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03-12-01, 07:30 AM (GMT)
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"Latest Review Links - wb 3 December "
   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 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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  RE: Links - Monday 3rd. Brendan 03-12-01 1
     RE: Links - Monday 3rd. (2) Brendan 03-12-01 2
     RE: Links - Monday 3rd. Viviane 03-12-01 3
         RE: Links - Tuesday 4th. Brendan 04-12-01 4
             RE: Links - Wednesday 5th. Brendan 05-12-01 5
                 RE: Links - Wednesday 5th. (2) Brendan 05-12-01 6
                     RE: Links - Wednesday 5th. (2) AnnWilliams 06-12-01 7
                         RE: Links - Thursday 6th. (2) Brendan 06-12-01 8
                             RE: Links - Friday 7th AnnWilliams 07-12-01 9
                             RE: Links - Friday 7th (2) AnnWilliams 07-12-01 10
                             RE: Links - Friday 7th Viviane 07-12-01 11
                             RE: Links - Saturday 8th Brendan 08-12-01 12
                             RE: Links - Saturday 8th Kevin Ng 08-12-01 13
                             RE: Links - Saturday 8th sylvia 08-12-01 14
                             RE: Links - Saturday 8th Brendan 08-12-01 15
                             RE: Links - Saturday 8th sylvia 08-12-01 16
                             RE: Links - Saturday 8th Shirley 08-12-01 17
                             RE: Links - Saturday 8th sylvia 08-12-01 18
                             RE: Links - Saturday 8th Shirley 08-12-01 19
                             RE: Links - Sunday 9th Brendan 09-12-01 21
                             RE: Links - Saturday 8th Ani 11-12-01 23
                             RE: Links - Saturday 8th alison 10-12-01 22

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03-12-01, 07:33 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Links - Monday 3rd. "
In response to message #0
   Debra Craine of the Times on 'The Misty Frontier' Javier de Frutos's new ballet at the Clore. "I won’t soon forget the eccentric sight of a dancer whipping off fouetté turns while a voice intones the alphabet".

Also on the Times, Donald Hutera on Les Ballets C de la B in 'Rien de Rien'. ".....one of the most vital dance-theatre imports to hit London this year".

Ismene Brown reviews both Les Ballets C de la B ("the dance equivalent of 'I'm sorry I haven't a clue') and Javier de Frutos: "If de Frutos was attempting to throw his own voice into the bodies of the ballet dancers, it did not succeed - his trick is the specific brilliant eloquence of his own body, as his spotlit solo, featuring that doomed exile's face of his, that snaky body seeming to try to shed its skin, showed. The fact is that the Royal Ballet would get more development of the art and artists if they picked people who are confident with ballet language already".

A passionate piece by Jimmy Reid in the Scotsman on the proposed changes at Scottish Ballet. "The masses don’t go to ballet in Scotland and the assumption of our Art Establishment - though not spoken too loudly, lest they be accused of elitism - is that ballet is above their heads. And so is opera, Shakespeare, symphony orchestras and the visual arts, according to the same "logic". People who think like that should have no place, even figuratively, in the art world. In their ranks are philistines and dilettantes who have no intrinsic love of the arts. Involvement for them is a desirable social cachet and not a mission".

Clement Crisp sees the Royal Ballet of Flanders in several works by Danny Rosseel, the company choreographer. "Rosseel's creations, very importantly, sit excellently well on his dancers, whose clean style he uses to advantage.

The Sydney Morning Herald on the Australian Ballet's Coppelia. "It is a production that shows up the problems of classical ballet in the 21st century. Staging that seemed right 20 years ago now looks fussy. Seeing mature dancers - sophisticated performers of contemporary ballet - having to simper and giggle is an unfortunate condemnation of the art form. They did it well enough but it was embarrassing to watch. If it is to stay in the repertoire, it needs a fresh production to make it more than an exercise in nostalgia - or at the very least, a variation on the current approach".

'I, Maya Plisetskaya' is reviewed in the Washington Post. "You can believe her when she says she wrote it herself. The book is raw, emotionally driven and not always logical -- she will be telling about the worst of her injuries when suddenly she shifts to gossip about other dancers, and that tumultuous twisted ankle is forgotten. But pare away the tangents and there is a compelling story about perseverance, hardship, craftiness and, ultimately, a kind of seething acceptance of the system that virtually imprisoned her, even as she found that she couldn't live without it".

