Posted on September 25, 2012
September marks the beginning of the 2012–13 season, and in this month’s magazine we take a look at the various roles artistic directors of dance companies play in the UK and abroad. On page 35, Graham Watts investigates the balance of power between an artistic director of a company and its Board, Margaret Willis travels to St Petersburg to meet Arthur Mitchell, founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem on page 27, Zoë Anderson talks to San Francisco Ballet’s Helgi Tomasson on page 43 in advance of the company’s season at Sadler’s Wells later this month, and Sharon Watson of Phoenix Dance Theatre asks why elite dancers aren’t held in the same esteem as elite athletes on page 19.
In addition, Gerald Dowler journeys to Stuttgart to meet British principal dancers Alexander Jones and William Moore on page 14, and Paul Arrowsmith profiles the distinguished theatre designer Richard Hudson on page 30. Next month, the cover price of Dancing Times increases by ten pence to £3.25, our first rise in 18 months. However, subscription rates remain the same until next year, so if you don’t already, why not take advantage of our generous subscription offer, where you receive 12 issues for the price of 11? See page 63 for further details, or visit us online.
14 Two Englishmen abroad. Gerald Dowler journeys to Stuttgart to meet principal dancers Alexander Jones and William Moore
19 Inspired by the Olympics. Sharon Watson asks why elite dancers aren’t held in the same esteem as elite athletes?
27 A chat with Arthur Mitchell. Margaret Willis meets the founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem
30 Bold, never cold. Theatre designer Richard Hudson profiled by Paul Arrowsmith
35 Who’s the boss? Graham Watts investigates the balance of power between the artistic director of a dance company and its Board
38 The icon of dance. Capezio, the dancewear manufacturer, celebrates its 125th anniversary
43 Emphasising the new. Zoë Anderson talks to San Francisco Ballet’s artistic director Helgi Tomasson
6 Dance Matters. Natalia Osipova, The Place Prize, Bourne’s Swan Lake DVD competition
12 Talking Point. Kevin Berry thinks dance needs its own Glyndebourne
23 Dance Health. Debbie Malina on the importance of warming up and cooling down
47 Dance Scene. Reviews this month include : Play Without Words, The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
65 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov on the Vaganova Academy
67 Dance Media. New books and DVDs reviewed by Bill Harpe and Jonathan Gray
71 Dance People. Darcey Bussell, Brenda Last
72 Obituaries. Nigel Charnock, Nikita Dolgushin, Truman Finney, Kerry Woodward
74 Dance Education. The Royal Ballet School, London Contemporary Dance School
80 Where to Learn
93 Dancer of the Month. Scottish Ballet’s Owen Thorne interviewed by Margaret Willis
96 Stage Picture. Swan Lake by Zoë Anderson
98 Your Page