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Bruce Madmin

05-11-01, 07:44 AM (GMT)
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"Latest review links w/b November 5th"
   Each day we add the latest links to reviews and interviews which we find on major newspapers websites. If you find a link that we have missed, do please post it up, preferably as a URL link.

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

Link to last weeks reviews links:

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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  Monday Links - 5th Bruce Madmin 05-11-01 1
     RE: Monday Links - 5th (2) Brendan 05-11-01 2
         RE: Monday Links - 5th (2) jhanner 05-11-01 3
             RE: Monday Links - 5th (2) Fuzzyface 05-11-01 4
                 RE: Monday Links - 5th (2) pmeja 05-11-01 5
                     RE: Monday Links - 5th (2) PhilipBadmin 05-11-01 6
                         RE: Monday Links - 5th (2) jonathan 05-11-01 7
                         RE: Monday Links - 5th (2) Jonathan 05-11-01 8
                             RE: Monday Links - 5th (2) Bruce Madmin 05-11-01 9
  Tuesday Links - 6th Bruce Madmin 06-11-01 10
     RE: Tuesday Links - 6th(2) Brendan 06-11-01 11
         RE: Wednesday links - 7th Ann Williams 07-11-01 12
             RE: Wednesday links - 7th (2) Brendan 07-11-01 13
                 RE: Wednesday links - 7th (2) Jonathan 07-11-01 14
                     RE: Thursday links - 8th Nov, Ann Williams 08-11-01 15
                         RE: Thursday links - 8th Nov, Jane S 08-11-01 16
                             RE: Friday links - 9th Nov, Ann Williams 09-11-01 17
                             RE: Friday links - 9th Nov (2), Brendan 09-11-01 18
                             RE: Friday links - 9th Nov (3), (Better late than never..) Ann Williams 09-11-01 19
                             RE: Saturday links - 10th Nov Brendan 10-11-01 20
                             RE: Sunday links - 10th Nov Brendan 11-11-01 21

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Bruce Madmin

05-11-01, 07:45 AM (GMT)
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1. "Monday Links - 5th"
In response to message #0
   Ballett Frankfurt
Fear, firecrackers and great jokes
Ismene Brown reviews Artifact performed by Ballett Frankfurt at Sadler's Wells
"This is ballet drawn in hard, sharp, fast, black strokes, as formally organised as a 19th-century corps de ballet and yet tipped with menacing extremeness. Dana Caspersen, a slip of a blonde, gave the central pas de deux a mercurial life, but overall the choreography is too calculated to be genuinely revealing"

Ballett Frankfurt
Bit of a curate's ego
The great aspects of Ballett Frankfurt fail to outweigh the bad
"Artifact, which opened the week-long season on Saturday, was the first piece he made as Frankfurt’s director, and it’s filled with what would become his signatures. His disdain for convention, his reliance on text (most of it incoherent), his love of woolly philosophising and his ability to make beautiful dance. If you want the last, you have to sit through plenty of irritants that may well drive you crazy."

Ballett Frankfurt
Dance of the deviants
Sadler's Wells, London
Rating: ****
By Judith Mackrell
"The work's repetitive text, its self-conscious refusal of meaning, start to feel laboured by Part 3. Forsythe's imaginative logic loses some of its grip and, when the stage re-orders into a final formal dance, even the choreography fails to reach its usual highs. Yet if the material itself slackens, Frankfurt's dancers keep you watching by dint of their serious, eloquent performances."

Drop Dead Gorgeous
Riley Theatre, Leeds
Rating: ***
By Stephanie Ferguson
"Perhaps too long and preaching to the converted, Drop Dead Gorgeous is performed with great commitment and is still a powerful plea for peace."

And some courtesy of Brendan...

The Age takes a retrospective look at the dance programme in the Melbourne Festival. "Eidos: Telos for Ballett Frankfurt created the controversy that adds zest to an arts festival. Eidos: Telos provoked the usual arguments about what "art" should be and provided grist for talk-show hosts. It was certainly a challenging work, but excellent in every aspect - music, design, choreography and dancing".

