Author: Diane Parkes

Diane Parkes is a freelance journalist specialising in the arts. Based in Birmingham, she has more than 20 years' experience of writing for print, websites and social media and specialises in syndicate features for a range of arts organisations including theatre and dance companies, venues and orchestras. Follow her on Twitter @DianeParkes1

Under are the articles written for DanceTabs.
Raffaele Morra.© Zoran Jelenic. (Click image for larger version)

Raffaele Morra – Ballet Master and Rehearsal Director, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Next month – September – The Trocks open their 2018 UK tour which runs through to November and covers many towns and cities across the land. A good primer on all things Trockadero as Diane Parkes speaks to Raffaele Morra, whose been with the company these last 17 years…

Kevin Finnan, Motionhouse Co-Founder and Artistic Director.© Motionhouse. (Click image for larger version)

Kevin Finnan, Motionhouse artistic director, on creating their latest work – Charge

“I wanted to make a show about energy and I wanted to tell it through the human body…”

Emily Molnar.© Michael Slobodian. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Emily Molnar, Ballet British Columbia’s artistic director, on their work and UK tour

Next month (March 2018) Ballet British Columbia, or Ballet BC as they are commonly known, tour the UK. Diane Parkes talks to artistic director Emily Molnar about the company and the works they are touring which includes a piece by the ultra-hot Crystal Pite…

Gavin Webber and Joshua Thomson in Cockfight.© Darcy Grant. (Click image for larger version)

Gavin Webber & Joshua Thomson on creating Cockfight – A cross between The Office and a cage-fight…

New Dance Takes Inspiration from The Office’s David Brent – courtesy The Farm, based on Australia’s Gold Coast…

Nelida Rodriguez de Aure and m¡longa poster image.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Nélida Rodriguez de Aure – Tango dancer and coach on m¡longa and taking tango in a new direction

Tango coach and dancer Nelida Rodriguez de Aure has been helping Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui with his show, “m¡longa”. About to tour the UK it sees a unique coming together of tango and contemporary dancers. Diane Parkes talks to Nelida about the background and what makes tango so very special…

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.© Titus Tiel Groenestege. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, choreographer, on working with Danza Contemporánea de Cuba

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, the award winning choreographer, chats with Diane Parkes about working with Danza Contemporánea de Cuba. The ‘high powered’ and much admired company are about to tour the UK with one of her works and we wanted to know more…

Tamsin Fitzgerald, 2Faced Dance's artistic director.© Luke Evans. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Tamsin Fitzgerald, 2Faced Dance’s director and choreographer on RUN, their latest triple bill

Tamsin’s decision to commission all three works from women follows 2Faced’s launch of The BENCH – a project specifically aimed at providing opportunities for female choreographers….

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