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Ian Macmillan

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  1. Links – Sunday 26 May, 2019 Reviews – Pam Tanowitz & Colleagues, Four Quartets, London: Sarah Crompton, The Observer Emma Byrne, Evening Standard Review – TAO Dance Theatre, 4 and 9, London: Maryam Philpott, Reviews Hub Review – Backhausdance, Scene Unseen, Beyond the Noise, One Continuous Line, Irvine, CA: Laura Bleiberg, LA Times Review – Dauntless Movement Crew, Jump First, Ask Later, Sydney: Jill Sykes, The Age Gallery – Cas Public, 9, London: Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs
  2. For anyone who missed this morning's Link, it seems there will be some fairly fantastical costumes in this show: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/gallery/2019/may/24/cinderella-costume-parade-english-national-ballet-christopher-wheeldon-in-pictures
  3. We saw a catchup screening this afternoon. It's a while since I last saw it but, whatever Sir Matthew has done to it for this revised version, it made a much greater impression than any I recall previously. The Principals were all excellent and the Company no less so. In particular, the Act I and Act III equivalents seemed much sharper than I recall and the final bedroom scene was very powerfully put across. A treat! And being used to other streamed performances, I was slightly taken aback by the British Board of Film Censors certificate and no interval - a real movie, indeed.
  4. Links – Saturday 25 May, 2019 Review – American Ballet Theatre, The Seasons (Ratmansky), New York: Apollinaire Scherr, Financial Times Review – Pam Tanowitz & Colleagues, Four Quartets, London: Deborah Weiss, DanceTabs Jenny Gilbert, Arts Desk Picture Preview – English National Ballet, Cinderella (Wheeldon), London: Tristram Kenton, Guardian Review – Scottish Ballet, 2019 Digital Season: Róisín O’Brien, SeeingDance Feature – New challenges at New York City Ballet: Leigh Witchel, dancelog.nyc Diaries: - UK, Next Week: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian (Scroll well down) - Southern California, Next Week: Matt Cooper, LA Times Reviews – Masters of Choreography, Beats on Pointe, London: Graham Watts, Bachtrack Rachel Nouchi, BTG Review – Peter Pleyer, triton tanzt.twisted trident, Berlin: Veronica Posth, SeeingDance
  5. Links – Friday 24 May, 2019 Review – Royal Ballet, Romeo and Juliet (Various pairings), London: Louise Levene, Financial Times Reviews – American Ballet Theatre, Ratmansky Season Programmes, New York: Marina Harss, DanceTabs Ivy Lin, Bachtrack Leigh Witchel, dancelog.nyc Review – Pam Tanowitz & Colleagues, Four Quartets, London: Donald Hutera, The Times Tristram Fane Saunders, Telegraph Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Neil Norman, The Stage Vera Liber, BTG Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper News – David McAllister to step down as AD at Australian Ballet: Nathanael Cooper, Sydney Morning Herald Diary – New York, Next Week: Brian Schaefer, NY Times Preview – DanceAfrica Festival, New York: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Review – Victoria Fox & Dancers, Still I Rise, Brighton: Katie Columbus, Arts Desk Reviews – New Zealand School of Dance, Choreographic Season, Wellington: Deirdre Tarrant, Theatreview Jennifer Shennan, ... on dancing
  6. Links – Thursday 23 May, 2019 Feature – Twyla Tharp, Sara Rudner, Isabella Boylston & Misty Copeland on learning Deuce Coupe: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Review – American Ballet Theatre, Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, The Seasons, New York: Mary Cargill, Danceviewtimes Review – San Francisco Ballet, Shostakovich Trilogy, San Francisco: Paul Parish, Bay Area Reporter Review – Queensland Ballet, Serenade, The Shadows Behind Us, Soldier’s Mass, Brisbane: Deborah Jones, FollowSpot Preview – Birmingham Royal Ballet, [Un]leashed Triple; Hobson’s Choice, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Tour Review – Northern Ballet, Victoria, Cardiff: Mike Smith, South Wales Argus Reviews – Seeta Patel, The Rite of Spring, Dance Dialogues, London: Josephine Leask, DanceTabs Vikki Vile, Culture Whisper Review – Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez, Traptown, Brighton: Katie Columbus, Arts Desk Review – Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, He takes her by the hand …., Wuppertal: Chris Wiegand, Guardian Tour Review – Matthew Bourne/ New Adventures, Swan Lake, Sheffield: Velda Harris, BTG Review – Beats on Pointe, London: Eleanor Sofflet, SeeingDance Preview – London Children’s Ballet, Ballet Shoes, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Feature – Outside Looking In, an indigenous Dance programme, Ontario: Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail
  7. I see that The Times has picked up on the Italian protest - there's a piece in today's World News pages. No need for a link as I can't see anything new.
