Interviews, Articles & Programme Notes

Here are the interviews, articles and programme notes I’ve had published so far. For a list of my published reviews, please see the About page.

Interviews

Liam Scarlett – Choreographer (for The Royal Ballet’s Symphonic Dances programme notes, 18 May 2017)

Celine Gittens – Principal dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet (Dance International – Spring 2017)

Rina Kanehara – corps dancer with English National Ballet (Dance Europe – April 2017)

Ludovic Ondiviela – Choreographer (Dance Europe – March 2017)

Javier De Frutos – Choreographer/Director (for The Royal Ballet’s Les Enfants Terribles programme notes, 27 January 2017 – an abridged version is available on the Royal Opera House website)

Brandon Lawrence – Soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet (Dance Europe – January 2017)

Didy Veldman – Choreographer & Company Director (Dance Europe – November 2016)

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa – Choreographer (Dance Europe – August/September 2016)

Emio Greco & Pieter C. Scholten – Directors of Ballet National de Marseille (Dance Europe – July 2016)

Daniel Proietto – Guest Artist and Choreographer with Norwegian National Ballet (Dance Europe – June 2016)

Eric Underwood: In Conversation – Soloist with The Royal Ballet (Dance International – Summer 2016) The full interview is available to read on the Dance International website

Dominique Mercy & Scott Jennings – dancers with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (Dance Europe – June 2015)

Francesco Ventriglia – Artistic Director, Royal New Zealand Ballet (Dance Europe – February 2015)

Aki Saito & Wim Vanlessen – Principal dancers with Royal Ballet Flanders (Dance Europe – November 2014)

Medhi Walerski – dancer with Nederlands Dance Theater (Dance Europe – August/September 2014)

Alastair Marriott – Choreographer (for The Royal Ballet’s Connectome programme notes, 31 May 2014)

Es Devlin – Designer (for The Royal Ballet’s Connectome programme notes, 31 May 2014)

April Ball – dancer with les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (Dance Europe – May 2014)

Sofia Menteguiaga – Principal dancer with Royal Ballet Flanders (Dance Europe – April 2014)

Ingrid Lorentzen – Artistic Director of Norwegian National Ballet (Dance International – Winter 2013)

Carlos Acosta – Choreographer (for The Royal Ballet’s Don Quixote programme notes, 30 September 2013)

Tim Hatley – Designer (for The Royal Ballet’s Don Quixote programme notes, 30 September 2013)

Martin Yates – Orchestrator and Conductor (for The Royal Ballet’s Don Quixote programme notes, 30 September 2013)

Mikko Nissinen – Artistic Director, Boston Ballet (Dance Europe – May 2013)

Wayne McGregor – Choreographer (for The Royal Ballet’s Raven Girl programme notes, 24 May 2013)

Audrey Niffenegger – Author (for The Royal Ballet’s Raven Girl programme notes, 24 May 2013)

Gabriel Yared – Composer (for The Royal Ballet’s Raven Girl programme notes, 24 May 2013)

Assis Carreiro – Artistic Director, Royal Ballet Flanders (Dance Europe – April 2013)

Christopher Wheeldon – Choreographer (for The Royal Ballet’s Aeternum programme notes, 22 February 2013)

Alexei Ratmansky – Choreographer (for The Royal Ballet’s 24 Preludes programme notes, 22 February 2013)

Tamara Rojo – Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet (Royal Ballet Yearbook 2012-2013)

Kim Brandstrup, Alastair Marriott, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett, Will Tuckett, Jonathan Watkins, Christopher Wheeldon – Choreographers (for The Royal Ballet’s Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 programme notes, 14 July 2012)

Chris Ofili, Conrad Shawcross, Mark Wallinger – Artists/Designers (for The Royal Ballet’s Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 programme notes, 14 July 2012)

Jonathan Dove, Nico Muhly, Mark-Anthony Turnage – Composers (for The Royal Ballet’s Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 programme notes, 14 July 2012)

Lucy Carter – Lighting Designer (for The Royal Ballet’s Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 programme notes, 14 July 2012)

Dame Monica Mason – Artistic Director, The Royal Ballet (Dance International – Summer 2012)

 

Articles

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan – Article including interviews with Lin Hwai-min, Lee Ching-chun, Cheng Tsung-lung, Chou Chang-ning and Luo Sih-wei (Dance Europe – May 2016)

Greek National Opera Ballet – Profile on the Company (Dance Europe – February 2016)

BBC Young Dancer – article featuring interviews with Jan Younghusband (BBC Head of Comissioning for Music and Events), Sharon Watson (artistic director of Phoenix Dance Theater) and Kenneth Tharp (Chief Executive of The Place, London) (Dance International – Summer 2015)

Behind the Proscenium: Ballet Stage Management – article for The Royal Ballet Yearbook 2014-2015 detailing the working lives of The Royal Ballet’s Stage Management team.

Monday Moves: Freedom in a World Full of Risk – article about Monday Moves, a weekly dance class run by The Royal Ballet for blind and partially sighted adults. Includes includes interviews with participants, teachers and the RNIB.  Appeared in all Royal Opera House programmes (Ballet and Opera) between 10 April 2014 and the end of the 2013/2014 season.