Anna Kisselgoff in the NY Times on Alvin Ailey Dance Theater's latest programme. "Ronald K. Brown's "Serving Nia" is a beautiful and lyrical sequel to "Grace," the big hit he created for the company two years ago".

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03-12-01, 12:01 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Links - Monday 3rd. (2)"
In response to message #1
   Luke Jennings of the Evening Standard on Xavier de Frutos's "The Misty Frontier" for the ADI at the Clore. His verdict - likeable. He continues: "Much of the choreography is to an obsessive reworking of basic classical geometry. De Frutos's contemporary instincts bind his dancers to the ground - as a rationalist he cannot quite bring himself to defy gravity. Instead, there are scrupulously described fourth and fifth positions and classroom-perfect pirouettes. But de Frutos is making no secret of his neophyte classical status".

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03-12-01, 03:33 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Links - Monday 3rd. "
In response to message #1
   >Clement Crisp sees the Royal Ballet
>of Flanders in several works
>by Danny Rosseel, the company

It seems that the Royal Ballet of Flanders has a new fan ?

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04-12-01, 05:17 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Links - Tuesday 4th. "
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   This morning's big news is the retirement of Christopher Bruce as Artistic Director of Rambert Dance Company. He will leave as soon as a successor is appointed. But, the Time says, "the appointment will not be an easy one to make, however, because there is a shortage of choreographers. The Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and English National Ballet have all struggled to find new directors in Britain. Each of their posts went to a foreigner: an Australian, a Canadian and a Swede respectively".

Debra Craine sees two more casts in the RB's Onegin for the Times. "Cojocaru and Kobborg are strong dancers both, well finished technically and full of ardour. She dominates their mirror pas de deux, a Tatiana rash and reckless in love, the force of her dancing obliterating everything in its wake. But it’s a duet of equals in the final scene, the pair surrendering their hearts for one drunken moment of passionate connection before the inevitable farewell. It left us — and them — visibly shaken".

For the Telegraph Ismene Brown reviews four companies on tour,. St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, Northern Ballet Theatre, European Ballet and Ballet Imaginaire. "The first criterion of watchability is good training, without which ballet is as painful to see as a learner on the violin is to hear. By that measure, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, performing The Nutcracker at High Wycombe's Swan Theatre, were the happiest experience of this sampling of four ballets".

Nadine Meisner saw Javier de Frutos's "The Misty Frontier" at the Clore for the Independent. "Marianela Nuñez and Martin Harvey, for example, executed the first of several pas de deux, lingering over the choreography's sensuous lines. They finished with a kiss, followed by Frutos's arrival and his disapproving look. It was that kind of surprise twist that gave the dances an individual imprint".

Judith Mackrell of the Guardian on de Frutos (via the FT: not yet on the Guardian's site). "What accumulates is a cleverly knife-edged view of the complicated appeal of ballet: an art form so pure and disciplined on one hand, and so complicit with fetishism on the other; an art that idealises and abstracts beauty while indulging in blatant physical display".

Writing for the Independent, John Percival rains superlatives on Christopher Hampson's Double Concerto for ENB. "Hampson's choreography responds to Poulenc's scores in a wholehearted but subtle way. None of that step-for-note arrangement that is dismissively nicknamed "Mickey-Mousing", and yet the dancing always corresponds to the score. In Balanchine's words, you see the music and hear the dance. The other remarkable thing about Double Concerto is the ambitious scale of it. Apart from Christopher Wheeldon, who is exceptional in that as in other ways, British choreographers since Cranko and Peter Darrell haven't appeared interested in making dances for the corps de ballet"

The Birmingham Post on BRB's Nutcracker (via the FT site). "Style and credibility are never forgotten at Birmingham Royal Ballet and this touch of December magic in the city has never seemed more gorgeous".

From the Moscow Times an interview with Altynai Asylmuratova, artistic director of the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg on the future of her school and of Russian ballet."In the Soviet era, when the Vaganova had twice the students it has now, graduates received offers from numerous theaters. There was no risk of unemployment. But now many theaters, especially in the smaller towns, have closed down. We do our best to place our graduates in ballet companies, but that task is becoming daily more difficult".

