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July 2011

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.
JONATHAN GRAY


July 2011 Volume 101 Issue 1211

Features

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


Regulars

6 Dance Matters. New Royal Ballet director, Les Sylphides and Giselle DVD competition

10  Letters

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

75 Classifieds

76 Where to Learn

79  Calendar


Into Dance

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

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