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AnnWilliams

24-12-01, 08:57 AM (GMT)
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""Latest Review Links - wb 24 December 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/2357.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  
  RE: "Latest Review Links - wb 24 December 2001" AnnWilliams 24-12-01 1
     Links: Christmas Day. Brendan McCarthymoderator 25-12-01 2
         RE: Links: Christmas Day. Kevin Ng 25-12-01 3
             RE: Links: Christmas Day. AnnWilliams 25-12-01 4
                 RE: Links: Wednesday 26 December 2001 AnnWilliams 26-12-01 5
                     RE: Links: Thursday 27 December 2001 AnnWilliams 27-12-01 6
                         RE: Links: Thursday 27 December 2001 Jane S 27-12-01 7
                             RE: Links: Friday 28 December 2001 AnnWilliams 28-12-01 8
                             RE: Links: Friday 28 December 2001 Kevin Ng 28-12-01 9
                             RE: Links: Friday 28 December 2001 Jane S 28-12-01 10
                             RE: Links: Friday 28 December 2001 Carly Gillies 28-12-01 11
                             RE: Links: Saturday 29 December 2001 Brendan McCarthymoderator 29-12-01 12
                             RE: Links: Sunday 30th Brendan McCarthymoderator 30-12-01 13
                             RE: Links: Sunday 30th Shirley 30-12-01 14
                             RE: Links: Sunday 30th AnnWilliams 30-12-01 15
                             RE: Links: Sunday 30th Brendan McCarthymoderator 30-12-01 16
                             RE: Links: Sunday 30th Tomoko.A 30-12-01 17

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AnnWilliams

24-12-01, 09:02 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: "Latest Review Links - wb 24 December 2001" "
In response to message #0
 
   Clement Crisp in the FT on ENB's seasonal offering:
Mixed bag of a 'Nutcracker' DANCE:
'The pleasure of the occasion came from the dancing of Monica Perego and Jan-Erik Wikstrom in the great pas de deux. Perego has the presence to make sense of ravishing choreography. Her fluent technique and lightness, her appreciation of the dance's shape, brought a dignity to this non-existent character. (The night before I had seen Tamara Rojo at Covent Garden making far less impact in far grander surroundings. Perego knows that the Sugar Plum calls for ballerina assurance).'
Http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=011224000974&query=ballet

When I typed 'ballet' into the Guardian's search engine, this is what I got:
Charlie Brooker's alternative Christmas Day TV listings
Http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4325505,00.html

From The Times, Debra Craine looks at Christmas TV's cultural offerings:

You've stuffed yourself silly, now feed your soul with art
Http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-2001592586,00.html

The Christmas edition of the Economist on the origins of tango. "Today, tango is reviving again. "Throughout its history you hear that tango is finished," says Daniel Melingo, one of a younger generation of tango musicians. "People talk as if it's their own youth that's over." And that attitude, he says, is what feeds tango's nostalgia, which in turn generates new expressions of dance, music and song".
a href="http://www.economist.com/books/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=893086" target="_blank">http://www.economist.com/books/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=893086 (Economist: the Real History of the Tango)
The NY Times on the inability of the Martha Graham Dance Company to perform its founder's work because of the dispute over rights with Ron Protas to whom Graham willed her ballets. "A distinct difference between the preservation of dance and other artistic media is that choreography often depends on an oral tradition to uphold its integrity through style, motivation and content. For Graham's current and former dancers, that point is particularly pressing, because the muscle memory of dancers easily fades: the longer ballets are out of circulation, the more difficult it is to recreate them".
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/23/arts/dance/23CARM.html

From the South China Morning Post:

All the right moves
By Winnie Chung

'WHEN HEART-THROB Andy Lau Tak-wah held his solo Summer Fiesta concerts at the Hong Kong Coliseum in August, few would have thought anyone could steal his thunder. They were ''his'' shows, after all. But on to the stage came a scantily dressed woman who proceeded to treat the audience to one of the most mesmerising dances in Canto-pop memory. The woman was Shirley Huang Rui, whom the media have dubbed the ''Latin Dance Queen of China''. For 15 nights, she twirled, gyrated and seduced - with and without Lau - giving the words ''ballistic ballet'' a new meaning.'
Http://www.totallyhk.com/TimeOff/Entertainment/features/Article/FullText_asp_ArticleID-20011224005957532.asp



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Brendan McCarthymoderator

25-12-01, 05:53 AM (GMT)
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2. "Links: Christmas Day."
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   LAST EDITED ON 25-12-01 AT 08:47 AM (GMT)

A very Happy Christmas to you all. There are no newspapers today in Britain and in a number of other European countries, which is why today's selection is from the United States, where Christmas Day publishing is the norm.

