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Frederick Ashton

David Wall

David Wall, one of the UK’s greatest male dancers, died on June 18, 2013. Kevin O’Hare, director of The Royal Ballet, and Tamara Rojo, director of English National Ballet, have led tributes to Wall as a dancer, teacher and coach.

Cojocaru and Kobborg to leave The Royal Ballet

  Principals Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg will leave The Royal Ballet at the end of the 2012–13 season. They are leaving the company to pursue other other artistic challenges.

Birmingham Royal Ballet plans

Birmingham Royal Ballet has announced plans for the 2013–14 season, including the UK premiere of David Bintley’s The Prince of the Pagodas (pictured), rare Frederick Ashton revivals and works by Bintley, John Cranko, George Balanchine and Kenneth MacMillan. Performances at Birmingham Hippodrome and some tour dates have been confirmed, with more performances to be announced.

Leanne Benjamin to retire

After 21 years with The Royal Ballet, Leanne Benjamin will retire in July 2013, at the end of the current season. Her last performance will be on July 10, in A Gala Evening with The Royal Ballet at the Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo as part of the company’s summer tour. Her final UK performance will be […]

Britten, Brandstrup, ballet

Edward Watson and Zenaida Yanowsky are among the dancers starring in Kim Brandstrup’s new Frank Bridge Variations, part of the centenary celebrations for composer Benjamin Britten.

Exclusive: Kevin O’Hare introduces the new season

  The Royal Ballet’s 2013-14 season was announced today. Kevin O’Hare (pictured), the company’s artistic director, introduces the season in conversation with Zoë Anderson. For more from this interview, see the April issue of Dancing Times.

Royal Ballet 2013-14 season

The Royal Ballet has announced its plans for the 2013-14 season, with two new full-length productions and four world premieres, including Christopher Wheeldon’s new ballet The Winter’s Tale. You can read artistic director Kevin O’Hare’s exclusive introduction to the season here.

Liam Scarlett on dancing, design and choreography

In January’s Dancing Times, now on sale, Zoë Anderson interviews Liam Scarlett (pictured, with Leanne Cope). Here’s more from that interview, in which Scarlett talks about his career as a choreographer and as dancer with The Royal Ballet, ideas on design and his busy schedule.

Celebrating Nina

Jonathan Gray journeyed to Tbilisi in Georgia, to see the celebrations marking Nina Ananiashvili’s 30 years on stage. Here, he offers a personal tribute to a great ballerina   Not so very long ago, it was not unusual for a ballerina’s career to last well into her forties and beyond – just think of some […]

New Royal Ballet season

The Royal Ballet has announced its plans for the 2012/13 season, Kevin O’Hare’s first as director. It includes six world premieres, with new works by Alexei Ratmansky, Alastair Marriott, Christopher Wheeldon, Liam Scarlett and two by Wayne McGregor – including his first ever narrative work. There will also be company premieres of works by Wheeldon […]

A new Fille on the south coast

South Coast Ballet, the youth ballet company of east Dorset, will dance Caron Yardley’s production of La Fille mal gardée at the Lighthouse, Poole this weekend, with further performances in Bournemouth.

Frederick Ashton Foundation launched

The Frederick Ashton Foundation, set up to perpetuate the choreographer’s work and legacy, was launched on October 8.

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