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November 2009

Posted on October 4, 2009


Where would dance be without music? I know that many pieces of contemporary dance are performed in silence, but it seems to me that dance has been inextricably bound to music of all forms from the dawn of civilization. This month, we include two features that explore the relationship between music and dance.

On page 26, Noël Goodwin looks at the work of the Drummond Fund and the commissioning of music for new dance works, and on page 37 Gerald Dowler salutes the talents of the dance accompanist. Alison Kirkman talks to dancer and choreographer Akram Khan about his new works for The Point and Sadler’s Wells on page 17, and from page 51 DanceScene International covers the opening of new seasons for English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Scottish Ballet, The Royal Ballet and Dance Umbrella. Finally, and sadly, we say farewell to our wonderful colleague Katie Gregory. She not only acted as editorial assistant for Dancing Times, but as editor for four years of our sister publication, Dance Today, did a tremendous job in revitalising that magazine. We shall miss her terribly, and wish her every success in her future career.

Jonathan Gray

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In this month’s issue


14 All Points to Eastleigh. Louise Bennett reports on Phase3 At The Point

17 Space Outside. Akram Khan talks to Alison Kirkman about his residency at The Point

20 A LEVEL STUDY AID Revelations. Part Two. By Dr Lorna Sanders

26 Funding a dual purpose. Nöel Goodwin looks at the work of the Drummond Fund 29 The Mikhailovsky Ballet. By Margaret Willis

33 Qualifications for dance teachers. By Alison Beckett

37 Singing their praises. Gerald Dowler salutes dance accompanists

40 Volume 99 – Dancing Times Contents Index.

43 Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev. Part 13 researched by Sarah Woodcock

47 Another Opening. Barbara Newman reviews Le Grand Macabre

51 DanceScene International UK: English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, The Brandstrup–Rojo Project, Bonachela Dance Company, Scottish Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre OVERSEAS: Fall for Dance, The Kiev Ballet (Ballet of the National Opera of Ukraine)

73 New Releases. A selection of reviews of recently released dance books and DVDs



6 Dancematters.
MOVE IT, Critics’ Circle Awards, DanceEast

11 Letters to the Editor

12 Talking Point. By David McAllister

71 Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

77 Miscellany. Pamela Moncur

83 Teachers & Training. National Youth Ballet, Totnes Summer School, Youth Dance England

89 Classified

90 Where to Learn

92 Calendar



101 Dancer of the Month – Vladimir Shklyarov. Interviewed by Margaret Willis

104 IntoDance.
From ballet to musicals By Sanjoy Roy

106 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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