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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. Isn't there something in the background about a couple of non-vaccinated people? I haven't heard details, so have no idea whether they are professional dancers or celebs. (I seem to know fewer celebs with each passing year!)
  2. The programme had already started on the radio when I saw this thread - I'm more of a watcher than a dancer so didn't rush to butt in. But it was a lively half hour or so, I must say.
  3. Links – Saturday 18 September Review – Matthew Bourne/New Adventures, The Midnight Bell, Brighton/Touring: Simon Topping, Reviews Hub Review - Hofesh Shechter Company, Double Murder, London: Jenny Gilbert, Arts Desk Richard Maguire, Reviews Hub Review - Breakin' Convention: The Ruggeds, Between Us, London: Maryam Philpott, Reviews Hub Feature - Divine intervention: Wayne McGregor on choreographing Dante: Sarah Kirkup, Bachtrack Feature - Drew McOnie on creating Merlin for Northern Ballet: Debra Craine, The Times Stream Review – Rambert 2, Note to Self: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Stream Review - English National Ballet, Emerging Dancer: A Celebration: Maggie Foyer, SeeingDance Review – BalletX, Sunset, 0639 hours, Philadelphia: Merilyn Jackson, Fjord Review Review – Julie Mayo & colleagues, Nerve Show, New York: Siobhan Burke, NY Times Fall Preview - All the ways to Fall for Dance again, onstage and beyond: Margaret Fuhrer, NY Times News/Gallery – RB and BRB dancers featured in London Fashion Week: Lizzie Edmonds & Chloe Street, Evening Standard News - Sergei Polunin shoots The Road to Eternity video in Romania: Irina Marica, Romania-Insider Feature - Behind Tai Hang’s fire dragon dance, a Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival tradition: Erika Na, SCMP Book Review - Nouvelle Histoire de la danse en Occident: De la Préhistoire à nos jours, edited by Laura Cappelle: Ada Bronowski, Estetika (Yes, the book is in French but this erudite review is not.)
  4. Links – Friday 17 September Reviews - Hofesh Shechter Company, Double Murder, London: Sanjoy Roy, Guardian Debra Craine, The Times David Mead, SeeingDance Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Isaac Ouro-Gnao, The Stage Documentary - In Balanchine’s Classroom: Teo Bugbee, NY Times Review – Colleen Thomas & Dancers, Light and Desire, New York: Brian Seibert, NY Times Stream Review – Rambert 2, Note to Self: David Mead, SeeingDance News - Finalists announced for Queensland Ballet’'s Suncorp Dream Big Challenge: Jo Litson, Limelight News - Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes premieres on PBS: Andrew Gans, Playbill News - Houston Ballet takes to the streets for innovative new digital show: Steven Devadanam, Culture Map News - Woman stole $1.5 million from ballet school: Helena Wegner, Miami Herald
  5. Links – Thursday 16 September Interview - English National Ballet’s Tamara Rojo: ‘I loved playing these outrageous women – they liberated me’: Kate Wyver, The Stage Opinion – Learned Behaviour: Liam Scarlett and related matters: Luke Jennings, London Review of Books Updated Feature - Lauren Lovette and Jamar Roberts pivot from Dance to Choreography: Brian Seibert, NY Times Essay - Dancing through New York in a summer of joy and grief: Carina del Valle Schorske, NY Times Feature - Dance and AI: the future is here with Forgery: Olivia Stewart, Limelight Preview – Alma de España Flamenco, Familia, Vancouver: Charlie Smith, Straight.com News - Joffrey welcomes four new dancers from South Korea, Spain and the U.S: Alexa Criscitiello, BWW Chicago
  6. Links – Wednesday 15 September Previews - Royal Ballet, The Dante Project, London: Graham Spicer, Gramilano Stephi Wild, BWW UK Regional Feature - Akram Khan on Creature, climate change and updating ‘racist’ Rudyard Kipling: Mark Monahan, Telegraph Festival Previews: Fall for Dance, Sweet Gwen Suite: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Little Island Dance Festival/Ayodele Casel & Torya Beard: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Feature - La Meri and a Global Spectrum of Dance: Nancy Wozny, Dance Magazine Preview - New Art Club, Cupid's Revenge, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Preview – AMM & DCO, The Umbrella Dance, Philadelphia: Melissa Strong, Broad Street Review Interview – Alice Topp, Choreographer, Australian Ballet: Claudia Lawson, Fjord Review News - National Ballet of Canada 2021/22 roster announced: Alexa Criscitiello, BWW Toronto Book Review – Being a Ballerina by Gavin Larsen: David Mead, SeeingDance
