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  1. Thanks PDQ, I've just shed a tear or two watching that.
  2. Links - Sunday 20 October, 2019 Review - Mariinsky Ballet, Paquita, Washington: Lora Strum, Broadway World Review - Angelin Preljocaj, La Fresque, London: Sara Veale, Fjord Review Reviews - Russell Maliphant, Silent Lines, London: Mark Monahan, Telegraph Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Preview - Sarasota Ballet, Graziano Retrospective, Sarasota: Thomas Becnel, Sarasota Herald Tribune Diary - Dance in LA this week: Matt Cooper, LA Times Review - Chunky Move, Token Armies, Melbourne: Portia Conyers-East, Daily Review Review - Rob Heaslip, Endling, Glasgow: Lorna Irvine, Fjord Review Review - Saffy Setohy, Aya Kobayashi, Nicolette Macleod and Joanna Young, Bodies of Water, Glasgow: Lorna Irvine, Fjord Review Feature - Uruguay’s National Ballet Company: Maria Salas, Yahoo via AFP Review - Sankai Juku, Meguri: Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land, Berkeley: David E Moreno, Culture Vulture Feature - Ballet Philippines: Staff, Kuwait Times via AFP Feature - Dancer Lucy Monaghan on life at the Moulin Rouge: Ann Fotheringham, Herald Scotland Dance Umbrella 2019, London Review - Gregory Maqoma, Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero: Rachel Nouchi, British Theatre Guide
  3. Such sad news. She was one of those people I thought would go on forever. RIP to this inspirational lady.
  4. UK PREMIERE WILD CARD: Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome Lilian Baylis Studio, EC1R 4TN Thursday 14 & Friday 15 November Performances at 8pm Ticket price £17 Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com Sadler’s Wells Wild Card returns with a bespoke evening curated by British-Chilean choreographer and dance artist Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome on Thursday 14 & Friday 15 November in a UK Premiere. Muñoz-Newsome’s evening is an invitation to interact with INCHOATE BUZZ, a new immersive work. Created together with visual artist India Harvey and sound artist Josh Anio Grigg, it offers an environment to explore, inviting us into a sensorial journey in a relaxed set of soft objects, projections and suspended sculpture.Intimacy, proximity and distance are all at play. For this version of INCHOATE BUZZ, several guest artists perform their own works within its welcoming environment: dance artists Last Yearz Interesting Negro (Jamila Johnson-Small), Rukeya, Eve Stainton, and musicians Kiera Coward Deyell (Black Obsidian Sound System) and Isabel Muñoz-Newsome (Pumarosa). Eva Martinez, Sadler’s Wells’ Artistic Programmer said “It is such a privilege to witness an artist’s vision unfold during our work on Wild Cards. Fernanda’s naturally instinctive curation is bringing to life a unique sensory experience. I see it arising from the perspective of her lived experience as a dancer, tapping into that specific ability to be in touch with different levels of realities at once, and making these visible to us. At the cross roads of the installation, the live performance and the group mediation, the evening promises to be call to a different set of actions: deep listening, resting, slowing down. An invitation to use more of our senses to interact with the world.” The development of INCHOATE BUZZ is supported by a DanceXchange Choreography Award, a Jerwood New Work Fund grant from Jerwood Arts and though public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome’s work is produced by Nikki Tomlinson. Listing information: UK Premiere WILD CARD: Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome Lilian Baylis Studio, EC1R 4TN Performances at 8pm Tickets: £17 Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com Notes to Editors ABOUT SADLER’S WELLS Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With over three centuries of theatrical heritage and a year-round programme of performances and learning activities, it is the place where artists come together to create dance, and where people of all backgrounds come to experience it – to take part, learn, experiment and be inspired. Its vision is to reflect and respond to the world through dance: enabling artists of all backgrounds to create dance that moves us and opens our minds, and sharing those experiences with the widest possible audiences – to enrich their lives and deepen their understanding of what it means to be human. Audiences of over half a million come to Sadler’s Wells’ three London theatres each year, with many more enjoying its touring productions at venues across the UK and around the world, and accessing its content through digital channels. Sadler's Wells commissions, produces and presents more dance than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 170 new dance works to the stage, many of them involving its 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and four Associate Companies – the most exciting talents working in dance today. Sadler’s Wells nurtures the next generation of talent through a number of artist development initiatives and reaches over 30,000 annually through its learning and engagement programmes. Located in Islington, north London, Sadler’s Wells’ current building is the sixth to have stood on site since entrepreneur Richard Sadler first established the theatre in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera