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Brendan

23-07-01, 05:45 AM (GMT)
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"Latest Review Links - wb 23rd July "
 
   Each day we add the latest links to reviews and interviews that we find on the major newspaper web sites. If you find a link that we have missed do please post it up, preferably as a URL link.
For convenience here is a link to last weeks thread:
http://www.danze.co.uk/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=show_thread&om=1883&forum=happening&omm=0


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Monday links - 23rd July Brendan 23-07-01 1
  RE: Latest Review Links - wb 23rd July Bruce Madmin 23-07-01 2
     RE: Monday links (2) Brendan 23-07-01 3
         RE: Monday links Brendan 23-07-01 4
  RE: Latest Review Links - wb 23rd July Terry 23-07-01 5
     RE: Tuesday Links - 24th July Brendan 24-07-01 6
         RE: Wednesday Links - 25th July Brendan 25-07-01 8
             RE: Wednesday Links - 25th July Lynette H 25-07-01 9
                 RE: Wednesday Links - 25th July Lynette H 25-07-01 10
             RE: Wednesday Links - 25th July alison 25-07-01 11
                 RE: Thursday links - 26th July Ann Williams 26-07-01 12
                     RE: Thursday links - 26th July Jane S 26-07-01 13
                         RE: Thursday links - 26th July Brendan 26-07-01 14
                             RE: Friday links - 27th Ann Williams 27-07-01 15
                             RE: Friday links - 27th Brendan 27-07-01 16
                             RE: Friday links - 27th Amy 27-07-01 17
                             RE: Saturday links - 28th Brendan 28-07-01 18
                             RE: Sunday links - 29th Brendan 29-07-01 19

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Brendan

23-07-01, 05:55 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Monday links - 23rd July "
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   Ismene Brown of the Telegraph enthuses at Eva la Yerbabuena performing New Generation Flamenco at Royal Festival Hall. "You know when you see the real thing, both its romance as an art and its timeless truth as an expressive vehicle for human life".
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=005600859563759&rtmo=VrJrDJfK&atmo=rrrrrrrq&pg=/et/01/7/23/bteva23.html

The Washington Post blows cold on Guillem's Giselle for La Scala. "Her first choreographic effort in which she kept the ballet's basic shape, but in an effort to make it more contemporary and naturalistic, cut much of the dancing, leaving large musical passages unanswered in movement. She also cut out the ballet's heart".
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35508-2001Jul22.html

Clive Barnes of the NY Post is more equivocal. "Guillem gives the whole first act of the ballet, the village scenes, a new kind of verismo acting that often makes it look awkwardly more like a silent opera than a ballet. Things go better in the second act, where production, choreography and music blend to give her ideas their full impact".
http://www.nypost.com/entertainment/35644.htm

The Times on what to see at this year's Edinburgh Festival
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-2001251689,00.html

The Times profiles perfomers "most likely to succeed" at this year's festival, among them dancer and choreographer Anna Krzystek.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-2001252008,00.html


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Bruce Madmin

23-07-01, 08:42 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Latest Review Links - wb 23rd July "
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   Here is a link to last weeks links which does a View all, so you see the complete thread in one go:
http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/1883.html


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Brendan

23-07-01, 12:06 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Monday links (2)"
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   When I scanned this morning's papers, the NY Times still had not put its arts pages to bed. Here belatedly is Anna Kisselgoff's take on Giselle: "It was clear that Ms. Guillem's staging had triumphed on its own terms....she has taken a stage classic and reinterpreted it by attempting to reach back to an emotional root and motivational essence"

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/23/arts/music/23GISE.html

And from the LA Times a profile of the founder of Universal Ballet
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/printedition/calendar/la-000060048jul23.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dcalendar


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Brendan

23-07-01, 02:43 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Monday links "
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   Evening Standard piece on next Monday's relay of Swan Lake via widescreen to Covent Garden Piazza. Thoughts too from Anthony Dowell on leaving the Royal Ballet. "I secretly feel I'm not going to disappear completely from the scene - I couldn't. I feel the people here have been my family, my life."
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/visitors/top_review.html?in_review_id=423005&in_review_text_id=372264


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Terry

23-07-01, 11:50 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Latest Review Links - wb 23rd July "
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   Some critics thought it was innovative! Here is Rita Felciano's review on La Scala's Giselle with some very nice comments about their dancers:

"Guillem's vaunted lines, emphasized by a slim, flaring blue dress, are more contained these days but the simplicity of her mad scene --more acted than danced-- was touching, and therefore, convincing."