Valerie Lawson of the Sydney Morning Herald on the choreographer Stephen Baynes; "Baynes, an unassuming man, is "a little bit concerned" about taking Beyond Bach to London in January, despite its big success in Australia. That's partly because he believes "the knives are out" for Ross Stretton, whose choice it was to add Beyond Bach to the Royal Ballet's repertoire".

Allan Ulrich of the San Francisco Chronicle assesses the life and work of William Christensen, cofounder of SFB

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05-11-01, 11:12 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Monday Links - 5th (2)"
In response to message #1
   Luke Jennings of the Evening Standard on Ballett Frankfurt's Artifact. "The piece's momentum was fatally slowed by the uneven standard of the dancing. The present company is by no means the streamlined ensemble that Forsythe's work would appear to demand, and there was a rough and complacent edge to much of the line-work. Has something been forgotten?"

In the Scotsman, the Gallery owner Richard Demarco remembers Richard Buckle. "When he informed me that he had decided to move to Shaftesbury in Dorset, I asked him how he would manage to drive from London to his abode in such a rural setting. His reply was typical - "My dear, my idea of living the life of a country gentleman does not involve me in driving a motor car. The age of the chauffeur-driven car is surely not at an end."

The Glasgow Herald on Michael Clark. "What did have the power to shake things up was Clark's choreography in Fall. Great whanging sounds from the band itself -The Fall, with Mark E Smith were Clark's punk associates - and set against them, the kind of classic spins and jetes, arabesques and wonderful, scything extensions that Clark had hijacked from ballet and kicked into new, edgy, subversive solos and pas de deux".

Interesting 11 year old boys in ballet - a piece from the Washington Post.

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05-11-01, 03:01 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Monday Links - 5th (2)"
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Leigh Zimmermans' record attempt at fouettes - linked to the new Barbie Xmas video

One thing that occurs to me reading this (And all due respect to Leigh) -dont they do 32 consecutive fouettes in 3rd act of Swan Lake? Where does that leave those like Miyako Yoshida who intersperse double with single fouettes?

I know -silly idle thoughts but all the same!

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05-11-01, 03:59 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Monday Links - 5th (2)"
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   I thought the record was held by Rowena Jackson, who completed about 100 fouettes. I could be wrong. Can anyone confirm? 38 doesn't sound all that remarkable.

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05-11-01, 06:22 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Monday Links - 5th (2)"
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   no, 38 isn't all that remarkable. i thought it was rowena jackson's record too.

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05-11-01, 07:34 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Monday Links - 5th (2)"
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   Any competant principal should be able to break that record - if they wanted to be known in the industry as gymnasts, not dancers, of course...
Volochkova in particular always gives the impression that she is completely on top of the usual 32 - she simply looks like she could go on for as long as she wants. Those legs must be helping!

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05-11-01, 08:25 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Monday Links - 5th (2)"
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   Liz Toohey could do 130 no problem every day - I know, I was there! I think the current record is in the 140s

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05-11-01, 08:28 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Monday Links - 5th (2)"
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   Liz Toohey used to do 130 every day - I know, because I was there! The current UK record is around 140+ I think.

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Bruce Madmin

05-11-01, 09:42 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Monday Links - 5th (2)"
In response to message #8
   Well even I can do 136!

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Bruce Madmin

06-11-01, 07:10 AM (GMT)
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10. "Tuesday Links - 6th"
In response to message #0
Chicago star takes dizzy aim at record
(Fred Ebb,Bob Fosse,John Kander. Dir: Walter Bobbie.Denise Van Outen, Leigh Zimmerman, Barry James)
by Ed Harris
The star of the high-octane musical Chicago will attempt at least 32 fouettes, a sort of pirouette but with knobs on
    "It is pirouetting on one leg, and using the other leg as a propeller to whip you round. Your momentum is what moves you around," said Mrs Zimmerman, 32.
    "It is technically difficult to do it properly, but hopefully I will do it."

