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Subject: "Latest Review Links - wb 20 August 2001" Archived thread - Read only
 
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Bruce Madmin

20-08-01, 08:43 AM (GMT)
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"Latest Review Links - wb 20 August 2001"
 
   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/dcforum/happening/1990.html

We should not need to state this but these links are for our readers use and not for other websites to take and pass off as their own. We ask all visitors to respect Ballet.co's site and the way it operates.


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  Monday Links - 20th Bruce Madmin 20-08-01 1
     RE: Monday Links - 20th Jane S 20-08-01 2
         RE: Monday Links - 20th Bruce Madmin 21-08-01 3
  Tuesday Links - 21st Bruce Madmin 21-08-01 4
     RE: Wednesday links - 22nd Ann Williams 22-08-01 5
         RE: Wednesday links - 22nd carly gillies 22-08-01 6
             RE: Wednesday links - 22nd pmeja 23-08-01 8
  Thursday Links - 23rd Bruce Madmin 23-08-01 7
     RE: Thursday Links - 23rd Bruce Madmin 23-08-01 9
         RE: Thursday Links - 23rd carly gillies 23-08-01 10
  Friday Links - 24th Bruce Madmin 24-08-01 11
     RE: Friday Links - 24th Kate R 24-08-01 12
  Saturday Links - 25th Bruce Madmin 25-08-01 13
  Sunday Links - 26th Bruce Madmin 26-08-01 14
     RE: Sunday Links - 26th Bruce Madmin 26-08-01 15

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Bruce Madmin

20-08-01, 08:58 AM (GMT)
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1. "Monday Links - 20th"
In response to message #0
 
  
SFB
Ravishing geishas and mournful fisher folk
Ismene Brown experiences some over-the-top orientalism in a mixed programme performed by the San Francisco Ballet at Covent Garden
"WHATEVER the quality of some of the works brought over by San Francisco Ballet, the general impression of zip, verve and fearlessness strikes me very favourably. It would have been easy for them to do the usual thing on a foreign tour and bring a familiar classic."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=000148269364269&rtmo=axNHxsJL&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/01/8/20/btball20.html

SFB
Radiant extroverts DANCE LONDON:
"In Prism by Helgi Tomasson (the company's artistic director), Beethoven's first piano concerto sustains a heartening display of buoyant movement. The dancers' technical skill, their happy security, is endearing. You love them because they so evidently love what they are dancing, and in Lucia Lacarra (to whom falls the adagio to the concerto's slow movement), we see a true ballerina - ravishing in line, sweetly assured."
By CLEMENT CRISP
http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=010820000498

Deborah Bull
I found the following on the FT site - The Observer doesn't seem to have it at the moment. No matter because there is only one paragraph from Sue Arnolds Radio Review that is useful to us...
"Ballet, I suppose, is another, though if you were lucky enough to hear the extraordinary Radio 4 feature some time ago when ballerina Deborah Bull thought aloud as she danced the pas de deux from Swan Lake Act II, you probably wouldn't agree. That was as near as damn it to being inside someone's head. I wish they'd repeat it. "
http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=010819001202


I'll add any more links I find later...


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Jane S

20-08-01, 09:19 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Monday Links - 20th"
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   In today's Times there's a brief obituary of Nicholas Benton, who danced with the RB touring company in the sixties. He's mainly remembered for his partnership with the legendary Jane Landon - like her, he was tall and elegant.

(It's under Obituaries - Brief Lives but every time I try to access it, Netscape hangs - maybe someone else might have more success.)


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Bruce Madmin

21-08-01, 07:47 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Monday Links - 20th"
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   Nicholas Benton,
a former principal of the Royal Ballet, was born on June 30, 1943. He died on August 11, 2001, aged 58.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,60-2001286268,00.html

(not surprised to hear about The Times site giving Netwscape a hard time - its a bit too clever for its tiem I think)


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Bruce Madmin

21-08-01, 07:48 AM (GMT)
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4. "Tuesday Links - 21st"
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   Edinburgh dance:Ballett Freiburg Pretty Ugly, Emio Greco PC
Clear for takeoff
Two companies take flight in impressively contrasting ways
"Greco is in command of one of the most exciting, original and eccentric dance vocabularies of anyone in contemporary dance. His solo is a precise, Ravel-driven riot of semaphore and collapsing convulsions, trembling agitation and desperate, comically exaggerated undulations."
BY DONALD HUTERA
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-2001290097,00.html

