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November 2017

Posted on November 30, 2017

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Editorial and contents November 2017

This month, we highlight performances of ballets by Kenneth MacMillan presented in the UK as part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration, which will be continuing in London early this month. MacMillan’s choreography has been seen recently in Birmingham, Bradford, Glasgow, Manchester and London, but it has also been presented in Texas, where, in September, Houston Ballet danced his three-act Mayerling for the first time – I report from the city on page 30. Also this month, Margaret Willis travels to Cyprus to meet ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, who will be bringing her show, Amore, to the London Coliseum later this month; Nicola Rayner reports on the 2017 International Dance Championships; and Graham Watts writes about a spectacular gala held in México City. Of special interest to dancers, in this month’s health column, Debbie Malina looks at the painful issue of bunions; and in our Education pages we continue our reports on some of the end-of-year performances by the UK’s leading vocational colleges. There will be more to come next month, too!


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Cover Stories

17 – A chat in the sun. Margaret Willis talks to ballerina Svetlana Zakharova about her upcoming performances in London

25 – Family girl. Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse interviewed by Nicola Rayner

30 – Mayerling, Texas. Jonathan Gray sees Houston Ballet in a new production of MacMillan’s Mayerling

74 – The International. Nicola Rayner reports from the 2017 International Dance Championships


21 – From Despertares to desperation. Graham Watts on a gala in México City

34 – From Tsar to Commissar: Ballet and the Russian Revolution. Part two of Gerald Dowler’s series on the impact the Revolution made on Russian ballet

Dance Today

80 – Tips on technique. By James Whitehead

81 – Technique clinic. By Phil Meacham

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

83 – Stepping Out. By Marianka Swain

84 – Notes from the Dance Floor. By Vikki Jane Vile

86 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


6 – News. New season at Sadler’s Wells, Akram Khan

12 – Letters

15 – Talking Point. By Julia Fitzelle

38 – Variety Lights. Barbara Newman reviews Aida, Medea, Written in Rage and Cockfight

41 – FRANCE/dance. Laura Cappelle sees National Ballet of Canada and the Paris Opéra Ballet

43 – Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov enjoys the Mikhailovsky Ballet in a new production of Cinderella

45 – Notes from New York. Jack Anderson attends new works by Twyla Tharp and New York City Ballet

47 – Media. Zoë Anderson watches three new dance documentaries screened at the Raindance Film Festival

51 – Dance Scene. Reviews include The Royal Ballet, Acosta Danza, Scottish Ballet and Hong Kong Ballet

89 – People. Royal Ballet reunion

90 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets English National Ballet’s Aitor Arrieta

95 – Obituaries. Tamara Tchinarova

97 – Products

99 – Education. CDET conference, Rambert School, English National Ballet School, LCDS, Step Live

103 – Health. Debbie Malina investigates the painful issue of bunions

107 – Classified

109 – Calendar. Our guide to dance performances in the UK and abroad

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

122 – Last Dance. We look back to November 1977

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