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July Birthdays
& Anniversaries


1st Micharl Nunn, Twyla Tharp;
3rd Maria Khoreva, Denis Rodkin;
4th Francesca Hayward;
5th Eve Mutso, Eliot Feld;
8th Cynthia Gregory;
11th Julie Kent;
13th Leanne Benjamin, Diana Vishneva;
 19th Natalia Bessmertnova (1941 - ¬2008);
20th Yuri Possokhov;
22nd Adam Cooper, Johannes Öhman, Boris Eifman, Julia Farron (1922 - 2019);
25th Tamas Detrich; Charles Jude;
27th Pina Bausch (1940 - 2009), Maris Liepa (1936 - 1989), David Blair (1932 - 1976), Anton Dolin (1904 - 1983);
28th Jacques d'Amboise (1934 - 2021);
30th Patrice Bart

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Amphitheater to de demolished in Manhattan

A controversial $1.45B East Side Coastal Resiliency Project is set to demolish the East River Park in Manhattan, including its historical Amphitheater and 1,000 trees. Jody Oberfelder, a dance maker and a resident of the Lower East Side for more than 40 years, is challenging the plan to destroy it with her new work Amphitheater, which we be premiered on the site on 21 June as an artistic protest. Employing an ensemble of four dancers and a live performance by Frank Moon of the Klezmatics, Amphitheater will be one of the final events at the space as the demolition date is rapidly approaching. Built in the 40's, the venue was the site of frequent free Evening-in-the-Park concerts, until it was closed in the 80's due to budget cuts. The space was brought back to life following 9-11 as a symbol of life and hope during a dark time. The performance is free but donations are welcomed on  https://www.jodyoberfelder.com/donate-now


British Ballet Charity Gala

With the aim of raising funds for Britain's ballet companies which have suffered serious financial losses due to Covid, the British Ballet Charity Gala brought together eight companies - six ballet and two contemporary dance - to share the stage for one performance at the Royal Albert Hall on 3 June. Despite the name, this was not your average ballet gala - one lone tutu and no showstopping pas de deux. With the exception of Matthew Bourne's Spitfire, the ballets presented were created this century. The evening opened with Scottish Ballet in Sophie Laplane's Dextera, followed by Ballet Black in Will Tuckett's Then or Now. Northern Ballet offered two short pieces - a duet from Jonathan Watkins' 1984 and Kenneth Tindall's Bitter Earth - and the first act concluded with the Act II pas de deux from David Bintley's Cinderella. 

No Don Q fireworks, but the familiar tune kicked off the second part with Matthew Bourne's Spitfire (1988), performed by New Adventures, followed by English National Ballet in Yuri Possokhov's Senseless Kindness from the company's recent Reunion programme. Rambert was represented by Rambert2 in Andrea Miller's Sama and The Royal Ballet concluded the evening with Valentino Zucchetti's recent creation Scherzo, accompanied by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia under the baton of Paul Murphy. The evening was hosted by Dame Darcey Bussell and Ore Oduba who announced that the impressive sum of £100,000 had been raised so far. The performance was filmed and will be available to view online from 18 June for £20.

Tickets on www.roh.org.uk or www.ballet.org.uk/charity-gala



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The Royal Ballet - Lauren Cuthbertson in MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet © Emma Kauldhar courtesy ROH

The Royal Ballet 2021-22 Season
Celebrating its 90th anniversary year, The Royal Ballet has announced its plans for the 2021-22 season:

Main Stage
Romeo and Juliet ch: Kenneth MacMillan
5–24 October 2021 & 10 January–25 February 2022

WORLD PREMIERE
The Dante Project ch: Wayne McGregor
14–30 October 2021
A co-production between The Royal Ballet and the Paris Opera

Giselle ch: Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
4 November–3 December 2021

The Nutcracker ch: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov
23 November 2021–8 January 2022

Swan Lake ch: Petipa and Ivanov
1–25 March 2022 & 4–28 May 2022

WORLD PREMIERE
New Kyle Abraham / Solo Echo ch: Pite / DGV: Danse à grande vitesse ch: Wheeldon
28 March–7 April 2022

Scènes de ballet / A Month in the Country / Rhapsody
ch: Frederick Ashton
22 April–2 May 2022

WORLD PREMIERE
Like Water for Chocolate
ch: Christopher Wheeldon
1–17 June 2022

The Royal Ballet School Summer Performance
16 July 2022

Linbury Theatre
L’Heure exquise ch: Mauruce Béjart
15–23 October 2021
with Alessandra Ferri and Carsten Jung
Co-production with Af Dance, Ravenna Festival and The Royal Ballet

Past Present ch:  Yolande Yorke-Edgell/Robert Cohan/Martha Graham/Kenneth Macmillan
Yorke Dance Project
12–18 November 2021

Draft Works
The Royal Ballet
15–16 February 2021

Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival
ch: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: Rosa/Lyon Opera Ballet/Ola Maciejewska
9–24 March 2022

The Dark Crystal: Odyssey
Dir/ch: Wayne McGregor
1–23 April 2022

The Royal Ballet presents Next Generation Festival
1–21 June 2022
Guest companies to be announced.

