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June 2019

Posted on June 25, 2019

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Editorial and contents June 2019

A favourite ballet returns to the repertoire of The Royal Ballet this month. The Firebird has become one of the few works from the era of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes to have survived into the current century, and its revival at the Royal Opera House allows Dancing Times to take another look at some aspects of the ballet. I talk to Monica Mason, Gary Avis and Itziar Mendizabal about dancing in Mikhail Fokine’s great work, whilst Paul Arrowsmith previews an exhibition on the artist Natalia Goncharova at Tate Modern, best known to many for designing the sets and costumes for The Firebird in 1926. Then, in news, we feature an exhibition on the Ballets Russes at Bonhams that includes costumes from the original 1910 production designed by Alexander Golovine.

Also in this issue, Nicola Rayner talks to choreographer Sergio Trujillo about his work on the new stage musical On Your Feet!, Marianka Swain reflects on Darcey Bussell’s legacy as she departs from Strictly Come Dancing, and veteran dance critic Clement Crisp offers his thoughts to Gerald Dowler following his decision to retire from writing.


Dancing Times, June 2019 Volume 109 Issue 1306

Cover Stories

14 – The flight of the Firebird. Jonathan Gray previews The Royal Ballet’s revival

23 – Feel the heat. Sergio Trujillo, the choreographer for On Your Feet!, speaks to Nicola Rayner

32 – A lot of fun. Margaret Willis goes behind the scenes at London Children’s Ballet

68 – There is nothing like a dame. With the departure of Darcey Bussell from Strictly Come Dancing, Marianka Swain reflects on her legacy


19 – “Obscure lady artist from Moscow…” As Tate Modern’s exhibition on Natalia Goncharova opens, Paul Arrowsmith investigates her work

27 – Dancing for free. Fátima Nollén explores the ballet scene in Ecuador

36 – Age ain’t nothing but a number. Matthew Paluch thinks we should tell that to the world of dance

41 – A lifetime of dance. On the eve of a performance of Romeo and Juliet dedicated to him, critic Clement Crisp speaks with Gerald Dowler

Dance Today

72 – Notes from the Dance Floor. By Vikki Jane Vile and Nicola Rayner

76 – Tips on technique. By James Whitehead

77 – Technique clinic. By Phil Meacham

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

79 – Stepping Out. By Marianka Swain

80 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


6 – News. The Royal Ballet’s 2019-2020 season

10 – Letters

13 – Talking Point. By Irving David

45 – Dance Scene. Reviews include Here Come the Girls, The Royal Ballet, A Night of 100 Solos, Israel Galván, LDIF Festival, Breakin’ Convention,

Deborah Colker and the Ballet de Santiago

61 – FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

63 – Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

65 – Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

83 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis talks to Wona Park of San Francisco Ballet

87 – People. A special evening celebrating Gillian Lynne

88 – Obituaries. Katherine Lewis, Clover Roope

91 – Media. A new film on Natalia Osipova and more

95 – Products

97 – Education. London Russian Ballet School, Encore Dance Company, KS Dance, RAD Margot Fonteyn Competition

100 – Health. Debbie Malina takes a close look at The Royal Ballet’s healthcare of its 90 dancers

104 – Calendar. Our guide to what’s on this month in the UK and abroad

110 – Listings. Where to learn to dance in the UK

114 – Last Dance. We look back to June 1979

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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