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Brendan McCarthymoderator

24-09-01, 06:13 AM (GMT)
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"Latest Review Links - wb 24 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 the use of our readers, 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 - 24 September Brendan 24-09-01 1
     RE: Tuesday links - 24 September Brendan 25-09-01 2
         RE: Tuesday links - 24 September cf 25-09-01 3
             RE: Tuesday links - 24 September Anneliese 25-09-01 4
                 RE: Wednesday links - 26th Ann Williams 26-09-01 5
                     RE: Wednesday links - 26th Brendan 26-09-01 6
                         RE: Thursday links - 27th Ann Williams 27-09-01 7
                             RE: Thursday links - 27th Brendan 27-09-01 8
                             RE: Thursday links - 27th Robert 27-09-01 9
                             RE: Friday links - 28th Ann Williams 28-09-01 10
                             RE: Friday links - 28th pmeja 28-09-01 11
  Saturday Links - 29th September Bruce Madmin 29-09-01 12
     RE: Saturday Links - 29th September Ann Williams 29-09-01 13
         RE: Sunday Links - 30th September Brendan 30-09-01 14
             RE: Sunday Links - 30th September Jane S 30-09-01 15
                 RE: Sunday Links - 30th September alison 01-10-01 16

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24-09-01, 06:21 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Monday links - 24 September "
In response to message #0
   The Scotsman reports the growing likelihood of a strike by dancers at Scottish Ballet in protest at the company's proposed change of direction.

The Scotsman's Kelly Apter contributes a background piece on the company's mood amid the turmoil. "That the dancers are able to concentrate and inject humour into their performance during such uncertain times is testament to their professionalism".

The Glasgow Herald reports how Scottish Ballet's dancers have set up their own independent website in protest.

Nadine Meisner writes an obituary of Jane Dudley for the Independent. "A monumental figure who continues to live in the minds and bodies of all those who knew and trained with her".

Donald Hutera of the Times reviews Colin Poole at the Clore Studio. "The programme he presented used movement and music to make sly digs at the trappings of our voyeuristic popular culture. The central figures of all three dances were well aware of the audience’s presence. They stared provocatively, expecting us to admire their self-display and daring us to engage with them".

Lamda, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, is to take over the Royal Ballet School's building on Talgarth Rd., according to yesterday's Observer.

The choreographer Bill T Jones writes for the NY Times on the subject of dance after the recent terrorist attacks in the U.S : "The world has changed!," we choreographers have been told along with everyone else. So it has. How will our work change? Trial and error, reaction and experimentation have defined art even before it declared itself modern. Just as what is deepest in life evades analysis, so it is with any artist's process. But if we look back not so long ago to another numbing, paralyzing crisis that confronted and continues to confront the dance community — AIDS — we may get some insight".

Of indirect interest: a letter from Alberto Vilar to Saturday's FT disputing the view that the art of opera is in decline.

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25-09-01, 07:08 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Tuesday links - 24 September "
In response to message #1
   Irek Mukhamedov talks to Ismene Brown of the Telegraph about the manner of his departure from the Royal Ballet: "There was no regretful but grateful meeting between star and boss to declare time on a lustrous career, let alone an announcement. Neither Dowell nor his successor, Ross Stretton, met Mukhamedov face to face, but instead sent messengers to tell him that, at 41, he was not wanted. It was an ignoble way to treat an exceptional artist and a vastly popular performer".

The Scottish Arts Minister warns arts fans not to get "hung up" on classical ballet. According to Allan Wilson "It is not for me to set the artistic direction of Scottish Ballet. As far as I'm concerned, the national companies employ artistic directors, and we channel our funds through the arts council on their artistic advice. I am not too sure they are losing the classical side of things. They are changing direction and will take a classical element to that. But it came as no particular surprise to me. People get hung up on classical ballet - the whole point of the business plan is to have dance in the widest sense.

The Frankfurt Allgemeine on William Forsythe's new work for Frankfurt Ballet. "In "Woolf Phrase" the movements are generated by the gaze of the dancers themselves. With its calm succession of solos and duets, "Woolf Phrase" is an impressionistic and -- except for one chaotic tutti scene in the middle -- uniform program. One almost has the impression that Forsythe is trying to fade quietly from our view, to become invisible himself. But his strength lies in this very subtlety and restraint".
Follow this link

Donald Hutera of the Times on the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica at the QEH. "Time seems to have passed it by. The house style is a fusion of ballet, modern dance ŕ la Martha Graham and traditional Afro-Caribbean forms put across with more passion than precision".

