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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 […]

Here Come the Boys

Vikki Jane Vile returns to the theatre for Here Come the Boys Sometimes a show seems to have everything against it. Shortly before its run at the London Palladium, it was announced the following UK tour of Here Come the Boys was being postponed to 2022. On the evening I was in attendance, not only […]

Phoenix Dance Theatre returns

This autumn, Phoenix Dance Theatre will return to the stage to present a double bill of works by Leonard Bernstein in collaboration with Opera North. This production had been scheduled to tour last autumn, but was postponed due the COVID-19 pandemic. West Side Story Symphonic Dances/Trouble in Tahiti marks Phoenix Dance Theatre’s second major collaboration […]

Invitation from Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) is inviting readers of Dancing Times to enjoy a rare opportunity to join director Carlos Acosta for an exclusive free Zoom event at 6.30pm on June 7, ahead of the company’s return to the stage this month with the triple bill Curated by Carlos and David Bintley’s Cinderella.  Acosta will be […]

June 2021 issue

So theatres are finally open again in the UK. Despite the potential new threat of an “Indian” variant of COVID-19 spreading across the country, dance companies were able to return to the stage from May 17 after an absense of more than five months. Those performances took place too late to be included in this […]

Strictly NHS

The inaugural edition of Strictly NHS on June 4 will see 12 NHS employees swapping their scrubs and lanyards for sequins and sparkle as they compete in a Strictly Come Dancing-style competition in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. The event, partnering with NHS charity Blue Skies, aims to achieve a fundraising target […]

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