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Links – Sunday September 23, 2012


Interview – Celine Gittens & Tyrone Singleton (BRB), The mixed-race issue: Luke Jennings, Observer


Reviews – San Francisco Ballet, London Visit:

Luke Jennings,

Jenny Gilbert,

Neil Norman,


Human to Hero Series – Svetlana Zakhorova: Lianne Turner/George Webster, CNN


Feature – Building an archive: Amy Smart, Times Colonist


Review – Alberta Ballet, Balanchine/Tharp Triple Bill: Salena Kitteringham, Edmonton Journal


Book Review – Here today, Gone Tomorrow, Christina Gallea Roy: Jane Simpson, DanceTabs


Reviews– Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, Quad Bill:

Ryan Wenzel,

Robert Johnson,


Miami Winter Season: Jordan Levin, Miami Herald


Review – Chicago Repertory Ballet, Mixed Bill: Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune


Review – Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Triple Bill: Ray Mark Rinaldi, Denver Post

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Links – Monday September 24, 2012


Review – San Francisco Ballet, Programme C: Clement Crisp, Financial Times


Review – New York City Ballet, Balanchine Quad Bill: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times


Review – L.A. Dance Project, Triple Bill: Lewis Segal, LA Times


Finding a score for Justin Peck’s NYCB premiere: Rebecca Milzoff, New York Magazine


Reviews – Deborah Jowitt, Arts Journal

Nora Chipaumire,

Nelisiwe Xaba, Kettly Noel, Nadia Beugre,
Voices of Strength (A)


Review – Maria Helena Pinto & Bouchra Ouizguen, Voices of Strength: Gia Kourlas, NY Times


Preview – D D Dorvillier, Danza Permanente: Gia Kourlas, NY TImes


Review – Nan Jombang, Rantau Berbisik: Sarah Kaufman, Washington Post


Review – Napoles Ballet Company, Fausto & others: Allan Ulrich, SF Chronicle


Russian dancers and factory workers dance together: Catherine Moh, BBC News


Place Prize for Dance 2012/13 – Finalists Announced: DanceTabs


Review – Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, Mixed Bill: Karen Campbell, Boston Globe

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Links – Tuesday September 25, 2012


Tamara Rojo announces her first English National Ballet season:

Nicola Merrifield,

Nick Clark,



Review – Lyon Dance Biennial, 5 eclectic pieces: Laura Cappelle, Financial Times


Season Highlights – Copenhagen, Paris, Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam: Roslyn Sulcas, International Herald Tribune


Reviews– Houston Ballet, Ketubah, Angular Momentum, Brahms-Haydn Variations:

Adam Castaneda,

David Clarke,


Review – Tami Stronach, Me and Not Me, Mother Tongue, Closer: Brian Seibert, NY Times


Preview – Theatre of Yugen, Mystical Abyss: Janos Gereben, SF Examiner


Miami Ballet, The Saga continues - $3M in new donations: Jordan Levin, Miami Herald


Ankara State Opera & Ballet Season: Hurriyet


Another piece on yesterday’s Russian factory ballet, with some shots identical: Telegraph

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Links – Wednesday September 26, 2012


Review – Bolshoi Ballet, Jewels: Clement Crisp, Financial Times


Reviews – New York City Ballet, Gala & Triple Bill: Robert Gottlieb, NY Observer


Review – San Francisco Ballet in London: Roslyn Sulcas, NY Times


Reviews – Robert Wilson & Philip Glass + Lucinda Childs, Einstein on the Beach:

Marina Harss,

Deborah Jowitt,


Review – Australian Ballet, Swan Lake: Heather Bloom, Australian Stage


Review – Place Prize for Dance: 16 Semi-Finalists: Graham Watts, DanceTabs


Birmingham Hippodrome, BRB’s Home, reopens: BBC News


Preview – Royal New Zealand Ballet, Giselle (Stiefel/Kobborg): Scoop Culture


Preview – Garth Fagan, Lighthouse/Lightning Rod: Robert Johnson, NJ Star-Ledger


Review – Ephrat Asherie, A Single Ride: Gia Kourlas, NY Times


Review – Carolee Schneeman, Platform 2012 – Judson Now: Brian Seibert, NY Times


Miami City Ballet – The saga: New Executive Director Named: Jordan Levin, Miami Herald


And over in Richmond Park:

White Lodge withdraws its party application: Rachel Bishop, Kingston Guardian

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Links – Thursday September 27, 2012


Review – Paris Opera Ballet, Défilé, Serenade, Agon, Prodigal Son: Laura Cappelle, Financial Times


Reflections on Tamara Rojo’s first ENB season: Bruce Marriott, DanceTabs


Review – New York City Ballet, Baiser de la Fée, Danses Concertantes, Firebird: Leigh Witchel, NY Post


Feature/Interview – David Hallberg & Australian Ballet: Deborah Jones, The Australian


New production centre for Australian Ballet: Sally Bennett, Herald Sun


Review – Northern Ballet, Madame Butterfly: Laura Maley, What's On Stage


On photographing dancers: Jacob Sutton, via Sarah Phillips, Guardian


Interview – Martin Boyce, Set designer for Scottish Ballet: Susan Mansfield, Scotsman


