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July 2014

Posted on August 11, 2014

There is a distinct French flavour to this month’s Dancing Times, from the cover depicting English National Ballet’s Laurretta Summerscales in Coppélia, that charming comedy ballet performed for the first time in Paris in 1870, to Barbara Newman’s review of English National Opera’s new production of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini in Variety Lights.

Nicolas Le Riche, the great étoile of the Paris Opéra Ballet, gives his farewell performance with the company at the Palais Garnier on July 9 and Gerald Dowler interviews him about his illustrious career and his plans for the future. Margaret Willis talks to three dancers from San Francisco Ballet in advance of the company’s three-week season as part of Les Etés de la Danse in the French capital, and we also travel to Nancy to find out about Petter Jacobsson’s plans for the Ballet de Lorraine. Also in this issue, Paul Arrowsmith meets dancer and choreographer Akram Khan on the eve of his 40th birthday, and David Mead talks to Rosemary Lee about the creation of her site-specific dance project in Milton Keynes. Finally, to mark the Maryinsky Ballet’s upcoming season at the Royal Opera House, our Dancer of the Month is the Korean-born Kimin Kim, a rising star of the company.

JONATHAN GRAY


July 2014 Volume 104 Issue 1247

Cover stories

14 Entering the 40 zone. Akram Khan slows down to talk to Paul Arrowsmith

19 Americans in Paris. On the eve of San Francisco Ballet’s visit to Paris, Margaret Willis talks to three of its dancers about their experience of touring in Europe

24 A star is reborn. This month Nicolas Le Riche retires from the Paris Opéra Ballet, the company where he has been an étoile for 22 years. He spoke to Gerald Dowler about his experiences at the Opéra, his views on the nature of dance and his own ideas for the future


Features

29 Carte blanche. Petter Jacobsson, director of Ballet de Lorraine, talks to Gerald Dowler

33 Under the Vaulted Sky. David Mead meets choreographer Rosemary Lee


Regulars

06 Dance Matters. ENB Emerging Dancers, The importance of rest

11 Letters

12 Talking Point. Helen Shute, executive director of Hofesh Shechter Company, on paying dancers a full-time salary

36 Dance Scene. Reviews include International Dance Festival Birmingham, The Royal Ballet, Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet

55 Variety Lights. Barbara Newman sees ENO’s Benvenuto Cellini

57 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov goes to the Mikhailovsky Theatre

59 Notes from New York. Jack Anderson sees performances by New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre

61 Dance Media. Zoë Anderson reviews a new biography on Constant Lambert

63 Dance People. Reg Wilson, Birthday Honours

65 Obituaries. Yvonne Cartier, Will Gaines

66 Dance Health. Debbie Malina on hypnosis

70 Dance Education. Legat celebrations, Verve

75 Classifieds

76 Where to Learn

84 Calendar


Into Dance

79 Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets the Maryinsky Ballet’s Kimin Kim

82 Stage Picture. Coppélia by Zoë Anderson

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