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Friday 7 April 2006

Wayen McGregor
is undertaking a joint research project on Choreography and Cognition with scientists at Cambridge University.

Christmas Dance in London
The Times critic Debra Craine has some recommendations…
Times, 1 Dec 03
Wayne Sleep and Anthony Dowell
play the Ugly Sisters in the Royal Ballet’s ‘Cinderella’. Judith Mackrell talks to them in the
Guardian, 1 Dec 03
Breandan de Gallai
lead dancer in Riverdance is leaving the show to set up a new production that mixes dance and martial arts. Although there are currently a number of troupes touring Riverdance & Lord of the Dance around the world, plus numurous clones, de Gallai believes that “There is a market for these shows. Whether Ireland is tired of it or not, the rest of the world certainly has a hunger for it,” read more
Jan Battles, Times, 23 Nov. 03
Bonnie Bird Awards 2003
The winners for this year’s Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund Awards were announced earlier this month.
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Ivan Putrov
principal with the Royal Ballet tells Claire Wrathall why he chose Covent Garden over the Ukrainian ballet; and why the city of Kiev, Balanchine, and his dresser Oliver Greatorex, inspire him.
Independent, 9 Nov.03

Clement Crisp – dance critic of the FT celebrates 50 years as a critic and looks back to the early days of his enduring passion. FT, 7 Nov 03 and remembers Dame Ninette De Valois in
FT, 8 Nov 03
Merce Cunningham’s
latest Event is being staged beneath Olafur Eliasson’s giant installation in Tate Modern. Read more in the Independent, 4 Nov 03 and in the
Sun. Independent, 2 Nov 03
English National Ballet
dancers are to appear on daytime TV and in the pages of FHM – in a bid to keep in the public eye during the refurbishment of its base, the Coliseum. Read more in the
Sun. Independent, 2 Nov 03
Hip 2003
- the Black British dance festival is back at the Place and other venues this month, with a programme of performances and workshops…
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The tie in between English National Ballet’s
Nutcracker and the childrens TV character Angelina Ballerina proved mutually beneficial. The fundraiser, Fiona Mallin-Robinson, who organised the deal talks to the
Times, 30 Oct 03
The Martha Graham Dance Company
is about to perform in London again after a gap of 20 years (Sadler’s Wells 18 – 22 Nov). After a legal battle for the right to perform its founder’s works, they are determined to do them justice. Read more:
Clifford Bishop, Sun. Times, 2 Nov 03
Robyn Orlin
talks to Charlotte Cripps about her latest work to come to London, We Must Eat Our Suckers with the Wrappers on.
Independent, 27 Oct.03
West End Theatres need £255million – for renovation. “Most of the buildings were constructed quickly and cheaply, and were never expected to last. However, 33 of today’s 40 theatres are listed buildings. Drury Lane and Haymarket Theatre Royal are both listed Grade I and nine others are Grade II – which makes it more difficult and more expensive to renovate them.” Read more in the
Guardian, 28 Oct 03
Zenaida Yanowsky
Principal ballerina with the Royal Ballet talks to Louise Levene: “I do feel a certain sadness that I’m never going to touch some roles, roles that I would adore.”
Telegraph, 22 Oct 03
Jerwood Winners 2003 L to r: Jean Abreu [£8,500 winner], Val Bourne [Artistic Director of Dance Umbrella], William Forsythe [Director of Ballett Frankfurt, presenter of the Awards], Wendy Houstoun [£17,000 winner], Sarah Fahie [£8,500 winner]. Photo: Jerwood Choreography Awards
The winners for 2003 were announced at Laban on Monday 20 Oct.
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Bright lights, big rip-off?
‘From ‘Life Is Rhythm’ to ‘‘Cyberjam’, the West End is full of dud shows’ writes Stephen Moss in the
Guardian, 22 Oct 03
Russell Maliphant
brings his expanded company to the Queen Elizabeth Hall this week. Debra Craine talks to Maliphant about the development of his work, and the way he creates “liquid, lithe choreography that can draw the spectator into a spellbinding world of heightened sensation and scintillating body sculpture.” read more in the
Times, 18 Oct.03

Phoenix Dance Theatre
will tour a revival of a work by their new Artistic Director. Darshan Singh Buller’s ‘Planted Seeds’, a work inspired by the atrocities of the war in the Balkans. He talks to article19 and the
Independent, 15 Oct 03