having all started at Sadler's Wells. Sadler’s Wells is to open an additional mid-scale venue in east London in 2022. The new space will be at the heart of the East Bank project, a new cultural and education district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, which will also include BBC, UAL’s London College of Fashion, UCL and the V&A in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. As well as a 550-seat auditorium, Sadler’s Wells’ new venue will include a choreographic centre and a hip-hop theatre academy, the first of their kind in the world to be run by a theatre. www.sadlerswells.com ABOUT WILD CARD Wild Card is a unique initiative providing a glimpse of the rich variety of work that makes up the current dance landscape. Increasingly popular with audiences and artists alike, Wild Card opens the stage to an exciting and adventurous community of dance makers, giving a broad range of artists the unique opportunity to curate their own programmes of dance. These specially curated evenings feature exploratory approaches to choreography and combine different mediums, broadening audiences’ perspectives on dance made today. Wild Card is part of Sadler’s Wells’ programme of support for young and emerging dance talent, alongside other initiatives including the New Wave Associates programme, Sadler’s Wells Summer University and hosting the National Youth Dance Company. ABOUT FERNANDA MUÑOZ-NEWSOME Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome’s practice involves dancing / voicing as political gesture, presenting in institutions, alternative spaces and clubs. She is interested in creating work which shifts perspectives, crafting queer spaces where care and consent promote exploration and agency. Working with pop/punk bands, she has presented and performed at E-Werk Luckenwalde, ICA, Barbican, Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, South London Gallery, TATE, Store X, DRAF, Oval Space, Block Universe, Art Night, Palais de Tokyo, Chisenhale Dance Space, Chisenhale Gallery, Calvert Foundation, Royal Academy, Arnolfini and Whitechapel Gallery. ABOUT COLLABORATING ARTISTS India Harvey is an artist and researcher whose work explores the possibilities of having multiple, distinct & complex relationships with the texture of our lived environments. India often collaborates with others, working in interdisciplinary and cross-generational contexts, foregrounding sensorial listening and agitating against ocular-centrism. India is currently working on projects with the Barbican Centre, Tate Modern, and a forthcoming residency at MKAC. India has created the set or ‘environment’ for INCHOATE BUZZ. Sound and new media artist Josh Anio Grigg has designed and collaborated on shows at the National Theatre, the Yard and the ICA among others, as well as at festivals across Europe. Josh has created the sound and projection design for INCHOATE BUZZ. Kiera Coward Deyell is a sound engineer and designer. She has designed, installed and performed sound in spaces across the U.K. and is one of the founding members of Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.). Taking inspiration from ecological systems, urban isolation and displacement, Coward Deyell’s work speaks of nostalgia to those for whom precarity has always felt like home. Last Yearz Interesting Negro is the performance project of artist/dancer Jamila Johnson-Small. Their practice is relational, moving across spaces, contexts, roles and collaborations and working through questions of entanglement, alienation and sensation. “It’s low rumbling unruly states and navigating control internal external outside inside city streets and parks and bodies of water what is done and doing to you, to us, to me, for us, for you, for me. psychic landscapes laid out and all that tangled up complicity doing and done” Eve Stainton’s practice spans movement, performance making and digital collage and is anchored by the complexities of un-codeable, poetic queer encounters. Interested in exploiting her/their own desires and vulnerabilities, for INCHOATE BUZZ Eve will be working with this personal provocation: How to be polyamorous with the dances she/they are offering. Isabel Munoz-Newsome works across visual art, writing, music and performance and draws on themes related to female empowerment, sexuality and rupture. Her band Pumarosa have just released their second album with Fiction Records. With their first album, The Witch, they toured Europe, America, Asia and Australia. For this event, Isabel is taking the opportunity to explore new ground. Responding to the intimate and liquid atmosphere of INCHOATE BUZZ, she will shake off some of the structure and control often associated with songwriting, instead looking to chance using samples, loops and drones. She will be working primarily with her voice and some recorded and synthetic sounds. Rukeya is a dancer and performance artist. Her work explores trans embodiment, rituals for survival and healing practices. Recent work has been presented at DIY Space, Supernormal Festival, Trans Pride Brighton, The Yard Theatre, Steakhouse Live, Chisenhale Dance and The Stedelijk Museum. Rukeya will contribute research & practice from her previous dance works, 'Nothing 2 Nobody' & 'Brown Handbag' which explore islamic rituals, the familial, self-defence, grieving processes and resistance dances.
