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Zenaida Yanowsky at the Whitechapel Gallery

Posted on March 29, 2011

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_mg_9038From March 30 to April 17, The Royal Ballet’s Zenaida Yanowsky will dance in and around Claire Barclay’s installation Shadow Spans at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London.


Barclay’s sculpture is a complex space, with doors, windows and opportunities for peeking around corners and for being observed. It has already prompted live dance performances by several British choreographers. So far, the Whitechapel Gallery has hosted performances by Dog Kennel Hill Project and by Mathias Sperling with Siobhan Davies.


Yanowsky will perform a piece by Will Tuckett, which draws on the similarities between the formal elements of classical dance and the architectural elements of Barclay’s work. Admission is free.


Performance times:

March 30–31, April 6, 7, 13, 14, 16, 17 from 3–6pm.


See for more information.


Picture: Will Tuckett and Zenaida Yanowsky. Photograph: Jesũs Coromina.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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