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Bruce Madmin

26-11-01, 08:25 AM (GMT)
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"Latest Review Links - wb 26 November 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/2284.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  
  Review Links - Monday 26 Nov Bruce Madmin 26-11-01 1
  Review Links - Tuesday 27 Nov Bruce Madmin 27-11-01 2
     RE: Review Links - Tuesday 27 Nov (2) Brendan 27-11-01 3
         RE: Review Links - Tuesday 27 Nov (3) Brendan 27-11-01 5
             RE: Review Links - Wednesday 28 November Ann Williams 28-11-01 6
             RE: Review Links - Wednesday 28 November Ann Williams 28-11-01 7
                 RE: Review Links - Wednesday 28 November (2) Ann Williams 28-11-01 8
                     RE: Review Links - Wednesday 28 November (2) Tomoko.A 28-11-01 9
                         RE: Review Links - Wednesday 28 November (3) Brendan 28-11-01 10
                             RE: Review Links - Thursday 29 November Ann Williams 29-11-01 11
                             RE: Review Links - Thursday 29 November (2) Brendan 29-11-01 12
                             RE: Review Links - Friday 30 November Ann Williams 30-11-01 13
                             RE: Review Links - Friday 30 November Brendan 30-11-01 14
                             RE: Review Links - Friday 30 November (3) Brendan 30-11-01 15
                             RE: Review Links - Saturday 1st December Brendan 01-12-01 16
                             RE: Review Links - Saturday 1st December (2) Brendan 01-12-01 18
                             RE: Review Links - Saturday 1st December (2) Ann Williams 01-12-01 19
                             RE: Review Links - Saturday 1st December (2) Viviane 01-12-01 20
                             RE: Review Links - Saturday 1st December (2) Brendan 01-12-01 21
                             RE: Review Links - Sunday 2nd December Brendan 02-12-01 24

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Bruce Madmin

26-11-01, 08:27 AM (GMT)
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1. "Review Links - Monday 26 Nov"
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   The Telegraph (Ismene Brown) had a very positive review of the RB's Onegin on Saturday, but it was in the main paper and does not seem to have made it onto their website. Still nothing in the Independent either...

RB Onegin
Hearts apart
John Cranko's ballet Onegin finally lands at Covent Garden
BY DEBRA CRAINE
"Guest artist Adam Cooper, with slicked-back hair and handsome disdain, relished Onegin’s weaknesses — a bastard through and through — yet worked himself into a maelstrom of remorse in the final scene. His dancing isn’t razor sharp these days, but who cares? He’s a thoroughly irresistible Onegin, a darkly seductive antihero."
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-2001544553,00.html

Q & A - Michael Nunn
(missed this on saturday)
By Rosanna Greenstreet
Q:What is your favourite fantasy?
A: Living in Tuscany with my wife, five children and a race track in the back garden.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4304689,00.html

BBC at Christmas:..
"BBC Two highlights include The Weakest Link, a television adaptation of Trevor Nunn's stage production of The Merchant of Venice - and a whole day dedicated to ballet"
Thats all there is but you can check yourself at:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/entertainment/tv_and_radio/newsid_1675000/1675869.stm

NYCB
'THE NUTCRACKER'
A Rodent Infestation That Soothes the Soul
By JACK ANDERSON
"On Friday night at the New York State Theater, the New York City Ballet gave its first performance this year of George Balanchine's choreography for the Tchaikovsky classic. Balanchine's version remains a marvel."
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/26/arts/dance/26NUT.html

Alonzo King's Lines Ballet
Where Western Dance Technique and African Wisdom Meet
By ANN MURPHY
"AlONZO KING is the latest among a small but growing number of dance makers for whom the stage is a meeting place between African and Western culture. In their work, performance styles mingle and sometimes fuse to create subtly altered forms of ballet and modern dance.
   In an ambitious project two years in the making, Mr. King recently brought together 16 singers and dancers from one of the world's last hunter-gatherer tribes in Africa with 11 of his angular neo-Classical dancers from Lines Ballet in his first full-length work, titled "People of the Forest."
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/25/arts/dance/25MURP.html

