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September 2008

Posted on July 4, 2008


The summer may be drawing to a close, but the boundaries of dance seem to be ever expanding. This month we look at dance taking place at some of the UK’s popular music festivals this summer, Scottish Ballet’s Tama Barry has written a diary piece detailing the company’s small-scale tour to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and in DanceScene International Katie Gregory reports on the extraordinary Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe’s unique take on Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Gerald Dowler talks to the choreographer about her work with the company and her creative inspiration. Also in this issue, Lloyd Newson, artistic director of DV8, writes in Talking Point about the process of development behind his latest work, To Be Straight With You, a piece that has already garnered critical acclaim during its UK tour and which comes to the National Theatre, London, at the end of October. Finally, in Teachers and Training we introduce a new column, Dancers’ Dilemmas, in which Mary Goodhew, head of dance at the Legat School, has kindly agreed to answer readers’ queries concerning ballet technique and other dance-related matters.

Jonathan Gray

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10 Letters to the Editor

13 Talking Point.
Lloyd Newson writes about the inspiration behind his latest work

14 Out of the suitcase. Shobana Jeyasingh interviewed by Gerald Dowler

18 Dance Schools: The Hungarian Dance Academy by Jenny Veldhuis

23 A Level Study Aid. Dance in American Musicals part two.
By Lorna Sanders

31 Dance at festivals. Kate Worms looks at the emergence of dance stages at UK music festivals

35 Dancers after dancing. Patricia Linton talks to Vyvyan Lorrayne

39 “He’s the tops”. Desmond Kelly pays tribute to Sir Peter Wright

41 Up close and personal. Scottish Ballet’s summer tour.
A diary by Tama Barry

45 John Gilpin remembered by Mary Clarke

47 Another Opening Another Show. West Side Story by Barbara Newman
and The Wizard Of Oz by Katie Gregory

51 DanceScene International – UK: The Mikhailovsky Ballet, The Cholmondeleys and the Featherstonehaughs, The National Ballet of China, The Guangong Acrobatic Troupe. Overseas: Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, The Bolshoi Ballet

65 Letter from St Petersburg by Igor Stupnikov

69 Obituaries – Cyd Charisse, Malcolm Hickling, Petrus Bosman and Mariemma


Into Dance!

101 Gonzalo Garcia is our Dancer of the Month interviewed by Margaret Willis

104 Dance feature: Manon by Jonathan Gray

106 Your Page. Ask Agnes Oaks and Thomas Edur your questions



6 Dancematters This month: The Australian Ballet, Wayne McGregor,                         Win Royal Ballet DVDs

67 Miscellany This month: London Ballet Circle, New appointments

75 Teachers & Training

81 Classified

82 Where to Learn

84 Calendar

97 Book & DVD

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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