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March 2021 issue

In the March issue of Dancing Times, Graham Watts writes about the huge amount of dance he has been watching online since the start of 2020, Jonathan Gray highlights the 75th anniversary of Frederick Ashton’s sublime Symphonic Variations, and Nicola Rayner hears about the new UK Argentine Tango Association. In addition, Matthew Paluch asks some […]

Rambert’s new work for the small screen

Rambert continues its commitment to the creation of new work for the small screen with four new commissions for its 2021 digital programme, due to be announced in March. The first of these made-for-camera productions will be Jo Strømgren’s Rooms, which will stream from April 8 to 11 to audiences around the globe direct from […]

Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show

The full gala performance of Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show will be available to stream exclusively at The broadcast premieres at 7.30pm on St Patrick’s Day, March 17, and tickets will be available to purchase from the website throughout March. Filmed on its anniversary – February 9, 2020 – in the venue where […]

Greenwich Dance launches ArtsUnboxed

This spring, Greenwich Dance launches ArtsUnboxed, a new way to safely create, produce and tour work in 2021. Funded by the Culture Recovery Fund, administered by Arts Council England, Greenwich Dance has commissioned six artists to develop new dance work that can be packaged as a virtual blueprint and sold to venues, festivals and dance […]

Pina Bausch Fellowship

The Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography opens for applications for the sixth time this year. The fellowship aims at supporting dancers and choreographers in developing their own artistic expression by enabling them to work with an international cooperation partner of their choice. The Pina Bausch Fellowship is characterised by its open approach: it […]

Hungarian National Ballet in The Flames of Paris 

Streamed online from the Erkel Theatre, Budapest – February 2, 2021  I attended the world premiere of Michael Messerer’s production of The Flames of Paris, performed by the Mikhailovsky Ballet in St Petersburg, back in 2013. It was not the first revival of Vasily Vainonen’s Soviet vehicle (alleged to have been Stalin’s favourite ballet), since […]

Win! Xanadu on DVD

How many of you knew Gene Kelly’s last film appearance was in the 1980 fantasy musical Xanadu, in which he starred alongside Olivia Newton-John, fresh from her success in Grease? Xanadu was made at the height of the disco craze, and tells of a beautiful muse sent from above to inspire a struggling artist and […]

February 2021 issue

In this latest issue of Dancing Times, we pay tribute to Robert Cohan, the dancer, choreographer, teacher and director who did so much to establish and promote contemporary dance in the UK. Cohan died last month at the age of 95, but continued to work almost to the end, and I think it fair to […]

Pioneer celebrates decade of dance

Lisa Simpson, who holds a unique position in dance as the only choreographer and workshop leader with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and no verbal communication, has celebrated a decade of her dance company Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance (LSID) with an Arts Council-funded project and a new role as leader in residence at the University of Central […]

Unlimited festival goes digital

The Southbank Centre’s first digital Unlimited festival programme features five days of dance, performance, comedy, film, talks, workshops and art, celebrating the artistic vision of disabled artists from January 13 to 17, 2021. Alongside the digital programme, there will be an outdoor exhibition onsite at the Southbank Centre, Unseen by artist Suzie Larke.  Dance highlights, […]

Strictly Speaking: The final

What an extraordinary end to the series. The Strictly final aired just hours after Boris Johnson made his latest screeching u-turn, announcing that millions of people would have to cancel their festive plans and spend Christmas separated from loved ones. Could our dance show, which has been an escapist haven during a grim, dark winter, […]

WIN! Romeo and Juliet on DVD

Courtesy of Opus Arte, we have five copies of Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words on DVD to give away as competition prizes. The film stars Royal Ballet principal Francesca Hayward as Juliet and first soloist William Bracewell as Romeo, making his much-anticipated debut in the role. Directed and produced by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt […]

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