Old Dancers..
Giving a Lift to Dancers Moving On After Dance
By SUKI JOHN
"WE'RE dancers, we need to move," said Suzie Jary, the director of client services for Career Transition for Dancers..."
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/25/arts/dance/25JOHN.html


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Bruce Madmin

27-11-01, 07:59 AM (GMT)
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2. "Review Links - Tuesday 27 Nov"
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RB - Ross Stretton
'No more chocolate box-sized ballerinas'
It's time for the Royal Ballet to move on, its new artistic director tells
By Judith Mackrell
'The loss of Wildor prompted a huge outcry from fans, and it looked bad for Stretton that he had alienated this most idiosyncratically talented dancer so early on. He acknowledges that he "didn't need this to happen at this particular point" and insists that it was Wildor's choice to leave. "I tried to persuade her to stay. She's a high-calibre dancer, and I wasn't taking any roles away from her." '
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4308086,00.html

More Stetton links from our InterViews and News database

RB
Sublime cast for 'Onegin'
By CLEMENT CRISP
"Our audiences are forgetting John Cranko. Our ballet companies have decided to ignore him. Honour, then, to the Royal Ballet which has made amends with a handsome staging of Onegin - for my money one of his two finest creations. (The other is Pineapple Poll, a comic masterpiece we ignore to our cost. But ballet has become so sober-sided - except in its risible new productions - that the idea of humour on stage does not accord with today's manufacture of glum dance for numbed viewers)."
http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=011127000897

Rambert Dance Company
You wouldn't dream this up in a million years
Sadler's Wells, London
By Jenny Gilbert
"Under these influences the dancers' otherwise arbitrary movements can be seen as eddies and currents, congregations of fish or sea birds, sometimes even rocks and clouds. In its reluctance to over-impose, Rambert's beautifully controlled performance is poetic."
http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/theatre/dance/reviews/story.jsp?story=106914

Dancing in the Dark
JENNIFER HOMANS ON DANCE
"Osama bin laden may have destroyed the World Trade Center, but he has saved American dance. I know this sounds a little grotesque; but so you would suppose, to hear the pronouncements of leading figures in the New York dance world. The response was loudest from the so-called "downtown" modern dancers clustered around Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace, and other venues supporting the work of emerging and experienced artists. On September 21, this community gathered for its annual awards ceremony, the "Bessies." It was quite an evening."
http://www.tnr.com/120301/homans120301.html

Ailey Troupe Goes in Search of Big Money
By JENNIFER DUNNING
"With the economy in decline and contributions flooding into charities related to the terrorist attacks, now is a tough time to ask people to think about donating money to cultural institutions. But the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is optimistic. The company plans to start asking the public to contribute to its $60 million capital campaign tomorrow..."
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/27/arts/dance/27AILE.html

Twin Kingdoms
Choreography With a Touch of the Olympics
By ANNA KISSELGOFF
"It would not be hard to mistake rhythmic gymnastics, a balleticized genre practiced by women's teams, for a form of dance. This notion is obviously the springboard for "Twin Kingdoms," a curious show from Bulgaria that combined Balkan folk dances and elements of rhythmic gymnastics in its United States premiere at City Center."
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/27/arts/dance/27TWIN.html


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Brendan

27-11-01, 09:36 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Review Links - Tuesday 27 Nov (2)"
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   Michael Seaver of the Irish Times on the "Acts of Criticism" conference at the Institute for Choreography and Dance in Cork which discussed the tension between dancers, choreographers and their critics. "There is still a distance between dancer-artists and critics. Initiating dialogue through "reviewing the reviewers" was one suggestion that was embraced by both dancers and critics".
http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/features/2001/1127/fea3.htm


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Brendan

27-11-01, 10:31 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Review Links - Tuesday 27 Nov (3)"
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   Ismene Brown's reviewed Don Q for Saturday's Telegraph. "Cranko's magnificent ballet tragedy Onegin has at last - after 36 years - arrived in the theatre for which he conceived it, and its first night was a neck-pricking five-star triumph. This ballet has the Royal Ballet written all over it, a rich- blooded romantic tragedy with the fire and pathos of La Traviata and Romeo and Juliet combined". The review is unavailable on the Telegraph's website, but it can be found at
http://www.nycballet.com/news/2001/11/24/DTEL/0000-3911-KEYWORD.Missing.html


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Ann Williams

28-11-01, 09:20 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Review Links - Wednesday 28 November"
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   Have been unable to find anything at all today (so far). If anyone finds anything, please post!


