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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. If you look back at Links for Sunday 3 November, you will see what I think was her first Observer review. It provided every sign that she would write with a decided attitude. (I recall seeing her fairly regularly on TV quite a while back, when Newsnight used to have a Friday Arts programme.)
  2. Links – Saturday 16 November, 2019 Exhibition – Where Art Tips Into Obsession, Degas at the Opéra, Paris: Jason Farago, NY Times Review – Mark Morris Dance Group, Pepperland, Washington DC: Alexander C Kafka, DC Theatre Scene Review – Rosie Kay Dance Company, Fantasia, London: Louise Levene, Financial Times Reviews – Dorrance Dance, Myelination & others, London: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Neil Norman, The Stage Review – Tom Dale Company, Step Sonic Mixed Bill, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Review – Mourad Merzouki/Compagnie Käfig, Folia, Paris: Laura Cappelle, Financial Times News – Nominations – UK National Dance Awards, 2019: Staff, DanceTabs Review – Dmitris Papaionnou et al, The Great Tamer, New York: Brian Seibert, NY Times Preview – San Francisco International Hip-Hop DanceFest: Lou Fancher, SF Classical Voice What’s On – Around UK Next Week: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian (Scroll down)
  3. It might help people to help you if you let them know what document, for which company's production, you are looking at. To my mind, you're dealing with the 'opening scene' of Act I, with dances in two distinct time signatures. Does it have to be more complicated than that?
  4. All a far cry from that time back in the ballet.co era (essentially pre-iPhones) when the Opera House forced the site to withdraw Curtain Call photos ... or do I remember that wrongly?
  5. Links – Friday 15 November, 2019 Review – Australian Ballet, Sylvia (Welch), Sydney: Chantal Nguyen, Bachtrack Review – Queensland Ballet, Bespoke 2019 - New Work, Brisbane: Deborah Jones, FollowSpot Review – Royal Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, London: Hari Mountford, Londonist Review – Rambert, Cunningham Centenary, Rambert Event, London: Jann Parry, DanceTabs Review – Emanuel Gat Dance, Works, London: Maggie Foyer, Critical Dance Review – Perfume Genius, Kate Wallich et al, The Sun Still Burns Here, New York: Gia Kourlas, NY Times What’s On: - New York, Next Week: Staff, NY Times - Chicago Nuts over Christmas: Mary Houlihan, Sun-Times Review – Cindy Van Acker & Colleagues, Solos x4, Melbourne: Gracia Haby, Fjord Review Review – Taipei University of the Arts, Moving Me Badly, Taipei: David Mead, SeeingDance
  6. Links – Thursday 14 November, 2019 Reviews – Royal Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, London: Jann Parry, DanceTabs Emma Byrne, Evening Standard Laura Freeman, Spectator Feature – Northern Ballet at 50: Chris Wiegand, Guardian Review – Northern Ballet, Cinderella (Nixon), Newcastle: Mark Brown, Telegraph Review – Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Staging Schiele, London: Laura Freeman, Spectator Review – National Dance Company Wales, Roots – New Work, Cardiff: Othniel Smith, BTG Review – Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, New York Season: Robert Gottlieb, NY Observer Review – Paul Taylor American Modern Dance & Guests, Donald McKayle Programme, New York: Siobhan Burke, NY Times Review – Hope Mohr Bridge Project, Cunningham-inspired Mixed Bill, San Francisco: Rita Felciano, Danceviewtimes Preview – Dance in Vancouver, 2019: Janet Smith, Straight.com Reviews – Matrix(Expressions Dance Company & Beijing Dance/LTDX), Auto Cannibal, Encircling Voyage, Queanbeyan, NSW & Brisbane: Deborah Jones, FollowSpot Olivia Stewart, Limelight Review – Royal New Zealand Ballet, Hansel and Gretel, Palmerston North: Tania Kopytko, Theatreview Gallery – A Look Inside The Royal Opera House: Marc J Franklin, Playbill Letter to The Editor: Christopher Hampson, CEO/AD, Scottish Ballet: Glasgow Herald
