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Links - Monday 1 April 2024

 

Reviews – Sarah Crompton, Observer

          English National Ballet, Carmen (Inger), Sadler’s Wells, London

          Yorke Dance Project, California Connections, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London

 

Review – Mark Bruce Company, Frankenstein, The Place, London: Nicola Claire, SeeingDance

 

Review – American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Diana and Acteon / The seasons (extract) / Young and Beautiful / Brief Fling / Flight of the Bumblebee / Rose Adage / Within the Sunset, Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe NM: Michael Wade Simpson, CultureVulture

 

Review – New York City Ballet, Stars and Stripes / Tarantella / Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux / Carnival of the Animals, Lincoln Center, New York NY: Leigh Witchel, dancelog.nyc

 

Review – Rome Opera Ballet, Women / Windgames / Playlist (Track 1,2), Costanzi Theatre, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Rome: Graham Spicer, Gramilano

 

Review – Opera Australia, West Side Story, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Sydney NSW: Deborah Jones, FollowSpot

 

Review – Hong Kong Ballet, Serenade / In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated / Strangelove, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong: Natasha Rogai, South China Morning Post

 

 

Preview – Roberto Bolle and Friends, Arena di Verona, Italy: Marcadoc – The hills of Venice

 

Preview – Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, To the Point(e), Grimaldi Forum Monaco: Hello Monaco

 

Preview – KVN Dance Company, Coppélia, Towngate Theatre, Basildon and touring, England: YA Reporter, Yellow Advertiser

 

Preview – Nancy Lee, OSMOSi: 422 Unprocessable Entity, Annex, Vancouver BC: Emily Lyth, Stir

 

Preview – Pegasus Contemporary Ballet, Words for a Resonant Space, Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas TX: Staff, CultureMap Dallas

 

 

News – Kozlova Int’l Ballet Competition to Be Held at Kaye Playhouse in April, Charles Jude, former étoile of the Paris Opera Ballet, returns as OPresident of both the classical ballet and contemporary dance juries: Blair Ingenthron, Broadway World

 

 

Feature – World Ballet Pianist’s Day: Staff, Dance Australia

 

Feature – Lessons in resilience, Steven McRae film ‘A Resilient Man’ aka ‘Dancing into the Light’: Susan Bendall, Dance Australia

 

 

Paywalled (but you may have access)

 

Obituary – Lorraine Graves, Dance Theater of Harlem principal: Alex Williams, The New York Times

 

 

Preview – Golden State Ballet, From New York, with Love, Balboa Theatre, San Diego CA: Marcia Luttrell, The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Links – Tuesday 2 April 2024

 

We’ve had a long, long weekend, so here’s a nice long collection of (mostly) bite-size pieces

 

Obituary – Lorraine Graves, principal dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem:

Stacy Jackson, Black Enterprise

Brian Reese, WRIC ABC 8News

 

 

Review – Ballet Philippines, Limang Daan, The Theatre at Solaire, Manila, Philippines: Franz Sorilla IV, Tatler Asia

 

Review – Boston Ballet, Cinderella (Ashton), Citizens Bank Opera House, Boston MA: Kinnereth S Din, The Harvard Crimson

 

Review – Justin Peck, Illinoise, Park Avenue Armory, New York NY: Apollinaire Scherr, Fjord Review

 

Review – Opera Australia, West Side Story, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Sydney NSW: Dr Diana Carroll, ArtsHub

 

 

Preview – Ballet Arizona, All Balanchine (La Valse / Prodigal Son / Square Dance), Symphony Hall, Phoenix AZ: Staff, Daily Independent

 

Preview - Ballet Hispánico, Mixed programmes selected from Recuerdo de Campo Amor, Con Brazos Abiertos (excerpts), Doña Perón (excerpt), Pas de O’ Farrill duet, Buscando a Juan, House of Mad’moiselle, 18+1, Danse Creole (excerpt), Sombrerisimo, Club Havana (excerpt), New York City Center, New York NY: Staff, Martin Cid Magazine

 

Preview – Colorado Ballet, Ballet MasterWorks 2024: Three Views of a Mountain / Rubies / Boléro (Arai), Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver CO: Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Denver Post

 

Preview – Queensland Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scarlett), QPAC, Brisbane QLD: Staff, Australian Arts Review

 

Preview – San Francisco Ballet, Dos Mujeres – Carmen (Smith) and Broken Wings (Ochoa), War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco CA: Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News

 

Preview – Sarasota Ballet, Inspirations (The American / Lyric Pieces / Sinfonietta (Ashton): Sarasota Magazine

 

Preview – Ashland Youth Ballet, Peter and the Wolf / The Tale of the Mandarin Duck / Toy Symphony, Paramount Arts Center, Ashland KY: Lee Ward, The Daily Independent via AOL

 

Preview – Ballet Theatre Company, Snow White, Belding Theater, Hartford CT: We-Ha.com

 

Preview – Ballet Victoria, Swan Lake, Royal Theatre, Victoria BC: Sam Duerksen, Monday Magazine

 

Preview – New Jersey Ballet, Works and Process – discussion and demonstrations with Harrison Ball, Lauren Lovette, and Maria Kowroski (new AD), Guggenheim’s Peter B Lewis Theater, New York NY: Chloe Rabinowitz, Broadway World

 

Preview – New Mexico Ballet Company, The Wizard of Oz, Popejoy Hall, Albuquerque NM: Kathaleen Roberts, Albuquerque Journal via AOL

 

Preview – Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet, The Hair Journey, (beauty, self-love and identity through the lens of Black hair), UNC Greensboro Auditorium, Greensboro NC: Chelsea Floyd, Spectrum News 1

 

Preview – University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Pickle Pas de Deux, Agnes de Mille Theatre, Winston-Salem NC: UNCSA

 

Preview – Vail Youth Ballet, Spring Showcase, Battle Mountain High School Auditorium, Edwards CO: Staff, Vail Daily

 

 

News – News of Note: What You Might Have Missed in March 2024, roundup of promotions, appointments, departures, and awards in March 2024: Courtney Escoyne, Dance Magazine

 

 

Video News – Madison Ballet set to return to Overture Center for season finale: Channel 3000 / News 3 Now via YouTube

 

Video News – Swift Current Ballet Dancer wins national award, Brianna Dash: CTV News Regina

 

 

Feature – The Artistry of SF Ballet’s ‘Dos Mujeres’ Begins at the Curtain, scenic art and a new curtain for a mixed bill at SF Ballet: Sarah Hotchkiss, KQED

 

Feature – Seeking the light inside, Deborah Brown of Bangarra Dance Theatre: Staff, Dance Australia

 

Feature – In conversation: Gail Mabo on curating and legacy, Dancer cum choreographer cum artist, Gail Mabo turns her hand to curating as a way to share culture: Gina Fairley, ArtsHub

 

Feature – Disrupting Harm in Dance: Candice Thompson, Fjord Review

 

Feature – Exit interview: Tim Newth AM, Tracks Dance Company, From active listening to rethinking what it means to be an Australian artist, Tim Newth reflects on a 35-year practice in the Northern Territory: Richard Watts, ArtsHub

 

Feature – Disney+’s Madu Follows Young Ballet Dancer’s Journey From Nigeria to England: Thomas Ford for Dance Spirit, Pointe Magazine

 

Feature – Asha Ama Bias-Daniels crafts costumes for Cincinnati Ballet’s ‘Mercurial Landscapes’, UC DAAP alumna brings a unique blend of artistry, innovation and cultural heritage to the stage: Samantha Norton, University of Cincinnati

 

 

Video Feature – Viral ballet dancer Anthony Madu shares unexpected journey in new documentary: Phil Lipof, ABC News via YouTube

 

Video Feature – North Dakota Today – FM Ballet – Alice in Wonderland: Valley News Live via YouTube

 

 

Book Review – Pilobolus: A Story of Dance and Life, Robert Pranzatelli: Robert Steven Mack, The Arts Fuse

 

 

Paywalled, but you may have access

 

Review – LA Dance Project, Triade / Moving Parts / Me.You.We.They, Philharmonie, Paris France: Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times

 

 

Feature – For 50 Years Ailey II Has Been a Proving Ground, Not Just for Dance: Brian Seibert, The New York Times

 

 

And…??

 

‘Black Swan’ Ending Explained: The Price of Perfection: Ricky Ruszin, Collider

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I would like to take this opportunity to extend a huge thank you to Blossom and Sophoife for having very kindly offered to help us with the Links.  I think you will all agree that they have both settled in beautifully and are doing an awesome job.  Thanks as ever to Jan for co-ordinating it all, and to Ian who continues to step unto the breach when needed.  Again, huge thanks to all of them.  

