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#1 Ian Macmillan

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 03:51 PM

A place for links to (hopefully) interesting articles, reviews and the like from across the global English-language press - but deliberately less comprehensive (and rather later in the day) than the "Today's Links" of old. Others are allowed to participate.........

#2 Ian Macmillan

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 03:54 PM

Review: Paris Opera Ballet - "Onegin"
Canadian Outsider Dazzles As Onegin
by Patricia Boccadoro
"Physically, they were right together, McKie’s lithe, powerful frame contrasting with Dupont’s slight, delicate body, all poise, womanliness and shining movements. The chemistry passed between the two of them…."
Culturekiosque

Film Review: "Balanchine in Paris"
by Patricia Boccadoro
"… a loving demonstration of how he maintained close ties with the Paris Opera Ballet throughout his life, returning regularly for Ravel and Stravinsky ‘festivals’ and to stage the danced sections of the operas Orfeo and Eurydice and Faust. "
Culturekiosque

Review: NYCB - Balanchine and Robbins Programme
Three Stars Flaunting Their Styles: Flirty, Serene and Mysterious
by Gia Kourlas
"For such dancers who last, ballet is a living picture: each performance takes on a different shade of color, of intensity, of alertness."
NY Times


2 Reviews: "Men in Motion"at Sadler's Wells:

The media storm around one of its dancers doesn't stop this tribute to male movement from leaping with playful charm
by Judith Mackrell
"This is a slender evening but it's also one of real intelligence and surprising moments of passion. And it makes a pretty wonderful case for the male dancer."
Guardian

Men in emotion a more apt title as Royal Ballet star escapee takes his first steps off the leash
by Ismene Brown
"… essentially the dance numbers are five variants on being all by yourself in the moonlight and not, to be honest, dashing about in the thrilling way that ballet chaps usually tend to do."
Arts Desk

#3 alison

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 11:04 PM

Thank you very much, Ian. And yes, please, people, do post if you find anything of interest (you can just cut and paste a link in - the site will abbreviate it without you having to do any formatting, unlike the old forum. There's no point in us all "reinventing the wheel" individually every time something comes up.

(Edit: and personally, I'm happy for people to alert us to anything of particular interest in The Times - and anything else locked behind a paywall, for that matter)

Edited by alison, 28 January 2012 - 11:06 PM.


#4 Ian Macmillan

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:21 PM

A contribution, with a personal confession, to the "Is Ballet Dead?" debate:
Feature: Mark Morris and Alexei Ratmansky
Two Reasons The Patient Is Still Kicking
by Alastair Macaulay
"Today Mr. Morris and Mr. Ratmansky are the most important choreographers under 70…..Both are clever and prolific, with gifts for comedy and poetry, an intense awareness of historical precedent and a modern feeling for the sexes..."
NY Times

2 Reviews: "Men in Motion" at Sadler's Wells

Sergei Polunin is a man in motion
byLouise Levene
"Even if the Russian visitors had danced, I doubt they could have outshone Daniel Proietto whose mesmerising performance of Russell Maliphant's Afterlight was a welcome reminder that ballet does not have a monopoly on physical virtuosity"
Telegraph

Runaway Polunin bounds all too briefly into boys-only pop-up
by Jenny Gilbert
"But technical polish is nothing without good material. And that was in short supply in this peculiar venture. Of Putrov's own foray into choreography, a trio which seemed to be about a man who can't decide if he's gay or straight, the least said, the better."
Independent

Review: "Draft Works" - Choreography by RB Dancers and others
by Luke Jennings
" Given that seven of the choreographers are company dancers, there's an unsurprising tilt in favour of classically derived work, but this doesn't mean a shortage of original ideas."
Observer

Interview: Jorden Morris on Royal Winnipeg Ballet's "Moulin Rouge"
by Molly Glentzer
"Now there's lots of nudity and girls with snakes at the Moulin Rouge, but there wasn't in the 1880s. We keep it in context. Translating the cancan to pointe shoes was a big challenge."
Houston Chronicle

Interview: Actor Tom Skeritt on being Don Q for Pacific Northwest Ballet
Ballet is a 'wonderful challenge'
by Moira Macdonald
" He knew that Ratmansky preferred to have actors, rather than dancers, play the roles of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza."
Seattle Times

If you remember when/things were really hummin':
Chubby Checker awaits reward for life of twists
by Joel Selvin
"The 70-year-old creator of the twist, the greatest dance sensation in history, doesn't feel the respect he thinks he deserves."
SF Chronicle

#5 John Mallinson

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 10:17 AM

Some more links to ease the withdrawal symptoms! (Whether we should continue with this depends on the response.)


