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July 2012

Posted on July 24, 2012


The London 2012 Olympics are very nearly upon us, and it seems there is no escaping the build-up to the Games – even in the world of dance! In this month’s issue, we highlight some of the dance-related events that contribute towards the London 2012 Festival. Coinciding with the London 2012 Olympics is the Peter Schaufuss Ballet’s Tchaikovsky Trilogy season at the London Coliseum, and on page 19, Zoë Anderson talks to two of its stars, Irek Mukhamedov and Alban Lendorf.

Birmingham Royal Ballet principal dancer Matthew Lawrence takes a look at eating disorders and ballet on page 39, and on page 35 we pay tribute to former ballerina and much-loved teacher Julia Farron, who celebrates her 90th birthday this month. Happy Birthday!


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14 To Olympian heights and beyond. Cultural Olympiads investigated by Paul Arrowsmith

19 Hungry for the stage. Irek Mukhamedov and Alban Lendorf talk to Zoë Anderson about life on stage

25 Bowing out. The first of a two-part appreciation of Dame Monica Mason’s directorship of The Royal Ballet by Gerald Dowler

32 Extreme action. Elizabeth Streb talks to Iris Fanger about her new work for the London 2012 Festival

35 Living history. Gerald Dowler interviews Julia Farron, who celebrates her 90th birthday this month

39 The complicated truth. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Matthew Lawrence investigates eating disorders and ballet


6 Dance Matters. Big Dance 2012, Marilyn Monroe Blu-ray competition, Pavlova film season

10 Letters

13 Talking Point. This month, Yasmine Saadeh asks if the disability is in the access, not the dancers

23 Variety Lights. Barbara Newman on Ragtime

29 Dance Health. Debbie Malina considers why dancers work through pain and injury

43 Dance Scene. Reviews this month include : Birmingham International Dance Festival, New Adventures, English National Ballet and Flawless, the Bolshoi Ballet

63 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov on Nacho Duato

64 Dance Media. New books and DVDs reviewed by Sarah Woodcock and Jonathan Gray

67 Dance People. Pratap Pawar celebrations

68 Obituaries. Dr Marion North, Catherine Marks, Horst Koegler

70 Dance Education. National Youth Ballet, CDET

75 Classifieds

76 Where to Learn

79 Calendar

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85 Dancer of the Month. Richard Alston Dance Company’s Liam Riddick interviewed by Margaret Willis

88 New English Ballet Theatre. By Zoë Anderson

90 Your Page


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