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March 2015

Posted on April 28, 2015

Mar 15 SO

We feature no fewer than four British-based choreographers in this month’s issue of Dancing Times, three of whom are celebrating significant anniversaries. David Bintley has been leading Birmingham Royal Ballet for 20 years, and he talks openly about his work as a choreographer and director to Paul Arrowsmith. Robert Cohan, who was instrumental in establishing contemporary dance in the UK, will be 90 this month and he discusses his career and current projects with Zoë Anderson.

Also celebrating a significant birthday this month is Michael Corder, who expresses his concerns at the way choreography for classical ballet is heading with admirable frankness. Last but not least, Kenneth Tindall, a young dance maker based with Northern Ballet, writes about combining his career as a dancer and choreographer in Talking Point. We also highlight Dance UK’s forthcoming conference on the future of dance, and announce the winners of the 2014 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. Lastly, I would like to extend congratulations to our production editor, Simon Oliver, who married his fiancée, Rachael, on St Valentine’s Day. All at Dancing Times hope they have many happy years ahead of them.


March 2015 Volume 105 Issue 1255

Cover stories

15 Builder’s tea – well stirred. David Bintley, director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, talks to Paul Arrowsmith

24 Experience what you are doing. Zoë Anderson meets dancemaker Robert Cohan on the eve of his 90th birthday celebration at The Place

29 The music man. Jonathan Gray asks choreographer Michael Corder for his views on new British classical choreography


18 Fathers and sons. Dominic Antonucci looks at the lives of “ballet dads”

21 The Future. Assis Carreiro heralds Dance UK’s forthcoming conference

33 The National Dance Awards 2014. Zoë Anderson reveals the winners

36 The Bohemia Ballet. Jenny Veldhuis on a junior company in Prague

39 Where to start? We highlight a dance careers event organised by CDET


06 Dance Matters. New season at the Paris Opéra, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

10 Letters

13 Talking Point. Kenneth Tindall on his life as a dancer and choreographer

42 Dance Scene. Reviews include The Royal Ballet, The BalletBoyz

61 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov sees a new Romeo and Juliet

63 Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

65 Dance Media. Nureyev DVD competition

67 Obituaries. Nesta Macdonald, Eileen Ward, Donna-Day Washington

71 Dance People. ENB’s Emerging Dancers

73 Dance Health. Debbie Malina on chiropractic

79 Dance Education. IDS Dance Teacher of the Year

83 Classified

84 Where to Learn

92 Calendar


Into Dance

87 Dancer of the Month. The Royal Ballet’s Tristan Dyer interviewed by Margaret Willis

90 Dance for children. Zoë Anderson looks at performances created for kids

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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