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Brendan McCarthymoderator

04-03-02, 07:15 AM (GMT)
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"Latest Review Links - w/b Monday 4th March "
   Each day we add the latest links to reviews and interviews that we find on the major newspaper web sites around the world. If you find a link that we have missed do please post it up, preferably as a URL link.
Last weeks thread:

Bookmarking this page:
Click on the following link and then bookmark the links page that comes back - it's a special URL that will always bring you to the thread with the latest reviews:

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 04-03-02 1
     RE: Links - Monday 4th (2) Brendan McCarthymoderator 04-03-02 2
         RE: Links - Tuesday 5th Brendan McCarthymoderator 05-03-02 3
             RE: Links - Tuesday 5th Anneliese 05-03-02 5
                 RE: Links - Tuesday 5th (2) Brendan McCarthymoderator 05-03-02 6
                     RE: Links - Tuesday 5th (3) Brendan McCarthymoderator 05-03-02 7
                         RE: Links - Wednesday links - 6th March AnnWilliams 06-03-02 8
                             RE: Links - Thursday links Thursday 7th March AnnWilliams 07-03-02 9
                             RE: Links - Friday 8th March AnnWilliams 08-03-02 10
                             RE: Links - Friday 8th March Brendan McCarthymoderator 08-03-02 11
         RE: Links - Monday 4th (2) Justin 08-03-02 12
             RE: Links - Saturday 9th Brendan McCarthymoderator 09-03-02 13
                 RE: Links - Saturday 9th AEHandley 09-03-02 15
             RE: Links - Monday 4th (2) Shirley 09-03-02 14
                 RE: Links - Sunday 10th Brendan McCarthymoderator 10-03-02 16

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Brendan McCarthymoderator

04-03-02, 07:21 AM (GMT)
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1. "Links - Monday 4th "
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   Judith Mackrell on Wayne McGregor's Nemesis. "This is a piece that would benefit from some tighter editing. It is also likely that another two months of performance would produce even defter handling of the dancers' animatronic limbs. Yet the piece is fuelled by an imagination that far supersedes its weaknesses. Nothing quite like Nemesis has ever been seen on the dance stage".

The (uncredited) Times reviewer is more doubtful. "The piece bursts with images, with choreography itching to speak its mind. But for all its scrupulous thought and good intentions, it doesn’t add up".

Ismene Brown has been to Paris to see Kader Belarbi's new ballet Hurlevent (Wuthering Heights in French) for Paris Opera Ballet. "This is a seriously good new story-ballet, its resonance and detailed craft demanding a visit to Paris".

Nadine Meisner on Outside In at the Clore and Vincent Dance Theatre. "Marston and other emerging choreographers are perhaps the signal that ballet is vacating its creative doldrums. That sad location now belongs to dance theatre, which a decade or two ago fizzed with fresh ideas, but today is just recycling them".

The Scotsman on La Cuadra de Sevilla. "While the absence of subtitles may make this Andalusian Flamenco folk opera a little hard to follow, take heart in the fact that you’re not alone. "It’s also difficult for a Spanish audience to understand the singers, because they distort the words," says Salvador Távora".

The Washington Post on the Joffrey Ballet's closing programme at the Kennedy Center. "After the stuffy and awkward ersatz-Nijinsky program that opened its run, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago closed its Kennedy Center Opera House appearance with a bracing assortment of exhilaratingly fine dancing. It was like sampling a box of chocolates after pea soup and brown bread".

The Washington Times notices the Nijinsky programme given in the earlier part of the week by the Joffey. "The re-creation of this watershed moment (Sacre) from fragments of notated scores, dancers' memories and artists' sketches is a thrilling achievement, even if Ms. Hodson had to fill in many passages".

The NY Times also reviews the Joffrey's Nijinsky programme (three works constructed by Millicent Hodson - Jeux, Sacre, L'Apres-midi). "This tantalizing triple bill says much about what all three works signify and also that yesterday's scandal is not always today's classic".

Why a televised Othello by the SFB is proving controversial. "A modern dancer, Desmond Richardson, has been imported to play the Moor; not because he is a modern dancer and "Othello's" choreographer Lar Lubovitch is a modern choreographer, it seems, but because Richardson is black".

A think-piece from the Toronto Star on the return of the story ballet and how it can be relevant in the age of television.
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Brendan McCarthymoderator

04-03-02, 10:35 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Links - Monday 4th (2)"
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   "Dancers put Olé into Royal Ballet" is the rather worrying headline for an Evening Standard preview of the Enduring Images RB bill.

That said, the piece amounts to very little more than this quote: "Five out of the six ballerinas in our flagship company who appear in visiting choreographer Nacho Duato's Por Vos Muero (For Thee I Die) are either full-blooded Spanish or Spanish-speaking. "I picked them by pure chance," insists Duato. "I knew there were one or two Spanish dancers here but I'd no idea there were so many."