Ballett Freiburg Pretty Ugly
The Art Of Fugue
"What looks like an improvisatory free-for-all suddenly becomes finely honed as you spot two or three dancers in a moment of perfect synchronisation. Its impossible to watch them all; instead our eyes dart around the stage following one dancer after another"
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
By Kelly Apter
http://www.festival.scotsman.com/reviews/reviews_specific.cfm?uniqueid=2445&navlevel3=Edinburgh%20International%20Festival&submitflag=N

SFB
Six pack
San Francisco Ballet gave Covent Garden quite a show
"Tomasson brought several of his own ballets to London (Quartette and Prism among them), serviceable works that fulfil his desire to showcase as many of his dancers as possible. His style tends toward the generic, drifting prettily through balletic writing that flows seamlessly but never stops long enough to announce a distinctive signature." Nice moderated words - I was a little more gruumpy myself!
BY DEBRA CRAINE
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-2001290196,00.html

SFB
San Francisco Ballet, Royal Opera House, London
Programme 2, including Christopher Wheeldon's Sea Pictures
Tender, outrageous, then calm
"At first, Wheeldon's depiction of a fishing community seems plotless, its only dramatic thread a sense that the men are torn between their women and the sea, and the sea is the winner. But his manner is so sensitive that he spins his web almost imperceptibly, and it's not until much later that you suddenly realise you've been caught up unawares in a tragic narrative. He delineates incidents by applying luminous, inspired touches to his canvas,"
By Nadine Meisner
http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/theatre/dance/reviews/story.jsp?story=89720

White Oak Dance Project
PastForward, Playhouse, Edinburgh
You can't keep an old dancer down
'In a prerecorded video prologue, narrated by Baryshnikov, and in the video snippets that introduce most of the dances, there are repeated references to "boredom" and "tedium". Judson co-founder Steve Paxton recalls that the early works were booed, even by an "avant-garde audience".'
Clifford Bishop
http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/theatre/dance/reviews/story.jsp?story=89678

RB
The one and only Constant. He died at just 45, but Constant Lambert more than made his mark as a composer, conductor and critic, as well as a great wit. But perhaps his greatest legacy was his work with the Royal Ballet in its early years, writes John Percival
The Independent - United Kingdom; Aug 21, 2001
BY JOHN PERCIVAL
http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=89723

National Ballet of Georgia
Killing of foreign ballet dancer underscores rising violence in Venezuela
JORGE RUEDA,
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2001/08/20/international0058EDT0412.DTL

Kennedy Center
Thirty years after debut, Kennedy Center's influence felt in Washington and nationwide
"Michael Kaiser, Kennedy Center president, says the hardest part of running the center is balancing local needs with the responsibilities of a national arts leader. That requires providing a broad range of programming while specializing in certain areas"
JENNIFER HOYT
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2001/08/20/national0131EDT0423.DTL

RAD
Ballet today in Thailand
"Ballet performances are very much appreciated and in demand. Tickets for such shows are always sold out. Thai schools now are really up to the standard..."
Bangkok Post - Thailand (via teh FT web site)
http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=010821001781

A chance to dance
"Nutnaree Pipithsuksunt walked away with a gold medal in a ballet competition recently, setting several records in the process...". A companion piece to the above. (also via the FT site)
Bangkok Post - Thailand; Aug 21, 2001
BY WANPHEN SRESHTHAPUTRA
http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=010821001780

NOCHE FLAMENCA
Heat of Flamenco in a Smoke-Free Room
"Joe's Pub is a far cry from the legendary Madrid bars and cabarets where flamenco has long flourished. A smoke-free room does not make for the right kind of atmosphere. Nor do a menu that boasts designer pastas and bottled water...."
By JENNIFER DUNNING
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/20/arts/dance/20NOCH.html

Debbie McGee
It's naff, tacky...we love it
(a ballet dancer who has achieved much in a second career we gather!)
by Nick Curtis
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/hottx/review.html?in_review_id=445490&in_review_text_id=395072


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Ann Williams

22-08-01, 10:56 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Wednesday links - 22nd"
In response to message #4
 
   This is what I've found so far, but I may spread the net a little wider later:


