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Bruce Madmin

17-09-01, 06:56 AM (GMT)
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"Latest Review Links - wb 17 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:
http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/2077.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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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  Monday Links - 17 September Bruce Madmin 17-09-01 1
     RE: Monday Links - 17 September Brendan 17-09-01 2
         RE: Tuesday Links - 18 September Brendan 18-09-01 3
             RE: Tuesday Links - 18 September Jane S 18-09-01 4
                 RE: Tuesday Links - 18 September Kevin Ng 19-09-01 5
                     RE: Wednesday links - 19 September Ann Williams 19-09-01 6
                         RE: Wednesday links - 19 September Ann Williams 19-09-01 7
                             RE: Wednesday links - 19 September Brendan 19-09-01 8
                             RE: Wednesday links - 19 September Ann Williams 20-09-01 9
                             RE: Wednesday links - 19 September Ann Williams 20-09-01 10
                             RE: Wednesday links - 19 September Kevin Ng 20-09-01 11
                             RE: Wednesday links - 19 September Bruce Madmin 20-09-01 12
                             RE: Wednesday links - 19 September Kevin Ng 20-09-01 13
                             RE: Wednesday links - 19 September Bruce Madmin 20-09-01 14
                             RE: Wednesday links - 19 September lara 21-09-01 15
                             RE: Friday links - 21 September Ann Williams 21-09-01 16
                             RE: Friday links - 21 September Brendan 21-09-01 17
                             RE: Saturday links - 22 September Brendan 22-09-01 18
                             RE: Sunday links - 23 September Brendan 23-09-01 19
                             RE: Sunday links - 23 September Ann Williams 23-09-01 20
                             RE: Sunday links - 23 September Bruce Madmin 23-09-01 21

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Bruce Madmin

17-09-01, 06:58 AM (GMT)
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1. "Monday Links - 17 September"
In response to message #0
 
  
David Bintley, director, Birmingham Royal Ballet is 44 today (from the FT)

BRB
Barefoot sonata is brought back to life
"The novelty of this second programme is David Bintley's new The Seasons. Verdi's ballet-score for Les vepres siciliennes is the ultimate musique dansante - you cannot but dance to these delicious measures. (Both Jerome Robbins and Kenneth MacMillan have made very fetching ballets to it.) Bintley deploys his unforced skill in making steps that sit happily on just such music: the choreography looks effortless, fitted sweetly on to tunes and phrases, never dull."
Financial Times; Sep 17, 2001
By CLEMENT CRISP
http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=010917001576

Light on their feet
Lottery funding has brightened the future of Scottish Dance Theatre. As it launches its autumn tour, MARY BRENNAN finds the company hoping that its lucky numbers can invigorate the movement
"It's hard not to compare this steady progress and stability with the ongoing upheavals that beset Scottish Ballet and Smith's former husband, Robert North, whose contract as artistic director there expires - without renewal - next summer. Harder still not to speculate, even fret, about the knock-on effect that the recently announced "re-positioning" of Scottish Ballet might have on all that Smith and her team have achieved at Dundee."
http://www.theherald.co.uk/arts/archive/13-9-19101-20-20-36.html


and Brendan told me of a couple...

Australian Ballet
Australian Ballet's Giselle reviewed by The Age. "In this revival of Giselle, it is Dame Peggy van Praagh's highly regarded 1965 production that is the winner. Her attention to detail provides some dramatic believability to what is, superficially, a flimsy narrative".
By HILARY CRAMPTON
http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/2001/09/17/FFXW23CQNRC.html

Bolshoi
One more from the New Zealand Herald about a Stars of the Bolshoi season
there, which Matz Skoog rubbished a little while back saying that the word
"Russian" was no guarantee of quality.
By BERNADETTE RAE
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/entertainmentstorydisplay.cfm?storyID=217414&thesection=entertainment&thesubsection=arts&thesecondsubsection=general


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Brendan

17-09-01, 10:33 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Monday Links - 17 September"
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   "Buildings Have Emotions, Said The Ballet Master" is how the Frankfurter Allgemeine headlines a piece about choreographer Sasha Waltz's work with dancers to make explicit the link between architecture and human feelings. Unhappily the paper's critic is not impressed.
Click here for link

With the Scottish National party calling for an inquiry into Scottish Ballet's affairs, the company's AD Robert North speaks of his fears that SB may have to close for good.
http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/text_only.cfm?id=108648

