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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. Janet: Many thanks for this, as it's perhaps a fitting conclusion to discussion of the ABT run. I have a sense that the first critical opinions from New York were far from being the last word.
  2. Might it now be time for everyone to take a step backwards and, if possible, just accept that through a mix of nature and nurture we all develop different tastes, especially over aesthetic matters? In my own case, I know these have shifted appreciably over the years, and such differences are not something to fall out over. Miss Jean Brodie, whilst in her 1930s prime, addressed her pupils thus over some such matter: "For those who like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing they like." And there's a thought - I wonder if Cathy could do something with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie?
  3. Links – Tuesday 11 June, 2019 Reviews– Royal Ballet, Margot Fonteyn: A Celebration, London: Graham Watts, Bachtrack Vera Liber, BTG Gallery – Andrej Uspenski, Evening Standard Review – Royal Ballet, Firebird, Month in the Country, Symphony in C, London: Emma Byrne, Evening Standard Reviews – English National Ballet, Cinderella (Wheeldon), London: Donald Hutera, The Times Reviews – San Francisco Ballet, Bound To, Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem, Anima Animus, London: David Mead, SeeingDance John O’Dwyer, Seen and Heard Graham Watts, Bachtrack Natalia Osipova – Force of Nature: Interview - Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Film Feature: - Deborah Weiss, DanceTabs - Charlotte Kasner, SeeingDance Reviews – Australian Ballet, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Melbourne: Melinda Oliver, Daily Review Susan Bendall, Dance Australia Gallery – David Bintley’s ballets in pictures: Various sources, Guardian Review – Ballet Black, Pendulum, Click!, Ingoma, Edinburgh: Lucy Ribchester, The List Review – Paul Taylor Dance Company, Junction, all at once, Promethean Fire, New York: Mary Cargill, Danceviewtimes Review – Step Afrika!, Mixed Bill, Washington DC: Alexander C Kafka, DC Theatre Scene Review – Oregon Ballet Theatre, Night Creature, Robust American Love, Big Shoes, Portland: Martha Ullman West, Oregon Artswatch Review – Pacific Dance Festival 2019, Auckland: Unattributed, NZ Herald Feature – Choreographer Arlene Phillips – She has moved on since Strictly: Siobhan Murphy, The Times
  4. Links – Monday 10 June, 2019 Reviews – Royal Ballet, Margot Fonteyn: A Celebration, London: Debra Craine, The Times Mark Monahan, Telegraph - Gallery: Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs Reviews – English National Ballet, Cinderella (Wheeldon), London: Graham Watts, DanceTabs David Mead, SeeingDance Vera Liber, BTG Gallery – San Francisco Ballet, Progamme D, London: Foteini Christophilopoulou, DanceTabs Review – Paul Taylor Dance Company, 3 Programmes, New York: Siobhan Burke, NY Times Review – Lydia Johnson Dance, Clearing, Trio Sonatas, Nights and Dreams, Undercurrent, New York: Mary Cargill, Danceviewtimes Tour Review – Ballet Black, Pendulum, Click!, Ingoma, Edinburgh: Mary Brennan, Glasgow Herald
  5. Links – Sunday 9 June, 2019 Feature – Margot Fonteyn: the century of the star dancer: Sarah Crompton, Sunday Times Review Roundup – London: Sarah Crompton, The Observer - Sergei Polunin, Rasputin - Royal Ballet, Firebird Triple Bill - San Francisco Ballet , Programmes A & B - Kalakuta Republik Review – San Francisco Ballet, London Season: David Dougill, Sunday Times Review – San Francisco Ballet, Bespoke, Hummingbird, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, London: David Mead, SeeingDance Review – San Francisco Ballet, Bound To, Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem, Anima Animus, London: Vera Liber, BTG Reviews – English National Ballet, Cinderella (Wheeldon), London: Jenny Gilbert, Arts Desk Louise Levene, Financial Times Vikki Jane Vile, BWW UK Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Review – American Ballet Theatre, Brahms-Haydn Variations, Deuce Coupe, In the Upper Room, New York: Marianne Adams, Danceviewtimes Reviews – Opera Australia, West Side Story, Wellington Jennifer Shennan, ... on dancing Lindsey Rusling, Dominion Post
  6. Links – Saturday 8 June, 2019 Reviews– Royal Ballet, The Firebird, A Month in the Country, Symphony in C, London: Josephine Leask, DanceTabs Louise Levene, Financial Times Review – San Francisco Ballet, London Season: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Review – San Francisco Ballet, Bespoke, Hummingbird, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, London: Siobhan Murphy, DanceTabs Review – San Francisco Ballet, Bound To, Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem, Anima Animus, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Reviews – English National Ballet, Cinderella (Wheeldon), London: Mark Monahan, Telegraph Neil Norman, The Stage Emma Byrne, Evening Standard Review – National Symphony Orchestra & Dancers, Classically Dope, Washington DC: George Jackson, Danceviewtimes Reviews – American Ballet Theatre, Brahms-Haydn Variations, Deuce Coupe, In the Upper Room, New York: Leigh Witchel, dancelog.nyc Deborah Jowitt, Arts Journal/DanceBeat Review – Royal New Zealand Ballet, Black Swan, White Swan, Auckland: Felicity Molloy, Theatreview Preview – Robert Moses’ Kin, The Exceptionally Elderly Overweight Black Man Phoenix, San Francisco: Lou Fancher, SF Classical Voice Preview – Eifman Ballet, The Pygmalion Effect, New York: Robert Johnson, Playbill Diary – Southern California, Next Week: Matt Cooper, LA Times News – Kelly Tweeddale, next Executive Director at San Francisco Ballet: Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun Review – Wild Card: Stefan Jovanović, Constellations, London: Sophia Moss, Reviews Hub
  7. Not sure about 'tainted' - the piece got nearly a full page in the main paper, right after the D-Day pages, rather than in the Times 2 supplement. Normally that might be a cause for rejoicing.
