News: People

Friday 11 January 2002

Sue Hoyle,
formerly Executive Director of The Place, is to become Arts Council England’s Lead Advisor for Dance.
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Carlos Acosta’s
show Tocororo was at Sadler’s Wells recently. “ballet is started to feel a lil’ bit small for me… I wanted really to create something, make something different, get new challenges.” he tells Jenny Gilbert Independent, 12 July.03
Other articles:
Judith Mackrell in the Guardian, 18 June 03
Ismene Brown in the Telegraph, 27 June.03
and to Debra Craine in the
Times, 20 June 03

Deborah Bull
has become a Governor of the BBC. Her four year term started this August.
more details

Antonio Gades – the Spanish flamenco master, is at Sadler’s Wells this week with his company. He talks to Nadine Meisner in
Independent, 17 June 03

Twyla Tharp
choreographer and director of her new Broadway hit musical Movin’ Out, brought her company Twyla Tharp Dance to Sadler’s Wells in July. Articles & interviews:
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Paul Taylor
set up his own company in the 1950s and still continues to create new works. John O’Mahoney reports_” [his] contribution to American dance has been to reacquaint it with principles of musicality and accessibility from an earlier era: modernity haunted by the great traditions of the past.”_ in
Guardian, 19 Apr.03.
He talked to Debra Craine about the differences between modern dance and ballet. “So instead of showing positions like a snapshot, I like my dancers to move through them. I get more of a kinesthetic reaction to modern dance. My reaction isn’t completely visual the way it is with ballet.”
Times, 28 Apr. 03

Emio Greco was at the Barbican
in March. He used to busk in shopping centres. “I couldn’t discover the way that I was dreaming of dancing. I just didn’t feel good about the way I was living my life. So there was something inside that was just waiting to erupt.”
He talks to John o’Mahony in the
Guardian, 24 Mar. 03

Principal Dancer Robert Tewsley
has decided to leave The Royal Ballet at his own request following his last performance in Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling on 14th November 2002. Commenting on his decision he said: “I am deeply sad to be leaving The Royal Ballet. At this stage of my career I was looking forward to the challenge of the major roles in the Company’s repertoire including the ballets of Kenneth MacMillan. However a dancer’s career is short and I feel that I need opportunities to perform more regularly than The Royal Ballet is able to offer me at this time.” Robert Tewsley was born in Leicester, England and received his ballet training at the Royal Ballet School in London. Upon his graduation in 1990 he joined the National Ballet of Canada rising through the ranks to Principal. In 1996 he joined the Stuttgart Ballet as Principal Dancer. As a guest with The Royal Ballet he has danced the title role in John Cranko’s ‘Onegin’, Siegfried in Anthony Dowell’s production of ‘Swan Lake’ and Albrecht in Peter Wright’s production of ‘Giselle’. As a principal with the Company he danced the title role in MacMillan’s ‘Mayerling’. Acting Royal Ballet Director Monica Mason said: “I am very disappointed by Robert Tewsley’s decision not to remain with the Company. I have very much admired his performances during the short time he has been with us but fully understand his wishes to broaden the scope of his career. I wish him every future success.” 4 Nov. 02
“The Royal Ballet is to lose a principal dancer, after one of the shortest careers with the company on record.”
Jack Malvern, Times, 2 Nov. 02
Maev Kennedy, Guardian, 2 Nov. 02

Sylvie Guillem
talks to Judith Mackrell about her ‘love hate’ relationship with Nureyev on the 10th anniversary of his death.
Guardian, 3 Apr. 03

Anthony Bowne
Anthony Bowne
will succeed Dr Marion North OBE as the new Principal and Chief Executive of Laban
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Darshan Singh Bhuller – the new Director of Phoenix Dance Company has made a dance about a community traumatised by the (fictional) murder of a teenage girl. As Requiem opened at the West Yorkshire Playhouse last week, he talked to Judith Mackrell
Guardian, 6 Feb 03

Joaquín Cortés

“Cortés is the most famous flamenco dancer who has ever lived… His offence, and his triumph, is to use his extraordinary technical talent to fuse the traditions of ancient flamenco with the conventions of modern rock stardom.”