The Evening Standard reports that The Place will reopen next month.
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/news/story.html?in_review_id=457476&in_review_text_id=409038


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Brendan

18-09-01, 07:15 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Tuesday Links - 18 September"
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   Donald Hutera in the Times on the state of Northern Ballet Theatre as it prepares for its new production, A Streetcar Named Desire
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-2001322690,00.html

The Times has an obituary of Nicolas Orloff, one of the original cast of David Lichine's Graduation Ball
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,60-2001321245,00.html

The Times on the refurbishment of The Place and its reopening next month
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,2-2001322998,00.html

The NY Times on how performing arts companies are coming to terms with last week's terrorist attack on New York and Washington
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/18/arts/18RESP.html

A think piece by Rachel Howard of the San Francisco Examiner on the place of the story ballet in a new century. "Ballet companies have decided that story ballets equal big box office, nevermind that many potential newcomers to ballet, especially men, find them such a turnoff. The new story ballets satisfy mass audiences who need a story to latch onto, they reason. And the preserved classics satisfy rich patrons who wish to associate themselves with the elite and arcane".
http://www.examiner.com/ex_files/default.jsp?story=X0916STORYw

ABT performs in California in the shadow of last week's terrorist attacks
http://www.calendarlive.com/top/1,1419,L-LATimes-Calendar-X!ArticleDetail-43189,00.html

Obituary of Kira Bousloff, founder of West Australian Ballet. and onetime member of the Ballet Russe. From the Sydney Morning Herald.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/0109/18/entertainment/entertain9.html

The Taipei Times reviews Taipei Dance Circle's Divine Comedy 2001 (thanks to Kevin Ng for this link).
http://www.taipeitimes.com/news/2001/09/14/story/0000103019


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Jane S

18-09-01, 03:03 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Tuesday Links - 18 September"
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   Also in the Times, Donald Hutera on the BRB triple bill, the Seven Sisters' Forbidden, and a show called Raw!

"The Seasons: it’s an intelligent, studious one-act — buoyant here, lyrical there, with a whiff of grandeur."


http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-2001322691,00.html


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Kevin Ng

19-09-01, 03:29 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Tuesday Links - 18 September"
In response to message #4
 
   Robert Greskovic reviewed the recent Lincoln Center Festival in the "Wall Street Journal". Here is the link for those who subscribe to the Journal.

http://interactive.wsj.com/archive/retrieve.cgi?id=SB1000430579194553795.djm


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Ann Williams

19-09-01, 09:05 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Wednesday links - 19 September"
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   Here's what I found so far:

Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sadler's Wells,
Nadine Meisner
'...it proves – lest we had forgotten – that David Bintley can still bring out the occasional choreographic gem. He is at his best, of course, when not dealing in full-evening narratives, and The Seasons, receiving its world premiere, is a joyous plotless celebration of classical dance.'
Http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=94730

Responding to tragedy
Norman Lebrecht wonders why the American disaster has not prompted a more inspired reaction from the arts
'Hollywood held back its new disaster movies and NBC suspended a slew of new comedies, but the only stage cancellation has been a New York revival of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins, which refers to an attack on the White House. For the most part, show people dusted themselves off and got on with the show. "What I have to do is be here for my people," said a Washington director, his window overlooking the shattered Pentagon.'
Http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=000148269364269&rtmo=qKxutMe9&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/01/9/19/balebr19.html

From Melbourne's 'The Age':
Barbie's dance causes a right royal storm
'But Christopher Nourse, chief executive of the ENB, which has been exploring different ways of changing its marketing strategy, disagrees. "Ballet is all about fantasy and taking people into an imaginary world. So is Barbie," he says.'
Http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/2001/09/19/FFXQEQ1LQRC.html

Dance: Giselle, The Australian Ballet
State Theatre until September 25
'...it is Dame Peggy van Praagh's highly regarded 1965 production that is the winner. Her attention to detail provides some dramatic believability to what is, superficially, a flimsy narrative.'
http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/2001/09/17/FFXW23CQNRC.html


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Ann Williams

19-09-01, 11:34 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Wednesday links - 19 September"
In response to message #6
 
   Two pieces I've just found in the New York Times:

Still Paying Heed to Graham's Cry
JENNIFER DUNNING on Pearl Lang, a former Graham dancer:
'Ms. Lang is one of the very few Graham associates accepted as an unimpeachable authority by both sides in the ongoing battle between Graham's heir, Ronald Protas, and the Martha Graham Dance Center over the rights to her name and choreography. Ms. Lang declines, graciously but firmly, to talk about the dispute. For her, what is important is that Graham's dance lives on.'