"In dancing for his life, with Giselle egging him on more because she refused to give up than because of her undying love for him, Murru became almost heroic. He had speed, crystalline beats and floating elevation and good emotive power. A technically strong and dramatic Andrea Volpintesta danced Hilarion. He is a dancer to be watched."

http://www.voiceofdance.org/Insights/features.test.cfm?LinkID=25000000000000102


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Brendan

24-07-01, 06:57 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Tuesday Links - 24th July "
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   China's People's Daily sights Derek Deane! He's staging his version of Swan Lake for Shanghai Ballet. It's the first time the company has ever engaged a foreign choreographer.
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200107/23/eng20010723_75623.html

"Ballet takes a leap outside". The Times on next Monday's Swan Lake relay to a widescreen in Covent Garden Piazza.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,2-2001252692,00.html

Kirov AD Valery Gergiev tells the Guardian why the company's opera season at the ROH went so badly wrong. He blames the Hochhausers. "They were not able to let us have days off, because that would mean you lose money. They're ballet people, and in ballet you can do a lot in a shorter period." Gergiev also thinks that seat prices were too high.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/story/0,3604,526400,00.html

Canada's National Post on the continuing crisis at Royal Winnipeg Ballet. "Taking the low road doesn't invariably pay, and taking the high road doesn't invariably lead to bankruptcy. It's not enough to be down-market; you also have to be good".
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?f=/stories/20010723/625824.html

Frankfurter Allgemeine reviews Jan Fabre's dance theatre piece, Je suis sang, given at the Avignon Festival. This link will need to be pasted into the address box.
http://www.faz.com/IN/INtemplates/eFAZ/docmain.asp?rub={B1311FFE-FBFB-11D2-B228-00105A9CAF88}&doc={D5215E05-7EB0-11D5-A3B6-009027BA22E4}


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Brendan

25-07-01, 10:18 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Wednesday Links - 25th July "
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   Apologies for the delay. Ann and I have both had computer problems.

After a month's absence Clement Crisp is back. Here is what he says about the RB's Swan Lake. "Where the Kirov has reduced everything in Swan Lake - drama, historic manner, poetics - to an essence, through years of loving and questioning performance, the Royal Ballet has opted for unquestioning decoration, embroidery, flim-flam". Well there's a surprise.....
http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=010725001385&query=ballet

Ismene Brown in the Telegraph is scarcely kinder. "Swan Lake is a strong candidate for Dowell's successor, Ross Stretton, to redo soonest".
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=005619665237131&rtmo=k7exLLNp&atmo=rrrrrrrq&pg=/et/01/7/25/btswan25.html

And Judith Mackrell in the Guardian."It's a totally different orthodoxy of style. The Royal want us to believe in the reality of their Swan Lake, which means that all the dancers on stage are busy reacting to everyone else. The Kirov, however, strip the ballet down to a ritual, regarding the steps as a hallowed script to which the dancers submit".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,527040,00.html

The Times reports a think tank's finding that arts audiences are falling despite record state funding. It says audiences for ballet fell by 14 per cent since the mid-1990s and that contemporary dance is attended by only 4 per cent of the population. While contemporary dance had a rise, it was a meagre 1 per cent.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,2-2001253793,00.html

The Times has an editorial on the subject of the cost of culture - "Creativity may need freedom, but the taxpayer wants a report".
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,56-2001253901,00.html

Also in the Times a review of the Isamu Noguchi show at the Design Museum. Noguchi designed Applachian Spring (and much else) for Martha Graham.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-2001253433,00.html

