Posted on October 23, 2014
Well, here we are at the start of another academic year, as well as being at the beginning of a new dance season. In this month’s Dancing Times, we visit the new Dancers’ Course in Kingston upon Thames run by the BalletBoyz; talk to Jérôme Kaplan, the designer of Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby, which returns to the stage later this month; and pay tribute to Dame Alicia Markova, who is honoured at a special event to be held at the London Jewish Cultural Centre in October. I am also delighted that Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Dominic Antonucci and Rambert’s Dane Hurst have contributed articles to this issue.
Finally, however, I end this editorial on a sad note: Kevin Berry, who wrote for Dancing Times and sister magazine, Dance Today, for many years, sadly died on August 12. He had been living with cancer for a number of years. Kevin, who concentrated on the varied dance events taking place both on stage and in schools in the north of England, was one of the kindest people you could possibly hope to meet, and we will pay tribute to him in next month’s magazine. In the meantime, everyone at Dancing Times extends their deepest sympathies to his wife, Pat, and his children and grandchildren, whom he adored.
14 Moving forward. Dominic Antonucci looks at the difference cross-training has made to the health and fitness of dancers
19 Enriching things. Laura Dodge travels to Kingston upon Thames to find out more about the Dancers’ Course run by the BalletBoyz. Photographs by Leon Poulton
35 The most wonderful thing in the world. In advance of the London Jewish Cultural Centre’s celebration of her life and art, Clement Crisp remembers his friend, the prima ballerina Dame Alicia Markova
23 Soft ping pong. As Northern Ballet revives The Great Gatsby, designer Jérôme Kaplan talks to Paul Arrowsmith
28 The “Ballet Studio” of the Badisches Staatsballett Karlsruhe. Jenny Veldhuis reveals a youth company under the direction of Birgit Keil
30 A tale of two cities. Margaret Willis visits St Petersburg for the Dance Open Festival, then on to Moscow to sample the ballet scene there
06 Dance Matters. NDCWales, Russian Avante-Garde at the V&A
12 Talking Point. Rambert’s Dane Hurst on the insights gained from a postgraduate choreography course
36 Dance Scene. Reviews include the Maryinsky Ballet, English National Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, San Francisco Ballet
61 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov sees Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand
63 Dance Media. New books and DVDs
65 Dance People. In step with Sir Fred
67 Obituaries. Bertrand d’At, Augie Rodriguez
69 Dance Health. Debbie Malina considers the role of physiotherapists in the 21st century
74 Dance Education. The Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School, Step LIVE!
80 Where to Learn
83 Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets Rambert’s Pierre Tappon
86 Dracula. Zoë Anderson looks at two dance versions of Dracula on tour this autumn