  8. Bruce: I've no explanation to hand, but the apparent critical divide seems very real thus far, with just one positive review. And I find it stranger still when Cathy's Snowblind for San Francisco Ballet was so well received last year, both in the Bay Area and when later taken to Washington DC - her essential approach there strikes me as very similar. But just thinking about her work as simply 'ballet' seems sure to bring disappointment and that's not where she works at all, to my mind - though I'd certainly agree about "ballet informed movement." As ever it's probably a matter of taste. But I was heartened to see this a couple of hours ago - no sign there of a disappointed audience, or that Misty Copeland and Cory Stearns were at the end of a relative dud.
  9. Links – Friday 7 June, 2019 Reviews – Royal Ballet, The Firebird, A Month in the Country, Symphony in C, London: Hanna Weibye, Arts Desk Vera Liber, BTG Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Feature – Marcelino Sambé, New Royal Ballet Principal: David Sanderson, The Times Review – American Ballet Theatre, Jane Eyre, New York: Marina Harss, DanceTabs Reviews – San Francisco Ballet, Bespoke, Hummingbird, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, London: Vera Liber, BTG Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Documentaries: - Natalia Osipova, Force of Nature: Peter Bradshaw, Guardian - Nureyev: Rachel Saltz, NY Times Preview – Ballet Black, Click!, Pendulum, Ingoma, Edinburgh: Kelly Apter, The List News – Paul Taylor Dance Company – A Departing Generation: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Review – School of American Ballet, Concerto Barocco, Garland dance, New Sleep, Bourée Fantasque, New York: Carol Pardo, Danceviewtimes Review – San Francisco Ballet School, Graduation Programme, San Francisco: Paul Parish, Bay Area Reporter News – Scottish Ballet teams with the Every Voice Choir: Phil Miller, Glasgow Herald Review – Merce Cunningham Celebration, April 17, New York: Leigh Witchel, dancelog.nyc Diary – New York, Next Week: Brian Schaefer, NY Times Previews – Seattle International Dance Festival: Gemma Alexander, Seattle Times Sandra Kurtz, Oregon Artswatch Review – Ryuichi Fujimura & Lucky Lartey, Passing It On, Sydney: Jill Sykes, SMH
  10. I'm relieved to see Michael Popkin's substantially more positive review for Danceviewtimes in today's Links. As this Forum shows, day in and day out, we all see things differently when in a theatre - and Cathy's Jane seems to have worked for him, as it did for me some three years ago in the small Richmond Theatre in southwest London, during the tour of Northern Ballet's original version. The scale then was small, with nowhere near 40 dancers, so perhaps there might be an 'issue' with putting it on a substantially larger stage, as has been suggested. Nonetheless, from what I've seen on Twitter, Cathy has been in New York for some time - and as Janet said, above, both Jenny and Daniel de Andrade have assisted in the staging. So, for good or ill, what was seen is what Cathy wanted to show. And, of course, the production goes to Joffrey Ballet in Chicago in October.
  11. Tonight, at the New York Metropolitan Opera House, American Ballet Theatre will stage the US premiere of Cathy Marston's Jane Eyre, first commissioned by Northern Ballet and toured in the UK during 2016. I hope we might hear reactions from any members over there, in addition to newspaper reviews picked up in Links. For now, Playbill has published a useful introduction.
  12. Something on Twitter caught my eye this morning, and it may serve to start a thread for occasional gems from the past. Current members from the ballet.co era will remember the very distinctive reports from Eric Taub in New York, none more distinctive than this review of the ABT Gala in May 2007 that immortalised a Rose Adagio that Veronika Part must recall in horror: https://web.archive.org/web/20070703020525/http://www.ballet.co.uk/magazines/yr_07/jun07/et_rev_abt_0507.htm
  13. Norman Lebrecht gives "the achievements she lists" in italics - and are we to take it that the 4 words in a reversion to a normal font under her photograph is his personal comment on same?
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