Thinking Beyond the Body – report on the Beyond the Body conference at the Birmingham Hippodrome for the Spring 2014 edition of Dance UK’s quarterly magazine

At the Edge of a Fjord: Ingrid Lorentzen and Norwegian National Ballet – Article including an interview with Ingrid Lorentzen (Artistic Director of Norwegian National Ballet). (Dance International – Winter 2013)

The Bolshoi in London – Special report on the Bolshoi’s 2013 tour of London and a summary of events that followed the acid-attack on the Company’s artistic director Sergei Filin. (Dance International – Winter 2013)

The Art of Collaboration: Wayne McGregor’s Raven Girl – Article including interviews with Wayne McGregor, Audrey Niffenegger (author of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry) and Gabriel Yared (composer of the film soundtracks for The English Patient, Betty Blue and The Lives of Others). (Dance International – Fall 2013)

The corps de ballet – article for the Royal Ballet Yearbook 2013-2014 (including interviews with Royal Ballet dancers Laura Morera, Samantha Raine, Erico Montes, Annette Buvoli and David Donnelly)

New English Ballet Theatre – Article, including interviews with Karen Pilkington-Miksa and Andrew McNicol (Dance International – Spring 2013)

Ballet Black – Article, including interview with Cassa Pancho (Dance International – Autumn 2012)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Article, including interviews with Matthias Burkert, Barbara Kaufmann, Dominique Mercy, Peter Pabst, Robert Sturm and Fernando Suels Mendoza  (Dance International – Spring 2012)

Sisters Grimm – Article with interviews (Dance International – Winter 2011)

 

Programme Notes

The Royal BalletSymphonic Dances – Premiered at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 18 May 2017 (Featuring an interview with choreographer Liam Scarlett)

The Royal BalletLes Enfants Terribles – Premiered at the Barbican Theatre, Barbican Centre, London, 27 January 2017. (Featuring an interview with the show’s director/choreographer Javier de Frutos – an abridged version is available on the Royal Opera House website)

Gary Avis & FriendsDance for Suffolk 2016 – Premiered at Ipswich Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 10 August 2016

The Royal BalletAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Digital Programme) – A very modern kind of classical ballet Available to Download from the Royal Opera House website.

Dance Tours Productions – A Night of Royal Elegance 2014 – Premiered Tokyo, Japan, 8 August 2014 (including interviews with; Royal Ballet principals Nehemiah Kish, Sarah Lamb, Steven McRae and Laura Morera; first soloists Ricardo Cervera, Yuhui Choe and Bennet Gartside; Birmingham Royal Ballet principals Chi Cao and Nao Sakuma)

New English Ballet Theatre – Tryst: Devotion and Betrayal – Premiered at Peacock Theatre, London, 2 July 2014 (including interviews with all choreographers, visual artists and dancers, including Daniela Cardim Fonteyne, Kristen McNally, Andrew McNicol Erico Montes and Valentino Zucchetti)

The Royal Ballet – Connectome – Premiered at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 31 May 2014 (featuring interviews with Alastair Marriott and Es Devlin [designer of the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony among many other things]).

An extract is available to read on the Royal Opera House website.

The Royal Ballet – Don Quixote – Premiered at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 30 September 2013 (featuring interviews with Carlos Acosta, Tim Hatley [designer] and Martin Yates [orchestrator and conductor])

New English Ballet TheatreGala Performance – Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 11 October 2013

The Royal Ballet – Raven Girl – Premiered at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 24 May 2013 (featuring interviews with Wayne McGregor, Audrey Niffenegger [author of The Time Traveler’s Wife] and Gabriel Yared [Oscar-winning composer of The English Patient])

The Royal Ballet – Aeternum – Premiered at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 22 February 2013 (featuring an interview with Christopher Wheeldon). Olivier Award Winner 2013 – Best New Dance Production. Critics’ Circle National Dance Award Winner 2013 – Best Classical Choreography.

The Royal Ballet24 Preludes – Premiered at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 22 February 2013 (featuring an interview with Alexei Ratmansky)

The Royal BalletMetamorphosis: Titian 2012 – Premiered at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London (including interviews with choreographers Kim Brandstrup, Alastair Marriott, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett, Will Tuckett, Jonathan Watkins, Christopher Wheeldon; visual artists Chris Ofili, Conrad Shawcross, Mark Wallinger; composers Jonathan Dove, Mico Muhly, Mark-Anthony Turnage)

The introduction is available to read on the Royal Opera House website.

New English Ballet TheatreSynergies – Peacock Theatre, London (including interviews with all choreographers, visual artists and dancers, including Wayne Eagling, George Williamson and Ernst Meisner)

Dance Tour ProductionsA Royal Night at the Ballet – Tokyo and Kamakura, Japan (including interviews with; Royal Ballet principals Nehemiah Kish, Sarah Lamb, Steven McRae and Laura Morera; first soloists Ricardo Cervera and Yuhui Choe; Birmingham Royal Ballet principals Chi Cao and Nao Sakuma)

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Gerard Davis