Digital Dance Gazette Single Issue: October 2021 Issue 3

Digital Dance Gazette Single Issue: October 2021 Issue 3


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Editor’s Note:

This issue of Dance Gazette examines the face we present to the world. As the RAD launches a portrait competition for its new London home, we meet leading portrait artists and uncover the subject of the competition, RAD founder Adeline Genée. For dancers, their stage face is shaped by make-up; our enthralling history of ballet slap includes chalk, rice powder and the stinky grease of sperm whales. Happily, no whales were harmed in our mesmerising cover film with English National Ballet.

We also explore practical steps towards creating a truly inclusive and diverse atmosphere in dance classes, and report from the final of The Fonteyn International Ballet Competition – held online for the first time. We hope this issue offers a visual feast, but also plenty to think about. We’re not just a pretty face.

David Jays


List of features:

Paint Job

From chalk and lard to gold leaf and mascara: Vera Rule reveals the hidden history of ballet make-up.


Picture This

As the RAD launches a portrait competition for its new London headquarters, Sarah Crompton asks leading portrait artists how they capture a personality in paint.


Living Doll

The RAD’s new portrait competition celebrates its first President, Adeline Genée. But who was she – and how did she rise from the music hall to the peak of British ballet? Carol Martin reveals the woman behind the porcelain princess.


Founding Father

The French painter Poussin is often called the father of classicism. He was also fascinated by dance – so Rosemary Waugh asks a choreographer and a curator to delve into his paintings.


Shake It Up

As calls for racial equity in dance teaching grow, Isaac Ouro-Gnao asks what tangible action looks like and explores how to bring about change.


Walk Tall

A migrant child crossed Europe this summer. What makes Amal unusual is that she is an 11-foot puppet who draws crowds wherever she goes. She began her journey in Turkey, where Altuğ Akin sees her welcomed by Izmir’s folk dancers.

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