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Ann Williams

07-05-01, 11:30 AM (GMT)
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"The critics"
 
  

We've probably discussed critics before, but it's a theme worth going back to.

Poor Anne Sacks (Evening Standard) is forever getting it in the neck on these pages but I think she probably suffers at the hands of the Standard's editors - they never give her enough space to develop any points satisfactorily. I notice, incidentally, that she seems in recent days to have been replaced by one Luke Jennings. Does anyone know anything about him?

It a great shame that the Telegraph is so mean with its weekend links because Louise Levene in the Sunday Telegraph is wonderfully fresh and direct This Sunday she said of the Bolshoi's Anna Antonicheva that she "....made an efficient and elegant swan queen (this comes under the heading of 'faint praise'). " In a long piece covering both the Royal's Stravinsky programme and the Bolshoi's mixed bill she makes several perceptive points, all of which I think are reasonable.

I find I am usually in agreement with Judith Mackrell and Jann Parry, and never disagree much with Debra Craine, Nadine Meisner and the others. Clement Crisp is becoming less crisp these days i.e he's going a little soft on certain companies and certain dancers, but his long, long memory and his elegance as a writer make up for much. We're lucky to have him.

Any other thoughts on our critics?


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  RE: The critics Ann Williams 07-05-01 1
     RE: The critics alymer 07-05-01 2
     RE: The critics Stuart Sweeney 07-05-01 3
         RE: The critics Ann Williams 07-05-01 4
             RE: The critics Brendan 07-08-01 5

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Ann Williams

07-05-01, 12:29 PM (GMT)
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   ...I forgot to mention Ismene Brown. This wasn't deliberate; she's one of the best in my opinion.


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alymer

07-05-01, 01:07 PM (GMT)
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   I gather that Ann Sacks has been - forgive the pun - sacked and Luke Jennings is her replacement. As to her suffering at the hands of the Standard's editors - obviously that's a point, but I would guess she had as much space as any of their other critics, and it can hardly have been they who inspired her to condemm 'Fille' because of its failure to adequately represent rural poverty.


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Stuart Sweeney

07-05-01, 01:10 PM (GMT)
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   LAST EDITED ON 07-05-01 AT 01:17 PM (GMT)

But perhaps you've forgotten Donald Hutera, Ann, who probably has the most column inches of any dance writer in the UK because of the breadth of his coverage in terms of both dance forms, international coverage and publications. He's also one of the best in my view.


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Ann Williams

07-05-01, 09:21 PM (GMT)
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Aylmer - You can't just leave it like that! When did Sacks complain about 'Fille'? Was it recently? I must have missed it....

Stuart - It seems to me that Hutera suddenly sprang on us fully-formed, out of nowhere, about four years ago. I think he's good. Is he British?

Another critic I forgot to mention is Allen Robertson, who is the dance editor of 'Time Out'. He has a genuine passion for ballet, I think (not that the others don't have too).


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Brendan

07-08-01, 12:26 PM (GMT)
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   An old thread - but I had intended (and forgot) to reply at the time. While critics like Mackrell and Crisp write with great acuity and insight, the best all-round writer on dance, as far as I'm concerned, is Ismene Brown. She has a real journalist's nose for a story, and is endlessly fertile in coming up with new angles for feature ideas.I suspect she would have been a very good journalist in just about any area in which she had chosen to specialise. And she is a fine critic as well.


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