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Saturday 1 May


Stream Reviews:

Scottish Ballet, Dive, Odyssey:

Kelly Apter, Scotsman

Emily May, The Stage


Dutch National Ballet, Metamorphosis: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper


Pennsylvania Ballet, Raymonda Suite, Allegro Brillante, Polyphonia, And so it is …:

Ellen Dunkel, Philadelphia Inquirer

Ivy Lin, Bachtrack


Trisha Brown Dance Company, Locus Trio, Watermotor, The Decoy Project: Gia Kourlas, NY Times



Stream Preview – American Ballet Theatre, La Follia Variations: Olivia Evans, The Cut



Interview - Adam Sklute, Artistic Director, Ballet West: Marianne Adams, Danceviewtimes



Gallery – National Ballet of China, Workshop Evening: Xinhua, China Daily



Live Preview – Indiana Ballet Theatre, Cinderella: Jessi Virtusio, Chicago Tribune



News - Birmingham International Dance Festival returns: David Mead, SeeingDance

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Links - Sunday 02 May, 2021



Feature - David Hallberg, AD Australian Ballet:  Shona Martyn, Sydney Morning Herald


Audio Feature - David McAllister, retired-AD Australian Ballet:  Libbi Gorr, ABC Radio


News - Houston Ballet announces live 2021/22 season:  Margaret Downing, Houston Press


Streamed Reviews:


Scottish Ballet, Dive, Odyssey:  Mark Brown, The National


Scottish Dance Theatre, Thin H/as H/air:  Lorna Irvine, Fjord Review


Let’s Dance International Festival 2021, Black British Dance Platform:  David Mead Seeing Dance


Feature - Dancer Debbie Gayle and her time in Russia during the Cold War:  Anna Moore, Mail


Live Review - Liz Lea Dance Company, The Point, Canberra:  Michelle Potter Limelight

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Links - Monday 03 May, 2021



Feature - Advocacy group wants to see more Asian dancers & choreographers:  Anying Guo, Washington Post


Live Review - Australian Ballet, Raymonda Act lll. Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Artifact Suite, Sydney:  Deborah Jones, Follow Spot


Live Preview - West Australian Ballet, Giselle, Perth:  Staff, Out in Perth


Streamed Review - San Francisco Ballet, Digital Programme 05: 7 for Eight, Snowblind, Anima Animus:  Jann Parry, DanceTabs


Streamed Review - Scottish Ballet, Dive, Odyssey:  Debra Craine, Times


Streamed Preview - Ballet Edmonton, Persistence of Time:  Liane Folder, Edmonton Journal


News - Houston Ballet’s 2021/22 season announced:  Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle

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Links - Tuesday 04 May, 2021



Obituaries - Jacques d’Amboise, NYCB dance legend:

Roslyn Sulcas, NY Times

Sarah Halzack, Washington Post

Jocelyn Noveck, Chicago Sun Times via AP

Mike Barnes, Hollywood Reporter

Staff, Broadway World

Suzanna Bowling, Times Square Chronicles



Feature - Why blaming Liam Scarlett’s death on cancel culture is troubling:  Laura Cappelle, Dance Magazine


News - American Ballet Theatre announces summer tour in USA:  Peter Libbey, NY Times


Live Preview - Royal Ballet, 21st Century Choreographers, London:  Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper


Live Preview - Royal Ballet, Balanchine & Robbins programme, London:  Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper


Interview - Chloe Angyal on her new book Turning Pointe:  Margaret Fuhrer, Dance Magazine


Featurette - Francesca Hayward, Royal Ballet:  Press Association, The Gazette


Streamed/Live Reviews - An evening of Jazz and Dance, Washington: 

Celia Wren, Washington Post

Carmel Morgan, Critical Dance


Streamed Review - A Showcase of New Jersey Choreographer Fellows:  David Mead, Seeing Dance


Live Review - Footnote New Zealand Dance and others, The Movement, Wellington:  Helen Balfour, NZ Theatreview


Live Review - Miriam Eskildsen & Collaborators, Separately, In Tandem, Auckland:  Nicole Wilkie, NZ Theatreview

