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IBT Wildness

Over one weekend from June 17 to 19, IBT Wildness, a new programme from Bristol-based organisation In Between Time, invites audiences, visitors and participants into the forest, both literally and metaphorically. IBT Wildness comprises three key events. June 17–18 sees human installation Woods, created by Brazilian artist Clarice Lima, alongside an international collective of performance […]

May 2022 issue

As the horrifying events of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continue, in this month’s issue of Dancing Times we discover how the world of dance has been reacting to the war with two articles covering both ballet and ballroom. Matthew Paluch and Nicola Rayner hear from dancers who have been directly affected by the situation, and […]

New works in London

Pictured: English National Ballet in Playlist (EP). Photograph by Laurent Liotardo. For every person who thinks ballet means fairytales, there’s another who’s hunting for narratives steeped in sex and another who prefers movement stripped of drama and decoration. Over time, the classical ballet vocabulary has evolved into a flexible language that can satisfy them all. The new […]

Old Swan Lakes reflecting new ideas

I’ve been conspicuously absent from this blog for a while. Shamefully, I don’t have a real reason. I could excuse myself by saying it was a kind of coronavirus fatigue. I looked back over this blog’s catalogue with warmth and interest, realising what a privilege it is to have this space to muse on dance. […]

April 2022 issue

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 has left the world in shock, and, like many of our readers, I have been appalled to watch scenes on the television news of innocent people in Ukraine taking shelter from Russian bombardments in the basements of their own homes or attempting to flee the country for their […]

Dance for Ukraine

A charity gala directed by former Royal Ballet stars Ivan Putrov and Alina Cojocaru will take place at the London Coliseum on March 19 to raise funds for people in need in Ukraine. Proceeds from Dance for Ukraine will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Produced by the dance charity Inspiration […]

WIN! Free tickets to MOVE IT

Photograph: The Freestyle Stage at MOVE IT, by REDRABBIT PHOTOGRAPHY. MOVE IT, the world’s largest dance event, returns to London ExCeL later this month, and as media sponsor Dancing Times has two pairs of tickets to give away as competition prizes. It takes place from March 11 to 13, and is packed with performances, classes workshops, […]

NDT2 at Sadler’s Wells

Pictured: NDT2 in Johan Inger’s Impasse. Photograph by Tristram Kenton. An experienced dance critic once complained to me that she couldn’t stand most productions of The Nutcracker, particularly George Balanchine’s, because they forced her to watch children onstage. On the other hand, Balanchine believed that the best way to train dancers was to treat youngsters […]

London Mime Festival at the Barbican

Pictured: Shantala Shivalingappa in asH, a piece by Aurélien Bory. Part of the London Mime Festival. Photograph by Aglae Bory. Over the years, London’s annual Mime Festival has developed into a grab bag of theatrical activity meshing movement, music and speech. Its international array of artists attracts viewers of all ages, who are possibly the […]

March 2022 issue

This month’s magazine is all about everything new in the dance world – new productions, new tours, new buildings and new dance champions. Within these pages, you can hear from choreographers Kyle Abraham and Marco Goecke, whose work can be seen in the UK during March, discover the names of the winners of the UK […]

Breakin’ Convention 2022

Breakin’ Convention 2022, Sadler’s Wells’ annual festival of hip hop dance theatre, is back for its 19th year from April 29 to May 1, 2022. This year’s festival features UK and international artists in a line-up of talent hosted by Sadler’s Wells associate artist and Breakin’ Convention founder and artistic director, Jonzi D. In true […]

From Blackpool to Bournemouth

When champion ballroom dancer Alexandra Hixson’s mother Pam died of lung cancer in 2019, her best friend Louise Jones was right by her side. Now the friends are putting their best foot forward in memory of Pam and in honour of Louise’s daughter Lana, who suffers from juvenile arthritis, needing frequent injections for the pain. […]

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