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Brendan McCarthymoderator

04-02-02, 06:29 AM (GMT)
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"Latest review links w/b 4th February 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  
  Links: Monday 4th Brendan McCarthymoderator 04-02-02 1
     RE: Links: Monday 4th Brendan McCarthymoderator 04-02-02 2
     RE: Links: Monday 4th Jane S 04-02-02 3
         RE: Links: Tuesday 5th Brendan McCarthymoderator 05-02-02 4
  Bookmarking Todays review links page Bruce Madmin 05-02-02 6
     RE: Wednesday links - 6th February AnnWilliams 06-02-02 7
         RE: Thursday links - 7th February AnnWilliams 07-02-02 8
             RE: Thursday links - 7th February Brendan McCarthymoderator 07-02-02 9
                 RE: Thursday links - 7th February AnnWilliams 07-02-02 10
             RE: Thursday links - 7th February Jane S 07-02-02 11
                 RE: Friday links, 8th February AnnWilliams 08-02-02 12
                     RE: Saturday 9th Brendan McCarthymoderator 09-02-02 14
                         RE: Sunday 10th Brendan McCarthymoderator 10-02-02 15
                             RE: Sunday 10th Bruce Madmin 10-02-02 16

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Brendan McCarthymoderator

04-02-02, 06:32 AM (GMT)
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1. "Links: Monday 4th"
In response to message #0
   Nadine Meisner of the Indie on Pina Bausch. "This is Bausch on autopilot, Bausch creating gags that don't always hit the funny mark, Bausch painting images that don't always punch you in the guts. And yet, even non-vintage Bausch has a unique power. The strongest moments will burn themselves for ever in your memory".

Ismene Brown of the Telegraph has been to see Lindsay Kemp: "It is sad that there appears to be so little room in the British dance world for self-absorbed fantasists such as Lindsay Kemp. We are so wedded to the company ethic in modern dance that the maverick individual has slipped out of favour".

Donald Hutera of the Times on the Riverdance phenomenon. "....razzmatazz footwork making a vivid impression. The choreography is physically more flexible than I remembered it, with arms not always pinned to waists. But Riverdance has its kitsch side".

Alice Bain of the Guardian. "Is Riverdance past its sell-by date? Surprisingly not".

From the Times a short obituary for Olive Norton, one of the members of Ninette de Valois’s Vic-Wells ballet.

Anna Kisselgoff of the NY Times on a NYCB Robbins programme (significant for us as Stretton intends to show more of his work here in London).

From the NY Times an essay by Jack Anderson on the proper relationship between music and choreography. "The proliferation of musically titled dances makes me fear that many choreographers may be limiting their inspiration to music alone. Balanchine once termed music a floor for dancing, an image implying that dances are like houses. But houses have features other than floors. For instance, they have windows and doors by which the outside world can be let in or out".

From the NY Times a profile of the General Manager of the Mark Morris Dance Company. "He is an unlikely front man for a dance company. Mr. Alterman's résumé is picaresque: kicked out of college, he studied acting at academies including the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, where he incurred his first theatrical injuries in a fistfight with an instructor: "He tore my shirt off!"

Joan Acocella writes for the New Yorker on the city's Flamenco Festival. Here she is on Eva Yerbabuena. "She swung; she scooped the rhythms out of the floor; she let us have a little fun, with the result that when, eventually, she took the plunge—straightened up, braced herself, and dove into flamenco's duende, or soul—we believed her and followed her".

The Boston Globe on the choreographers Steve Petronio and Susan Marshall

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Brendan McCarthymoderator

04-02-02, 09:21 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Links: Monday 4th"
In response to message #1
   LAST EDITED ON 04-02-02 AT 09:24 AM (GMT)

CC on Pina. Or Tina, as I heard someone call her (mmmm--- I like Tina. Tina Bausch-Mausch. Good name for a cat....).