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05-03-02, 07:12 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Links - Tuesday 5th "
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   LAST EDITED ON 05-03-02 AT 07:22 AM (GMT)

A quiet morning. Nothing yet on the RB's Enduring Images bill.

Dame Beryl Grey is the subject of a profile by Debra Craine for the Times. “I am deeply grateful to Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov for having broken down that awful barrier between contemporary and classical work. In my day nobody wanted to know about the other and we have both gained so much as a result of breaking down barriers. But I do think we have to be awfully careful that we don’t lose the pure classical ballet. I hope it doesn’t disappear.”

The Frankfurter Allgemeine on Suraya Hilal Dance Company's "Al Janub", a programme of music and dance originating in the rural traditions of Upper Egypt. "The dancers wore wide, floor-length robes girded around their hips; the audience got a glimpse of bare toes beneath. Their heads were always covered -- the women's mostly with artfully draped colorful scarves, whose flying ends enhanced their movements. The dancers usually had one arm raised, while the other curved downward to counterbalance the body".
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The NY Times on Joffrey Ballet in Tudor's Lilac Garden. "Today many of the major European ballet troupes are in transition. The Royal Ballet is not the Royal Ballet of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, and the Kirov Ballet is not the company that spawned Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Too often, performances in these companies depend on who is dancing, and expectations can be dashed. The Joffrey also has different dancers, but it delivers a complete package in which the production matters first, thanks to details in staging and the spirit of ensemble performing".

The Washington Post on forthcoming dance programming at the Kennedy Center.

As it is a quiet morning in terms of the newspapers, it is an opportunity to note a few Dancing Times stories now available online. Yolande Snaith – Creating Her Own Reality by Rachel Duerden, from the January issue.

Mary Clarke on the RB's Don W from the December issue

Choreographers Today – Charles Linehan By Sanjoy Roy, also from the December issue

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05-03-02, 10:39 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Links - Tuesday 5th "
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   Re. the Grey interview - I was surprised to read about her storming up the stairs in high heels. One thing that stuck in my mind from her biography (which I read about 20 yrs ago - was it by Crisp?) was that she had special shoes made to support her arches (or something) and that they were sensible lace-ups and she never wore heels. Jim, can you comment?

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Brendan McCarthymoderator

05-03-02, 10:41 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Links - Tuesday 5th (2)"
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   The first reviews have appeared of the Royal Ballet's Enduring Images bill. Both of this morning's writers are somewhat tepid in their judgements. According to Judith Mackrell in the Guardian, "the evening's excitement only simmers intermittently. Just as none of the ballets are strictly cutting edge, so I am not sure we will be queuing to see them in 100 years".

Luke Jennings of the Evening Standard is similarly underwhelmed, applauding Remanso and In the Middle, and less certain of 'Vertiginous', before setting on the final piece.
"This sense of diminishing returns is confirmed by Por Vos Muero, set to 16th century Spanish music. Duato's choreographic observation, so deft in Remanso, is here merely banal. The piece is dense with business - there are masks, smoking thuribles of incense, recorded chunks of doomy Spanish verse - but ersatz-seeming, like an outtake from El Cid".

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05-03-02, 12:31 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Links - Tuesday 5th (3)"
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   LAST EDITED ON 05-03-02 AT 02:17 PM (GMT)

From the March edition of New Criterion, 'Petipaw', an essay by Laura Jacobs. It's about the very long shadow cast by Balanchine's legacy, and what this means for two NYCB choreographers, Melissa Barak and Christopher Wheeldon. The title refers to Balanchine's cat, Mourka. The great man had wanted to present Mourka in a public programme titled “The Evolution of Ballet: From Petipa to Petipaw”.

From the Liverpool Daily Post (thank you Helen) an interview with Patricia Ruanne about ENB's Romeo and Juliet.

Today's Guardian has a feature on the various options for receiving BBC4.

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06-03-02, 08:45 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Links - Wednesday links - 6th March"
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   Ismene Brown in the Telegraph on the RB's 'Enduring Images' Programme. She's not too keen, it seems...

Debra Craine in the Times on the Enduring Images programme. (She doesn't like it much either)

......while Judith Mackrell in the Guardian is less cruel about the whole thing


.....but Clement Crisp doesn't even bother with faint prase

The NY Times on the Paul Taylor Dance Company:


From the Washington Post, Jacqueline Trescott reports on a culturally significant move for Washingtonians:

'The Royal Shakespeare Company, one of England's theatrical dynasties, has signed an agreement to bring its presentations to the Kennedy Center for the next five years.'


