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Dancing Times June 2016

June 2016

We look forward to a summer of dance this month, from The Australian Ballet – with our cover star Leanne Stojmenov – at the London Coliseum to Fearghus Ó Conchúir’s The Casement Project and choreographer Jessica Lang’s new response to Shakespeare’s sonnets…

Shakespeare with a wink

David Mead talks to choreographer Jessica Lang, who is creating the Shakespeare-inspired Wink for Birmingham Royal Ballet

“Lang is fully aware that Wink may well become a topic of discussion because, as a female choreographer, ‘I’m achieving something that everybody’s questioning right now, but I would hope I’m getting commissions because my work is good and not only because, ‘Oh, you’re a girl so we’ll give you that opportunity’…

“The issue is closely linked to what happens in education, she says, noting that there are usually more girls taking ballet than boys, and that while girls often feel replaceable, boys quickly realise they are needed. ‘We need a prince. We need a Nutcracker. You don’t have to be exceptionally talented. It’s just a facct that he’s the gender needed for that role.’ Men get more attention, which translates into confidence, she continues. Males are not more talented in choreography, she insists, it’s just that their experiences encourage them to be bolder and gives them a different sort of rapport with their usually male artistic directors…”


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