Posted on September 30, 2010
I hope the recent bad weather the UK experienced didn’t prove too disruptive for readers of Dancing Times. It certainly didn’t deter the audience for English National Ballet’s The Snow Queen at the London Coliseum on January 8 – the house was completely packed, proving that people will overcome many obstacles just to get to a performance. On page 15 of this issue, Gerald Dowler talks to Elena Glurdjidze, ENB’s senior principal dancer, about her life and career. To celebrate, the magazine also commissioned a series of stunning new photographs of the dancer in her Snow Queen costume by Elliott Franks, and I think you will agree they do full justice to this wonderful artist.
There is a definite international feel to the magazine this month, with a number of articles and reviews highlighting dance events in Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Russia, Scotland, and the US, showing dance is as universally and extensively popular as ever. Finally, coming to a conclusion with this magazine is Sarah Woodcock’s invaluable itinerary of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, which has proved an eye-opener into the life of that extraordinary, remarkable company. The articles have been a labour of love, and Sarah must be applauded for the thorough and extensive research she has undertaken to bring it to our pages. Finally, for a flavour of what Dancing Times was like in the 1920s, turn to page 33!
15 A Born Fighter. English National Ballet’s Elena Glurdjidze talks to Gerald Dowler 21 MOVE IT 2010.
23 Not Quite Right. Kevin Berry previews a remarkable collaboration at Scottish Dance Theatre
29 Dance in the recession: Part Two. By Zoë Anderson
33 Dancing Times 100. By Mary Clarke
35 Assemblée Internationale 2009. By Jane Hackett
39 Introdans. Jenny Veldhuis highlights a company dedicated to making ballet available to all
43 Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev. Part 16 by Sarah Woodcock
47 Another Opening. Barbara Newman reviews the Messiah, and David Jays reviews Legally Blonde
53 DanceScene International UK: Northern Ballet Theatre; The Royal Ballet; New Adventures; English National Ballet; Off-Kilter; Scottish Ballet OVERSEAS: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet; National Ballet of Canada; Cannes Dance Festival; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Meryl Tankard; Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch; Paris Opéra Ballet; Bavarian State Ballet; Bolshoi Ballet
77 New Books. By Mary Clarke and Frank Freeman
82 Obituary. Georgina Parkinson, Moyra Fraser, Jill Gregory
6 Dancematters. English National Ballet, Homage to Nureyev Gala
10 Letters to the Editor
12 Talking Point. By Susan Crow and Jennifer Jackson
75 Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov
81 Miscellany. Kenneth MacMillan
85 Teachers & Training. Tring redevelopment, Northern Ballet School, Laban Centre
90 Where to Learn
101 Dancer of the Month – Anaïs Chalendard. Interviewed by Margaret Willis
104 IntoDance. Legally Blonde in pictures
106 Your Page