Ticket Agencies Mark Ups
‘A new survey reveals that the cost of theatre tickets can increase by more than 25 per cent once you have paid the extras.’ Read more in the
Independent, 5 Oct 03
is going down a storm to packed houses of 7,000 a night in Beijing. Read more in the
Guardian. 15 Oct 03
Rosas. 'Small Hands' Photo: Herman Sorgeloos Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
brings two of her pieces to London this month. Jenny Gilbert talks to her about her work. “the dancers stop short of actually sitting in your lap, you regularly feel the rush of wind as limbs are propelled within inches of your nose, or skirts brush past your knees…”
Sun.Independent, 12 Oct.03

Jonathan Burrows Photo: Herman Sorgeloos Jonathan Burrows
“is probably Britain’s cleverest, most stimulating choreographer. William Forsythe describes the former Royal Ballet man as a “truly great, instinctive choreographer”.” Ismene Brown writes as Burrows company appears at the Place this week.
Telegraph, 13 Oct 03

Alexander McQueen,
British Designer of the Year 2003, called on Michael Clark to choreograph ‘an extraordinary fashion ballet staged in a 19th-century ballroom in Paris’ this week.
Hilary Alexander, Telegraph, 11 Oct 03
Reflexology and dance
“When I came here, I was racked with pain and couldn’t lift my arm without wincing,” she says. “Now I’m dancing in Cuban La Rueda competitions, teaching dance to psychiatric patients in hospitals and enjoying my life.”
Times, 11 Oct 03
Julia Trevelyan Oman
designer for theatre, opera, ballet and gardens has died. Obituaries in: Guardian, 13 Oct 03
Times, 13 Oct 03
Telegraph, 13 Oct 03
Angela Rippon is to step down
as Chairman of English National Ballet, a month after allegations of bullying, according to the Atticus column in the
Sun.Times, 12 Oct 03
Ballroom Dancing
‘There are more than a quarter of a million amateur dancers in Britain, learning from 8,000 registered dance teachers in around 4,000 schools. The industry — which sells everything from rhinestones to eyelashes — is worth £100 million, and this year for the first time the sport can earn you a blue at Oxford…’ Read more in the
Times, 9 Oct 03

WAC Performing Arts & Media College
in Belsize Park, Hampstead has announced the launch of its new Foundation Degree in Performing Arts – which emphasises art forms of black origin.
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Lycra free zone
In 1978 Val Bourne launched the first Dance Umbrella. Since then her young artists “have turned into stars, and Umbrella has expanded with them.” Judith Mackrell looks back, Guardian, 18 Sep.03
and Ismene Brown in the Telegraph, 20 Sep.03
Debra Craine in the, Times, 22 Sep.03

TV Ballet Boyz
Michael Nunn & William Trevitt filmed as the Royal Opera House prepared to close for rebuilding and ended up recording their own departure from the company. Zoe Anderson catches up with them as George Piper Dances prepare to show works by Forsythe, Marston & Wheeldon at Sadler’s Wells.
Independent, 23 Sep.03

Focus on Linbury
Deborah Bull outlines how ROH2 will spice things up for the Linbury Studio, engaging with the ‘new, collaborative and experimental’
Charlotte Higgins, Guardian, 18 Sep.03
Independent, 17 Sep.03
Scottish Ballet
has been reborn under the direction of Ashley Page who is aiming for a “diversity of look and style of dancer who is intelligent, physically capable and open to try different things”
Senay Boztas, Sun. Times, 14 Sep.03
The Dancer Defects:
the struggle for cultural supremacy during the Cold War by David Caute is reviewed by Lesley Chamberlain in the
Independent, 14 Sep 03
Choreographer Trisha Brown’s
collaborates with baritone Simon Keenlyside on a reinterpretation of Schubert’s Winterreise which comes to the Barbican this week. John O’Mahony writes in the Guardian, 25 Aug 03
‘“No one knows better than me just how Schubert doesn’t need my dancing,” she told me, laughing shyly. “What a brazen thing to do! But they asked me and I did it the best I could.”’
Ismene Brown, Telegraph, 15 Sep 03

