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Subject: "Latest Review Links - wb 01 October 2001" Archived thread - Read only
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01-10-01, 07:19 AM (GMT)
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"Latest Review Links - wb 01 October 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 - 1 October Brendan 01-10-01 1
     RE: Monday links - 1 October Bruce Madmin 01-10-01 2
     RE: Monday links - 1 October Jane S 01-10-01 3
         RE: Tuesday links - 2 October Brendan 02-10-01 4
             RE: Wednesday links - 3 October Brendan 03-10-01 5
                 RE: Thursday links - 4 October Brendan 04-10-01 6
                         RE: Friday links - 5 October Brendan 05-10-01 8
                             RE: Friday links - 5 October Liz P 05-10-01 9
                             RE: Friday links (3) - 5 October Brendan 05-10-01 10
                             RE: Saturday links - 6 October Brendan 06-10-01 11
                             RE: Saturday links - 6 October Jane S 06-10-01 12
                             RE: Sunday links - 7 October Brendan 07-10-01 13
                             RE: Sunday links - 7 October Brendan 07-10-01 14
                             RE: Sunday links - 7 October Bruce Madmin 07-10-01 15
                             Don Quixote at the Royal Opera House Anne-Fabienne Raven 24-10-01 16

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01-10-01, 07:24 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Monday links - 1 October "
In response to message #0
   The Times Court page lists some of those present at the Memorial Service for Dame Ninette de Valois.

Robert North questions the motives behind the management of Scottish Ballet's plans for a new company school. “I feel that a school is a good idea in Scotland, but this does not tie in with Scottish Ballet’s new concept.Students will go to this school then seek out other companies that perform classical productions. If Scottish Ballet wishes to move towards a more modern flavour it would be much more sensible to try to start a contemporary dance school for this age group.”

Suzanne Farrell's new company reviewed by Alexandra Tomalonis in the Washington Post. "One of Farrell's great gifts as a director is the way she stretches and inspires dancers. The results can be unpredictable and uneven, but that's part of what makes it so exciting to watch this experiment unfold".

Anna Kisselgoff in the NY Times on Dance Theater of Harlem

And something we may have missed last week: Darcy Bussell's new interior design practice. This is from the Evening Standard.

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Bruce Madmin

01-10-01, 07:27 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Monday links - 1 October "
In response to message #1
   I think we missed this one last week...

Drag queens in perfect step
Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme I
"The reason that the Trocks' shows work - and have been working for quarter of a century - is that the transvestite world they create is a theatrically viable one."
by Luke Jennings

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Jane S

01-10-01, 01:09 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Monday links - 1 October "
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   Jenny Gilbert on Volochkova and the Trocks: "You can't blame Anastasia Volochkova for thinking she's the
world's gift to ballet. Someone very persuasive keeps telling her


And last week's Telegraph on Wildor's resignation


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02-10-01, 07:36 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Tuesday links - 2 October "
In response to message #3
   Clement Crisp writes for the FT on Sunday night's Irek Mukhamedov Gala. "A completely expressive artist, humane, powerful, sensitive, and as this gala showed, still in command of his gifts, and peerless. We own him a debt that can never be fully repayed".

Kelly Apter of the Scotsman on Scottish Ballet at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow. "North has covered a huge amount of ground over the past two years, and the performers are in better shape than ever. The aplomb with which they carry off his creations - Troy Game in particular - proves they could become a great contemporary company. The van Manen works, however, are a little harder. Both In and Out and Sarcasms are laced with an intelligent humour and feisty attitude, and although the dancers come very close to capturing both, it’s still unfamiliar terrain".

Apter also reviews Russell Maliphant at the Dundee Festival of Dance.

Alice Bain reviews Scottish Ballet's latest mixed bill for the Guardian

More from Valerie Lawson of the Sydney Morning Herald on the RB's trip to Australia.

The Dallas Morning News on going to ballet classes in middle age. "Ballet is a diseased art and should be stamped out." That's my daughter's assessment. But my friends and I – some of us well past 50 – look upon ballet as our life. It lifts our spirits. It challenges us. It gives us a chance to express ourselves".

