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October 2020 issue

Welcome to this special anniversary edition of Dancing Times. We are incredibly proud the magazine has reached this momentous milestone in its history, especially in light of the fact that within the time span of 110 years – two world wars, and political and economic turmoil, as well as pandemics – it has never missed […]

Boston Ballet’s 2020–2021 season

The artistic director of Boston Ballet, Mikko Nissinen, has announced a reimagined 57th season with three major components: The Nutcracker on broadcast television, the BB@yourhome virtual dance series, and two in-person, live programmes in May at the Citizens Bank Opera House. Featuring sets and costumes by award-winning designer Robert Perdziola and set to Tchaikovsky’s renowned […]

NYCB online

New York City Ballet’s digital autumn season runs from September 28 until October 31. More than 25 ballets from the repertory will be featured over six programmes, which will air each Tuesday night and bi-weekly on Saturday afternoons, in family-friendly matinees. The final week of the season will feature a festival of new choreography with […]

September 2020 issue

Well, here we are entering the sixth month of lockdown in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic and there is still virtually no dance to be seen live on our stages. Although Dancing Times is able to report this month on recent performances in France and Italy seen by Laura Cappelle and Graham Spicer, […]

Fund Freelance Dance

As a full-time dancer employed by a national dance company, Jamiel Laurence received most of his salary whilst furloughed during the COVID-19 lockdown period. When he reached out to other artists working in the dance industry, however, he was dismayed to discover almost all of them were struggling to get any government support, and there […]

Lazuli Sky

A new partnership has been confirmed between Birmingham Royal Ballet and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, which will see the two established companies combine creative forces to stage new dance works in the city. The partnership will be launched with four shows for live audiences in October, following the recent announcement by the government allowing socially distanced […]

August 2020 issue

August 2020 issue Yes, the headline on the front cover of this month’s Dancing Times is correct – dance really has been returning to the stage in several countries, although it hasn’t quite happened here in the UK just yet. As lockdowns are eased around the world, in Dance Scene International our critics report on […]

Goodbyes at NDT

Sol León and Paul Lightfoot are to say goodbye to Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). In December 2018, Lightfoot announced he would step down from the role of artistic director of NDT as of the summer of 2020, after the 60th anniversary of the company. In this way he would switch to the role of artistic […]

Dance Professionals Fund 

The Dance Professionals Fund is distributing emergency grants to dance professionals. Grants are for those experiencing a loss of income as a result of COVID-19. The grants are possible through funding from the Arts Council of England (ACE) and support ACE’s Emergency Funding Response Phrase. They are available to dancers and choreographers. Grants help dance […]

New commissions in Huddersfield

The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield has commissioned three UK dance companies – Studio Wayne McGregor, Northern Ballet and Gary Clarke Company – to create three site-specific works for camera, which will be available to watch online. Ticketholders will enjoy two contemporary dance solos and a short ballet. Locked down. Locked in. But living will […]

On Lockdown

What is a dancer without dance? For me, it’s been over 80 days since the official lockdown began where I’m located (Sarasota, Florida), and the enforced pause in my normal life has afforded space for plenty of thinking. I’ve found the cut and thrust of my old routine made it seem there was just one […]

July 2020 issue

Like many others, I was shocked and outraged by the killing in Minneapolis on May 25 of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, by a white police officer who knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. It rightly sparked protests and demonstrations around the world, and highlighted once more the ugly truth […]

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