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Brendan

19-11-01, 06:29 AM (GMT)
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"Latest review links w/b November 19th "
 
   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:
http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/2262.html



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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  Re: Links - Monday 19th Brendan 19-11-01 1
     Links - Tuesday 20th. Brendan 20-11-01 2
         RE: Links - Tuesday 20th. (2) Ann Williams 20-11-01 3
             RE: Links - Wednesday 21st Ann Williams 21-11-01 4
                 RE: Links - Wednesday 21st Robert 21-11-01 5
                     RE: Links - Wednesday 21st sylvia 21-11-01 6
                         RE: Links - Wednesday 21st SLH 21-11-01 7
                             RE: Links - Thursday 22 Nov. Ann Williams 22-11-01 8
                             RE: Links - Thursday 22 Nov. Brendan 22-11-01 9
                             RE: Links - Thursday 22 Nov.(3) Brendan 22-11-01 10
                             RE: Links - Thursday 22 Nov.(3) Jonathan 23-11-01 11
                             RE: Links - Friday links - 23rd Ann Williams 23-11-01 12
                             RE: Links - Friday links - 23rd (2) Brendan 23-11-01 13
                             RE: Links - Friday links - 23rd (2) alison 23-11-01 15
                         RE: Links - Wednesday 21st audrey 23-11-01 14
                             RE: Links - Wednesday 21st sylvia 23-11-01 16
  Review Links - Saturday 24 Nov Bruce Madmin 24-11-01 17
  Review Links - Sunday 25 Nov Bruce Madmin 25-11-01 18

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Brendan

19-11-01, 06:34 AM (GMT)
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1. "Re: Links - Monday 19th "
In response to message #0
 
   John Percival of the Independent on Doug Elkins Dance Company: "What's new, Pussycat? What was new last night was this show by Doug Elkins, set to classic love songs from the Sixties by Burt Bacharach.And if you think that sounds a bit old-fashioned, you should have heard the warmth with which a largely young audience greeted it".
http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/theatre/dance/reviews/story.jsp?story=105555

Ismene Brown of the Telegraph on Rambert in Merce Cunningham's Ground Level Overlay: "Such finely stretched feet, such breath-catching slowness, such alarming suddenness, such pin-point rotating of exact, unusual poses, such mouthwatering moments of melting languor".
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=006601616819216&rtmo=gG7ljfwu&atmo=rrrrrrrq&pg=/et/01/11/19/btib19.html

The NY Times on Murray Louis's new work, "Isle (From an Ancient Legend)", for the Jose Limon Dance Company.
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/19/arts/dance/19LIMO.html

The Washington Post on Hong Kong Ballet (directed by Stephen Jeffries) in "The Last Emperor", created for the company by Wayne Eagling. "Freight a ballet with too much narrative, and you can easily get lost in a morass of mime and histrionics. Or worse: You could end up with "The Last Emperor."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50786-2001Nov18.html

The Nebraska State Paper reports Joan Acocella's lecture at the University of Nebraska on Nijinsky. "To credit madness as a contributing factor in Nijinsky's work, Acocella said, is to denigrate his enormous contribution. Nijinksy's unusually sad and isolated childhood, his extreme shyness and his eccentricity had precluded him from ever really being inside a nurturing circle. He had little to lose, she said, by deviating creatively in any way he chose".
http://nebraska.statepaper.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2001/11/13/3bf0c38bc8f9d?in_archive=1

Tivoli, a collaboration of the Australian Ballet and Sydney Dance Company, swept the board at the Australian Dance Awards, reports Valerie Lawson of the Sydney Morning Herald.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/0111/19/entertainment/entertain11.html

Canada's National Post on China's Guangdong Modern Dance Company. "Ballet lovers have got used to the fact that Chinese dancers have become formidable exponents of Western classical dancing. Modern dance is different. It was born in a spirit of rejection against the rigid and hierarchical art of ballet. It is inherently democratic and liberating, hardly virtues in the eyes of Chinese cultural commissars. It is nevertheless fascinating for what it reveals about the rapid adaptation of an essentially alien movement idiom in untilled soil"
http://www.nationalpost.com/artslife/story.html?f=/stories/20011115/20011115story2.html


