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June 2013

Posted on June 25, 2013

After our celebration of the 100th anniversary of The Rite of Spring last month, we get back to business with another packed issue of Dancing Times. I was lucky enough to travel to Norfolk, Virginia, with Birmingham Royal Ballet in order to see the company participate in the Virginia Arts Festival at the end of April, and you can read my report of the proceedings on page 23.

Iris Fanger introduces us to Boston Ballet on page 14 in advance of its first London season in over 30 years, and on page 19 Patricia Linton draws some conclusions from the Focus on Style series of lectures held at The Royal Ballet School over the past few months. Gerald Dowler interviews Reid Anderson, director of Stuttgart Ballet, on page 27, and Paul Arrowsmith examines composer Benjamin Britten’s relationship with ballet in time to mark the 100th anniversary celebrations of his birth. Finally, on page 36, Sarah Woodcock pays tribute to a very special lady, dance photographer Frederika Davis, who, amazingly, celebrated her 90th birthday on May 28. The interview includes some of Frederika’s early photographs, but you can also see examples of her more recent pictures amongst the many reviews included in Dance Scene.

Jonathan Gray


June 2013 Volume 103 Issue 1234

Features

14 More than a tea party. Iris Fanger introduces Boston Ballet on the eve of the company’s return to the London Coliseum

19 A focus on style: the schools that inspired De Valois. Patricia Linton draws some conclusions in the final part of the series

23 Reaching out. Jonathan Gray travelled with Birmingham Royal Ballet to see them participate in the Virginia Arts Festival

27 We are family. Gerald Dowler meets Reid Anderson, director of Stuttgart Ballet

36 Knowing what to photograph. As Frederika Davis celebrates her 90th birthday, Sarah Woodcock talks to her about her career in photography

39 Benjamin Britten goes to the ballet. By Paul Arrowsmith


Regulars

6 Dance Matters. Autumn at Sadler’s Wells, Ashton Symposium, Hamburg Ballet Days

11 Letters

12 Talking Point. Phil Sanger of Phoenix Dance Theatre reflects on aspects of the life of a professional dancer

33 Dance Health. Debbie Malina continues to investigate the subject of stress by looking into biofeedback

43 Dance Scene. Reviews this month include : National Ballet of Canada, English National Ballet, The Place Prize, Scottish Ballet, Breakin’ Convention, the Paris Opéra Ballet School, Stuttgart Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem

63 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov attends Dance Open

65 Dance Media. New books and DVDs

67 Dance People. Sir Peter Wright, Nicholas Legat Blue Plaque unveiled

68 Obituaries. Merrill Brockway, Muriel Carr, Frederic Franklin, Michael Hogan

71 Dance Education. IDTC Conference, IDTA Awards

75 Classifieds

76 Where to Learn

79 Calendar


IntoDance

85 Dancer of the month. Margaret Willis talks to Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Maureya Lebowitz

89 A book of stars. Zoë Anderson talks to dance critic Luke Jennings, and his daughter Laura, about a new performing arts school series of books

90 Your Page

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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