Kevin O'Hare, director of The Royal Ballet, has announced promotions for the current 2020-21 season and for the 2021-22. Promoted with immediate effect are Fumi Kaneko and Cesar Corrales to principals; Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Nicol Edmonds and Calvin Richardson to first soloists; Gina Storm-Jensen and Joseph Sissens to soloists; and Leticia Dias, Mariko Sasaki and Harry Churches to first artists. From September, the start of the 2021-22 season, Mayara Magri and Anna Rose O’Sullivan are promoted to principals.


The Midnight Bell 

New Adventures has announced that the world premiere of Matthew Bourne's The Midnight Bell will premiere at the Cheltenham Everyman from 9- 11 September prior to a national tour, including a run at Sadler's Wells  from 4 - 9 October. The creation is inspired by English novelist Patrick Hamilton whose books include Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky, Hangover Square. Bourne says, “Patrick Hamilton’s literary world could be seen as the flip-side of his close contemporary, Noel Coward, whose witty and glamorous world of cocktails and high society made him so fashionable and successful. Hamilton, on the other hand, wrote about the lives of everyday people, full of pathos, comedy and thwarted romance. Indeed his own personal setbacks and increasingly serious drinking problem became the source from which he created his finest and most individual work. More than any other author of the time, Hamilton’s characters speak with the authentic voice of the era and it’s the raw passion and secret lives that lie beneath the conventional exterior that appeals to me so much”. www.new-adventures.net.


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Chun-Wing Lam. © Svetlana Loboff/OnP

Promotions at the Paris Opera

Following the annual concours at the Paris Opera, the following promotions have been announced: Camille Bon, Clemence Gross, Andrea Sarri and Nikolaus Tudorin to sujets; Bleuenn Battistoni, Chun-Wing Lam, Jack Gasztowtt, Ines McIntosh and Nine Seropian to coryphées. Congratulations to all. Sarri, Tudorin, Lam and Gasztowtt are interviewed in the June/July issue of Dance Europe.

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Christopher Marney - courtesy Christopher Marney

Christopher Marney

Christopher Marney has announced that he is relinquishing his post as artistic director of Central School of Ballet and its graduate company, Ballet Central, to pursue other opportunities in the dance profession. A dancer and choreographer, who has created several acclaimed pieces for the school, Marney has held the post for five years, culminating in the school's move to new premises in Paris Gardens, Southwark. Central is now seeking a qualified professional to assume the role - see Auditions/Jobs for more information.


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Daniel Riley. © Michael Jalaru Torres

Daniel Riley

Australian Dance Theatre has announced that Daniel Riley as its new artistic director. He will succeed Garry Stewart who leaves ADT at the end of 2021. Daniel, 35, danced with Bangarra Dance Theatre for 12 years and, after moving to Melbourne in 2019, has worked ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Chunky Move and as an independent artist and collaborator. He is currently a lecturer in contemporary dance at the Victorian College of the Arts. www.adt.org.au


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David Nixon OBE. Photo: Simon Lawson

David Nixon

David Nixon OBE, Northern Ballet's longest serving Artistic Director, has announced that he will step down from his role in December 2021 after 20 years at the helm. Since acceding the post in 2001, Nixon has added 29 full-length ballets and 23 one-act works to the company's repertoire as well as 14 original full-length musical compositions. As a choreographer and designer, David has created 13 original full-length ballets for Northern Ballet, including Wuthering Heights, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Great Gatsby and The Little Mermaid, and has restaged and adapted a further six productions.


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The Royal Ballet - Francesca Hayward in Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering - courtesy the ROH

The Royal Ballet Summer Season 

The Royal Ballet will be presenting two more programmes on the main stage to conclude the season. 
Balanchine and Robbins, offers Apollo, Tchaikovsky pas de deux and Dances at a Gathering (4 - 13 June); and the final programme features a world premiere, Anemoi choreographed by Valentino Zucchetti, Divertissements and The Sleeping Beauty Act III (26 June - 11 July). The main stage will also present The Royal Ballet School's Summer Performance on 10 July. In the Linbury Theatre, there will be performances by the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance (16 - 17 June), The Royal Ballet School (23 - 26 June) and Summer Draft Works (1 - 3 July). Booking  roh.org.uk