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Ann Williams

28-11-01, 09:21 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Review Links - Wednesday 28 November"
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   Have been unable to find anything at all today (so far). If anyone finds anything, please post!


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Ann Williams

28-11-01, 11:57 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Review Links - Wednesday 28 November (2)"
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   Someone* has saved my bacon with the following:

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/hottx/top_review.html?in_review_id=464849&in_review_text_id=417824

(*oh all right, it was Brendan...)


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28-11-01, 06:04 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Review Links - Wednesday 28 November (2)"
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   Nunn & Trevitt are in the Times, Creme (career) section. But it's about their PA (ex dancer) and her job and titled "Me and my Boyz".


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Brendan

28-11-01, 07:07 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Review Links - Wednesday 28 November (3)"
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   It was rather shocking to find in the Times an obituary for the solicitor Richard Sherrington, who spearheaded the campaign to save for the nation the Dame Margot Fonteyn archive collection of personal memorabilia. He was on the Council of English National Ballet and supported the British branch of the Kirov Ballet Master Class. Earlier this year he sponsored the inaugural Critics’ Circle Dance Awards.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,60-2001550419,00.html

The piece about the Ballet Boyz and their PA Nina Baker is at
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,69-2001550452,00.html


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Ann Williams

29-11-01, 08:50 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Review Links - Thursday 29 November"
In response to message #10
 
   Thankfully, a better day today:

Ismene Brown reviews the Rambert Dance Company at Sadler's Wells

'Once before, Rambert bored its audience into desertion, under Richard Alston in 1993, whereupon Bruce was rushed in to lighten it up. However, although under Bruce Rambert have performed a wide-ranging and extremely distinguished roster of dances they seem nowadays unable to thread these into decently entertaining programmes.'
Http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=000148269364269&rtmo=aeHpbe8L&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/01/11/29/btisme29.html

Onegin, Royal Opera House, London
Belated triumph at Covent Garden
Review by John Percival
'Ross Stretton...... has given us the best work of Britain's best post-war choreographer. The audience buzz was palpable. Now perhaps he will get the recognition for imaginative programming that some churlish reviewers begrudged his opening choice of Nureyev's lively Don Quixote.'
Http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=107284

Onegin
4 stars
Royal Opera House, London
Judith Mackrell
Guardian
'Cojocaru's dancing is a growing miracle. By schooling she is a pure classicist, yet within the precision-perfect shaping of her steps she is capable of a huge range - the lovesick trance as she follows Onegin around, the intemperate fervour as she dreams of embracing him, the hectic energy as she tries to charm him, and the racked tension as she battles to fend off his final passion.'
Http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4309576,00.html

Why is opera so expensive?
How can you charge audiences up to £155 a head and still not make a profit? Charlotte Higgins investigates the great mystery of British arts
Guardian
'Do opera houses spend money like water? Sometimes, it's true, they present over-the-top spectacle for no very good reason. In last year's revival of Katya Kabanova at the Royal Opera House, for instance, Trevor Nunn's otherwise intelligent production was marred by the appearance on stage of a horse and cart, which shouted pointless spending'
Http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4309619,00.html

The New York Times on Ballet Hispanico:
When Love Has Flown, Dreams Follow
By ANNA KISSELGOFF
Http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/29/arts/dance/29HISP.html


From the Village Voice:
From Fidel With Love and Other Stories
Working It Out
by Deborah Jowitt
'The younger denizens of Aerobia do not engage in conventional exercises; they dance vigorously. Dunn's style keeps everyone's feet and legs elongated and busy, but this is no balleticized warm-up. As is usual with him, curious gestures, hits and misses, odd body twists, and tricks of timing produce a rich and surprise-pitted texture.'
Http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0148/jowitt.php