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Links - Wednesday 05 May, 2021



Obituaries - Jacques D’Amboise, NYCB Dance Legend:

Gia Kourlas, NY Times

Marina Harss, Dance Magazine

Alastair Macaulay, Alastair Macaulay

Jeffrey Brown, PBS



Feature - Francesca Hayward, Royal Ballet:  Kim Parker, Harper's Bazaar


Feature - Sofia Coppola & Justin Peck talk about how they approached making a film for NYCB’s digital spring gala:  Roslyn Sulcas, NY Times


5 Questions - Nicholas Shoesmith, Scottish Ballet:  Bruce Marriott, DanceTabs


Live Previews:


Royal Ballet, Beauty Mixed Bill, London:  Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper


Hong Kong Ballet, Jewels, Hong Kong:  Zabrina Lo, Tatler HK


Live Reviews:


New York Theatre Ballet, Spring Lift Lab Live: Programme D, New York:  Marina Harss, DanceTabs


FACT/SF, Diffusion, Glen Canyon:  Leslie Katz, SF Examiner


Hong Kong Phil & Hong Kong Ballet, mixed programme, Hong Kong:  Christopher Halls, Bachtrack




San Francisco Ballet & Smuin Ballet announce upcoming plans:  Andrew Gilbert, Mercury News


Sylvie Guillem joins Sydney Choreographic Centre as International Patron:

Staff, Broadway World

Michelle Potter, ... on dancing


Alexandra Damiani named as AD of Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal:  Staff, The Suburban


Jerome Tisserand & Laura Tisserand to leave Pacific Northwest Ballet at the end of the 20/21 season:  Sondra Forsyth, Broadway World


Q&A - Gia Kourlas, NY Times dance critic, answers questions from the culture editor:  Gilbert Cruz, NY Times




Preview - La Scala Ballet, Evening of Great Choreographers:  Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper


Review - Luminario Ballet & Judith Flex Helle, L’Invalide:  Valerie-Jean Miller, Broadway World

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Links - Thursday 06 May, 2021



Streamed Reviews:


American Ballet Theatre, Bernstein in a Bubble programme:  Susan Yung, Brooklyn Rail


Sarasota Ballet, Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, The Walk to the Paradise Garden, Façade:  Bruce Mariott, DanceTabs


Kim So Ra, dancers & musicians, Jangdan: Conversations of the Breath:  Susanna Sloat, DanceTabs


Stefanie Batten Bland, Colonial:  Tom Phillips, Danceview Times


Live Previews & News:


Preview - Alexei Ratmansky/James Whiteside/Isabella Boylston, Neo, New York:  Staff, Broadway World


Review - Zurich Ballet, Chamber Minds, Walking Mad, Zurich:  Sarah Batschelet, Bachtrack


Review - Okwui Okpokwasili, On the way, undone: a processional performance, New York:  Brian Seibert, NY Times


Review - Jenny de Leon, Thus to fling her soul, Auckland:  Susi Hadassah, NZ Theatreview


Preview - Southern California Ballet, Coppelia, San Diego:  Emily Sorensen, San Diego Union Tribune


Blog - Only Connect: Yearning for the intimacy of a danced, on stage world:  Russell Janzen, New York City Ballet, NY Times


Book Excerpt - Turning Pointe, Where are all the women choreographers:  Chloe Angyal, Jezebel


Feature - Connor Walsh on returning to live performance with Houston Ballet:  Olivia Flores Alvarez, Houstonia Magazine


Documentary Preview - Ballet West, In the Balance: Ballet for a Lost Year:  Les Roka, The Utah Review


Feature - Secrets of Russian Ballerinas: how to stay young into your golden years:  Eleonora Goldman, Russia Beyond the Headlines


Conversation - Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin with Luke Williams of Brooklyn Rail


Film Review - devynn emory, dead bird + can anybody help me hold this body?:  Noa Weiss, Brooklyn Rail

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Links - Friday 07 May, 2021



In memoriam - Jacques d’Amboise, NYCB Dance Legend:  Martha Ullman West, Oregon Arts Watch