Michael Clark
Fall and rise of ballet's bad boy
(there seemed to be a problem with the link given yesterday - hopefully this one is ok)
Michael Clark is back and once again giving a two-finger salute to the dance establishment. But JACKIE McGLONE finds the former heroin addict pondering a move to the mainstream
"Michael Clark is back (although it's not his back on screen), complete with dancers gobbing and spitting on stage, while simulating acts that range from drug abuse to self abuse. At one point, the naughty Scot pulls a clothes-line of Union Jack bunting from a young woman's bare backside, then appears to swallow a goldfish. All this plus ear-splitting rock music from The Fall and Primal Scream, among others."

Contrasting Tudor and, at Season's End, Balanchine
"Balanchine and Tudor were opposed in their aesthetics: the former made the plotless modern classical ballet his signature, and the latter was king of psychological ballet. Seemingly incompatible, they were nonetheless united in their devotion to ballet's classical vocabulary. Balanchine staged "Symphony in C" in New York in 1948 after a 1947 version in Paris. Tudor created "Dim Lustre" in 1943 for Ballet Theater but staged it in 1964 for New York City Ballet, Balanchine's company."

Kei Takei
A Dancer Casts a Spell and Becomes a Cloud
"The solo proved compelling. Yet its effectiveness had nothing to do with technical brilliance or a profusion of steps. Rather, this dance called for strong presence and intense concentration. And Ms. Takei is blessed with both. She repeated the work yesterday and Saturday at the church, in the East Village."

Trio La La La
Groucho Marx meets the mambo in Leeds
Yorkshire Dance Centre, Leeds
Rating: ***
By Stephanie Ferguson
"We were warned that anything could happen - and it did. The trio in question were physical-theatre maestro Nigel Charnock, former DV8 star Jordi Cortes Molina and Venezuelan improvisation artist David Zambrano, and they packed everything from jive to jokes, ballet to slapstick into their hour of impromptu action. ..."

Lambeth talk
If the South Bank dies, it will be a murder by committee
"Everyone agrees that something must be done about those squalid walkways, the tatty purposelessness of Jubilee Gardens and the frayed fabric of the Festival Hall, the National Film Theatre and the other cultural venues that occupy this prime Thames-side site. The trouble is: few can agree on what, or on who will pick up the £130 million tab."

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06-11-01, 09:52 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Tuesday Links - 6th(2)"
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   Clement Crisp's bleak assessment of Ballett Frankfurt' Artifacts: "Undeniably gifted, Forsythe offers us a private language of philosophic allusions and personal symbols, and trusts that we understand. I find most of it fiercely pretentious. And meaningless".

John Percival' assessment for the Independent: "The Frankfurt dancers are presumably excellent for Forsythe's creative purposes, but judged simply as presenters of the movement on stage they are only middling. Whether that is intrinsic, or the result of a too concentrated repertoire, who can tell? But that is no reason to spurn this opportunity to see the work that was an important step in its creator's progress.

Nadine Meisner in the Independent on Richard Move's Martha@theCriterion: "For anything approaching a faithful portrayal, Move should have resisted glib, predictable one-dimensionality. Of course, it was all meant as affectionate fun and we all had a good laugh. But it was Move up there, not Martha. There should have been a lot more to her than an ageing, not to mention dead, prima donna.

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Ann Williams

07-11-01, 09:09 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Wednesday links - 7th"
In response to message #11
   Today's links (with input from Brendan):

Martha Graham brought to wicked life
Judith Mackrell

'In his reconstructions of the Graham dances, historical accuracy fights with high camp. Graham's male dancers functioned, at worst, as artistically emasculated hunks; in Move's company, their toyboy status is wantonly advertised through a wardrobe of outrageous jock straps and painfully phallic moves'

Dance: Cinderella
'....But choreography this bounteous, musically sensitive and loaded with steps, is a pleasure to watch.'

