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Ian Macmillan

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  1. Links, Saturday 24 July Features: Adam Cooper: Singin’ in the rain once again: Debra Craine, The Times Archie Burnett, a Vogue Legend: Brian Seibert, NY Times Boston Ballet’s Dance in VR series breaks the wall between viewer and performer: Karen Campbell, Boston Globe Reviews: Yuan Yuan Tan & Colleagues, Magical Night at the Art Museum, Shanghai: Ma Yue, Shanghai Daily Mary-Jane O’Reilly & Others, Ballet Noir – Giselle with a difference, Auckland: Felicity Molloy, Theatreview 360 Allstars at London Wonderground: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Isaac Ouro-Gnao, The Stage Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard Preview – Antalya State Opera & Ballet, Pandemic: Staff, Hurriyet Daily News And now for something different: Review: Coppelia – A Mystery, Newcastle-under-Lyme: Natalie Douglas, The Stage
  2. Chris, as a fellow chorister further south, a huge Well Done to you all, meeting demands that were very much out of the normal choral comfort zone in so many ways.
  3. Links, Friday 23 July Live Review - Dance struggles to maintain its footing at Avignon Festival: Laura Cappelle, Financial Times Documentary – Ailey: A poetic look at the man behind the dances: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Andrew Gans, Playbill Feature - Samuel Hobbs' dance company push/Fold preps for Mexico City: Elizabeth Whelan, Oregon Artswatch
  4. Thanks to both. But it was pleasant to think for a few hours that the magnificent Zen had reappeared on stage!
  5. I'm fascinated to hear that Mme Yanowsky has returned to the stage, presumably just a one-off event. I stand to be corrected here, but do I recall her dancing O Magnum Mysterium as a solo in one of the Carlos and Friends programmes at the Coliseum some 10 years or so ago?
  6. Links, Thursday 22 July Live Reviews: Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Dance at Dusk – Mixed Bill, Los Angeles: Victoria Looseleaf, Fjord Review Immigrant Lessons, How do we co-exist? CAMP, Pam, Vancouver: Alina Blackett, Straight.com News – ABT to return to Lincoln Center in October: Peter Libbey, NY Times Features: Beatriz Stix-Brunell: From the Royal Ballet to undergrad at Stanford: Kathleen J. Sullivan, Stanford Today Moving away from the family for a ballet career: Rachel Hellwig, Pointe Magazine The enduring appeal of pointe shoes: Denise Richardson, Dance Australia Digital Transformation of Dance: Sophie Bress, Fjord Review
  7. Links, Wednesday 21 July Interview – Hope Muir, next AD at National Ballet of Canada: Roslyn Sulcas, NY Times Live Review - Lauren Lovette & Colleagues, Why It Matters – Mixed Bill, New York: Jerry Hochman, Critical Dance Stream Review - Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Schlafende Frau: Veronica Posth, SeeingDance News - Rome Opera Ballet announces 2021-2022 season: Graham Spicer, Gramilano A new Podcast - Talking Pointes: Claudia Lawson, Fjord Review
  8. I'm with the half-full tendency. Maybe the effect of Covid on theatres, economic activity and the nation at large will have a more lasting effect than any single choreographer. I'll tell you in 10 years.
  9. Links, Tuesday 20 July Live Reviews: Ballet Hispánico, Mixed Bill, Jacob’s Pillow: Janine Parker, Boston Globe Nervi Festival, A captivating dance tribute to Stravinsky: Graham Spicer, Gramilano Stream Reviews - Rambert, Eye Candy, Rouge, London: Graham Watts, Bachtrack Emily May, The Stage Stream Preview – Co3 Contemporary Dance, Archives of Humanity: Staff, Dance Australia Features: Covers of ballet publications by celebrated artists: Alastair Macaulay, Blog Park Sae-eun, Etoile at Paris Opera Ballet: Yonhap via Korea Herald
  10. The 1960 date is true of the London company who only danced it in 1959 and 1960. The Touring Company, for which it was created, had it in rep from 1951 to 1979. Source: Appendices to "The Royal Ballet - the first 50 years" .................... and my wife! All of which might suggest why it is still mainly danced by BRB, lineal successor to the Touring Company.