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Brendan

20-11-01, 05:21 AM (GMT)
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2. "Links - Tuesday 20th."
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   Debra Craine previews the Royal Ballet's Onegin for the Times. "Reid Anderson is coy when asked why Guillem has not been cast. “I will never say. I never talk about casting; I don’t think it’s right. So the answer is no comment.”
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-2001532572,00.html

From Jill Sykes in The Sydney Morning Herald: "The touring ballet group advertised as Stars of the Bolshoi is not as sad as some remnants of Soviet Russia's great ballet companies that we've seen in Australia. But it's certainly not up to the starry standards proclaimed by its promoters. Nor does it have anything to do with the Bolshoi
http://www.smh.com.au/news/0111/20/entertainment/entertain10.html

Jennifer Dunning of the NY Times previews an all Balanchine programme for NYCB "Tribute to the American Spirit". "
Balanchine was once asked if "Stars and Stripes" had a story. Oh, yes, he replied. And what was the story? "The United States," he replied simply".
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/20/arts/dance/20GEOR.html

The Christchurch Chronicle (via the FT) on the appointment of Fiona Tonkin as assistant artistic director with English National Ballet.
http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=011117006504&query=ballet


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Ann Williams

20-11-01, 07:34 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Links - Tuesday 20th. (2)"
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   Found this piece on Adam Cooper in today's Evening Standard. There two super pics which may or may not come out:

Http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/hottx/top_review.html?in_review_id=475733&in_review_text_id=431065


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Ann Williams

21-11-01, 08:33 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Links - Wednesday 21st"
In response to message #3
 
  


Alina the ballerina

(This I think is from the weekend Telegraph, available online only now)

Alina Cojocaru was just 19 years old when she was promoted to the rank of principal at the Royal Ballet. Here, in between the giggles, she tells Lewis Jones of her journey from Romania to Covent Garden, where this week she performs as Olga in Onegin
Http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=006633041200776&rtmo=lzozPnbt&atmo=rrrrrrrq&pg=/et/01/11/21/tlana.html

Mavin Khoo glides into narcissism
Judith Mackrell
Guardian
'...there is a nagging quality of narcissism in these dances, a sense that certain poses are lingered over only to display Khoo's considerable beauty.'
Http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4303358,00.html

The stamp of quality
Nancy Banks-Smith
'Kasper, a principal male ballet dancer with heartbreaking eyes and a dimple, was turned into a wrestler for Faking It (Channel 4). And what's more, into the bad guy, whom wrestlers call, with old world simplicity, the heel.'
Http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4303548,00.html


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Robert

21-11-01, 02:30 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Links - Wednesday 21st"
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   Alina the Ballerina
Unfortunately the online Telegraph does not have the photograph taken at practice that appeared in The Sunday Telegraph. She looks very very young. I am reminded of those little Romanian Gymnasts of yesteryear.


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sylvia

21-11-01, 04:02 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Links - Wednesday 21st"
In response to message #5
 
   I agree Robert! Again I have the picture already scanned and am happy to send it to whoever wants it.


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SLH

21-11-01, 04:57 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Links - Wednesday 21st"
In response to message #6
 
   Hi Sylvia - I'd be really grateful if you could send it to me:
Sarah.Holden@lewisham.gov.uk

Many Thanks.


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Ann Williams

22-11-01, 09:27 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Links - Thursday 22 Nov."
In response to message #7
 
   Looks like ur own Christopher Hampson (Hampy) has got a smash on his hands:

English National Ballet
Manchester Opera House
Stephanie Ferguson
Guardian
'Christopher Hampson's sensational new work for English National Ballet. It's a glorious kaleidoscope of pure dance: a creative double whammy, visually ravishing, choreographically packed with wit and inventive human architecture.'
Http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4304417,00.html

Ismene Brown reviews an English National Ballet triple bill at the Manchester Opera House
'For the high quality of this triple bill, then, much credit to Deane, as well as Skoog's execution of it. Hampson's Double Concerto is a resoundingly pleasing ballet, oozing confidence and stylish glamour.'
Http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=000148269364269&rtmo=k7137bxp&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/01/11/22/btisme22.html