  8. I make it 7+ years since he walked out from the RB. Is this latest round of discussion going anywhere new?
  9. The papers have started getting it online. The Guardian leads with Cathy Marston's piece and gives some useful early background: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/may/14/royal-ballet-2019-season-cathy-marston-jacqueline-du-pre The Times piece is more general: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/what-to-look-out-for-in-the-new-season-at-the-royal-opera-house-8mqlsbrrs?shareToken=81489a0c5d62a9a11e59fc7629c048d4
  10. With the Press Embargo and the ROH website seemingly at odds with one another, might there be scope for the recruitment of a Right and Left Hand Coordinator?
  11. I'm at one with Bruce Wall in saying "About time" at the news that Cathy Marston has her first main-stage commission for next February. Her subject is, no surprise, another strong female one in Jacqueline du Pré and, as so often before, I note that Edward Kemp will be involved in creating the scenario. Philip Feeney has also served her well before in developing scores for her work, and the interest here will no doubt be in incorporating significant cello pieces. And does the RB have a dancer who might cope with a bit of the Elgar Concerto, for example?
  12. If I recall aright, in recent years DanceTabs has tweeted the main points as the briefing continued, and I dare say he may do so once again.
  13. Links – Sunday 12 May, 2019 Obituary – Andrei Kramarevsky, Ballet Teacher: Neil Genzlinger, NY Times Review – Royal Ballet, Within the Golden Hour, Medusa, Flight Pattern, London: Roslyn Sulcas, The Observer Review – New York City Ballet, Balanchine Quad Bill, New York: Marina Harss, DanceTabs Review – Mark Morris Dance Group, Pepperland, New York: Tom Phillips, Danceviewtimes Film News – Force of Nature Natalia: Nicola Rayner, Dancing Times Reviews – Yang Liping, Rite of Spring, London: Vera Liber, BTG Matthew Paluch, Culture Whisper Review – Kiera Martin, Wild Card: Where Ye From, London: Graham Watts, DanceTabs Review – Scottish Dance Theatre, Ritualia, The Circle, Dundee: Mark Brown, Herald Review – Ballet BC, Minus 16, Bedroom Folk, Poesia, Vancouver: Janet Smith, Straight.com Review – Deborah Colker Dance Company, Dog Without Feathers, London: David Dougill, Sunday Times (Scroll down) Preview – Les Grands Ballets Canadiens/Vanesa Garcia-Ribala Montoya, Parlami d’Amore, Montreal: Jim Burke, Montreal Gazette Review – Lara Kramer Danse, Windigo, Melbourne: Kim Dunphy, Sydney Morning Herald 5Q&A – Morgann Runacre-Temple, Choreographer: Bruce Marriott, DanceTabs
  14. Links – Saturday 11 May, 2019 Reviews – Royal Ballet, Within the Golden Hour, Medusa, Flight Pattern, London: Jenny Gilbert, Arts Desk G J Dowler, Classical Source - Gallery: Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs Feature – What Merce Cunningham taught the Judson dance rebels: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times Review – San Francisco Ballet, Shostakovich Trilogy, San Francisco: Terez Rose, Bachtrack Review – Northern Ballet, The Great Gatsby, Salford: Mark Brown, Telegraph Reviews – Deborah Colker Dance Company, Dog Without Feathers, London: Siobhan Murphy, DanceTabs Rachel Nouchi, BTG Reviews – Viviana Durante Company, THREE, 8:38, SEVEN, London: Jack Buckley, Seen and Heard Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Review – Australian Ballet, Unspoken Dialogues, The Chairman Dances, Aurum, New York: Brian Seibert, NY Times Review – Eifman Ballet, Tchaikovsky Pro et Contra, Toronto: Martha Schabas, Globe and Mail Review – English National Ballet, Emerging Dancer Competition, 2019, London: Vikki Jane Vile, BWW UK Review – Pennsylvania Ballet, Trigger Touch Fade, DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, Glass Pieces, Philadelphia: Ellen Dunkel, The Inquirer - - Principal Ian Hussey retiring: Tom Turner, Playbill Features – Choreographer Marion Motin on dance and hip-hop: Laura Cappelle, Financial Times Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Interview – Farooq Chaudry on Yang Liping’s Rite of Spring, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Preview – Faso Danse Théâtre/Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Kalakuta Republik, London: Georgina Butler, Culture Whisper Question – University of California’s dance school has its first graduates – but where do they go from there? Makeda Easter, LA Times Diaries: - UK Next Week: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian (Scroll down!) - Southern California, Next Week: Matt Cooper, LA Times Preview – Miki Orihara, “Resonance III” Solo Mixed Bill, San Francisco: Lou Fancher, SF Classical Voice News – Contact Dance Film Festival: Nim Wunnan, Oregon Artswatch