Feature - Sir Matthew Bourne:  Chris Wiegand, Guardian


News - Sir Matthew Bourne launches dance school aimed at boosting diversity:  Matthew Hemley, Stage


News - San Francisco Ballet announces 2022 season - Helgi Tomasson’s final season:  News Desk, Broadway World


Streamed Reviews:


New York City Ballet, Virtual Spring Gala:  Gia Kourlas, NY Times


William Forsythe, The Barre Project:  Rosemary Waugh, The i


National Ballet of Japan, Coppélia (Petit):

Naomi Mori, Bachtrack

David Mead, Seeing Dance


Pacific Northwest Ballet, Coppélia (Balanchine):  Sondra Forsythe, Broadway World


Streaming News - Royal Opera House announces The Royal Ballet’s Spring Draft Works:  News Desk, Broadway World


News - River to River Festival 2021 (New York) announces line-up:  Peter Libbey, NY Times


News - Fire Island Dance Festival & Hudson Valley Dance Festival (New York) return in 2022:  News Desk, Broadway World


Feature - May Dance Watch in Oregon: Questions about the future:  Jamuna Chiarini, Oregon Arts Watch

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Links - Saturday 08 May, 2021



Streamed Reviews


Martha Graham Dance Company, GrahamFest95:  Faye Arthurs, Fjord Review


Mark Morris Dance Group, Live from Brooklyn: Tempus Perfectum, Three Preludes, Jealousy, Fugue:  Brian Seibert, NY Times


New York City Ballet, Virtual Spring Gala:  Lyndsey Winship, Guardian


Scottish Ballet, Dive, Odyssey:  Róisín O’Brien, Fjord Review


Feature - Summer dance in New York:  Marina Harss, New Yorker


Live Review - Omari Wiles’ Les Ballet Afrik, Take Me Back, New York:  Susanna Sloat, DanceTabs


News - English National Ballet School announces upcoming performances:  News Desk, Broadway World


News - Pennsylvania Ballet to appear live at Cherry Street Pier:  Peter Crimmins, WHYY


Video Report - Update on 3 dancers who quarantined together during lockdown:  Staff, Right This Minute

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Sunday 9 May


Stream Reviews:

Dutch National BalletMetamorphosis (Dawson premiere):

Deborah Weiss, DanceTabs

Maggie Foyer, SeeingDance


New York City BalletVirtual Spring Gala: Marina Harss, DanceTabs


BOP Jazz Theatre CompanyThe Spirit of Jazz: David Mead, SeeingDance


Hungarian National BalletFirebirds (premiere), 5 Tangos: Graham Watts, DanceTabs


Pennsylvania Ballet, Resilience – 4 Bill: Camille Bacon-Smith, Broad Street Review



Stream Preview – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, A Mother’s Rite: Keyaira Boone, Essence



News - The 21st UK National Dance Awards nominations: David Mead, SeeingDance



Feature – Meet Egyptian-French Ballet Dancer Luca Abdel-Nour: Mirna Abdulaal, Egyptian Streets



Book Review – Ballet in the Cold War by Anne Searcy: Harlow Robinson, LA Review of Books

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Links, Monday 10 May


5Q&A - Darcey Bussell and her British Ballet Charity Gala on 3 June: Bruce Marriott, DanceTabs


Interview – Angel Corella and Pennsylvania Ballet’s Resilience series: Lewis Whittington, Culture Vulture



Stream Reviews:

New York City Ballet, Virtual Spring Gala: David Mead, SeeingDance


Joffrey Ballet, Under the Trees’ Voices: Hedy Weiss, WTTW


Stream Preview – City Ballet of San Diego, Raymonda Variations & others: David L Coddon, SD Union-Tribune


Stream News - The Dance Centre, Vancouver: Goh Ballet, Discover Dance! series, June 3 to 17Steve Newton, Straight.com



Live Reviews:

Joel Bray Dance, Considerable Sexual License, Melbourne: Andrew Fuhrmann, Sydney Morning Herald


Australian Dance Theatre, Convergence – Mixed Bill, Adelaide: Maggie Tonkin, Dance Australia


International Music Festival, Canberra – Rainbow Serpent (Music & Dance):

Michelle Potter, ... on dancing

Clinton White, Limelight



News - English National Ballet School: Summer Performance and plans: Staff, SeeingDance



CD Review - Elliott Carter Ballets: Pocahontas, MinotaurJonathan Blumhofer, Arts Fuse



Meanwhile, elsewhere:

Queen Victoria's ballet-style slippers to be auctioned: Laura Chesters, Antiques Trade Gazette


Plus endless mentions of a horse and the Derby!