 

 

Links – Wednesday, 3rd April 2024

 

Reviews – English National Ballet, Carmen (Inger) Sadler’s Wells

Louise Levene,  FT

Jenny Gilbert, Arts Desk

 

Review – Millepied and Muhly, Partners in Space and Sound, Philarmonie, Paris, NY Times (paywalled)

 

Review – J-Hope, Hope On The Street, Rhian Daly,  NME

 

Review – The White Feather: A Persian Ballet (Kennedy Center), Michela Dwyer, Broadway World

 

Review – Ballet Co. Laboratory, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sheila Regan, Star Tribune

 

Preview – San Francisco Ballet, Dos Mujeres, James Ambroff-Tahan, San Francisco Examiner

 

Preview – Ballet Rambert’s Death Trap at The Lowry, Salford, Wolf McFarlane, Manchester Wire

 

Preview – ABT Studio Company to Perform at Joyce Theater, NYC, Chloe Rabinowitz, Broadway World

 

Preview – KVN Ballet, Coppelia, Basildon, Staff,  Yellow Advertiser

 

Preview -  Pett/Clausen-Knight,  IMAGO  at Ballet Nights, A.A. Cristi, Broadway World

 

Preview – The Swans of Harlem: Reclaiming the History of Black Ballet, Staff, Choose Chicago

 

Interview – Amy McEntee, Scottish Ballet, Barry Didcock, The Herald (paywalled)

 

Interview – Boy Blue (Hip Hop), Lyndsey Winship, Guardian

 

Interview – J-Hope Honours His Street Dancing Inspirations in New Documentary Hope On The Street, Joan MacDonald, Forbes

 

Feature – 120th Anniversary of Serge Lifar, Staff,  Ukrainian World Congress.

 

Feature – Cleveland Ballet Ends Season With A Fresh Start, Staff, News5 Cleveland

 

Feature – First Modern Ballet Troupe Opens in Kyrgystan, Staff,  Aki Press

 

News – Bolshoi Ballet Show to Proceed Under New Title in Seoul, Staff, Korea Times

 

 

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Links – Thursday, 4th April 2024

 

Reviews – Northern Ballet, Romeo and Juliet, Lyceum Sheffield

Clare Jenkins,  On Yorkshire Magazine

Sheila Stratford, The Reviews Hub

 

Review – ENB, Carmen, Sadler’sWells, Rupert Christiansen, The Spectator

 

Reviews – Mark Bruce Dance Company, Frankenstein, The Place, London

Maggie Foyer, Critical Dance

Rupert Christiansen, The Spectator

 

Review – Graziano di Prima, Believe, Peacock Theatre, London, Scott Matthewman, The Reviews Hub

 

Review – Beacon Dance, Moving Bodies//Hearts/Minds, Atlanta, Gillian Anne Renault, Arts Atlanta

 

Article – New York City Ballet Announces 75th Anniversary Season, A.A. Cristi, Broadway World.

 

Article -  Cleveland Ballet Announces 24/25 Season, Paris Wolfe, Cleveland.Com (7-day free pass)

 

Article – How Orlando Ballet’s Nutcracker Was Lit,  Louise Stickland,   Live Design,

 

Article – ‘Subject Three’ Dance Belongs To The World, Staff,  China Daily

 

Interview – Oregon Ballet’s AD Dani Rowe, Geneva Chin, OPB

 

Interview – Composer Kevin Lau on His New Composition for Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Anya Wassenberg, Ludwig Van Toronto

 

Preview – Scottish Ballet’s Streetcar Named Desire Returns to Sadler’s Wells in May 2024, Theresa Guereiro, Culture Whisper

 

Preview – Sting’s Message in a Bottle Dance Show to Debut in NYC, Karu F. Daniels, Yahoo Finance

 

Preview – FKAtwigs To Perform at Martha Graham Gala, NYC, Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork

 

Preview – White Wave Dance Presents 2024 Dumbo Dance Festival, NYC, Staff, I Love NY.com

 

Preview – Marcat Dance Company, Averno, Lanzarote, Staff,  Cact Lanzarote

 

News – Boston Ballet Announces 24/25 Season, Staff, En Face Magazine

 

News – BRB Appoints Claire Dersley Head of Orchestra Operations, Staff, Theatre Weekly

 

Obituary – Mariano Parra, Flamenco & Spanish Dance Maestro, Staff, ExpoFlamenco

 

 

And to finish:  gorgeous photos of Los Angeles Ballet’s Upcoming ‘Next Steps’:

 

Cheryl Mann, Flaunt

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Links – Friday 5 April 2024

 

With a huge apology for the lateness! I promise Saturday’s will be a bumper list to make up!

 

Reviews – Rupert Christiansen, The Spectator

          English National Ballet, Carmen (Inger), Sadler’s Wells

          Mark Bruce Company, Frankenstein, The Place

 

Review – Scottish Ballet, Swan Lake (Dawson), Theatre Royal, Glasgow Scotland:

Mary Brennan, The Herald

          Lauren Humphreys, The Reviews Hub

 

Review – San Francisco Ballet, NEXT@90, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco CA: Jim Munson, Broadway World

 

Review – Nederlands Dans Theater, N.N.N.N. / The Point Being / Jakie, New York City Center, NY: Gia Kourlas, The New York Times

 

Review – Milwaukee Ballet, Cinderella (Pink), Uihlein Hall, Milwaukee WI: Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (with bonus 24-25 programming) and photos

 

 

Preview – Korean National Ballet, The Little Mermaid (Neumeier), Seoul Arts Center, S Korea: Hwang Dong-hee, The Korea Herald

 

Preview – Texas Ballet Theater, Beauty and the Beast (Christensen), Dallas and Fort Worth, TX: Stephi Wild, Broadway World

 

 

News – S.F. Ballet to make Madrid debut this fall: Zara Irshad, San Francisco Chronicle

 

News – There Are So Many Swan Lakes Coming To London This Summer: Lydia Manch, Londonist

 

 

Feature – Nina Ananiashvili – Her Experiences, and How She Kept Her Georgian Roots as a Bolshoi Ballerina: Shelbi Ankiewicz, Georgia Today

 

Feature – Gagik Tadevosyan: A Grand Pas from Parpi to LA: Artsvi Bakhchinyan, The Armenian Mirror-Spectator

 

Feature – Solo ballet dancer Kuu Sakuragi plumbs emotional depths through dance: Roxanne Ray, International Examiner

 

Feature – Gabriela Hearst Designs Costumes for Arielle Smith’s “Carmen” at the San Francisco Ballet: Ryan Williams with photos by Katie Thompson, Women’s Wear Daily via MSN

 

 

Video Feature – Austrian ballet dancer enjoys sharing experience with students in China, Vladimir Malakhov appointed director of the Ballet Department of the Beijing Dance Academy: Xinhua (which clearly doesn’t care that Ukraine is not Austria)

 

 

It's a ballet recording, so...

 

Review – BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bartók: The Wooden Prince: Andrew Clements, The Guardian

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Links – Saturday 6 April 2024

(I promised you a bumper edition)

 

Review – Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, mixed bill including Dying Swan, Go for Barocco, Swan Lake Act II, The Kennedy Center, Washington DC: Carolyn Kelemen, MD Theatre Guide

 

Review – Paris Opera Ballet, Don Quichotte (Nureyev), livestream from the Opera Bastille, Paris: Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International

 

Review – San Francisco Ballet, Dos Mujeres, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco CA: Rachel Howard, San Francisco Chronicle

 

Review – Guillaume Côté and Robert Lepage, The Tragedy of Hamlet: Prince of Denmark, Elgin Theatre, Toronto ON:

Liam Donovan, NEXT Magazine

Paula Citron, Ludwig Van Toronto

 

Review – Ayodele Casel, Max Roach 100, Joyce Theater, New York NY: Marina Kennedy, Broadway World

 

Review – Trisha Brown Dance Company, Glacial Decoy / In the Fall / Working Title, Joyce Theater, New York NY: Miranda Stück, Broadway World

 

Review – American Repertory Ballet, Intrare Forma / Sight Line / Wood Work, Kaye Playhouse, New York, NY: Nadia Vostrikov, The Ballet Herald

 

