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About Ian Macmillan

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    Bishop's Stortford
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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. Monochrome ballet

    Is black essential? If not, I offer Ashton's Monotones I & II and Balanchine's Apollo.
  2. Audience Behaviour

    This from Twitter, via BBB in my case, may well take the all-time biscuit: https://twitter.com/vikkijane/status/966068025127526402
  3. Dance links w/b Sunday February 11, 2018

    Links – Friday 16 February, 2018 Reviews – San Francisco Ballet, Bright Fast Cool Blue – Program 2, San Francisco: Heather Desaulniers, DanceTabs Janice Berman, SF Classical Voice Review – New York City Ballet, Balanchine Triple Bill, New York: Leigh Witchel, dancelog.nyc News – NYCB investigation concludes Martins accusations not corroborated: Robin Pogrebin, NY Times Review – Royal Ballet, The Winter’s Tale, London: Vikki Jane Vile, BWW UK - Gallery - Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs Tour Preview – Mark Morris Dance Group, Pepperland: Deirdre Kelly, Dance Magazine Review – Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, Birmingham: Phil Preece, SeeingDance Review – Crystal Pite/Kidd Pivot Company, Betroffenheit, Santa Monica, Laura Bleiberg, LA Times Preview – Sarasota Ballet Gala with Misty Copeland & Marcelo Gomes: Jay Handelman, Herald-Tribune Review – Gary Lang/NT Dance Company & Deborah Cheetham, Milnjiya, Perth: Nina Levy, West Australian Documentary Preview – Royal New Zealand Ballet, The Heart Dances: Dionne Christian, NZ Herald Diary – New York, Next Week: Brian Schaefer, NY Times Feature – For José Mateo, a new direction in dance: Karen Campbell, Boston Globe Feature – Dance: claim it, shape it, make it your own: Jamuna Chiarini, Oregon Artswatch Review – Flamenco Festival/ Ana Morales,Tempo of Light, London: Donald Hutera, The Times Feature – Akademi, The Troth – touring in India: Fergus Morgan, The Stage Resolution 2018, London, 14 February: Savannah Sanders & Coral Montejano Cantoral, The Place - GoldHill Dance Company, Hand Towards - Nicole McDowall, Nelum - Arielle Smith, Lots of Varied Expectations
  4. Dance links w/b Sunday February 11, 2018

    Links – Thursday 15 February, 2018 Obituary – Ruth Ann Koesun, ABT Principal: Anna Kisselgoff, NY Times Reviews – Royal Ballet, The Winter’s Tale, London: Clement Crisp, Financial Times Debra Craine, The Times Zoë Anderson, Independent Mark Monahan, Telegraph Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack Review – New York City Ballet, Romeo + Juliet (Martins), New York: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times Reviews – San Francisco Ballet, Bright Fast Cool Blue – Program 2, San Francisco: Allan Ulrich, SF Chronicle Ann Murphy, SF Examiner Reviews – Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, Birmingham: John Kennedy, Reviews Hub Maria Cuisine, Express & Star News – Birmingham Royal Ballet, 2018-19 Season: Staff, SeeingDance Review – Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Viktor, London: Jann Parry, DanceTabs Review – Matthew Bourne/New Adventures, Cinderella, Milton Keynes: Maggie Constable, Reviews Hub Preview – Pacific Northwest Ballet, Spring Season, Seatle: Sandra Kurtz, Seattle Weekly Preview – Houston Ballet, Rock and Roll & Tutus, Houston: Margaret Downing, Houston Press Review – James Graham Dance Theatre, Dance Lovers 7, San Francisco: Rita Felciano, Danceviewtimes Previews – Martha Graham Dance Company, Repertoire Mixed Bill; Eifman Ballet, Requiem, Montreal: Jim Burke, Montreal Gazette Preview – Smuin Ballet, 2018 Choreography Showcase, San Francisco: Maxine Marshall, SF Chronicle Preview – SJDanceCo, On the Edge, San Jose: Maxine Marshall, SF Chronicle Preview – Boston Ballet, Romeo and Juliet (Cranko), Boston: Hannah Vine, Playbill Resolution 2018, London, 13 February: Graham Watts & Coral Montejano Cantoral, The Place - Untold Dance Theatre, Women-Wise - Arunima Kumar, BANDEENI (…prisoner) - Sketch Dance Company, My Other Half
  5. Dance links w/b Sunday February 11, 2018