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07-03-02, 08:51 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Links - Thursday links Thursday 7th March"
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   John Percival in the Independent sees Random Dance Co's 'Nemesis' at Sadlers Wells's:

'Nemesis is never boring, but it scarcely adds up to the sum of its parts. "Extraterrestrial dance meets reality TV," said the publicity. "Sharp but earthy dance coincides with still pictures, videos and dangerous appliances" might be more accurate. Interesting, yes; satisfying, no.'


Donald Hutera in the Times on ENB's 'Romeo & Juliet' at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool:

'The entire production is wall-to-wall dance. Nureyev packed it with often complicated, high-spirited kinetic inventions, including weaving chains of movement for the corps. '


From Melbourne's 'The Age', Valerie Lawson on Australian Ballet's 40th anniversary celebration:

'Guests included three former artistic directors, Marilyn Jones, Maina Gielgud and Ross Stretton, and present artistic director David McAllister. Stretton left London - where he is artistic director of the Royal Ballet - on Tuesday morning in a dash to make the 8.37 curtain call last night.' (That rocked me a bit - I saw him at Covent Garden on Monday night - crikey!)


Valerie Lawson again, this time in the Sydney Morning Herald, on the Trocs:

'At 28 years old, the Trocks are older than Diaghilevs Ballets Russes, or even its successor, the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, whose name they borrowed. The company has become an institution, not just because they laugh at dance, but because they love it.'

Anna Kisselgoff in the NY Times on Ballet Florida at the Joyce Theatre:

'...."Steptext" again receives the performance it deserves. Nothing can erase the memory of Pascale Michelet and the Lyon Opera Ballet when the work was first seen in New York in 1987. But the Florida cast captures the off- balance tensions of its duets and ominous, voyeuristic aura.'


Deborah Jowitt in the Village on this week's dance scene in New York, including Paul Taylor and Mark Morris (lucky New Yorkers!)


From the Miami Herald, a report on a young company's ambitious production of 'Firebird' (not the Fokine version, evidently..)


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08-03-02, 08:10 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Links - Friday 8th March"
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   Today's links. Note: I've been unable to gt into the Birmingham Post, which may have reviews of BRB's Romeo & Juliet - anyone else?

Valerie Lawson interviews Ross Stretton in the Sydney Morning Herald:

'(Stretton) has been taunted by the British critics but enjoys much support from the Royal Opera House board, and its new executive director, Tony Hall. They are eager to attract younger audiences enthused, they hope, by Stretton's repertoire choices.'


Judith Mackrell on BRB's Romeo & Juliet at the Hippodrome in Birmingham:

'The fight scenes (which I have not enjoyed so much in ages) were at flamboyantly full tilt, and everyone died with amazing vehemence and style. It was a real company performance.'


Donald Hutera in the Times on BRB's R&J:

'Robert Parker, the opening night Romeo, gave us a young man with a sunny disposition and natural exuberance. His Juliet, Monica Zamora, is a sweet, saucer-eyed girl initially seen playing with a doll. Her impending arranged marriage to Tiit Helimets' somewhat blunt Paris provides a motive for her sudden journey to adulthood. '

From the FT, a report on the appointment of Jean-Luc Choplin as Chief Executive of Sadler's Wells:


I missed this piece on ABT in Washington from the Washington Post yesterday:

'It wasn't just the lively programming, with a quirky piece, a romantic piece and a crisp classical piece. It wasn't just the luscious costuming, the candy colors and sweeping gowns and snowy satin tutus. It was the dancing -- the glorious, stage-engulfing, many-faceted performances of both the stars and the corps of American Ballet Theatre -- that made the troupe's opening-night program Tuesday at the Kennedy Center Opera House feel like an invigorating rain after a long drought.'


A curious piece from the Toronto Sun about a former pupil of the National Ballet School of Canada who became a highly-paid stripper. Are you sitting comfortably?

'A.k.a. Vanna Lace. Penthouse covergirl. Eight-time Miss Nude Body Beautiful. Miss Nude International, including World's Most Beautiful Face. Headliner at clubs like Whiskey A-Go-Go.'


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Brendan McCarthymoderator

08-03-02, 09:39 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Links - Friday 8th March"
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   Valerie Lawson's piece for the Sydney Morning Herald on Ross Stretton runs at greater length in The Age. There he is quoted on next year's RB rep. While he has said all of this to the Ballet Association, the salient new fact is that the 2002-3 rep will be announced on March 27th.

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08-03-02, 12:08 PM (GMT)
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Re: the Spanish piece in the Evening Standard - there are no names, even: can someone identify them? Nunez, Rojo, Yanowsky (?) ...

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09-03-02, 07:19 AM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Links - Saturday 9th"
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The leader of the ROH Orchestra, Vasko Vassiliev, tells Ismene Brown of the Telegraph that the poor image of ballet music is a result of the way it is conducted. Of Andrea Quinn he says, "She was definitely not experienced enough. She couldn't follow the dancers, she couldn't control the orchestra. It was sad, because she's a talented woman. But those big classical ballets are a major test for anybody and she was just not ready for the job." Sadly he does not comment on any of the present conductors.

