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Back on stage

There we were, back at Sadler’s Wells, and all it took to provoke a sustained ovation were the words, “Welcome to this evening’s performance of English National Ballet.” Several live and recorded speeches later, the curtain rose on the first of the five dances that filled the next 80 minutes (no interval, no bar, everyone […]

Here Come the Boys

Vikki Jane Vile returns to the theatre for Here Come the Boys Sometimes a show seems to have everything against it. Shortly before its run at the London Palladium, it was announced the following UK tour of Here Come the Boys was being postponed to 2022. On the evening I was in attendance, not only […]

Phoenix Dance Theatre returns

This autumn, Phoenix Dance Theatre will return to the stage to present a double bill of works by Leonard Bernstein in collaboration with Opera North. This production had been scheduled to tour last autumn, but was postponed due the COVID-19 pandemic. West Side Story Symphonic Dances/Trouble in Tahiti marks Phoenix Dance Theatre’s second major collaboration […]

Invitation from Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) is inviting readers of Dancing Times to enjoy a rare opportunity to join director Carlos Acosta for an exclusive free Zoom event at 6.30pm on June 7, ahead of the company’s return to the stage this month with the triple bill Curated by Carlos and David Bintley’s Cinderella.  Acosta will be […]

June 2021 issue

So theatres are finally open again in the UK. Despite the potential new threat of an “Indian” variant of COVID-19 spreading across the country, dance companies were able to return to the stage from May 17 after an absense of more than five months. Those performances took place too late to be included in this […]

Strictly NHS

The inaugural edition of Strictly NHS on June 4 will see 12 NHS employees swapping their scrubs and lanyards for sequins and sparkle as they compete in a Strictly Come Dancing-style competition in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. The event, partnering with NHS charity Blue Skies, aims to achieve a fundraising target […]

May 2021 issue

May 17 is set to be a red letter day for the performing arts here in the UK – the date when (if COVID-19 infections continue to fall) theatres can at last reopen safely. As we go to press with this latest issue of Dancing Times, the signs seem to be good –let’s hope everything […]

EIF moves outdoors

Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), the world’s leading performing arts festival, will move outdoors in 2021, using bespoke venues to reunite artists and audiences safely. Taking place from August 7 to 29, this year’s festival will use a selection of performance spaces across the city including three temporary outdoor pavilions designed especially for live performance. The […]

AWA DANCE Women in Dance Award

The first recipient of the AWA DANCE Women in Dance Award was announced on March 26 – the winner was Vicki Igbokwe, director of Uchenna Dance. Hosted by AWA DANCE director Avatâra Ayuso, the Women in Dance Award was attended by 90 members of the UK dance sector and held through virtual event platform Remo. […]

Brave New World? 

It isn’t unusual to feel reflective at the start of a new year, but as winter 2020 turns into spring 2021, I’m feeling more pensive than I have in recent years. I’ve written before in the pages of Dancing Times about how lucky I am to be living a dancing life that, though adapted, is […]

April 2021 issue

This month, Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp embarks on a four-part series on diversifying dance. Many months in preparation, and inspired by the stance members of the dance community took in response to the Black Lives Matter protests held last summer, we are delighted that Kenneth, with his extensive knowledge of the UK’s dance sector, has agreed […]

New Artist Residencies at Sadler’s Wells

Sadler’s Wells has announced an open call for a new Artist Residencies programme, available to both artists with five years’ experience or more and artists who have recently embarked on a career in dance. The open call is a direct response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has had a major impact worldwide and on the […]

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