"I think the chicken was the star of the show. It played its part - eating pieces of watermelon that had been so kindly splattered over the Sadler's Wells stage - and made no song and dance about it. Nor did it utter a word".

Then the big finish----

"I find it shapeless, pointless, Teutonically portentous, and in danger of disappearing up its own mazurka. The programme-book is an offensively clever object: four inches wide, 23 inches long. Useful perhaps as a fly-swat, but about as easy to read as the Rosetta Stone, and both stiflingly pretentious and uninformative. Avoid it".

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Jane S

04-02-02, 11:13 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Links: Monday 4th"
In response to message #1
   Jenny Gilbert on the RB's triple bill:

"So it was left to Frederick Ashton to cut through the sugar with
the blast of corrosive narrative that is Marguerite and Armand."


(This is from yesterday's Independent on Sunday)

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Brendan McCarthymoderator

05-02-02, 07:37 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Links: Tuesday 5th"
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   LAST EDITED ON 05-02-02 AT 09:12 AM (GMT)

As the London dailies seem to have no dance stories, we start north of the border. According to the Scotsman, "Studies have found that female ballet dancers tend to be smaller than average not because their profession has made them that way but because their size led them to choose dancing as a career. The research, published today in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, claims there is no evidence to show that rigorous exercise affects a young ballerina’s growth or delays sexual maturity".

Rachel Sylvester of The Telegraph has written a profile of Tessa Jowell: "Her large blue eyes lock earnestly on to mine: it is definitely a "Tessa" and "Rachel" moment".

A good piece from yesterday's FT about the Barbican's innovative approach to raising sponsorship.

From the music website Musicweb UK a music-oriented review of Rambert's recent programme and of several dance videos.

Tobi Tobias of New York Magazine on two works by Peter Martins for NYCB's winter season. The reviewer is not enthused.

The Toronto Globe and Mail has details of the National Ballet of Canada's 2002-3 season, with UK choreographers represented by Ashton (Fille) and MacMillan (Elite Syncopations).
Link to the Globe and Mail

Lucky Chicago. Two local philanthropists give $39 million to the Music and Dance Theater, home of Joffrey and of the Hubbard St Dance Company. Might their generosity stretch to London?

Kevin Ng (yes - ours!) writes for the South China Morning Post on Compania Maria Pages' flamenco show "La Tirana".

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Bruce Madmin

05-02-02, 12:45 PM (GMT)
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6. "Bookmarking Todays review links page"
In response to message #0
Just pulled together what is hopefully a useful notes on bookmarking these review link pages. More here:

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06-02-02, 09:00 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Wednesday links - 6th February"
In response to message #6
   Clement Crisp in the FT on the Bolshoi's presentation of Ashton's 'Fille'

'Kaptsova is an adorable Lise, pretty as can be in technique and manner, never forcing effects, and showing that this country girl is, despite her naughtiness, a sweet-natured, dear and sensible young woman. The little steps (inspired by Georgian dance) that glittered on her feet in the corn-field duet, sprung lightly from the ground. The mime was pretty, heart-touching. I thought her entirely worthy of the role, and able to keep its every moment fresh, natural, and happily her own.'

Charles Spencer in the Telegraph on a strange-sounding Korean musical at the Apollo in Hammersmith:

'What really kept me hooked, though, were the hats. It's clear that this is going to be no ordinary musical when the chorus make their first appearance wearing rattan waste paper baskets over their heads (actually, chaps, it's the script that should have been binned). The Queen later takes to the stage with what looks like the chrome exhaust system of a Harley-Davidson balanced on her bonce..'

