ISMENE BROWN About


THIS SITE

is a selective filing cabinet of 25 years of my dance & arts journalism published in The Daily & Sunday Telegraph from 1992, The Arts Desk from 2009, The Spectator 2014-16, and other publications where online, and I hope it's of occasional historical interest. It consists of reviews and previews of shows that seemed significant above the usual run (including premieres of some now-famous events), commentaries on issues, and interviews with major performers. I have put other stuff on my blog including translations (with commentaries) of interesting Russian press about ballet and culture topics such as the Bolshoi Ballet acid scandal and its fall-out, mainly from 2013-17 – I started these translations  originally as Russian-language homework, but for obvious reasons they took on a life of their own. I hope I make clear that I am not responsible for anyone's writing but mine, even where I have translated them.

     If you want to republish or extract anything kindly email me. If you use any of my work for your own work, kindly credit me with a link to ismeneb.com


BACKGROUND     

I am an arts journalist of news background and musical training. I was the Daily Telegraph's dance critic for 15 years (1993-2008), The Spectator ’s dance critic for two years (2014-16), and the designer, site manager and co-founding director of the award-winning critics’ site The Arts Desk (launched 2009, named Best Specialist Journalism Site in the 2012 Online Media Awards).

     I have been a national newspaper subeditor, a regional newspaper editor, a local politics news reporter, a BBC & commercial radio news presenter. and a classical music radio presenter. I trained as a pianist, singer and violist at the Royal College of Music, London (ARCM) and gained an MA in Russian Studies at University College, London (SSEES) in 2014.

     I am now at Oxford University doing doctoral research into Soviet cultural history of the 1950s-70s.


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I've interviewed

Carlos Acosta

Adam Adassinsky

Alicia Alonso

Altynai Asylmuratova

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Yuri Bashmet

Pina Bausch

Maurice Béjart

Matthew Bourne

Buster Brown

Trisha Brown

Jonathan Burrows

Darcey Bussell

Michael Clark

Alina Cojocaru

Merce Cunningham

Lucas Debargue

Anthony Dowell

Mats Ek

Suzanne Farrell

Michael Flatley

William Forsythe

Javier de Frutos

Antonio Gades

Valery Gergiev

Angela Gheorghiu


Sylvie Guillem

Evelyn Hart

Zizi Jeanmaire

Akram Khan

Johan Kobborg

Alfredo Kraus

Ulyana Lopatkina

Wayne McGregor

Russell Maliphant

Alicia Markova

Peter Martins

Mark Morris

Irek Mukhamedov

Rudolf Nureyev

Natalia Osipova

Maya Plisetskaya

Yvonne Rainer

Alexei Ratmansky

Tamara Rojo

Mstislav Rostropovich

Rodion Shchedrin

Lynn Seymour

Twyla Tharp

Ninette de Valois

Ivan Vasiliev

Vladimir Vasiliev

Christopher Wheeldon

Igor Zelensky