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The Suffolk equivalent of the Hollywood sign!.© Lise Smith. (Click image for larger version)

Dance at the Latitude Festival 2014

For the past seven years, the festival’s organisers have been collaborating with Sadler’s Wells to curate a dance programme on the strikingly beautiful Waterfront Stage at the heart of the festival site…

Pavel Mašek and Andrea Opavská in Riders.© Viktor Kronbauer. (Click image for larger version)

Lenka Vagnerová brings wild women and mythological animals to Edinburgh in Fringe shows La Loba and Riders

‘I was not interested in the image of womanhood as it is presented by the media, nor in its visual aspect,’ says Vagnerová…

Candoco in Two for C by Javier de Frutos.© Pedro Machado. (Click image for larger version)

Dance at Latitude 2014 – Spotlight on Candoco and Sonia Sabri

Latitude Festival opens next week (17th July) and features lots of interesting dance – Lise Smith catches up with 2 companies preparing their open air shows…

Alison McWhinney and Junor Souza in the pas de deux from Esmeralda.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Emerging Dancer Competition – 2014 Winners Announced

“Super – absolutely spot on” I thought when Tamara Rojo announced Alison McWhinney and Junor Souza as joint winners of the company’s Emerging Dancer Competition.

Vladimir Malakhov and Beatrice Knopp in Hans van Manen’s The Old Man and Me.© Sergei Andreetsev. (Click image for larger version)

Two Russian Galas – Dance Open in St. Petersburg, Soul of Dance in Moscow

Margaret Willis has been busy: in St. Petersburg at the Dance Open Festival Gala and 2 days later in Moscow at the Soul of Dance Ballet Gala. And important awards were given at both…

Ashley Laracey in the studio (with Troy Schumacher).© Ani Collier, provided by Troy Schumacher. (Click image for larger version)

Two Young NYCB Choreographers on the Move: Justin Peck and Troy Schumacher

Two young NYCB choreographers have been out talking and showing what they do: Justin Peck at the Guggenheim and Troy Schumacher at the 92nd Street Y. Marina Harss on why they are so worth tracking…

Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild at the Carolina Chocolate Drops/Twyla Tharp show.© Rahav Segev. (Click image for larger version)

Twyla Tharp Countrified – working with Carolina Chocolate Drops, Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild

Twyla Tharp loves Americana. She’s made dances to Shaker hymns and to the crooning voice of Frank Sinatra, and whipped up steps to the super-sophisticated piano tunes of Willie “The Lion” Smith. So it’s no surprise…

TPAM, Yokohama. © Jarkko Lehmus. (Click image for larger version)

Jarkko Lehmus Blog: Planes and bums and rock ’n roll.

This month he talks about Japan, nude dancing and invites applications for JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre’s co-productions for 2015.

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TanzOlymp 2014 – Berlin

For four days, over 1,000 young dancers from 35 countries competed – with smiles – in the eleventh TanzOlymp, a dance competition for students from the ages of 8 to 21.

An elated Matthew Bourne and Leanne Benjamin.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

National Dance Awards 2013 – Leanne Benjamin and Matthew Bourne’s citations for outstanding achievement in dance

At Monday’s National Dance Awards two de Valois awards were given for outstanding achievement in dance. Here are Graham Watts citations for Leanne Benjamin and Matthew Bourne, as given on the day.

A northern sunrise.© Jarkko Lehmus. (Click image for larger version)

Jarkko Lehmus Blog: It’s a New Day. It’s a New Dawn.

Jarkko has just taken over as Artistic Director of the JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre based in Northern Finland. This month he starts to explain what his directorship is about…

John Craxton, 1997.Photograph by Matthew Thomas, © estate of John Craxton.

John Craxton Exhibition – Cambridge

John Craxton, the celebrated designer of Frederick Ashton’s Daphnis and Chloe, is the subject of an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge…

Dusty Button in William Forsythe’s The Second Detail.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

2013 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Never Far from Dancing book cover.© Routledge. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Never Far from Dancing, Ballet artists in new roles by Barbara Newman

While some of the views expressed may not chime with your own, the fascination of this book is to understand how contentious maintaining and developing ballet as vibrant theatre often is.

Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo in Martha Clarke's Cheri.© 2013 Joan Marcus. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Clarke Takes on Colette’s Chéri + Herman Cornejo interview

Novels are treacherous terrain for choreographers. So much of what draws us into a book and imprints itself in our imagination …is almost impossible to convey in the language of the body.

© Jarkko Lehmus.

Jarkko Lehmus Blog: Today, Jeremy, I would like to smack myself with a gauntlet.

So what’s new under the sun? It’s only been a couple of weeks since the least posting, so you’d think there’s not much to report. A bit of this a bit of that…

Robert Helpmann offstage. Courtesy and © The Royal Ballet School Collections, White Lodge Museum. (Click image for larger version)

The Many Faces of Robert Helpmann Symposium – London

Eighty years after Robert Helpmann left Australia and joined the Sadler’s Wells Ballet company, a Royal Ballet School symposium celebrated his achievements as a man of the theatre.

Juliet Burnett in Paquita.© Jeff Busby for Australian Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Juliet Burnett on Injury and Rehab – part 4 and back on stage

Someone wise once said that the journey is as important as the destination…

© Jarkko Lehmus.

Jarkko Lehmus Blog: 35 Days Later

“Today I’d like to talk, rather than whinge, about responsibility and communication…”

Rudolf Nureyev, La Bayadère, Kingdom of the Shades Act, Palais Garnier, 1974.© André Chino. (Click image for larger version)

The Nureyev Collection – Centre national du costume de scène et de la scénographie – Moulins

The triumph of the Nureyev collection at CNCS Moulins is to make the many facets of his profligately talented, maddening personality so vividly alive still.

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