  5. Enigma is mostly a series of solos - there is one duet and one trio that I can think of but not Dorabella and Troyte.
  6. Elmhurst Ballet School shortlisted in prestigious One Dance UK Awards 2019 Photo credit: Andy Ross Media release: Thursday 17 October 2019 - Elmhurst Ballet School, in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, is thrilled the school’s Health and Wellbeing Team and its Performance Enhancement Coach have been shortlisted and recognised in the UK’s sector-wide annual One Dance UK Awards. Elmhurst’s pioneering Health & Wellbeing Team led by Annelli Peavot, Assistant Principal, responsible for Health, Wellbeing and Safeguarding, has been shortlisted in the Dance Healthcare Team Award category, and Nico Kolokythas, the school’s Performance Enhancement Coach, also part of the Health and Wellbeing Team, and a University of Wolverhampton PhD candidate, has been shortlisted in the Research in Dance Impact Award category. Many names are put forward for the awards each year, so to be shortlisted from a wide range of dance sector glitterati is wonderful recognition for the school, its staff and the work they continue to do to ensure students are best prepared for the mental and physical challenges that a professional dance career can throw at them. One Dance UK is the sector’s support organisation leading the way to a stronger, more vibrant and diverse dance sector. The organisation recently relocated from London to Birmingham and provides one clear voice to: support all those working in the sector to achieve excellence in dance performance, education and management; advocate for the increased profile and importance of dance in all its diverse forms and settings; enhance dancers’ health, well-being and performance; and identify gaps, provide opportunities and improve conditions for dance to be learnt, discussed and seen. The One Dance UK Awards has been developed to recognise the outstanding contribution of professionals and practitioners working in dance. The annual event is an opportunity for people in the dance community to get together, celebrate, acknowledge and reward those who have made an impact over the last 12 months on the UK’s vibrant dance landscape. Annelli Peavot, Elmhurst Ballet School’s Assistant Principal, said: “It is a huge privilege to work with the talented young people at Elmhurst and we are very proud of the quality and range of support services we offer them. To have this recognised by One Dance UK is particularly pleasing and we are very much looking forward to sharing our work with the wider dance community on what should be a fabulous evening in Manchester this November.” Knowing that the ballet world can be tough and that the training to be part of that world brings its unique pressures, in addition to the usual stresses of teenage life, the Healthcare team believe it is the school’s responsibility to be creative and to find new ways to manage resources and look to innovations and research to inform best practice. Prevention; early identification; prompt, appropriate intervention; and ongoing support; remain the four key strands when considering and delivering the best healthcare provision for Elmhurst students. With thanks to an ongoing partnership between Elmhurst Ballet School and the University of Wolverhampton, Nico Kolokythas has also been shortlisted in the Award nominations. His dance research is already making an impact to the wider national and international dance community and includes: 11+ Dance, an evidence-based injury prevention intervention specifically designed for dancers; an investigation on the relationship of growth, development and overuse injuries in aesthetic sports; and the effect of Vitamin D supplementation in elite adolescent dancers on muscle function and injury incidence. Nico Kolokythas, said: “It is a great honour and very exciting to see and feel the appreciation from the dance sector. One Dance UK has been has been pivotal to the dissemination of my work so I am very thankful for the support. Seeing my name next to other nominees, Doctor Pickard and Professor Redding, is very humbling, win or lose is beyond the point. I feel proud that with the help of my supervisors at University of Wolverhampton, the senior leadership at Elmhurst Ballet School and of course the dance teachers and students at the school, we have managed