Also from the Dallas Morning News, a piece on how dancers adapt to life after they stop performing.

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03-10-01, 06:10 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Wednesday links - 3 October "
In response to message #4
   Debra Craine of the Times on Irek Mukhamedov's Gala at the Coliseum: "His own choreography was on display, not much but enough to whet our appetites for his next project, a production based on the film star Valentino which he will choreograph and direct himself. Four horsemen, part of the Coliseum bill, is a stylish hint of things to come, with Mukhamedov — in the guise of seducer — revealing a healthy flair for self-mockery. He assembled a fine cast around him, including Martin Harvey, Yat Sen Chang, Yohei Sasaki and Daria Klimentova".

Valerie Lawson of the Sydney Morning Herald on the first stirrings of hostility here to Ross Stretton's direction of the Royal Ballet. "As autumn blows in to Covent Garden, the Australian newcomer, Ross Stretton, is undergoing the first rite of passage for a new artistic director: attack by the ballet fans and muted warnings by dance writers, such as Allen Robertson in The Times. Their message to the first non-Briton to direct the Royal Ballet is this: "Remember our heritage!"

The Age reports on Bangarra Dance Company's visit to New York. According to the report 15 clay-adorned members of the company performed a ritual designed to make peace with the spirits of the land. "It is something we would do anywhere where we were about to perform on new land," the company's director, Stephen Page, says. "It is our way of connecting with and embracing the spirits of the land. But obviously a place like this, which has seen so much suffering and pain these past few weeks, seemed like a really appropriate place to do this. Art is medicine and there's a lot of healing and purification to do here."

The Evening Standard careers page profiles some members of the Richard Alston Dance Company

Anna Kisselgoff of the NY Times on an 80th birthday celebration for Pearl Lang

Also from Kisselgoff: a dance performance at the Joyce Theater in memory of the victims of the September 11th terrorist attack.

Deirdre Jowitt of the Village Voice on Dance Theater of Harlem's latest mixed bill

The Village Voice also has a short obituary for Jane Dudley.

From yesterday's Times, Donald Hutera on Anna Volochkova, the Trocks and Rambert in Manchester.

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04-10-01, 07:43 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Thursday links - 4 October "
In response to message #5
   Judith Mackrell of the Guardian on Mavin Khoo at the Clore - "the Back Garden's most interesting hybrid to date".

How John Tusa has made a success of the Barbican by Richard Morrison, the Times Arts Editor.

Anna Kisselgoff of the New York Times on Dance Theater of Harlem's Sphinx.

New York Magazine on a revisionist Carmen by Salvador Távora and his troupe of flamenco dancers and singers, La Cuadra de Sevilla

"Finding Purpose in a Tutu", a strangely titled piece by a male student taking dance classes for the first time. It is from the Daily Californian.

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05-10-01, 06:20 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Friday links - 5 October "
In response to message #
Clement Crisp in the FT: "The Barbican management very kindly placed notices outside its theatre warning patrons of the noise levels in Tuesday night's appearance by the Batsheva Dance troupe from Tel-Aviv. They would have done better to alert us to the appalling nature of the evening's offering - Ohad Naharin's Sabotage Baby". Oh dear.

Neither was Judith Mackrell of the Guardian impressed with Bathsheva: "The fatal flaw in this one-and- a-half-hour show is that its creator does not have a clue how to join his theatrical dots into anything resembling a bigger picture".

John Percival in the Indie on Irek's Gala: "Four Horsemen, set to a tango medley, featured him and three other men as a group of gauchos showing off to a young woman. If he can invent dances as fresh and interesting as this on a more sustained and larger scale, Mukhamedov might have the makings in him of a real choreographer – an animal as rare as a great dancer. A happy thought to bring away from a generous occasion". Percival also nods to the Volochkova programme at Sadler's Wells.