Norman Lebrecht on the never-ending debate over arts funding

The Telegraph shows is true political colours:
' London Arts, which disburses grants around the capital, has issued an "action plan" invoking something called Cultural Diversity as a novel precondition for administering subsidy. Under this ultimatum, arts companies will be required to monitor ethnic-minority numbers in their staff and audiences and meet LA targets for improvement, or else. "In cases where progress is poor," warns Lady Hollick, the crusading LA chair, "inevitably we will look at the implications for future levels of support." '
Http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=000148269364269&rtmo=VrMVSr3K&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/01/8/22/balebr22.html

All the way from Rocky to the just a little rocky Royal
Valerie Lawson interviews Leanne Benjamin in the Sydney Morning Herald:
'Her London colleagues are on their annual break, no doubt fretting over whether their new director, Ross Stretton, gave them a mental tick or cross when he asked them to audition for specific roles before the summer holidays began.'
Http://www.smh.com.au/news/0108/22/entertainment/entertain12.html

Where the Ballet Is a Rare Flower
By JENNIFER DUNNING
An inspiring story from the New York Times:
Http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/19/arts/dance/19DUNN.html


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carly gillies

22-08-01, 04:28 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Wednesday links - 22nd"
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   Scottish Ballet and Robert North again- on the Herald front page this time.
8 days to leave the country ? Lets hope this one gets sorted out soon.

http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/archive/22-8-19101-0-42-52.html


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pmeja

23-08-01, 12:31 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Wednesday links - 22nd"
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   LAST EDITED ON 23-08-01 AT 12:59 PM (GMT)

LAST EDITED ON 23-08-01 AT 12:31PM (GMT)

i can't believe it. i've never heard anything like it. how can one have any faith in the solemn pronouncements of an entity that isn't able to properly handle something so important and yet so basic? (i'm trying not to let hyperbole run away with me). poor fellow, i hope he doesn't suffer too much for it and that the situation gets ironed out.


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Bruce Madmin

23-08-01, 10:41 AM (GMT)
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7. "Thursday Links - 23rd"
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   Ann has problems with her PC (horrid thing to happen) but its not exactly a classic day for reviews either...

Ed Fest,..
Dance of the hooligans
Pigs
C La Belle Angle
Special report: the Edinburgh festival 2001
By Alice Bain:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,541069,00.html


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Bruce Madmin

23-08-01, 03:04 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Thursday Links - 23rd"
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   Irek Mukhamedov
Brutal Truth: Too old to dance
interview by Jeffery Taylor
"First of all," he says, "I want to say my personal thank you to all my fans in London who have done so much for me. And," he adds, "it's a deliberate career move. I want to prove to my audience that I'm more than just a dancer and that I haven't stopped as an artist, but am moving forward in a different way."
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/hottx/top_review.html?in_review_id=448625&in_review_text_id=398241


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carly gillies

23-08-01, 04:03 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Thursday Links - 23rd"
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   More about SB and Robert North from the Scotsman

http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/index.cfm?id=101728&keyword=scottish%20ballet


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Bruce Madmin

24-08-01, 06:41 AM (GMT)
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11. "Friday Links - 24th"
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   Galina Korsakova/Iestyn Edwards
Ballet Who?!
Edinburgh, Gilded Balloon at Teviot Row
"Part of the show's interest derives from Edwards's balletic expertise: his toes, as well as his eyes, twinkle. But Ballet Who?! is at best a qualified success. Galina can fill a tutu and more, but she can't yet fill an hour of stage time. "
by Brian Logan
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4244715,00.html

Frederic Flamand
How to survive the city
Choreographer Frederic Flamand made an unusual alliance to realise his vision of our urban future, says MARY BRENNAN
"Most people, I suspect, limit their concept of architecture to the design of buildings. Flamand, however, agrees with the notion - and he quotes it - that "architecture is everything that's happening between the skin of one human being and the skin of another..."
http://www.theherald.co.uk/arts/archive/23-8-19101-22-52-22.html

Pat Lovett
Dancing in the starlight
NEIL COOPER meets a Scottish theatrical agent and veteran of the 1960s as she celebrates 20 years in the business
"The films Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Half a Sixpence, and Ken Russell's screen version of The Boyfriend made her visible too....."
http://www.theherald.co.uk/arts/archive/23-8-19101-21-22-31.html

Young Dancemakers Company
Making Magic With Young Feet
New York
By JENNIFER DUNNING
"Ms. Jacobowitz, who invited Ms. Teirstein's Young Dancemakers Company and the youthful Fourth Street Nite Owls band to participate in the event, has corralled the likes of Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris and Doug Varone to stage dances for her performers. ...."
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/24/arts/dance/24CHOR.html