This story is from 'The Daily Mail & Guardian' but it's not clear from which country:

Crackdown on crotches cuts no ice

Ice skating has a reputation as a sport beloved of old ladies. The International Skating Union (ISU) fights hard to keep it that way :

'Over the past five years the sport's governing body has taken action against male skaters displaying chest and underarm hair, women wearing form-hugging unitards and men donning tights, the American Brian Boitano having apparently given a group of elderly judges palpitations with a case of VPL in which the P did not stand for panty'

A gossipy piece from the San Francisco Examiner on the recent SFB gala, but it does contain some ballet news if you read through it:

'It is true that SFB principals Lucia LaCarra and Cyril Pierre will move to the Munich Ballet next season. No hard feelings here, but they are the hottest guest duo on the planet. They are the Dame Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev of the new millennium. Ah well. I guess trips from to Paris, London and even New York are more manageable if you're based in Europe. And it is likely that native Europeans with perhaps seven to eight years remaining in their careers may want to be on their home turf. '

Judith Mackrell in the Guardian is enthusiastic about a new Shobana Jeyansingh piece:

'Her distinctive Anglo-Asian style has been extended in all directions with slick, knowing jazz inflections and the curvy spaciousness of ballet - and the dancers look both culturally displaced and globally confident as they fuse these idioms'

Jennifer Dunning in the New York Times on NYCB:

Adding a Bit More Luster to a Polished Diamond

'Christopher Wheeldon's "Variations Sérieuses," danced to music by Mendelssohn, has the charm and vivid detail of a toy theater. Ian Falconer's typically imaginative set — a stage seen from the wings — is part of the effect. But Mr. Wheeldon brings fresh color to his story of backstage ballet life by affectionately embracing its cozy, well-observed clichés'

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07-02-02, 10:17 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Thursday links - 7th February"
In response to message #7
   From the Independent, John Percival being kinder than I was about Lindsay Kemp (despite that headline):

Carry on Kemping

' "Requiem for Antonio Salieri" is fun, especially when Kemp plays an imaginary keyboard with immense zest, capering about enthusiastically to match, even though it seems to show that poor old Salieri wrote the musical equivalent of doggerel, which I thought nobody believed any more.'

From the Telegraph, Ismene Brown reviews Shobana Jeyasingh currently on tour:

'Having had a year off, she makes a most welcome return with a powerful new piece, Phantasmaton, in which she lets her urbane mask slip, and turns her dilemma at last into a human drama as well as an aesthetic journey.'

The Village Voice on NYCB's current programme:

Black on White
by Deborah Jowitt

On 'Hallelujah Junction' Peter Martins' new work to a John Adams score: 'Because Kirsten Lund Nielsen has dressed the ensemble men in white practice clothes, and the women in black, the first moment they all appear together it's as if the pianos' white and black keys are spilling down and marching toward the audience...'


From the Times:

British Dance Edition; Birmingham

BRITAIN'S second city became the first city for dance last week for the biannual British Dance Edition, an event designed to showcase the diversity of choreography being created in the UK.

From the New York Times, Anna Kisselgoff enthuses on Buglisi/Foreman Dance: 'They hark back to more ecstatic times when passion was expressed directly. Mr. Foreman occasionally shows a mystical bent. In "Requiem," Ms. Buglisi confirms her affinity for the Baroque.'

A Painterly Light Cast on Mourning

And these final two pieces come thanks to Brendan:

A Kirov story from the Times foreign news pages

A good piece about the RB's Yohei Sasaki from the Daily Yomiuri

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Brendan McCarthymoderator

07-02-02, 10:24 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Thursday links - 7th February"
In response to message #8
   Just to point up the piece about Yohei Sasaki; it mentions his promotion to Senior Soloist at the RB.

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07-02-02, 12:35 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Thursday links - 7th February"
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   The URL for the Telegraph piece again:


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Jane S

07-02-02, 05:44 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Thursday links - 7th February"
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   There's a long piece about Marienela Nunez, by Luke Jennings, in the Standard:


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08-02-02, 08:37 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Friday links, 8th February"
In response to message #11
   The Times' Donald Hutera on Shobana Jeyansingh:
'Jeyasingh's searching kinetic and spatial intelligence is apparent. She plays with the edge of the stage frame, making the dancers execute accumulatory movement in an icy blue light in the wings. They stride on and off with mechanical urgency, some straggling behind to stamp out an intricate little tattoo before rejoining the stream.'