According to the Scotsman, a parliamentary report, to be published today, will be highly critical of Scottish Ballet's decision to move away from a mix of classical dance with some contemporary work towards a strongly contemporary programme
http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/text_only.cfm?id=125795


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Brendan

29-11-01, 09:13 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Review Links - Thursday 29 November (2)"
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   The Frankfurter Allgemeine reviews Mainz Ballet in Martin Schläpfer's "Concerto Grosso," based on Alfred Schnittke's composition of the same name. "The ballet brings Schlapfer a good step further into the ranks of the major contemporary choreographers".
Link to article


The Court and Social Page of the Times reports the following:

Latest wills

Dame Ninette de Valois, OM, CH, founder and director of the Royal Ballet, 1931-63, of Barnes, London SW13, left estate valued at £292,530 net. She left her estate mostly to relatives and left memorabilia to the Royal Opera House Trust, the Royal Ballet School and the Society for Dance Research.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,61-2001552373,00.html


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Ann Williams

30-11-01, 08:52 AM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Review Links - Friday 30 November"
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   Ismene Brown on the RB's 'Onegin'


'One could say that Cranko has written Tatiana so brilliantly that the drama plays itself. The shy girl has hesitant steps, her dreams of love with Onegin are couched in romantic purple; as a married woman, her choreography is more voluptuous, and the last, harrowing scene with Onegin is explosive and looks extremely dangerous to dance. But Rojo is a Callas among ballerinas today, alive to every shred of instinct and flash of emotion.'
Http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=000148269364269&rtmo=3xKq3xKM&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/01/11/30/baib30.html
The New York Times on the Alvin Ailey Dance Company:

A Gala, by Turns Exuberant and Subdued
By ANNA KISSELGOFF
'Unlike many performing arts groups that canceled appearances abroad after Sept. 11, the Ailey company immediately went to Greece and France, where the reception in Paris was exceptionally enthusiastic.'
Http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/30/arts/dance/30AILE.html

From 'The Scotsman'
Scottish Ballet: A complete failure
THE board of troubled Scottish Ballet was savaged yesterday as a parliamentary committee lambasted directors over mismanagement of funds and a switch in artistic strategy.
Http://www.scotsman.com/cfm/home/breakingnews.cfm?topid=126059&p=top

From the New York Post:
BALLET GETS CRACKING
By Clive Barnes
'If City Ballet, and its hordes of students from its School of American Ballet, are tired of dancing (Nutcracker) year after year, it never for a moment shows. Routine never imposes its clammy hand.'
Http://www.nypost.com/entertainment/35428.htm



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Brendan

30-11-01, 10:03 AM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Review Links - Friday 30 November"
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   The Herald on the inquiry into Scottish Ballet. "The sacked artistic director Robert North last night offered to stay at the dance company if its boardroom crisis can be resolved".
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/archive/30-11-19101-0-29-6.html

The Times also reports the committee's findings.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,2-2001553622,00.html

The Times mentions Marguerite Porter's birthday; she's 53, while the Court Circular reports that The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended a performance of A Christmas Carol given by the Northern Ballet Theatre at the new Victoria Theatre, Woking


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Brendan

30-11-01, 07:57 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Review Links - Friday 30 November (3)"
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   There were actually 4 separate stories in today's Scotsman on the parliamentary inquiry into Scottish Ballet. The main news story is at
http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/index.cfm?id=126059

There's also a comment piece by Robert North. "Next time, whoever is in charge must listen to everyone who is a stakeholder in this company. People require transparency, not arrogance"
http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/index.cfm?id=126057

There's more coverage on inside pages: "Few within Scotland’s powerful arts establishment emerge with much credit".
http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/index.cfm?id=126058

A fourth piece reports support from Brian McMaster, the director of the Edinburgh International Festival, for the strategy of positioning SB as a modern classical ballet company.
http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/index.cfm?id=126060


