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Bruce Madmin

21-01-02, 09:10 AM (GMT)
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"Latest Review Links - wb 21 January 2002"
   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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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  Monday Links - 21 January Bruceadmin 21-01-02 2
     RE: Monday Links - 21 January alison 21-01-02 3
         RE: Monday Links - 21 January Viviane 21-01-02 4
             RE: Monday Links - 21 January alison 22-01-02 6
                 RE: Monday Links - 21 January Viviane 22-01-02 7
  Tuesday Links - 22 January Bruce Madmin 22-01-02 5
     RE: Tuesday Links - 22 January AnnWilliams 22-01-02 8
         RE: Wednesday links - 23rd January AnnWilliams 23-01-02 9
             RE: Wednesday links - 23rd January Brendan McCarthymoderator 23-01-02 10
                 RE: Thursday links - 24th January AnnWilliams 24-01-02 11
                     RE: Friday links - 25th January AnnWilliams 25-01-02 12
  Saturday Links - 26 January Bruce Madmin 26-01-02 13
  Sunday Links - 27 January Bruce Madmin 27-01-02 14
     RE: Sunday Links - 27 January Bruce Madmin 27-01-02 15
         RE: Sunday Links - 27 January sylvia 27-01-02 16
     RE: Sunday Links - 27 January alison 29-01-02 17

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21-01-02, 09:13 AM (GMT)
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2. "Monday Links - 21 January"
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   Joaquin Cortes + English National Ballet
Second-rate sweater
By Louise Levene
"When Cortes eventually peeled off the coat and pulled the elastic band out of his soaking wet pony tail for the final number, the front rows screamed with excitement and prepared to be showered with celebrity DNA...."
    "ENB's corps de ballet is on excellent form, and the 28-year-old choreographer (Christoper Hampson)writes particularly fluently and musically for them with steps that unravel joyously from wing to wing in delirious skeins of dance."

Lindsay Kemp
In his land of make-believe
The flamboyant Lindsay Kemp is back in London and still dreaming
"He saw his first ballet with David Hockney and shared a flat with Steven Berkoff; he staged Ziggy Stardust for David Bowie and appeared in films by Derek Jarman and Ken Russell; he mingled with Francis Bacon and Federico Fellini. A phenomenon of late 20th century theatre, when it came to pushing back the boundaries of performance there have been few to match Lindsay Kemp. "

International Mime Festival
Clown jewel
Ismene Brown reviews Diquis Tiquis, Avner Eisenberg and Compagnie Josef Nadj at the South Bank
"STRANGE how clowns have become so scarce. Apart from circus antics in big pants, clowns have vanished from popular consciousness - ones trying to be funny, that is...."

London international mime festival
Comedia Tempio
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
By Judith Mackrell
"For this UK premiere, part of the London international mime festival, men in ill-fitting frock coats and bowler hats - who could be out-at-elbow clerks, impoverished professors or wandering lunatics - dance with blank-eyed women in elegant gowns. Their world is a crude domestic interior, fashioned from planks and plasterboard, that conceals a maze of secret cubbyholes and trap doors. The 10 performers cruise acrobatically around the set in a sequence of fast-changing comic nightmares."

Sometimes the music has to stop
Finances may dictate that ballet troupes perform to recorded accompaniment.
By Joshua Kosman, Chronicle Music Critic
"I must have live music for my work," he (Mark Morris) said in a recent interview. "I love music -- that's why I choreograph -- and essentially my aesthetic is that the dancing should be live and the music should be live."

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21-01-02, 01:26 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Monday Links - 21 January"
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   Spotted reading over someone's shoulder on the train this morning: there's a small piece in The Times about how La Scala is moving to a factory (well, it makes a good headline, even if it's not exactly accurate ) while the theatre is being renovated. Does the ballet company actually dance at La Scala as well?

