Posted on July 21, 2011
We are in nostalgic mode in this month’s Dancing Times, and there is also a distinct Russian flavour to the contents. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Maryinsky Ballet’s first performances in London, we publish on pages 34–35 a selection of Frederika Davis’ wonderful photographs of some of the great Russian ballet stars of the past, and on page 15 Zoë Anderson interviews the US-born star of American Ballet Theatre, David Hallberg, who will be appearing with the Maryinsky as a guest artist at Covent Garden.
On page 29 Gerald Dowler marks the 50th anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West whilst dancing with the Kirov Ballet in Paris, and on page 39 Trader Faulkner remembers his mother, the British-born dancer Sheila Whytock, who appeared as “Sheilova” in the first London season by Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1911. We also look forward to English National Ballet’s eagerly-awaited Roland Petit season at the London Coliseum on page 21, and in Dance Education on page 71 we embark on the first of the reviews of this year’s graduation shows by vocational schools and colleges. Finally, we offer our congratulations to Kevin O’Hare, who has just been appointed director of The Royal Ballet from July 2012.
15 Hungry for more. American Ballet Theatre’s David Hallberg interviewed by Zoë Anderson
21 Roland the great. Clement Crisp profiles Roland Petit
25 Peerless partner. Hannah Hyam pays tribute to Ginger Rogers
29 Six steps exactly. Gerald Dowler marks the 50th anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West
34 Russian steps. Frederika Davis shares some of her images of the great Russian dancers she photographed in London during the 1960s and 1970s
37 Sheilova: Diaghilev’s unlikely choice. Trader Faulkner remembers Sheila Whytock, who danced for Diaghilev
6 Dance Matters. New Royal Ballet director, Les Sylphides and Giselle DVD competition
13 Talking Point. This month, David Jays asks why we bring our prejudices to the theatre?
32 Dance Health. Debbie Malina continues our health directory for dancers
43 Dance Scene. Reviews this month include : Dutch National Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, and the Bolshoi Ballet
63 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov at the XIX International White Nights Festival
65 Dance Media. Books and DVDs reviewed by Zoë Anderson and Jonathan Gray
67 Dance People. The Ulanova Gala in London
69 Obituaries. Murielle Ashcroft, Flick Colby
71 Dance Education. Yorkshire Scholarships, The Place, Back to the Barre
76 Where to Learn
85 Dancer of the Month. Rambert Dance Company’s Miguel Altunaga interviewed by Margaret Willis
88 Stage Picture. Don Quixote by Zoë Anderson
90 Your Page