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Subject: "Latest Review Links - wb 10 September 2001" Archived thread - Read only
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10-09-01, 06:06 AM (GMT)
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"Latest Review Links - wb 10 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 -10th. Brendan 10-09-01 1
     RE: Monday links -10th. Jane S 10-09-01 2
         RE: Tuesday links -11th. Brendan 11-09-01 3
             RE: Wednesday links - 12rh Ann Williams 12-09-01 4
                 RE: Thursday links - 13th Ann Williams 13-09-01 5
                     RE: Friday links - 14th Ann Williams 14-09-01 6
                         RE: Friday links - 14th Jane S 14-09-01 7
                         RE: Friday links - 14th robert 14-09-01 8
                             RE: Saturday links - 15th Brendan 15-09-01 9
                             RE: Sunday links - 16th Brendan 16-09-01 10
                             RE: Sunday links - 16th Bruce Madmin 16-09-01 11

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10-09-01, 06:20 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Monday links -10th."
In response to message #0
   Several papers report ENB's sponsorship deal with the makers of Barbie Dolls for its forthcoming Nutcracker. According to the Guardian, "The deal with toymaker Mattel may revive debates about the relationship between art and commerce, following as it does sponsorship by the jeweller Bulgari of Fay Weldon's latest novel. But Mattel believes the partnership between doll and dance company is as perfect as that of Fonteyn and Nureyev".

The story is also reported in the Telegraph....

...and by BBC News Online

The Scotsman reports demands for a parliamentary inquiry into Scottish Ballet's change of direction. It quotes Robert North, the outgoing Artistic Director: "It would not be a shame to have another contemporary dance company, I am all for that, but to change Scottish Ballet means there would be no classical company.”

Donald Hutera reviews "I Said I" by Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker for Rosas Dance Company. "I Said I is a long haul, yet a core intelligence — plus flashes of sneaky humour — enables De Keersmaeker to avoid, and occasionally even transcend, the pitfalls of self-indulgence".

Judith Mackrell in the Guardian (Saturday's paper) is less forgiving. "As the group escalate into a frenzied argument between aggression and dissent, the show loses the plot. Cut loose from the text, De Keersmaeker's dancers are left to ramble around the stage in fatuously repetitive choreography, or indulge in tantrums that would shame a two-year-old.

Jill Sykes of the Sydney Morning Herald finds Freefall, Sydney Dance Company's choreogrphic workshop, to be "diverse and entertaining". http://www.smh.com.au/news/0109/10/entertainment/entertain16.html

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Jane S

10-09-01, 12:10 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Monday links -10th."
In response to message #1
   "Dancer and choreographer whose background paralleled Billy Elliot's"

Telegraph obituary of Terry Gilbert


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11-09-01, 07:38 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Tuesday links -11th."
In response to message #2
   Ismene Brown of the Telegraph on why she walked out of Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker's I Said I for Rosas Dance Company. "She can craft dense, strong, surprising, and even magical pieces of choreography - being particularly exciting with women - but, in her more high-minded moods, she can bore for Belgium, producing some of the most bloated and solemnly banal stuff masquerading as dance-theatre that I've ever seen".

Clement Crisp of the FT agrees. "This is Eurotrash in excelsis, dedicated to alienation, anger, self-indulgence, intellectual pretension (physical pretension, too) and a denial of discipline or control of effect. Not theatre. Not dance".

Jenny Gilbert of the Independent on Sunday on BRB's Swan Lake. "BRB is lucky. It also has Philip Prowse's handsome designs, showing what marvels can be achieved in shades of pewter. And last week it got a rather good performance from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the band apparently recovered after some appalling playing last month. What it doesn't have, alas, in this paragon of a production, is enough truly classical dancers".

According to Valerie Lawson of the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Ballet is to celebrate its 40th birthday with a fresh burst of creativity. It's to have a new version of Swan Lake by Graeme Murphy, a production of Spartacus and Mercurial Manoeuvres, by Christopher Wheeldon

Anna Kisselgoff of the NY Times reviews Nommo Contemporary Dance Theater and Jetté Performance Company

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Ann Williams

12-09-01, 09:17 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Wednesday links - 12rh"
In response to message #3
   Difficult to concentrate on the links today, but here's what I've found so far:

Judith Mackrell
Guardian Unlimited
'The group's ability to transform a place is impressive. Going into the Clore, you enter a disconcertingly murky maze of narrow, crooked paths, the forbidden forest of magical narrative. A low, twiggy roof intensifies the claustrophobia; flashes of light and rumblings of electronic music pitch a note of panic.'

Leo Kharibian: American choreographer who revolutionised British dance
A Guardian obituary (via FT)

Seven Sisters Group, Clore Studio Upstairs, Royal Opera House, London
The Independent's take on Seven Sisters:
'Being of a slightly nervous disposition, I lurked behind fellow critics, but that didn't protect me from one scary man who touched my hair, or from another who offered me a chocolate. (On the off-chance that it was poisoned, I thought it best to refuse.)'

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Ann Williams

13-09-01, 08:06 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Thursday links - 13th"
In response to message #4
From The Scotsman - Sep 12, 2001

Treading on toes

'Balancing supply and demand is a key part of any business. So when Scottish Ballet decided to shift its attention to more contemporary based work it left Scotland's existing contemporary dance company questioning its future. Under the directorship of Janet Smith, Scottish Dance Theatre (SDT) has become a force to be reckoned with, but it would find itself a David to Scottish Ballet's Goliath..'

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

Punchy, but it's Swan Lake to a T-shirt
Reviewed by Jill Sykes
Sydney Opera House, September 11
'Swan Lake references that anyone can pick include the dance of the four little swans and the 32 fouettes counted off on the screen in one of the many apt contributions made by video artist Tim Gruchy.'

