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Ida Rubinstein: The Final Act

The Playground Theatre, one of London’s newest off-West End venues, has announced its upcoming programme, including Well Made @ The Playground – a mini-season of new theatre, opera, and contemporary dance from developing artists – and Ida Rubinstein: The Final Act, a play with music and dance that chronicles the untold story of dance’s forgotten […]

September 2021 issue

With the summer coming to an end, we start to think about the new autumn dance season, with theatres and companies reopening right across the country. In this month’s Dancing Times, we take the focus away from London for a closer look at Birmingham, the UK’s second city, which has a distinct dance scene all […]

New Coppelia opens next month

Full casting has been announced for Coppelia, the inaugural performances by KVN Dance Company. This new production will open at the Cockpit Theatre for a limited run from September 2 to 11. The cast of 13 dancers come from a range of training and professional backgrounds, echoing the company’s mission to present dance in all […]

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance’s TooMortal

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance’s TooMortal, created for historic church settings, returns to London for four shows only on September 24 and 25. After premiering at the Venice Biennale in 2012, the work has been performed in churches throughout the world and in 2019 was chosen as one of the Guardian’s best dance works of the 21st […]

Win! Just a Gigolo on Blu-ray

Released on Blu-ray disc for the first time in the UK by Fabulous Film, is the movie Just a Gigolo. It stars David Bowie and Synde Rome in a story set in Berlin during the 1920s, and was notable for being the final film appearance of the Hollywood icon Marlene Dietrich.   This forgotten period-movie […]

Ukrainian Ballet Gala

Putrov Productions and I-Do Lab presents Ukrainian Ballet Gala, a unique celebration of the tradition and innovation of Ukrainian culture, at Sadler’s Wells on September 7, 2021. The gala is an artistic collaboration bringing some of the best UK and Ukrainian dancers together on stage for the very first time. The evening also marks the inaugural […]

August 2021 issue

It’s too early to know, just yet, what impact “Freedom Day”, on July 19, may have had on dance in the UK. From that date onwards, people were no longer required to socially distance themselves from others, and were also free not to wear face-coverings if they chose not to. Theatres, restaurants, pubs and clubs […]

Ballet Workshop

Capital Ballet, in collaboration with The Cockpit, has organised a week of open rehearsals and performances providing dancers, choreographers and musicians with an opportunity to engage in their art form and reconnect with audiences. Ballet Workshop provides performing experience to recent graduates and early-stage professional classical and contemporary dancers who have had their training and […]

Alicia Alonso International Dance Photography Contest

A group of Cuban creative institutions has joined forces to launch the first international dance photo contest inspired by the legacy of prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso and the international prestige of its National Cuban School of Ballet. MATRIA, the José Martí Cultural Society (SCJM) and UNESCO’s Cuban National Commission are calling for professional and […]

Javier De Frutos and Chantry Dance

Javier De Frutos is collaborating with Chantry Dance to direct and choreograph a short dance film set to Walt Whitman’s poem, Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand. The piece will be danced by Paul Chantry and Rae Piper. Although this is the first time De Frutos has worked with the company, his relationship […]

July 2021 issue

As promised last month, this issue of Dancing Times includes live reviews from most of the UK’s leading dance companies, and not just those based in London. It has been wonderful to be able to see performances in theatres again after the partial lifting of lockdown on May 17, and I hope our readers, like […]

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 […]

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