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Brendan McCarthymoderator

15-04-02, 07:20 AM (GMT)
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"Latest Review Links w/b 15th April 2002 "
   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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  Links: Monday 15th. Brendan McCarthymoderator 15-04-02 1
     RE: Links: Monday 15th. (2) Brendan McCarthymoderator 15-04-02 2
         RE: Links: Monday 15th. (2) Hiromi M 15-04-02 3
             RE: Links: Tuesday 16th Brendan McCarthymoderator 16-04-02 4
                 RE: Links: Tuesday 16th (2) Brendan McCarthymoderator 16-04-02 5
                     RE: Links: Wednesday links, 17th April AnnWilliams 17-04-02 6
                         RE: Links: Thursday links - 18th April AnnWilliams 18-04-02 7
                             RE: Links: Thursday links - 18th April trogadmin 18-04-02 8
                             RE: Links: Thursday links - 18th April alison 18-04-02 9
                             RE: Links: Thursday links - 18th April Kevin Ng 19-04-02 10
                             RE: Links: Friday links - 19th April AnnWilliams 19-04-02 11
                             RE: Links: Saturday 20th April Brendan McCarthymoderator 20-04-02 12
                             RE: Links: Saturday 20th April Helen 20-04-02 13
                             RE: Links: Sunday 21st Brendan McCarthymoderator 21-04-02 14
                             RE: Links: Sunday 21st Brendan McCarthymoderator 21-04-02 15

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Brendan McCarthymoderator

15-04-02, 07:22 AM (GMT)
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1. "Links: Monday 15th."
In response to message #0
   John Percival's review for the Independent of the Royal Ballet's Carmen is on the FT website."Sylvie Guillem has never made any secret of her liking for Mats Ek's choreography. In fact, she got him to create two roles for her on television, but has had to wait until now for the Royal Ballet to mount one of his works. The wait was worth it: Carmen is one of Ek's most startlingly original works, with a meaty title role, and Guillem gives a great performance in it."

The Independent has a profile of Cathy Marston by Nadine Meisner. "Ballet is at the core of her choreography. Her shapes are lucid and assertive, the dancers marrying the turned-out arcs and lines of traditional classicism with modern twists. "I try to be not boring, that's key. I try to be musical. And I try to make the dancers look good. One of the reasons I love choreographing is that I admire dancers as individuals. If someone has a special quality it's important to use that, but I also try to challenge it. Ed is very easy to cast as an outsider, but in my Go-Between piece he'll be the Viscount, which is quite different for him." Again this is via the FT.

A letter to the Telegraph about dance at Catholic Masses in the U.S. "A tough, traditionalist archbishop, concelebrating Mass in one of his churches, sat beside the parish priest while the choir crooned. Mist poured into the sanctuary, and through it came dancing the scantily dressed figure of a girl. The archbishop gaped, then turned to the parish priest. "Listen, bud," he growled, "if she asks for a head on a dish, it's gonna be yours!"

The Scotsman on the acceptance of more boys than girls this year at the RBS.

From the LA Times, Lewis Segal on the relationship between dance and music. " Like the cycles of male and female dominance of the dance repertory, the chicken-and-the-egg question of music and dance will be redefined in every epoch. The current trend toward making the two arts a love match has already brought us exciting adventures in collaboration and, by breaking down traditional roles and assumptions, promises to renew the oldest relationship in live performance." http://www.calendarlive.com/top/1,1419,L-LATimes-Calendar-X!ArticleDetail-56091,00.html

From the Evening Standard last week. Why Sophie Simpson left a well-paid job in the City three years ago to pursue a career fitting ballet shoes at Freeds's. "As senior assistant to Michele Attfield, the director of Freed of London, Simpson, 25, is passionate about her work. "It's difficult to determine where the job ends and where my love of dance begins, but I wouldn't be here unless I adored dance," she says. "

The Jerusalem Post on the 35th anniversary of Israel Ballet

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Brendan McCarthymoderator

15-04-02, 11:19 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Links: Monday 15th. (2)"
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   Sarah Frater reviews Ballet Central for the Standard. "Talent-spotters were out in force last night for Ballet Central's gala performance at the Linbury Studio Theatre. Bigwigs from the Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet topped the VIP list as the spirited performing company of the Central School of Ballet presented a mixed bill of classical and contemporary works."

