May 17 is set to be a red letter day for the performing arts here in the UK – the date when (if COVID-19 infections continue to fall) theatres can at last reopen safely. As we go to press with this latest issue of Dancing Times, the signs seem to be good, and, speaking personally, I can’t wait to be watching live dance again. Let’s hope everything continues to go to plan. In the meantime, if you want to find out what performances are planned by companies and theatres over the coming months, turn to our Calendar section, which has now been extended to four pages, no less!
Things seems to be less clear-cut away from the UK, with further cancellations of live performances happening in Europe, and North and South America, and this month we discover how companies in France, Germany and Italy have been coping with continued lockdowns. We hear, too, how lockdown has affected some of the dancers here in the UK, including Adam Cooper from the world of theatre dance, and members of the ballroom and Latin competitive world. We also continue with Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp’s exploration of diversity in dance, this month focusing on classical ballet.