    Links – Wednesday 14 February, 2018 Feature – Ballet wisdom from dancers trained by Balanchine: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times Review – Paris Opera Ballet, Onegin, Paris: Laura Cappelle, Financial Times Review – ODC Dance & Volti, Path of Miracles, San Francisco: Lisa Hirsch, SF Classical Voice News – National Ballet of Canada’s 2018-19 Season + reaction: Martha Schabas, Globe and Mail Debra Yeo, Toronto Star Review – Royal Ballet, Giselle (Hayward/Campbell), London: Naomi Cockshutt, BTG Feature – The Royal Ballet’s Marianela Nunez: Anna Winter, The Stage Review – New York City Ballet, Red Violin, Dance Odyssey, Russian Seasons, New York: Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn, Bachtrack Review – Miami City Ballet, Theme and Variations, One Line Drawn, The Concert, Miami: Sean Erwin, Danceviewtimes Feature – Is there such a thing as a definitive performance? Sarah Crompton, What'sOnStage Feature – Interpreting Contemporary Dance: Natalie Cenci, Artsy Review – Junior Ballett Zurich, Un Ballo, Disrupted, Behind the Mirror, Maraschino Cherries, Zurich: Sarah Batschelet, Bachtrack Review – Dana Reitz/Lumberyard, Latitude, New York: Apollinaire Scherr, Financial Times Preview – Flamenco Festival at Sadler’s Wells, London: Lucy Bannerman, The Times Gallery – Ashton Foundation Masterclass with Monica Mason: Dave Morgan, DanceTabs Review – Elmhurst Ballet School, Graduate Showcase, Birmingham: Phil Preece, SeeingDance Review – Curious Seed/Christine Devaney, Teenage Trilogy, Glasgow: Gareth K Vile, The List Review – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui et al, Pluto, Glasgow: Rosemary Waugh, Exeunt Feature – Hip-Hop Dance Training – where to start? Anna Winter, The Stage Feature – When PS122 became Performance Space New York: Siobhan Burke, NY Times And this probably applies equally to Dance companies: Lyn Gardner, The Stage And whilst talking about critics, scroll to the second last letter here: Guardian
  6. ENB - article in The Times

    She did indeed, for some months as I recall, and it was with Karen Kain.
  7. Dance links w/b Sunday February 11, 2018

    Links – Tuesday 13 February, 2018 Feature – New York City Ballet adjusts to life without Peter Martins: Michael Cooper, NY Times Feature – Paris Opera at 350 Years: Shellie Karabell, Forbes News – ENB taking Akram Khan’s Giselle to Chicago next year: Roslyn Sulcas, NY Times John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune News – Joffrey Ballet announces 2018-19 Season: Morgan Greene, Chicago Tribune Miriam Di Nunzio, Chicago Sun-Times Reviews – Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Viktor, London: Zoë Anderson, Independent Maggie Foyer, SeeingDance Reviews – ODC/Dance, Path of Miracles, San Francisco: Claudia Bauer, SF Chronicle Heather Desaulniers, DanceTabs Review – Matthew Bourne/New Adventures, Cinderella, Birmingham: Phil Preece, SeeingDance Review – Gandini Juggling & Alexander Whitley, Spring, Cambridge: Jann Parry, DanceTabs Review – Umanoove/Didy Veldman, The Knot, Ipswich: Jessica Wilson, SeeingDance Review – West Australian Ballet, Milky Way: Ballet at The Quarry, Perth: Margaret Mercer, Dance Australia Review – Ballet West, Cinderella (Ashton), Salt Lake City: Heather Hayes, Deseret News Review – Helene Burgstaller/Waikato Comtemporary Dance Projects Trust, True Value, Hamilton: Debbie Bright, Theatreview Resolution 2018, London: Various Writers, DanceTabs - Coverage of programmes on 16 January, 1, 2 and 3 February. Still no sign of later reviews on The Place’s website. - 31 January: Maria Salwinska, SeeingDance
  8. ENB - article in The Times

    Pardon my exasperation, but is there anyone who has anything at all new and substantiated, that could be put here under a full name, such that we might end this dispiriting round of allegation, innuendo, wishful thinking, and waffle, however heartfelt? There is no 'solution' to whatever situation now existing at ENB that is going to emerge here.
  9. Miss Hayward and some very forbidding Wilis top the News photostream in today's Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/news-in-pictures-82jp0mknl?shareToken=92eb471bd7ea54c475d234513c865b89
  10. Dance links w/b Sunday February 11, 2018

