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Strictly Speaking – Week 9

Ah, Blackpool – home of ballroom. Or, in Strictly’s case, home of prop dancers, inflated (in most cases) scores, and alarming combos like fire, feathers and copious amounts of hairspray. At its best, it provides history, spectacle and a thrilling element of risk. Elsewhere…a well-intentioned mess. Highs this year included paddle-tease Craig finally locating his […]

Sonnabend exhibition

Stage designs by the artist Yolanda Sonnabend, who died in 2015, are to be sold at Abbott and Holder Ltd, 30 Museum Street, London WC1, from November 24 to December 22. The exhibition includes designs for theatre, cinema, opera and dance, as well as Peter Wright’s 1958 The Great Peacock, and Kenneth MacMillan’s 1976 production […]

South of the Border

In Mexico, Anna Pavlova danced in a bullring. Serge Diaghilev arranged Ballets Russes performances in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina in 1913 and 1917. De Basil’s Original Ballet Russe appeared in Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela. Can you point to these countries on a map, or is the entire continent beneath your […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 8

It might seem a strange statement to make while the BBC is shoving Stacey towards the glitterball, and Joe’s YouTube views have now surpassed the last six series, but one thing I’m enjoying is this year’s unpredictability. Who could have guessed that none of Lee, Vick, Dr Ranj or Danny would make Blackpool? Or that […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 7

Post-Halloween Week, and it’s possible the judges were still hopped up on Haribo and egging unsuspecting strangers, with the series’ most inconsistent show so far in terms of scoring and comments. Of course, Strictly is a mix of dancing and entertainment, ringers and J-worders, and subjective interpretations of different styles, but even so, I think viewers […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 6

Ah, Halloween Week – the annual dumbing down of Strictly. Why have subtext or delicate concepts when you can instead bumble about dressed in the most thuddingly literal, kids-dressing-up-box interpretations of groaningly repeated and/or entirely insane songs? Under such conditions, the judges’ sudden desire for technical precision seemed rather cruel – although it wasn’t applied […]

Future stars with Grishko

Calling young dancers! Dancewear company Grishko is looking for future stars to represent the brand. Participants in the Grishko Future Star and Grishko Generation programmes will become representatives of the company, introduced to more than 120,000 followers on social media. Their photographs may be used in posters or in advertisements, and they will receive unique […]

Photographers vs Prostate Cancer

The Dance Project, held at London’s Regent Street Cinema on November 1, is an evening of film, live flamenco and photography. It will include an exhibition and auction of works by some of the world’s top photographers to raise funds for the charity Prostate Cancer UK. Organised by Richard Dunkey, the exhibition features 20 donations […]

November 2018 issue

Our cover stars for the November 2018 issue are Elly Braund and Nicholas Shikkis of Richard Alston Dance Company, which has announced that it is to close in 2020. Alston has said he will seek new opportunities to make dance: we hope to see much more from him. Also this month, we look at preparations […]

Dane at Dulwich

Dane Hurst (pictured by Kristina Kashvili), the South African-born freelance dancer and choreographer who for many years was a popular performer with Rambert, is presenting Animalis, a new work that is being performed each Sunday at Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London in conjunction with an exhibition on the Spanish artist Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652) […]

Giveaway! Support + Convertible Tights

Legwear International is giving away 100 pairs of its innovative new SUPPORT + CONVERTIBLE tights to Dancing Times readers. Part of the company’s Silky Dance range, the new tights bring medically-proven support technology to dancewear. By enhancing blood flow to the legs, the tights reduce fatigue and the effect of delayed onset muscle soreness. Initially […]

#MeToo Medusa

Graham Watts travelled to the International Institute of the Arts in Sitges to talk to choreographer Jasmin Vardimon about Medusa, her new production for Jasmin Vardimon Company GW: What attracted you to the mythical character of Medusa as the subject for your new work? JV: What I find amazing is that when I ask people […]

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