Judith Mackrell saw the Jamaicans for the Guardian: "Even though few of its members have a professionally glossy technique, and some of its choreographic material is ragged and naive, the company has an instinct for audience rapport that many ensembles can only dream of".

The San Francisco Chronicle on three casts in ABT's Giselle

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25-09-01, 02:19 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Tuesday links - 24 September "
In response to message #2
   >Irek Mukhamedov talks to Ismene Brown
>of the Telegraph about the
>manner of his departure from
>the Royal Ballet: "There was
>no regretful but grateful meeting
>between star and boss to
>declare time on a lustrous
>career, let alone an announcement.
>Neither Dowell nor his successor,
>Ross Stretton, met Mukhamedov face
>to face, but instead sent
>messengers to tell him that,
>at 41, he was not
>wanted. It was an ignoble
>way to treat an exceptional
>artist and a vastly popular

I am sure I like many, found this article to be very, very sad

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25-09-01, 02:38 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Tuesday links - 24 September "
In response to message #3
   Absolutely. Quite apart from the quite unnecessary (and unbelievably rude!) slighting of a great artist and a great star, the RB has lost any chance of harnessing this fabulous talent in a directing, coaching or choreographic role. I'm still sad that Irek is dead set against character roles, though... maybe in 5-10 years he'll change his mind?

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Ann Williams

26-09-01, 08:48 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Wednesday links - 26th"
In response to message #4
   A Streetcar going nowhere
Ismene Brown reviews A Streetcar Named Desire performed by Northern Ballet Theatre at the Bradford Alhambra
'But just as fatal to the production is the handling of Blanche's fantasy life. I had felt by the end of Act 1 that this Streetcar was going somewhere, but it hit the buffers with a crash in Act 2.'

Tennessee Williams minus the passion
Stephanie Ferguson
'Jonathan Ollivier gives us a brooding, macho Stanley, all dirty vest and rippling six-pack, who sees through Blanche's genteel veneer'

How to do a pelvic ripple
Pole dancing is the latest craze - even Sadie Frost is at it. Now one club is offering lessons. Laura Barton (reluctantly) gives it a go

Streets of whimsy:
Financial Times; Sep 26, 2001
'The production is more tediously equipped with ectoplasm than anything since Borley Rectory, celebrated in the annals of poltergeists as "the most haunted house in Britain". '
Street cred
BY DONALD HUTERA An adaptation of Tennessee Williams impresses
'This Streetcar is the best the company has offered since its 1999 Carmen. Both result from a unique creative partnership between choreographer Didy Veldman and director Patricia Doyle.'

The Village Voice on the "Physics of Ballet". Professor Kenneth Laws, who started taking ballet classes at the age of 40, argues that dancers can enhance performance by understanding the laws of physics. http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0139/asantewaa.php

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26-09-01, 10:14 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Wednesday links - 26th"
In response to message #5
   According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine, Youri Vamos' interpretation of "Swan Lake" for the ballet ensemble of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, is "the best interpretation of this work to be seen today, and one of the finest productions of a classic ballet anywhere"
Link to article

Scottish Ballet management is accused of incompetence by members of a Scottish parliamentary committee. The Glasgow Herald reports:

In a second piece the Glasgow Herald reports that SB's Chairman has been asked to resign as Chairman of the Friends of Scottish Ballet. One MSP tells the Chairman ""Yet now, to gain excellence, real stability, and proper control and stewardship, you are actually going to decimate Scottish Ballet. You say you are fighting for Scottish Ballet, our evidence suggests you are fighting with Scottish Ballet.

The Scotsman also reports yesterday's exchanges at a meeting of a parliamentary committee..

As does BBC Scotland's website

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Ann Williams

27-09-01, 09:23 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Thursday links - 27th"
In response to message #6
   Quite a haul today - and I haven't even finished looking:

Long legs and shortcomings
Ismene Brown reviews Anastasia Volochkova performing at Sadler's Wells

'It was another ballet egotist, the indefatigable Bolshoi star Maya Plissetskaya, who created the astoundingly naff version of Carmen with which Volochkova opens the first programme, obviously hoping some of Plissetskaya's legend will rub off on her.'

