Dance Gazette is an international dance publication produced by the Royal Academy of Dance and published three times a year, in February, June and October.
Can dance change the world? It’s tempting to see dance as a retreat from public tumult – but this issue of Dance Gazette meets teachers and artists whose work has a real impact on their society and culture. We go from black ballet teachers who inspire new generations to the slums of Kenya and the streets of New York. We meet Diana Vishneva, the Mariinsky ballerina pushing dance into new collaborations, and Hofesh Shechter, a star choreographer flirting with disaster. Everyone here makes work that can change hearts and minds.
Heading this issue is an incredible RAD member – surely the only leading anthropologist who is also a committed ballet teacher. We follow Barbara Land into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, and marvel at someone who truly does believe that you can dance the world better.
Barbara Land ventures into the Amazon jungle to meet the last of the shamans and teach ballet. We meet a remarkable teacher.
Star ballerina Diana Vishneva explains why dance must combine with other art forms.
See it to be it
Classical ballet has a poor record on diversity. Can black ballet teachers make a difference as mentors and role models?
Hofesh Shechter’s new premiere promises a grand finale. Is it all over for the acclaimed choreographer?
Sign of the times
Post-election America seems a nation divided. We report from New York as the dance community discovers activism, onstage and off.
Dance that changed the world
Which dance works have had a real impact on their cultures? Four dance historians select landmark creations.
‘Children can dream beyond the slums’
Ballet might seem the last thing children need in one of Kenya’s poorest slums – but it has a transforming effect.
What I’ve learned
Ahmad Joudeh – the Syrian dancer who defied Isis.