age of 42. “It wasn’t just from one day to another. I’ve […]

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Hungry for more

David Hallberg, the princely star of American Ballet Theatre, publishes his autobiography next month. In July 2011 he spoke to Zoë Anderson about his career up to that date I met David Hallberg round the corner from Sadler’s Wells, where he was dancing with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) earlier this year. During his visit, he’d […]

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Turning the Titanic

Graham Watts talks to Tamás Solymosi, artistic director of the Hungarian National Ballet Many will remember Tamás Solymosi as a dashing lead dancer with English National Ballet; or perhaps, as a soloist in Amsterdam, a guest principal with American Ballet Theatre or touring the world with Rudolf Nureyev; just a few of the many companies […]

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Acosta Danza’s UK debut

Carlos Acosta’s new company gives its first UK performances this autumn. Debut, the company’s first programme, runs at Sadler’s Wells from September 27 to 30, before a UK tour visiting The Lowry, Salford, Birmingham Hippodrome, the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Brighton Dome and the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh. Acosta, who started the company after retiring from The […]

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Never stop growing

In 2015, Marcelo Gomes, the princely star of American Ballet Theatre, joined New Adventures for the sex and violence of Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man. He spoke to Zoë Anderson about challenges, choreography and change In a huge rehearsal space in east London, the New Adventures company is preparing for The Car Man. Multiple casts take turns to work […]

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Sofia Boutella

Dancer Sofia Boutella’s Hollywood career has taken off, with roles in Star Trek Beyond and Kingsman: The Secret Service. In this 2012 interview, she tells Nicola Rayner about her dance training, dancing salsa in the film Street Dance 2 3D and working with Madonna My friends were crazy with me, they said: ‘You’re having to choose between Madonna and Michael […]

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Marianela Nuñez on Giselle

The Royal Ballet principal speaks to Zoë Anderson about Giselle on stage and on screen Offstage and on, Marianela Nuñez seems to have energy forever. When I spoke to her in December, it was a conversation full of delighted exclamations, and opinions, too: she’s blunt about guest artists who don’t get to know the companies […]

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Marianela Nuñez interview – part two

In the second part of Zoë Anderson’s interview with Marianela Nuñez, the ballerina discusses The Winter’s Tale, the politics of guest appearances and more Read the first part of the interview here. Last summer, Nuñez made her guest debut with American Ballet Theatre [ABT]. “With ABT, we’ve been trying for a long time, and the […]

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Q&A: Pasha Kovalev

Pasha Kovalev’s Life Through Dance tours until June 21. He tells Nicola Rayner about the show…   How does Life Through Dance compare with your your show last year with Katya Virshilas? There’s different music, different choreography and this time around I want to have a little story going from dance to dance about the things […]

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Interviews with Darcey Bussell, Kevin O’Hare and Christopher Hampson

In partnership with the Royal Academy of Dance, the free online arts website HiBROW [www.hibrow.tv] has filmed in-depth interviews with ballerina Darcey Bussell, Kevin O’Hare, director of The Royal Ballet, and Christopher Hampson, director of Scottish Ballet.

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Q&A: Maxine Doyle

Internationally acclaimed immersive theatre company Punchdrunk returns to London with its new show The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable. Nicola Rayner speaks to associate director and choreographer, Maxine Doyle What can you tell us about The Drowned Man? It is inspired by Büchner’s Woyzeck, which is a tale of a lonely solider who is driven […]

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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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