Anastasia Volochkova
Judith Mackrel
'As Odile she regally leaves the storytelling to the rest of the stage, and as Nikiya the laziness of her dancing is exposed as she fudges steps, short changes the music and substitutes poses for phrasing'

Scottish ballet 'facing ruin' in elitism row
Dancers claim move to drop classics will alienate audiences and slash takings
Gerard Seenan

Northern Ballet Theatre, Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
The Independent's Nadine Meisner on 'Streetcar Named Desire'
'Some things simply don't lend themselves to dance, and a literal transposition of Tennessee Williams's play is one of them.'

THE ARTS: Pretty, but bland BALLET:
Financial Times; Sep 27, 2001
Crisp on Volochkova:


From the Village Voice:
Changing Landscapes

Deborah Jowitt reviews this week's dance scene in a skewed New York

1 Night, 4 Firsts From Harlem Dance Theater
'Just when everything related to the World Trade Center tragedy seems not so much said as resaid and when still another rendition of "God Bless America" promises a ritualized expression of faith in God and country, invigorating emotions can erupt from these same rituals.'

This link to Suzannel Farrell's company kindly provided by Balletalert's Alexandra


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27-09-01, 01:45 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Thursday links - 27th"
In response to message #7
   The Evening Standard reports the news (which you heard first on ballet.co!) that Adam Cooper and Tamara Rojo would appear in an excerpt from Spartacus at Irek Mukhamedov's Gala on Sunday.

Also Scottish Ballet dancers could face increased risk of serious injury under plans to switch from classical to contemporary dance, a former Chairman of the company tells the Glasgow Herald.

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27-09-01, 05:09 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Thursday links - 27th"
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   Sorry this is a bit late: Spectator Sept 22nd. www.spectator.co.uk
Joanna Lumley. Diary wrote:
Sadler's Wells had a full house on the
evening we went to see Birmingham Royal
Ballet's new triple bill: two works chore-
ographed by their resident genius David
Bintley and one, the Dante Sonata, by the
late Sir Frederick Ashton. Bintley's two
works show the broad talent that marks a
great creator: The Seasons which is pure
dances and dancing, and Still Life at the Pen-
guin Cafe, a brilliantly surreal piece featur-
ing extinct animals. In the original pro-
gramme notes about Ashton's Dante
Sonata, the ballet is described as 'the war-
ring attitudes of two groups of equally tor-
tured spirits'. Half a century after its last
performance, and with the smoke still hang-
ing over Manhattan Island, the Children of
Darkness and the Children of Light still
confront each other and fight to the death;
but as we applaud in admiration we know
that this is a stage and they're only dancing.
Art has a way of putting its finger into the
heart of darkness and leaving no casualties.

I thought this right. I hope she does not mind me pasting it.

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Ann Williams

28-09-01, 08:55 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Friday links - 28th"
In response to message #9
   Today's interesting selection (with assistance from Brendan):
A leap into the unknown
Sarah Wildor has quit her position at the Royal Ballet. Did she jump or was she pushed

Ismene Brown reviews Grinning in Your Face performed by the Rambert Dance Company at the Lowry Centre, Salford
'Bruce has got into a habit of making illustrative steps, rather than expressive ones. He paints the type of community it is in twiddly skips, sheepish foot-taps and embarrassed arms, but seems to be ducking his real subject, which is the precarious nature of the long marriage.'

A load of old Bolshoi from the Trocks
Judith Mackrell
'...to their grateful, giggling public, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo continue to rank as one of the coveted experiences in dance.'

Goodbye tradition, hello the world
On the eve of Dance Umbrella, Nadine Meisner meets Jonathan Burrows and Russell Maliphant, two choreographers now far from their Royal Ballet origins

Audiences gorge at the Peacock BALLET:
'Yes, the wilis are having a Bad Hair day. And a Bad Feet day, and a Bad Temper day, and look as if they got out of the grave on the wrong side. But they dance the steps - somehow, all of the steps - and know why they are doing what they are doing'

Houston Ballet didn't like a story about the company in the alternative weekly Houston Press. So the company has withheld review tickets from the publication's critic and refused to talk to its reporters

More! A Houston Press piece on Ben Stevenson's insecurities

William Forsythe is profiled by Valerie Lawson in the Sydney Morning Herald. "He remains wedded to the clarity, lines and planes of classical ballet. His philosophy can be summed up in two of his remarks: "I've stuck with ballet; it defines a very precise spatial environment" and "I haven't worked my way out of ballet but rather into it".