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21-01-02, 02:21 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Monday Links - 21 January"
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   LAST EDITED ON 21-01-02 AT 03:26 PM (GMT)

LAST EDITED ON 21-01-02 AT 02:42 PM (GMT)

My newspaper also brought a column about 'Teatro degli Arcimboldi' in Milan, the new home for La Scala ballet & Opera for the coming 3 (?) years. Last Saturday they had their opera-opening performance (La Traviata) and despite of the rather bad situation -far from the citycenter- it was a full-house and one was simply carried away by the marvelous acoustics and the good sight-lines of the new theatre....A 'modest', somewhat banal (?) glazed house with a price-card of 44 million Euro, in the outskirts of the city on a former industrial site.
In the 'Corriere della Sera' one critic wrote : "with this location we are going from myth to sense, from aristocracy to democracy, from magic to consumption...."...
Well, consumption they will need : 2.400 seats instead of the 1.900 in the old theatre.

This link guides you to a video-presentation of the theatre and some pictures of the opening night :
for the video : click in the right upper-corner (panoramica)

There is an article about it at the BBC.news :
"La scala moves house"
...I read here that some critics were complaining about the sound !?...

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22-01-02, 01:00 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Monday Links - 21 January"
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   Today's Times also has a longer piece about the La Scala move - apparently the new theatre has generally been received very well. Ballet (as usual) didn't get a mention, though.

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22-01-02, 01:12 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Monday Links - 21 January"
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   Alison, the ballet-opening night is on Thursday 24th...they are opening with "Excelsior" ...so maybe there is still hope !

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Bruce Madmin

22-01-02, 08:40 AM (GMT)
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5. "Tuesday Links - 22 January"
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   not such a full day I think. Queue lots more links from readers!

Chisinau National Ballet
Out of season but it’s a ballet good show
by Thom Dibdin
"It is an elegant interpretation, full of surprises and technical tricks. Not that it will please everyone - the first half seems to lack in big set pieces, and anyone looking for a sugar-plum fairy will be disappointed. "

Josef Nadj,
The confessions of a surrealist opium eater
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
by Nadine Meisner
"At first, the show's best feature appeared to be its set of movable wooden walls and shutters, which unexpectedly opened into doors and platforms, and contributed to the sense of dislocation. But then the pace abruptly accelerated into a increasingly manic, headlong journey. A man with no legs scuttled in, his jacket almost touching the floor. Wheelchairs became gurneys and, as the various contraptions became more outrageous, so the impression that we were in some nightmarish laboratory grew stronger..."

David Hughes's new solo show
Putting the dance steps on the map
"DAVID Hughes's new solo show is called Map - a fitting title for a collection of short works that not only traces his own journey through different dance styles but also charts the changing landscape of British contemporary dance. For Map brings together new choreographies from four major dance-makers - Christopher Bruce, Robert Cohan, Siobhan Davies, and Wayne McGregor - in a programme that many an established company would envy in terms of its artistic diversity and name-dropping kudos"

A Childhood World Comes Alive in Images of Dreaming Flight
"Is it possible to tell a fairy tale in a nonlinear yet evocative way? Jody Oberfelder comes close in "The Story Thus Far," which Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects performed on Saturday night."
Celebrating Ancient Cultures From Turkey to Afghanistan
'Turku: Nomads of the Silk Road'
"Musicians and dancers met at cultural crossroads in "Turku: Nomads of the Silk Road" on Saturday night. The program celebrated the cultures of the peoples on the ancient trade route between Turkey and Afghanistan and included music and dances from cities, regions and nations like Istanbul, Anatolia, Azerbaijan, Iran and the Caucasus."

Two policemen suspended in dance bar case

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22-01-02, 08:50 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Tuesday Links - 22 January"
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A curiosity from tonight's Evening Standard:

Six foot ballerina's tall story
by Patrick Sawer

'Yana Booth has everything a young ballerina needs to grace some of the world's most famous dance stages: driving ambition, training at the Bolshoi Ballet, fine features and legs that go on for ever. Unfortunately, her legs are rather too long - at six foot, she is too tall to dance with the average male principal and has therefore found it impossible to win a place with any classical dance company.'

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23-01-02, 08:36 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Wednesday links - 23rd January"
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What I've found so far. As usual, please post if you find anything else.

From the Guardian:

Hurts so good
Magic and masochism collide in Pina Bausch's gloriously surreal dance. Judith Mackrell looks forward to her new show.