The Washington Post on an exhibition of Nureyev photographs by James Wyeth:
'When Wyeth started making pictures of Nureyev, the dancer was at the height of his powers. The early images, made with the benefit of close observation and extended sittings with the dancer, are the strongest in the show. They show an arrogant and aloof man, with a deep scar (caused by a childhood altercation with a dog) on his lip.'

Also from the Washington Post, and connected with the above, an extraordinary story of wealth and power:

'The woman at the epicenter of Washington's latest cultural temblor, philanthropist Catherine Reynolds, was serene and smiling last night at the Kennedy Center. On Monday, she canceled her $38 million donation to the Smithsonian Institution after months of frustration with museum officials concerning how the money would be used.'

From the BBC News service, a report on the reopening of the Milan Opera House following the dramatic crashing of a glass panel into the auditorium:

'Before the accident at the Arcimboldi, creaking noises were heard from the ceiling. The audience was evacuated from the auditorium before two of the 100 glass ceiling panels plunged six metres to the floor.'

The Irish Times news pages report the Irish government's decision to set up
an Academy for the Performing Arts in Dublin, with dance 'nodes' in Cork and

Kevin Ng has a piece in the St. Petersburg Times on the current UK tour of St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre.

Octavia Roca in the San Francisco Chronicle on the San Francisco Ballet's current programme:

'When it works, a Robbins ballet may be the best way to show all that is good in the arts in the United States: The optimism, daring, urbanity and youthful innocence at the heart of American culture find their most ravishing expression in Robbins' choreography.'

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Brendan McCarthymoderator

09-02-02, 09:18 AM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Saturday 9th"
In response to message #12
   La Bayadere is Debra Craine's Choice of the Week in the Times. "The dancing is splendid, while the music is full of bounce. Don’t miss it".

Yet another review of Peter Kurth's Isadora, this time from the FT by Susanna Rustin. "....carefully researched and beautifully put together. It is very long, very detailed, and rather heavy going".

Valerie Lawson of the Sydney Morning Herald marks the retirement from Bangarra Dance Theatre of Djakapurra Munyarryun, " the man whose presence dominated the Olympics opening ceremony ".

The Boston Herald on Maina Gielgud's staging of Giselle for Boston Ballet. "Gielgud's version isn't a radical reworking of the scenario, as was Sylvie Guillem's recent effort, but rather a ``timeless'' version, as she described it. ``I feel that if `Giselle' has lasted this long,'' said Gielgud, ``and will continue to last, as I firmly believe, it's because it is very actual, and needs to be depicted as very real, and communicated as very real.''

Sarah Kaufman of the Washington Post anticipates the Kirov's return to the Kennedy Center this week. The most interesting little detail is this: "When performers and crew start arriving at the Kennedy Center next week, they won't be paid a per diem, the daily spending money parceled out to artists on tour so they can buy food and drink. Citing concerns that the performers and crew might starve themselves in order to save up the hard currency for their families at home, the center will be issuing "chits" for them to exchange for meals at the center's canteen. "The issue is to make sure people eat and don't send the money home," Michael Kaiser said.

The Washington Times also covers the Kirov's return

The LA Times previews ABT's new Swan Lake. The biggest makeover is for Rothbart. According to Kevin McKenzie, the AD, "To establish those supernatural powers at the very beginning, he is transformed in front of the audience from a beast to a very handsome man and back again. They see the monster, then the handsome guy they're going to see in the third act, and back again."