Review – City Ballet of San Diego, Boléro – The Awakening / Morphoses / An American in Paris, Balboa Theatre, San Diego CA: Kyungmin Min, SDNews.com

 

 

Preview – Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Spring Season 2024, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco CA: James Ambroff-Tahan, San Francisco Examiner

 

Preview – Ballet Hartford, Planets, Hoffman Auditorium, West Hartford CT: Aaron Flaum, Hartford Courant – with 10 photos

 

Preview – Ballet Kelowna, Macbeth, Kelowna Community Theatre, Kelowna BC: Stephi Wild, Broadway World

 

Preview – Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, Cinderella, River Center Performing Arts Theatre, Baton Rouge LA: Maggie Heyn-Richardson, inRegister

 

Preview – Boulder Ballet, Les Sylphides / Sun and Steel, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, Grand Lake CO: Stephi Wild, Broadway World

 

Preview – Cincinnati Ballet, Mercurial Landscapes, Aronoff Center, Cincinnati OH: Amber Jayanth, FOX 19

 

Preview – Tracy Bonham with Eugene Ballet, Reflections / Slipstream / Tracy Bonham/Suzanne Haag, Midtown Arts Center, Eugene OR: Jean Zondervan, Oregon ArtsWatch

 

Preview – New York City Ballet, 75th Anniversary Spring Season: Graham Spicer, Gramilano

 

Preview – Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, When Time Stands Still / Violin Pas de Deux / Petal / Allegro Brillante, Benedum Center, Pittsburgh PA: Naomi Girson, The Duquesne Duke

 

Preview – The Royal Ballet International Draft Works, Linbury Theatre Royal Opera House, London England:

          Teresa Guerreiro, CultureWhisper

Graham Spicer, Gramilano

Stephi Wild, Broadway World

 

Preview – Western Arkansas Ballet, The Wizard of Oz, ArcBest Performing Arts Center, Fort Smith AR: Monica Hooper, Free Weekly

 

 

News

 

Louisville Ballet Announces 2024-2025 Season:

Aria Baci, Leo Weekly

Maggie Menderski, Courier-Journal

 

RAD to support more trainee dance teachers: Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide

 

Facing apathy from Hungarian State Opera, Hindus to approach Orbán about dropping “La Bayadère”: Staff, India News Calling

 

Pyongyangites pushed to attend Russian ballet performance last month, Officers were mobilized to ensure nobody slept through performance, a source told Daily NK: Jong So Yang, Daily NK

 

 

Features

 

Azara Ballet Folds Mental and Physical Well-Being Into the Art of Dance, Founders and dancers Kate Flowers and Martin Roosaare lead with a trauma-informed approach in a world often fraught with unrealistic expectations: Kim Doleatto, Sarasota Magazine

 

This New Dance Craze Mixes Two Unlikely Styles Into Something Amazing: Tanya, Shared.com

 

Ballet from Russia with love, Russian School of Ballet in Johannesburg, South Africa: Ian Hughes, The Citizen

 

The curious, unexpected legal issues of professional ballet rehearsals: Jeremy Reynolds, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Video – Arts WACH: The king of rock & roll hits the ballet stage, South Carolina Ballet’s Elvis Ballet (Starrett): Brian Mcconchie, WACH FOX 57

 

Video – Ukrainian ballet dancers helped 300 people evacuate Ukraine, catch them at the Pablo Center April 7th: Eleanor Bland, WEAU 13 News

 

 

Interviews

 

Video – Grammy-nominated Tracy Bonham unveils new single, talks collaboration with Eugene Ballet: News Staff, 16KMTR

 

Bobby Carter is On Point with Les Ballets Trockadero, for 30 years [the always-fabulous] Bobby Carter [Yuri Smirnov, Olga Supphozova] has been dancing with the all-male ballet comedy troupe, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: Doug Rule, Metro Weekly

 

‘You have an expiration date’: Guillaume Côté on retiring from the National Ballet of Canada: Tom Power, CBC Arts

 

The Final Bow: Twins Jennifer and Alexandra Gibson to retire after 15 years with Alberta Ballet: Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald

 

Video – Madison Ballet AD Ja’Malik and dancer Lauren Thompson, Hallelujah Junction / Agapé / Giselle Act II, Overture Center, Madison WI: Alyssa Rodriguez and Katie Castellano, WMTV15 News

 

Guitarist Paco Peña on flamenco, avoiding the limelight and Jimi Hendrix: Louise Levene, Financial Times

 

Andrew Skeels creates new work with Bayerisches Staatsballett: Jeannette Andersen, SeeingDance

 

 

Save the Date

 

5-6 April: Dance Arts, Snow White: The Ballet, Virginia Theatre, Champaign IL: Karidia Shelby, WCIA

 

5-6 April: Ohio Performing Arts Institute, Pandora’s Box – An Original Ballet: John Legend Theater, Springfield OH: Brett Turner, Springfield News-Sun

 

6-7 & 10 April: Golden State Ballet, From New York, With Love, Balboa Theatre, San Diego CA and touring to Orange County: There San Diego

 

7 April: Midcoast Ballet, Coppélia: Midcoast Strong, Rockland ME: Penobscot Bay Pilot

 

12 April: Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company, Cinderella, Marietta High School Auditorium, Marietta OH: The Marietta Times

 

13 April: South Carolina Ballet, Elvis Ballet, Koger Center for the Arts, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC: Columbia Star

 

13 April: Southwest Virginia Ballet, Romeo & Juliet, Berglund Performing Arts Theatre, Roanoke VA: Kate Capodanno, WDBJ7

 

13-14 April: Springfield Youth Performance Group Foundation, Cinderella: Sacred Heart Griffin Auditorium, Springfield IL: Angela Bauer, My Journal-Courier

 

19-20 April: Ballet Folklórico Imperial, Mexican dance: Santa Maria High School, Santa Maria, CA: Ken Allard, KSBY6

 

20-21 April: Ballet Palm Beach, Peter Pan & Tinker Bell, Rinker Playhouse, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach FL: Site Staff, Palm Beach Illustrated

 

20-21 April: Nashville Ballet, Romeo & Juliet, TPAC Jackson Hall, Nashville TN: Cass Teague, Pride Publishing Group

 

26-27 April: Ozark Ballet Theater, Cinderella, Bentonville West High School, Centerton AR: Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

 

26-28 April: City Ballet of Boston, Ballet Banquet: Strand Theatre, Dorchester MA: The Bay State Banner

 

27 April: Dance Prism Ballet, Puss in Boots, Littleton High School, Littleton MA: Patch

 

27-28 April: Metropolitan School of the Arts, Coppélia, George Washington National Masonic Memorial, Alexandria VA: Patch

 

 

Paywalled – but you may have access

 

Review – Ayodele Casel, Max Roach 100, Joyce Theater, New York NY: Brian Seibert, The New York Times

 

Review – Doug Varone, To My Arms / Restore, NYU Skirball, New York NY: Karen Hildebrand, Fjord Review

 

Feature – Washington Ballet Studio Company’s Abigail Brent Shares Her Typical Daily Routine: Linnea Swarting, Pointe Magazine

 

Save The Date – 12-13 April: A Very Queer Ballet (not a love story): New Prospect Theatre, Bellingham WA: Cocoa Laney, Cascadia Daily News

 

 

Position Vacant

 

The Royal Ballet is looking for an Associate Pianist for 9 months, September 2024 to May 2025: Royal Opera House

 

 

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Links, Sunday 7 April, 2024

 

Review – Royal Ballet, Macmillan Celebrated, Royal Opera House, London: Jenny Gilbert, The Arts Desk

 

Review - Choreographers! Enough with the reworkings of Carmen and Frankenstein: Rupert Christiansen, Spectator

Mark Bruce, Frankenstein, The Place, London

English National Ballet, Carmen, Sadlers Wells, London

 

Review – balletLORENT, The Velveteen Rabbit, Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadlers Wells: Nicola Claire, Seeing Dance

 

Review – Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Classical Programme, Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington DC: Emily Berger, Broadway World

 

Review – Ballet Kelowna, Macbeth, Kelowna Daily Courier

 

Feature - How to Integrate Acting Skills Into Dance: Sophie Bress, Dance Magazine

 

Feature - Justin Peck on ‘Illinoise,’ Spielberg, Dance, and His Movie Directing Debut: Tim Teeman, The Daily Beast

 

Obituary - Eleanor Fazan: choreographer who played key role in Beyond the Fringe: Alasdair Steven, The Herald

 

News- Tickets for National Ballet of Cuba sold out in Spain: Staff, Prensa Latina English Edition