Darcey Bussell
principal Royal Ballet dancer, is expecting her second baby next February, so is pulling out of the coming season.
Shaolin: Wheel of Life
is back in town. “…last year dance critics reviewed the Shaolin Monks because, when they are not jumping or breaking iron bars across their heads or having wooden staves shattered against their chests, their movements are animal-like – graceful and ethereal.”
Charlotte Cripps, Independent, 3 Sep

English National Ballet
vigorously denied that Angela Rippon is about to stand down as Chairman of the company after allegations of bullying
Independent, 6 Sep 03, Times, 6 Sep 03,
Telegraph, 6 Sep 03

Rambert Managers
recently attended a one-week business acumen programme at Henley Management College, funded by Arts Council England
Della Bradshaw reports on a constructive exercise for the company.
FT, 8 Sep 03
Stratford Circus – the East London venue for performing arts which opened just two years ago has gone into voluntary liquidation.
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BSkyB is to buy a share in Artsworld
the digital arts channel.
Guardian, 29 Aug.
Dance East
is taking on it’s biggest challenge yet as it launches a £5 million Capital Campaign to build the East of England’s first custom-built dance facilities.
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Nina Fonaroff
The Choreographer and teacher, who danced for Martha Graham and ‘had a fine eye for talent’ died recently.
Nadine Meisner, Independent, 1 Sep 03
Mary Clarke, Guardian, 29 Aug 03
Purves & Purves – the contemporary furniture store on Tottenham Court Road is to become an occasional venue for dance.
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Circus Space Awards
The Circus Space has made four £1,000 and five £500 Creation Studio bursaries.
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British Dance Edition 2004
is hosted in Cambridge by Dance East in January next year. For details of the programme
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New work by Christopher Wheeldon
will be performed by George Piper Dances and the Royal Ballet in London in the next few months. There has to be “a certain chemistry between the music, the dancers and the moment” he tells Judith Mackrell in the
Guardian, 18 Aug 03

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'Wind in the Willows' Linbury Studio Theatre Chor: William Tuckett The Wind in the Willows is back – at the Linbury Studio Theatre. Choreographer William Tuckett talks to the
Independent, 11 Dec. 03
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Matthew Bourne
has two revivals on in London this month. “The two pieces neatly demonstrate his range: one light, the other dark. Sex and class are issues in both – but handled with cartoon humour in ‘Nutcracker!’ and with disturbing intensity and stylishness in ‘Play without Words’. Read more in the

FT, 9 Dec 03
Duckie – the Vauxhall-based cult gay nightclub are bringing table dancing to the Barbican. Read more in the
Independent, 3 Dec 03
Anastasia Volochkova – fired from the Bolshoi for being ‘too fat’ (7st 10lb) has been reinstated according to the
Times, 3 Dec 03
Sylvie Guillem
will be joined by Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt in a specially commissioned new work by Russell Maliphant at the Royal Opera House next month. Read more in the
Guardian, 19 Nov 03, Sun.Independent, 30 Nov 03, and the
Telegraph, 29 Nov 03

Akram Khan
returns to the Queen Elizabeth Hall next week with further performances of ‘Kaash’, created with music by Nitin Sawhney and a set by Anish Kapoor. He is profiled in the

Observer, 30 Nov 03
Barbie’s ballet
Ballet schools report that little girls are once again clamouring to go to ballet classes having been inspired by ballerina Barbie and Angelina Ballerina
Jack Malvern & Lewis Smith, Times, 22 Nov. 03

Matthew Bourne
has three hit shows currently being performed this season. Bourne won’t have time to pause from his busy schedule as he starts his latest project; choreographer & co-director on the new Mary Poppins musical due to come to London in Dec. 04
Allen Robertson, Times, 24 Nov. 03
Bourne talks about his Islington home,
Independent, 19 Nov. 03

