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Iain Mackay.© Richard Battye. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Iain Mackay, Director of Yorkshire Ballet Seminars

This years Yorkshire Ballet Seminars take place from 13 July to 2 August 2019 – time for a word with Director Iain Mackay about what makes them so special and his plans…

Jelly at the ready for TREMBLE.© Rimbaud Patron. (Click image for larger version)

Scene on Screen: Life behind the lens at Scottish Ballet

Araminta Wraith, Scottish Ballet soloist, is a DanceTabs guest blogger during the companies 50th anniversary season. This second blog is titled “Scene on Screen: Life behind the lens at Scottish Ballet”

Kenneth Tindall© Justin Slee. (Click image for larger version)

Catching up with Kenneth Tindall on his new work for Northern Ballet (Geisha), other commissions and more…

Northern Ballet recently announced their 50th Anniversary Programme and central to it is Geisha, a new commission for Kenneth Tindall. To be premiered on 14 March 2020, we wanted to know more about Geisha and all the other things, of which there are many, that Tindall is up to…

Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball in The Unknown Soldier.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Unknown Soldier (premiere), Infra, Symphony in C – London

★★★✰✰   If The Unknown Soldier is dispiritingly low-key, Wayne McGregor’s Infra remains assertively bold…

Kizzy Matiakis in the lead image for The Queen of Spades.© Camilla Winther. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – The Queen of Spades – Copenhagen

★★★✰✰   The good news is that Queen of Spades is a good-looking crowd pleaser and the RDB dancers look fantastic in it – I can’t emphasise that enough. Also good that it’s a step up from his last commission, Frankenstein – thank goodness, really.

BBC Young Dancer Award 2017: Ore Oduba, Anita Rani, Kate Prince, Nahid Siddiqui, Nafisah Baba, Kenneth Tharp, Jasmin Vardimon, Kevin O'Hare, Marc Brew, Darcey Bussell.© BBC/Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

BBC Young Dancer Award 2017

★★★★✰   Nafisah Baba is the BBC Young Dancer for 2017. The 20 year-old contemporary dancer from West London won the award with a diverse trio of dances that grew stronger through the rounds.

Liam De Paor in El Principito.© Alvaro Maldonado. (Click image for larger version)

Pasodos Dance Company – El Principito – Palma

★★★★✰   Although ostensibly a children’s story, El Principito is a philosophical fable, parodying the world at war during the time that Saint-Exupéry was writing (1942) and it is also to some extent autobiographical…

Poster for the film Dancer staring Sergei Polunin.© West End Films. (Click image for larger version)

Film: “Dancer” – Sergei Polunin documentary

“Dancer” has been given a few screenings in London, most recently as part of the BFI London Film Festival, with Polunin and the director, Steven Cantor, in attendance for Q&A sessions…

Flora Wellesley Wesley and Eleanor Sikorski in Eleanor And Flora Music by Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Nora – BLOODY NORA!, Eleanor And Flora Music, Digging – London

Endearing, intelligent and enterprising, Sikorski and Wellesley Wesley will find the right format for Nora to flourish.

Lea Anderson's Ladies and Gentlemen.© Phil Robertson. (Click image for larger version)

Lea Anderson – Ladies and Gentlemen – London

We all reminisce about the good old days; but, if you’re old enough, you may actually remember “The Good Old Days”…

Dane Hurst.© Tom Rowland. (Click image for larger version)

Dane Hurst – Choreographer, dancer with Rambert, talking about his Dulwich Picture Gallery Commission

To link with their exhibition of life drawings by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, Dulwich Picture Gallery are bringing the gallery to life with live music, live drawing and dance, which Dane Hurst is masterminding….

Sarah Thompson in Schaufuss' La Sylphide.© David Kelly. (Click image for larger version)

A Heads-Up on Queensland Ballet, La Sylphide and company director Li Cunxin

Jann Parry on the award winning Peter Schaufuss “La Sylphide”, not seen in the UK in decades, and Li Cunxin’s Queensland Ballet who are bringing it to London this summer. Includes an interview with Cunxin…

William Bracewell as Louis XIV, Le Roi, with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet in The King Dances.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – The King Dances, Carmina burana – Birmingham

The King Dances is a man’s ballet – it has to be said a very pretty man’s ballet with gorgeous designs by Katrina Lindsay.

Tamara Rojo.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Tamara Rojo – Director and Principal Dancer, English National Ballet – in her own words

It was only when I worked with Mats Ek that I understood who I was as a dancer.

Freya Jeffs.© Chris Redgrave. (Click image for larger version)

Freya Jeffs – dancer, collaborator and Curator of the Cottier Dance Project

5 Questions to Freya Jeffs – curator of Glasgow’s Cottier Dance Project, which runs from 19th-26th June…

Liam Riddick (Richard Alston Dance Company) in Robert Cohan's Sigh.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

Robert Cohan at 90 – Gala evening at The Place – London

The opening and closing pieces showed how skilfully Cohan responds to dancers whose training and experience are very different from the Graham-based technique on which he drew for many decades.

Natalia Osipova in rehearsals at the ROH for A Month in the Country.© ROH, 2014. Photographed by Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Frederick Ashton Remembered – Ashton Foundation Masterclasses & In Step with Fred film screenings

As The Royal Ballet prepares to celebrate Frederick Ashton with an all Ashton quad bill, two other events have also been celebrating the work of the Royal Ballet’s founder choreographer…

The Cottier Dance Project – Glasgow, 22-27 June

Glasgow’s West End Festival gets a dance component this year – curator Freya Jeffs tells all on the plans…

Nancy Osbaldeston and Guilherme Menezes in Stina Quagebeur's Vera.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Choreographics 2014 – London

All up this was a solid night and a good complement to ENB’s ‘Lest We Forget’ (WW1) bill that was so recently on the main Barbican stage. But I hope that next year they return to a more open choice on what choreographers can do and also concentrate on choreography rather than include musical soiree interludes.

Virgil "Sky Chief" Dey in Blaze.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Blaze – London

It would appear that Blaze is to hip hop as Burn the Floor has been to the popularity of ballroom and Latin…

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