DANCE EUROPE NO. 256 - AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2021                                                       SUBSCRIBER LOG IN

ISSUE No. 256

Didy Veldman

The dancer, choreographer and director shares her story and talks @HOME - her new work for Humanoove which premieres on 24 September at Dance East, Ipswich. Filmed at White Lodge with dancers Hannah Ekholm, Melody Tamiz, Theo Arran, Oliver Chapman and Nicholas Tredrea, the piece is set to a commissioned score by Sabio Janiak.


Le Souffle

The Arts Square Gallery in St Petersburg is presenting Le Souffle from 16 September - 3 October. Created by by photographer Ira Yakovleva and producer Maria Kogan, the concept has brought together ballet dancers from companies in St. Petersburg and Moscow to highlight the fight against environmental pollution. The exhibition juxtaposes the beauty of dancers and nature with the ugliness of plastic and waste products that pollute the world's oceans. Many dancers have participated in the project including Viktoria Tereshkina, Ekaterina Kondaurova and Alexander Sergeev. Film by Julia Sumzina who visited the exhibition.

Renard. Mavra. Le Baiser de la fée

The three works were first presented together as part of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and have been revived, with new choreography by Maxim Petrov, as part of Valery Gergiev's plan for a Year of Stravinsky at the Mariinsky Theatre. The triple bill comprises works from three genres and two periods of the composer's creativity – the "Russian" and the "neoclassical". Renard (originally Le Renard, le coq, la chèvre, le chat) is an "histoire burlesque chantée et jouée" and is reviewed in the August/September issue. The programme will be reprised on 29 & 30 September at Mariinsky II

Giselle in Lisbon

Maina Gielgud's production of Giselle filmed at the Coliseu dos Recreios in July with Margarita Fernandes, António Casalinho, Matilde Rodrigues and Francisco Gomes as Giselle, Albrecht, Myrtha and Hilarion respectively, along with other students of the Conservatório Internacional de Ballet e Dança Annarella Sanchez, now on Dance Europe YouTube. Backstage, rehearsal and performance.


English National Ballet's Shiori Kase and Francesco Gabriele Frola, as Medora and Ali in Le Corsaire, are featured on the cover. Although this well known gala highlight is often presented as a pas de deux, it can also be performed as a pas de trois as it was with Joseph Caley as Conrad in ENB's Solstice programme.   Review in the current issue. © Emma Kauldhar


Scottish Ballet will be returning to the stage with Starstruck opening at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow on 24 September preceding a Scottish tour taking in Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinbirgh. The production is a collaboration between Gene Kelly's widow, Patricia Ward Kelly, Scottish Ballet's CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson and designer Lez Brotherston, and gives Gene Kelly's ballet, Pas De Dieux, a brand new twist.

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Kate Coyne

Central School of Ballet

Kate Coyne has been appointed as the new artistic director of the Central School of Ballet and will take up the post in October from Michael Clark Company, where is she was the company's associate director. Additionally, Mikaela Polley has been named as Central’s first artist-in-residence, and will be responsible for the Ballet Central Tour 2022.

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Mikaela Polley

Lady Macbeth

Choreographer Christopher Marney talks about his new creation, Lady Macbeth, for the Fabula Collective, which features dancers Cira Robinson, Barry Drummond and Mark Samaras. Preview shots from rehearsals in Toynbee Hall, London. With a commissioned score by Jonathan Emilian Heck, the piece is part of a triple bill by Christopher Marney, James Pett and Travis Clausen-Knight, premiering at The Pit, New National Theatre, Tokyo on 28-29 August 2021.






Making Anemoi

This film by Dancersdiary follows Valentino Zucchetti as he creates his first ballet, Anemoi, for the Royal Opera House main stage and includes a short interview with director Kevin O'Hare. Featuring dancers from The Royal Ballet, the ballet is set to music by Sergey Rachmaninoff and has designs by Jean-Marc Puissant. Anemoi will be streamed live from 9 July - 8 August as part of the Beauty Mixed Programme on

Isaac Hernández

English National Ballet's Mexican lead principal shares his journey from Guadalajara to London via New York, San Francisco and Amsterdam. Filmed and produced by Andrej Uspenski and Emma Kauldhar. Complementary article in June/July issue of Dance Europe.