English National Ballet; Opera House, Manchester
BY DONALD HUTERA The Times)
'It takes guts and vision to organise a large ensemble work to such a boldly varied yet compact composition. Hampson's writing has a full-speed-ahead polish that can seem explosive.'
Http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-2001541437,00.html

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
John Percival (Independent)
'What matters more is that the production looked good (attractive painted settings by Semion Pastukh, mostly handsome costumes by Galina Solovieva) and was decently danced. Schooling in Petersburg, thanks to the Vaganova Academy, produces more good dancers than the Kirov can use, and this company benefits.'
Http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=106075


Suite charity BY DEBRA CRAINE (The Times)
Rambert's brace of Christopher Bruce ballets make for a PC evening
'Land, created in 1985 for the then London Festival Ballet, was inspired by Arne Nordheim's Warszawa, composed in 1968 "as a lament for the people of occupied Warsaw". In these turbulent times, Land can just as easily be read as a lament for the people of Afghanistan, or for anyone living under oppression. '
Http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-2001541438,00.html

This piece, via the FT service, is from PR Newswire. It is worth reading to the end.

Dancers From New York City Ballet's Production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker to Open the Nasdaq Stock Market
http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=011121006768&query=ballet

In the New York Times, Anna Kisselgoff on a NYCB gala:
Ballet as Balm in a Tribute to a City on the Mend

'No one sang "God Bless America," but the performance ended with "The Star-Spangled Banner," sung by dancers onstage and the audience standing up in the house. Even the musicians rose to their feet while playing in the orchestra pit.'
Http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/22/arts/dance/22GALA.html

The Village Voice on the Jose Limon Company:
Triumphs on Thin Ice
by Debora Jowitt
'The company maintains a tricky balance. Dances by José Limón are its lifeblood, yet it has to fuel the repertory with new works. Sadly, only two Limón piece are on view this season, but Invention, by his mentor, Doris Humphrey, is a fascinating revival.'
Http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0147/jowitt.php


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Brendan

22-11-01, 05:25 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Links - Thursday 22 Nov."
In response to message #8
 
   From the Times Business Pages: Barbie's Corporate Dance. "For the ENB, Barbie was “a fantastic fit”, says Fiona Mallin-Robinson, development director. “Their product has a huge market share, so the benefit for us to get to those who enjoy Barbie is great. Barbie inspires creativity and fantasy — and that is what ballet does.”
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,280-2001540653,00.html


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Brendan

22-11-01, 08:00 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Links - Thursday 22 Nov.(3)"
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   More on Barbie and the Nutcracker. CBS is showing an abridged version in the US tonight and it is previewed in the NY Times. "Children who love Barbie can do much worse than this pallid but likable "Nutcracker." If they take its truest lessons to heart, they may not grow up to be dancers, but they'll have a good shot at getting MBAs".
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/22/arts/television/22JAME.html


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Jonathan

23-11-01, 01:57 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Links - Thursday 22 Nov.(3)"
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   "breathless and breathtaking" another review of Hampson's Double Concert from th Manchester Evening News: http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/entertainment/theatre/reviews/content.cfm?story=152436


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Ann Williams

23-11-01, 09:14 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Links - Friday links - 23rd"
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   A thin day - this is all I've been able to find so far (if anyone else finds anything, please post):

Cuba Ballet's Perfectly Preserved 'Giselle'
By Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer

'The Ballet Nacional de Cuba's "Giselle" was like one of these (lithographs of the 19th-century ballerinas Carlotta Grisi and Marie Taglioni -- heads cocked, bodies angled) brought luminously to life. This is not to say that the company's "Giselle" is a prisoner of history; rather, it is a loving tribute to it'
Http://c.moreover.com/click/here.pl?j28042001



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Brendan

23-11-01, 09:53 AM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Links - Friday links - 23rd (2)"
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   Luke Jenning's review of the RB's Onegin for the Evening Standard
"As Tatiana, Rojo finds moving touches. Her reaction to Onegin's rejection is a terrible slack-mouthed shock, to which Cooper responds with pornographically cruel briskness. In their final duet her limbs are taut with anguish, her cabrioles fluttering in mute despair. A fine clarity, too, from Alina Cojocaru as Olga. The evening, however, belongs to the anti-hero, whose journey from fashionable ennui to moral disintegration is note-perfect. This ballet has its shortcomings, but Cooper's elegance and intensity more than make up for them".
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/hottx/theatre/top_dance_review.html?in_review_id=474145&in_review_text_id=432601