Http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/16/arts/dance/16DUNN.html

The Thrilling Excruciations of Modern Dance
By APOLLINAIRE SCHERR
'Your date could have been benumbed by a ballet, but the fact that he would have shared the evening with 3,000 other people, and they couldn't all be wrong, might have made him more forgiving. When the theater to which you've brought him is the size of a shoebox and there are still empty seats, when the performers constantly catch his eye...... then he is likely to feel foolish. Duped. How is it, he thinks, that the other eight million New Yorkers knew to stay away but not his dumb friend?'

Http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/16/arts/dance/16SCHE.html












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Brendan

19-09-01, 03:08 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Wednesday links - 19 September"
In response to message #7
 
   The Culture Committee of the Scottish parliament is to hold an emergency inquiry into the affairs of Scottish Ballet, according to the Scotsman.
http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/text_only.cfm?id=109054

The Frankfurter Allgemeine reports on the "surprising" award of the German Dance Prize to Hans Werner Henze. His Orpheus, choreographed by Heinz Spoerli, was performed at the awards ceremony. The Allgemeine's critic was unimpressed: "the work came across as rather stale, an example of the modernism of yesteryear".
Click here for link

The Boston Herald on Bruce Wells' version of A Midsummer Night's Dream for Boston Ballet
http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/arts_culture/well09182001.htm

Angel Corella of ABT is profiled in the San Francisco Chronicle. "Technically, his dancing in "Giselle" and elsewhere in ABT's demanding repertory is reminiscent of Rudolf Nureyev's prime: the dozen or more turns when ordinary dancers might be happy with three or four, the double air tours into assemble that were a Nureyev trademark, the sheer heart-stopping bravura that makes people gasp and cheer".
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/09/19/DD32918.DTL

Deirdre Jowett of the Village Voice on La Cuadra de Sevilla in Salvador Távora's Carmen
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0138/jowitt.php


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Ann Williams

20-09-01, 07:58 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Wednesday links - 19 September"
In response to message #8
 
   Very little so far, but I'll search again later:

Colin Poole
Royal Opera House, London
Rating **
Judith Mackrell
'The results are odd, chilling and sometimes very funny. When the couple lock tongues in a deep muscular kiss, they surface for breath only to voice-mime the throbbing lyrics of what sounds like a Barry White song'
Http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4260819,00.html

From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Artists respond to terrorist attacks
Performers raise money, keep shows going on
'The San Francisco Ballet was in the middle of the second of its two weeks in Barcelona when tragedy struck New York and Washington last week. The big challenge was how to get the troupe back to the United States. At the last minute, space was found on several flights leaving Barcelona this week'
Http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/09/19/DD230942.DTL



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Ann Williams

20-09-01, 10:34 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Wednesday links - 19 September"
In response to message #9
 
   Brendan has found the following two pieces:

An interesting piece from the New York Times which includes contributions from Peter Boal and Kevin McKenzie..

Artists Talk About Performing in a Time of Tragedy
By PETER MARKS
Http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/20/arts/20PERF.html

An obituary from the times:
Terry Gilbert
Dancer who spread his abilities widely through theatre and film
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,60-2001324687,00.html


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Kevin Ng

20-09-01, 01:24 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Wednesday links - 19 September"
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   Robert Greskovic reviewed "The Car Man" in the Wall Street Journal. For those who are the newspaper's subscribers, the link is:

http://interactive.wsj.com/archive/retrieve.cgi?id=SB1000866081911736120.djm


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Bruce Madmin

20-09-01, 01:54 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Wednesday links - 19 September"
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   I was wondering what Greskovic thought of it (unfortunatly not being a subscriber!). just a rough view of waht he thought if pos..


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Kevin Ng

20-09-01, 03:47 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Wednesday links - 19 September"
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   LAST EDITED ON 20-09-01 AT 03:50 PM (GMT)

Robert Greskovic gave a favourable review of Matthew Bourne's production. "The result is even better than his "Swan Lake".."


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Bruce Madmin

20-09-01, 07:26 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Wednesday links - 19 September"
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   Thanks Kevin - as you say Greskovic really warmed to the piece and the dancers. Really pleased and a shame the review is locked away.