He talks to Andrew Billen in,
Times, 11 March.03

Antonia Franceschi
has used her experience of growing up in 1970s Manhattan as the basis for her latest work Up From the Waste. She explains to Jenny Gilbert that her tough childhood shaped her career in dance, film and choreography.
Sun.Independent, 1 Dec.02

Modern Dance Needs Stars
Contemporary dance has benefited hugely from Baryshnikov’s celebrity, writes Sarah Crompton, showing that dance can capture the public imagination through personality.
Telegraph, 16 Oct. 02

Matthew Bourne
As his latest production of the Christmas classic opens at Sadler’s Wells, Matthew Bourne talks to the press about Nutcracker!, the last year and his future plans.
press links
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Billy Elliot and after
What did Jamie Bell do next? Read his interview with Garth Pearce in the Sunday Times, 8 Dec. 02

Jude Kelly
was invited by Paco Pena to collaborate with him on a new flamenco music-and-dance show. Kelly talks to Jenny Gilbert about directing a production in a style she knew very little about, & in a language she doesn’t speak.
Sun.Independent, 13 Oct.02

Derek Deane
was “beaten to the directorship of the Royal Ballet by Ross Stretton, … and the job is tantalisingly vacant once more.” Louise Levene talks to Deane about his work and what he thinks it takes to direct the Royal Ballet,
Telegraph, 22 Oct.02

Thomas Edur
cited as “discreetly brilliant”, Edur does not receive the fame and recognition that he deserves, according to Debra Craine in
Times, 5 Oct.02

Deborah Colker
brought Casa to London in October. Nadine Meisner finds Colker has an abundance of energy that fuels her work.
Independent. 7 Oct.02

Mikhail Baryshnikov
tells Nadine Meisner he is a choreographer’s dancer. Independent, 3 Oct.02
And also talks to Clifford Bishop in the Sun.Times, 6 Oct.02
Baryshnikov has a new pictorial autobiography more details

David Bintley
artistic director & choreographer of BRB, and Aston Villa fan. He talks to Malcolm Boyden about his joint passion for ballet and football.
Times, 28 Sep.02

Ian Albery
who has moved on from Sadler’s Wells, is taking up a new post at the Guildford School of Acting in October. Jeremy Austin takes a look at his life and work in theatre.
In: The Stage, 26 Sep.02

UK’s Top 10 Ballet dancers
include Tamara Rojo, Alina Cojocaru & Edward Watson, as featured in the
Independent, 7 Apr. 02

Joaquín Cortés
Read an interview in
Sun. Times, 4 AUg. 02

Sanjoy Roy
Delhi-based producer and Indian arts activist Sanjoy Roy talked to Bob Flynn about taking 16 productions to the Edinburgh Festival this year, and the challenges that brings.
Guardian, 22 Aug.02

Merce Cunningham
speaks about his work in a selection of interviews
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Lale Mansur
…formerly Istanbul State Opera and Ballet’s longest-serving prima ballerina is bringing ‘magical theatre’ to Edinburgh. Also a political activist, she faces imprisonment if she returns to her native Turkey..
Sarah Barrell,Independent, 6 Aug. 02

Joaquín Cortés
is back for a national tour in October. “The dance critics do not like me, yet I continue to come back and fill the Albert Hall…I am a role model to wear gypsy culture with pride”
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Robyn Orlin
brought her South African dance company to the Barbican in July. “It’s really about power,” says Orlin, “about coming out of apartheid and trying to get our show together.” She talks to Judith Mackrell in the
Guardian, 15 Jul.02

Ivan Putrov
dancer with the Royal Ballet voices his frustration to Louise Levene about being moved to and fro between chorus and leading roles, in
Telegraph, 21 July. 02

Miyako Yoshida
has been a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet for 7 years & excells in the Ashton Ballets and the 19th century repertoire. She talks to Debra Craine in the
Times, 22 July, 02