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05-12-01, 09:51 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Links - Wednesday 5th. "
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   David Lister, Media and Culture Editor of the Independent on Christopher Bruce's resignation as Artistic Director of Rambert Dance Company. He quotes Prue Skene, who chairs Rambert: "We would love to get a British choreographer but we are keeping an open mind, and we will be looking abroad as well. A number of the top choreographers in Britain, such as Sue Davies, like to run their own companies and programme their own works. But big repertory companies such as Rambert need artistic directors who can put on works by a variety of choreographers. There is a shortage of classical choreographers in Britain. I wish I knew why."

The board of Scottish Ballet has refused to resign in the wake of the parliamentary report criticising its management of the company, reports the Scotsman. "Chris Barron, chief executive of Scottish Ballet, described the report of the education, culture and sport committee as "a classic of inaccuracy" and said there were no grounds for any resignations by board members".

According to the Glasgow Herald the chairman and chief executive of Scottish Ballet have signalled they are prepared to create a separate board from Scottish Opera to help solve the ongoing crisis - but only if it is recommended by an independent inquiry. Also, the Scottish Arts Council has repeated its support for SB Management's plans

Judith Mackrell reviews Salia ni Seydou's new work, Taagala: Le Voyageur for the Guardian. "Taagala provides some extraordinary choreographic scenery, but its refusal to share its inner itinerary with the audience makes it a frustrating piece of dance theatre".

Judith Mackrell on Darshan Singh Bhuller's appointment as director of Phoenix Dance Company. "Bhuller plans to use his knowledge and contacts to appoint new dancers and build a more challenging body of work for the company when it returns to the stage in late 2002, but will not be dominating the repertory with his own work. He's adamant that his first criterion at auditions will be talent, but is equally insistent that the group will embrace a genuine mix. "I'm not interested in running an all-white or all-black company." And there will be no artistic or political baggage for him to inherit. "If it's a mess," he says, "it's going to be my mess."

The Sydney Morning Herald profiles Colin Peasley, who has been with the Australian Ballet since its foundation 40 years ago. He is Dr Coppélius in the AB'S Coppélia.

The Sydney Morning Herald on the resignation of the Australian Ballet's General Manager Ian McRae

The Boston Herald reviews Nuncracker. "The premise has the Little Sisters of Hoboken hosting a Christmas variety show for a local cable access channel at which they will be presenting their version of the ``Nutcracker.'' A backstage injury jeopardizes the ballet's performance, but the show goes on, with some unexpected hilarity involving two inept sugar plum fairies. One of the funniest bits involves the Catholic Home Shopping Service, where such items as the Home Halo Kit and the Nunderbra (courtesy of St. Victoria's Secret) can be purchased.

Suki John in the Village Voice on NYCB's Nutcracker and Ballet Hispanico's Besame.

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05-12-01, 11:13 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Links - Wednesday 5th. (2)"
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   Two pieces from the FT site, which was down earlier. Clement Crisp reviews Paris Opera Ballet's triple bill in memoriam Boris Kochno, Diaghilev's secretary and amanuensis. Also reviewed is Nureyev's La Bayadere at the Opera Bastille.

Yesterday's FT has a review by Clement Crisp of Twyla Tharp's company at the Holland Dance Festival. He liked "This Surfer on the River Styx", saying of it: "Tharp's language in this creation - dating from last year - fits demotic moves, everyday gesture, seamlessly into a balletic frame with no loss of individuality. Boxing, hip-hop, academic steps (multiple pirouettes a`la grand seconde) define the two virtuoso men both as men and as virtuosi. Surfer is dark, fascinating. Twyla Tharp is still breaking new ground, and excitingly so".

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06-12-01, 08:50 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Links - Wednesday 5th. (2)"
In response to message #6
Ismene Brown reviews George Piper Dances at Queen Elizabeth Hall
'Nunn, Trevitt and Matthew Hart make a male line-up of heartstopping quality in Steptext, testing the impermeably feminine Oxana Panchenko in her red swimsuit to extremes. It is wonderful to see Hart back on stage, a stiletto presence next to the broadsword attack of Nunn and Trevitt.'