Jennifer Dunning of the NY Times previews the Royal Ballet/Peter Wright staging of the Nutcracker which will be shown on public television in the US today (and here in Britain on BBC2). "This televised "Nutcracker" is interestingly bleak and far less cozy than the Balanchine staging; this is a ballet for adults more than for children". The ballet is introduced for American viewers by Julie Andrews!
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/25/arts/television/25DUNN.html

Jennifer Dunning also reviews Eliot Feld's 'Pacific Dances' for Ballet Tech. "...a goofily lush response to the goofy, lush and sometimes thrillingly beautiful music of the Hawaiian slack key guitar".
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/25/arts/dance/25TECH.html

Deirdre Jowitt of the Village Voice on Ballett Frankfurt in William Forsythe's 'Enemy in the Figure': "The marvellous dancers, less balletic than those in works Forsythe makes for companies other than his own, thrash silkily about. A rolling hip may ignite the fling of a leg; an elbow or shoulder may start an arm flying. Couples wrangle their way into exciting complications, sometimes in near darkness. Invisible hands make ripples chase one another along a rope. When two pairs of women execute a traveling pattern of small springy steps off to one side, with their arms held still, the relief of simplicity is almost too much to bear. Enemy turns the audience on as surely as if it were spraying caffeine".
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0152/jowitt.php

The NY Times reviews Richard Glasstone's teaching video, 'Ballet for Boys': "With boys and young men as the demonstrators, the video helps boys to see their bodies as extensions of their minds, of what they are capable of doing. "Jumping!" shouted my 8-year-old at the introduction of the section called, appropriately, "Jumping." "I'll show you jumping!" With that promise, or threat, he bounded about the room with (certainly) the energy and (truly) the grace of a gazelle".
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/25/health/fitness/25VIDE.html


......from the archive....

I have been saving this gem for today. It is from the New Republic of the 30th July 1919. Clive Bell of the Bloomsbury Group, one of the most influential art critics of his time, saw the Ballets Russes when they brought La Boutique Fantasque to London. "When the Russians arrived in London last autumn to give us one turn a night at the Colosseum, we welcomed them with joy but without wild excitement. We did not know that they were bringing us, in M. Massine, a creative artist of the first order. Neither did we know that Madame Lopokova was going to develop into the finest danseuse that this generation has seen. Least of all did we guess--how should we have guessed?--that M. Diaghileff had with him a finished sample of that new art of which during the last dozen years we had heard so much and seen so little".
http://www.thenewrepublic.com/classic/bell073019.html


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Kevin Ng

25-12-01, 08:17 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Links: Christmas Day."
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   Merry Christmas to you all! There's a preview piece in the "Belfast Telegraph" on the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre's Sleeping Beauty, which incidentally can be seen in London at the Royal Albert Hall on 13 Jan.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/today/dec24/News/comfortsforballet.shtml


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AnnWilliams

25-12-01, 09:07 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Links: Christmas Day."
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   Brendan - thanks for these especially interesting links, and thanks to both you and Kevin for the Christmas wishes. May I take this opportunity to wish ballet-coers everwhere a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year.


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AnnWilliams

26-12-01, 08:49 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Links: Wednesday 26 December 2001"
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   ..and now it's Boxing Day. Happy Boxing Day, everyone! A rather thin Boxing Day, dance-wise, but here's what I've managed to scrape together:

From the Independent, an obituary of American choreographer and ballet-master William Christensen:

William Christensen

Http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=111653

From Culture Kiosque, a piece on POB star Yann Bridard by Patricia Boccodero:

Yann Bridard Outshines Lackluster Paris Opéra Ballet

By Patricia Boccadoro


"Nureyev had his eye on everyone, and he'd be there behind me, correcting and telling me what to do"(Bridard) told me." I'd watch him in class, and he'd come to suggest I try certain steps in a specific way. His advice and presence was irreplaceable.".