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15-04-02, 03:15 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Links: Monday 15th. (2)"
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   According to Itar-Tass, Russia, Mr. Mark Ermler former Bolshoi Theare conductor and worked with ROH orchestra died in Seoul on 14 April during a orchestra rehearsal.

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Brendan McCarthymoderator

16-04-02, 07:40 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Links: Tuesday 16th"
In response to message #3
   What the producer of Billy Elliott said to the Times diary about the increased numbers of boys accepted this year at the RBS. "They were just so unbelievably unhelpful while we were making Billy,” he told me at the premiere of About a Boy on Sunday. “They sent me insulting letters in response to all our requests and we ended up having to film the supposed longshots of the Royal Ballet School at a country house instead of using the real thing. It’s really ironic that they have benefited from the whole thing. They helped us not a bit.”

Jenny Gilbert reviews the Royal Ballet's Carmen and Arc Dance Company for the IoS."Sylvie Guillem is a force of nature in the central role, almost repellent in the rawness of her desires (one duet has her grab Jose's foot and almost stuff it down the front of her dress). Massimo Murru is a convincingly unmanned Jose, Jonathan Cope hilarious as a show-off smarmball of a matador. By the end, when a wildly garrulous gypsy drags Carmen's fresh corpse away, you realise Ek's humour is almost as grim as his sense of tragedy."

Michael Seaver in the Irish Times on the state of ballet in Ireland. "Ireland has always been uneasy around classical ballet. When W.B. Yeats approached Ninette de Valois to set up a ballet school at the Abbey in 1927, it was to train dancers in stylised movement for his dance plays. Although he was unsure as to the exact form of movement, he was clear that it should not be overly balletic. Yeats abhorred classical ballet and many claim that the Old Man's views in the prologue from The Death of Cuchulainn perfectly mirrored his own: "I spit upon the dancers painted by Degas. I spit upon their short bodices, their stiff stays, their toes whereon they spin like peg-tops, above all that chambermaid face."

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer on Pacific Northwest Ballet's 'Tango Tonight'. This was Stephen Baynes' first stop after his ill-starred visit to the RB. "Australian choreographer Baynes captured the intensity and emotion of this gorgeous music in a dance for five couples varying in mood from pensive to confrontational and passionate. . There is a kind of edginess in Baynes' choreography that suggests the early days of tango in the slums of Buenos Aires. The precision-pretty, upper-class tango that developed later was not in evidence here. Baynes took tango back to its elements: a questing, combative reaching out to one's partner."

Ballet with a contemporary accent by Rebecca Rice reviewed by the Boston Globe.

The NY TImes' Anna Kisselgoff on Boris Eichman Ballet's Pinocchio

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Brendan McCarthymoderator

16-04-02, 12:02 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Links: Tuesday 16th (2)"
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   LAST EDITED ON 16-04-02 AT 12:06 PM (GMT)

Also from The Times, this profile of Gillian Lynne by Valerie Grove. Here she is on the subject of her hip replacements. "“It was Cats that did it. That show is choreographed from start to finish, and I was 52 when Cats opened in 1981. I was incredibly fit — fitter than any of the others. However,” she pauses, “I’m not sure that you should put a body of that age through something as gruelling as those mad cat movements.” Since the show became such a global hit, she travelled the world for several years, training other companies to do those feline leaps and stretches. “So I think it was just wear and tear as much as arthritis.”

And from The Standard, Sarah Frater on Heny Oguike Dance Company. "Everybody's dancing has virtuosity, a quality often missing in contemporary choreography. Equally striking is Oguike's movement style which combines stamping, marching and leaping motions with precision partnering and some of the loose-limbed freedoms of contemporary dance. But most innovative of all, by contemporary standards that is, is his use of music, which is usually classical and often played live."