 

News - San Francisco Ballet Names Associate Artistic Director and Director of Artist Development: Courtesy of SF Ballet, En Face

 

 

And finally, covering the continued debate on ticket prices:-

 

Feature - Brian Cox: ‘I can’t afford $110 each for one night at the theatre’: Charlotte O’Sullivan, Independent

 

 

 

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Links, Monday 8 April, 2024

 

Review – Royal Ballet, Swan Lake/Macmillan Celebrated: Sarah Crompton, Observer

 

Review – balletLORENT, The Velveteen Rabbit, Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadlers Wells: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian

 

Review – Kidd Pivot, Assembly Hall, Sadlers Wells: Grace Times, Yahoo Finance

 

Review – Scottish Ballet, Swan Lake, Glasgow: Mark Brown, The National

 

Review - Chou Kuan-Jou,  Tomato, Taipei: Helen Davidson, Guardian

 

Review – San Francisco Ballet, Dos Mujeres, San Francisco:

Jim Munson, Broadway World

Toba Singer, Culture Vulture

 

Review – National Ballet of Canada, Alice in Wonderland, Toronto: Denise Sum, Danceview Times

 

Review - Taiwan Aboriginal Culture Foundation & Neo-Classic Performing Arts Foundation, Palamal: Fire Festival,Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center, Taipei, David Mead, Seeing Dance

 

Preview - Lone Star Ballet concludes season with Shakespearian comedy: Brianna Maestas, Amarillo Globe News via AOL

 

Preview - Colorado Ballet's jazzy work about mountain climbing: Marc Shulgold, Denver Gazette

 

Feature - Young Nigerian lives dream of being a ballet dancer: Staff, Malay Mail

 

Feature - Metamorphosis celebrates 30 years of dance: Staff, Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

 

New season announcement - Ballet Arizona in Phoenix announces 2024-25 season lineup: Staff, Daily Independent

 

New season announcement - Sarasota Ballet plans two world premieres and three company debuts in new season: Jay Handelman, San Francisco Herald Tribune

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Links, Tuesday 9  April, 2024

 

Review - Scottish Ballet, Swan Lake, Glasgow

Bruce Marriott, Lifted Leg 

Vivien Devlin, Edinburgh Guide 

 

Review - Ballet Am Rhein, Mixed Bill, Dusseldorf: Vikki Jane Vile, Bachtrack

 

Review - NDT, Mixed Bill, New York:

Erin Bomboy, Bachtrack

Nadia Vostrikov, Ballet Herald

 

Review – Dutch National Ballet, Dancing Dutch, Amsterdam: Vikki Jane Vile, Bachtrack

 

Review - Milwaukee Ballet, Cinderella: John Schneider, Shepherd Express

 

Preview – American Ballet Theatre, Woolf Works, New York:

Kyra Laubacher, Pointe Magazine

Graham Spicer, Gramilano

 

Preview – State Ballet of Georgia, Swan Lake, London: Staff, Martin CID

 

Preview - Korean National Ballet, Season:Spring, London Hwang Dong-hee, Korean Herald

 

Feature – Gabriela Hearst debuts sustainable costumes for San Francisco Ballet’s ‘Carmen’: Jennifer Braun, Fashion Network

 

Feature - Love is in the air at the Royal Ballet: Meet the four ballerinas preparing to waltz down the aisle this summer: Astrid Joss, Tatler

 

Article - Francesca Hayward becomes lead ambassador of the Royal Ballet School's affiliate training and assessment programme: Staff, London Post

 

 

If there are any horror film fans out there…

 

Film review - ABIGAIL trailer: Don't let the tutu fool you: Shelagh Rowan Legg, Screen Anarchy

 

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Links – Wednesday, 10th April 2024

 

 

Review – ENB, Carmen, Sadler’s Wells, Camila Sayers, The Fan Carpet

 

Preview –  Ballet Black, Heroes, Theresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper

 

Preview – Miro Magloire’s Chamber Ballet Returns to Mark Morris Dance Center, Stephi Wild,  Broadway World

 

Preview – Los Angeles Ballet Will Honor Kris Bowers at 2024 Gala, Stephi Wild, Broadway World

 

Preview – Carolina Ballet to Present The Pirate and the Princess, Staff, Greenville Journal

 

Article – London City Ballet Returns After 30 Years, Georgia Luckhurst,  The Stage (paywall)

 

Interview – Nikisha Fogo of San Francisco Ballet, Senior Staff, The Daily Californian

 

News – Welsh Dancer to Represent GB at Cecchetti Competition,  Rhianne Talling, Yahoo News

 

 

 

Video – Closing the Generation Gap With Dance (Sadler’s Wells Company of Elders and ZooNation)

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-68732484

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Links – Thursday, 11 April 2024

 

Review – Australian Ballet, Carmen (Inger), Sydney Opera House, Jansson J. Antmann,Limelight

 

Review – Ballet Oregon, Mixed Bill, Portland, Amy Leona Havin,  Oregon Arts Watch

 

Review – Chou Kuan-Jou, Tomato, Taipei, Helen Davidson, The Guardian

 

Review – Ballet Embody, Dance Mosaic, Synergy Space, Maryland, Justin Rustle, MD Theatre Guide

 

Review – Astana Opera Ballet Company, Dreams Come True Gala, Aibarshyn Akhmetkali, The Astana Times

 

Preview – Northern Ballet, Three Short Ballets, Staff, Gramilano

 

Preview – Dance Theater of Harlem Celebrates 55th Anniversary at City Center, NYC, Zita Allen, New Amsterdam News

 

Preview – Grand Kyiv Ballet, Giselle, Los Angeles, Staff, Beverly Press

 

Preview – Joffrey Ballet to Give Free Show in Chicago in June, Stephi Wild, Broadway World

 

Preview – International Ballet Company, Mixed Bill, Majorca, Majorca Daily Bulletin

 

Preview Video - South Carolina Ballet, The Elvis Ballet, Koger Center, Intisar Faulkner,  WISTV

 

Article - They Said Ballet Isn’t for Men, Anthony Madu, Newsweek

 

Article – Why Natalie Portman’s Portrayal in Black Swan Still Angers Dancers, Neville Naidoo, Movie Web

 

News – Sarasota Ballet’s New Season Announcement, Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald Tribune

 

Feature – Adult Ballet Intensive Courses (USA), Lindsay Martell, Pointe Magazine

 

Feature – Study Shows Music and Dance Help Alleviate Parkinson’s Symptoms, Staff, Times of India

 

 

Finally, the feelgood bit at the end:

 

News/Video – Youcef Belouazani Wins Under 19 Irish Dancing World Championship, Belfast Live

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Links – Friday, 12 April 2024

 

Reviews

 

The Australian Ballet, Carmen (Inger), Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW:

Gina Fairley, ArtsHub

Annabelle Drumm, Sydney Arts Guide

Natasha Ciesielski, Scoop

 

San Francisco Ballet, Dos Mujeres, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, CA: Charles Lewis III, 48hills

 

National Ballet of Canada, UtopiVerse / Islands / Suite en Blanc, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, ON: Denise Sum, danceviewtimes

 

The Royal Ballet, MacMillan Celebrated – Danses concertantes, Different Drummer, Requiem, Royal Opera House, London England: Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International

 

The Royal Ballet International Draft Works, Linbury Theatre Royal Opera House, London England:

Matthew Paluch, Broadway World

Amanda Jennings, Bachtrack

Teresa Guerreiro, CultureWhisper

 

Max Roach 100, Joyce Theatre, New York NY: Marina Harss, Dancing Around

 

Alvin Ailey II, Mixed Bill, Joyce Theatre, New York NY: Lord Strum, Broadway World

 

NW Dance Project, Secret Stories, Newmark Theatre, Portland OR: Hannah Krafcik, Oregon ArtsWatch

 

Oregon Ballet Theatre, Wooden Dimes, Newmark Theatre, Portland OR: Dean Speer, CriticalDance

 

 

Previews

 

Dance//Novella, Night is the Mother, The Dance Centre at Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver BC: Stir

 

dani tirrell, Leviticus or Love and to walk amongst HUMANS, Moore Theatre, Seattle WA: Marcie Sillman, The Seattle Times

 

Dorrance Dance, SOUNDspace, Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver BC: Janet Smith, Stir

 

 

News

 

Oregon Ballet Theater 2024-2025 Season: via En Face Magazine

 

Dancer James Yoichi Moore preparing to jeté off PNB stage: Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times