Http://www.culturekiosque.com/dance/inter/bridard.htm


From the Melbourne Herald Sun, a story with the 'aaah' factor..
Wish inspires a dream

A LITTLE girl's Christmas dream to dance came true when she met Australian Ballet star Lisa Bolte.

Http://c.moreover.com/click/here.pl?j29538590



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AnnWilliams

27-12-01, 10:17 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Links: Thursday 27 December 2001"
In response to message #5
 
  
From the Guardian:

Fowl play
Few ballets have gone through as many transformations as Swan Lake. With a rarely performed version about to open in London, Judith Mackrell looks at its rich history

Http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4325949,00.html

What Lies Ahead. Debra Craine in the Times speculates what 2002 holds for the UK dance enthusiast.

'Of course some of the most innovative dance comes from the smallest companies, and my tip for the year is Wayne McGregor's outfit Random Dance Company. Random celebrates its tenth anniversary with Nemesis, a new piece choreographed by techno wizard McGregor in partnership with Jim Henson's Creature Workshop, the composer Scanner and the video artist Ravi Deepres.'
Http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-2001594269,00.html

From the Independent, a report on the struggle to become the European cultural capital:

Cities argue over local heroes to win culture title

'All competitors for the title must stake their claim by the end of March and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will appoint a panel to nominate a shortlist in the autumn. The final decision will be taken, on recommendation from the panel, by Tony Blair, who has close ties to one of the strongest bidders, Newcastle and Gateshead. The Labour Party chairman, Charles Clarke, who is MP for Norwich South, would probably prefer the nod to be given to the East Anglian city.'
Http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=111755

From the New York Times, Jennifer Dunning on Alvin Ailey:

With Depth and Breath, an Alvin Ailey Sampler

'What did the dances reveal about their creator? Ailey has been dismissed as superficial. The range and craft of these works suggest otherwise. To judge by the excerpts from "Memoria" and "Cry," Ailey understood women and appreciated the toughness of spirit that he saw beneath their sometimes vulnerable surfaces.'
Http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/27/arts/dance/27AILE.html

Lewis Segal of the Los Angeles Times doesn't think much of the current televised RB 'Nutcracker, to be shown tonight on US TV:

Royal Ballet 'Nutcracker' Oversteps Itself

'....Worse, the Christmas spirit now nearly vanishes as Clara remains too occupied with showing off fancy classical steps to notice much else. Not only does she get a boyfriend to dance with in Act 1, she invades nearly all the Act 2 divertissements too. Alina Cojocaru reveals refinement and versatility in the role, but she doesn't belong with the real children on view and her new choreography soon seems a pointless imposition.'
Http://www.calendarlive.com/top/1,1419,L-LATimes-Calendar-X!ArticleDetail-48815,00.html

...but Cleveland ? doesn't think its that bad:

'...the dancing is strong and the company a model of unity. Though heavier and more stately than most American productions, the English version has moments of lightness, humor and sparkle. A night-after-Christmas treat, the performance demonstrates the timelessness of a 19th-century story ballet that remains open to a variety of interpretations'
Http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/plaindealer/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/entertainment/10092762233212770.xml


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Jane S

27-12-01, 04:43 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Links: Thursday 27 December 2001"
In response to message #6
 
   Jenny Gilbert's review of the year (scroll down):

http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/theatre/dance/story.jsp?story=111622

and I don't think we've had her Nutcracker piece:

http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=111618


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AnnWilliams

28-12-01, 09:44 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Links: Friday 28 December 2001"
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Bad Links Day, I'm afraid. Couldn't find a thing. (It happens)


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Kevin Ng

28-12-01, 10:37 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Links: Friday 28 December 2001"
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   There's a features piece in the Asian Wall Street Journal on the survival of ethnic dance in Cambodia.
http://interactive.wsj.com/articles/SB1009491219889586360.htm


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Jane S

28-12-01, 12:52 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Links: Friday 28 December 2001"
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   John Percival's review of the year:

http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/theatre/dance/reviews/story.jsp?story=111932