An Evening of Wheeldon at NYCB: Marina Harss, The Faster Times

NYCB in a Balanchine and Robbins Program: Gia Kourlas, NY Times

Wheeldon’s new Les Carillons for NYCB: Brian Seibert, NY Times

Mark Morris's L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato in Washington: Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post

3-D or not 3-D – Wim Wenders’ Pina: Lewis Segal, LA Times

Bill T. Jones and John Cage: Deborah Jowitt, The Arts Journal

Rudi van Dantzig obituary: Anna Kisselgoff, NY Times

Film review, Dominique Delouche’s Balanchine in Paris: Patricia Boccadoro, CultureKiosque

Onegin at S.F. Ballet: Mary Ellen Hunt, San Francisco Chronicle

Onegin at Paris Opera Ballet: Patricia Boccadoro, CultureKiosque

Johan Kobborg’s Salute for Sarasota Ballet: Carrie Seidman, Arts Sarasota

Edited by JohnM, 30 January 2012 - 10:23 AM.


#6 alison

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 01:41 PM

Some more links to ease the withdrawal symptoms! (Whether we should continue with this depends on the response.)


What response would you like, John? Do we need to beg? :)

Anyway, to add to the selection, here's the Evening Standard on Men in Motion: http://www.thisislon...lls---review.do (sorry - haven't learned to prettify these yet)

#7 Beryl H

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 02:14 PM

I am very grateful for everyone's time and effort in continuing to provide these reviews, thank you.

#8 Janet McNulty

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 02:26 PM

John and Ian, I am incredibly grateful and humble that you continue to provide us with links for our delectation. I haven't found any to add in yet but if I do I will.

Thanks again to you both and to anyone else who chips in.
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#9 Fiona

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:27 PM

I am very grateful for everyone's time and effort in continuing to provide these reviews, thank you.

I absolutely agree. Thank you. It is very much appreciated.

#10 John Mallinson

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 04:06 PM

> What response would you like, John? Do we need to beg?

Alison, grovelling and begging always go down well!

As I'm sure you know, we were usually spending up to 3 hours a day garnering links under the old system. That was not really supportable any longer. If it's possible to snag the most important links in not more than 30 minutes each day then it might be worth carrying on just so long as people are interested in reading them (I am!). And at 30 minutes a day perhaps others might be more willing to join in and share the load. The biggest loss is the database and all the detail that holds, but extracting quotes and entering the data was one of the time-consuming elements.

If this site survives (still a big if) then I would hope that some sort of links collation might be included, though it would not be as thorough as in the past.

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 06:03 PM

A groveller and beggar, I.
"Pointes and Ribbons" Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20 - by: Sheila Orysiek (Anjuli-Bai)

#12 Ian Macmillan

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 06:08 PM

I note that there have been 150 "views" of this thread since late last night, which suggests to me a fairly healthy level of interest. What that statistic does not illuminate is anything on the degree to which viewers have used the 11 links John has provided.

I am about to start a thread in the Future Possibilities area at the top of the site frontpage that will try to explore this issue more fully, and I would urge users who might not normally post to go there and help us understand how useful this area of content would be to the community if it is continued in some way.

#13 John Mallinson

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 09:58 AM

News & Reviews links – Tuesday January 31, 2012


Wheeldon’s happy homecoming to NYCB: Jocelyn Noveck, San Francisco Chronicle

Discursive piece on the Wheeldon triple bill: Tobi Tobias, Arts Journal

Christopher Wheeldon triple bill at NYCB (Jennie Somogyi injured): Leigh Witchel, New York Post

Jennie Somogyi’s injury: Daniel J. Wakin, New York Times

Liam Scarlett’s Viscera for Miami City Ballet: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times

Ivan Putrov’s Men in Motion at Sadler’s Wells: Clement Crisp, Financial Times; Clifford Bishop, Evening Standard; Zoe Anderson, The Independent; Laura Thompson, Telegraph

What is black dance? Interview with Ishmael Houston-Jones: Gia Kourlas Time Out NY

Obituary of Paul DeMasson, Australian dancer: Fiona Tonkin, The Australian

Bolshoi Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty, Moscow: Raymond Stults, Moscow Times

#14 Janet McNulty

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 12:14 PM

Thank you John, I've very much enjoyed reading today's links.
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#15 Lynne L

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 08:30 PM

The links have been an illuminating window on the international world of dance whether it be Australia, New York or Manchester. They have educated, informed and widened my knowledge - long may they continue.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:56 PM

Hear hear! For those of us so far away from the action, it brings things a little closer to home.
Great job everyone.
Thank you so much.