 

2024 Green Room Awards (Victoria, Australia) Australian Stage

 

 

Features

 

March Madness – Dance Blooms in NYC: Wendy Perron

 

 

Interviews

 

Lorin Latarro, Broadway choreographer: Caedra Scott-Flaherty, Observer Dance

 

Lydia Abarca and Karen Valby, The Swans of Harlem (Pantheon, 2024): Phoebe Roberts, The Brooklyn Rail

 

 

Paywalled, but you may have access

 

News – Downtown Los Angeles Places Another Big Bet on the Arts, The pandemic was tough on city centers and cultural institutions. What does that mean for Los Angeles, whose downtown depends on the arts?: Robin Pogrebin, The New York Times

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Links – Saturday 13 April 2024

 

Reviews

 

American Ballet Theatre, Woolf Works, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA: Writer, T2Online.com

 

The Australian Ballet, Carmen (Inger), Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW: Katie Lawrence, Bachtrack

 

Dance Theater of Harlem, Nyman String Quartet No. 2 / Pas de Dix / Take Me With You / Blake Works IV (The Barre Project), New York City Center, New York NY: Gia Kourlas, The New York Times

 

Elixir Festival: Mixed Bill, common ground[s] / Minutes around late afternoon / White Hare, Sadler’s Wells, London England:

Louise Levene, Financial Times

Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide

Richard Maguire, The Reviews Hub

Sanjoy Roy, The Guardian

 

Elixir Festival: Mohamed Toukabri, The Power (of) The Fragile, Sadler’s Wells, London England:

Matthew Paluch, Broadway World

Grace Spencer, The Reviews Hub

 

Max Roach 100, The Joyce Theatre, New York NY: Cecilia Whalen, Fjord Review

 

Megan Williams Dance Projects & Eve Beglarian, Smile, though your heart is aching, Mark Morris Dance Center, James and Martha Duffy Performance Space, New York NY: Kristen Hedberg, CriticalDance

 

Nederlands Dans Theater, N.N.N.N. / The Point Being / Jakie, New York City Center, New York NY:

Faye Arthurs, Fjord Review

Nadia Vostrikov, The Ballet Herald

 

Scottish Ballet, Swan Lake (Dawson), Theatre Royal, Glasgow Scotland: Lorna Irvine, Fjord Review

 

Anarchy Dance Theatre, Second Body, The Coronet Theatre, London England: Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian

 

Ballet Quad Cities, Dorothy Goes to Oz / Snow White, Adler Theatre, Davenport IA: Jonathan Turner, OurQCNews

 

 

Previews

 

American Ballet Theatre, Woolf Works, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa CA: Christopher Smith, The Orange County Register

 

American Repertory Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stiefel), New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, New Brunswick NJ: AA Cristi, Broadway World

 

Ballet BC, For Ever (Chamber / SWAY / New Creation, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver BC: Joanne McGowan, Vancouver Sun

 

Grand Kyiv Ballet, Giselle:

Cheyenne Civic Center, Cheyenne WY: Grace Swanke, Wyoming News Now

Wilshire Ebell Theater, Los Angeles CA: Beverly Press Park Labrea News

 

Johnstown Concert Ballet, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pasquerilla PAC, Richland Township, PA: Kelly Urban, The Tribune-Democrat

 

National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Kyrgyzstan, Masterpieces of World Ballet, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: Staff, AKIpress

 

Northern Ballet, Tortoise and the Hare, Palace Theatre, Mansfield Notts: Steve Eyley, Worksop Guardian

 

Russian State Ballet, The Nutcracker, Shanghai Center Theatre, Shanghai China: Xu Wei, Shine

 

 

News

 

American Ballet Theatre 2024 Summer Season: Ballet Herald News Desk, The Ballet Herald

 

Ballet hails the return of water to Rome’s ancient Caracalla baths, Aterballetto at the Terme di Caracalla, Rome Italy: Giulia Segreti, Reuters

 

London City Ballet inaugural season dancers and tour announced: Ballet Herald News Desk, The Ballet Herald

 

Sarasota Ballet 2024-2025 Season: Staff, Sarasota Magazine

 

 

Features

 

Gilbert Bolden III Isn’t Afraid of Camp: Emily Leibert, The Cut

 

After Trisha Brown: Karen Hildebrand, Fjord Review

 

Partners in the Arts: How an Atlanta Ballet couple makes room for baby in their pas de deux, Emily Carrico and Sergio Masero: Cynthia Bond Perry, ArtsATL

 

A Dance Through Dusty Time: The Choreographic Bite of Beth Gill: Gia Kourlas, The New York Times

 

Interview with choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra: dance is an inherently queer art: Paul Arrowsmith, Gramilano

 

Liam Hutt’s bold journey: A new era for ballet: Sasha Hartzell, UNCSA News

 

Moving On: Nashville Ballet Explores the Changing Language of Ballet, Talking to artistic director and CEO Nick Mullikin about how a classic art form continues to evolve: Amy Stumpfl, Nashville Scene

 

What’s in your Bay, SF Ballet artistic director Tamara Rojo?: Gail Goldberg, 7x7.com

 

 

Photo Features

 

American Ballet Theatre celebrates North American première of Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works, photos by Fabrizio Ferri, Emma Zordan: Nicole Rosky, Broadway World

 

 

Short Previews

 

Ballet Arizona Studio Company, Showcase (Verzola, Haskins, Duran), Dorrance Theatre, Phoenix AZ: Staff, Queen Creek Sun Times

 

Ballet Palm Beach, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, Rinker Playhouse, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach FL: Site Staff, Jupiter Magazine

 

Cleveland Ballet, Sleeping Beauty, Connor Palace, Cleveland OH: Paris Wolfe, cleveland.com

 

Complexions Contemporary Ballet/Howard University, Take Flight, Ira Aldridge Theater, Cramton Auditorium, Howard University, Washington DC: Misha Cornelius, The Dig

 

Concert Ballet of Virginia, Frankenstein, JR Tucker High School, Henrico VA: Staff, Henrico Citizen

 

First State Ballet Theatre, The Sleeping Beauty, Copeland Hall at The Grand, Wilmington DE: Karl Lengel, Delaware Public Media

 

Fort Wayne Ballet, Romeo and Juliet, Arts United Centre, Fort Wayne IN: Corey McMaken, The Journal Gazette

 

Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet, Cinderella, Flickinger PAC, Nichols School, Buffalo NY: Jaurdyn Johnson, 7WKBW Buffalo

 

International Ballet Company, Gala of Soloists, Mallorca, Spain: Staff, Majorca Daily Bulletin

 

Latin Ballet of Virginia, Marcel Marceau: A Silent Hero, Weinstein JCC, Richmond VA: Staff, Henrico Citizen

 

Los Angeles Ballet, Firebird (Possokhov) / Serenade (Balanchine), The Pasadena Civic, Pasadena CA: LA Downtown News

 

Monterey County Dance Theatre Student Company, Giselle, Robert Stanton Theater, King City CA: Ryan Cronk, Salinas Valley Tribune

 

San Martín Contemporary Ballet, The gestures of salt / The echo of hands, Teatro Regio, Córdoba Argentina: Charles Hurd, News Rebeat

 

Texas Ballet Theater, Dance at the Modern: Ode, Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth TX:

James Russel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

David Seeley, Dallas Innovates

 

Tupelo Ballet, Cinderella, Tupelo Civic Auditorium, Tupelo MS: Blake Alsup, Daily Journal

 

 

Video Previews

 

Bristol Ballet, Pas de Derby, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Chris McIntosh, WJHL

 

Carolina Ballet, Giselle, Township Auditorium, Columbia SC: Steven Fulton, WIS10

 

NIU’s Ballet Folklórico Aztlán, Esencia De México, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL: Isabel Tapia, WNIJ Hola

 

South Carolina Ballet, The Elvis Ballet, Koger Center for the Arts, Columbia SC:

Chris Brathwaite, News 19 WLTX

Intisar Faulkner, WIS10TV

 

Southwest Virginia Ballet, Romeo and Juliet, Berglund Center Performing Arts, Roanoke VA: Kimberly McBroom, WDBJ7

 

 

Competition News

 

10-year-old ballet prodigy from Hawaii shines on national stage, Youth America Grand Prix finals in New York: HNN Staff, Hawaii News Now

 

6th-grader wins big at Berlin International Dance Festival: Hiroshi Miura, The Asahi Shimbun

 