  11. Links, Monday 19 July Feature – The NYCB and Broadway dancer whose lockdown business bloomed: Lucy Ash, BBC News Live Reviews: Royal Ballet School, Annual Matinee Performance, London: Jann Parry, DanceTabs Preview – City Ballet of San Diego, On the Move Double Bill, San Diego: Marcia Manna, SD Union-Tribune Stream Review - Royal Ballet, Beauty Mixed Programme: Sarah Crompton, The Observer Documentary Review – Joy Womack: The White Swan: David Mead, SeeingDance Book Review - Rogue Ballerina by Georgina Pazcoguin: Laura Pullman, Sunday Times
  12. Links, Sunday 18 July Feature – Powerful Artists prove it’s time to end Ageism in Dance: Sarah Parker, Observer (NY) Live Reviews: Ballet Hispánico, Tiburones, Batucada Fantástica, 18+1, Jacob’s Pillow: Janine Parker, Berkshire Eagle Pioneers Go East Collective, Lucky Star (0.3), New York: Adrienne Sowers, Reviews Hub Stream Reviews: Rambert, Eye Candy, Rouge: Vera Liber, BTG Spring Festival, Three Preludes, Words; A Time There Was; Act III, Don Q: Deborah Jowitt, Arts Journal/DanceBeat Archive, 1981 - Australian Ballet strikes for its principals: Richard Coleman, Brisbane Times Documentary Review – Joy Womack: The White Swan: Michelle Potter, ... on dancing
  13. Chris, please do - the Lauridsen is a good sing! I'll be delighted to hear of a full choir sized performance being allowed within the 'guidance' on enclosed spaces.
  14. Links, Saturday 10 July Interview - Mats Ek on working with The Royal Ballet, Covid and Retirement: Jann Parry, DanceTabs Feature - As Karen Kain retires from the National Ballet, the dance community reflects on her legacy: Sarah Laing, Globe and Mail Opinion - Philadelphia Ballet should go back to its roots, including hiring local dancers: Sharon Skeel, Philadelphia Inquirer Live Review – Birmingham Royal Ballet, Cinderella (Bintley), Plymouth: Karen Bussell, BTG Live Preview – Lauren Lovette/Festival Ballet Ensemble, Gala with NYCB, ABT & SFB dancers, New York: Alexa Criscitiello, BWW
  15. It's not well known, but there's a mediaeval triptych of Angus Dei on the wall of a monastic hermitage deep in the Cairngorms. Agnes Dei was his sister, but I'm unaware of any extant painting of her.
  16. Yes, the one I found for Links under a headline saying "Agnes Dei." But "a little Latin and less Greek" knew better .....
  17. Links, Friday 9 July Live Review - Royal Ballet, Beauty Mixed Programme, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Live Preview – Wen Wei Dance, Two, Vancouver: Charlie Smith, Straight.com Streaming Review - Paris Opera Ballet, Body and Soul: Jessica Lockhart, Arts Fuse Streaming Preview – Royal Ballet, Agnus Dei: Alexa Criscitiello, BWW UK Feature - Using the Wisdom of Dance to Find Our Way Back to Our Bodies: Gia Kourlas, NY Times And, of course: London designers reimagine pointe shoes for the Royal Opera House: Samantha Conti, WWD
  18. Links, Thursday 8 July News - ‘I wanted this next challenge,’ says Hope Muir, the new artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada: Michael Crabb, Toronto Star Martha Schabas, Globe and Mail Nancy Webb, Charlotte Observer Features: American Ballet Theater Is going on a bus tour to unexpected destinations: Jordi Lippe-McGraw, Forbes Magazine Funding Dance in New Zealand? Mark Amery, Dominion Post Live Reviews: Christopher Matthews / Formed View, My Body’s An Exhibition, London: Josephine Leask, DanceTabs Chamber Made, System Error, Melbourne: Andrew Fuhrmann, The Age Live Previews: Royal Ballet, Giselle, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper CAMP, Pam, Vancouver: Charlie Smith, Straight.com Coming up in Melbourne, Project Animo and more: Valerie Lawson, dancelines Streaming Preview – Rambert, Summer Livestream 2021: Eye Candy, Rouge: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper
