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Bruce Madmin

06-12-99, 08:08 AM (GMT)
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"Latest Review Links - wb 6th December"
 
   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. On with the links....


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  Monday Links - 6th Bruce Madmin 06-12-99 1
  Tuesday Links - 7th Bruce Madmin 07-12-99 2
  Wednesday Links - 8th Bruce Madmin 08-12-99 3
     RE: Wednesday Links - 8th Stuart Sweeney 08-12-99 4
         RE: Wednesday Links - 8th jonathan 09-12-99 6
             RE: Wednesday Links - 8th Jane S 09-12-99 7
                 RE: Wednesday Links - 8th Bruce Madmin 09-12-99 8
                     RE: Wednesday Links - 8th jonathan 12-12-99 12
                         RE: Wednesday Links - 8th Bruce Madmin 12-12-99 13
                             RE: Wednesday Links - 8th jonathan 12-12-99 14
  Thursday Links - 9th Bruce Madmin 09-12-99 5
  RE: Latest Review Links - wb 6th December Bruce Madmin 10-12-99 9
  Saturday Links - 11th Bruce Madmin 11-12-99 10
  Sunday Links - 12th Bruce Madmin 12-12-99 11
     RE: Sunday Links - 12th Anneliese 13-12-99 16
  Update PM on 13th Bruce Madmin 13-12-99 15
     Site updated Bruce Madmin 14-12-99 17

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Bruce Madmin

06-12-99, 08:09 AM (GMT)
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1. "Monday Links - 6th"
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Opera 'seats' a relief to ladies. Fiachra Gibbons, Arts Correspondent:
www.newsunlimited.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,111204,00.html
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Architecture. The glowing beauty of the new dance centre will match the elegance of the activities inside. Not bad for Deptford. Jonathan Glancey on the Swiss artistry behind London's Laban Centre:
www.newsunlimited.co.uk/arts/story/0,3604,111092,00.html
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THEATRE: The Snowman. Festive fare charms critics. Cheorgraphy is by Robert North. By Sarah Hemming:
http://www.ft.com/hippocampus/q2f4456.htm
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A proud mother's ballerinas...
http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/tim/99/12/06/timnwsnws02002.html?1376249


(*) have to copy and paste Guardian/Observer URLs
(**) FT links generally only persist for a few days, before going into an archive which you have to pay to access. So get free while you can. Currently visitors don't have to register to use the FT site, but in the past this was the case - hopefully it will not return.




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Bruce Madmin

07-12-99, 08:29 AM (GMT)
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2. "Tuesday Links - 7th"
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'I probably can't win'. It is a bold move to open the new Royal Ballet season with modern dance by Siobhan Davies. But for her it has been a frustrating experience, she tells Ismene Brown:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk:80/et?ac=000148269364269&rtmo=glbNNkSu&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/99/12/7/btbal07.html

Horror that started as a joke. Alain Platel brings us tales of abuse and despair - and somehow we end up laughing at them. The award-winning choreographer talks to Judith Mackrell:
www.newsunlimited.co.uk/arts/story/0,3604,111614,00.html

Turn again, Gillian. In her 72 years Gillian Lynne has starred with Errol Flynn, danced with Fonteyn, made millions with Cats. And not even metal hips could stop her directing the new Dick Whittington. By Emma Brockes:
www.newsunlimited.co.uk/arts/story/0,3604,111616,00.html

Crackdown on violent Rio dance craze. Many feared dead at 'funk balls' where gangs line up to do battle. Alex Bellos in Rio de Janeiro:
www.newsunlimited.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,111425,00.html


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Bruce Madmin

08-12-99, 07:24 AM (GMT)
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3. "Wednesday Links - 8th"
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Off the hoof and back on their toes. Tonight the Royal Ballet opens its new season - in its new home. Report by Debra Craine:
http://www.the-times.co.uk/news/pages/tim/99/12/08/timartdan02002.html?1376249

Celtic cliché overload. Dancing on Dangerous Ground. Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. By Judith Mackrell:
www.newsunlimited.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,111922,00.html
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Old favourites and a new turkey. Rambert Embarque Triple Bill. By Christopher Dunkley:
http://www.ft.com/hippocampus/q2f96fe.htm
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DANCE: Lashings of Hollywood O'Schmaltz. Alastair Macaulay on the new Irish dance spectacular, Dancing on Dangerous Ground:
http://www.ft.com/hippocampus/q2f959a.htm
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Dancing on Dangerous Ground Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London WC2. By DONALD HUTERA:
http://www.the-times.co.uk/news/pages/tim/99/12/08/timartdan01001.html?1376249

Somnolence rules in Salzburg and Berlin. Covent Garden may have it's problems but it beats Salzburg and Berlin, says Norman Lebrecht:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk:80/et?ac=000148269364269&rtmo=glbSkgbu&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/99/12/8/banorm08.html


(*) have to copy and paste Guardian/Observer URLs
(**) FT links generally only persist for a few days, before going into an archive which you have to pay to access. So get free while you can. Currently visitors don't have to register to use the FT site, but in the past this was the case - hopefully it will not return.



