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October 2013

Posted on October 29, 2013


As Dancing Times enters its 104th year of continuous publication, we thought it high time to give the magazine a bit of a “makeover”, so welcome to the first issue of our “new look”, designed by our production editor, Simon Oliver. We hope you like what you see and read, and look forward to any comments and suggestions you may have.

As you will notice, all our regular favourites remain as before, as does our extensive array of news, views and reviews covering all aspects of dance. This month, we give just a flavour of the many pictures found in Andrej Uspenski’s photographic portrait of the Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova in Becoming a Swan, published by Oberon Books; Zoë Anderson talks to dancer Jonathan Goddard about his forthcoming appearances as Count Dracula; and Laura Dodge takes a behind-the-scenes look at English National Ballet’s costume department as they prepare for its new production of Le Corsaire. Also this month, dancer and choreographer Matthew Hawkins reveals what is like to be on the receiving end of a review from a dance critic. Finally, we would like to inform you that Dancing Times is now available in over 150 branches of WH Smith – contact us if you would like to find out where.

Jonathan Gray


Cover Stories


14 Becoming a swan. Natalia Osipova photographed by Andrej Uspenski

17 The cut of Le Corsaire. As English National Ballet prepares for its new production of Le Corsaire, Laura Dodge gets an insight into life working in the company’s costume department

21 Ballet Across America. Daniel Pratt gives an impression of performing at the Kennedy Center’s celebration of ballet in the US




25 A dancer with bite. Jonathan Goddard talks to Zoë Anderson about fangs and contemporary dance stardom

27 Keeper of the flame. Gerald Dowler meets Georgette Tsinguirides, who stages ballets by John Cranko around the world

32 Value. Matthew Hawkins offers his personal thoughts on the value of dance criticism

37 Monte-Carlo or bust. International touring, signposted by Paul Arrowsmith




06 Dance Matters. Kings of the Dance in London

11 Letters

12 Talking Point. It’s the grit in the oyster that makes the pearl, says Josephine Jewkes

40 Dance Scene. Bolshoi Ballet, Edinburgh

59 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov sees a revival of The Flames of Paris

61 Dance Media. Jonathan Gray reviews new books and DVDs

63 Obituaries. David Howard, Anna Volkova

65 Dance People. Rudolf Nureyev exhibition at White Lodge

67 Health. Debbie Malina on Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Programme

73 Dance Education. IDTC Conference, Verve, Laine Theatre Arts

81 Classified

82 Where to Learn

91 Calendar


Into Dance


85 Dancer of the month. Margaret Willis meets Rambert’s Antonette Dayrit

88 Don Quixote. 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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