'In Viktor, a man appears blinded by lust as he embraces his lover, seemingly unaware that his arms are around another woman, whose breasts he is inadvertently fondling. Bausch's vision of sexuality can be very funny - but it is usually pretty dark.'


From the Times:

Ballerina too tall to dance with men


The New York Times on Capacitor, a San Francisco group:

Cavorting in a Three-Ring Cosmos Where Newton's Laws Share Top Billing

'In "Within Outer Spaces" it compared heavenly bodies to human bodies and found them equally amazing. The tone was set at the outset when a dancer dangling from cords spun like a planet while slides of constellations were projected. Other wonders followed,


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23-01-02, 09:17 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Wednesday links - 23rd January"
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   The Scotsman profiles James Boyle, Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council.

"Boyle has sided with the ballet board, whose vision is for a contemporary dance company. He was "scunnered" by the intervention of the parliamentary education, culture and sport committee into the ballet’s affairs (" took nine weeks to produce but all I read was intemperate language" he said before Christmas). Last week, he again seemed quietly impatient with yet another report, the "independent review" proposed by MSPs. In the clatter of the restaurant, he is as softly insistent as he was under the committee’s questioning. "What are attempting is to raise the quality and give Scottish Ballet more status by doing so. It’s not a radical change, but it’s the right thing to do.

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24-01-02, 09:52 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Thursday links - 24th January"
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   I missed this one from the Birmingham Post yesterday:

Culture: City primed for best of British dance spectacular Birmingham's latest international arts festival will take place largely out of public view, but it could still prove quite a coup for the city, writes Terry Grimley

'Dance promoters from as far away as New York and Beijing will be packing their bags over the next few days to head for Birmingham. Over three and a half days, from Wednesday to Saturday next week, the city will be hosting British Dance Edition, a showcase held every other year to enable the world to see a cross-section of the latest in British dance.'

The New York Times on Peter Martins new work for NYCB:

What's Black and White and Rhythmic All Over?

'Performed for the first time by the New York City Ballet on Tuesday night at the New York State Theater, "Hallelujah Junction" was presented as part of the company's New Combinations program. The evening began with the orchestra playing "Happy Birthday." Jan. 22 was the birthday of George Balanchine, who founded the company with Lincoln Kirstein and who died in 1983. New Combinations pays tribute to the company's creative basis by reserving Jan. 22 every year for the major new work of the winter season.'

From the Village Voice, Deborah Jowitt on a comic dance duo:

Dances in a Groove
by Deborah Jowitt

'Dorfman and Froot (directed here by Dan Hurlin) are brilliant actor-dancer-musicians. "Dave" and "Dan" are semi-losers who'll never give up. They explain the concept of center to us, but "center," a white cross, keeps being pulled askew by invisible forces. They offer to interpret any word we throw out, but their responses are either "happy" or "sad"—not the word, but how it makes them feel. They "give" recruits in the house "remotes" that, if they're talking too much or too little or aren't funny, can activate the guys' "shock collars." '

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25-01-02, 08:34 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Friday links - 25th January"
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From the Independent:

John Percival meets the Australian choreographer Stephen Baynes '...is he likely to make an entirely new ballet for the Royal? Well, certainly not just yet, because he is heavily committed and hasn't had a break for a long time. Even working with them on an existing ballet is complicated because the original cast was not tall, and Darcey Bussell – who is very tall – asked to be in this production, which means that her partners have to be tall also, but he seems to feel it is all working out. There are six soloists, with two casts for now and maybe another later, plus an ensemble of 12 couples.'


Judith Mackrell in the Guardian on IJK, a juggling show: 'At another point Alenda performs a breathtaking mix of juggling and flamenco, the five balls keeping perfect time with his footwork. De Buck interpolates her aerial skills in some acrobatic stunts, but the rhythmic thread remains taut throughout, so that the whole show is one continuous flow of energy and sound. The exquisite reflexes of the performers, combined with the adroit editing of their material, make IJK an entrancing little show.'


