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February 2013

Posted on February 26, 2013


In this month’s Dancing Times, we talk to two international choreographers about the new works they are about to present with UK ballet companies – David Bintley and Alexei Ratmansky. Bintley discusses the ideas behind his full-length Aladdin for Birmingham Royal Ballet with David Mead on page 14; whilst Ratmansky talks candidly to Zoë Anderson on page 33 about his one-act work for The Royal Ballet, as well as his career in Russia, Denmark and the US. Kevin Berry takes a behind-the-scenes look at Northern Ballet Academy on page 38, and on page 25 we introduce a new column, What If.., in which Gerald Dowler wonders what if there were no Marius Petipa?

In addition, we have the usual array of news, reviews and opinions, and on page 7 you can find out how you can win tickets to see Aladdin at the London Coliseum in March. Happy reading!

Jonathan Gray


February 2013 Volume 103 Issue 1230



14 Bintley’s Aladdin. David Mead talks to David Bintley about Birmingham Royal Ballet’s new full-length ballet

19 MOVE IT 2013

21 From Rio to the Royal. Royal Ballet principal dancer Roberta Marquez talks about her career with Gerald Dowler

25 A focus on style: the schools that inspired De Valois. In the third of a six-part series, Patricia Linton looks at the Danish school of ballet

33 Never predict. Alexei Ratmansky, one of the world’s most in-demand choreographers, talks to Zoë Anderson

37 What if… Gerald Dowler imagines what if there were no Petipa?

38 Dance Schools: Northern Ballet Academy. Kevin Berry pays a visit to the Northern Ballet Academy in Leeds




6 Dance Matters. Sergei Filin, BRB’s Aladdin competition, ABT and Royal Ballet exchange

11 Letters

12 Talking Point. This month, Ian Palmer considers addiction and dance

29 Dance Health. Debbie Malina investigates how vibration exercise machines can help dancers

41 Dance Scene. Reviews this month include : The Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, National Ballet
of Canada, Dutch National Ballet, The Australian Ballet and Paris Opéra Ballet

67 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov sees Duato’s new Romeo

69 Dance Media. Anne Middelboe Christensen reviews La Sylphide, Paris 1832 and Beyond

71 Dance People. New Year Honours, Natalie Kremen

73 Obituaries. Richard Rodney Bennett, Michele Braban, Alexander Schouvaloff, Ravi Shankar

77 Dance Education. Cecchetti Vocational Awards, RAD

83 Classifieds

84 Where to Learn

86 Calendar


93 Dancer of the Month. English National Ballet’s Nancy Osbaldeston interviewed by Margaret Willis

96 Frederick Ashton. By Zoë Anderson

98 Your Page

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