  15. Links – Friday 10 May, 2019 Reviews – Royal Ballet, Within the Golden Hour, Medusa, Flight Pattern, London: Louise Levene, Financial Times Debra Craine, The Times Zoë Anderson, Independent Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Mark Monahan, Telegraph Anna Winter, The Stage Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Graham Watts, Bachtrack Emma Byrne, Evening Standard Vera Liber, BTG - Costumes for Medusa: Alyson Lowe, Vogue Video – A conversation on ABT’s US Premiere of Jane Eyre: Cathy Marston, Isabella Boylston, Devon Teuscher: Elda Rotor, 92Y Review – San Francisco Ballet, Shostakovich Trilogy, San Francisco: Claudia Bauer, DanceTabs Feature – Carlos Acosta: Critics’ Circle Services to Arts Award: Graham Watts, DanceTabs Reviews – English National Ballet, Emerging Dancer Competition, 2019, London: Graham Watts, DanceTabs Vera Liber, BTG Review – Liss Fain Dance, Close the Door Slowly, San Francisco: Rita Felciano, Danceviewtimes Review – Breakin’ Convention, 2019, London: Eleanor Sofflet, SeeingDance Review – ENB School Choreography Competition, London: Maggie Foyer, SeeingDance Review – Elevenplay (+ some AI?), discrete figures 2019, New York: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Review – Clod Ensemble, On the High Road, Doncaster: Mark Smith, BTG Diary – New York, Next Week: Brian Schaefer, NY Times
  16. Further to PdQ's post, above, members of what was then the Opera Ballet were used as extras in the 1958 UK Premiere at the ROH and in a photocall with Poulenc beforehand:
  17. DanceTabs has just put up a review/report on the Competition by Graham Watts - and it ends by pointing out that a young chap called Muntagirov was in the 2011 competition, didn't win, and that fact seems not to have held him back. Just a thought.
  18. Cathy has been in New York for some time now, preparing for Jane's US premiere on 4 June, incidentally the first full-length ballet by a female at the New York Met since 1980. She took part in a conversation about the project with Isabella Boylston and Devon Teuscher a couple of evenings back and it's available here: https://www.92y.org/archives/conversation-american-ballet-theatre-premiere-jane-eyre
  19. Links – Thursday 9 May, 2019 Review – San Francisco Ballet, Shostakovich Trilogy, San Francisco: Janice Berman, SF Classical Voice Review – Stuttgart Ballet, ‘Break-Through’ Triple Bill, Stuttgart: Maggie Foyer, SeeingDance Review – Paris Opera Ballet, Trois Gnossiennes, Speak for Yourself, Sleight of Hand, Paris: Michelle Potter, ... on dancing Review – Staatsballett Berlin, La Sylphide, Berlin: Veronica Posth, SeeingDance Reviews – Deborah Colker Dance Company, Dog Without Feathers, London: Debra Craine, The Times Sanjoy Roy, Guardian Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Review – Northern Ballet, The Great Gatsby, Salford: Jo Beggs, Reviews Hub Review – Sydney Dance Company, Bonachela/Nankivell/Lane, Melbourne: Jana Perkovic, The Age Film Review – Yuli – The Carlos Acosta Story: Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard Review – AVA Dance Company, No Woman’s Land, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Exhibition – Design Dialogues – The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes, Guggenheim, NY: Leigh Witchel, dancelog.nyc Speaking in Dance – Oklahoma, an extravagantly minimalist dream: Gia Kourlas, NY Times And over in Vancouver .... ....... a table lamp inspired by Ballet BC and William Forsythe: Straight.com
  20. Please, there's now a thread in "Performances Seen" for comment on the real thing. It's no longer News.
  21. Links – Wednesday 8 May, 2019 Feature – SFB’s Helgi Tomasson: Brits best at making dance: Debra Craine, The Times Preview – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, making Medusa for the Royal Ballet: Roslyn Sulcas, NY Times Feature – Alexei Ratmansky – How Shostakovich shook me up: Judith Mackrell, Guardian Review – New York City Ballet, Bartok Ballet, New York: Apollinaire Scherr, Financial Times Review – New York City Ballet, Slaughter on 10th Avenue, Barber Violin Concerto, Diamonds, New York: Carla Escoda, Bachtrack Review – Natalia Osipova & Colleagues, Pure Dance, New York: Sheila Kogan, TheaterScene Preview – Matthew Bourne/New Adventures, Romeo & Juliet (Bourne); Mark Monahan, Telegraph Review – BODYTRAFFIC, Mixed Bill, Philadelphia: Lewis Whittington, Culture Vulture Review – Scottish Dance Theatre, Ritualia, The Circle, Dundee: Kelly Apter, Scotsman Tour Review – Ballet Black, Pendulum, Click!, Ingoma, Cambridge: Angela Singer, Saffron Walden Reporter
  22. Janet: I never did see a Cast List at the premiere in Leeds so was blissfully unaware of the Corps being "Red People," but thought it pretty clear that they were varyingly archivists, courtiers and even items at The Great Exhibition.
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