to create work that may potentially impact the future dancer.” Working alongside Annelli and Nico and also part of the nominated Health and Wellbeing Team is Kate Liptrot, Nursing Sister, and Rachel Orton, Injury Management Coordinator & Sports Massage Therapist. The One Dance UK Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday 9 November at 7pm, at the Imperial War Museum, The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Greater Manchester M17 1TZ. -ENDS- Notes: More about the One Dance UK Awards: https://www.onedanceuk.org/programme/one-dance-uk-awards-2019/ #ODUKAwards Dancers and especially ballet dancers are highly skilled technicians but until recently their physical conditioning hasn’t been on the same par. Research has shown that the actual physiological demands of dance is relatively low compared with similar sports. Their low physical conditioning means that dancers spend a lot of the time working close to their maximum capacity. This has led to a high injury rate mainly due to fatigue and over work. Strength and conditioning is now more common in professional companies: Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal Ballet and English National Ballet all have training rooms equipped with weights and cardio equipment. The focus is on prevention and performance enhancement. Birmingham Royal Ballet, through prevention strategies, reduced their injury rate by 50%. One issue that has been observed is that dancers coming into the companies straight from vocational dance school are more prone to be injured in their first year. This is potentially due to them having trouble coping with the increased demand of professional companies, both in hours dancing and intensity. The introduction of strength and conditioning is essential in vocational dance schools and Elmhurst Ballet School is leading the way in providing its dancers with this service whilst monitoring performance grades and injury incidence to provide the professional with high level evidence of the outcomes. This will also allow a better transition to professional life for the students. The focus is not to make dancers athletes but to support the dancer as they strive for artistic excellence. Too much time is often lost in their training due to similar injuries as seen in professional dance (Matthew Wyon, Professor in Dance Science, University of Wolverhampton, and a Governor of Elmhurst Ballet School). Elmhurst Ballet School is based in Edgbaston, Birmingham and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2023. It is a world-renowned centre of excellence in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet and prepares talented young dancers aged between 11 and 19 to become the thinking dance professionals of the future. The school nurtures individuality through a holistic approach to training, education and health, which helps students to become independent, collaborative and versatile artists, ready to take their professional places on the world stage. Elmhurst’s dance training is of the highest quality and is delivered by current and former dance professionals. This training is enhanced by opportunities to work with Birmingham Royal Ballet, visiting choreographers and dance artists. Elite but not elitist, Elmhurst believes that talent is classless and its exceptional training opportunities should be available to young dancers regardless of their financial, social or cultural backgrounds. Whilst Elmhurst is an independent school, typically some 80% of students benefit from Government support to train at the school.
  7. Northern Ballet have had photographs taken by Lisa Stonehouse and Justin Slee. I think both of these photographers are Yorkshire based. I've no idea how much it would cost.
  8. Hello Derin's Mom, Afab hasn't logged in since April so you may be waiting a while for a response unless anyone else has experience. You could try messaging her - that usually generates an email to the person you are messaging, which may be picked up faster.
  9. The multi buy discount started at 20% and they even applied it if you were booking more than one performance of the same show. It gradually whittled away and then disappeared altogether.
  10. There are still young coots and moorhens on the canal near me. It's the latest I can remember seeing them so young.
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