Posted on September 4, 2008
Sometimes the worlds of politics and dance collide, and in this month’s Dancing Times we bring you two fascinating features that explore this theme. Margaret Willis was in Edinburgh to interview Nina Ananiashvili, artistic director of the State Ballet of Georgia, just as the great ballerina’s home country seemed to be sliding into full-scale conflict with Russia. You can read her interview on page 14. On page 47 Mona Mahmoud gives an extraordinary account of the life of a professional dance company in Iraq and the every-day difficulties faced by its dancers. Elsewhere, we give extensive coverage of dance occurring in Germany, Hong Kong and South America.
Two of The Royal Ballet’s most popular principal dancers, Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares, are both interviewed by Gerald Dowler on page 36 and on page 23 Zoë Anderson reports on the inspirational work of Angelina Alessendre and her dance company Larondina. Finally, celebrating his 60th birthday and the 40th anniversary of his first choreography, Richard Alston writes for us a thoughtful Talking Point column.
14 Nina Ananiashvili. Interviewed by Margaret WiIlis
23 Larondina. Zoë Anderson reports on Angelina Alessendre’s work teaching dance to people with Down’s Syndrome
27 Hong Kong’s new moves. The latest from Hong Kong Ballet by Natasha Rogai
31 Looking after dancers during pregnancy and parenthood. Debbie Malina reports on Vincent Dance and Dance UK’s research project
34 The South American Way. The Royal Ballet’s Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares interviewed by Gerald Dowler
39 Dancing Around Europe. Part 1 of a new series by Louise Bennett
43 Nijinska and her work at the Ballet del Teatro Colón. By Enrique Honorio Destaville and translated by Ana Abad-Carlés
47 SPECIAL REPORT: Waiting for normal. Mona Mahmoud reports on Iraq’s National Folklore Dancing team
53 DanceScene International UK: The State Ballet of Georgia, Rosas, New Adventures, Batsheva Dance Company, Istanbul Music and Sema Group, Northern Ballet Theatre, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Rambert, DanceEast, Laban
10 Letters to the Editor
13 Talking Point. By Richard Alston
71 Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov
75 Teachers & Training.
Yorkshire Ballet Seminars, Excellent!, Wells Summer School
82 Where to Learn
97 Book & DVD
101 Dance Umbrella Overture 2012. By Lydia Polzer
104 Dancer of the Month – Michela Meazza. Interviewed by Margaret Willis
106 Your Page – ask Thomas and Agnes!