Gene Anthony Ray
dancer and singer who played Leroy Johnson in Alan Parker’s film Fame, died this month aged 41.
“Ray’s performance was central to the success of the movie, which won an Academy Award for best song. Indeed, his balletic dancing, good looks and superb physique instantly made him both a star and a teenage heart-throb.”
Times, 26 Nov. 03
Anastasia Volochkova
won her lawsuit against the Bolshoi Theatre.
Guardian, 27 Nov.03
She was fired by the Bolshoi Theatre for being “too heavy for male dancers to lift… A spokesman for Volochkova said she was 169cm (5ft 7in) tall and weighed 50kg (7st 10lb).”
Guardian, 17 Sep.03
letter to the Times
Independent, 17 Sep.03
Times, 18 Sep.03
Times, 17 Sep.03
Related article,
Guardian, 10 Sept 03
Ronald Emblen
“Ronald Emblen, who has died aged 70 of a heart condition, was one of the most gifted and best loved character dancers of his generation. He performed a wide range of roles with several companies, primarily and finally with the Royal Ballet.”
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Guardian, 14 Nov.03
Independent, 18 Nov. 03
Linda Jasper will lead
the development of a new national organisation to support and promote young people in dance.
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Dance Umbrella at 25
Zoe Anderson takes a look at this year’s Dance Umbrella Season.
“Dance Umbrella featured international performers from its first year, but it was originally planned as a British showcase. Some of this year’s strongest performances came from that first wave of British dance, the contemporary dance boom of the late Seventies and Eighties.”
Read more,
Independent, 14 Nov.03
Lotte Berk
Modern ballet dancer who performed at Covent Garden for Marie Rambert. Having retired from dancing “she began to develop, with the help of an osteopath, her dancer’s training regime as the basis for a series of exercises that produced the taut musculature and perfect posture of a dancer’s body.”
read more in,
Guardian, 8 Nov.03
more articles:
Independent, 10 Nov.03
Times, 7 Nov.03
Lotte Berk Studio
Chisenhale Dance Space
has appointed Claire Brand as its incoming General Manager. Claire worked most recently with the Generating Company at The Circus Space. She will continue to build Chisenhale’s longstanding reputation as an artist-led space for movement research and experiment.
Dance UK Industry Award
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The National Ballet of China – come to Sadler’s Wells next week, with Raise the Red Lantern, staged by Zhang Yimou, the most famous film director in China, who made the film of the same name. “China is enjoying something of a ballet boom. Audiences are growing in size as more Western companies visit the country and more Western ballets, especially key works from the 20th century, take their place in the Beijing repertoire. The National Ballet now issues regular invitations to foreign choreographers to visit and make new work. But the pursuit of a uniquely Chinese identity is still the company’s goal.” Read more Debra Craine, Times, 1 Nov 03
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Free Dance tickets for a year!
The Society of London Theatre is looking for members of the public to join the judging panels for next year’s Laurence Olivier Awards.
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“As a fashion, a philosophy, a culture and a commercial force, the ever-expanding hip-hop empire transcends race, class, age and economic status. It has become a powerful influence on what we wear, listen to and see.” Donald Hutera discusses the future of the hip-hop scene with Rennie Harris, Rennie Harris Puremovement performs in London this week in the Times, 20 Oct.03 and
Rennie Harris Q & A for

Ray Powell
Dancer with the Sadler’s Wells Ballet (now the Royal Ballet) and the Australian Ballet. “His contribution to ballet in Australia may have been the most important aspect of his career, but his earlier impact as a dancer in England was considerable.”
Read more in an obituary in the Independent, 18 Oct.03
Ray Powell moved “to Australia to help to found a national ballet and became… the backbone of the company.” full article in the
Times, 21 Oct.03
Ram Gopal – the Indian dancer, who has died at 85, first brought his company to London’s Aldwych Theatre in 1939 and they were lauded to the skies. People flocked to the theatre and the run had to be extended. There had been some western versions of so-called Indian, or oriental, dance – mystical undulations with incense – some years before. “But Ram’s work was faithful to the pure discipline, technique and ethos of Indian classical dance that had come down over millennia.” Read more in an obituary in the Guardian, 13 Oct 03
Obituaries in:
Independent, 14 Oct.03
Times, 14 Oct.03
William Forsythe
talks about his plans for his new company to Ismene Brown. He will “tackle the old idea that “theatre” does not need the diktats of stage, curtains and seat arrangement and create a new form of experience. “It will be like, let’s say, playing golf in the woods rather than on the course,” he says mischievously…
Telegraph, 13 Oct 03
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Laban centre for dance
wins Stirling Architecture Prize.
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Tamara Rojo, Royal Ballet star
doubts she would ever return to her homeland, Spain. ‘She does, however, feel a “deep responsibility” towards dance in her homeland, and will go there in November to perform in a surrealist ballet based on the art of Salvador Dali. “It’s bringing together Spanish principal dancers from all around the world,” she says. “It’s an idea of the ministry of culture — I think they are embarrassed that we are all so scattered overseas, and this is a cheaper…” ‘ Clifford Bishop, Sun.Times, 12 Oct 03 She also talks about a recent injury in the
Sun Times, 26 Oct 03