Ballet dancer Charlie-Beth Smith to perform in USA, Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition: Rhianne Talling, South Wales Argus

 

 

Paywalled, but you may have access

 

Review – Elixir Festival: Mixed Bill, common ground[s] / Minutes around late afternoon / White Hare, Sadler’s Wells, London England: Nicola Rayner, The Stage

 

Review – West Australian Ballet, La Bayadère (Horsman), His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth WA: Melinda Webster, The West Australian

 

Preview – West Australian Ballet, La Bayadère (Horsman), His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth WA: Tanya MacNaughton, The West Australian

 

Feature – Houston Ballet principal dancer presents Houston debut of Skylar Campbell Dance Collective, Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle

 

Feature - Why Jill Ogai is thrilled to be on Sydney Opera House stage with Australian Ballet, For the Australian Ballet’s principal ballerina Jill Ogai, playing the seductive lead of Carmen in the new Opera House production is a full circle moment: Lisa Mayoh, The Daily Telegraph

 

Feature – Odesa’s Stanislav Skrinnik, ballet dancer by night and weapons manufacturer by day: Emmanuel Grynszpan, Le Monde

 

Preview – Midwest Regional Ballet, Beauty and the Beast, Memorial Auditorium: Aaron Pyle, The Morning Sun

 

 

And finally…

 

Ski Ballet Makes (Another) Comeback at Verbier, Switzerland, Ski ballet was a dazzling display of finesse, control, and extreme skiing in a new way – until it stopped abruptly in the early 2000’s. Now, it’s back: Ella Boyd, Powder

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Links, Sunday 14 April 2024

 

Review - Aakash Odedra & Aditi Mangaldas, Mehek, Sadlers Wells, London:

Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper

Bruce Marriott, Lifted Leg

 

Review - KVN Dance Company, Coppelia, Chesham: Bruce Marriott, Lifted Leg

 

Review – Dance Theatre of Harlem, Nyman String Quartet No. 2/Take Me with You/Balanchine Pas de Six/Blake Works IV: The Barre Project: Kasey Broekema, Ballet Herald

 

Review – American Ballet Theatre, Woolf Works, New York: Jillian Verzwyvelt, Ballet Herald

 

Review – Philadanco, Roots & Reflections (Director’s Choice), Philadelphia: Ellen Dunkell, Philadelphia Inquirer

 

Review – West Australian Ballet, La Bayadere, Perth: Rita Clarke, Limelight

 

Preview – Carlos Acosta, On Before, Sarasota: Carrie Seidman, Sarasota Herald Tribune

 

Feature - The Youth America Grand Prix: ‘It was amazing to be on the stage’: Magee Hickey, WPIX NYC via MSN

 

News - Benesh Movement Notation to train young dancers in Frederick Ashton’s repertoire: Graham Spicer, Gramilano

 

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Links – Monday 15 April 2024

 

Review - Elixir Festival, Triple Bill, Sadlers Wells: Sarah Crompton, Observer

 

Review- Patrick Bone & Molly McGeachin, Giselle Remix, The Pleasance, London: Terry Eastman, London Theatre 1

 

Review- Anarchy Dance Theatre, Second Body, Coronet Theatre, London: Nicola Claire, Seeing Dance

 

Review- Matthew Bourne, Edward Scissorhands, Bradford: James Ballands, British Theatre Guide

 

Review- Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ottowa: Courtney Castellino, Broadway World

 

Review- Madison Ballet, Timeless, Madison, Wisconsin: Dan Van Note, Cap Times

 

Review- Benjamin Millepied & Alexander Theraud, Unstill Life, Los Angeles: Victoria Looseleaf, Fjord Review

 

Review- Toronto Dance Theatre, Spring Double Bill, Toronto: Ilana Lucas, Broadway World

 

Review- 10th Alembic Artists Residency Cohort, Performance Works North West, Oregon: Hannah Krafcik, Oregon Arts Watch

 

Review- Philadelphia Ballet, Bailando con Maria, Philadelphia: Cindy Moukaro, Etownian 

 

Review - National Taichung University of Sport, Dance Department, Graduation Performance: David Mead, Seeing Dance

 

Article- Why using dance to help with MS is an inspiration for us all: Staff, The Scotsman

 

Article- Why Misty Copeland says this dance competition helps students thrive: Alex Ross, People via Yahoo News

 

Article - Ballet star and survivor Steven McRae says dance must change: Eric Randolph, Fox 41

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Links – Tuesday 16 April 2024

 

Review - Zoonation Youth/Company of Elders, The Exchange, Lilian Baylis Studio, London: Nicola Claire, Seeing Dance

 

Review- Acogny & Malou/ Louise Lecavalier,/Ben Duke, Elixir Festival, London: Graham Watts Gramilano

 

Review- Patrick Bone & Molly McGeachin, Giselle Remix, The Pleasance, London: Frank Milazzo, Broadway World

 

Review - Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Seasons’ Canon, Seattle: Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

 

Review - Queensland Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Brisbane: Ruth Ridgeway, Bachtrack

 

Review- Hong Kong Dance Company, The Legend of Lanling, Hong Kong: Natasha Rogail, South China Morning Post

 

Preview- Rambert/ Jill Johnson, Analogue, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper

 

Preview - American Repertory Ballet to present a Midsummer Night’s Dream: Chloe Rabinowitz, Broadway World

 

Preview- Carlos Acosta performs in the US for two nights only: Carrie Seidman, Pointe Magazine

 

Preview - Oakland Ballet Company to Celebrate Graham Lustig With Lustig LIVE! Chloe Rabinowitz, Broadway World

 

Preview - Ballet & Billy: Festival Ballet Albuquerque brings the New Mexico outlaw's story to the stage: Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal

 

Preview - “Despertares” Returns to Revolutionize Ballet in Mexico: Staff, Latin American Post

 

Season Preview – Chicago’s National Landmark Auditorium Theatre 24/25 Season: Chloe Rabinowitz, Broadway World

 

Season Preview - New York City Ballet’s 2024-25 season to include world premieres by Justin Peck, Camilo Quan and Alexei Ratmansky: Natan Zamansky, Playbill

 

Season Preview- New York City Ballet unveils 2024-25 season featuring 58 ballets: Chloe Rabinowitz, Broadway World

 

Feature - Yasmine Naghdi: Why is dance being cancelled in schools? Debra Craine, The Times (share token)

 

Feature- Ballet star and survivor Steven McRae says dance must change: Mohammad Ali, Urdu Point

 

Feature - Quantum Leaps: Balletina and Quantum Physicist Merritt Moore connects humans and machines: Nina Pasquini, Harvard Magazine

 

Feature - Much loved ballet Swan Lake lures back RZNB dancer: Rose Treadwell, The Post

 

News- Elmhurst Ballet Company will perform MODE in Birmingham and London

Stephi Wild, Broadway World

Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide

 

News- Bolshoi dancers’ Seoul show cancelled amid global cancellations of Russian arts: Yonhap, Korean Herald

 

News- How an American ballerina is helping MS research in Scotland: Staff, BBC News

 

News - Ballet Hawaii Welcomes Richard Vida as Executive Director: Chloe Rabinowitz, Broadway World

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Links - Wednesday 17 April, 2024

 

 

Review - Aakash Odedra & Aditi Mangaldas, Mehek, London:  Louise Levene, FT

 

Reviews - Australian Ballet, Carmen (Inger), Sydney:

Deborah Jones, Follow Spot

Geraldine Higginson, Dance Australia

 

Review - Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Seasons’ Canon, Seattle:  Melody Datz Hansen, Broadway World

 

Reviews - Queensland Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Brisbane:

Michelle Potter, ... on dancing

Denise Richardson, Dance Australia

 

Review - West Australian Ballet, La Bayadère, Perth:  Deborah Jones, Follow Spot

 

Review - Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Snow White, Ottawa:  Courtney Castelino, Broadway World

 

Review - International Draft Works, London:  Maggie Foyer, Seeing Dance

 

Review - Elixir Festival, triple bill, London:  Graham Watts, Gramilano

 

 

Preview - Martha Graham Dance Company, American Legacies (mixed programme), New York:  Caedra Scott-Flaherty, NY Observer

 

Preview - Ballet BC, For Ever (mixed programme), Vancouver:  Staff, Stir

 

Preview - The Australian Ballet School presents its 60th anniversary showcase, Sydney:  Staff, Aussie Theatre

 

Preview - Jefferson Dancers, Annual Spring Concert, Portland:  Jean Zondervan, Oregon Arts Watch

 