  7. Links – Tuesday 14 September Dance History - Sybil Shearer (1912–2005): Wendy Perron, Blog Report – National Ballet of Canada down on the farm: Staff, CBC News Review – Brisbane Festival: Karul Projects, Weredingo; Dancenorth, Red: Denise Richardson, Dance Australia Preview – Motionhouse, Nobody, London/Touring: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper News - What to see as Seattle dancers return to stages (and screens) in fall 2021: Megan Burbank, Seattle Times News - Tia Hassan & Kate Scanlan appointed to lead East London Dance: Giverny Masso, The Stage
  8. Links – Monday 13 September Roundup - A deep and joyful dive into the 2021 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival: Gay Morris, DanceTabs Feature - Is Covent Garden more exposed than ever? Richard Morrison, The Times Preview – Scottish Ballet, Starstruck: Patricia-Ann Young, Sunday Post Review - Rosie Kay Dance Company, Romeo + Juliet, Birmingham: Sarah Crompton, Guardian Review - Passion Fruit Dance Company, Trapped, New York: Brian Seibert, NY Times Report - National Ballet of China, Don Quixote, Beijing: Staff, Global Times Interview - Garry Stewart on leaving Australian Dance Theatre: Maggie Tonkin, Dance Australia News - Winners in the RAD Fonteyn Awards: Staff, Dance Australia
  9. The KVN Coppelia is most certainly reimagined - see reviews in Links a couple of days ago. And there's a piece on Bourne's Midnight Bell in this morning's Links. - is it to be his last?
  10. Links – Sunday 5 September Essays: The ending of Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations: a 1946 photograph: Alastair Macaulay, Blog Cunningham, Rauschenberg, Satie: Nocturnes, 1956-1968: Alastair Macaulay, Blog Feature – Matthew Bourne on why The Midnight Bell might be one of his last pieces: Sarah Crompton, Sunday Times Gallery – Lana Jones, ex-Australian Ballet: Michelle Potter, ... on dancing News - TorinoDanza Festival – Shechter, Papaioannou, Khan, Ferri: Graham Spicer, Gramilano
  11. Links – Saturday 4 September Features: A Tribute to Margot Fonteyn, 23 May 1979 - the Programme: Alastair Macaulay, Blog JoAnn M Hunter, choreographer: Roslyn Sulcas, NY Times Reviews – KVN Dance Company, Coppelia (Allen & different!), London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper David Mead, SeeingDance News: Wayne McGregor to choreograph the Abba return: Ben Beaumont-Thomas & Mark Brown, Guardian Houston Ballet choreographer Christopher Bruce steps down after 32 years: Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle Hip Hop International to dance again in L.A., despite Delta, with its USA Championships: Jevon Phillips, LA Times Preview – Herstory of the Universe@Governors Island: Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone, Brooklyn Rail Rumination - On an Edwin Denby NYC Traffic Sonnet: Kirby Olson, Brooklyn Rail
  12. Saw it on Tuesday evening - thoroughly enjoyable. And there was a great deal of water stomped about during that finale! (Craig Revel Horwood - he of Strictly fame, should you ask - was also there, and I trust he enjoyed the show as much as I did.) Very clever management of the set, I thought - and I was delightfully surprised after the Interval to find it was not a recorded score being played, as I'd imagined till that point.
  13. Links – Friday 3 September Review - Ayden Brouwers & Lizzie Morris, Sound Cistem, London: Kate Wyver, Guardian Film/Live/Touring – Frauke Requardt/David Rosenberg, Future Cargo: Lorna Irvine, Fjord Review Previews: National Ballet of Canada, Angels’ Atlas: Alicia Cox Thomson, Maclean's National Ballet of China to revive Nureyev’s Don Quixote: Staff, China.org News: World Ballet Day 2021 announced as 19 October: Marianka Swain, BWW UK Graham Spicer, Gramilano English National Ballet’s new HQ voted London’s ‘Building of the year”: Alistair Lockhart, My London NYCB’s Nutcracker to return with new rules for children: Javier C Hernandez, NY Times Joan Myers Brown, a powerhouse of Black Dance Is retiring (mostly): Charmaine Patricia Warren, NY Times Stream Review – Gauthier Dance, Swan Lakes Triple Bill: David Mead, SeeingDance And if you have time: A long cautionary tale around an “American National Ballet”: Alice Robb, Vanity Fair
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