George Piper Dances
Judith Mackrell
'.... the fact that their chosen nickname Ballet Boyz has stuck so hard, may not be good for the project long-term. (For two men in their 30s who want an extended career in dance, that name and all its cheeky-chappie implications may at the very least become an embarrassment.),'

From the New York Times:
Dance in Review
JACK ANDERSON reviews a fascinating evening of Kathak and tap:
'As dance number followed dance number, it was fascinating to compare the forms. Both let the feet do lots of choreographic talking. But whereas the kathak dancers often held their bodies erect and let their arms point upward, the tap dancers tended to bend loosely toward the floor. Before the evening was over, the show came to resemble a party at which everyone started to trade dance steps and partners'

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06-12-01, 09:20 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Links - Thursday 6th. (2)"
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   From our friends in the North....

The Scotsman on the rejection by Scottish Ballet's management of the charges levelled at it by a parliamentary inquiry. ""Not wicked, but inept." That charge was levelled at the board of Scottish Ballet a week ago by one member of a committee of MSPs. Now the insult has been returned with interest to Holyrood from the Theatre Royal".

The Scotsman then sent a questionnaire to the members of the Scottish parliament who carried out the inquiry to establish their competence to make judgements about dance. The results make depressing reading.

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07-12-01, 08:59 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Links - Friday 7th"
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   From The Scotsman:
James Boyle, Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council, on the Scottish parliamentary report on the Fuiture of Scottish Ballet:

"It took nine weeks to produce, but after all that time, I read a report which simply used intemperate language. It didn't tell me anything I didn't know, except that it insulted the people who ran Scottish Ballet."

From the Sydney Morning Herald:
Reviewed by Jill Sykes
'They may not jump as high or move as fast as they once did, but the four senior dancers who make up Australian Dance Artists with the proud claim of more than a century of performing experience between them convey a rich interweaving of ideas and emotions in finely focused movement.'

From the Melbourne Age:
Love is the Cause
By Hilary Crampton
'Love is the Cause is a 50-minute roller-coaster ride devised by choreographer Stephanie Lake............., see-sawing between the vile and the transcendent, the beastly and the rational. She is bold, perhaps even foolhardy, in addressing big themes of universally shared emotions, but it is a blessed relief after the fixation on the deeply personal that has dominated much of the work of emerging choreographers'

Deborah Jowett (Village Voice) on John Jasperse at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

The Uncertainty Principle
Keep It
'At the end of John Jasperse's new Giant Empty, he moves smallish wooden blocks—square and rectangular—toward the BAM Harvey audience. Is it only coincidence that the blocks appear to take on the shape of the lower tip of Manhattan? Jasperse's dancers frequently inhabit dangerous and unforeseeably altering environments. '

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07-12-01, 09:15 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Links - Friday 7th (2)"
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   Missed out this report from the Melbourne Age on the Australian Dancesport champtionships (shades of 'Strictly Ballroom'?):

"All eyes are on the tanned, sexy legs in gold highhells moving effortlesly yet furiously fast across the dancefloor. Latin dances,the rumba and the chacha are second nature to Jessica Raffa; she's been dancing most of her walking life".


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07-12-01, 09:23 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Links - Friday 7th"
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   From 'La Libre Belgique':
"Mortier prend enfin la Bastille"
by Nicolas Blanmont

"Père fondateur en 1986 du projet chéri par François Mitterrand, Gérard Mortier prendrait finalement les rênes de l'Opéra Bastille en 2004. Et, par la même occasion, du Palais Garnier..."
Will the Belgian Gérard Mortier become the successor of Hughes Gall at the Parisian Opera in 2004 ?


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08-12-01, 08:18 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Links - Saturday 8th"
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   John Ardoin's Valery Gergiev and the Kirov: A Story of Survival is reviewed in the FT. "His book is little more than a disorganised diary of a winter (1995-6) spent with the Kirov, comprising lists of performances, rambling conversations with theatre representatives, and out-of-date gossip. This is interspersed with a flimsy history of opera and ballet in St Petersburg, mostly culled from extant English-language sources".