Marion North, Principal & Chief Executive,
Laban Centre, London, has announced that she will retire in August 2003.
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Eva Yerbabuena
has been voted Spain’s greatest young flamenco dancer for the past three years. “..she dances like a doyenne of the highest flamenco tradition, slinky, fascinating, but wrapped in a sombre, perfectionist sort of mystery.” Ismene Brown interviews her in Telegraph, 6 Jul 02 Nadine Meisner discusses flamenco & its roots in Spanish culture Independent, 8 July.02 Also see
video clip and other press links

Akram Khan, Nitin Sawney & Anish Kapoor
Akram Khan’s latest work, a collaboration with composer Nitin Sawney and artist Anish Kapoor, was @ the Festival Hall on 11 & 12 May. They talk to Brian Logan in Independent, 28 Apr.02 & Ismene Brown in the
Telegraph, 6 Apr.02

Stephen Baynes’
Beyond Bach was premiered by the Royal Ballet on 26 Jan. 02.
Article with the Australian choreographer:
John Percival, Independent, 25 Jan. 02

Dame Alicia Markova
started her dance career as Alice Marks taking Saturday dance class in Finsbury Park – and progressed to the Ballet Russe. She talks to Louise Levene in the
Telegraph, 26 Jun 02

John Ashford
awarded CBE
for his services to dance in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
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Matz Skoog
Disagreements continue over Skoog’s plans to overhall the direction of the ENB’s performances. As reported by Catherine Milner in the Telegraph, 9 June 02
Skoog also talks to Ismene Brown in the
Telegraph, 28 May.02

Christopher Bruce
took over Rambert in 1994 and ‘has led it from near-extinction to its current success.’ Nadine Meisner asks him how in the Nadine Meisner, Independent, 13 May. 02

The Clark Brothers
Steve & Jimmy, (aged 77 & 79), ‘are thought to be the last of the “brothers” acts of tap-dancing’s golden age in post-war America – an America of vicious anti-black racism on one hand and an avid adoration of showbusiness on the other.’ On the eve of performances @ the Queen Elizabeth Hall, they talked to Ismene Brown in the
Telegraph, 4 June 02

Christopher Wheeldon
At 28, British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has already conquered New York; now he is invading Edinburgh and London.
Guardian, Judith Mackrell, AUg. 01

Britain’s Balanchine?
The work of Christopher Wheeldon is the focus of the San Francisco Ballet’s Edinburgh Festival season. He talks to Ismene Brown in Telegraph, 26 Jul 03 and is interviewed about the season in the
Observer, 27 Jul 03

Christopher Wheeldon:
Christopher Wheeldon left his performing career behind two years ago to pursue his choreographic interests. As he returns to London from the New York City Ballet to create a new work for the Royal Ballet, he has given several interviews
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Ashley Page
Scottish Ballet appoint new Artistic Director
Choreographer & former Principal Dancer with The Royal Ballet, Ashley Page will join Scottish Ballet this autumn.
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Carl Davis
the conductor famous for live performances of his scores for silent movies, will direct the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic as Rudolf Nureyev & Margot Fonteyn dance the leading roles in a film version of Romeo & Juliet made in 1966.
David Ward, Guardian, 20 Apr.02

Sylvie Guillem
is dancing Mats Ek’s Carmen in the Royal Ballet’s Cross Cultures programme. She talks to Ismene Brown in the
Telegraph, 30 Mar. 02

Kim Brandstrup
Kim Brandstrup choreographer and Artistic Director of Arc Dance Company talks to Nadine Meisner in
Independent, 16 Mar. 02

Cathy Marston
… is that rare thing in the ballet world, a female choreographer. Currently creating a piece for English National Ballet, she talks about her work to Nadine Meisner in the,
Independent, 15 Apr. 02

Isadora : A Sensational Life
a new biography by Peter Kurth is reviewed by Jann Parry in the Observer, 27 Jan. 02
Isadora’s manual
An extremely rare instruction manual of Isadora Duncan’s work is to be sold at auction.
Vanessa Thorpe, Observer, 18 Aug.02

