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Brendan McCarthymoderator

03-09-01, 06:15 AM (GMT)
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"Latest Review Links - wb 3 September 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:

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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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Monday links -3rd Brendan 03-09-01 1
     RE: Monday links -3rd Jane S 03-09-01 2
         RE: Tuesday links - 4th Brendan 04-09-01 3
             RE: Wednesday links - 5th Ann Williams 05-09-01 4
                 RE: Wednesday links - 5th Lynette H 05-09-01 5
                     RE: Thursday links - 6th Ann Williams 06-09-01 6
                         RE: Thursday links - 6th Brendan 06-09-01 7
                             RE: Thursday links - 6th Ann Williams 06-09-01 8
                             RE: Thursday links - 6th Ann Williams 06-09-01 9
                             RE: Friday links - 7th Ann Williams 07-09-01 10
                             RE: Friday links - 7th Kevin Ng 07-09-01 11
                             RE: Friday links - 7th Brendan 07-09-01 12
                             RE: Thursday links - 6th alison russ 07-09-01 13
                             RE: Saturday links - 8th Brendan 08-09-01 14
                             RE: Saturday links - 8th Brendan 08-09-01 15
                             RE: Sunday links - 9th Brendan 09-09-01 16

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03-09-01, 06:18 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Monday links -3rd"
In response to message #0
   Clement Crisp in the FT on NYCB at the Edinburgh Festival. "Without quite echoing Schumann with his "Hats off, gentlemen - a genius", I would urge a raising of titfers to Christopher Wheeldon for his new-this-year Polyphonia. It is one of those ballets where, from curtain-rise, you sense that something special is happening"

Ismene Brown of the Telegraph agrees with Crisp about Wheeldon's Polyphonia, but is tepid about other ballets given by NYCB . "Next time NYCB would do better to select work that is not labelled "old", as at Edinburgh last year, or "new", as this year - but just plain good".

Donald Hutera in the Times on NYCB's final programme at Edinburgh. He didn't care for Angelin Preljocaj’s La Stravaganza. "Classically tinged moves, moderately interesting in themselves, became boring when applied in endless unison. Gradually his dance disappeared into pseudo-intellectual obscurity. What was the point?

But Judith Mackrell of the Guardian was more enthused about the Preljocaj piece. "This could be a coy little drama about dancers meeting across time. But actually Preljocaj makes us think about what it means for modern artists to perform to music from another age. The dance is haunted by all that we cannot know or accommodate from another culture, and it makes us hear the music in subtly different ways"

The Times with other papers reports the death of the philanthropist Paul Hamlyn, who every year funded a week of cheap tickets at the ROH to help opera and ballet to reach a wider audience

The Guardian prints a number of tributes to Paul Hamlyn, one of them from Jeremy Isaacs, the former Director of the Royal Opera House.

The Houston Chronicle on how damage from a tropical storm damaged Houston ballet's costumes and sets at a cost of $600,000.

The NY Times reports a study that shows that modern dance in the city is now a "man's world"

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Jane S

03-09-01, 06:31 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Monday links -3rd"
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   Also in the Times, Donald Hutera reports from Edinburgh on a staged version of John Cage's radio play James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: An Alphabet in which the part of Satie was taken by 'the star of the show', Merce Cunningham


There was a photograph in the print version - shame it didn't make it online

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04-09-01, 06:19 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Tuesday links - 4th"
In response to message #2
   Ismene Brown in the Telegraph reviews the Edinburgh staging of John Cage's radio play "James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: An Alphabet", in which Merce Cunningham plays the part of Satie.

Valerie Lawson of the Sydney Morning Herald on the funding problems facing contemporary dance ensembles in Australia. "Most contemporary dance companies lack a strong subscriber base, so overseas tours are essential for their fee income. Bangarra, ADT and Chunky Move are all going to the United States next month. Contemporary dance is hardly a huge income producer at home"

Kelly Apter of the Scotsman reviews NYCB's final programme at the Edinburgh Festival. "All of the works in the Diamond Project are unquestionably interesting, and the NYCB dancers are very talented. But without the safety net of Balanchine and Robbins, these new works flounder".