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lara

21-09-01, 03:12 AM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Wednesday links - 19 September"
In response to message #14
 
   I don't know how many of you like dance photography as much as I do, but just in case, there is a very nice review of Chris Nash's current exhibition in the Guardian by Judith Mackrell:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,554098,00.html

So different than others I have seen, full of movement and the pure joy of dance.


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Ann Williams

21-09-01, 09:49 AM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Friday links - 21 September"
In response to message #15
 
   Apologies for the late delivery, but I lost my entire links collection this morning and had to scrabble around to replace them:

Colin Poole
Clore Studio, ROH, London
Nadine Meisner
'Confronted by the dancers' determinedly impassive faces, you are never sure whether this is deadpan comedy. It's not until the end that the humour declares itself unequivocally, by which time it's too late'
Http://www.independent.co.uk/www/search.shtml

On Your Toes
By Karen Silver
.'ABT is an institution, of course, called "the most spectacular dancing in the world" by the New York Times. But if you're looking for both majesty and imagination on the stage, here's where to find it. '
Http://www.sfweekly.com/issues/2001-09-19/nightday2.html


Lewis Segal of the Los Angeles Times reviews The Car Man:
'Beyond its steamy fusion of dance drama, grand opera and film noir, Matthew Bourne's "The Car Man" is a sardonic fantasy of 20th century mid-America--a place where stud males are as abundant as auto parts, where social dances are one part bare-knuckled aggression to two parts hip-pumping foreplay, and where any kind of softness, sensitivity or vulnerability is doomed to extinction.'
Http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/printedition/calendar/la-000074682sep17.story

From the Taipei Times, a review of the Formosa Song & Dance Troupe (thanks Kevin!)
Http://www.taipeitimes.com/news/2001/09/21/story/0000103976



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Brendan

21-09-01, 01:09 PM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Friday links - 21 September"
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   The Independent has an obituary of Terry Gilbert, formerly of Ballet Rambert and Festival Ballet. "He had a forthright manner and a blunt northern accent that in his early days earned him snobbish comments. "Many," he wrote, "noting my thick Derbyshire accent, were convinced that it was a miracle I managed a career at all." Former colleagues remember him as extremely likeable, someone who, according to Alain Dubreuil, "was great fun, liked a glass of wine and at parties was always laughing. He enjoyed his life as much as his ballet."
http://news.independent.co.uk/people/obituaries/story.jsp?story=95144

The Guardian has a strangely unfocused piece by Judith Mackrell on the UK contemporary dance scene. It is part of an advertising supplement on the Artsworld channel.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4260683,00.html


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Brendan

22-09-01, 06:34 AM (GMT)
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18. "RE: Saturday links - 22 September"
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   Many will be sorry to hear of the death of the remarkable Jane Dudley, one of Martha Graham's early dancers. There are several obituaries, this one from the Times. "Among the roles Graham created for her were one of the sisters (inspired by the Brontës) in Deaths and Entrances and the Ancestress in Letter to the World, based on the life and work of Emily Dickinson. In that role Dudley’s tall, majestic carriage was described as embodying “the very spirit of the stern unwritten law that rules the hearts of New Englanders”.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,60-2001330232,00.html

According to the Guerdian's obituary, "Her later years marked Dudley out as a singular teacher of the Graham method. She was kept somewhat of a secret in the British dance world, and rarely enjoyed the acclaim she deserved. But those who met her, worked with her and became her students, will carry some of her energy, politics and spirit for the rest of their days. She was a dynamic personality with a vigorous mind that was somewhat wasted in the anti-intellectual climate of the postwar British dance scene".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,3604,556092,00.html

Anna Kisselgoff of the NY Times writes of Jane Dudley that "her students in London and at the New Dance Group knew her to be a exacting and uncompromising teacher".
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/22/obituaries/22DUDL.html

According to the Calgary Herald, Calgary Ballet is moving deeper into deficit.
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The Miami Herald reports that Miami Ballet has similar financial problems:
http://www.miami.com/herald/content/news/local/dade/digdocs/054422.htm

Boston Ballet's latest double bill, Suite Saint-Saens and A Midsummer Night's Dream, reviewed in the Boston Herald.
http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/arts_culture/ball09222001.htm

According to The Institute for War and Peace Reporting, the former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan is halting all ballet performances on the grounds that the art is "indecent" and "immoral".
http://iwpr.vs4.cerbernet.co.uk/index.pl?archive/rca/rca_200109_70_1_eng.txt



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Brendan

23-09-01, 07:30 AM (GMT)
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19. "RE: Sunday links - 23 September"
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   According to the Scottish edition of the Sunday Times, dancers at Scottish Ballet have threatened strike action over the board's plans to relaunch the company as a modern dance ensemble.
http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/2001/09/23/stiscosco02002.html?