Previews – Garth Fagan Dance, Lighthouse/Lightning Rod:

Brian Seibert,

Valerie Gladstone,


Review – Zoo Nation, Some Like It Hip Hop: Liz Hoggard, Evening Standard


Preview – Keith Hennessy & Circo Zero, Turbulence: Nirmala Nataraj, SF Chronicle


Upcoming Bay Area Dance Events: Paul Parish, Bay Area Reporter


Preview – Jo Kreiter & Flyaway Productions, Niagara Falling: Rita Felciano, SF Bay Guardian


Preview – Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Mixed Bill: Elizabeth Schwyzer, Santa Barbara Independent


Book Feature – Deirdre Kelly’s Ballerina: CBC News


Ballet West to do second ‘Breaking Pointe’ TV season: Scott D. Pierce, Salt Lake Tribune


Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & the current Anna Karenina Film: Carmel Smith, LondonDance

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Some nice insights into Svetlana Zakharova from Sunday.


" Success, though, has not eradicated a persistent grain of self-doubt. Even now, as she enters her 15th year as a professional dancer, Zakharova still regards herself, for the most part, as a student.


"When I'm in rehearsal I always feel like I'm a pupil -- and not at all a ballerina" she reveals.


Indeed, it's only in those comparatively brief moments on stage that Zakharova says she truly believes in herself as a performer.




"This transformation is unique," she explains. "Something from within takes place and you understand sometimes that human abilities are limitless. During the performance you do such things which you completely did not expect from yourself."


(I've more than once seen a remarkable 'Svetlana' on stage that I never would have anticipated.)


(And thanks, Bruce, for your optimistic "Reflections on Tamara Rojo’s first ENB season")

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Links – Friday September 28, 2012


How I became a Dance Critic: Luke Jennings, wordpress


Interview – Justin Peck, Dancer & Choreographer: Marina Harss, DanceTabs


Queensland Ballet – All change with Li Cunxin:

Valerie Lawson,

Bridget Cormack,

Nathanael Cooper,


DC Preview - Women from Africa, Voices of Strength: Jessica Goldstein, Washington Post


Review – D.D. Dorvillier, Danza Permanente: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times


Preview – West Australian Ballet 2013, Onegin & others: Stephen Bevis, West Australian


Preview – Mariinsky Ballet in USA, Swan Lake: Heather Youmans, Daily Pilot


Feature – Pressure on dancers: Matthew Cain, Channel 4

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Links – Saturday September 29, 2012


Feature – Anouk van Dijk & Chunky Move, An Act of Now: Ashleigh Wilson, The Australian


Li Cunxin enters the hazardous world of being an Artistic Director: Valerie Lawson, Australian Financial Review


Finding teachers for NYCB’s School of American Ballet: Gia Kourlas, NY Times


Book Review – Deirdre Kelly, Ballerina: Veronica Horwell, Globe and Mail


Review – New York City Ballet, Balanchine/Stravinsky: Gia Kourlas, NY Times


Gallery – New York City Ballet’s Gala: Paul Kolnik & AP, Wall St Journal


Review - L.A. Philharmonic Gala with ABT Principals & BodyTraffic: Mark Swed, LA Times


Review – San Francisco Ballet, All London Programmes: Gerald Dowler, Classical Source


Review – Fall for Dance Festival, incl work by Chris Wheeldon: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times


Reviews – Birmingham Royal Ballet, Opposites Attract Triple Bill:

Neil Norman,

Fionnuala Bourke,


Preview – Rosie Kay Dance Company, There is Hope: Alison Jones, Birmingham Mail


Video - Chris Ofili – How I painted the Royal ballet’s set: with Alan Yentob, BBC News


Preview – Crystal Pite & Kidd Pivot Company, The Tempest Replica: Victor Swoboda, Montreal Gazette


Previews – Ballet Jörgen, Swan Lake:

Michael Crabb,

Devin Gray,


Review – Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Mixed Bill: Michael Crabb, Toronto Star


Preview – Sarasota Ballet, Matthew Hart’s ‘Circus Nutcracker’: Carrie Seidman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune


Preview – Royal Drummers & Dancers of Burundi: Robert Johnson, NJ Star-Ledger


Review – Garth Fagan Dance, Lighthouse/Lightning Rod: Gia Kourlas, NY Times


Review – Zoo Nation, Some Like It Hip Hop: Jeffrey Gordon Taylor, LondonDance


Review – Keith Hennessy & Circo Zero, Turbulence: Allan Ulrich, SF Chronicle


Alice Alyse and dancing for fitness: Jessica P. Ogilvie, LA Times


And exceptionally, in French:

Brigitte Lefèvre is to retire as Director at POB in 2014: Le Figaro

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My goodness, Ian, what a lot of links! Thank you very much (and of course also to John for all the work he puts in).


(Edit: and I notice that the Li Cunxin article broadens out into a wider discussion of the relationship between artistic directors and boards, something which has been very much in the news in the ballet world recently).

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