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Brave New World? 

It isn’t unusual to feel reflective at the start of a new year, but as winter 2020 turns into spring 2021, I’m feeling more pensive than I have in recent years. I’ve written before in the pages of Dancing Times about how lucky I am to be living a dancing life that, though adapted, is […]

April 2021 issue

This month, Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp embarks on a four-part series on diversifying dance. Many months in preparation, and inspired by the stance members of the dance community took in response to the Black Lives Matter protests held last summer, we are delighted that Kenneth, with his extensive knowledge of the UK’s dance sector, has agreed […]

New Artist Residencies at Sadler’s Wells

Sadler’s Wells has announced an open call for a new Artist Residencies programme, available to both artists with five years’ experience or more and artists who have recently embarked on a career in dance. The open call is a direct response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has had a major impact worldwide and on the […]

March 2021 issue

In the March issue of Dancing Times, Graham Watts writes about the huge amount of dance he has been watching online since the start of 2020, Jonathan Gray highlights the 75th anniversary of Frederick Ashton’s sublime Symphonic Variations, and Nicola Rayner hears about the new UK Argentine Tango Association. In addition, Matthew Paluch asks some […]

Rambert’s new work for the small screen

Rambert continues its commitment to the creation of new work for the small screen with four new commissions for its 2021 digital programme, due to be announced in March. The first of these made-for-camera productions will be Jo Strømgren’s Rooms, which will stream from April 8 to 11 to audiences around the globe direct from […]

Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show

The full gala performance of Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show will be available to stream exclusively at The broadcast premieres at 7.30pm on St Patrick’s Day, March 17, and tickets will be available to purchase from the website throughout March. Filmed on its anniversary – February 9, 2020 – in the venue where […]

Greenwich Dance launches ArtsUnboxed

This spring, Greenwich Dance launches ArtsUnboxed, a new way to safely create, produce and tour work in 2021. Funded by the Culture Recovery Fund, administered by Arts Council England, Greenwich Dance has commissioned six artists to develop new dance work that can be packaged as a virtual blueprint and sold to venues, festivals and dance […]

Pina Bausch Fellowship

The Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography opens for applications for the sixth time this year. The fellowship aims at supporting dancers and choreographers in developing their own artistic expression by enabling them to work with an international cooperation partner of their choice. The Pina Bausch Fellowship is characterised by its open approach: it […]

Hungarian National Ballet in The Flames of Paris 

Streamed online from the Erkel Theatre, Budapest – February 2, 2021  I attended the world premiere of Michael Messerer’s production of The Flames of Paris, performed by the Mikhailovsky Ballet in St Petersburg, back in 2013. It was not the first revival of Vasily Vainonen’s Soviet vehicle (alleged to have been Stalin’s favourite ballet), since […]

Win! Xanadu on DVD

How many of you knew Gene Kelly’s last film appearance was in the 1980 fantasy musical Xanadu, in which he starred alongside Olivia Newton-John, fresh from her success in Grease? Xanadu was made at the height of the disco craze, and tells of a beautiful muse sent from above to inspire a struggling artist and […]

February 2021 issue

In this latest issue of Dancing Times, we pay tribute to Robert Cohan, the dancer, choreographer, teacher and director who did so much to establish and promote contemporary dance in the UK. Cohan died last month at the age of 95, but continued to work almost to the end, and I think it fair to […]

Pioneer celebrates decade of dance

Lisa Simpson, who holds a unique position in dance as the only choreographer and workshop leader with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and no verbal communication, has celebrated a decade of her dance company Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance (LSID) with an Arts Council-funded project and a new role as leader in residence at the University of Central […]

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