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17-04-02, 09:08 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Links: Wednesday links, 17th April"
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   Via the FT, Judith Mackrell in the Guardian on the Ballet Boyz: 'Dancing, Merce Cunningham once said, is a profession "that gives you nothing back . . . nothing but that single, fleeting moment when you feel alive". Many dancers are regularly unemployed, earnings are often less than the minimum wage and few careers extend beyond the age of 35. For any dancer working in the privileged cocoon of an institution like the Royal Ballet it takes some nerve to leave for a freelance career.'


Ismene Brown in the Telegraph on Henry Oguike at The Place: 'Oguike's enormous choreographic palette is what is so impressive. You simply don't see contemporary dance-makers who can use specific subtleties of hand gestures as well as big, whole-body dives, or zen-like stillness as well as forceful momentum, or who is game to try high jiving lifts and swift jumps as well as perfectly lyrical arabesques.'

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From tne NY Times, Anna Kisselgoff onEliot Feld's new programme at the Joyce Theatre:


Deborah Jowitt in the Village Voice on this week;s NY dance scene:


Suzane Carbone in the Melbourne Age on John O'Connell, choreographer of 'Moulin Rouge' as he coaxes a bunch of female comedians for the Melbourne Festival: 'As the choreographer of Moulin Rouge, O'Connell worked with more than 450 dancers, acrobats and extras. So getting 20 comedians to shake their booty during rehearsals at the weekend was going to be a cinch - or was it? Not quite. The routine had to be altered after the comedians expressed discontent with the costumes and some dance moves.'


Distinguished conductor MarK Ermler dies - The Gramophone reports: 'With the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden he recorded all the ballets of Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. In 2000 he became Musical Director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. It was while rehearsing with them that he collapsed, dying in hospital early Sunday April 14, reportedly from kidney failure.'


A report from theMoscow Times on the Golden Mask awards
on Monday.


Mike Cassidy from San Francisco's Bay Area News reports a tear-jerker about a little girl called Autum whose Mum can't afford to pay her ballet school fees 'Autumn, who's been dancing since age 3, has most recently been learning at the Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley School. Her mother has been taking in sewing on the side to help finance Autumn's dance'


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18-04-02, 08:31 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Links: Thursday links - 18th April"
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   Clement Crisp in the FT on the Paris Oper Ballet's new Don Q: 'At the ballet's heart on Monday's first night was..... the Basilio of Nicolas le Riche. Here was an exemplary, heart-lifting portrayal from an artist of God-given talent. This Basilio is all happy youth, a bit of a scamp, ardent, and entirely credible. His dramatic playing is sincere, and becomes the very grain of the steps as well as of the personality he shows us.'


The Newcastle Evening Chronicle on next week's Rambert Dance Company's appearance in the city: 'A darkly-comic satire on the golden age of Hollywood, The Parades Gone By was created for Rambert in 1975 by celebrated performer and artist Lindsay Kemp. Camp, macabre, surreal and glamorous by turn, Kemp's dance-drama satirises countless cinematic clichés, as a deranged director - trapped in a haunted studio - conjures a galaxy of ghostly stars. Stylised characterisations of Dracula, Dietrich, Mary Pickford and Fred and Ginger, to name a few, are performed in lavish costumes by Rambert's full company of dancers.'


Two stories from Rachel Howard in the San Francisco Examiner:

Cal Performances brings a mixed bill of ballet drama to San Francisco including the Bolshoi's Swan Lake and Stuttgart Ballet's Romeo & Juliet by Cranko:


..and the Bay Area Performing Arts organization presents a programme of modern dancing:


The Washinton Post on the George Mason University Centre for the Arts' Great Performances season:


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18-04-02, 09:27 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Links: Thursday links - 18th April"
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   Nothing to do with ballet but still interesting: "Dance school wins male-only case"


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18-04-02, 01:09 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Links: Thursday links - 18th April"
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   The Evening Standard reviews Shobana Jeyasingh at the Queen Elizabeth Hall:


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Kevin Ng

19-04-02, 03:19 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Links: Thursday links - 18th April"
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   There's a report in St. Petersburg Times on the Golden Mask awards. "A golden evening for Petersburg"