Ismene also shortlists the top five male nude bottoms. (Note to Bruce: what about a poll?) "Only in recent independent British modern dance have male bottoms become fairly freely available in their natural state. Notable are Lloyd Newson's DV8, Michael Clark, Nigel Charnock and, par excellence, Javier de Frutos. He undoubtedly intended messages about social hypocrisy when he shed his clothes, but his magnificent little body justified the view".

Michael Nunn talks to the Telegraph property pages about his first home in Chiswick (where there are more dancers to the square metre than anywhere else in London).

"Our audiences are dying out": Not dance, but an interesting Guardian feature on the future of orchestras, of the orchestral concert and how new media may spice up the experience. It is a relevant piece for anyone interested in the future of dance.

The Coventry Evening Telegraph on BRB's Romeo and Juliet. "The Birmingham Royal Ballet has opened the year at the refurbished Hippodrome with a stunner".

"When you're out walking your dog, have you ever felt that you had some kind of rhythm going? Does Spot seem to wag in time to Britney? Does Rover fancy a foxtrot? Then you could be an ideal candidate for the latest trend to sweep the canine world - dancing with dogs". Read more in the Guardian.

The Moscow Times previews the Maryinsky Festival of Ballet starting in St Petersburg next week. "The festival -- which came into being thanks to the efforts of indefatigable maestro and Mariinsky artistic director Valery Gergiev -- strives, as Gergiev puts it, "to agitate souls." Primarily it is designed as a means to enable Russian audiences to see Western ballet stars, but it also showcases the best of the theater's own considerable talent".

The St Petersburg Times, while nodding to the Festival, also reports on the visit to the city of the British choreographers Charles Linehan and Carol Brown. "Charles Linehan - a graduate of the Rambert School - and Carol Brown are representatives of a new generation of British modern dance that prides itself on breaking down barriers and conventions. Both place particular emphasis on the personalities of their dancers as well as their technical abilities, resulting in an overwhelming sensual mixture of emotion, ballet and theater on stage". http://www.sptimesrussia.com/archive/times/751/features/a_5908.htm

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09-03-02, 03:32 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Links - Saturday 9th"
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   Great to see Vassiliev echoing some of my own thoughts! (eg not all Verdi is great Verdi, and the orchestra gets more chance to shine in ballet than opera, pace the great clarinet solo in Forza del Destino). Now, when's he going to put his bow down and pick up a baton...?

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09-03-02, 08:57 AM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Links - Monday 4th (2)"
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>Re: the Spanish piece in the
>Evening Standard - there are
>no names, even: can someone
>identify them? Nunez, Rojo, Yanowsky
>(?) ...

You are right on the three you mentioned. The other two are Leire Ortueta and Laura Morera.

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10-03-02, 07:39 AM (GMT)
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David Dougill of the Sunday Times on the Enduring Images bill. "No quibbles about the dancing: it was top-notch all through. The company is showing fine form under its new director, Ross Stretton". Also Wayne McGregor's Nemesis: "I came out feeling little the wiser".

The Observer's Jan Parry on the same programmes. She is unkind to Enduring Images: "The Royal Ballet's latest mixed bill presents ballet as Olympic dance-sport. Where Ross Stretton's first themed programme, Memories, was all chiffon and Prozac, the current one is Lycra and methamphetamine. We expect to see marks for speed and technical difficulty flashed above the proscenium. Themed evenings like these throw no light on the ballets or the dancers". Of Nemesis she writes: "Nemesis is a promising but incomplete experiment: more suited to a laboratory theatre but not for one that claims to be part of the West End".

Christopher Bowen in Scotland on Sunday on two Quebecois ensembles performing in Scotland, O Vertigo and Sylvain ƒmard Danses.

Jennifer Dunning of the NY Times on the issue of the body in dance and the difficulty of breaking with archetypes: "The specter that has dared not speak its name has become almost voluble in recent years in dance. Bodies that would once have been considered imperfect — fat, disabled or old — are now in unselfconscious evidence in work that makes a virtue of their imperfection".

Roslyn Sulcas writes in the NY Times on ABT's studio company

The Irish Sunday Times on Senses, a collaboration between a Dublin dance company, Rex Levitates, and a new Belfast company, Maiden Voyage.

I found this on balletalert. It is Alicia Moser's apologia for ballet from the journal First Things. "In dance, it is not just the form one sees, but the life—the possibilities—of the body itself. Dance is the most living art form there is, taking as its instrument the muscle and bone that is our first point of encounter with the world. In ballet, that instrument is honed by years of training in a technique that goes back to the seventeenth century".

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