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Dance at BFI London Film Festival

There’s a strong dance strand in this year’s BFI London Film Festival, running from October 5 to 16. The festival’s programme includes the documentary Dancer, which traces the career of Sergei Polunin with interviews, new and archive footage. Also in the documentary strand, Fonko explores urban African music, with some fabulous dancing. The features strand […]

October 2016 issue

October’s Dancing Times is the first to come to you from our new office in Battersea Square. There’s a Russian feel to this month’s magazine, with interviews with young dancers from the Bolshoi and the Mikhailovsky and with Vladimir Urin, the formidable director of the Bolshoi Theatre. We also feature ballroom and Latin show Burn […]

Dance as window-dressing?

Dance maligned, dance misused, dance as window-dressing. You wouldn’t expect a live performance to inspire such thoughts, but in less than a week I’ve seen two that do, and the combination was quite unsettling. Let’s start with the worse offence, perpetrated by the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre. A new version of an old story, Her […]

New Adventures Choreographer Award Showcase

Jamaal Burkmar, winner of the 2016 New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA), will present three new works at a London showcase from September 21 to 24. Held at the Platform Theatre at Central St Martins, by King’s Cross, the programme includes 16 Bars, created for Jamaal Burkmar Dance to original music by Otis Jones. Storm, danced […]

Candoco autumn tour

Candoco Dance Company’s autumn tour showcases the breadth of the company’s repertory, from a reimagined Trisha Brown classic to improvisation inspired by a documentary about opera singers. Candoco, the UK’s first professional dance company of disabled and non-disabled artists, was founded in 1991. This tour, part of the company’s 25th anniversary season, opens at Tramway, […]

Resolution: call for choreographers

Applications are open for Resolution 2017, The Place’s annual festival of short dance and performance works for emerging artists. This will be the 28th edition of Resolution, which has been a starting point for choreographers including Wayne McGregor, Kate Prince, Luca Silvestrini and Drew McOnie. Selected shows will be performed at The Place, London in […]

100 years of dance in 100 minutes

The Ragroof Players’ Happy Feet promises to take audiences through a century of dance history, revisiting everything from the Charleston to the cha cha slide. In this participatory show, a team of dancers and DJs lead a dance through the decades. The company focuses on attracting harder-to-reach audiences, working with communities in their own settings. […]

Performing as professionals

In her fascinating book, But First A School, a history of New York’s School of American Ballet, Jennifer Dunning examines its annual Spring Workshop Performances, remarking that “the Workshop tradition… has given visibility to the School as a productive vocational institution.” The phrase “productive vocational institution” doesn’t quite suit the end-of-year performances here, which are […]

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