  19. So, mercifully, not Tamara Rojo, who The Star's critic was speculating about in one of Monday's Links.
  20. Links, Wednesday 7 July History - Nijinsky’s notation for “L’Après-midi d’un faune”: a conversation with Ann Hutchinson Guest and Claudia Jeschke: Alastair Macaulay, Blog News & Features: The Royal Ballet Announces Company Joiners for the 2021 / 22 Season: Chloe Rabinowitz, BWW UK Dance lovers ask why the Pennsylvania Ballet is now the Philadelphia Ballet: Camille Bacon-Smith, Broad Street Review 5 foreigners who have become ballet stars in Russia: Anna Galayda, RBTH Davide Dato in Italian premiere of Uwe Scholz's Rite of Spring: Graham Spicer, Gramilano Interview – Daniel Camargo, now with Hong Kong Ballet: Zabrina Lo, Tatler HK (Keep on scrolling!) Live Reviews: Manchester International Festival: Roslyn Sulcas, NY Times Breakin’ Convention, Sadler’s Wells, London: Tejas Rawal, The Stage Jacob’s Pillow Festival, Week 1 – Dorrance Dance and others: Robert Greskovic, Wall St Journal Live Preview – Rachel Meyer, Mama, do we die when we sleep? Vancouver: Charlie Smith, Straight.com
  21. Links, Tuesday 6 July Feature - ‘You’re never comfortable as a dancer’: brilliant ballerina Beatriz Stix-Brunell’s next step: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Live Reviews: Royal Ballet, Beauty Mixed Programme, London: Jenny Gilbert, Arts Desk Christopher Matthews, My body’s an exhibition, London: Rachel Nouchi, BTG Live Preview - National Youth Dance Company, Speak Volumes, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Streaming Review – Semperoper Ballett, Mixed 6-Bill: Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard Feature - Lee Christofis and 60 years watching dance: Dance Australia Report – In Real Life: How Australian audiences engage with art in a digital space: Michael Kaufmann, Limelight
  22. Links, Monday 5 July Analysis - Who’ll fill Karen Kain’s shoes at the National Ballet of Canada? We name a few hypothetical candidates: Michael Crabb, Toronto Star Live Reviews: Breakin’ Convention, Sadler’s Wells, London: Donald Hutera, The Times Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Theatre-Rites, The Global Playground, Manchester: Kate Wyver, Guardian Mudra Dance Company, Navarasa, Lower Hutt: Lyne Pringle, Theatreview Interview - New John Neumeier work brings two Italian dancers back home: Graham Spicer, Gramilano Photo Essay - Cheek to cheek: keeping the tango alive in Buenos Aires during Covid: Natalie Alcoba & Anita Pouchard Serra, Guardian Books - "Turning Pointe" examines the changes needed to carry Ballet Into the future: April Deocariza, Pointe Magazine
  23. Links, Sunday 4 July Obituary – June Finch, Teacher of Cunningham Technique: Siobhan Burke, NY Times Features: The Royal Ballet School reunites onstage: Ginanne Brownell, NY Times A parent’s guide to breakdancing: Marianka Swain, Telegraph Live Reviews: Royal Ballet, Beauty Mixed Programme, London: David Jays, Sunday Times Ballet Central, Extracts from Highland Fling & Le Corsaire, Jigsaw, Corby/Touring: David Mead, Seeing Dance Mudra Dance Company, Navarasa, Lower Hutt: Jennifer Shennan, ... on dancing News - Dancing on the Edge festival, Vancouver: Staff, Straight.com
  24. Wouldn't Equity have something to say about that if it was happening in the UK?
  25. There has been a modicum of confusion regarding reporting of today's Award Ceremony, no doubt with the best of intentions all round. This link is taken from Twitter, having been posted by "National Dance Awards. " Please God, there will be no further objections:
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