Ian Macmillan

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    Squadron Associations connected with my years as a RAF Navigator; choral singing; and ballet and dance after meeting the lady, now my wife, who had been a dancer with the Royal Ballet's Touring Company, and who still teaches and examines in the discipline. (Edited to say that in mid-2014 she resigned from examining after some 40+ years.)

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  1. On last Saturday evening, I sang in a performance of John Adams' reflection on the 9/11 disaster, "On the Transmigration of Souls." The sung text includes excerpts from relatives and friends of people caught in the Twin Towers - eg "He used to call me ..... I'm still waiting." And now, just over 48 hours later, there are families in and around Manchester in what sounds like the same situation. A tragic and criminal act.
  2. Links – Monday 22 May, 2017 Reviews – Royal Ballet, Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Tarantella, Strapless, Symphonic Dances, London: Clement Crisp, Financial Times Debra Craine, The Times Review – Matthew Bourne/New Adventures, Early Adventures Triple Bill, Beverley Hills: Jane Rosenberg, Seen and Heard International Review – Deborah Zall Project, In the Company of Women, New York: Joel Benjamin, TheaterScene And from the Sports pages: Video – The Timeless Torches: Samantha Stark, NY Times
  3. Links – Sunday 21 May, 2017 Reviews – Royal Ballet, Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Tarantella, Strapless, Symphonic Dances, London: Judith Mackrell, Guardian Luke Jennings, Observer Reviews – Rambert, Ghost Dancers, The 3 Dancers, The days run away …, London: David Dougill, Sunday Times Luke Jennings, Observer Jeffery Taylor, Sunday Express Review – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, milonga, Brighton: Thomas H. Green, Arts Desk Review – Eifman Ballet, Red Giselle, Chicago: Lauren Warnecke, Chicago Tribune Review – L.A. Dance Project, Murder Ballades, Harbor Me, On the Other Side, Boston: Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Globe News – Wayne McGregor to direct at Grange Festival: Richard Brooks, Sunday Times Video – New York City Ballet 2017-18 Season Trailer: Staff, BWW Lifestyle: - Alessandra Ferri – How I kept my ballerina body: Sally Williams, Telegraph - In Wendy Whelan’s Library: Barbara Hoffman, NY Post Review – Project O, Voodoo, London: Anna Winter, Exeunt
  4. Links – Saturday 20 May, 2017 Reviews – Royal Ballet, Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Tarantella, Strapless, Symphonic Dances, London: Hanna Weibye, Arts Desk Mark Monahan, Telegraph Rachel Elderkin, The Stage Gallery – Dave Morgan, DanceTabs Feature – The Frivolities of Ballet, a Contradictory Art: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times - Staging Ratmansky’s Whipped Cream: Robin Pogrebin, NY Times Feature – Mark Morris and Pepperland, a Beatles Ballet: Debra Craine, The Times Reviews – American Ballet Theatre, Don Quixote, New York: Marina Harss, DanceTabs Mary Cargill, Danceviewtimes Interview – Christine Shevchenko: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Review – Hong Kong French May Festival, International Gala Performance, HK: Kevin Ng, HK Economic Journal News – Washington Ballet, 2017-18 Season: Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post Feature – David Bintley & Sally Beamish, creating The Tempest for Houston Ballet: Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle Reviews – Boris Charmatz, Danse de Nuit, London: Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard Siobhan Murphy, DanceTabs Review – Solange Knowles, An Ode To, New York: Siobhan Burke, NY Times News – Dance at New York City Center, 2017-18 Season: Joshua Barone, NY Times Preview – DanceAfrica, New York: Jack Anderson, NY Times Review – Koma Otake, The Ghost Festival, New York: Martha Sherman, dancelog.nyc Reviews – Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Early Adventures Triple Bill, Beverly Hills: Lewis Segal, LA Times Jeff Slayton, SeeDance Review – Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Seattle: Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times Documentary – Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan: Gianluca Russo, Playbill
  5. Links, Friday 19 May, 2017 Review – Paris Opera Ballet, La Valse, En Sol, Bolero, Paris: Mark Pullinger, Beckmesser's Quill Reviews – Rambert, Ghost Dances, The 3 Dancers, The days run away …, London: Graham Watts, Bachtrack Siobhan Murphy, DanceTabs Reviews – Royal New Zealand Ballet, Three by Ekman, Wellington: Ann Hunt, Dominion Post Deirdre Tarrant, Theatreview Q&A – Annabelle Lopez Ochoa on Scottish Ballet’s Streetcar Named Desire: Leilah Bernstein, LA Magazine Review – Queensland Ballet, Swan Lake, Brisbane: John Daly-Peoples, National Business Review Diaries: - 10 Spring and Summer Dance Festivals in N America: Siobhan Burke, NY Times - In New York This Week: Gia Kourlas, NY Times & Martha Sherman, dancelog.nyc - Around Portland: Jamuna Chiarini, Oregon Artswatch Question – What is Dance doing in the middle of Enda Walsh’s play? Brian Seibert, NY Times Review – Boris Charmatz, Danse de Nuit, London: Debra Craine, The Times Feature – David Hallberg, Injury and Artistic Rebirth: Rebecca Milzoff, Vulture Reviews – Kyle Abraham, Dearest Home, San Francisco: Carla Escoda, Bachtrack Allan Ulrich, SF Chronicle Review – Joan Clevillé, The North, Glasgow: Kelly Apter, Scotsman Preview – L.A. Dance Project, Murder Ballades, Harbor Me, On the Other Side, Boston: Angela Flores, Boston Herald Review – Los Angeles Dance Festival 2017, Final Night, LA: Jeff Slayton, SeeDance Exhibition – Lorna Sim, Photographer, Canberra: Michelle Potter, ... on dancing
  6. Turns out it was a Luftwaffe bomb after all: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/500lb-second-world-war-bomb-13038731 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-birmingham-39942276/the-moment-army-detonates-ww2-bomb-found-in-birmingham
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  8. It now turns out to have been a mortar round - so smaller than any WW2 bomb, with limited range and presumably of UK manufacture: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-20972375 Might there have been an Army training range or storage facility there at some point? A 'souvenir' dumped by someone?
