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Tango Fire tour

Starring Argentinian tango stars German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi, Tango Fire returns to tour the UK from February 12 to March 2, 2020. Accompanied by the Tango Fuego Quartet, playing live music on stage from Argentina’s most famous composers, including Astor Piazzolla, Osvaldo Pugliese and Carlos Gardel, this is a sizzling show with six top […]

Triple Bill at the Coliseum

A triple bill at the London Coliseum on December 7–8 marks the UK premiere of Edward Clug’s Radio & Juliet set to the music of Radiohead and performed by English National Ballet first soloist Katja Khaniukova and principal of the Mariinsky Ballet Denis Matvienko. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Faun, a re-making of Nijinsky’s classic L’après Midi […]

Boys in Ballet

Back in January 2017 I wrote an article for Dancing Times about Project B, the initiative developed by the Royal Academy of Dance to bring focus on increasing the number of boys who are exposed to ballet. It aims to bring dance to more people in more places for their centenary celebrations in 2020. I […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 11

Ah, Musicals Week – AKA Dressing-up Box Explosion 2: Wig Warz!. Pretty unsubtle work here from the Strictly producers and judges, with a clear division between sensible theme/dance matches and bizarre combos, and between sky-high quarter-final scores and mediocre ones. Add in bias in the show’s running order, plus the online system going down for […]

Black Friday competition! Win The Frederick Ashton Collection Volume Two on DVD

  Courtesy of Opus Arte, Dancing Times has a copy of the DVD box set The Frederick Ashton Collection Volume Two to give away as a competition prize. Also available on Blu-ray disc, the set features recordings of The Royal Ballet in three of Ashton’s most popular works – Sylvia, starring Darcey Bussell, Roberto Bolle […]

December 2019 issue

It’s almost time for Christmas, and we have some goodies lined up in the December issue of Dancing Times. Adam Cooper returns to the London stage to appear in Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, and we find out what he has been up to recently. We also hear from Dick Bird, who designed the sets […]

All that it seems?

A children’s riddle asks, When is a door not a door? The answer is, When it’s ajar, which made no sense to me until I learned the meaning of “ajar.” I remembered the question, though, when Akram Khan’s Giselle for English National Ballet (ENB) and Matthew Bourne’s new Romeo and Juliet appeared in quick succession […]

The Royal Ballet on stage and on the big screen

When Frederick Ashton retired as the artistic director of The Royal Ballet in 1970, the company arranged a gala in his honour featuring selections from 34 of his creations and his contributions to Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle, presented to the excited public without a printed programme. The details were distributed as the […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 10

So, there are flat post-Blackpool shows, and there’s… whatever this was. Barely one rung up from everyone calling in sick while still nursing their hangovers on the tour bus. We’re in the closing stages of hard-fought competition, and yet by far the highlight this week was Bruno Tonioli “singing”. I know! The dance picks were […]

The Box of Delights

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in style with a unique festive event, 2Faced Dance Company presents The Box of Delights, an evening of mystery, imagination, dining and performance, at the Green Dragon Hotel in Hereford from December 17 to 23. The Box of Delights is an adaptation of the 1935 classic children’s fantasy tale by John […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 9

For once, Blackpool Week just about lived up to the hype, with some fun, exciting and truly outstanding performances. However, as so often in this changeable series, erratic scoring led to another shock elimination. Michelle and Giovanni, one of this year’s most consistent and creative couples, and likely finalists, lost out in the dance-off, as […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 8

Rejoice, for our long national nightmare is over! Finally, Mike Bushell has left the Strictly dancefloor, taking his “comedy” with him. And about time – lord knows what tricks Katya was going to introduce next in sheer desperation (Katya hangs over shark-infested waters while Mike does an uncertain chasse nearby! Katya leaps over a pit […]

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