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July 2018

Posted on July 31, 2018

07 DT July 2018

Last month, Dancing Times went stateside. This month, there is a definite Russian feel to the magazine. Margaret Willis reports from the Arabesque Ballet Competition in Perm, there is also the second part of Gerald Dowler’s Ballet in the Soviet Union, Jane Pritchard introduces a collection of costumes and archive material at the Victoria and Albert Museum relating to the great choreographer Bronislava Nijinska, and, of course, we include Igor Stupnikov’s regular Letter from St Petersburg. Russian ballet also turns up in unexpected places – who knew there was a Bolshoi Ballet School in Brazil, revealed in the latest instalment of Fátima Nollén’s guide to Brazil, or that our Dancer of the Month, Ballet Black’s José Alves, studied there? It seems the world of dance is both bigger and smaller than we ever realised.

In addition, we hear from two ballet directors – Reid Anderson, retiring shortly from Stuttgart Ballet, and Nicolas Le Riche, who has just taken up the reins of the Royal Swedish Ballet. We also reveal the winners of the Blackpool Dance Festival, and take a look at a new show, Carmen La Cubana, at Sadler’s Wells.

This month sees a small increase in our annual subscription rates [add link to rates here Simon], the first since 2015. We now need to reflect the higher cost of paper and postage, but believe we continue to offer you, our readers, great value for money.


Dancing Times, July 2018 Volume 108 Issue 1295

Cover Stories

17 – The Wow Effect. Reid Anderson, director of Stuttgart Ballet, talks to Gerald Dowler about his imminent retirement

21 – Carmen with a Cuban twist. As Carmen La Cubana opens at Sadler’s Wells, Nicola Rayner learns how it all began from director Christopher Renshaw

24 – Open competition. Margaret Willis attends the Arabesque Ballet Competition in Perm

78 – Blackpool 2018. Martin Cutler reports from this year’s Blackpool Dance Festival


28 – Time-honoured tradition. Nicolas Le Riche discusses his new role as director of the Royal Swedish Ballet with Erik Näslund

31 – Quality and innovation. Fátima Nollén talks to Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker, looks at the Joinville Dance Festival and finds out about Brazil’s Bolshoi Ballet School

35 – Dancing through terror. Gerald Dowler continues his series on Soviet Ballet from 1924 to 1941, with a focus on socialist realism

39 – Nijinska’s treasures. Jane Pritchard introduces a collection relating to Bronislava Nijinska at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Dance Today

84 – Tips on technique. By James Whitehead

85 – Technique clinic. By Phil Meacham

86 – Simon’s Guide to Swing. By Simon Selmon

87 – Stepping Out. By Marianka Swain

88 – Notes from the dance floor. By Alison Gallagher-Hughes and Vikki Jane Vile

90 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


6 – News. Northern Ballet’s Victoria

12 – Letters

15 – Talking Point. By Caitlin Trainor

43 – FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

45 – Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

49 – Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

51 – Media

53 – Dance Scene. Reviews include The Royal Ballet, Rambert, Akram Khan Company, Royal Danish Ballet

93 – People. English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Award

94 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets Ballet Black’s José Alves

99 – Obituaries. Errol Pickford

101 – Products

105 – Education. Moving Assembly Project, Masters of Ballet Academy, Dutch National Ballet Junior Company

108 – Health. Debbie Malina looks at the role of the fascial system

111 – Classified

112 – Calendar. Our guide to what’s on in the UK and abroad

118 – Listings. Where to learn to dance

122 – Last Dance. We look back to July 1978

Simon Oliver has been production editor of Dancing Times since 2010 and is highly experienced in design across print and online magazine production. Throughout his career, Simon has worked on a diverse range of subjects including music, family history, book collecting and poker.

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