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November 2013

Posted on November 29, 2013


There is a musical theme running throughout this new issue of Dancing Times, from the letter we publish by Peter Brown on page 11 concerning new music for the dance syllabus to Stephanie Jordan’s appreciation of the Mark Morris Dance Group on page 14, and Natalie Wheen’s very personal opinion on the standards of orchestral conducting for dance on page 37. They are a reminder, if ever it were needed, of how important a role music plays in the artform we love.

Also this month, we take a look at choreography and choreographers, from Mark Morris again to Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s exploration of the tango in his new show at Sadler’s Wells, to some talented emerging young choreographers who talk to Paul Arrowsmith about their experiences on page 20.

In addition, David Jays finds out what it is like to be a judge at a dance competition on page 17, and in Dance Scene we review some of the early highlights of the autumn dance season, including The Royal Ballet’s new production of Don Quixote, Dance Umbrella 2013, and the exciting staging of Dracula by Mark Bruce Company at Wilton’s Music Hall.



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20 Stepping further. Paul Arrowsmith steps out with emerging choreographers

25 Rooted in touch. In m¡longa, contemporary choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui explores the origins of tango. Zoë Anderson speaks to Nelida Rodriguez de Aure, the production’s tango expert

37 “Make the buggers jump..!” Natalie Wheen thinks it’s time for conductors to learn to dance

47 Don Quixote. The Royal Ballet’s new production reviewed by Jonathan Gray




14 Mark Morris returns. Stephanie Jordan highlights the London season by the Mark Morris Dance Group

17 Judging 13. David Jays takes a look at judging dance

27 Chance to Dance. Laura Dodge finds out more about The Royal Ballet education programme inspiring primary school children

30 “Leaving home, being elsewhere”. David Mead looks back at ArtsCross 2013

34 Dancing Times 2012-13, Volume 103




06 Dance Matters. Lord of the Flies, Drew McOnie

11 Letters

12 Talking Point. Leigh Witchel considers the “ballet gala”

40 Dance Scene. Reviews include Motionhouse, The Royal Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Dance Umbrella 2013, Dracula

57 Variety Lights. Barbara Newman sees The Light Princess

59 Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

61 Dance Media. New books and DVDs

63 Obituaries. Deborah Capon, Heidi Ryom

65 Dance People. Cindy Jourdain on film

66 Health. Debbie Malina on how Dance UK and NIDMS are working with organisations offering support for the dance community

73 Dance Education. National Youth Ballet, PPA

81 Classified

82 Where to Learn

91 Calendar


Into Dance


85 Dancer of the month. Margaret Willis meet’s the Bolshoi Ballet’s Artem Ovcharenko

88 Downloading dance. By Zoë Anderson

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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