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Links, Tuesday 11 May


News - Sir Matthew Bourne’s new ballet, The Midnight Bell, to be set in 1930s Soho:

Staff, BBC News

Nuray Bulbul, The Stage

Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper

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Stream Reviews:

San Francisco Ballet, Romeo & Juliet (Tomasson):

Charlotte Kasner, SeeingDance

Jim Munson, BWW SF


Mark Morris Dance Group, Live from Brooklyn 4-bill including Tempus Perfectum premiereMarina Harss, DanceTabs


New York City Ballet, Virtual Spring Gala: Ivy Lin, Bachtrack


LDIF: Maya TaylorShape|Shifter & Yinka Esi Graves, The Disappearing Act: David Mead, SeeingDance


Doug Varone & Dancers, Nimbus Dance, SOPAC – 3 Programmes: Jerry Hochman, Critical Dance



Live Review - LOcREaDO Dance CompanyGrounded, Sydney: Candide McDonald, Dance Australia


Live Preview – Hofesh Shechter/Australasian Dance Collective, Cult, Brisbane: Olivia Stewart, Limelight



News – Scottish Ballet: Safe to Be Me Festival calls on young dancers to aid celebration of diversity: Ciara Fullarton, Herald

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Links, Wednesday 12 May


Feature – San Francisco Ballet’s 2022 Season to honour its long-serving Director: Janos Gereben, SF Classical Voice


Very different feature - The Biggest Dance Show in Town? At a Brooklyn Nets Game: Gia Kourlas, NY Times


Opinion - Yet another reason to cut intermissions in theater: COVID-19: Charles McNulty, LA Times



Live & Stream Reminder – Royal Ballet, Wheeldon, Pite, Abraham programme, London: Staff, BWW UK


Preview – Dance for Life returns with in-person event for 2021: Miriam Di Nunzio, Chicago Sun-Times



Stream Review - Michael Heatley/Hit the Ground Running Dance Theatre Company, Macho: Peter Lathan, BTG




Pacific Northwest Ballet & Seattle Opera plan to reopen for live performances this fall: Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times


Yat-Sen Chang - Former dancer found guilty of sex assaults: BBC News (and elsewhere)

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Links, Thursday 13 May


Live Reviews – Royal New Zealand Ballet, Giselle (Stiefel/Kobborg version), Wellington:

Jack Yan, Lucire

Lyne Pringle, Stuff.co



Streaming Reviews:

Boston Ballet, Process & Process 4-Bill: Karen Campbell, Boston Globe


Michael Heatley/Hit the Ground Running Dance Theatre, Macho: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian



Feature – LaTasha Barnes: From the Lindy Hop to Hip-Hop in one improvising body: Brian Seibert, NY Times




San Francisco Ballet, Romeo and Juliet (Streamed)Smuin Contemporary Ballet, Smuin Al Fresco (Live): Andrew Gilbert, Marin Independent Journal


Abilities Dance Boston, The Firebird (Reimagined version), Boston: Celina Colby, Bay State Banner


Ballet Hispánico, Various programmes; Staff, BWW Dance

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Links, Friday 14 May


Feature - Home studios and 400 costumes: The Sleeping Beauty wakes Queensland Ballet: Cloe Read, The Age



Live Review – West Australian Ballet, Giselle (Scanella/Delasalle version), Perth: Rita Clarke, Limelight



Streaming Review - National Ballet of Japan, Coppelia (Petit): Paul McInnes, channeling Luke Jennings, Fjord Review


Streaming Preview – San Francisco Ballet, Helgi Tomasson's Swan Lake closes 2021 Digital Season: Staff, BWW SF



