Posted on November 4, 2009
As 2009 draws to a close, Dancing Times can look back at an eventful year in the world of dance. We have celebrated the centenary of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and the birth of Sir Robert Helpmann; we have marked the 40th anniversaries of both Northern Ballet Theatre and Scottish Ballet, and also the opening of Glasgow’s Tramway and the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich; we have paid tribute to figures in the dance world who have reached a significant birthday and sadly mourned the passing of many dance luminaries.
December is a month for reflection, but it also gives one the chance to look ahead, and 2010 promises to be another eventful year for dance: not only will there be anniversaries to be celebrated by English National Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, but Dancing Times itself will be 100 years old in October. Sadly, this month we say farewell to our colleague Alison Kirkman, who as production editor not only made sure each issue was finished to deadline every month, but also did so much to make it a lively and interesting read, and something wonderful to look at. We wish her all the very best for her future plans. And finally, we would like to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas.
In this month’s issue
14 Prima la Danza. Federico Bonelli interviewed by Gerald Dowler
19 Playing creatures. Zoë Anderson on how dance forms the basis for some memorable science fiction creatures
23 Excellence is the only answer. David Mead talks to Zurich Ballet’s Heinz Spoerli
29 A glass half full. Laura Blazy highlights the importance of hydration for dancers
33 Man at the top. Margaret Willis talks to Yuri Fateyev of The Maryinsky Ballet
36 The Vaganova Academy. By Igor Stupnikov. Photographs by James Hill
39 All in a spin over CRB? Tracey McCreath highlights new changes in legislation
40 Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev. Part 14 researched by Sarah Woodcock
42 The Jerwood DanceHouse. Jonathan Gray visits DanceEast’s new home
45 Another Opening. Barbara Newman reviews Annie Get Your Gun at the Young Vic
49 DanceScene International UK: In the spirit of Diaghilev, Dance Umbrella, Morphoses/The Christopher Wheeldon Company, The Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company OVERSEAS: American Ballet Theatre, Ballett Basel, Chunky Move, Boston Ballet, SLAMAction ON SCREEN: La Danse, “Margot” on BBC4
75 New Releases.
A selection of reviews of new books and DVDs
Northern Ballet Theatre, Auditions, Win dance DVDs
11 Letters to the Editor
12 Talking Point. By Richard Glasstone
73 Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov
81 Miscellany. Farukh Ruzimatov
82 Teachers & Training. Michael Corder, Wells Summer School, Bonnie Bird Awards
88 Where to Learn
101 Dancer of the Month – Melissa Hamilton. Interviewed by Margaret Willis
104 IntoDance. What to see this Christmas
106 Your Page.