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National Ballet of China in The Red Detachment of Women

The Red Detachment of Women is the signature work of the National Ballet of China, having been performed over 4,000 times since it was first choreographed in 1964, including as entertaining propaganda for President Nixon during his historic 1972 meeting with Chairman Mao. The ballet was adapted from a popular Chinese feature film of the […]

English National Ballet’s plans for 2020-2021

English National Ballet has announced plans for its 2020 season, including a new, full-length production of Raymonda, a programme of works from William Forsythe, and further performances of Akram Khan’s Creature. Raymonda, which receives its first performance at Manchester’s Palace Theatre on October 15, will be directed and choreographed by artistic director Tamara Rojo after […]

February 2020 issue

We take a look at modern dance this month, from Isadora Duncan at the start of the 20th century, to Sharon Watson, director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, Lin Hwai-min and Cheng Tsung-lung of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Ellen Yilma of Richard Alston Dance Company and Sean Cheesman, choreographer of The Prince of Egypt, which is […]

Nourishment for the imagination

Before current events hijack all our concentration, I want to tie up some loose ends from 2019. Engulfed in fairytales as that year wound down, I kept thinking about choreographers who write for adults. Their dances lodge in your thoughts, sometimes for years, nourishing the imagination and spreading their impact in all directions. Though illness […]

Win! Music by Prokofiev on CD

This month we have four copies of a CD of music by the Russian composer, Serge Prokofiev, to give away as competition prizes. Released on the Naxos label, the double CD features Suites One to Three of music drawn from the ballet Cinderella, as well as Sythian Suite and a suite from the ballet On the […]

Balanchine’s Nutcracker

It’s become a habit that I think about The Nutcrackereach Christmas for this blog, even on the years when I haven’t danced in it. Tchaikovksy and Lev Ivanov’s ballet is so integral to a dancer’s DNA it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas unless you’re performing in a version somewhere. Christmas has now been and gone, […]

Alina at Sadler’s Wells 

Alina Cojocaru, lead principal dancer with English National Ballet and resident guest artist with Hamburg Ballet, curates and performs in a new programme of classical and contemporary works at Sadler’s Wells from February 20 to 23. The celebrated Romanian ballerina is joined on stage by special guests, including Danish ballet star Johan Kobborg. The programme […]

Imelda Staunton in Hello, Dolly!

Imelda Staunton reunites with director Dominic Cooke for a new production of Hello, Dolly! at London’s Adelphi Theatre this summer. With a score by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances on August 11 for a 30-week season. Andy Nyman will play Horace Vandergelder and Jenna Russell, Irene Molloy. Staunton […]

New Year competition!

WIN two sets of Roch Valley dance-fitness kits – perfect for those New Year goals! Roch Valley has kindly donated a pair of leggings, a pair of shorts and two crop tops for one lucky dancer to win. All the items are made of microfibre, which wicks moisture away from the wearer’s body, keeping them cool and dry during exercise. For […]

The National Ballet of China’s La Bayadère

La Bayadère    National Ballet of China, Tianqiao Theatre, Beijing – December 7, 2019 The National Ballet of China (NBC) has been performing Natalia Makarova’s production of La Bayadère since 2016, and it is already so well established it was like a much-loved part of its heritage. Rarely have I seen the ballet danced with […]

National Ballet of China in The Crane Calling 

Think of a bird in classical ballet and inevitably a swan comes to mind. In China, however, since 2017 a rival has been calling. The crane is a beautiful creature, venerated in Chinese culture for millennia for its loyalty (they mate for life) and grace. Special nature reserves and wetlands are dedicated to their protection […]

January 2020 issue

The start of a new year is always a time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future, and in the January issue of Dancing Times we do both. First, by celebrating the 70th anniversary of English National Ballet with a nostalgic look back from Deborah Weiss, a former dancer with the […]

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