Anna Kisselgoff in the NY Times NYCB in 'Valse Triste'an early Peter Martins piece: 'Ms. Kistler was vulnerable and eloquent as the woman remembering a past idyll, wonderfully evoked by both dancers as they plunged with sudden gaiety in a waltz amid an otherwise somber mood. Mr. Soto's partnering was excellent as usual, but Ms. Kistler's new security gave her dancing a daring abandon'


Michael Seaver of the Irish Times on Coisceim Dance Company's Rite of Spring. "'The score is such a challenge for choreographers, not just for counting, but because of its many layers and colours,' says David Bolger, who choreographed Coisceim's version"


From the Washington Post, Sarah Kaufman on the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. "Over the years, Revelations has been chiseled into knife-point sharpness; it knows exactly where and when to strike with maximum emotional force".


The Glasgow Herald on Riverdance: "Riverdance is more than an entertaining dance spectacular. "I know it's a business," says Breandan de Gallai. "I'm paid for what I do, but it is art as well. It's about the culture of a country, and I'm proud of that and I do want to present it as well as I can."


Not dance quite, but interesting nonetheless. The Moscow Times reports that Monica Lewinsky is to be the subject of a new work being commissioned by the Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre at Saratov in Russia.


...and this piece on racial and sexual discrimination from the Melbourne Age has nothing to do with dance either, but it's worth its place here I think:

Black-banning homophobia

' "Christianity has been instilled into (Aboriginals) since the reserve days, so there are big barriers to cross there. Our religion was taken away from us, and we were forced to believe in Christianity. Even today, the homophobic persecutions going on are mainly based on the Bible." '


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Bruce Madmin

26-01-02, 09:47 AM (GMT)
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13. "Saturday Links - 26 January"
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   Pina Bausch
The Guardian Profile: Pina Bausch - Dancing in the dark
One of the world's most influential choreographers, she is based in an obscure German town where her avant garde, often violent, work attracted furious hostility. Her own company rebelled over her methods but more recently, after she overcame personal tragedy, critics have noted a lighter touch.
By John O'Mahony
'One of the seminal performance figures of the 20th century, Bausch is a choreographer who has expanded the possibilities of modern dance, opening up the genre to snatches of dialogue, stage visions and chaotic intrusions from everyday life. Her influence is evident not only in those such as William Forsythe and Maguy Marin, who have consciously followed her lead, but in practically every corner of the dance world where overtly theatrical elements have simply been absorbed into the idiom: "She has basically re-invented dance," says William Forsythe. "She is one of the greatest innovators of the past 50 years. Pina needs to examine the world this way. She is a category of dance unto herself. Dance-theatre didn't really exist before she invented it." '

Alexander Grant, 'La Fille Mal Gardée', Bolshoi...
Courtesy Of The Bolshoi Theater. Royal Ballet alumnus Grant working with a local dancer during rehearsals for "La Fille Mal Gardée," which premieres this week.

'The Girl' And Mr. Grant
By Raymond Stults
"The Royal Ballet brought the works of Ashton to the Bolshoi's stage in the 1960s. But next week's premiere of "La Fille Mal Gardée" marks the first time any of his many 80 creations has been presented by a Russian troupe of dancers.
    "Ashton would be thrilled," Grant said. "He loved Russian ballet, and he took particular inspiration from the dancing of Anna Pavlova, whom he saw in his early days in Lima, Peru. And it was another Russian dancer, Tamara Karsavina" -- a star, along with Pavlova, of Sergei Diaghilev's famed ballet company -- "who persuaded Ashton to do "La Fille Mal Gardee."
    "Now in his mid-seventies, Grant still maintains the compact form and droll expression that so endeared him to ballet audiences throughout his 45 years on stage. A character dancer of the first magnitude, Grant won particular acclaim for his portrayal of the title role in Stravinsky's "Petrushka," as well as for his Alain -- a part created especially for him -- in "La Fille Mal Gardée."
(ta to Brendan for finding this one)


Young ballerinas in New York ready for takeoff
By Iris Fanger | Special to The Christian Science Monitor
"Balanchine, founder of both the School of American Ballet (SAB) and the New York City Ballet (NYCB), once declared "Ballet is woman," in homage to the students he transformed into ballerinas. The motto stuck because it was true, at least for him, even though many men also became stars in his company.
    "Mr. B., as he was universally called, would be pleased to see the current generation of young women still in their teens, or barely beyond, who are being pushed into the spotlight at the NYCB, where he ruled from 1948 until shortly before his death in 1983"
(ta to Brendan for finding this one)