Ismene Brown of the Telegraph on the excerpt from Spartacus which featured in Irek's Gala: "Thanks to the absence of some planned Bolshoi dancers, we had the choice sight of Adam Cooper, substituting authority for flashiness, and the chameleon Rojo as Aegina, a study in voluptuous malevolence to chill the blood, coming after her exquisite Giselle. When bad ballet is done as well as this, it becomes immensely watchable"

A busy week for Ismene. Here she is on Scottish Ballet's new mixed bill: "In and Out shows van Manen's posy side, featuring three cupboards into which 12 dancers in minimal clothing can squash neatly when required, and a soundtrack including the shoutings of a German cabaret chanteuse. I missed the first 10 minutes, which may or may not have convincingly set up the atmosphere for the minimal dance and maximal posturing of the rest of it. What I did observe was that Scottish Ballet dancers, willing though they are, do not have the killer confidence in their own glamour that a self-absorbed, strutting piece such as this demands".

One I found on Balletalert. The Harvard Business Review has an interview with Mark Morris. It's only available if you're prepared to pay $7 (I think), but there is an abstract available at:

(This is one I mean to come back to)

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Liz P

05-10-01, 07:45 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Friday links - 5 October "
In response to message #8
   Review of Notre Dame de Paris, 3 Oct at Palais Garnier.Sounds like everyone expects this to be MA Gillot's season.
Link to Le Figaro (Original posting tidied up by Brendan).

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05-10-01, 08:07 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Friday links (3) - 5 October "
In response to message #9
   Two more.

Luke Jennings of the Evening Standard on Bathsheva Dance Company. "Ohad Naharin (the AD) describes Sabotage Baby as a gesamerkunstwerk, or "total creation". The dancers, he says, are just part of the whole. The trouble is that the nondancing part of the whole doesn't add up to more than a sackful of whimsy...the dancers looked terrific ....but whenever a choreographic head of steam built up its energy was allowed to dissipate, and the result was ultimately tensionless and episodic".

The Washington Post on Suzanne Farrell Ballet. "Peter Boal turned in an extraordinarily nuanced, unself-conscious performance in "Apollo," an early Balanchine work that is still, in many ways, the measure of the neoclassic male dancer. Boal is not especially godlike -- he's built on the small side, and is boyish rather than drop-jaw handsome. But he's smart. He used these attributes to make his Apollo truly anthropomorphic, as the ancient Greeks envisioned him -- blessed with special powers, yes, but also a good dose of human foibles". http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8800-2001Oct4.html

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06-10-01, 07:28 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Saturday links - 6 October "
In response to message #10
   Ismene Brown of the Telegraph fears that Sarah Wildor's departure bodes ill for the Royal Ballet. "Wildor has the expressive gift, almost without trying. She might well struggle to get a job in a more technically focused American or French company, but she is unforgettable in the repertory that lies at the heart of the Royal Ballet's identity. Stretton's failure to see that seems to show a worryingly blinkered outlook".

Times obituary for Gerd Larsen. "Many thousands of spectators will remember Gerd Larsen best for her acting in the leading character roles with the Royal Ballet, above all perhaps as Berthe, mother of the heroine in Giselle. This was the part which effectively began her long reign as Covent Garden’s chief practitioner of such performances, when she was picked out for special coaching in it by the one-time Maryinsky ballerina Tamara Karsavina, who taught Larsen the old St Petersburg mime scene for a revised staging of Giselle in 1960".

The Telgraph's obituary for Gerd Larsen. "She had a 52-year career with the Royal Ballet during which she transformed from a graceful classical soloist into one of the company's most distinguished character artists and coaches".

Nadine Meisner of the Independent on Bathsheva Dance Company. "Sabotage Baby is the kind of piece that has you slumped in your seat and grinding your teeth. It wraps the absence of any discernible theme in a bombastic, self-conscious theatricality, as if the mere fact of rubbing together a few disparate flamboyant visuals will automatically spark deep resonances. The only resonance some of us experienced was irritation".

Some short reviews of dance in and around NY by Jack Anderson of the NY Times

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Jane S

06-10-01, 02:45 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Saturday links - 6 October "
In response to message #11
   In the Play section of the Times, there's a piece by Rupert Mellor on the Chums and the Fans:

"...the name the Cholmondeleys remains a
litmus test for reactions to the dance company’s work.
Pronounced Chumleys, did the larky monicker represent a playful
rejection of the conservative values of the dance world, or just a
hip new way to divide audiences into those in or out of the know?
The jury is still out."