The Guardian profiles Raymond Gubbay. "One of classical music's greatest evangelists believes there's no difference between "high art" and popular entertainment. One of ballet's greatest enthusiasts runs his empire from New Barnet, and wants to persuade us that Carmen is as much fun as Cats".

The Guardian also has an essay by Viv Lawes on cross fertilisation between the arts. "Choreographer Michael Clarke worked with artist Sarah Lucas on staging his new dance Before and After: The Fall, which was performed at Sadler's Wells in October. The celebrity of these two artists ensured press coverage, but less well publicised was a collaborative project between Jerwood Award-winning choreographer Carol Brown and installation artist Esther Rolinson".

Also in the Guardian Sue George writes on the issue of accessibility and the arts. "Step forward an easy target: the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, which proudly proclaims in its current season guide: "Over half the House will cost £50 or under for all opera performances". True, opera is expensive to stage, but how much disposable income do they think the average person has? A few reasonable, even very cheap, tickets are available but navigating the pricing structure and restrictions is complex".

Jenny Gilbert in the Independent on Onegin. "Unlike almost any other full-evening ballet you can name, there's not a moment's padding. Even the corps de ballet numbers leave you wanting more. And the whole construct is so simple, so ultimately accessible. You say you don't know the first thing about ballet? See Onegin and you will".This review was in the paper several days ago but is only now available online.

The NY Times on the appointment of Gerard Mortier as Director General of Paris Opera.

Sarah Kaufman in the Washington Post on ABT's Nutcracker

The St Petersburg Times on an evening of new choreography at the Mariinsky Theatre. "Overall, most of the compositions - lasting between 15 and 40 minutes - demonstrated technical proficiency and awareness, but failed to break any new ground. Most of the ballets simply weren't original.

The Boston Globe on Jose Matteo Dance Company's Nutcracker. "this chamber-sized ''Nutcracker'' worked. It's charming. And there is something oddly fitting in presenting the Christmas ballet that makes no reference to religion in a church". http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/341/living/An_intimate_and_inspired_Nutcracker_+.shtml

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08-12-01, 09:49 AM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Links - Saturday 8th"
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   In today's Financial Times, there's also an interview with Matthew Bourne.


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08-12-01, 01:06 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Links - Saturday 8th"
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   There's also an interview with Darcey in The Times magazine...'Darcey Bussell Roars Back...on her baby, her body and her return to ballet' with a very fun cover photo.

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08-12-01, 03:17 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Links - Saturday 8th"
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   Unfortunately the Times does not make its magazine available online. Newspapers have begun to take a more grudging approach to online content and to free use of their archives. The Telegraph no longer offers its Sunday arts section online, while Ismene Brown's contributions to Saturday's paper seem to appear only sporadically on the Telegraph's internet site.

In today's newspaper edition (and not available online), Ismene Brown is enthusiastic about BRB's Nutcracker, saying that it is "clearly danced, breezily attractive and worth going a long way to see".

More ominously she reports that BRB has had two financially disastrous years, and that it loses its sponsorship by Powergen in March. There will be "retrenchment" in the next two years, with no new productions planned. However a new Christmas production is planned for 2003-4 which will alternate or even replace Nutcracker.

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08-12-01, 04:09 PM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Links - Saturday 8th"
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   LAST EDITED ON 08-12-01 AT 06:10 PM (GMT)

Yes, I'm rather sore about this point too - I would love to read all the dance-related artciles available but short of buying every single national newspaper everyday of the week...

In any case I get to read most of them at the university library. The Darcey article is just a pleasant fluff piece and doesn't tell us much more than we already know - she's been rehearsing Nutcracker for 5 weeks, a bit about her background, her pregnancy...

"falling pregnant and watching my body change in the mirror was scary. it took me at least five months to relx"

the circumstances of her daughter's birth, and dancing

"...it is different than going into an office. I love it, and not everyone can say they love going into work. I have that bug inside me, and maybe I will never lose it. I'm still pushing myself to limits that i did not think would be possible after having a baby. But now I think I'm being more sensible, instead of pretending things aren't difficult."

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08-12-01, 05:41 PM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Links - Saturday 8th"
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   >2 of the photos are really
>worth seeing for Darcey fans
>and I'm happy to send
>them (I'm not infringing copyright
>or anything like that am
>I?) if I'm emailed directly.

