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Win! Orpheus and Eurydice on Blu-ray disc

Courtesy of the C Major label, we have one copy of Orpheus and Eurydice on Blu-ray disc to give away as a competition prize. Directed and choreographed by John Neumeier (the director of Hamburg Ballet), Gluck’s opera ballet features performances from The Joffrey Ballet, as well as singers Dmitry Korchak, Andriana Chuchman and Lauren Snouffer, […]

Strictly Speaking: The Final

We came to the end! The week’s second nationwide ballot (and, let’s face it, by far the more important) yielded – in my humble opinion – exactly the right result, with the consistently brilliant Kelvin and Oti lifting the glitterball trophy. This hard-working team has been a pleasure throughout the series, strong across all the […]

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge! The Musical, based on the film by Baz Luhrmann, will open at the Piccadilly Theatre in London in March 2021. Directed by Alex Timbers, Moulin Rouge! The Musical has a book by John Logan, choreography by Sonya Tayeh, and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine. The musical will feature set designs by […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 12

The semi-final offered up the two-dance challenge, which usually gives a strong indication of who’s ready for the final itself. But, in case you were in any doubt, the judges made their views very clear – i.e. no Chris under any circumstances! His (admittedly just OK) dances were given the full killing them with kindness […]

Tango Fire tour

Starring Argentinian tango stars German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi, Tango Fire returns to tour the UK from February 12 to March 2, 2020. Accompanied by the Tango Fuego Quartet, playing live music on stage from Argentina’s most famous composers, including Astor Piazzolla, Osvaldo Pugliese and Carlos Gardel, this is a sizzling show with six top […]

Triple Bill at the Coliseum

A triple bill at the London Coliseum on December 7–8 marks the UK premiere of Edward Clug’s Radio & Juliet set to the music of Radiohead and performed by English National Ballet first soloist Katja Khaniukova and principal of the Mariinsky Ballet Denis Matvienko. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Faun, a re-making of Nijinsky’s classic L’après Midi […]

Boys in Ballet

Back in January 2017 I wrote an article for Dancing Times about Project B, the initiative developed by the Royal Academy of Dance to bring focus on increasing the number of boys who are exposed to ballet. It aims to bring dance to more people in more places for their centenary celebrations in 2020. I […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 11

Ah, Musicals Week – AKA Dressing-up Box Explosion 2: Wig Warz!. Pretty unsubtle work here from the Strictly producers and judges, with a clear division between sensible theme/dance matches and bizarre combos, and between sky-high quarter-final scores and mediocre ones. Add in bias in the show’s running order, plus the online system going down for […]

Black Friday competition! Win The Frederick Ashton Collection Volume Two on DVD

  Courtesy of Opus Arte, Dancing Times has a copy of the DVD box set The Frederick Ashton Collection Volume Two to give away as a competition prize. Also available on Blu-ray disc, the set features recordings of The Royal Ballet in three of Ashton’s most popular works – Sylvia, starring Darcey Bussell, Roberto Bolle […]

December 2019 issue

It’s almost time for Christmas, and we have some goodies lined up in the December issue of Dancing Times. Adam Cooper returns to the London stage to appear in Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, and we find out what he has been up to recently. We also hear from Dick Bird, who designed the sets […]

All that it seems?

A children’s riddle asks, When is a door not a door? The answer is, When it’s ajar, which made no sense to me until I learned the meaning of “ajar.” I remembered the question, though, when Akram Khan’s Giselle for English National Ballet (ENB) and Matthew Bourne’s new Romeo and Juliet appeared in quick succession […]

The Royal Ballet on stage and on the big screen

When Frederick Ashton retired as the artistic director of The Royal Ballet in 1970, the company arranged a gala in his honour featuring selections from 34 of his creations and his contributions to Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle, presented to the excited public without a printed programme. The details were distributed as the […]

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