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Brendan

01-12-01, 06:07 AM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Review Links - Saturday 1st December"
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   There's a second day's coverage in the Scotsman of the parliamentary inquiry into Scottish Ballet. According to the paper, the First Minister's wife Bridget McConnell is one of the board's key supporters, while the Scottish Culture Minister said the inquiry's report had been negative, offering few constructive suggestions.
http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/scotland.cfm?id=126386&keyword=ballet

In a second story, the Scotsman reports that there had been support in some quarters of the Scottish arts establishment for a repositioning of Scottish Ballet . It quotes the director of the Edinburgh Festival Theatre "Scottish Ballet has not been in a position to serve its audiences well in recent years. It has not had the capacity to maintain a large-scale classical repertoire and this has led to a loss of identity which has impacted on audience."
http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/scotland.cfm?id=126387&keyword=ballet

The Scotsman also has an editorial, explaining that the affair is 'more than a storm in a tutu'
http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/searchresults.cfm?id=126434&keyword=ballet

Nadine Meisner reviews Les Ballets C de la B for the Independent. "
The title Rien de rien translates as "nothing about nothing", but Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's piece for the Flemish company Les Ballets C de la B is about plenty, given by six extraordinary performers. Together, they form a motley collection of skills, ages, cultures and languages. Separately, each is a star, etched sharply into individuality by Cherkaoui's direction".
http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/theatre/dance/reviews/story.jsp?story=107687

The Boston Globe reviews Boston Ballet's Nutcracker. ", Freud-free fare it remains - it is the dance equivalent of comfort food".
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/334/living/Welcome_return_for_Nutcracker_+.shtml

So does the Boston Herald's critic, himself a former dancer. "Performing in ``Nutcracker'' certainly gave me a thorough appreciation for the daily challenges dancers face, such as physical injuries and fatigue, set and costume mishaps, and the monotony of presenting the same choreography night after night. But, as the late composer John Cage said, if one continues to perform a boring task for a long enough time, it becomes fascinating".
http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/arts_culture/danc11302001.htm

Anna Kisselgoff of the NY Times on Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in Ailey's 'Night Creature'
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/01/arts/dance/01AILE.html?searchpv=nytToday

The Washington Post on Michael Kaiser's ability to persuade wealthy donors to contribute to the Kennedy Center. A new donor has just given $10 million. Earlier this year Alberto Vilar gave $50 million.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41880-2001Nov30.html


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Brendan

01-12-01, 12:33 PM (GMT)
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18. "RE: Review Links - Saturday 1st December (2)"
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   Several more. The story of the morning from the Telegraph's motoring pages. Darcey Bussell talks to Sue Barker about her daughter Phoebe, baby seats, and her new Audi A6 Avant.
"Just as she prepares for the role of Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker this Christmas, Darcey's life has moved into estate car mode. She expected that. What she hadn't predicted was the dramatic change a new baby would bring to other aspects of her driving".
Link to article

Also, the St Petersburg Times on how Altynai Asylmuratova is bringing young foreign choreographers to work with dancers at the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet. "We've had to make do with ballets initially designed for others. True, my generation benefited from more open relations with the West. We had an opportunity to dance George Balanchine's ballets, to work with Jerome Robbins. But, again, it wasn't staged for us."
http://www.sptimesrussia.com/archive/times/726/features/a_5257.htm


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01-12-01, 01:10 PM (GMT)
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19. "RE: Review Links - Saturday 1st December (2)"
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   Many thanks for the info on the Telegraph piece, Brendan - normally the Motoring section is the first bit to hit the bin!


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01-12-01, 01:30 PM (GMT)
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20. "RE: Review Links - Saturday 1st December (2)"
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   There is another nice picture of Darcey and her baby on the Homepage of the Motoring section.