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07-10-01, 05:49 AM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Sunday links - 7 October "
In response to message #12
   David Dougill of the Sunday Times on SB's latest mixed bill and on the Trocks. "These aren't just men with hilarious made-up names pretending to be ballerinas: many of them have the technical skill so to be".

Michael Clark is the subject of the Observer's "Loafer's Guide". "This is high culture. He's a dancer - the 'punk prince of ballet', to be exact".

"MSPs hit out over gutless ballet bosses" is how the Scottish Sunday Times headlines a story suggesting that the Scottish Parliament's Culture committee's forthcoming report into Scottish Ballet will criticise the Chairman and the Chief Executive, and will propose a demerger of Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet.

In a letter to Scotland on Sunday a ballet teacher from Ayrshire queries SB Management's plans for an academy of dance.

According to the Sunday Herald, SB's Chairman has offered to resign as Chairman of the Company's "Friends".

Christopher Bowen sees Scottish Ballet's mixed bill for Scotland on Sunday

A think piece by Jennifer Dunning of the NY Times on the issue of reinvigorating classic ballets for today's audiences. "Surprisingly enough, a start in the right direction might be to apply to the performing of the classics today the rules formulated in 1914 by Michel Fokine for making a serious art of what he saw as a hidebound form......" http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/07/arts/dance/07DUNN.html?searchpv=nytToday

NY Times feature on the Australian choreographer Gideon Obarzanek

The San Francisco Chronicle at a preview of 'V', the new piece by Mark Morris that will have its world premiere in London next month. "The joy was infectious. The feeling of community in the last two movements was as unmistakable as it was beautiful. Now more than ever, we need Mark Morris".

The Arizona Daily Star on Houston Ballet's Firebird: "Swathed in feverish malarial dreams, Indiana Jones would be hard put to dream up enough glimmering jungle chaos to match Houston Ballet's "The Firebird. The ballet's saving grace was Lauren Anderson as the Firebird. Her athleticism endowed the magical phoenix with aloof arrogance; her flickering fingers and wrists transformed ballerina into bird".

Mikhail Baryshnikov talks to the Calgary Herald. "The more I dance, the less I know about it and the less I understand. I'm just a curious man".
Link to article

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07-10-01, 11:54 AM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Sunday links - 7 October "
In response to message #13
   Louise Levene's reviews for the Sunday Telegraph are no longer available online. Here's a flavour of today's column.

Irek's Gala - "Four Horsemen" ".....a dynamic and well crafted extract from his forthcoming life of Valentino"

Bathsheva Dance Company "When Naharin (the AD) runs out of ideas he tends to line everyone up in a matched set of baby spotlights and gets them to gesture frantically in a precision display of synchronised tedium. After 90 minutes the dancers decided to show us their (really very ordinary) buttocks; frankly they were lucky we didn't return the compliment"

There is also a Jann Parry piece in the Observer, so far not online.

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Bruce Madmin

07-10-01, 12:16 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Sunday links - 7 October "
In response to message #14
   Found the Observer piece... after a bit of sleuthing

Mukhamedov + Batsheva Dance Company
There's no escape. More's the pity
Sabotage Baby, Batsheva Dance Company, Barbican, London EC2
Irek Mukhamedov Kids Gala Coliseum, London WC2
"The programme was a ballet family album of roles from his distinguished career in Russia and the West. Best of all was the jazz ballet (by William Tuckett) he danced with Altynai Asylmuratova: musical, elegant and sexy, they were the Tartar equivalent of Fred and Ginger.
We may not see her dance again,
for she is now head of the Vaganova ballet school in St Petersburg. Her artistry and experience are valued in Russia: his must be treasured here, for the gala, with its supporting cast of youngsters showed how good a baton-passer he is to the next generation "
By Jann Parry

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24-10-01, 03:12 PM (GMT)
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16. "Don Quixote at the Royal Opera House"
In response to message #15
   The Royal Ballet opened its autumn season with Nureyev's version of Don Quixote. The papers offer 2 contrasting points of view;

John Percival gives one opinion in The FT. on

or in The Idependent on

and Judith Mackrell another in The Guardian on

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