The old dog's new tricks
Irek Mukhamedov has written a new ballet for London schoolchildren. There's just one problem, he tells Louise Levene in The Daily Telegraph: they've been so badly taught
A girlfriend of mine once spotted Irek Mukhamedov in a supermarket in Tring and has been haunting the red meat counter ever since, legs waxed, in full make-up, in hope of another glimpse of one of the handsomest men in the Home Counties. He was 43 last month but his pantherish good looks are undiminished and he seems relaxed and fit despite an unusually heavy schedule.
By the time you are sat reading this over your cornflakes, the former Bolshoi and Royal Ballet star will already be hard at work in a flyblown dance studio off Fulham Broadway, preparing 57 young students for the premiere of The Prince and the Pauper, a new piece he has made for the London Children's Ballet.
LCB is a nine-year-old charity which every year mounts a professionally-produced ballet in a real theatre using young talent from the dance schools of London and the South East. It might sound like amateur night in tights, but recent productions have been surprisingly enjoyable, with original scores, high production values and proper choreography that carefully flatters and enhances its performers' often limited gifts. click for more
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