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October 2014

Posted on October 23, 2014


There are some great interviews in this latest issue of Dancing Times, which I hope you will enjoy reading as much as I did when we were putting the magazine together. Zoë Anderson talks to Natalia Osipova, The Royal Ballet’s exciting principal dancer, on the eve of her debuts at Covent Garden this month in Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon and Frederick Ashton’s A Month in the Country. Also speaking about the role of Manon, to Laura Dodge, are The Royal Ballet’s Francesca Hayward, Sarah Lamb and Marianela Nuñez in an article that celebrates the 40th anniversary of this very popular ballet.

To mark the launch of the latest Dance Umbrella, Matthew Paluch interviews its new director, Emma Gladstone, about her plans and ambitions for the festival, and Alex Beard, chief executive of the Royal Opera House, tells Gerald Dowler about his appreciation of dance and his vision for the future of the Royal Opera House companies. We also feature an interview conducted by Anya Sainsbury with Ross McKim, director of Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, who will be stepping down after 30 years at the end of the current academic year. Finally, the dance events from the Edinburgh festivals are fully reviewed in Dance Scene UK.


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14 Emotional honesty. The dazzling Natalia Osipova starts her second season with The Royal Ballet this month. She speaks to Zoë Anderson about choices, her career and her new life in London

25 Interpretation heaven. As Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon celebrates its 40th anniversary, Laura Dodge explores the title role

29 Democratic creation. Matthew Paluch meets Emma Gladstone on the eve of her first season as director of Dance Umbrella

32 Dancers need rest. Erin Sanchez announces the winners of Dancing Times and Dance UK’s joint photograph competition and explains why it’s important to take a break


21 Looking back. Anya Sainsbury talks to Ross McKim, director of Rambert School for Ballet and Contemporary Dance

35 Making the Garden grow. Gerald Dowler in conversation with Alex Beard, chief executive of the Royal Opera House


06 Dance Matters. English National Ballet plans for 2014–15, DV8

11 Letters

12 Talking Point. Amy Shelton offers her experiences teaching ballet to children in Kenya

40 Dance Scene. Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

57 Variety Lights. Barbara Newman reviews Chichester Festival Theatre’s new production of Guys and Dolls

59 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov sees debuts at the Maryinsky

61 Dance Media. New books, CDs and DVDs

63 Dance People. New chair for DCD

65 Obituaries. Kevin Berry, Elsa Marianne von Rosen

67 Dance Health. Debbie Malina ventures into the complex world of medical insurance

73 Dance Education. Laine Theatre Arts, IDTC

81 Classifieds

82 Where to Learn

91 Calendar

Into Dance

85 Dancer of the Month. The Royal Ballet’s Tierney Heap interviewed by Margaret Willis

88 Elite Syncopations. Zoë Anderson introduces the ballet by Kenneth MacMillan that Scottish Ballet takes across Scotland this month

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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