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October 2014!

Posted on September 30, 2014

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october-squareOur October 2014 issue is here! As the weather turns to autumn, and theatres and companies launch their new seasons, we speak to dancers Natalia Osipova, Francesca Hayward, Sarah Lamb and Marianela Nuñez, find out about Dance Umbrella’s new director Emma Gladstone and celebrate the 40th birthday of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon – featured on our cover, which shows Osipova with Carlos Acosta.







Natalia Osipova


Zoë Anderson speaks to the Russian star about her new life in London, her choices and her career at The Royal Ballet:

“If she ‘tunes herself’ for each new company, what does she focus on at The Royal Ballet? ‘First of all, you have to respect the tradition of this company. Your vocabulary should have less ‘me, me, me’. You try to learn, every time, in every company. And just to be positive, and then people around me will be pleasant to work with, and I will feel better. Quite often, when I come, I feel the question – not said, but it’s there in the eyes – ‘Why was she chosen? Why did she get the role? Why didn’t they choose me?’ I always remembered that I came into an established team. If I am given a role, I have to be really on top of it. There’s a pressure to show your best, even with an element of magic – to show why it’s me, not somebody else…’”


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Interpretation heaven


As Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon celebrates its 40th anniversary, Laura Dodge explores the title role:

“Unlike Juliet or Cinderella, Manon chooses money over love, only to repent later, but with its brilliant dramatic and choreographic challenges, the role appeals to dancers across the world. ‘It’s amazing what you can feel doing a MacMillan role. You can use your own life experiences – his works are so real, so human. His ballets touch your soul and make you grow as an artist,’ explains Royal Ballet principal Marianela Nuñez.”


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Democratic creation


 Matthew Paluch meets Emma Gladstone, the new director of Dance Umbrella:

“Prior to Dance Umbrella, Gladstone reigned as artistic programmer at Sadler’s Wells, but her decision to leave was less than straightforward. ‘I couldn’t see why I should go,’ she tells me, chased by a serious concern as to how to justify Dance Umbrella’s ‘continuing existence… all the things Dance Umbrella used to lead on are now being done [by others] not only in London but nationally. People are being commissioned, and produced, international artists are coming over, and professional development is going on. It’s such a changed field, so I did a lot of thinking…’”


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Also in the September issue…

See the winners of Dancing Times and Dance UK’s “Dancers Need Rest” photo competition!

Gerald Dowler interviews Alex Beard, chief excutive of the Royal Opera House

Anya Sainsbury interviews Ross McKim, director of Rambert School for Ballet and Contemporary Dance

Amy Shelton on dance and international aid

Debbie Malina offers a guide to health insurance for dancers

Zoë Anderson looks at Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations, which Scottish Ballet tour across Scotland this month

Plus news of English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Liam Scarlett, Royal New Zealand Ballet, DV8, Ballet Black, BBC Young Dancer 2015, reviews of dance at the Edinburgh Festival including INALA and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Northern Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Guys and Dolls at Chichester, new dancers at the Maryinsky Ballet, new dance books, DVDs and more!


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Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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