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June 2015 issue

This month, we speak to cover stars Katya Virshilas and Jared Murillo, discover dance studios in unexpected places and explore dancers “crossing over” from one style to another…              

WIN! Signed copies of The Ballet Lover’s Companion

WIN! Signed copies of The Ballet Lover’s Companion Published by Yale University Press this month is Zoë Anderson’s latest book, The Ballet Lover’s Companion. Focusing on 140 ballets that form the core of the international repertoire, Anderson takes the reader on a journey through the history of ballet, from its earliest times at the aristocratic […]

May 2015 issue

This month, we pay tribute to Mary Clarke, our beloved editor emeritus, and speak to our cover star, Aurélie Dupont, as she prepares to leave the stage of the Paris Opéra Ballet. In this issue, we also investigate adult amateur ballet, the recent Munich reconstruction of Paquita and more…            

Rest and win!

Dancers who post pictures of themselves at rest can win goodies from Dancing Times and Dance UK! With Dance UK, we have launched a social media campaign to promote the importance of rest for dancers. During July and August 2014, dancers are encouraged to share photographs of themselves resting, posted to facebook and Twitter with […]

Birmingham Royal Ballet in Stravinsky! A Celebration and Romeo and Juliet at Sadler’s Wells

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Stravinsky programme was the unexpected hit of this Sadler’s Wells season. Triple bills are proverbially hard to sell, but ticket sales were brisk, audiences friendly. This season has brought a crop of new dancers, including the Estonian Linnar Looris, whom I saw as Balanchine’s Apollo. This was a sure, confident performance. Like […]

The Blank Album

The Blank Album With The Blank Album, Glasgow-based choreographer Natasha Gilmore presents her dancers as a pop band, as comedians, as attention-seekers. It’s set up as a series of songs, with quarrels or bursts of affection between the band members. Performances are lively, but The Blank Album strains too hard for versatility.

Dance at Edinburgh 2009

Robert Penman and Zoë Anderson attended some of the performances offered on the 2009 Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe Festival. Here are their thoughts on what they saw:

The Red Balloon at the Linbury Studio Theatre

So far, family shows have been the biggest dance success at the Linbury Studio Theatre. Following Will Tuckett’s dance/theatre hybrids – The Wind in the Willows, Pinocchio – Aletta Collins has created a show without words, mixing dance with puppetry. It’s a simple, bouncy tale, most vivid in the interaction between people and puppets.

Sankai Juku in Kinkan Shonen at Sadler’s Wells

I do wonder what they did to the peacock. In Kinkan Shonen, a 1978 work by Japanese butoh group Sankai Juku, a man dances with a live bird tucked under his arm. It seems to be in a trance. Even when he lets go of its neck, it sways its head from side to side, […]

Jah Wobble-Chinese Dub at Bush Hall

With the Olympics looming, cultural exchanges with China are everywhere. Jah Wobble-Chinese Dub cheerfully crams British musicians, Chinese dancers and singers onto the small stage of the rock and pop venue, Bush Hall in West London. The atmosphere is charmingly laid back. Traditional dancers from Hangzhou step carefully over the cables of Jah Wobble’s bass […]

Gravity and Levity in Shift

Shift, by aerialist company Gravity and Levity, starts by explaining what it isn’t. “None of that new circus here,” says dancer Guy Adams, in tones of utter scorn. “No Lycra, no sequins, no unitards. This is high art.”

Bounce in Insane in the Brain

Coming from a music culture with built-in swagger, hip hop should be good at rebellion against authority. For their latest show, the Swedish street dance company Bounce has adapted One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. But the dancers’ hearts seem less in the story of psychiatric patients’ revolt than in the feelgood numbers they have […]

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