Rafael Bonachela
Kylie’s favourite choreographer
Following his successful commission to choreograph Kylie Minogue’s dance routine at the Brit awards;
Martin Delgado, Evening Standard, 18 Mar. 02
Rambert dancer Rafael Bonachela has been offered the Fever tour as well as co-choreographing the video for the new single Love At First Sight…
Keith Watson, Evening Standard, 14 May.02

Preeya Kalidas
Bombay Dreams star is cast… Preeya Kalidas talks to Amit Roy about her role in the latest Lloyd Webber musical…
The Telegraph

Andrew Lloyd Webber
After receiving the Olivier Audience Award for The Phantom Of The Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber is waiting to see if his next musical will be as big a hit. read more

“The biggest issue – in assessing (his) impact of on the world of the musical – is whether the relevant word is “responsible” or “culpable”.”

Thomas Sutcliffe, Independent, 16 Jan.02

Tony Hall
Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House talks about his plans to reach wider audiences in the
Independent, 13 Feb. 02

Dame Beryl Grey
talks to Debra Craine. A Gala in honour of her 75th Birthday took place @ Sadler’s Wells on Sun.10 Mar.
Times, 5 March. 02

Ross Stretton
…is just finishing his first year in charge of the Royal Ballet. John Percival delivers a disappointing end-of-term report in:
Independent, 5 Aug.02
Interviews with the Artistic Director@The Royal Ballet
Ross Stretton, successor to Sir Anthony Dowell as director of Royal Ballet.
Independent,31 March.02, Jenny Gilbert
Telegraph, 28 Mar. 02 Ismene Brown
Telegraph, 23 Oct. 01,Ismene Brown
Guardian, 17 Nov. 01, Judith Mackrell
Guardian, 27 Nov. 01, Judith Mackrell

Marianela Nuñez
Luke Jennings talks to a rising star of the Royal Ballet in
The Evening Standard, 8 Feb. 02

Christopher Hampson’s
Double Concerto is part of English National Ballet’s forthcoming programme @ the Coliseum. He talks to Nadine Meisner about his new found addiction to choreography in the
Independent, 11 Jan.02

Lindsay Kemp
was at the Peacock Theatre in February 2002 in a new show: Dreamdances.Rupert Smith talks with him in Guardian, 30 Jan.02 Nadine Meisner interviews him in the Independent, 28 Jan.02 and read a preview Observer, 27 Jan.02

Darshan Singh Bhuller
New Director for Phoenix Dance Darshan Singh Bhuller is to become the Director of the Leeds based company.He says “I’m not interested in running an all-white or all-black company”, in an article by
Judith Mackrell, Guardian , 4 Dec. 01

Leather clad Darcey
Last week Darcey Bussell promoted the new Audi wearing, what turned out to be, quite a revealing leather dress. Rebecca Tyrrel tries find out why Darcey got involved in “such down-market and old-fashioned posing” in the
Sun.Telegraph, 27 Oct.02

Darcey Bussell
has returned to the ROH to dance in the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker. Judith Mackrell examines the balancing act required to combine motherhood & a dance career in
The Guardian, 12 Dec. 01
She explains the hard work and discipline needed to survive as a ballet dancer. She talks to Emily Bearn about ballet, being a mother, and modelling for M&S.
Telegraph, 10 Sep.02

Adam Cooper
is choreographing & starring in a new production of Rodgers & Hart’s On Your Toes @ Leicester Haymarket Theatre.
Debra Craine, Times, 22 Apr.02
Lyn Gardner, Guardian, 7 May.02
Adam Cooper returns to the Royal Ballet to take the title role in ‘Onegin’. See
Evening Standard, 21 Nov.01

Sarah Wildor and Adam Cooper
“Sarah Wildor and Adam Cooper, one of Ballet’s most beautiful couples, fail to avoid explosive topics as they tell Ismene Brown about life since Wildor resigned from the Royal Ballet”“Telegraph, 29th March, Ismene Brown”: Her performance with Scottish Ballet is reviewed by
Alice Bain, Guardian, 5 Apr. 02