  7. Links – Wednesday 13 November, 2019 Feature – Ashton Rediscovered Masterclass: Jann Parry, DanceTabs Feature – Dance’s love affair with Fashion: Sarah Crompton, Guardian Review – Australian Ballet, Sylvia (Welch), Sydney: Deborah Jones, FollowSpot Review – Northern Ballet, Kingdom of Back, Mamela, Shape of Sound, London: Graham Watts, DanceTabs Reviews – Pacific Northwest Ballet, Locally Sourced - Triple Bill, Seattle: Philippa Kiraly, Bachtrack Megan Burbank, Seattle Times Review – Ballet Cymru, Triple Bill, Newport: Aaron Facer, Wales Arts Review Reviews – Emanuel Gat Dance, Works, London: Donald Hutera, The Times Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Review – Queensland Ballet, Bespoke 2019 – New Work, Brisbane: Denise Richardson, Dance Australia Review – Royal New Zealand Ballet, Hansel and Gretel, Wellington: Jennifer Shennan, ... on dancing Photo Feature – The Royal Academy of Dance at 100: Guardian Interview – Adam Cooper: Anna Winter, The Stage Review – Yvonne Rainer, with dancers & mattresses, Parts of Some Sextets, New York: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Coming Up – In New York, next February: Peter Libbey, NY Times
  8. Links – Tuesday 12 November, 2019 Reviews – Royal Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, London: Debra Craine, The Times Louise Levene, Financial Times Graham Watts, Bachtrack - Gallery: Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs Reviews – Northern Ballet, London: - Kingdom of Back, Mamela, Shape of Sound: Louise Levene, Financial Times - Little Red Riding Hood: Vera Liber, BTG Reviews – Rambert, Cunningham Centenary: Rambert Event, London: Debra Craine, The Times Rachel Nouchi, BTG Review – Rambert 2, Terms and Conditions, Sin, Sama, London: Deborah Weiss, DanceTabs Reviews – Ballet Cymru, Triple Bill: London - Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Newport – Nicole Garnon, South Wales Argus Review – Paul Taylor American Dance, Airs, Sunset, Syzygy, New York: Mary Cargill, Danceviewtimes Review – Emmanuel Gat Dance, Works, Salford: Peter Jacobs, Reviews Hub Review – E-side Dance Company, Spot 2019, Hong Kong: David Mead, SeeingDance Review – Ronald K Brown/EVIDENCE, New Conversations Triple Bill, N Bethesda, MD: Carmel Morgan, Critical Dance Review – Pennsylvania Ballet, 3 Premieres, Philadelphia: Camille Bacon-Smith, Broad Street Review Review – Queensland Ballet, Bespoke 2019 – New Work, Brisbane: Michelle Potter, ... on dancing Review – Rashad Newsome, Five: Kia LaBeija, Untitled: The Black Act, New York: Brian Seibert, NY TImes Feature – Ross (Rosco) Philip – Making Art with Ballet Shoes: Jo Litson, Limelight
  9. Interesting - after the recent success of Cathy Marston's Jane Eyre in Chicago, might we take it that the Joffrey contribution will bring something from that back home to its Northern home?
  10. However it's done, it will surely have been approved by Lady MacMillan.
  11. Maybe that's an excuse for me to rehash my story from RB Touring Company days in the dim and distant. It's a Swan Lake performance at some location, and the dancer doing the desperately pleading 'Odette' vision in Act III gets up on something altogether less stable than an elevator platform when, in mid-plead, it collapses beneath her .... somewhat spoiling the dramatic effect. As the lineal descendants of that Company, BRB has perhaps learned from that night.
