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January 2011

Posted on January 27, 2011


The London Jewish Cultural Centre, in association with Ivy House Music and Dance, The Royal Ballet and The Royal Ballet School, presented an intriguing symposium at The Royal Ballet Upper School on December 5. Titled “The New Male Dancer”, the day focused on male dancers and their current exciting position in ballet, and began with a ballet class led by Jay Jolley, assistant director of the RBS.

This was followed by a stimulating panel discussion, and concluded with some wonderful examples of male dancing “live” and on film. It is a theme that, coincidentally, runs through this issue of Dancing Times, with The Royal Ballet’s Rupert Pennefather interviewed by Gerald Dowler on page 14; Margaret Willis’ tribute to the great Georgian dancer, Vakhtang Chabukiani, on page 29; Central School of Ballet student Daniel Pratt writing about overcoming an injury on page 41; and on page 33 Ian Palmer discusses the first tour to the UK this month of Danish Dance Theatre with its UK choreographer and director, Tim Rushton. We hope you find the contents of this month’s magazine a stimulating read, and wish you all a very happy New Year!

Jonathan Gray

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January 2011 Volume 101 Issue 1205



14 The English Prince. The Royal Ballet’s Rupert Pennefather interviewed by Gerald Dowler

21 Dilemma of the dance divas. By Reginald Massey

23 Going bonkers with the heritage. Ballet redesigns discussed by
Paul Arrowsmith

27 Meet the MOVE IT Dream Team!

29 Celebrating Chabukiani. Margaret Willis journeyed to Tbilisi for the centenary celebrations of the birth of Vakhtang Chabukiani

33 An Englishman abroad. Ian Palmer meets Tim Rushton, choreographer and director of Danish Dance Theatre

37 Actors dancing. Zoë Anderson finds out how actors prepare to portray dancers on film

41  Getting over it. Daniel Pratt on how he overcame an injury



6 Dance Matters: Maryinsky Ballet, Tamara Karsavina book competition, Auditions

11 Letters

12 Talking Point. This month, Josephine Jewkes writes about ballet style

44 Dance Health. Debbie Malina continues our health directory for dancers

47 Variety Lights. Barbara Newman on Don Giovanni, A Dog’s Heart, and FELA!

53 Dance Scene. Reviews this month include : The Featherstonehaughs, Random Dance, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Jasmin Vardimon Company, and Boston Ballet

69  Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov at the Mikhailovsky

71 Dance Media. Books and DVDs reviewed by Clement Crisp and Jonathan Gray

75 Dance People. CBEs for Agnes Oaks and Thomas Edur

77 Obituaries: Lone Isaksen, Richard Ellis

79 Dance Education. Laine Theatre Arts

83 Classifieds

84 Where to Learn

86 Calendar


Into Dance

93 Dancer of the month. English National Ballet’s Max Westwell interviewed by Margaret Willis

96 Stage Picture. Les Patineurs by Zoë Anderson

98 Your Page

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