Matthew Bourne
In the midst of rehearsals for South Pacific the RNT, Matthew Bourne talks to the "FT, 8 Dec. 01": Matthew Bourne's new work opens the National Theatre in August. Is he a choreographer, director or writer? He talks to David Benedict in the Observer, 14 Jul. 02
He tells Ismene Brown how he lost control of his company and most famous ballets. A new production Play Without Words is @ the National Theatre until 14 Sept.
Telegraph, 14 Aug.02

Alina Cojocaru
became “a principal dancer in Kiev at 17. She had to join the Royal Ballet at corps level, but leapfrogged to principal level within two years.” Ismene Brown interviews her in the Independent, 16 Nov.02
Debra Craine talks to her about her passion and determination which has driven her remarkable dancing career. “At one point last season I was learning five roles in one day with just half an hour between them.”
Times, 15 Nov.02

Alina Cojocaru
dances Olga in Onegin. Lewis Jones talks with her:
Telegraph, 21 Nov. 01

Richard Move
The dance legend Martha Graham lives on… in a slightly taller body. Jenny Gilbert talks to Richard Move.

Independent, 4 Nov. 01

John Cranko
Onegin is being performed by the Royal Ballet for the first time. John Percival recounts the brief, precocious life of John Cranko, its creator, in Independent, 16 Nov. 01.

Tamara Rojo
Tamara Rojo transfixed her audience when she danced Giselle for the Royal Ballet last year, and her latest role, as Kitri in ‘Don Quixote’, is sure to be just as dazzling. She talks to Louise Levene.
Louise Levene, The Telegraph, 29 October

All change @ Scottish Ballet
The latest news from Scotland regarding the controversial decision not to renew Robert North’s contract and to reform Scottish Ballet as a contemporary company.
The Scotsman, 18 October
James Doherty,The Scotsman, 16 October
The Scotsman, September 125
The Scotsman, September 19
Dani Garavelli, The Sunday Times, September 16
James Doherty, The Scotsman, September 16
Kelly Apter, The Scotsman, 12 September
Nick Drainey, The Scotsman, 10 September
INdependent on Sunday, Sept. 01

Dee O’Connell from The Observer interviews six professionals at the peak of their careers including Dame Antoinette Sibley, president of the RAD and Alina Cojacaru, principal at the Royal Ballet.
Observer, 9 Sept. 01

Irek Mukhamedov
Retiring Royal Ballet star Irek Mukhamedov is still stung by the manner of his departure. On the eve of the farewell gala performance that he had to organise himself, he tells Ismene Brown what happened.
Telegraph, Sept. 01

Judith Jamison

Judith Mackrell, Guardian, 6 Sept. 02

Bruce Sansom
Soon after Dowell announced his imminent retirement as director of the Royal Ballet last year, Sansom quit dancing to learn about management with the San Francisco Ballet. Ismene Brown asks if he was he hoping to be offered the post of Artistic Director of the Royal Ballet
Telegraph, Ismene Brown, 7 Aug. 01

Deborah MacMillan
The rebellious daughter of a middle-class Australian family, she studied art and appeared in a drag act before coming to the UK, where she married the Royal Ballet choreographer Kenneth MacMillan. Since his death in 1992 she has had control of his work and ruffled a few feathers in its defence.
Judith Mackrell, Guardian,11 Aug. 01

Dame Vivien Duffield
The fundraising trust which, chaired by Vivien Duffield, has raised some £100 million for the Royal Opera House, is wound up by the Opera House Board.
Richard Brooks Sunday Times 29 Jul. 01

Anthony Dowell
15 years as Artistic Director ended in July 2001. Two dance critics look back at his tenure. Ismene Brown in
Telegraph, 3 Aug. 01
and John Percival in the Independent, 20 July

Tessa Blackstone
The new arts minister talks to Norman Lebrecht about her new role and her time as Chair of the Royal Ballet.
Telegraph, 27 June 01

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