    Links – Monday 12 February, 2018 Review – Royal Ballet, Giselle (Hayward/Cambell), London: Judith Mackrell, Guardian Review – New York City Ballet, The Red Violin, Dance Odyssey, Russian Seasons, New York: Marina Harss, DanceTabs Review – Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Viktor, London: Donald Hutera, The Times Review – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon, Pluto: London: Charlotte Kasner, SeeingDance - Gallery - Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs Reviews – Phoenix Dance Theatre, Windrush - Movement of the People, Leeds: Richard Horsman, Culture Vultures Dawn Smallwood, Reviews Hub Review – New York Theatre Ballet, Beethoven/1999, Optimists, Dark Elegies, Double Andante, New York: Marina Harss, DanceTabs Reviews – Dana Reitz & Others, Latitude, New York: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times Deborah Jowitt, ArtsJournal/DanceBeat Review – Doug Varone & Dancers, Nocturnes, Boats Leaving, folded/shelter, Lux, Chicago: Lauren Warnecke, Chicago Tribune Review – Curious Seed/Constance Devernay, Teenage Trilogy, Glasgow: Mary Brennan, Herald Review – West Australian Ballet, Milky Way: Ballet at The Quarry, Perth: Sarah Green, Australian Stage - Feature – William Yeoman, West Australian Feature – Black Choreographers Festival, Here and Now 2018, Bay Area: Lou Fancher, SF Classical Voice Review – Sadler’s Wells Sampled, London: Sara Veale, Fjord Review Review – 201 Dance Company, SKIN, Sale: Peter Jacobs, Reviews Hub Diary – This Week, Around L.A.: Matt Cooper, LA Times Review – Grand Rapids Ballet, The Return of Balance, Vapor, They/Them, Grand Rapids: Marin Heinritz, Revue
  11. ENB - article in The Times

    Dave: Thanks - I can still see her emerging from behind that desk!
  12. ENB - article in The Times

    .... but what are we going to do about HIM? (Now, was that with Angela Rippon or Glenda Jackson?)
  13. Grace on ice

    This article from today's Times may prove of interest here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/john-curry-and-tonya-harding-two-tragic-figures-who-turned-sport-into-an-art-form-5cx86pkjb?shareToken=6f8c514e57f2e5e8dee9020ffb0ee8ec
  14. Deciding whether to apply for RBS junior associates

    This thread is locked whilst Mods consider a proliferation of reports.
  15. Dance Links w/b Sunday 28 January, 2018

    Links – Thursday 1 February, 2018 Review – San Francisco Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, San Francisco: Paul Parish, Bay Area Reporter Review – New York City Ballet, 21st Century Choreographers Quad Bill, New York: Deborah Jowitt, Arts Journal/DanceBeat Review – American Ballet Theatre, Ratmansky, Robbins, Millepied, Wheeldon, Washington DC: Lisa Traiger, DC Metro Preview – Joffrey Ballet, Modern Masters Quad Bill, Chicago: Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times Review – Compagnie Hervé Koubi, What the day owes the night, New York: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times News – Arts Council England and ENB have met: Georgia Snow, The Stage News – ABT dancers reach tentative contract agreement: Michael Cooper, NY Times Review – Michael Clark Company, To a simple rock’n’roll … song, Sydney: Chantal Nguyen, Bachtrack Feature – Camille A. Brown, a storytelling choreographer who listens to her audience: Brian Seibert, NY Times Preview – Miami City Ballet, Jerome Robbins Celebration, Palm Beach: Jan Sjostrom, PalmBeachPost Preview – American Repertory Ballet, Pride and Prejudice, Philadelphia: Staff, New Jersey Stage Feature – Pivot: Dance Development at The Place: Maddy Costa, Exeunt Resolution 2018, London, 30 January: Natasha Tripney & Emma Iskowitz, The Place - Gareth Mitchell & Tara D’Arquian, Orphan Realms - Imbeciles Dance Theatre, One Eye Open - Local Tourist, Fragmenty Review – Bond Creatives, Djuki Mala, Perth: Claire Condry, Australian Stage Review – COIL Festival/ Dean Moss, Petra, New York: Martha Sherman, dancelog.nyc Preview – Skinner/Kirk Dance Company, Triple Bill, Portland: Heather Wisner, Oregon Artswatch Feature – Changes in technique and tutu development: Michelle Potter, .... on dancing
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