Clifford Bishop reviews NYCB at Edinburgh for the Independent on Sunday. "Wheeldon has assimilated the Balanchine trick of building to a climax by having more and more of his dancers falling into step until the whole stage is bouncing with synchronised energy. Sometimes the assimilation is too complete – parts of Manoeuvres bear the stamp of a talented young choreographer teaching himself how not to re-hash Mr B".

Australian Ballet's latest triple bill is reviewed in The Age. "It is a very strange bill of fare indeed, like a progressive dinner where each course has merit, but does not sit well with the others on the menu". This link, several days old, is only now working properly

With Car Man about to open in Los Angeles, the LA Times carries an interview with Matthew Bourne.

The Times reports the opening of the film Moulin Rouge in London.

A second Times feature discusses how its maker, Baz Luhrmann, wants to redefine our ideas about the musical. "This is, after all, a man for whom “tastefulness is the enemy of art”.

The Evening Standard visits the actual Moulin Rouge and talks to the dancers.

An Evening Standard piece on Moulin Rouge's appeal to a gay audience. "Moulin Rouge is brimming with more feather boas and fishnets than a Gay Pride march, but that’s not the only reason why campsters will love it. Apart from the macho male tango dancers who, in their sweaty vests and braces look like so many Dolce and Gabbana models, there’s the tragic love story".

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Ann Williams

05-09-01, 09:52 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Wednesday links - 5th"
In response to message #3
   LAST EDITED ON 05-09-01 AT 10:18 AM (GMT)

Not much today, but I'll have another look at the overseas papers later:

New York City Ballet, Playhouse, Edinburgh
More inventive drama from NYC Ballet
John Percival
'Among the dancers, Jock Soto was the hero of the week for his prodigies of partnering, but note Carla Korbes, Janie Taylor, Elizabeth Walker, Jared Angle and Sebastian Marcovici as names to watch'

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Lynette H

05-09-01, 01:21 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Wednesday links - 5th"
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   I thought the final sentence in the Independent story was worthy of note - that Sadlers Wells wanted to present NYCB, but couldn't afford it. Scottish Power came up with the sponsorship for Edinburgh - it's surprising no American company could be found to sponsor a London visit.

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Ann Williams

06-09-01, 09:04 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Thursday links - 6th"
In response to message #5
All I've been able to find so far, but my computer is being extra-sluggish today so I'll try again a bit later:

Alphabet, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh
John Percival
'The star, white-haired and affably smiling, is Merce Cunningham, choreographer and Cage's long-time partner, making his return to the literary stage after a hiatus of more than 60 years.'

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06-09-01, 09:28 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Thursday links - 6th"
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   Frankfurter Allgemeine reports from the Tanz im August festival in Berlin. Among the performers were the Michael Clark Company, White Oak Dance Project, NDT3 and Jerome Bel. "At present, dance has many different faces, perhaps too many for some. It is carefree and self-reflexive, playful and intellectual, sophisticated and extravagant in its incorporation of artistic forms of expression. But there is one thing contemporary dance does not want: to concentrate on intrinsic issues of dance, as Modernism did so exhaustively. Instead, choreographers seem to be inspired by different motives in each new work, as if they were writing their artistic principles anew every time, because there are no longer any binding concepts".


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Ann Williams

06-09-01, 11:40 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Thursday links - 6th"
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   Here's one I found later:

Judith Mackrell of the Guardian profiles Judith Jamison, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company:

"Anyone who takes over a major company is going be pilloried for either failing to preserve its traditions or for ossifying its repertory...."


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Ann Williams

06-09-01, 01:26 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Thursday links - 6th"
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   Alison spotted something in last Saturday's Telegraph (Sept. 1). There is an article about the BRB's most recent acquisition, principal Michael Shannon, settling down in Brum. A lot of it is property-based, but there might be a few bits of interest to readers.