Edinburgh Dance...
interview with John Stalker - boss of the Festival and King’s theatres
Taking our theatres to a new stage
by Liam Rudden
"He says: "I don’t think I come with an agenda, but with a set of aspirations. For example, I want to bring a wider range of repertoire to the stage of the Festival Theatre, and to encourage as many international and national dance and opera companies as I can to appear there.
    "In the summer, for example - my first season - we’ve managed to get Birmingham Royal Ballet to bring their production of Carmina Burana to the Festival. It’s great to see them coming north again, because although they’ve been to the Festival Theatre before, it was a long time ago."
    It’s a coup that he would like to repeat with other companies. "I hope that in future years we’ll see more large-scale UK companies coming to the Festival Theatre on a regular basis."

Nicola Hawkins Dance Company
For the love of movement: Nicola Hawkins dances to the beat of her heart
by Theodore Bale
"Those are significant accomplishments, and performances tonight and tomorrow night by the Nicola Hawkins Dance Company at Boston University's Tsai Center, presented by FleetBoston Celebrity Series, could be considered both a culmination and a commencement for Hawkins. She'll present some of her most popular works, such as ``Lilly and Rose'' and ``Cymbal and Spice,'' but she also will offer a world premiere, ``Lineal Ascent,'' with music composed and performed by Evan Ziporyn.
    "I'm not going to use any recorded music in the near future,'' Hawkins said, between sips of water at a Cambridge cafe. She had just spent several hours rehearsing her company at the Dance Complex, though her energy wasn't a bit diminished.
    "I spend more time going to music concerts than anything,'' she said. ``Boston is so full of new music, and I've realized, why not use that?''

Dancer alleges neighbor operates B&B in Park Avenue apartment
"NEW YORK (AP) -- A former dancer with the New York City Ballet has filed a lawsuit alleging that her neighbor is running an illegal bed and breakfast in an apartment in one of the city's fanciest neighborhoods.
    "Janet Villella says in court papers that next door neighbor Ruth Hoffman, a former real estate manager, is renting part of her apartment as a hotel for strangers whom she claims are her "godchildren" from other countries.

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27-01-02, 08:34 AM (GMT)
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14. "Sunday Links - 27 January"
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   Isadora Duncan book review
Dancing queen with feet of clay
Isadora: A Sensational Life
Peter Kurth
Little, Brown £25, pp652
Frederick Ashton adored her, George Balanchine vilified her - no dancer has ever divided opinion quite like Isadora Duncan. Peter Kurth tries to rescue her from her legend in Isadora
Reviewed by Jann Parry
"He has synthesised masses of material, including her own lurid My Life, into a graphic report of what she did and with whom she did it. Even though he sets out to be even-handed, drawing on accounts of her behaviour by people she damaged as well as those whose lives were transformed by her, he finds himself on her side. Yes, she was crazy and self-destructive - but look at the societies in which she moved: America at the turn of the twentieth century; Russia just after the Revolution; Europe during the First World War. Calamity was part of the fabric of her life, along with extravagant idealism and defiant artistic experiments.
    "Kurth takes her claims about her girlhood in California, Chicago and New York with many pinches of salt. She called herself a 'baby Bolshevik', rebelling against American social conventions. But he points out that she was not as free-spirited as she pretended. She studied how to be seemingly spontaneous, she took dance lessons as a music-hall performer and remained a 'chaste nymph' until she was 25."

Compagnie Josef Nadj
In an opium eater's mind
Comedia Tempio Compagnie Josef Nadj, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE1
by Jann Parry
"Nadj's work is impossible to follow. You have to let it happen, its rhythms evolving over the span of the piece, the imagery making its own non-sense. Addictive, once it gets to you."