DANCE REVIEW | 'DANCE, THE SPIRIT OF CAMBODIA'
Subtle Mysteries of Celestials and Mortals
New York, Joyce Theater
"New Yorkers were exposed to the Cambodians' delicate yet robust dance and music 10 years ago at the Joyce. The return of the group, now on an American tour, is cause for rejoicing...."
By JENNIFER DUNNING
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/23/arts/dance/23SPIR.html


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Kate R

24-08-01, 07:37 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Friday Links - 24th"
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   Some of you may remember Iestyn Edwards. He sold programmes at the ROH from the little booth on the right hand side of the foyer, before the refit, when they made it into a disabled lift. His ballerina, particlarly his "Swan Queen" were legendary even then.


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Bruce Madmin

25-08-01, 07:14 AM (GMT)
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13. "Saturday Links - 25th"
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Scottish Ballet
Minister backs fight to keep ballet boss in country
"ARTS minister Allan Wilson has thrown his weight behind Scottish Ballet lawyers fighting to keep American-born artistic director Robert North in the country...."
by JIM McLEAN
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/archive/24-8-19101-1-32-59.html

RB/Constant Lambert
Once more, with feeling
For too long, Andrew Motion has felt as if he was Constant Lambert's only fan. Now, 50 years after he died, the composer, conductor and writer is at last getting the recognition he deserves
"Lambert once claimed that "the greatest English music has always been literary, in the best sense of the word, just as English poetry has always laid great stress on the purely musical value of sounds as apart from sense"; and it's true that his writing is exceptionally faithful to the mood of his friend's poem"
by Andrew Motion
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4245078,00.html

Boston Ballet
Boston Ballet says Nissinen among candidates
"Pressured by inquiries about its search for a new artistic director, and with a good portion of the dance world believing that the decision has already been made, Boston Ballet yesterday issued a press release in a Q&A format.
The most significant ''Q'' concerned Mikko Nissinen, who last week resigned his post as artistic director of the Alberta Ballet in Calgary, Canada, and who is widely thought to be Boston-bound..."
By Christine Temin
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/236/living/Boston_Ballet_says_Nissinen_among_candidates+.shtml

Boston Ballet
Boston Ballet dances around search
by THEODORE BALE
http://www2.bostonherald.com/entertainment/arts_culture/hot208242001.htm

Art Embraces Life
On Concrete or on Wheels, Performers Persevere
"Jamie Cunningham and Tina Croll, broadly experienced choreographers, developed an elegant structure for letting veteran dancers share their gifts, both physical and verbal..."
by Elizabeth Zimmer
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0134/zimmer2.php


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Bruce Madmin

26-08-01, 06:33 AM (GMT)
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14. "Sunday Links - 26th"
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   In Situ Dance Base, Grassmarket, Edinburgh
The Art of Fugue Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Double Points: 1 and 2 Playhouse, Edinburgh
The days of gloomy, crabbed, navel-gazing work are over
When it comes to dance, space - both physical and mental - matters, as three works at the Edinburgh festival demonstrate
Special report: the Edinburgh festival 2001
"What dance in the Festival needs now is a mid-scale theatre with a large stage and good sightlines. Avant-garde choreography is ill-suited to the cavernous Playhouse or the Festival Theatre's gilt proscenium arch"
By Jann Parry
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4245580,00.html

SFB, Ballet Freiburg Pretty Ugly, Emio Greco
California dreamy
The excellent San Francisco Ballet outpaced its European contemporaries, says David Dougill
"Wheeldon is adept at filling the stage with a flux of activity, or clearing it for pas de deux, although the latter are not always clear in their emotional import. There is an effective scene where the men form the shape of a ship, storm-tossed, and Possokhov - tormented by a vision of his beloved, Berman - drowns. ..."
http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/2001/08/26/sticuldnc02002.html


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Bruce Madmin

26-08-01, 03:56 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Sunday Links - 26th"
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   an interesting one this...

Kirov in London
Kevin Ng (our very own etc etc) has a piece in the Asian edition of the Wall Street Journal including quotes from dancers etc. Well done Kevin! The only problem is that to read the WSJ on the web you need to be a paying subscriber. A shame but there you go. So for those illustrious readers who are both WSJ and Ballet.co readers here is the link you need:
http://interactive.wsj.com/archive/retrieve.cgi?id=SB998597726712916553.djm


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