  9. Balletyas: The article you mention can be found in yesterday's Links - somewhere that's always worth a quick look when such things are mentioned, just in case ....
  10. Links – Friday 12 May, 2017 Obituary – Kabby Mitchel III, Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher: Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times Reviews – Scottish Ballet, Streetcar Named Desire, Berkeley: Allan Ulrich, SF Chronicle Janice Berman, SF Classical Voice Reviews – Northern Ballet, Casanova, London: Zoë Anderson, Independent Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard Tour Review – Birmingham Royal Ballet, Arcadia, Wink, The Moor’s Pavane, Cheltenham: Bruce Marriott, DanceTabs Preview – Royal New Zealand Ballet, Three by Ekman, Wellington: Carly Thomas, Dominion Post Feature – Emotional Rescue and Crystal Pite’s Betroffenheit: Paula Cocozza, Guardian Review – New York City Ballet, All Ratmansky, NY: Iris Fanger, Arts Fuse Reviews – Stufish, Soho, London: Donald Hutera, The Times Anna Winter, The Stage Diary – New York This Week: Siobhan Burke, NY Times Preview – Ballet Creole, Kambule, Toronto: Michael Crabb, The Star
  11. I can see how this started, but any chance we could limit banging on about the RB on this thread?
  12. Links – Thursday 11 May, 2017 Review – New York City Ballet, The Times Are Racing, NY: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times Review – New York City Ballet, Mercurial Manoeuvres, Polyphonia, Liturgy, American Rhapsody, NY: Marianne Adams, Danceviewtimes Review - New York City Ballet, Odessa (Ratmansky) + Others, NY: Deborah Jowitt, Arts Journal/DanceBeat Review – Queensland Ballet, Swan Lake (Stevenson), Brisbane: Deborah Jones, FollowSpot Reviews – Northern Ballet, Casanova, London: Vera Liber, BTG Mark Pullinger, Beckmesser's Quill Review – Matthew Bourne/New Adventures, The Red Shoes, Edinburgh: Mary Brennan, Herald Review – Boston Ballet, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Creatures of Egmont, The Concert, Boston: Marcia B. Siegel, Arts Fuse Tour Reviews – An American in Paris (Wheeldon), Seattle: Misha Berson, Seattle Times Alice Kaderlan, Seattle Pi Feature – Sarasota dancers’ story of dance and defection: Anna Brugmann, YourObserver.com Feature – Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Carrie Seidman, Herald-Tribune Review – BalletX, Schachmatt, In Between the Passing, The Last Glass, Philadelphia: Lewis Whittington, Culture Vulture News – Damian Woetzel to be next Julliard President: Michael Cooper, NY Times Review – Rosie Kay, MK Ultra, London: Donald Hutera, The Times Preview – Flex Community, Flexn Evolution, New York: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Preview – Hong Kong Ballet, Carmen and More, HK: Natasha Rogai, SCMP Preview – Alberta Ballet, Our Canada, Calgary: Salena Kitteringham, Edmonton Journal Reviews – Scottish Dance Theatre, Velvet Petal, Glasgow: Kelly Apter, Scotsman Andrew Edwards, Exeunt Speaking in Dance – Josh Bergasse/Barton Cowperthwaite, The Golden Apple: NY Times Q & A – Gracefool Collective: Staff, Londondance Review – Los Angeles Dance Festival 2017, Fringe, LA: Jeff Slayton, SeeDance Diary – Portland Area: Jamuna Chiarini, Oregon Artswatch
  13. At the risk of encouraging drift - can anyone tell me whence the nickname "Bay" is derived? I ask as, in addition to Bay Middleton here, I've just come across a First War RFC pilot who was popularly known as "Bay." He was properly a Hubert, and I believe the chap in Mayerling was a George. Is there an equine connection?
  14. Ivy: Welcome, and thrice welcome. A spot of transatlantic focus will do us no harm at all - and if you have friends out West who could cover the Bay Area, LA and environs or Seattle, they would be equally welcome. Oh, and Canada too.
  15. Links – Sunday 7 May, 2017 Reviews - Royal Ballet, Mayerling, London: David Dougill, Sunday Times Luke Jennings, Observer Jeffery Taylor, Sunday Express Review -- Shobana Jeyasingh, Material Men redux, London: Luke Jennings, Observer News – Sarasota Ballet Downsizes: Carrie Seidman, Herald-Tribune Preview – Kyle Abraham, Dearest Home, San Francisco: Lou Fancher, SF Classical Voice Review – Paul Taylor Dance Company, Syzygy, The Word, Esplanade, LA: Jeff Slayton, SeeDance News Review – BalletLab/Jack Ferver, Mon, Ma, Mes (Revisité), Melbourne: April MacKay, Australian Stage Reviews – Dance International Glasgow: Andrew Edwards - Margret Sara Guojonsdottir, Spotted, Exeunt - Siobhan Davies Dance, material/rearranged/to/be, Exeunt