Posted on September 5, 2009
Well, we did it! With the Dancing Times office closed for refurbishment and redecoration for a fortnight, and then just over a week to get this issue ready for the printers in our new-look office, I hope you find the September issue of Dancing Times an informative and entertaining read. The RAD Pre-primary and Primary syllabus debate stimulates more Letters to the Editor on page 11 (with more to come next month), and Sean Williams, director of the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) sets out the aims of the Recognised Schools Scheme in his Talking Point column on page 12.
Editor emeritus Mary Clarke pays a visit to The Royal Ballet School Lower School at White Lodge in Richmond Park to see the redevelopment of this Grade 1 listed building on page 31, and on page 41 Meryl Cates, a US-based dance writer, contemplates the future of dance criticism in print and online. Finally, I would like to pay tribute to my colleague Patricia Daly, sales manager of Dancing Times, who retired at the end of August after nearly 20 years of service to this company. I will miss her expert knowledge of ballet, and also the cups of tea she makes for me in the morning! Dear Patricia, we hope you have many happy years of retirement ahead of you.
15 Cover story
No limits this time. The Royal Ballet’s Alina Cojocaru interviewed by Gerald Dowler
21 Cover story
A Level Study Aid Cinderella. Part Two. By Elizabeth Marshall
25 Tidings from Hamburg. Ian Palmer visits Hamburg to sample Hamburg Ballet’s annual Ballett-Tage
28 Nikolai Hübbe First Dancer. John Guy talks to The Royal Danish Ballet’s director about his future plans and his new staging of Napoli
31 Cover story. White Lodge reawakened. By Mary Clarke
35 Different Drummer. By Jann Parry
38 Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev. Part 11 researched by Sarah Woodcock
41 Will criticism go online or take its final bow? By Meryl Cates
45 DanceScene International. UK: Carlos Acosta and Guests; Chun Yi: The Legend of Kung Fu; Shall We Dance OVERSEAS: The Bolshoi Ballet, Ballet of the Stanislavsky Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre; Ballet de Lorraine, Mark Morris Dance Group, Aterballetto, Maguy Marin, Jan Fabre, Ballet Preljocaj, Ballets de Monte-Carlo; Paris Opéra Ballet; The Next Move.
65 Books. Bill Harpe reviews
Cambodian Dance – Celebration of the Gods
68 Obituary. Merce Cunningham and Anna Lendrum
Rambert Dance Co, Scottish Ballet
11 Letters to the Editor
12 Talking Point. By Sean Williams
63 Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov
67 Miscellany. The Royal Ballet
71 Teachers & Training.
RBS performance, Elmhurst, ENBS, Laine Theatre Arts
78 Where to Learn
91 DVD reviews
93 Dancer of the Month – James Barton.
Interviewed by Margaret Willis
96 IntoDance – National Youth Ballet. By Jo Meredith
98 Your Page