From the New York Times:
Seeking City Money, Lincoln Center Submits Its Renovation Plans

From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Smuin's revised 'Beatles' has nostalgic glow
by Alan Ulrich

The Bolshoi visits Shanghai with Swan Lake. The China Daily reports.
The China Daily also interviews Maurice Bejart, whose Bejart Ballet Lausanne is performing in Shanghai and Beijing

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07-11-01, 10:14 AM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Wednesday links - 7th (2)"
In response to message #12
   The Scotsman reports that 3000 people have signed a petition calling for a halt to the proposed changes at Scottish Ballet

A record or ---- not? The Evening Standard on Ms Zimmerman's fouettes

The Newcastle Journal talks to David Bintley about BRB's Swan Lake

Jenny Gilbert of the Independent on Richard Move's Martha@theCriterion. Not a review; it's from Sunday's paper and is only now online.

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07-11-01, 10:23 AM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Wednesday links - 7th (2)"
In response to message #13
   From the Economist on 1st November , Blue Ballet explains why "nature films have more to do with ballet and opera than with science". Not a lot to do with ballet, as you might guess.

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Ann Williams

08-11-01, 08:26 AM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Thursday links - 8th Nov,"
In response to message #14
   Pick Up Performance Company
Place, London

Judith Mackrell on the David Gordon Company:
'It's not often that Dance Umbrella programmes a show about marriage - least of all middle-aged marriage. But central to David Gordon's Family$Death@Art.COMedy is a slow duet, performed by Gordon and his long-time partner Valda Setterfield, that presents a tender portrait of all the accommodations that make up a long relationship. '

From the New York Times:

Finding a True Humanity Along With the Doodles
JenniferDunning on Garth Fagan:
'The dancers often resemble lithe energized doodles. But there is a profound humanity to them. The gawkiness of the body shapes and deconstructed steps is endearingly gauche. Only on close inspection does one realize the kind of physical control and training it takes to assume and hold those poses and make those suddenly arrested steps into charged theatrical space'

Sun, Surf and Sexuality in a Pina Bausch Romp
Anna Kisselgoff on Pina Bausch:
'Like James Joyce's Molly Bloom, a woman onstage at one point seems caught in a sea of desire. To a frightening sound of surf, the waves of a filmed ocean seem to invade the stage. At the end the sexual connotations of flowers deepen the metaphor. Outsize red petals on film engulf the sleeping couples on the floor.'

From the Village Voice, Deborah Jowitt on Garth Fagan, Doug Elkins and Heidi Latsky:

'Because of size, we're used to seeing her hoisted off the ground—years ago with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, more recently teamed with big Lawrence Goldhuber. It's nice that in her agreeable new duet, Just Watch!, to juicy live music by Roderick L. Jackson and Marty Beller, she only gets tossed over Todd Allen's shoulder toward the end'

From a New Zealand news service:

Dancers chosen for A Christmas Carol
'There was tension along with giggles in the air at the Scottish Hall in Invercargill on Sunday afternoon as 32 young ballet dancers auditioned for a coveted role. The girls' were competing for one of 11 parts in the Royal New Zealand Ballet's production of A Christmas Carol which will be performed at the Civic Theatre tomorrow night.... No boys auditioned in Invercargill so some of the girls chosen would have to be boys.'

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Jane S

08-11-01, 09:09 AM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Thursday links - 8th Nov,"
In response to message #15
   The Doug Elkins piece which Deborah Jowitt reviews is the one that's on at the Peacock next week.

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Ann Williams

09-11-01, 08:56 AM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Friday links - 9th Nov,"
In response to message #16
   A scrappy day today I'm afraid, but as usual if we find more we'll post it:

From the irresistible to the devilish:

CLEMENT CRISP on Dance Bordeaux under the direcrorship of Charles Jude:
'In Bordeaux, the young and gifted Yann Saiz, a guest from the Paris Opera, was admirably right. He has the physical allure without which the character is diminished, and the emotional intensity that fills out every taxing moment. I have seen other, later interpreters; Saiz strikes me as the most promising, the most Lifarian in grace. Laurels to him. The Picasso designs are ideal - as ritualistic as the dance.'