David Dougill of the Sunday Times reviews BRB's triple bill at Sadler's Wells. "By awful coincidence, Dante Sonata provided a focus for sombre thoughts just two days after the American disasters, with the chalk-outline clouds (that could be smoke) on a slate background in Sophie Fedorovitch's simple decor. I find the flailings, breast-beatings, rapes, crucifixions, devil-mime and supplications outmodedly melodramatic, yet there are ingenious, striking images, well fitted to the music, and the piece remains strongly theatrical. For reasons of history, the work's rescue is important".
http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/2001/09/23/sticuldnc02002.html?

Bryan Appleyard of the Sunday Times interviews Tony Hall, Executive Director of the ROH. "Poisoned chalice, or beleaguered, or elitist - all these adjectives appear in the headlines. But it's just not the place I recognise ... What the house deserves is a period of consolidation and a sense of financial security. People who have done a bloody good job, against real difficulties and criticism, need thanking. For the third year running, we are going to post a small surplus, and with Ross Stretton running the ballet now and Antonio Pappano arriving next September, we can start thinking wholly about the future of this place."
http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/2001/09/23/sticulopa02002.html?

Christopher Bowen of Scotland on Sunday profiles Hans van Manen, whose "In and Out" has become part of Scottish Ballet's rep. "The elements in van Manen’s choreography combine to make a rich brew. He may have his stylistic tics - cigarettes ("the most chic diversionary tactic in existence"), high heels ("a throne for the feet... inconceivably mysterious") and eroticism ("I love an erotic charisma; I go for people who speak through their bodies") - yet this is the choreographer whose most famous edict is "dance expresses dance and nothing else".
http://www.scotlandonsunday.com/text_only.cfm?id=SS01036927

According to Scotland's Sunday Herald, SB's Chief Executive will tell a parliamentary committee on Tuesday that the company will never again perform the major classics such as Swan Lake. "The chief executive will argue that the company has been unable to perform the classics since its troupe was cut from 45 to 36 four years ago, and that public perception has failed to catch up with the reality of what Scottish Ballet has become". http://www.sundayherald.com/18707

Scotland's Sunday Herald previews Dundee's Festival of Dance
http://www.sundayherald.com/18673

Jennifer Dunning of the NY Times on the state of Dance Theater of Harlem as it prepares to for its new autumns season. Arthur Mitchell speaks about the urgent need to encourage new choreographers who are fluent in classical technique.
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/23/arts/dance/23DUNN.html

The NY Times on Karen Brown's plans for Oakland Ballet. Brown is a former principal with DTH.
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/23/arts/dance/23MURP.html?searchpv=nytToday

Not dance, I know, but many of you will be sorry to hear of Isaac Stern's death. The NY Time's obituary is at
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/23/obituaries/23STER.html

The San Francisco Chronicle on ABT at Berkeley
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/09/21/DD145837.DTL&type=performance

ABT's touring difficulties in the light of the rcent terrorist attacks reported in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. According to Kevin McKenzie, the company's artistic director, "The company was very shaken and not sure of the right response. But then we decided the right thing to do was to keep our focus and dance. The audience may or may not choose to attend, but we had a duty to be there for those who wanted to be in the theater". http://seattlep-i.nwsource.com/classical/39664_abt21.shtml

Thanks to Kevin Ng for mentioning that there's a short news item yesterday in the "South China Morning Post" on the Hong Kong Ballet which is not cancelling its tour of North America.
http://www.totallyhk.com/TimeOff/Entertainment/Features/Article/FullText_asp_ArticleID-20010921122914704.asp


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Ann Williams

23-09-01, 11:18 AM (GMT)
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20. "RE: Sunday links - 23 September"
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   Louise Levene has an interesting and timely piece on the much-missed Matthew Hart in the Sunday Telegraph today, pegged to his connection with the upcoming George Piper Dances performances. 'Half the time your want to pet him' she remarks 'but the other half you want to give him a good smack'. (I've spent the last half-hour trying to find a URL but so far there doesn't seem to be one).


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Bruce Madmin

23-09-01, 11:25 AM (GMT)
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21. "RE: Sunday links - 23 September"
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   The Sunday Telegraph does not feature on the ET web site anymore. Its the only thing I would fault their website on...


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