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October 2011

Posted on October 25, 2011


As the cuts in Arts Council funding begin to take effect, we include two views about their impact on contemporary dance in this issue of Dancing Times. Betsy Gregory’s Talking Point column puts in perspective how the cuts will affect Dance Umbrella, the long-running annual festival of contemporary dance; and choreographer Lea Anderson talks to Zoë Anderson and me about the closure of The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs.

Also in this month’s magazine, Paul Arrowsmith takes a close-up view at how dance is recorded for film and television; and Rym Kechacha examines the life of the Ballets Russes star Ida Rubinstein, and the short film it inspired. We also include an article on Degas and the ballet by Ann Dumas, co-curator of the current exhibition being held at the Royal Academy of Arts in London; and we illustrate our interview with Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Carol-Anne Millar with some wonderful photographs taken especially for Dancing Times by photographer and former dancer Tim Cross. More pictures from the session with Carol-Anne can be found on our website.


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14 The soubrette speaks out. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Carol-Anne Millar interviewed by Gerald Dowler

21 Dance to the music of time. Ann Dumas on Degas and the Ballet at the Royal Academy of Arts

29 Farewell Featherstonehaughs. Lea Anderson talks to Zoë Anderson and Jonathan Gray about the closure of her company

33 Madame Ida. Rym Kechacha takes a look at the life of Ida Rubinstein, a star of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and the inspiration behind a new short film

43 First lady of Irish ballet. Mary Clarke pays tribute to Joan Denise Moriarty

45 Ready for my close-up. Spotlight on filming dance by Paul Arrowsmith



6 Dance Matters. New Adventures Choreographer Award, Billy Elliot ticket competition

11 Letters

12 Talking Point. This month, Betsy Gregory on the effects of Arts Council cuts

25 Variety Lights. Barbara Newman on Crazy for You, Top Hat, and South Pacific

37 Dance Health. Drink up! Debbie Malina considers why it is essential for dancers to keep hydrated

51 Dance Scene. Reviews this month include : Edinburgh International Festival, The Maryinsky Ballet, and Mark Morris Dance Group

67 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov on the Eifman Academy

69 Dance Media. New books reviewed by Zoë Anderson and Mary Clarke

71 Dance People. Tamara Rojo, A “Royal” wedding

73 Obituaries. Raymond King

75 Dance Education. English National Ballet School, Urdang

81 Classifieds

82 Where to Learn

84 Calendar

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93 Dancer of the Month. Richard Alston Dance Company’s Hannah Kidd interviewed by Margaret Willis

96 Beyond the theatre. By Zoë Anderson

98 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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