Spirits lift as ballet pauses for thought

Jill Sykes in the Sydney Morning Herald on Australian Ballet's first outing under its new director, David McAllister.
'Despite a few rough edges in performance, it was a thrilling way for the Australian Ballet to make its first Sydney appearance with David McAllister as artistic director. No doubt it was the choreographer's influence as well, but it was interesting to see new people promoted to the frontline, suggesting a depth of talent that might previously have been hidden.'

From the Vancouver Sun:

Petrouchka: A fable of sexuality and soul
Ballet British Columbia updates Petrouchka to steamy effect.
'As the run-through progresses, every eye in the studio is riveted to Toth as Petrouchka and his inamorata, Andrea Hodge, as they bedazzle one another, sliding along and across one another's torso, doing everything but flicking tongues to telegraph a stiffening sense of physical desire. Hodge adds further fire to her character with flamenco-like steps and fluttering hands at the small of her back to suggest an irresistible plumage.'

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09-11-01, 09:28 AM (GMT)
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18. "RE: Friday links - 9th Nov (2),"
In response to message #17
   Luke Jennings of the Evening Standard on Ballet Frankfurt's Eidos:Telos. "Like so much of Forsythe's dance-making, the process seems to have been impelled by a cold academic anger. At his audience perhaps, for failing to catch his references to Aristotle and Derrida? At classical ballet, for daring to survive? ....Enjoy"

According to the Scotsman the Chief Executive of the Scottish Arts Council may shortly leave her post after a series of disagreements with the board. Tessa Jackson was one of the main proponents of Scottish Ballet's switch to contemporary dance

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Ann Williams

09-11-01, 06:02 PM (GMT)
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19. "RE: Friday links - 9th Nov (3), (Better late than never..)"
In response to message #18
A bit late I know, but I've just found this in the Guardian (it wasn't there this morning):

Ballett Frankfurt
Judith Mackrell
3 stars

'When it is written as a simple journey from order to chaos and part way back to order again, the logic of Eidos: Telos sounds simple. But its effects are wildly uneven. Sections of Eidos: Telos possess a traumatised beauty which I have not seen on any other stage, a savage theatrical bleakness and a thrilling power of scale and performance. '

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10-11-01, 06:20 AM (GMT)
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20. "RE: Saturday links - 10th Nov "
In response to message #19
   A revised version of Judith Mackrell's review of Ballet Frankfurt's Eidos:Telos (an earlier version was published in some of yesterday's editions): "At its most intense moments you feel Eidos:Telos could rank as one of the 20th century's great journeys into the underworld. At other times it just doesn't seem to go the distance".

A letter to the Scotsman from the DG of the Scottish Arts Council questions figures that suggest that the audience for contemporary dance in Scotland is minute.

The Edinburgh Evening News on the Trocks. "The final encore of Riverdance, performed en pointe, had the audience hooting with delight".

Anna Kisselgoff in the NY Times on the National Ballet of Cuba

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11-11-01, 08:16 AM (GMT)
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21. "RE: Sunday links - 10th Nov "
In response to message #20
   Clifford Bishop of the Sunday Times on Martha@theCriterion and Ballett Frankfurt. " "Artifact is an almost wilfully overambitious meditation on a range of subjects normally thought to lie outside the domain of ballet".

Jann Parry of the Observer on Ballett Frankfurt's Eidos:Telos. "In the last section, the damned may be redeemed, the cycle renewed. Or not. The cast relish what they do, but since their inter-reactions are so complex, it's easy to lose track. False endings sap the momentum so that Persephone's final appearance, nude, seems an arbitrary climax". Also Pickup Performance Company

Robert Jillett of the Age on promotions at the Australian Ballet

The International Herald Tribune has a review of "I Maya Plisetskaya": "The memoirs are marked by flaring anger, a bristling sense of injustice and a kind of wholehearted generosity. Sometimes her denunciation is so protracted and unmodulated - as with Yuri Grigorovich, the former Bolshoi director - that she drowns herself out". NB - this is a printer friendly version that may trigger your printer's dialogue box.

The NY Times on Joachim Schlömer, one of the architects of German Tanztheater.

The Scottish Sunday Times on the expected removal from post of the Scottish Art's Council DG

The Sunday Herald on the same topic

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