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Royal Ballet 2018–2019 season

The Royal Ballet will dance new works by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alastair Marriott, Wayne McGregor and Liam Scarlett in the 2018 to 2019 season, and a new work by Aletta Collins as part of the first season of the reopened Linbury Theatre. The Royal Opera House has said that it will announce more works by […]

The Embroidery Girl

The lavish production The Embroidery Girl offers a rare chance to see a full-scale Chinese dance show in the UK. Inspired by the real stories of two artists, the embroidery masters Shen Shou and Yang Shouyu, the production combines ballet, Chinese folk dance and western stagecraft techniques. Created in 2011 by choreographer Zhao Ming, The […]

English National Ballet’s 2018-2019 season

English National Ballet’s new season will include an in-the-round Cinderella by Christopher Wheeldon, a new work by Stina Quagebeur based on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and the company’s move to its new home in East London. The season was announced at a press conference at London City Island, the site of the company’s new home. […]

March 2018 issue

March is a bumper issue of Dancing Times, with 148 pages embracing a huge variety of dance styles. We look at the UK’s rising tap stars Clare Halse and Charlie Stemp, report from this year’s National Dance Awards and the UK Open Dance Championships, hear from choreographer Richard Alston, launch our Dancing Times readers’ survey […]

David Bintley to step down from BRB

David Bintley will step down as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) on July 31, 2019. He will have led BRB for 24 years. Bintley said: “I’ve been a part of this great company since I first joined as a boy, 42 years ago. I’ve had the even greater privilege of leading Birmingham Royal Ballet […]

Mark Baldwin to step down as director of Rambert

Mark Baldwin is to step down as artistic director of Rambert, the contemporary dance company he has led since 2002. He is leaving to devote more time to his own choreography. Born in Fiji and educated in New Zealand, Mark Baldwin joined Rambert as a dancer in 1983. After ten years working as an independent […]

Dance and redevelopment at Southbank Centre

After restoration and redesign, the Southbank Centre is to reopen two of its venues, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room. The London venue celebrates with the announcement of its 2018 to 2019 programme, and the appointment of two new associate companies, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and Forced Entertainment, joining ZooNation Youth Company as associates. […]

National Dance Awards: the winners

The winners of the National Dance Awards (NDAs), chosen by the dance section of the Critics’ Circle, were announced at a ceremony at London’s Barbican Centre on February 19, 2018. There were plenty of firsts in this year’s awards. Liam Riddick, of Richard Alston Dance Company, won his first Dancing Times award for best male […]

Zenaida Yanowsky to guest with Northern Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky, former principal of The Royal Ballet, will dance with Northern Ballet in March, appearing in the company’s tribute to choreographer Kenneth MacMillan. Yanowsky will dance in Las Hermanas at Leeds Grand Theatre on the evenings of March 16 and 17. Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s play The House of Bernarda Alba, it is […]

Log-in From London

In the third instalment of his regular blogs, Graham Watts, summarises the dance he has seen in London during December 2017 and January 2018 Nuts for Christmas, Resolutions for the New Year: dance mirrored most of our lives at the turn of this past year. December’s dance in London was dominated by The Nutcracker, with […]

Daniel Pratt considers Conversations on Dance

January is a time for reinvention and renewal. Looking back over more than a year of this blog, I wrote in my first post that I wanted “to reveal something of the voice of the dancer”. Bringing that intention into fresh focus for 2018 is Conversations on Dance, a fantastic podcast I discovered last year. […]

The Brexit Effect by Barbara Newman

Are you worried about Brexit? You should be. Its impact on the arts in the UK could be greater than you might anticipate. In the February issue of Dancing Times, an excellent letter to the editor from Fiona Biddulph in Rutland raises important questions about the opportunities for British dancers that may be limited by […]

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