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Stuart Sweeney

08-12-99, 02:09 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Wednesday Links - 8th"
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   LAST EDITED ON 08-Dec-99 AT 02:12 PM (GMT)

One almost feels sorry for Christopher Dunkley reviewing the 'Swansong' triple in the FT. Furthermore, there is always the issue of 'There but for fortune'.

On the other hand, perhaps it's a comeuppance. After all, he does dismiss Didi Veldman's 'Greymatter', so comprehensively, that he knew there was no point staying after the opening scenes. So he left his, no doubt, comp. seat, doubtless disturbing the paying customers around him, to go for a drink. In reality, the second half perked up quite a bit in my view.

So, what is it that is no doubt the cause of much blushing by Mr Dunkeley? Well, although he finds 'Swansong' rather long, he is full of praise for Hope Muir as the prisoner. Indeed his handsome compliments for her performance are the centrepiece for the whole article. The only trouble is that the prisoner was played by Didi Veldman. Hope was one of the guards.


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jonathan

09-12-99, 11:51 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Wednesday Links - 8th"
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   This could become quite a good game:

He also makes Swansong into two words, uses the word bisexual where heterosexual would have been more appropriate, and writes 'significant' as an adjective where the adverbial form is required.

His use of the comma is quaint if irrational, as is such graceless repetition as "admirable...admirably" and "long...longeurs".
Reading the first sentence of the last paragraph("The closing piece, Greymatter, was new to London, owed to Didy Veldman as an in-house creator"), makes me wonder if he should have written the review before opening the Supermarket tipple.

Well spotted Stuart.


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Jane S

09-12-99, 06:35 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Wednesday Links - 8th"
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   On the other hand, as Mr Dunkley was actually Mr Crisp, who normally writes a lot better than most of us, maybe we should allow him a lapse now and then?


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Bruce Madmin

09-12-99, 07:32 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Wednesday Links - 8th"
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Absolutely right - the FT electronic folks must have goofed. I suspect some Judith Mackrell reviews have similarly been wrongly credited in the Guardian, but have never had the time to fully check.

As for English and getting things 100% right, this site is a testament to the typo and odd English!. But that doesn't mean the views are not valid, constructive and useful.

I suppose I could spend my time rereading and correcting my words, but it seems so sad to be reading ones own stuff again, when there is so much else to read and be done in life.

And I see nothing wrong with voting with your feet if a performance is singularly grim to you. Its a choice thing and I find it perfectly acceptable for a critic to record their view the way they want to. I might well disagree with it but that's life. And yes we all have off days. But I'd give an awful lot to have half the knowledge and skill of Crisp.



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jonathan

12-12-99, 09:06 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Wednesday Links - 8th"
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   Oh come on, criticize the critics for once.

I admire Clement Crisp's writing enormously, and can quote some of his funnier reviews verbatim. They are all the funnier precisely because of that vast knowledge and experience of his subject which you rightly admire.

However, he and other critics have the power to create or destroy reputations overnight. They are a more lethal version of the Schools Inspectors who quantify, evaluate, report - and leave. If you happen to be a dancer in one of the companies (or a teacher in one of the schools) under scrutiny, that might be your next contract at stake.

Not that the critic (or inspector) will ever be held responsible for his/her actions. Critics are shadowy figures who rarely come face to face with their subject or have any experience of the art form they are reviewing. Such is their power that a recent (and very bizarre) directorial appointment was influenced by a critic whose only experience of dance is Adult Beginners' ballet classes.

The younger generation of reviewers no doubt wrote or read worthy dissertations on popular subjects like body fascism, the abuse of women by male directors, ballet class as an instrument of torture, parallels between pointework and footbinding and so on. One taste of the power in the critic's pen however, and they're away, dishing out insults, pain and injury in the best tradition of merciless male hegemony (or whatever the posh word for being a bastard is these days).