 

Feature - Cathy Marston, AD Zürich Ballet, talks about her new ballet Atonement:  Laura Cappelle, FT

 

Feature - Why are we still watching La Bayadère:  Jo Pickup, Arts Hub

 

Feature - Hay as happiness, beauty and freedom at Joffrey production of 'Midsummer Night's Dream’:  Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun Times

 

Feature - Ballerina graduates from University of Alabama:  Tehreem Khan, UAB

 

 

News - Lynne Charles to lead English National Ballet School:

Graham Spicer, Gramilano

Stephi Wild, Broadway World

Georgia Luckhurst, Stage

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Links - Thursday 18 April, 2024

 

 

Review - Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Seasons’ Canon, Seattle:  Rich Smith, The Stranger

 

Review - Aakash Odedra & Aditi Mangaldas, Mehek, London:  Rachel Nouchi, Britihsh Theatre Guide

 

Review - Hong Kong Dance Company, The Legend of Lanling, Hong Kong:  Natasha Rogai, South China Morning Post

 

 

News - San Francisco Ballet reveals 2024-25 season:

Graham Spicer, Gramilano

Stephi Wild, Broadway World

 

 

Preview - Northern Ballet, Romeo and Juliet, London:  Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper

 

Preview - BRB2, Carlos Acosta’s Classical Selection, UK Tour:  Staff, Theatre Weekly

 

Preview Feature - Southern California Ballet, Coppelia, San Diego:  Elizabeth Marie Himchak, San Diego Union Tribune

 

Gallery - Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Sleeping Beauty rehearsal, Annapolis:  Stephi Wild, Broadway World

 

 

Interview - Eric Gauthier, AD Gauthier Dance ahead of his company’s visit to Toronto:  Staff, Ludwig Van

 

In Conversation - Maria Khoreva, Mariinsky Ballet, Part 2: Jerry Hochman, Critical Dance

 

Book Feature - The Swans of Harlem highlights 5 pioneering Dance Theater of Harlem ballerinas:  Martha Anne Toll, Pointe Magazine

 

Featurette - Ava May Llewellyn, Birmingham Royal Ballet:  Chloe Harcombe, BBC

 

 

News - Anjali Dance Company announces choreographer Gary Clarke as Company Champion:  Steve Orme, British Theatre Guide

 

News - Aspen Santa Fe Ballet announces summer season:  Staff, Aspen Times

 

News - Hundreds of ballet dancers go on tippy toes simultaneously to break Guinness World Record at NYC’s Plaza Hotel:  Georgett Roberts & Natalie O’Neill, NY Post

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Links – Friday 19 April, 2024

 

Review – Sarah Aitken, Make Your Life Count, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth WA: Wolfgang von Flugelhorn, ArtsHub

 

Review – The Australian Ballet, Carmen (Inger), Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW:

Chantal Nguyen, The Sydney Morning Herald (scroll down)

Michelle Potter, …on dancing

 

Review – Elixir Festival: Dance On Ensemble, London Story / never ending (Story), Sadler’s Wells, London England: Matthew Paluch, Broadway World

 

Review – KVN Dance Company, Coppélia, Towngate Theatre, Basildon England and touring: Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International

 

Review – Paco Peña, Solera, Sadler’s Wells, London England:

Charlotte Kasner, SeeingDance

Alice Kennedy, The Reviews Hub

 

Review – Queensland Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scarlett), Playhouse Theatre QPAC, Brisbane Australia:

Michele-Rose Boylan, Australian Arts Review

Deborah Jones, FollowSpot

 

Review – Rambert, Death Trap, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Wales: Beth Steer, The Reviews Hub

 

Review – West Australian Ballet, La Bayadere (Horsman), His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth WA: “the reviewer wishes to remain anonymous due to the controversy around cultural appropriation in this production”, ArtsHub

 

Film Review – Abigail, ballet vampire horror-comedy

Tara Brady, The Irish Times

Julian Malandruccolo, Keith Loves Movies

Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Screen Anarchy

 

 

Preview – Ballet Cymru, Romeo and Juliet, Torch Theatre, Milford Haven Wales: Elizabeth Birt, Milford Mercury

 

Preview – Compagnie Maguy Marin, May B., Sadler’s Wells, London England: David Mead, SeeingDance

 

Preview – Miami City Ballet, Swan Lake (Ratmansky), touring to Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, FL: Christine DiMattei, WLRN South Florida

 

Preview – Peoria Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, Five Points Washington, Washington IL: Jody Holtz, WCBU

 

Preview – Sarasota Cuban Ballet School/Carlos Acosta, On Before, Sarasota Opera House, Sarasota FL: Dylan Campbell, SRQ Magazine

 

Preview – Schuylkill Ballet Theatre, A Tale of a Frozen Heart, Zwerling Auditorium, Schuylkill Haven PA: Hyun Soo Lee, Republican Herald

 

Preview – Scottish Ballet, Swan Lake (Dawson), touring: STV News via YouTube

 

Preview – Youth America Grand Prix, Stars of Today meet Stars of Tomorrow, David H Koch Theater Lincoln Center, New York NY: Staff, City Guide NY

 

 

News – Posthumous tribute to Ramona de Sáa of Cuba’s National Ballet: Staff, Prensa Latina

 

News – English National Ballet School appoints new Artistic Director: Arts People, Arts Professional

 

News – Guinness World Record Dancers En Pointe:

Siena Linton, Classic FM

Morning Show, Fox5 Atlanta

Precious Fondren, Gothamist

Guy Lane, Guardian

 

News – Sara Mearns to guest with National Ballet of Canada in Jewels, Toronto ON: Stephi Wild, Broadway World

 

News – National Dance Awards 2023 nominations announced:

David Mead, SeeingDance

Graham Spicer, Gramilano

 

News – La Scala names its new rehearsal studio the Carla Fracci Sala: Graham Spicer, Gramilano

 

 

Interview – Eun-Me Ahn: Phoebe Roberts, The Brooklyn Rail

 

 

Profile – Eric Best, Houston Ballet soloist: Nancy Wozny for Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit

 

 

Feature – Resonant Rituals: Martha Graham’s Rite Forty Years After its Debut: Hannah Chang Foster, The Brooklyn Rail

 

 

Link of the Week – 1990 Royal Ballet School Documentary: “A Place to Dance”: Bruce Marriott, LiftedLeg

 

 

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Links – Saturday 20 April 2024

 

Reviews

 

Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol England: Paul Wright, Bristol 24/7

 

Elixir Festival: Company of Elders & ZooNation Youth Company, The Exchange, Sadler’s Wells, London England: Monica Cox, The Reviews Hub

 

Elixir Festival: Dance On Ensemble, London Story / never ending (Story), Sadler’s Wells, London England:

Maryam Philpott, The Reviews Hub

Staff, Everything Theatre

 

Hofesh Schechter II, From England with Love, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London England:

Tamsin Flower, British Theatre Guide

Teresa Guerreiro, CultureWhisper

Richard Maguire, The Reviews Hub

Mark Monahan, The Telegraph

Matthew Paluch, Gramilano

Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian

 

New Adventures, Edward Scissorhands, Theatre Royal, Norwich England and touring: Lu Greer, The Reviews Hub

 

Pacific Northwest Ballet, Sweet Fields / The Calling / The Seasons’ Canon, McCaw Hall, Seattle WA: Rich Smith, The Stranger

 

Paco Peña, Solera, Sadler’s Wells, London England:

Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide

Mary Pollard, Everything Theatre

 

Rambert/Théatre de la Ville, Death Trap (Cerberus / Goat), The Lowry, Salford, England:

Jo Beggs, The Reviews Hub

David Cunningham, British Theatre Guide

 

San Francisco Ballet, Mere Mortals, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco CA: Saul Sugarman, The Bold Italic

 

Scottish Ballet, Swan Lake (Dawson), HM Theatre, Aberdeen Scotland: Rebecca Buchan, The Press and Journal

 

West Australian Ballet, La Bayadère, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth WA: Graeme Watson, Out in Perth

 

 

Previews

 

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, summer season: Staff Report, The Aspen Times

 

Astana Opera, La Bayadère, Astana Opera House Grand Hall, Astana Kazakhstan: Staff, EL.KZ

 

Atlantic Ballet of Canada, Piaf, Moncton and Fredericton, Canada: Kate Barrio, Telegraph-Journal

 

Ballet Arts, Beauty and the Beast, Carl Perkins Civic Center, Jackson TN: Staff, WBBJTV

 