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Carly Gillies

28-12-01, 07:27 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Links: Friday 28 December 2001"
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   Two from Boxing day
Jackie Kemp in the Herald wants Scottish Ballet to continue to perform the classics - Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle and, er, The Snowman!

http://www.theherald.co.uk/arts/archive/26-12-19101-21-30-55.html

And a review of dance in Scotland in 2001 from the Scotsman. (Not a very long article!)

http://news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1726132001&rware=QZYVJNXIRGJV&CQ_CUR_DOCUMENT=17


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Brendan McCarthymoderator

29-12-01, 08:29 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Links: Saturday 29 December 2001"
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   For the Guardian, Judith Mackrell looks forward to the year ahead in dance.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4326588,00.html

While in the Telegraph, Ismene Brown looks back at 2001. "De Valois's presence was awesome, standing for certain immutables about excellence. The consensus is that the Royal Ballet began an inexorable loss of vigour on the day of de Valois's retirement, a decline that was thrown into particular focus this year by the retirement of Sir Anthony Dowell as director, four months after her death. It is widely accepted that British ballet is no longer world-beating, as it assuredly was under the rigorous, exhilarating de Valois".
http://www.portal.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2001/12/29/btisme29.xml&sSheet=/arts/2001/12/29/ixartleft.html

From the FT Clement Crisp's bleak verdict on the Moscow Stanislavsky ballet's The Snow Maiden. "Interpretations, for a troupe named after two masters of dramatic art, are two-dimensional. The whole affair is an exercise in Matrioshka-doll kitsch. My sympathies go to Natalya Ledovskaya, an elegant dancer, who is forced to comport herself like a king-sized Shirley Temple for much of the first act and behaving more roguishly than is wise for a dancer of her physique".
http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=011228001177


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Brendan McCarthymoderator

30-12-01, 09:35 AM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Links: Sunday 30th"
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   As the Sunday Times seems determined not to allow me to register as a site user, I cannot offer links to any of its dance stories. If any of you are more successful than I, please add the links.


Jann Parry of the Observer reviews the year in dance. "There is no crisis in British ballet; talent matters more than place of birth. This year's visiting companies spanned a spectrum of nationalities, proving that leadership is what gives a company its identity.
http://www.observer.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,624037,00.html

The Observer also has a short feature on Akram Khan and his forthcoming collaboration with the artist Anish Kapoor and composer Nitin Sawhney.
http://www.observer.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,625617,00.html

Something I missed from yesterday's Guardian, Judith Mackrell's short preview of the year ahead in dance.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/saturday_review/story/0,3605,625422,00.html

Anna Kisselgoff's review of the year in dance for the NY Times. "Dance is in a period of consolidation: pioneers and rebellions are in short supply. The year just ending was no exception. Again creativity had to do with ideas recycled, developed and perfected. Excellence in dancing and choreography abounded amid the aesthetics of the familiar".
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/30/arts/dance/30KISS.html

For the NY Times Robert Gottlieb reviews a new biography of Isadora Duncan by Peter Kurth. "It is her life that presents the unanswerable question. Why did this glorious girl, with the world at her feet, turn into the ghastly wreck who could say toward the end, ''I don't dance anymore, I only move my weight around,'' and ''There are only two things left, a drink and a boy''?
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/30/books/review/30GOTTLIT.html

There is a letter to the editor of the NY Times by Peter Kurth at
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/30/arts/30MAIL.html


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Shirley

30-12-01, 10:15 AM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Links: Sunday 30th"
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   Two links from the Sunday Times


The More it Snows

Review of the year


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AnnWilliams

30-12-01, 11:35 AM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Links: Sunday 30th"
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   To make these links work you have to register with the Sunday Times. It doesn't take very long and you do not have to give them any personal information apart from your name and e-mail address. Fiddly, I know, but you only have to do it once.


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Brendan McCarthymoderator

30-12-01, 11:40 AM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Links: Sunday 30th"
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   As Ann knows, I am reasonably computer literate. The ST site persistently refuses my registration; emails to their helpdesk bring no response. It may have something to do with the fact that I am an ADSL user.....


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Tomoko.A

30-12-01, 02:49 PM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Links: Sunday 30th"
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   Agnes Oaks & Thomas Edur are in the fashion pages in today's Mail "YOU" magazine. It is not an interview with them, but there are some stunning photos.


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