News - Ballet Unleashed aims to connect dancers from 11 Academies with freelance opportunities: Lucy Van Cleef, Pointe Magazine



Video Interview – Stuart Hodes dancing into old age: Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour

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Links, Saturday 15 May


Obituary – Mary Ellen Moylan, Dancer: Staff, The Times



Reflection - New York City Ballet, Virtual Spring Gala: Enuma Okoro, Financial Times




American Ballet Theatre Principal James Whiteside: Yasmin Gagne, Fast Company


How a dance about the plague helped a ballet school through the chaos: Catherine Lambert, The Age



Live Reviews – Royal New Zealand Ballet, Giselle, Wellington:

Deirdre Tarrant, Theatreview

Brigitte Knight, Theatre Scenes



Streaming Reviews:

Stephen Petronio looks back on his pandemic year: Gia Kourlas, NY Times


New York City Ballet, Virtual Spring Gala; Jenny Gilbert, Arts Desk


Mark Morris Dance Company, Live from Brooklyn – 4-Bill: Deborah Jowitt, Arts Journal/DanceBeat


DOXA 2021: Firestarter shines a light on how Bangarra Dance Theatre helped changed the world: Breanne Doyle, Straight.com



News - Dancing on the Edge Festival to feature more than 30 online and live stage performances from July 8 to 17: Steve Newton, Straight.com


Preview - From kitchen to stage, Royal Ballet dancers prepare for reopening: Mindy Burrows, msn.com



NB:  If you have access to the Boston Globe and/or the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, there are relevant new articles today on each – but I’m being defeated, sorry.


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Links - Sunday 16 May, 2021



News - Royal Danish Ballet plans for 2021/22:  Eva Kistrup, Danceview Times


Live picks for the summer - scroll way way down to find some dance:  Culture teams, Independent


Streaming Preview - Sarasota Ballet, Nine Sinatra Songs, Birthday Offering:  Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald Tribune


Streamed Reviews:


Pennsylvania Ballet, Resilience: And So It Is…, Polyhonia, Allegro Brillante, Raymonda Act 3 suite:  Merli V Guerra, Fjord Review


Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Swan:  Meindert Peters, Oxonian Review


Featurette - From kitchen to stage: Royal Ballet dancers prepare for reopening:  Staff, The Star via Reuters


News - Guillaume Côté, National Ballet of Canada, named Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec:  Michael Vincent, Ludwig Van Toronto

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Links - Monday 17 May, 2021



Coming up now that theatres are reopening (as ever scroll down for dance):


David Jays, Times

Lyndsey Winship, Guardian


Streamed Review - Royal Ballet, New Choreographies:  Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International


Audio Report - Houston Ballet concludes emotional first in person performance in more than a year:  Lulu Garcia-Navarro, NPR


Feature - Ballet West during the lockdown & the resultant documentary:  Lottie Elizabeth Johnson, Deseret News


Live & Streamed Review - Bill T Jones, The Motherboard Suite, New York:  Brian Seibert, NY Times


Live Reviews:  


West Australian Ballet, Giselle, Perth:  Graeme Watson, Out in Perth


Anton and Brianna Kell, Narcifixion, Sydney:  Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald


Live Preview - QL2, REBEL Then.Now.When?, Canberra:  Amy Martin, Canberra Times

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Links - Tuesday 18 May, 2021



Gallery - Royal Ballet, 21st Century Choreographers bill, London:  Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs


Live Review - West Australian Ballet, Giselle, Perth:  Alana Kildea, Dance Australia




Preview - ABT’s Isabella Boylston & James Whiteside, Neo (Ratmansky):  News Desk, Broadway World


Preview Feature - Louisville Ballet, Rite of Spring (Schermoly):  Kyra Laubacher, Pointe Magazine


Review - Leipzig Ballet, Solitude:  Graham Watts, Bachtrack


Book Review - (Edited by) Jennifer Jackson, Ballet - The essential guide to technique and creative practice:  Jann Parry, DanceTabs


Book Extract - Todd Bolender, Janet Reed, and the making of American Ballet:  Martha Ullman West, Oregon Arts Watch

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