Sadly I can't find a David Dougill review in the Sunday Times today I'm afraid

Bill T. Jones Searches for Beauty, and a New Home
"DURING an open rehearsal at Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem last month, Bill T. Jones spoke glowingly of the Beethoven quartet he had chosen to accompany a new work — its range, its expansiveness, its spiritual transcendence. But, after the run-through, while answering a question from the audience, he swiveled his pelvis (subtly) and said, "There are things this body knows from dancing in front of the juke box."
    "Mr. Jones relishes rubbing the loftiest of ideals against the down and dirty. He is devoted to both religious and physical ecstasy and can juxtapose them, or equate them, in his performances. He has been known for the beguiling physicality of his solos, the complexity of his group works and his confrontational gestures and words. The Muhammad Ali of the dance world, he possesses an audacity, eloquence and insolence that have elicited both awe and irritation."

Eva La Yerbabuena
Keeping the Flame of Flamenco
"ADRID -- THE flamenco dancer Eva La Yerbabuena performed here unexpectedly in November at a fund- raiser for children in India at the Colegio Oficial de Médicos. As the mother of a 7-year-old daughter, she wanted to participate, even though she was given only 10 minutes to perform, on a makeshift stage, between a comedy act and a musical act. Still, a huge crowd turned up to see her.
    "La Yerbabuena, 31, is the most exciting young flamenco dancer in Spain today. She is also a traditionalist, unlike her well- known contemporaries, like Joaquín Cortés, Sara Baras and María Pagés, who are modernizing flamenco, borrowing from hip-hop, tap, rock and opera or even taking off some of their clothes. To purists, such modernizers have traded flamenco's intimacy for sensation, its earthiness for hyped-up sexuality.

Anna Halprin
At 81, Dancing With New Partners
"SAN FRANCISCO -- ANNA HALPRIN gingerly walked a few inches on her bare feet across the hardwood floor of the dance studio. Across the room Koma called out to her softly: "Walk as if each step was on a carpet of tiny, tiny flowers and you are not wanting to crush them. Feel the nice smell of the flowers in the upper body. And below, under your feet, destruction!"
    "Ms. Halprin, 81, tried again. This time she let her chest and head arch slightly backward and her arms float gently open, elbows bent, as she moved her feet in small steps, brushing them lightly across the top of the floor and then plowing them down in the imaginary flowers. "My balance isn't so good now, so walking slow is hard," Ms. Halprin told the Japanese-born Koma, 53, and his wife, Eiko, 49, who crouched near Ms. Halprin's feet."

Mime festival: Clown jewels
Michael Wright on the strange circus tricks and simple pleasures of a mime extravaganza
" I had almost forgotten what strange tricks the human body can play, and the laughter — and wonder — its transformations can generate. Take the French group Compagnie 111, an acrobatic trio of “sonic jugglers”, creating complex cross-rhythms by bouncing white rubber balls — plock, plock, plockety, plock — off a series of coloured wooden boxes on the bare stage. "

Nicola Hawkins
Hawkin's pieces provocative, but lack emotional punch
By Thea Singer,
"There's a paradox built into Nicola Hawkins's choreography. What's strongest about her dances - their fluid, elegant lines; their origins in sharply delineated music; their surefooted deliberateness; and their dramatic core - is also what can undermine them. Hawkins's works, beautiful as they are, often lack contrast - in dynamics, in rhythmic complexity, in emotional intent. And it's contrast, after all, and the risk-taking that impels it that give any artform its punch."

Madrid ballet tickets
Ask the experts
Our resident Lonely Planet experts answer your travel queries
by Tom Hall and Rachel Suddart
"We are visiting Madrid next month and want to book tickets for the opera or ballet at Teatro Real. We do not speak enough Spanish to book by phone so we would like to know how we can find out what is on and how to book?"

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Bruce Madmin

27-01-02, 08:51 AM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Sunday Links - 27 January"
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   Just came across this - I think we might have missed earlier..

Darcey Bussell: Ballet superstar

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27-01-02, 11:15 AM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Sunday Links - 27 January"
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   LAST EDITED ON 27-01-02 AT 11:36 AM (GMT)

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29-01-02, 01:12 PM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Sunday Links - 27 January"
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   There wasn't a David Dougill review in The Sunday Times this week, although there was a book review of the new Isadora Duncan biography - very positive, from a skimmed reading of it.

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