The NY Times reports the disappearance of Shanghai's leading patron of the arts. Chen Bangke, or Bonko Chan, as he is known to art circles abroad, is in police custody pending the outcome of a corruption investigation that could send him to jail for a long time.
I have a feeling that he was to have financed Derek Deane's Swan Lake for Shanghai Ballet
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/25/arts/design/25ARTS.html

Jennifer Dunning of the NY Times on the latest from Jacob's Pillow
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/24/arts/24PUFF.html

Deirdre Jowitt of the Village Voice on new work by Trisha Brown
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0130/jowitt.shtml



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Lynette H

25-07-01, 01:38 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Wednesday Links - 25th July "
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   There's a piece in the Guardian on arts funding, and the impact, if any, on the total size of the audience. It rather glumly concludes that additional funding doesn't necessarily promote additional access.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,526921,00.html


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Lynette H

25-07-01, 01:42 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Wednesday Links - 25th July "
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   The Times covers the same issue - a rather clearer precis

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,2-2001253799,00.html


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alison

25-07-01, 10:46 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Wednesday Links - 25th July "
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   That's the second time Ismene Brown's referred to Urlezaga as a newly-promoted principal or as someone who deserved to be promoted in the last year. Surely he's been a principal for well over a year already?


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Ann Williams

26-07-01, 09:23 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Thursday links - 26th July"
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   Swan Lake; Covent Garden BY DEBRA CRAINE
'I'm not a betting woman, but I don't expect to be seeing this production at the Royal Opera House again'
Http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-2001254479,00.html


A piece from 'The Age' on Campbell McKenzie's return to the Australian Ballet after spells with ENB and Scottish Ballet:
http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/2001/07/26/FFXB0WPZJPC.html

After a Storm, Director Quits Ballet Theater
By DOREEN CARVAJAL
'In their annual party last year, ballet dancers openly mocked Mr. Spisto's expense account spending on pricey restaurants with a dance number performed to a version of "Big Spender" from the musical "Sweet Charity." '
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/26/arts/26ABT.html

Spisto resigns as executive director of American Ballet Theatre
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2001/07/25/entertainment1909EDT0801.DTL



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Jane S

26-07-01, 10:14 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Thursday links - 26th July"
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   The Stage has a profile of David Bintley:

http://www2.thestage.co.uk/paper/0130/0301.shtml


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Brendan

26-07-01, 10:55 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Thursday links - 26th July"
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   Thanks to the indefatigable 'Dirac' of balletalert for this link to a Chicago Tribune interview with Deborah Bull

http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/lifestyle/chi-0107260017jul26.story


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Ann Williams

27-07-01, 08:44 AM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Friday links - 27th"
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   An interesting collection today:

Leap in the dark Ex-Covent Garden pair relaunch in Harrogate
The Guardian - United Kingdom; Jul 27, 2001
http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=010727000991&query=ballet

The Battle of the Bulge
Chatting with SF Ballet's Helgi Tomasson about men in tights

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2001/07/27/helgi.DTL

More on the ABT/Spisto story:
Venomous revolt costs US ballet director his job
The Independent - United Kingdom; Jul 27, 2001
BY RUPERT CORNWELL IN WASHINGTON
Http://totalsearch.ft.com/totalsearch/index.jsp?do=basic&query=ballet


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Brendan

27-07-01, 03:50 PM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Friday links - 27th"
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   A few more offerings.

John Percival in the Independent on the RB's Coppelia
http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=010727003397&query=ballet

The Boston Herald reports plans to bring more of the world's major ballet companies to the city in the wake of the RB's recent visit there. Later on the same page there is an unflattering review of Sylvie Guillem's Giselle
http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/arts_culture/danc07272001.htm

The Melbourne Age on Bangarra Dance Theatre's new work Corroboree. "It mixes trans-global contemporary dance with arguably the most ancient dance forms extant. It challenges our values not only about the black-white divide, but also about what constitutes a dancing body".
http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/2001/07/26/FFXHN5FPLPC.html

Anna Kisselgoff of the NY Times reviews Nacho Duato's "Bach: Multiplicity" for Compañía Nacional de Danza. "A visually fascinating piece by a fine choreographer who skims the surface of his music"
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/27/arts/dance/27DANZ.html