In my view, ballet critics occupy a place in society just below Traffic Wardens. If you choose to do a job that brings such misery (however justified it may be), don't be surprised if people spit at you.


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Bruce Madmin

12-12-99, 02:26 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Wednesday Links - 8th"
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Well I think critics are more deserving than that - though of course there are some one would not give house room to!

I don't think critics have quite the influence you ascribe - only perhaps en-mass and even then it strikes me that many company managements and boards are very bloody minded.

And I don't think you can get away from stating that something is bad in forthright terms either. There is no point in encouraging poor art or going easy on it. Indeed I think some modern art suffers from poor critism where everybodys bright idea, no matter how daft, is given praise in some way and merely seem to result in more daft stuff.

And of course the audience that reads what the critics say, often have them pretty well calibrated and know how a critics views are liable to relate to their own tastes - which may well be entirely different. Critics I suppose are another set of performers and get calibrated just like all our other inputs.

Its sad but misery can results from all activities in life. There is no God-given right that says because you have sweated incredibly hard and flogged yourself senseless or whatever, that the output is bound to be a winner. That's life - and while spitting at one of the messengers might make somebody feel better for a while, its perhaps more constructive to focus on what was done, how it might move forward and ways of getting the message across better.


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jonathan

12-12-99, 04:58 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Wednesday Links - 8th"
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   Fair comment. I still think they're like traffic wardens - fine until it happens to be your car that they're towing away.


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Bruce Madmin

09-12-99, 08:23 AM (GMT)
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5. "Thursday Links - 9th"
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Dancing all the way to the bank. Dancing On Dangerous Ground. by Ronan McGreevy
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/hottx/theatre/review.html?in_review_id=230631&in_review_text_id=183840

Hamming it up. A bunch of annoying hamsters are threatening to deprive Cliff of a Christmas No 1. But where did they come from - and how did they invade our screens and record stores? By Oliver Burkeman:
www.newsunlimited.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,112461,00.html
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Bruce Madmin

10-12-99, 08:46 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Latest Review Links - wb 6th December"
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Royal Ballet pays the price for spurning Brits. Ismene Brown reviews an International Celebration by the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk:80/et?ac=000148269364269&rtmo=kLeY7eZp&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/99/12/10/btball10.html

Losing the cobwebs. A Celebration of International Choreography Royal Opera House, London. By Judith Mackrell
www.newsunlimited.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,113004,00.html
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BALLET: Dancers fail to flourish in the Garden. The Royal Ballet needs new choreography to match the splendidly refurbished Opera House, reports Clement Crisp:
http://www.ft.com/hippocampus/q2fb7e6.htm
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Not one for the history booksDebra Craine sees the Royal Ballet open its new season:
http://www.the-times.co.uk/news/pages/tim/99/12/10/timartdan02001.html?1376249

ROH is really ballet good. by Robin Stringer
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/hottx/review.html?in_review_id=235970&in_review_text_id=184336


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(**) FT links generally only persist for a few days, before going into an archive which you have to pay to access. So get free while you can. Currently visitors don't have to register to use the FT site, but in the past this was the case - hopefully it will not return.



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Bruce Madmin

11-12-99, 07:55 AM (GMT)
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10. "Saturday Links - 11th"
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A leap of faith. The ailing Atlanta Ballet was revived by artistic director John McFall. Now his punchy Peter Pan is set to wow the Festival Hall. By Donald Hutera:
http://www.the-times.co.uk/news/pages/tim/99/12/11/timmetmdo02001.html?1376249



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Bruce Madmin

12-12-99, 08:55 AM (GMT)
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11. "Sunday Links - 12th"
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Love your work... but keep it short. Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House. By Jann Parry:
www.newsunlimited.co.uk/observer/review/story/0,3879,113441,00.html
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Putting the boot in. As 'the new Riverdance' hits Drury Lane, DAVID DOUGILL hankers after the Royal Ballet down the road. And BRB also:
http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/99/12/12/sticuldnc03001.html?1376249


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Anneliese

13-12-99, 07:01 PM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Sunday Links - 12th"
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   Lovely quote in the Sunday Times review : "the meaty charisma of Irek Mukhamedov" - I couldn't have put it better myself!


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Bruce Madmin

13-12-99, 08:01 AM (GMT)
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15. "Update PM on 13th"
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   Busy weekend - will be updating datbases etc tonight


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Bruce Madmin

14-12-99, 00:38 AM (GMT)
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   Phew!


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