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19-04-02, 09:12 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Links: Friday links - 19th April"
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   Debra Craine in the Times on Henri Oguike at The Place: 'The company's visit to the Robin Howard Dance Theatre this week was a revelation. The two newest works on the programme are hugely impressive, confirming the buzz that surrounds Oguike in independent dance circles. Striking, distinctive and expertly constructed, they are two of the most exciting new dances seen on a British dance stage this season'


From the Guardian, a report on the uproar in St. Petersburg caused by the plans for a state-of-the-art new opera house: '... (Valery) Gergiyev wants to break every rule in the book to foist 21st century Californian designs on an 18th century urban fabric, to build a daring billion-dollar arts complex that would give Russia its equivalent of Paris's Pompidou centre, or Bilbao's Guggenheim. The city fathers are appalled, the guardians of St Petersburg's Unesco status as a world heritage site are outraged'

Jennifer Dunning in the NY Times on the choreographer John Carrafa: '.... a choreographer who seems to be everywhere at once. To start, he has two musicals on Broadway. ``Into the Woods,'' in previews at the Broadhurst Theater, opens on April 30. The zany hit ``Urinetown'' is two blocks away at the Henry Miller. And there is more. Mr. Carrafa is creating new choreography for ``The Pajama Game'' for performances next month in the City Center Encores! series. He will soon begin work for the Broadway-bound musical ``Dance of the Vampires.'' '

Thea Singer in the Boston Globe on Alvin Ailey: 'Alvin Ailey had a mandate: to bring dance to the public. ''I believe dance came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people,'' he says, on tape, in ''Hymn,'' a work choreographed in 1994 by Judith Jamison, who became artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater after Ailey died, in 1989. Tuesday night, his company did just that in the opening show of its annual FleetBoston Celebrity Series engagement'

A development on Mike Cassidy's Bay Area News tear-jerking story I posted yesterday about the little girl whose mother had to take in washing or something to pay for her ballet classes 'Tuesday, I wrote about Autumn,........... about how her mom, Cheryl Hill, a single mother and long-time Hewlett-Packard employee, simply couldn't afford the program's $3,300 price tag. By 10 a.m. Tuesday, my voice-mail box was full. One woman would send a check. No questions asked. Another said, ``Put me down for $1,000.'' A woman who said she was out of work offered $5, if that would help. Dozens of offers of $100 or $500 or more came in. Four different people said they would pay the full cost.'

The Howard County Times on a Celebration of the Arts dance show: 'ballet lovers can anticipate an authentic vision of Act III of "Sleeping Beauty," In the coveted role of Princess Aurora, 17-year-old Elizabeth Fleckenstein gets to show off her regal presence and first-rate technique. This Ellicott City ballerina........ will partner with Todd Hall, the production's Prince Charming, for the ballet's Grand Pas de Deux'


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Brendan McCarthymoderator

20-04-02, 06:08 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Links: Saturday 20th April"
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Bad - bad - bad idea. According to the Guardian, the conductor Carl Davis, will direct the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in a live performance of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, while the film version of Fonteyn and Nureyev's performance is shown in the background. "The event promises to be as eerily attractive as a prom concert in which a piano roll of a long-dead George Gershwin playing Rhapsody in Blue was accompanied by a live orchestra."

Alastair Macaulay of the FT is impressed by Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium. "Gillian Lynne's choreography (some witty use use of wonderful Nutcracker steps) has a more brilliant command of dance vocabulary than will be found from almost any ballet choreographer working in today's opera houses."

The Telegraph on the memorial service for Princess Margaret, attended by members of the Royal Ballet, of which she was patron.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine reviews Siesta a dance theatre piece by Pina Bausch's colleague, Jan Pusch. It is underwhelmed.
link to article

The FT has a piece by Kamau High on "Capturing Nureyev: James Wyeth Paints the Dancer", at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. "Wyeth met the dancer in the mid 70s and began a series of small portraits, mainly of Nureyev's face and features. To ensure the accuracy of the portrayal he used calipers to take measurements of Nureyev's figure, noting tiny details such as the width of Nureyev's ankle, which was one and one half times the size of his nose."