I'm not 100% sure but I think that may be infringing copyright.

As far as I was aware unless you have permission from the person who owns copyright you are not legally allowed to copy images. In this case I would have thought that Anthony Crickmay will have retained copyright of the images.

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08-12-01, 06:11 PM (GMT)
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18. "RE: Links - Saturday 8th"
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   Oh, okay thanks Shirley, I've edited the offer out of the message.

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08-12-01, 06:21 PM (GMT)
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19. "RE: Links - Saturday 8th"
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   >Oh, okay thanks Shirley, I've edited
>the offer out of the

As I said Sylvia I am not 100% sure and others may be able to give you more concrete advice.

I'm hoping that if the photos aren't published on the Times site that Darcey may add them to her own site as I thought they were beautiful.

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09-12-01, 07:03 AM (GMT)
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21. "RE: Links - Sunday 9th"
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   A word of warning about the Sunday Times site. As of today, it requires registration before use. News International has begun to charge for use of the archive, and it may only be a matter of time before they charge for the daily edition. Unfortunately their new software doesn't seem to be up to speed. Although I can see that the ST has features on BRB's Nutcracker and on Rudolph Nureyev, I cannot actually get into the enclosed part of site. If I'm successful later, I'll report progress.

Jan Parry appears in her Observer column to be urging the candidacy of Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt for the artistic directorship of Rambert. She also reviews Xavier de Frutos's 'The Misty Frontier' at the Linbury It is based on an encounter between Balanchine and Tennessee Williams in 1945. "Tennessee loved ballet, and George loved women; Javier loves both, using dancers as his theatrical Valentines. There's a good male pas de deux in the piece - Ballet Boyz take note". . http://www.observer.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,615546,00.html

Scotland on Sunday on the ice-skaters Sinead and John Kerr, today's claimants to the mantle of Torvill and Dean.
http://www.scotlandonsunday.com/spectrum.cfm?id=SS01047461&keyword=ballet .

Jack Anderson of the NY Times on Pina Bausch. "Ms. Bausch has become the choreographic equivalent of a travel essayist. Visiting places, she does not merely describe their attractions, as a guidebook might. Nor does she glamorize them in the manner of those old Hollywood movie shorts in which, as the sun sank in Technicolor splendor, smiling natives danced blissfully away, oblivious to all social and economic problems. Instead, Ms. Bausch choreographically comments on places in her own idiosyncratic manner".

Also in the NY Times there is an essay by Roslyn Sulcas on William Forsythe. "The art of ballet is recombinatory: Mr. Forsythe's simple and profound insight is that the elements can be put together in unforeseen ways. "I use ballet dancers and the knowledge in their bodies," he said. "When you speak about the vocabulary of classical dance, you're talking about ideas." Those ideas are always present in his work, even when their physical enactment is not".

Ismene Brown's piece on BRB's Nutcracker from yesterday's Telegraph. "Familiar as it is, The Nutcracker's hold shows no sign of wavering. No Nutcracker that I have seen marries the visual and the dramatic so perfectly, and Wright and his miracle-working designer, John F McFarlane, take their cue from the mystery and passion in Tchaikovsky's music. The result is an exalting yet tender experience"

Dance Today on Tea Dances at the Royal Opera House."Some had gone along with partners or friends, others had gone along by themselves because they loved dancing and dance music. In this friendly relaxed atmosphere they didn’t stay alone for long; almost as soon as we arrived we were invited to dance".

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11-12-01, 05:42 AM (GMT)
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23. "RE: Links - Saturday 8th"
In response to message #14
   I live in US and would love to see the picture and the article on Darcy. Do you think i can get it in Los Angeles? Thanks.

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10-12-01, 12:56 PM (GMT)
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22. "RE: Links - Saturday 8th"
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   Interesting, the comments that Sue George makes about the ROH's current season brochures. I'd intended to post something on exactly the same theme a few weeks ago, but forgot. However, she's quite right: two male principal dancers wearing noticeably a lot of makeup, and loads of people standing around quaffing champagne (even if they are the performers) doesn't help either the public perception of male ballet dancers or the "non-elitist" approach of the ROH.

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