Alexandra Tomalonis of the Washington Post on National Ballet of Cuba's Coppelia. "The company treats this work, which often serves as little more than a romp for young soloists, seriously. It's chock-full of dancing and a true ballerina vehicle.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3872-2001Nov22.html


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alison

23-11-01, 01:13 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Links - Friday links - 23rd (2)"
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   Judith Mackrell in the Guardian on "Onegin": "There may be flaws in Cranko's ballet: its rented-by-the-yard choral dances, its trite minor characters, and its cobbled together Tchaikovsky score. But successful story ballets are a rare commodity. This one is not only well crafted overall, but the central pas deux for its four principals plumb real intensities of emotion. ... These four dancers add up to a stellar cast, and the chemistry is sometimes as thrilling as their combined reputations promise."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4305816,00.html


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audrey

23-11-01, 12:01 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Links - Wednesday 21st"
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   I would be happy if you could send it to me too!
audrey.cemah@ft.com


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sylvia

23-11-01, 02:23 PM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Links - Wednesday 21st"
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   Sure, I'll send it to both of you. If anyone else want one email me directly so I can do so right away.


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Bruce Madmin

24-11-01, 08:20 AM (GMT)
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17. "Review Links - Saturday 24 Nov"
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Not much by way of Onegin reviews seems to have emerged yet - have a further look around later.

RB Onegin - a link to otehr thread(s) where Ballet.co readers review and discuss teh new RB piece:
http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/2294.html

RB Onegin
Heartbreak at Covent Garden
Royal Opera House, London
By Judith Mackrell
"Many fans at Thursday's opening performance will remember Onegin as one of the old mainstays of English National Ballet's repertory. But it does make sense for the Royal to have got its hands on the work. It may have flaws: rented-by-the-yard choral dances, trite minor characters and a cobbled-together Tchaikovsky score. But successful story ballets are a rare commodity, and the central pas de deux for its four principals plumb real intensities of emotion."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,605206,00.html

Rambert
Rambert goes clubbing R
AMBERT DANCE COMPANY,Sadler's Wells London
The Independent - United Kingdom; Nov 24, 2001 (via teh ft website)
BY JOHN PERCIVAL
"The outstanding experience, I thought, in this second of Rambert's two London programmes was Gaps, Lapse and Relapse, first given three or four years ago. Clubbing is definitely not my scene, but the skill and originality of Jeremy James's choreography has grown on me with repeated viewing..."
http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=011124000303&query=Ballet

Australian Ballet
"Ballet Beauties shed tutus in bold artistic step", according to the Age. It's a story about dancers with the Australian Ballet doing a photoshoot for the men's magazine FHM
http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/2001/11/24/FFX05AYTCUC.html


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Bruce Madmin

25-11-01, 09:01 AM (GMT)
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18. "Review Links - Sunday 25 Nov"
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   RB + Rambert
Take one step back
Both Rambert and the Royal Ballet are trapped by history
Onegin Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, London WC2
Rambert Dance Company Sadler's Wells, London EC1
by Jann Parry
"John Cranko's Onegin, which has finally entered the Royal Ballet's repertoire, 36 years after its creation, is full of mirror images. One of the views it reflects is that of the company's new director, Ross Stretton. To judge by this production and that of Don Quixote, he sees ballet as operetta, telling a simple story in an old-fashioned setting; audiences, he assumes, will put up with tat provided performances are fine."
http://www.observer.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,605442,00.html

Rambert + Umoja + St Petersburg Ballet Theatre
Simple pleasures
If you need to lift your spirit, a lively South African troupe offers an upbeat view of the future, says David Dougill
"Bruce’s own new work, Grinning in Your Face, to blues and folk banjo and guitar music, and songs by Martin Simpson, is his latest on a “community” theme — rural America of the mid-20th century, with its deprivations, con- solations, hopes and desperations. The most delightful number is Little Birdie, with flitting girls flapping cardigans like wings. As always, Bruce’s choreography is unfailingly fluent and subtly expressive, but the work slots into a furrow that I feel he has overploughed"
http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/article/0,,9013-2001541489,00.html


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