February 2005

  1. Mayor blocks Royal Ballet School plans for expansion

    Monday 28 February 2005

    Ken Livingstone could waive rules and allow the proposed development – but has refused on the grounds that the school does not benefit ‘all Londoners’. “There are very few kids who will b… Continue Reading

  2. Michael Keegan-Dolan

    Wednesday 23 February 2005

    is revolutionising the Irish contemporary dance scene. ‘ “There was nothing I saw here that made me want to become a dancer,” he says. “Anyone who was good left and didn’t come back… Continue Reading

  3. Spellbinding women

    Wednesday 23 February 2005

    Judith Mackrell looks at the reasons behind ballet’s enduring obsession with ghostly unattainable women. ‘Yet while these occult heroines were symptomatic of the collective fever of Romanticism, they… Continue Reading

  4. Olivier Awards

    Olivier Awards 2005

    Tuesday 22 February 2005

    This year’s Olivier Award winners were announced at a ceremony at the London Hilton, Park Lane. Here are the winners and nominations for the dance related awards – for a full list of all awards visit… Continue Reading

  5. New Arts Council survey

    Monday 21 February 2005

    Arts Council England has just published Arts in England, a new research report on public engagement with the arts. The survey had 6,000 plus participants and was conducted between Sept 03 and Jan 04. It found th… Continue Reading

  6. Lez Brotherston & Matthew Bourne

    Monday 14 February 2005

    talk about their collaborative ways of working. “We were both in Leeds, because I was working with Northern Ballet Theatre,” says Brotherston, “and a costume supervisor told me about the seagul… Continue Reading

  7. Dance Screen Festival 2005

    Monday 14 February 2005

    For the first time ever, the bi-annual international festival and competition dance screen comes to the UK for the first time this year. It will take place in Brighton in June. Dance Screen Brighton 2005, the 1… Continue Reading

  8. Senior Dance Management Fellowships awarded

    Monday 14 February 2005

    Arts Council England, London has awarded funds for four fellows to take part in the Senior Dance Managers’ Fellowship Programme which was launched in October 2004. They are designed to enhance the profess… Continue Reading

  9. Pina Bausch

    Friday 11 February 2005

    Theatre directory Neil Bartlett explains why he looks forward to watching and experiencing Pina Bausch’s work.He recalls seeing his first Pina Bausch production and crying, ‘Not the easy pleasurable … Continue Reading

  10. Royal Academy of Dance competition 2004 Photo: Helen Grigoriadou

    The Royal Academy of Dance

    Friday 4 February 2005

    The Royal Academy of Dance is launching a new initiative to help counter the apparent dearth of British ballet dancers. Only two of the sixteen Royal Ballet Principals are British and English National Ballet has… Continue Reading

  11. Shobana Jeyasingh & Michael Nyman

    Wednesday 2 February 2005

    first collaborated on Configurations in 1988. It proved to be a turning point for both of them. They talk about their latest work, Flicker, in the Guardian, 31 Jan. It comes to the Royal Festival Hall March. Continue Reading

  12. Matthew Bourne

    Wednesday 2 February 2005

    - began this year with the success of Mary Poppins and a revival of Swan Lake, an award for Play Without Words and plans to bring Edward Scissorhands to the stage. _“I am much more a man of the theatre and… Continue Reading

  13. Desperately seeking a composer/choreographer?

    Wednesday 2 February 2005

    Shobana Jeyasingh’s latest collaboration with composer Michael Nyman happened when she bumped in to him outside her hairdressers. For choreographers and composers who don’t want to leave it to chance… Continue Reading

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