This piece from the NY Post about the travails of ABT is worth it for the headline alone. "BALLET BIG IN DEEP TUTU QUITS"
http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/36001.htm

Roland Petit rehearses the Asami Maki Ballet Company, based in Tokyo, in his latest creation, "Duke Ellington Ballet". From the Daily Yomiuri via the FT site.
http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/articles.html?id=010726001786&query=ballet



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Amy

27-07-01, 08:56 PM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Friday links - 27th"
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   Boris Eifman at the Mariinsky Theatre
http://www.sptimesrussia.com/archive/times/690/features/a_4133.htm


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Brendan

28-07-01, 05:58 AM (GMT)
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18. "RE: Saturday links - 28th"
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   An assessment of Anthony Dowell's time as AD of the Royal Ballet by Ismene Brown in the Telegraph. While she concedes his many strengths, her conclusion is damning. "Sir Anthony Dowell's legacy is a Royal Ballet whose horizons are more limited. Classics rule; people have become suspicious of new things. The Royal Ballet now faces mounting pressure from the ignorant to become more like the Royal Opera: a suave international attraction, shopping for world stars, performing a high-quality, universal repertoire with only rare adventures from familiarity".
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=005643547143274&rtmo=V1u5VPkx&atmo=rrrrrrrq&pg=/et/01/7/28/btdow28.html

John Percival in the Independent enthuses at Hamburg Ballet's Britten bill with works by Neumeier, Kylian and Wheeldon. "The dancers are terrific. Why is it that no impresario has thought of bringing the Hamburg Ballet to London? Very strange". There is also a South Bank Show about Neumeier on ITV tomorrow (12.50 am Monday morning)
http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/theatre/dance/story.jsp?story=85713

From USA Today a feature about Project Bandaloop, an aerial dance company that combines dancers with climbers and riggers. One performer says. "One of the most exciting performances we ever did was a vertical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet out of the 23rd story of a skyscraper in Houston. We were 350 feet in the air with the Houston Symphony below us and 40,000 people watching. It was magical, and it had quite an impact on people."
http://www.usatoday.com/life/2001-07-25-aerial-dance.htm#more

The St Petersburg Times on Boris Eifman Ballet's latest piece Don Juan and Molière.
http://www.sptimesrussia.com/archive/times/690/features/a_4133.htm


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Brendan

29-07-01, 06:33 AM (GMT)
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19. "RE: Sunday links - 29th"
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   Clifford Bishop of the Sunday Times on the RB's Swan Lake. "Once time and the merciful reconstruction work of memory have dimmed the swank and filed the curlicues off Yolanda Sonnabend's designs, it will probably be spoken of with real affection". Also Eva La Yerbabuena's New Generation Flamenco.
http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/2001/07/29/sticuldnc02002.html

Jann Parry in the Observer on Swan Lake. "The ideal director, if he or she is not a creator, should be a curator, ensuring that the Royal Ballet presents the classics in the purest form. By emphasising design over direction, Dowell has taken the company out of the premier league of classical troupes".
http://www.observer.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,528973,00.html

The Sunday Times reports that the Royal Opera House Trust is to be wound up, as Colin Southgate seeks to sideline Vivien Duffield altogether. A professional fundraiser is to be appointed, the story says. "Colleagues cite petty animosities. Once, when Southgate was asked to phone Duffield, he refused. The colleague replied that he seemed to have time to talk to her. "But I like you," he said, implying he did not feel the same about Duffield".
http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/2001/07/29/stinwenws02020.html

Scotland on Sunday profiles Mikhail Baryshnikov, whose White Oak Project is coming to this year's Edinburgh Festival.
http://www.scotlandonsunday.com/searchresults.cfm?id=SS01027750&keyword=ballet

The Australian Herald Sun on Trockadero Ballet, which is about to arrive there on tour.
http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,2454792%5E2902,00.html

Allen Robertson writes for the NY Times on South Korea's Universal Ballet
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/29/arts/dance/29ROBE.html


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