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Brendan

01-12-01, 01:34 PM (GMT)
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21. "RE: Review Links - Saturday 1st December (2)"
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Brendan

02-12-01, 10:12 AM (GMT)
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24. "RE: Review Links - Sunday 2nd December "
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   For David Dougill of the Sunday Times, the Royal Ballet's Onegin is a triumph. "John Cranko made his name in London as one of the most important and prolific new talents of the post-war years; since his premature death in 1973, however, his works have been shamefully neglected by the Royal Ballet. Stretton has begun to rectify this with the best choice possible".
http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/article/0,,9013-2001552300,00.html

Jann Parry of the Observer, is effusive about Christopher Hampson's "Double Concerto" for ENB. "Hampson skilfully keeps the signature steps and positions legible, so that the mass effects of the corps do not become overwhelmingly busy. They are subdivided into ranks, sometimes shadowing each other, at others proving that they can do everything the leading couple do: when the ballerina is carried off high above her partner's head, 10 couples triumphantly follow suit. They are all stars in this galaxy". Parry is also warm about Cojocaru and Kobborg in the RB's Onegin.
http://www.observer.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,610106,00.html

The Sunday Herald reports the anger of members of the Scottish parliament's education, culture and sport committee at the new arts minister Mike Watson's support for the Scottish Ballet board.
http://www.sundayherald.com/20597

Magnus Linklater, former Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council, writes for Scotland on Sunday on the appointment of a new Scottish Arts Minister. "Lord Watson and his deputy Elaine Murray will find their in-tray already piling up with intractable questions revolving around the national companies in general and Scottish Ballet in particular. While at the Scottish Arts Council, I found these taking up immoderate amounts of my time, and so I sympathise. There will never be quite enough money to go round, there will always be rows of one sort or another. In the end it comes down to the question of artistic quality - if that can be delivered, the other problems fall into place. If it is not there, life will be a struggle".
http://www.scotlandonsunday.com/week.cfm?id=SS01046832&keyword=ballet

Scotland on Sunday on the opening of new state of the art studios for Dance Base in Edinburgh
http://www.scotlandonsunday.com/spectrum.cfm?id=SS01046621&keyword=ballet

Yesterday's Independent on the birth of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra 30 years ago. There is a paragraph on David Bintley's Still Life at the Penguin Cafe.
http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=107689

Judith Jamison writes for the NY Times on the experience of choreographing her new work "Here ... Now," for Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. "What's wonderful about making a dance is that the creative process runs both ways. I give out, but I also get back. There's an exchange that happens when I'm working with the dancers, and that to me is a great gift. The process of working with the dancers reminds me of call and response in the church. A minister preaches and the parishioners respond. And that response goes back to the minister, and the cycle repeats. The dance continues here ... and now. The circle does not want to be broken".
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/02/arts/dance/02JAMI.html

The NY Times Magazine on auditions at the School of American Ballet for NYCB's Nutcracker. "There's a lot of time in tights that might otherwise have been spent playing video games. And even the beginner classes are demanding. ''I'm having some trouble with my sur le cou de pied,'' sighs Christopher Cronson, an 8-year-old imp with a gap-tooth grin who took up ballet eight weeks ago".
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/02/magazine/02PHENOM.html?searchpv=nytToday

Jennifer Dunning of the NY Times has a feature article on Garielle Whittle, a former NYCB dancer, who rehearses the children for Nutcracker. "Balanchine's choreography allows the children to shine in material that they have learned in the classroom, in dance that never condescends to their youth and relative lack of performing experience. The children are treated as professionals, dancing real steps and sequences woven together with characteristic artlessness. The young performers repay the compliment by looking impressively natural on stage".
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/02/arts/dance/02DUNN.html?searchpv=nytToday

Terry Teachout reviews Robert Emmett Long's "BROADWAY, THE GOLDEN YEARS, Jerome Robbins and the Great Choreographer-Directors, 1940 to the Present" for the NY Times. "Jerome Robbins gets by far the most space, three chapters and 82 pages -- and with good reason. He was, in Long's words, ''the essential innovator, the fierce bearer of light.''
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/02/books/review/02TEACHOT.html?searchpv=nytToday

The NY Times also has an essay by Robert Emmett Long himself on Agnes de Mille.
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/02/books/chapters/02-1st-long.html?searchpv=nytToday


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