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Brendan McCarthymoderator

10-02-02, 08:08 AM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Sunday 10th"
In response to message #14
   LAST EDITED ON 10-02-02 AT 09:11 AM (GMT)

Bruce will add the Sunday Times later as I still have no access to their site

The various obituaries for Princess Margaret mark her association with the Royal Ballet, including this one from the Telegraph. "In the 1970s she took part in water ballets at a friend's house, choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton. More importantly, she persuaded Ashton to put on a special Covent Garden gala for the Queen Mother's 80th birthday".

BBC News Online on the late Princess Margaret's associations with the Royal Ballet. "Her first love was the ballet. She once told Dame Ninette de Valois after a visit to Covent Garden: "I had shivers down my back watching. My hands are quite worn out from clapping." Here the late Princess is seen with Darcey Bussell.
Link to story

Jann Parry of the Observer on the latest Wayne McGregor experience, Nemesis, 'muppets' and all. This is a feature, not a review. "Many of McGregor's ideas have been ahead of their time, though projects that foundered at first have since become feasible, thanks to advances in telecommunications. It will no longer be a problem to link Random at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh with dancers in Stockholm for a simultaneous performance, as McGregor plans to do in April. Both groups will perform his choreography, dancing with virtual partners, the realisation of an ambition McGregor had to abandon four years ago when high-speed, high-resolution broadband technology was a bigger deal than it is now".

Ismene Brown saw McGregor's Nemesis for yesterday's Telegraph. Mmmmm: "It looks spectacular, but you may ask whether it leads to either dramatic theatre or intriguing new dance. The answer is, not really". The review is still not on the paper's website, but an associated one.

The Sunday Herald's critic has been to see Riverdance. "Strip away the layers of whimsy, the cod-Irish history, the astonishingly bad poetry, and beneath you still get the simple, inspired formula that propelled this show from Euro vision filler to showbiz phenomenon".

Christopher Bowen of Scotland on Sunday on the Flemish choreographer Wim Vandekeybus. "The Vandekeybus ‘look’ - characterised by ordinary-looking young people wearing ordinary-looking clothes, chucking each other around in scenes intercut with passages of dialogue and film clips - became the common language of a generation of dance-makers from Portugal to Poland. Yet none have the eye for telling detail or sheer theatrical bravura of Vandekeybus".

More from the Washington Post on the Kirov's residency at the Kennedy Center. "Michael Kaiser, whose stint as the head of London's Royal Opera taught him a thing or two about the city's mercurial critics, says the Kirov's back-to-back opera and ballet performances in Washington won't tax their resources. "We're very confident: They're rested, they're ready to go, and they are very comfortable" with the productions they're bringing, Kaiser says".

The SF Chronicle on the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. "Alvin always encouraged us," Judith Jamison said, "and I encourage my dancers now to seek out the humanity, to go outside and see what the rest of the world is doing.

The NY Times on Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and its transformation by the Artistic Director, Gradimir Pankov.

Jennifer Dunning of the NY TImes on how September 11th affected a small modern dance company, Monte Brown Dance.

The NY Times on the choreographer Miguel Gutierrez.

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Bruce Madmin

10-02-02, 09:26 AM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Sunday 10th"
In response to message #15
   Bausch + Kemp
Dance: Stretching a point
Pina Bausch is joyous and dotty, if self-indulgent, while Lindsay Kemp’s comeback show is a case of diminishing returns, says David Dougill
".... This gives way to a final film of flowers opening — a garden of Eden. It’s lovely, but by this time, Bausch — rather characteristically — has undermined the joys with overlength and overindulgence."
    "Finally, Kemp was The Angel, rippling with vast white silk wings in homage to Loie Fuller, that pioneer of fabric-and-light dancing.
Spectacular, yes; revelatory, no."

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
This is an abridged version of The Times obituary. The full text will appear on Monday, February 11.

The Seventies revisited:
A life in the day: Humphrey Burton
& here is teh ballet quote...
"And I've got very keen on ballet - it's got none of the disappointments of the theatre."

Relative values: Arlene Phillips, choreographer (founder of Hot Gossip), and her daughter Alana, singer

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