'Kammer/Kammer' Ballett Frankfurt ‘Kammer/Kammer’ – at Sadler’s Wells (22 – 25 Oct) will be the last London performances of Ballett Frankfurt under the Directorship of William Forsythe.
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Donald O’Connor
dancer, singer and actor who starred in Singin’ in the Rain. Born in 1925, died September 2003.
Times, 29 Sep.03

Nahid Siddiqui
is one of Britain’s best kathak pratitioners. David Bintley invited her to choreograph a piece on the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Krishna will premiere on 24 Sep in Birmingham.
Donald Hutera, Times, 23 Sep.03
Scottish Dance Theatre
is getting a brand new studio, capping its success under Artistic Director Janet Smith.
Kelly Apter, Times, 21 Sep.03
Laban Photo: Merlin Hendy Dancing Houses
London Open house happens on the 20/21 Sept, giving access to hundreds of buildings normally closed to the public. A number of dance organisations are collaborating in the project and several buildings will be enlivened by specially-choreographed performances.
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Royal Ballet star
Johan Kobborg brings a programme of short ballets, Out of Denmark, to the Queen Elizabeth Hall this month. Alina Cojocaru, Zenaida Yanowsky and Ricardo Cervera will dance with him.
Luke Jennings, Guardian, 15 Sep 03
Clifford Bishop, Sun.Times, 7 Sep 03

Back to ballet
Having been thrown out of her ballet class aged just 6yrs for having knock-knees, Janie Hampton, has gone back to class aged 46 and she’s reaping the benefits.
Guardian, 11 Sep.03
Adam Cooper
explains how he keeps in shape
Times, 6 Sep.03
He talks about his health regime – which involves cigarettes and fry ups – to Bryony Gordon in the,
Telegraph, 28 Jul 03

Anthony Bowne Director Laban Photo: Mark Whitfield New Director for Laban
Anthony Bowne takes up the position of Director of Laban this September following the retirement of Dr Marion North who led Laban for 30 years.
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The Institute of Physics
has asked Rambert Dance Company to produce a new work marking the centenary of the 1905 publication of Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Read more in the
Guardian, 1 Sep 03
Is clubbing dead?
Akin Ojumu thinks not. “’s easy to find a good swatch of clubs on most nights of the week in London, while recent visits to Liverpool, Glasgow and Leeds revealed a thriving scene in each city. The jaded clubbers and writers who complain about the grand old days really need to get out more.
Observer, 24 Aug 03
The Kirov’s Le Corsaire – as reviewed by rock critic Kitty Empire for the
Observer, 24 Aug 03
Riverdance and after
“Nine years on .. the revolution that Riverdance supposedly heralded for Irish dancing has still to develop beyond its first phase.” Karina Buckley argues in the
Sun.Times, 24 Aug 03
Les Ballets Russes
Serge Diaghilev formed the Ballets Russes, bringing together dancers, composers, painters and sculptors. Kelly Apter discusses the creative legacy that “had an almost unquantifable impact on the dance world.”
Times, 17 Aug.03

'On Your Toes' Photo: Stephen Vaughn Life after the Royal Ballet
Adam Cooper and Sarah Wildor having left the Royal Ballet are exploring new artistic opportunities. They talk to Nadine Mesiner about the freedom and variety they are now experiencing in their dance careers, such as performing in On Your Toes currently at the Royal Festival Hall in Independent, 31 July.03. Cooper talks about his cultural influences in the
Times, 9 Aug. 03

Kirov: Les Noces Photo: Valentin Baranovsky The Kirov Ballet
have been back at the Opera House for the last few weeks.
Maev Kennedy discusses Millicent Hodson’s 10 year research process to recreate Nijinsky’s Rite of Spring
Guardian, 5 Aug.03
Read articles that discuss the history of the company and the productions that have been presented at the Royal Opera House.
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Phoenix Dance Theatre
has had its advertising campaign banned by the Advertising Standards Authority -after a disappointed member of their audience complained that the dancers weren’t naked, as seen in the promotional material. Read more in Guardian, 25 June 03 and on BBCi.
Other related articles, Telegraph, 25 June.03
Times, 25 June.03
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