  12. Links – Monday 4 November, 2019 Reviews – Birmingham Royal Ballet, Giselle (Bintley/Samsova), London: Debra Craine, The Times Vera Liber, BTG Review – Birmingham Royal Ballet & Ballet Black, Triple Bill, London: G J Dowler, Classical Source Tour Reviews – Acosta Danza, Evolution - Satori, Paysage, Faun, Rooster: Edinburgh: Dominic Corr, Reviews Hub Norwich: Eleanor Pringle, Eastern Daily Press Review – Northern Ballet, Dracula, Leeds: Nick Ahad, Yorkshire Post Review – Richard Alston Dance Compnay, Final Edition 4-Bill, Snape Maltings: Claire Seymour, Seen and Heard Review – Washington Ballet, NEXTsteps: Reverence, Delusional Beauty, Racecar, Washington DC: Oksana Khadarina, DanceTabs Review – BalletX, Mixed 5-Bill, Washington DC: George Jackson, Danceviewtimes Review – Fall for Dance, 2019, 3 Programmes, New York: Jerry Hochman, Critical Dance Reviews – Sydney Dance Company, 6 Breaths, Us 50, Sydney: Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald Jo Litson, Limelight Michelle Potter, ... on dancing Interview – Choreographer Jonathan Watkins & Kes Reimagined: Diane Parkes, DanceTabs Review – Igor and Moreno, BEAT, London: Josephine Leask, DanceTabs Feature – Anne Maher/Irish Ballet, Swan Lake: Helen O’Callaghan, Irish Examiner Feature – Alan Foley/Cork City Ballet, Swan Lake: Amy Nolan, Echo Live
  13. Links – Sunday 3 November, 2019 Reviews – Birmingham Royal Ballet, Giselle (Bintley/Samsova), London: John O’Dwyer, Seen and Heard Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Reviews – Birmingham Royal Ballet & Ballet Black, A Brief Nostalgia, The Suit, Nine Sinatra Songs, London: Vikki Jane Vile, BWW UK Bidisha, The Observer Review – Royal Ballet, Concerto Triple Bill, London: David Dougill, Sunday Times (Oddly, it’s there twice) Review – Hong Kong Ballet, Swan Lake (amid the protests), Hong Kong: Kevin Ng, ejinsight Streaming Review – Northern Ballet, Dracula, Leeds: Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard (Scroll down) Review – Akram Khan Company, Outwitting the Devil, Adelaide: Rhys Ryan, Limelight Review – Sydney Dance Company, 6 Breaths, Us 50, Sydney: Martin Portus, Daily Review Review – Ballet West, Le Chant du Rossignol, Apollo, Prodigal Son, Salt Lake City: Kate Mattingly, Utah Arts Review Reviews – Dance Umbrella 2019, London: Oona Doherty & Others: David Jays, Sunday Times The Future Bursts In: Bidisha, The Observer Sung Im Her & Colleagues, Nutcrusher, London: Josephine Leask, DanceTabs Review – Swiss.Style Festival, Melbourne: Jana Perkovic, The Age Rudi Van Der Merwe, Trophy Cindy Van Acker, Solos
  14. Links – Saturday 2 November, 2019 Reviews – Mariinsky Ballet, La Bayadère, Berkeley: Claudia Bauer, DanceTabs Ann Murphy, SF Examiner Review – Birmingham Royal Ballet & Ballet Black, A Brief Nostalgia, The Suit, Nine Sinatra Songs, London: Graham Watts, DanceTabs Review – Northern Ballet, Dracula, Leeds: James Ballands, BTG Interview/Feature – Mayara Magri, Royal Ballet First Soloist: Julia Dixon, To The Pointe Review – Bruno Beltrão/Grupo de Rua, Inoah, New York: Brian Seibert, NY Times Review – Royal Ballet of Flanders, Cantus Firmus, Mea Culpa, Antwerp: Louise Lewis, BTG Review – Oona Doherty, Lady Magma: The Birth of a Cult, Belfast: Anna Winter, The Stage Preview – Richard Alston Dance Company, Mixed Bill, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper What’s On: Around UK, Next Week: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian (Scroll down) And have you met the KCS Senior Dance Team? Gia Kourlas, NY Times
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