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Ann Williams

07-09-01, 09:07 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Friday links - 7th"
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   They didn't much like BRB's Swan Lake, apparently:

Rot sets into classical roots
Ismene Brown reviews Swan Lake performed by the Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler's Wells Theatre
'.....there is an overall fudge and mudge about BRB's dancing that indicates a director who is not sure whether he likes doing classics at all.,

Immersed in weak chins BALLET:
Financial Times; Sep 7, 2001
'...... And this is where the piece disintegrated. Willing though they seemed, BRB's artists, with the honourable exception of Chi Cao as Siegfried's companion, proposed a style too unclear, too lacking in academic force to bring life to the ballet.'

Birmingham swans get thier wings clipped
Judith Mackrell
Guardian Unlimited
'Purists might argue with the more brutal musical changes required by this tweaked narrative line, but the real problem is the degree to which it exposes its two lead dancers. '
Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
Nadine Meisner (Independent)
'There are Swan Lakes – like the Kirov's – so sublime that even a jaded critic can suddenly remember what all the fuss is about; and, sorry, but, BRB's isn't one of them'

Swan Lake; Sadler's Wells BY DEBRA CRAINE
'Unfortunately, on opening night, the ballet didn't get the cast it deserved. As always with these dancers, drama is uppermost in their minds. You can see them working hard to illuminate their story, but somehow, in this high classical setting, those efforts fall flat. BRB is short on dancers who can take a classical solo and make it ring true on its own terms.'
THE ARTS: Divine comedy of foolish manners THEATRE CHATEAU DE CHAMBORD
'Three hundred and thirty-one years ago, give or take a few weeks, the comedy-ballet Le bourgeois gentilhomme was given its first performance at Chambord, Louis XIV's fairytale castle situated in the Loire valley, north-east of Tours. Since then, it has become the most celebrated of collaborations between Molie`re and Jean-Baptiste Lully, the play most beloved of the French and as compulsory for schoolchildren as Shakespeare is in the UK.'

Jacqui Taffel of The Sydney Morning Herald on Bangarra Dance Theatre's new show Corroboree, which they are about to bring to the US. http://www.smh.com.au/news/0109/07/entertainment/entertain7.html
...and the New Zealand Herald reviews a dance gala which was Matz Skoog's farewell to New Zealand Ballet before taking up his new job as AD of ENB. Performers included Thomas Edur and Alice Oaks

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Kevin Ng

07-09-01, 09:51 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Friday links - 7th"
In response to message #10
   There's a preview in Taipei Times about the Belarus Ballet's tour to Taiwan with Swan Lake and Cinderella.


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07-09-01, 01:44 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Friday links - 7th"
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   Some press coverage of the appoitment of Mikko Nissinen as AD of Boston Ballet. According to the Boston Globe, "He seems a born impresario, whose dream of leading a major troupe could give Boston's stumbling dance company the energy and elan it needs".

Nissinen is quoted in the Boston Herald ``There has been a certain moment of instability for the dancers. I recognize that, and I want to start the healing process. I see how important that is. Any time, when there is a new artistic vision, naturally, not 100 percent of (the dancers) will fit into that,''

According to Canada's National Post, "The Finnish-born Nissinen's short reign at Alberta Ballet has been stormy. With the support of Alberta Ballet's board, Nissinen undertook a major house cleaning of both repertoire and dancers aimed at improving the company's overall artistic standing. There was a high dancer turnover, and last year Nissinen's decision to release veteran ballerina Barbara Moore was widely criticized in the media"

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alison russ

07-09-01, 06:40 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Thursday links - 6th"
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   More on the saga concerning the planned changes to Scottish Ballet.... The Herald "Theatres to import classical ballet" by Jim McLean


"Scottish theatres are preparing to import ballet from south of the border in reaction to Scottish ballet proposals to become a contemporary dance company.
Major theatres believe that bringing English companies will be essential if ballet audiences are not to be lost.
His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen and Eden Court Theatre in Inverness have confirmed that they are making contingency plans. Management say there is scant demand for contemporary dance in the north - performances are typically seen by audiences of 150 in Aberdeen and 200 in Inverness.
The Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, whch already plays host to probably the broadest range of dance companies from outside Scotland, says it too is "in discussions" with Scottish Ballet and other theatres over importing classical performances."