#17 Ian Macmillan

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:47 AM

3 Reviews: NYCB All-Wheeldon Programme.

Apollinaire Scherr Financial Times
Robert Gottlieb New York Observer
Deborah Jowitt Arts Journal

Sergei Polunin to lose UK work permit? Telegraph

Ethan Stiefel, AD of RNZB: mainly a style piece Dominion Post

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 10:09 AM

Review: Royal Ballet “The Dream/Song of the Earth” Ismene Brown Arts Desk


Review: San Francisco Ballet “Onegin” Geri Jeter California Literary Review

Review: NYCB Balanchine/Robbins programme Claudia La Rocco NY Times

Review: NYCB All-Wheeldon Programme Robert Johnson NJ Star-Ledger

Review: ABT Mixed Bill Sarah Kaufman Washington Post

Review: “Men in Motion” Gerald Dowler Classical Source

Preview: Russell Maliphant “The Rodin Project” Judith Mackrell Guardian
+ slideshow companion piece Guardian

New York: Dance on Camera Festival Robert Johnson NJ Star-Ledger

Video + Article: Move Tube – Josephine Baker Judith Mackrell Guardian

Reviews: “Midnight Tango”

Clement Crisp Financial Times
Laura Thompson Telegraph
Clifford Bishop Evening Standard
Zoe Anderson Independent
Neil Norman Express

Reviews: Jin Xing “Shanghai Tango”

AlastairMacaulay NY Times
Leigh Witchel NY Post

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 11:16 PM

Oh well, here's Clifford Bishop in the Evening Standard on the new Royal Ballet Dream/Song of the Earth double bill: http://www.thisislon...den---review.do

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 01:41 AM

And Zoe Andersen in The Independent on the same: http://www.independe...=internalSearch

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:27 AM

FRIDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2012

Reviews

Royal Ballet : “The Dream & Song of the Earth” Zoë Anderson Independent
Judith Mackrell Guardian Clifford Bishop Evening Standard

NYCB: Balanchine/Robbins Programme Claudia La Rocco NY Times

San Francisco Ballet: “Onegin” Paul Parish Bay Area Guardian

Scottish Ballet : “Sleeping Beauty” Sean Watson Edinburgh Journal

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet: Mixed Bill Laura Capelle Financial Times


Interview: Akram Khan Roslyn Sulcas NY Times

“Pina” reaches Washington DC Sarah Kaufman Washington Post

Dance in Movies: “Pina” and others Marina Harss Faster Times

Chunky Move’s New AD, Anouk van Dijk Philippa Hawker Sydney Morning Herald


Bolshoi Ballet Academy to see first U.S. graduate. Chicago Tribune

Australian Ballet: Couple vie for ballet's top gong! The Australian

Edited by Ian Macmillan, 03 February 2012 - 09:29 AM.


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Posted 03 February 2012 - 11:30 AM

And Zoe Andersen in The Independent


Oops, clearly having a mental block last night. I meant Anderson, of course. Sorry.

#23 Janet McNulty

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 01:30 PM

I picked up a couple of articles from the Yorkshire Post. Sorry I haven't worked out how to neaten the links:

http://www.yorkshire...lenge_1_4209024

http://www.yorkshire...apher_1_4208999

We were lucky enough to see Kenneth Tindall's Project#1 at Northern Ballet's choreographic show last year and it's super. Here are details of the mixed programme:

http://northernballe...erpetual-motion
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Posted 03 February 2012 - 02:59 PM

The Telegraph is clearly being very slow off the mark with regard to its review of the Dream/Song triple bill, but has at least got an obituary for Rudi van Dantzig online now: http://www.telegraph...an-Dantzig.html

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 07:31 PM

The Telegraph is clearly being very slow off the mark with regard to its review of the Dream/Song triple bill, but has at least got an obituary for Rudi van Dantzig online now: http://www.telegraph...an-Dantzig.html


There was a review in the hard copy Telegraph today but it's not online. It's by Laura Thompson and she gives it 4* . She described most of the cast of Dream as looking "vaguely shell-shocked" & McRae "seemed uncharcteristically overwhelmed by his spinning solos." Of Carlos and Tamara in Song she says "What true, intelligent artists these two are..." Hopefully it will appear online soon.

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 08:27 PM

There was a review in the hard copy Telegraph today but it's not online. It's by Laura Thompson and she gives it 4* . She described most of the cast of Dream as looking "vaguely shell-shocked" & McRae "seemed uncharcteristically overwhelmed by his spinning solos." Of Carlos and Tamara in Song she says "What true, intelligent artists these two are..." Hopefully it will appear online soon.


It's online now:
http://www.telegraph...den-review.html

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 10:16 PM

Great to see links again; many thanks to all those who posted. I will do the same if I'm ever quicker than the pros above in finding anything!

#28 John Mallinson

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 11:47 PM

This thread can now be considered closed to new messages as Bruce has opened up a new forum titled Dance Links - reviews & features in which to post links.

Edited by JohnM, 03 February 2012 - 11:48 PM.