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Strictly Speaking: Week 3

Sigh. A theme week. The triumph of the dressing-up box and the selling of Strictly’s soul to Disney. This Movie Week had its particularly trying moments (Pokémon, I ask you), although a few couples transcended, or even utilised, their themes to produce some box office triumphs. Did that warrant the first 10s of the series, […]

Win! The Royal Ballet’s book on Swan Lake

Courtesy of Oberon Books, Dancing Times has three copies of Swan Lake: Reimagining a Classic to give away – a beautifully produced new Royal Ballet book with photographs by Bill Cooper. The volume, which shines the spotlight on the world’s best-loved classical ballet, Swan Lake, features impeccable photographs of some of the finest dancers on […]

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s LAC in Melbourne

It’s strange where you find yourself watching ballets. I was in Melbourne during the summer and through good fortune finally got to see Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo after years of admiring its dancers from afar. Directed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, the company exuded glamour in my mind. Alluringly feline in its movements, the company stretches the […]

Alvin Ailey and Deborah Hay in London

In 1958, the choreographer Alvin Ailey combined seven black dancers and his urge to celebrate black culture in a new company called the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Integrated with white and Asian performers in 1964, it drew its repertoire from an equally multiracial collection of choreographers, including José Limón, Donald McKayle, Anna Sokolow and […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 2

Ah, the Strictly Week 2 comedown – very much the morning after to Week 1’s revelry. It didn’t help that the show was frontloaded with… let’s say imperfect performances, meaning viewers really had to hang on in there before finally getting to ballroom boys Kelvin and Karim, plus Michelle Visage Wears, Dances, Eats, Loves, IS […]

October 2019 issue

This month, we explore gay men in ballet, a subject often swept under the carpet by those inside the dance world, as well as look at how dance can best be preserved for the future with the help of choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, répétiteur Julie Lincoln, and the Swiss Archive of the Performing Arts. We also […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 1

And we’re off! Strictly Come Dancing Series 17 began its competition proper with a surprisingly buoyant show, overcoming both a marked lack of enthusiasm about this year’s casting and (for the most part) the usual first dance jitters. Instead, numerous exciting pairings whet the appetite for a strong year – not to mention, you know, […]

Sadler’s Wells’ Spring 2020 season

Sadler’s Wells has announced its Spring 2020 season, featuring three world premieres, seven UK premieres, and 12 Sadler’s Wells productions and co-productions, as well as a host of new creative partnerships involving artists from all over the world. Sadler’s Wells’ artistic director and chief executive, Alistair Spalding, said: “The season features great new collaborations, such […]

Strictly Speaking 2019: The Launch

Marianka Swain introduces the Class of 2019 Hello and welcome back to the safe, lovely, happy, sparkly world of Strictly Come Dancing! Here there are no rogues proroguing (just the odd lord – or maybe viscountess – a-leaping), and the only Article 50 we are concerned with is the 50th consecutive bewildering article of clothing […]

Painting dance

A new exhibition, Painting Dance, opens this month at Ffin y Parc Gallery in Llanrwst, Conwy, running from September 15 to October 9, before moving to Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, from November 30 to January 5, 2020. Painter Carl Chapple has been working with Ballet Cymru since 2016 and his exhibition presents pictures […]

Win! Cinema tickets to see Northern Ballet’s Dracula

Northern Ballet’s production of Dracula will run on the night of Halloween for one fang-tastic night only. However, audiences all over the UK and Ireland will be able to catch the live broadcast at 7.15pm from Leeds Playhouse – and we have five pairs of tickets to give away to readers of Dancing Times. Created and […]

Ballet Nacional de España 

Ballet Nacional de España’s (BNE) final performance under the artistic leadership of Antonio Najarro took place on August 1 in Barcelona’s opera house, the Liceu, in a double bill reprised from 2015. It was emblematic of his eight-year tenure: both looking back to the rich history of Spanish dance and presenting a prime example of […]

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