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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 […]

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, […]

Osipova as Isadora

Ballerina Natalia Osipova will star in a new evening-length production Isadora, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced. The new production, will also feature Veronika Part, with choreography by Vladimir Varnava. Osipova will play the modern dance pioneer, whose dances, in bare feet and flowing “Greek” style draperies, made her famous across the world. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Daniel Pratt on costumes for ballet

I wasn’t in London for the premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Corybantic Games in March, but a profile published on British Vogue’s website of Erdem Moralıoğlu, Wheeldon’s costume designer for the Hellenistically-infused ballet, excited me. Fashion and dance are intoxicating bed fellows; it’s satisfying that a contemporary fashion designer from the UK is working with a […]

May 2018 issue

In the May 2018 issue, Dancing Times travels the world – from Staatsballett Berlin to dance in Chile, from Blackpool Dance Festival to ten years of Ballet Theatre UK, plus our regular reporting from France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Norway, Russia and the US…             A decade of growth David Mead on […]

Recording History by Barbara Newman

In 1979, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and the Dance Film Archive of the University of Rochester in New York restored 15 minutes of silent film shot between 1902 and 1906 and featuring the leading artists of the Royal Danish Ballet. Nine tiny ballet excerpts sprang to life, with added piano accompaniment matching the appropriate music […]

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