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08-09-01, 06:56 AM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Saturday links - 8th"
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   Mark Lawson in the Guardian writes about his difficulties in coming to appreciate the art of ballet. The piece includes quotes from Ross Stretton about how he sees his role at the RB ". I see my job as taking the pressure off the audience. There's a long tradition in classical ballet of technical perfection and the need to appreciate that. It is intimidating. But, in modern dance, just respond to the movement, the music.For me, dance is about joy in the body. I need to change the concept of what ballet is. My line is that the Royal Ballet can please everyone but not necessarily on the same evening. It's not replacing black tie with denim, we need to get both in."

Debbie McGee talks to the Darlington and Stockton Times about Ballet Imaginaire's Phantom The Ballet, which opens in Darlington on Wednesday

The Telegraph's Brian Hunt asks if arts coverage on the BBC will be best served by the Culture Secretary's expected approval next week for a BBC4 channel

The Washington Post marks the 30th birthday of the Kennedy Center this weekend with a feature on how it is being reinvigorated by Michael Kaiser.

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08-09-01, 09:28 AM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Saturday links - 8th"
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   One more link. The Evening Standard's Luke Jenning reviews Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's "I Said I" for Rosas Dance Company. "Donning a single frogman's flipper a performer lurches round the stage and into the audience. "Oh my God!" says the critic in the seat next to me, nervously gathering up her notes, "She's coming over here!"

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09-09-01, 06:39 AM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Sunday links - 9th"
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   This has to be a joke. According to the Sunday Times, English National Ballet has signed a sponsorship deal with Mattel the makers of the Barbie doll from America. Apparently Ken and Barbie will feature in ENB's Nutcracker this Christmas. The Barbie deal sounds terribly naff," Lady Deborah Macmillan told the Sunday Times, "But little girls are terribly naff, too. I suppose it makes me laugh in a way. Yet Mattel is hugely rich and ballet companies are not. Ballet's having a very tough time getting cash, so why not?"

Jann Parry, writing for the Observer, is unimpressed by BRB's Swan Lake. "It is all too apparent that BRB cannot bring off technically and stylistically what it wants to convey dramatically. The production makes its impact only in the last act. Swans emerge from the mist, the lovers dive to their deaths, the court faces another funeral. In the end, the drama works, but the dancing is a wash-out.". She also reviews Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's "I Said I" for Rosas Dance Theatre.

David Dougill reviews NYCB's final programme at Edinburgh for the Sunday Times. "The second bill brought us bang up to date with Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia: a beautifully structured neoclassical ballet to a selection of piano pieces by Ligeti, showing the influence of Balanchine - but with a flair already identifiable as Wheeldon's own".

Vaslav Nijinsky is the subject of a new film by the Australian director Paul Cox.To mark its release, The Age interviews his surviving daughter Tamara. "The family hope that Cox's film will clear up many misconceptions about Nijinsky. The film will make it clear that he was Polish-born, not Russian, even though he learnt to dance and performed in his adopted country, and that his reputation as a gay icon is a misconception".

As the film Moulin Rouge goes on general release throughout the UK, Scotland on Sunday interviews Gillian Anderson, who has been the principal dancer at the Club for the past three years.

Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times previews ABT's performances this season of La Fille Mal Gardeé

The NY Times also has a feature on the company Ballet Hispanico

Nadine Meisner reviews I Said I, by Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker for Rosas Dance Company. "The minutes tick on slowly. Some people left. Others longed to follow them. When a man, victimised by the rest of the group on stage, indignantly asked "Which laws of the theatre did I violate?", we all burst out laughing. No one in the audience actually hissed out an answer, but the law of avoiding boredom would have been top of my list".

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