Ballet Hispanico, Buscando a Juan / House of Mad’moiselle / 18+1, New York City Center, New York NY: Zita Allen, Amsterdam News

 

Ballet Idaho, Carmen / Walking Mad, The Morrison Center, Boise ID: Staff, KTVB7

 

Grand Kyiv Ballet, Swan Lake, The Newmark Theatre, Portland OR: Staff, KATU2 ABC

 

Inland Pacific Ballet, Cinderella, Lewis Family Playhouse, Rancho Cucamonga CA: A.A. Cristi with photos by E.Y. Yanagi, Broadway World

 

Joffrey Ballet, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ekman), Lyric Opera House, Chicago IL: Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun-Times

 

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Mixed bill, Tennessee Williams Theatre, Key West FL: Keys Weekly

 

Luxembourg Ballet, Peer Gynt, CAPE, Ettelbruck Luxembourg: Staff, Delano

 

Nashville Ballet, Romeo and Juliet, Tennessee Performing Arts Center Jackson Hall, Nashville TN: Chloe Rabinowitz, Broadway World

 

Ozark Ballet Theater, Cinderella, Bentonville West PAC, Centerton AR: Monica Hooper, The Free Weekly

 

Pacific Festival Ballet, Noah’s Ark, Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks CA: Staff, Simi Valley Acorn

 

Queer the Ballet, Dream of a Common Language, Baruch Performing Arts Center, New York NY: Music MCM, Martin Cid Magazine

 

Smuin Contemporary Ballet, Tupelo Tornado / Broken Open / Untwine / Starshadows, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco CA: Staff, San Francisco Bay Times

 

Texas Ballet Theater, Beauty and the Beast, Dallas and Fort Worth TX: Staff, FTWToday

 

James Wolburg/Alonso Vásquez, Swan Lake, ACT2PV, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Victor Espindola, Out & About Puerto Vallarta

 

 

News

 

Ramona de Saá has died, legendary Cuban ballet teacher:

President of Cuba’s tribute: Staff, Prensa Latina and Cuban News Agency

Carlos Acosta and Acosta Dance tribute: Ed Newman, Radio Habana Cuba

 

Ballet Cymru programme supporting children with arthritis:

Elizabeth Birt, South Wales Argus

Chloe Seaton, ITV News

 

Surgery posed a threat to his career. Now, this Nashville Ballet dancer returns to the stage: Forrest Sanders, News Channel 5 Nashville

 

Venezuelan Ballerina, works at gas station, providing for her family: Jacquelyn Kisic, WINK News

 

National Theatre to adapt Noel Streatfeild’s Ballet Shoes, Olivier Theatre, London England:

Andrew Gans, Playbill

Matthew Hemley, The Stage (paywalled)

Stephi Wild, Broadway World

Alex Wood, WhatsOnStage

Staff Writer, Theatre Weekly

News Desk, West End Best Friend

 

World record number of dancers en pointe, Plaza Hotel, New York NY:

The Associated Press, ABC News

Staff, Hawaii News Now

James Barron, The New York Times (paywalled)

 

 

Features/Interviews

 

Lady Camden aka Rex Wheeler, drag queen ballerina: Jan Wahl, San Francisco Bay Times

 

Seth Collier, dancing from Australia to L.A.: Haley Hilton, Dance Spirit

 

This major champion used ballet to get better at golf. Here’s how dance can benefit your game, too: Keely Levins, Australian Golf Digest

 

Abigail Ending Explained: A Bloody Ballet Where Death Is A Divertissement: BJ Colangelo, Slash Film

 

Where you can take adult ballet classes with Allison DeBona and Rex Tilton (formerly of Ballet West) in Salt Lake City, Utah: Cassidy Swain, ABC4 Good Things Utah

 

 

The Social Pages

 

Fashion Favorites Came Together For YAGP’s 25th Anniversary Gala: Freya Drohan, Vogue

 

Swiss Fashion House Turns a Stunning River Oaks Manse Into a Grand Fashion Stage to Salute a Houston Ballet Power Woman – Akris and Jul[i]e Kent Fit Together, A Party With a Purpose: Shelby Hodge with photos by Miroma Photography, Paper City

 

 

 

And because it's Saturday…

 

Bolshoi Ballet: Standing at The Beeches Stud: Leo Powell, The Irish Field

 

Or if horses under the bonnet are more your jam,

 

Citroën Nods to Annoying Construction Delays with an Epic Ice Ballet: BETC Paris, Little Black Book

 

 

Paywalled, but you may have access

 

Reviews

 

Dance Theatre of Harlem, Nyman String Quartet #2 / Pas de Dix / Blake Works IV, New York City Center, New York NY: Faye Arthurs, Fjord Review

 

Martha Graham Dance Company, American Legacies, New York City Center, New York NY: Siobhan Burke, The New York Times

 

Repertory Dance Theatre, Gamut: Hallelujah Junction / Marimba / Solfège, Jeanne Wagner Theatre at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City UT: Sophie Bress. Fjord Review

 

Sydney Dance Company, ab [intra], The Joyce Theater, New York, NY: Brian Seibert, The New York Times

 

 

News

 

Mariinsky Dancers Barred From Youth Ballet Gala in New York, Two dancers from the Russian company were set to perform at a benefit for a prestigious competition for young dancers, but they were sidelined after protests by pro-Ukrainian activists: Javier C. Hernández, The New York Times

 

 

Book Reviews

 

Errand into the Maze: The Life and Works of Martha Graham by Deborah Jowitt, reviewed by

Marina Harss, The New York Review (paywalled, but free to register to read)

Candice Thompson, Fjord Review

 

 

Features/Interviews

 

Loving Him Meant Facing My Greatest Fear, Living with a disability, I shielded myself from dance. Then I met him: Chloé Cooper Jones, The New York Times Magazine

 

FKA twigs Dances Martha Graham: ‘This Is Art in Its Truest Form’: Gia Kourlas: The New York Times

 

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Links – Sunday 21 April, 2024

 

Review - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Me, Myself and You / Solo / Following the Subtle Current Upstream / Century, Auditorium Theatre, Chicago IL: Kyle MacMillan, The Chicago Sun-Times

 

Review - The Falling Company, Family Room, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver BC: Emily Lyth, Stir

 

Review - Hofesh Schechter II, From England with Love, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London England: Siobhan Murphy, The Stage (paywalled)

 

Review - Hung Dance, Birdy, The Coronet Theatre, London England: Matthew Paluch, Gramilano

 

Review - Mark Morris Dance Group, Via Dolorosa, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, San Francisco CA: Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

 

Review - Sydney Dance Company, ab[intra], Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland OR: Amy Leona Havin, Oregon ArtsWatch

 

 

News - Yamada Yuna wins YAGP classical girls 9-11 category:

Staff, The Japan Times

Staff, NHK World

Staff, Nippon.com

 

News - Ukrainian protests against participation of Mariinsky Ballet dancers in YAGP gala:

Staff, The Odessa Journal

Alisa Melik-Adamian, NikVesti

 

News - Prima Ballerina raises $1.2 million for Main Intelligence Directorate Officers, Katerina Khanyukova: Staff, The Odessa Journal

 

News - High Scorers Awards Ceremony 2023, The Russian School of Ballet and Dancing of the Russian Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka: Staff, Sunday Observer

 

 

Preview - Alabama River Region Ballet, Sleeping Beauty, Davis Theater, Montgomery AL: Staff, The Montgomery Independent

 

Preview - BalletMet, Romeo and Juliet (Liang), focus on retiring dancer Caitlin Valentine, Ohio Theatre, Columbus OH: Bram Fulk, 10WBNS

 

Preview - Béjart Ballet Lausanne, 7 danses grecques / Adage pour deux / The Firebird / Boléro, National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing, and Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts, Nanjing, China:

Staff, China.org.cn

Huaxia, Xinhua News

Sumaira FH, urduPoint (no, I don't know why either)

 

Preview - Samsung Performing Arts Theater, International Dance Day Fest tribute to Jean-Georges Noverre, including folk dances, Ballet Manila and Ballet Philippines, Hong Kong Ballet, Galaw Co. Dance Theatre, etc. etc., Manila, Philippines: Staff, The Manila Times

 

 

Feature - Breaker Rachael Gunn: ‘We are essentially being used to up the Olympic ratings’, B-Girl Raygun knows breaking’s ‘rawness’ will be lost in Paris, but the Australian community is ready for the sport to be legitimised: Jack Snape, The Guardian

 

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