Jack Anderson of the NY Times applauds the National Ballet of Spain, but with a caveat. "There's a possibly confusing word in the group's title: Ballet. In many European nations, ballet can mean any form of theatrical dance, not simply one based upon classical ballet's hallowed five positions. This National Ballet is eclectic. Yet all its productions spring from Spanish culture. No one should expect "Swan Lake."

The Boston Herald reports that Herve Courtain, a soloist with Boston Ballet, has decided to return to France. "When Courtain described his situation at the Paris Opera and compared it with life in Boston, it became understandable why he is returning to Paris. ``You don't have anything like what we have in Europe, like unemployment, retirement benefits and paid vacations. All those advantages I had in France, actually. And it's not well-paid enough here to take the risk and lose all those advantages.'' http://www2.bostonherald.com/entertainment/arts_culture/danc04192002.htm

Robert Gottlieb reviews Boris Eichman Ballet's Pinocchio for New York Magazine.

The choreographer Arlene Philips, who founded Hot Gossip, answers questions from Guardian Weekend. A non sequitur this, but my friends were always terribly impressed when I told them how I met Flick Colby (as in Pan's People) in a small town in upstate New York. She's married to an academic and running a small gift shop.

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20-04-02, 08:00 AM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Links: Saturday 20th April"
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   Am I allowed to comment? This probably isn't the right place. As the Liverpool Phil is my local orchestra, I have known for some time about Carl Davis's plans to conduct a live orchestral performance of R and J as an accompaniment to the film, and I'd thought of posting something about it, but thought it was a bit soon - it isn't until June. As you say, bad, bad idea - but then it won't be the first bad idea Carl Davis has had. He has conducted scores (usually his own) to silent films, but this is different - a denial, really, of the whole relationship between dancers and music. Still, I'm sure I won't be able to resist going to it, just to see what happens.

Originally, Lynn Seymour was supposed to be coming to do a pre-performance talk about the ballet, but I haven't heard that mentioned recently - perhaps she's thought better of it. I was looking forward to that bit.

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21-04-02, 09:10 AM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Links: Sunday 21st"
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   Jann Parry has been to see the RB's Carmen, Henri Oguike and Scottish Ballet's The Two Pigeons. "Wildor has had the chance to explore a role new to her, and the company has basked in her warmth. Yet the message to its bewildered, dwindling audience seems to be: 'If you enjoyed this, you'll never see its like again. What you need is something other. Whatever that may be."

David Dougill of the Sunday Times on the RB's Carmen and on Henri Oguike. "I find that a little of Ek's thrusty-jerky-gawky style goes a long way, and, at almost 50 minutes, this is quite long enough. But Guillem, with her stamina, full-blooded involvement and natural gift for comedy — yes, there are plenty of laughs — is triumphant in her role."

Sunday Times Ireland has an interview with Merce Cunningham, whose company comes to the Abbey Theatre in Dublin next month. "We can record performances on video and the technology is improving all the time, but I doubt that it will ever offer something that comes close to being present at a piece of dance. The great thing that dance gives you back is the fleeting moment when you feel alive. That is not a small thing and it's what keeps me going."

From the Irish Times a review of Ballet Ireland's Sleeping Beauty

Apollinaire Scherr of the NY Times on the increasing use of pedestrian movement in theatre dance. "Unlike the earlier modern-dance celebrants of all things pedestrian, in the 1960's, this generation, which came up in the 80's and early 90's, emphasizes the theatricality of the day-to-day rather than its banality. And their pedestrian gestures don't replace formalist dancing; rather, they lure it into an invigorating exchange."

A NY Times piece on the fascination of ballroom dancing for the the children of immigrants from Eastern Europe.

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Brendan McCarthymoderator

21-04-02, 05:26 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Links: Sunday 21st"
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   The New York Post previews the trial over the rights to Martha Graham's ballets, which starts tomorrow. "The court fight over Martha Graham’s ballets has become a lightning rod for larger issues in the dance world and could go a long way toward determining the rights of ballet creators."

I have also written a background piece on the court case for the April ballet.co magazine. It is at:

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