From the Glasgow Herald: Scottish Ballet's Chief Executive Chris Barron dismisses talk of strike action by the 36 dancers this Christmas, based on the low level of economic "clout" dancers wield. He predicts the company will shed some dancers and attract new ones who wish to specialise in modern dance.

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28-09-01, 11:57 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Friday links - 28th"
In response to message #10
   chris barron's dismissal of the dancers reminds me, sadly, of a statement i heard from the chairman of the board of a company that shall remain unnamed (but which curiously no longer exists), when a similar thing happened, "Well, dear, you know the dancers are only hired help."

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Bruce Madmin

29-09-01, 09:04 AM (GMT)
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12. "Saturday Links - 29th September"
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   LAST EDITED ON 29-09-01 AT 09:05 AM (GMT)

After a lot of activity earlier in the week I can't find so much today... famous last words of course...

de Valois
From The Times (its so short I won't bother with URL):
Court circular

September 28: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by the Reverend Professor Owen Chadwick OM at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Dame Ninette de Valois OM which was held in Westminster Abbey today.

The Duke of York was represented by Miss Charlotte Manley.

The Duchess of Gloucester was represented by Mrs Michael Wigley.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Peacock Theatre, London
Men in tights and flights of fancy
By Nadine Meisner

Northern Ballet Theatre, Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
The passion's lost in the telling of the tale
By Nadine Meisner
(I'm including this again because the link higher up does not seem to work)

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Ann Williams

29-09-01, 06:43 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Saturday Links - 29th September"
In response to message #12
The Washington Post reviews the Suzanne Farrell Company's performance at the Kennedy Centre:

'One could see Farrell's deft hand at work in the evening's many lovely details, but overall the dancing was labored and tentative, even among the principals. It was bland where there should have been sparks'


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30-09-01, 06:53 AM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Sunday Links - 30th September"
In response to message #13
   David Dougill of the Sunday Times reviews Northern Ballet Theatre's 'Streetcar'. "The story and relationships are clear, though the pace is uneven - sometimes too much crammed in, sometimes not enough that matters. Stanley and his companions have a big macho number that says little, lasts too long and is very like what Veldman did earlier in Carmen. As with that work, I find that her contemporary step-vocabulary runs out of interest; the routines too routine, the sexy duets too similar".

Jann Parry in the Observer on 'Streetcar'. "Didy Veldman has stuck too literally to the play instead of finding her own metaphors. Flashbacks and fairground hallucinations are revealing only if you already know the heightened language of the original. This is not a vehicle nicknamed disaster, however". Of Anastasia Volochkova's season at Sadler's Wells she writes "Volochkova is the kind of ballerina whom the Trocks love to mock: the one who makes sure the spotlight is on her and who slaps on style like another pair of false eyelashes". Of the Trocks themselves she says: "The ballet in-jokes are acute because they come from the heart".

Clifford Bishop writes for the Sunday Times on Britain's 'dance boom', for much of which he credits the programming policy at Sadler's Wells

The Sunday Herald on Scottish Ballet's latest programme at Glasgow's Theatre Royal. "If this bill highlights the Scottish Ballet board's clumsy snap statement that it will become 'contemporary', it also draws attention to the fact that the company, even if it remains classical, has much work to do. Scottish Ballet does not need to be a contemporary dance company. It just needs to be a modern ballet company".

According to Scotland on Sunday, "Christopher Barron, the embattled chief executive of Scottish Ballet is planning a new dance school to prevent the ‘Billy Elliots’ of the future heading south to learn their craft".

Jack Anderson in the NY Times on the dilemmas choreographers need to resolve before using special effects to enhance their choreography.

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Jane S

30-09-01, 06:39 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Sunday Links - 30th September"
In response to message #14
   An obituary from yesterday's Times: Barbara Matera, who made costumes for the Rambert company, ABT and NYCB, and many of Fontyen's tutus:


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01-10-01, 05:42 PM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Sunday Links - 30th September"
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   There was also an obit. earlier in the week in the Telegraph, which presumably is online somewhere.

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