Aboriginal dancers decide the show must go on
Bangarra Dance Theatre's Corroboree opened its Theatre Royal season last night with a minute's silence for the victims of the terrorist disaster.

From the New York Times:

Mark Morris Dance Center Adds Luster To Brooklyn
"....Mark was a pioneer for those who think somehow that Brooklyn is further away from Manhattan than London."

Alienation and Torment in the Artist's Life
'...Mr. Stark undresses and dresses Ms. Hopkins behind a transparent screen, where she also simulates urination ("Shunkin drinks too much tea," one woman says),'

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Ann Williams

14-09-01, 09:10 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Friday links - 14th"
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   Nothing at all the in the UK papers today, but I will look again later - the Guardian and Indian sometimes don't come online until later in the day. I think it's interesting, though, that every time I keyed in the word 'ballet' today, I got articles about Iain Duncan Smith, the new Tory leader! (His mum was a ballet dancer).

From the New York Times:
'Carmen' With Bugles, Drums and Horse
'In front of her, an excruciatingly literal scene has Riego or his spirit, as portrayed by Juan Romero, hanged by a trio of dancing executioners. Is there a choreographer in the house? No one takes the credit or the blame.'

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Jane S

14-09-01, 01:26 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Friday links - 14th"
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   Luke Jennings in the Standard on BRB's new triple bill

"Frederick Ashton created Dante Sonata in 1940, and given recent
world events, the ballet's resurrection has a sombre timeliness."


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14-09-01, 01:29 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Friday links - 14th"
In response to message #6
   Barbara Olson the Washington lawyer and wife of the US Solicitor General, who bravely telephoned her husband from one of the hijacked planes just before she died was originally a ballet dancer. I think she danced for the Houston and San Francisco Ballets as Barbara Bracher. Her obituary is in the Daily Telegraph and I presume other newspapers today.(Friday)

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15-09-01, 05:43 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Saturday links - 15th"
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   The Guardian publishes readers' reactions to last week's piece by Mark Lawson "What's the Point of Ballet?"

Judith Mackrell, also in the Guardian, on BRB's second programme at Sadler's Wells, which included Ashton's wartime lament Dante Sonata. "This revival received its London premiere with horribly apt timing, yet despite its unexpected relevance to the week's crisis in the US, the ballet will always be a period piece".

Valerie Lawson previews Australian Ballet's Giselle for The Age. "Each ballerina who dances Giselle is true to the text, but she must find her own way into the soul of the girl who falls in love, is betrayed, goes crazy, dies, and returns as a spirit, saving her lover from death".

Jill Sykes of the Sydney Morning Herald reviews Bangarra Dance Theatre's Corroboree . "The telling of stories has reached a fresh level of stylised beauty and poignancy. The dramatic input has been refined to its essence and makes more impact than in Skin a year ago. And the music has found additional, evocative directions".

The NY Times from midweek on the new Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn

Oakland Ballet rises "like a firebird from the ashes", according to the San Francisco Examiner

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16-09-01, 07:09 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Sunday links - 16th"
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   Jann Parry of the Observer on BRB's second week at Sadler's Wells. Of Dante Sonata she writes: "At the revival's Birmingham premiere in April last year, Ashton's experiment with Central European expressive dance looked fresh, fascinating and more than a little hysterical. This year's London premiere was dutiful, without resonance. Performed like this, the ballet is no enduring outcry against the unspeakable waste of human life".

Darcy Bussell talks to the Sunday Times about being a mother, her plans to return to the Royal Ballet, life after dance, and a second career as an interior designer: "As a dancer you must be totally focused on your work and you can't be when you've just had a baby. I'm doing the best I can, but there's a bigger pull now, obviously. But all through my career I've tried to have other interests, I've tried not to make dancing the be all and end all. I'm not back to full 'me' mode yet. I've got my fingers crossed. Hopefully I'll get lots of support and it will all work out."

Robert North speaks with great bitterness to the Scottish edition of the Sunday Times about his removal as Scottish Ballet's Artistic Director, his differences with Chris Barron, SB's Chief Executive, and the company's intended change of direction. . "The administrators, bureaucrats and would-be dancers who think they know how a ballet company should be run have done a dirty deed. They consulted nobody about their decision to 'reposition' the company - not me, not the board, and worst of all not the general public whose taxes fund it. And they acted with no regard to the dancers' feelings".

In an interview with Scotland on Sunday the company's chairman Duncan McGhie , the chairman of Scottish Ballet dismisses as "ridiculous" claims the company is repositioning itself as a contemporary dance group simply to make financial cutbacks.

David Dougill of the Sunday Times is disappointed by BRB's Swan Lake. "Most of the dancers were ill prepared for a return to pure classicism. The corps of swans looked blank, wan and dumpy. Not all the soloists were commandingly at home in their variations. The ballet seemed to move in fits and starts". He is completely dismissive of Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker's I Said I.

Apollinaire Scherr writes for the NY Times on contemporary dance's inability to engage audiences. "While modern dance adjusts to the times, it nurtures at its core an essential capacity to put people off. Modern dance sprouts dialects each year, but still has no King's English. Even Merce Cunningham, who freed a generation of choreographers to explore the drama of movement-in-itself, seems to have lost whatever influence he once exerted to shape modern dance's future".

Pearl Lang, a former dancer with the Martha Graham company, is interviewed by the NY Times.

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Bruce Madmin

16-09-01, 02:31 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Sunday links - 16th"
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   What's the point of ballet? Who cares?
Your reactions to last week's article by Mark Lawson

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