The English dancer, mime artist and choreographer Lindsay Kemp died this morning in Livorno (Leghorn) in Italy, where he had his home. He was 80. Kemp formed his own dance company in the early sixties and first attracted attention with an appearance at the Edinburgh Festival in 1968. Kemp's stage performances included Pierrot In Turquoise, Flowers, Salome, Mr Punch's … [Read more...] about Lindsay Kemp dies at 80
Susana B Williams has been bringing her Choreographers’ Showcases to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for 15 years. Her company, Dance-Forms, will have managed 72 such events by the time the doors open at the Emerald Theatre on 15 August having produced Showcases from Chile to Croatia, Greece to Guatemala, Monaco to Mexico. I asked her how she got the idea. In 1993, attending … [Read more...] about Susana B Williams and her Choreographers’ Showcase return to Edinburgh
Q&A When did you start dancing? When I was 13 years old. Why did you start dancing? Because I liked it and in my house it was something normal to see ballet; although first I wanted to be a football or basketball player! Which dancer inspired you most as a child? Fred Astaire, Antonio Gades and Vladimir Vasiliev. Which dancer do you most admire? Fred … [Read more...] about Igor Yebra answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Dancers’ Edition
A record number of shows will be staged at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, brushing off fears that the clash with the London Olympics would harm the Festival. A 6% increase on last year’s programme will see 2,695 shows take to theatres, pubs, nooks, crannies and gardens all over Scotland’s capital in August with 47 countries represented . Kath Mainland, Chief Executive … [Read more...] about 2,695 shows make this year’s Edinburgh Fringe the biggest ever. And the programme: 376 pages and weighs 605 grams!
Who would have thought that Massenet's Thaïs was such a knock-out opera, given that all we ever hear of it is its much-punted sound bite, the Meditation? Last night's magnificent concert performance by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Edinburgh Festival Chorus and a ripe array of soloists under Sir Andrew Davis not only gave that old lollipop its proper context - a … [Read more...] about Andrew Davis’ “mind-blowing” Thaïs in Edinburgh