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Links – Sunday December 14, 2014


Review - English National BalletNutcracker, London: Margaret Willis, DanceTabs


Reviews - Matthew Bourne / New AdventuresEdward Scissorhands, London: 

Luke Jennings, The Observer

Jeffrey Taylor, Sunday Express


Q&A - Matthew Bourne: Viv Groskop, The Observer


Reviews - ZooNationThe Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, London: 

Luke Jennings, The Observer

Liz Hoggard, Evening Standard


Review - Texas Ballet TheaterThe Nutcracker, Fort Worth: Mark Lowry, The Star-Telegram

Review - Grand Rapids BalletThe Nutcracker, Grand Rapids: Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk, MLive


Interview - Russell Janzen, NYCB Soloist: Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times


Review - Deborah Slater Dance TheaterPrivate Life, SF: Rita Felciano, Danceviewtimes


Feature - Christmas isn’t Christmas without… : Marshall Heyman, Wall Street Journal


View - Dads dancingTelegraph


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Links – Monday, December 15, 2014


If decking the halls:


Review – American Ballet TheaterThe Nutcracker (Ratmansky), NY: Brian Seibert, NY Times


Review – English National Ballet, The Nutcracker (Eagling), London: Jenny Gilbert, Arts Desk


Reviews – Scottish Ballet, The Nutcracker (Darrell), Edinburgh:

Kelly ApterScotsman

Justine Blundell, Edinburgh Guide

-- Elayne Seaton defies odds to dance: Jenny Morrison, Daily Record


Review – National Ballet of Canada, The Nutcracker (Kudelka), Toronto: Michael Crabb, Toronto Star


Review – Ballet West, The Nutcracker (Christensen), DC: Ashley McKean, Danceviewtimes


Review – Queensland Ballet, The Nutcracker (Stevenson), Brisbane: Deborah Jones, The Australian

--  NewsQueensland Ballet Joiners and Leavers: Valerie Lawson, Dancelines


Other Nutcrackers are available in:

-  Montgomery, Alabama: Teri Greene, Montgomery Advertiser

-  Oakland, California: Oroville MR

-  Kelowna, British Columbia: Stacy PennerKelowna Now



But if doing something else:


Preview – Stanislavsky Ballet/Diana VishnevaTatiana (Neumeier), Moscow: Raymond Stults, Moscow Times


Review – Matthew Bourne/New Adventures, Edward ScissorhandsLondon: Louise Levene, Financial Times


Late Review – Mikhailovsky Ballet, Don Quixote, NY: Leigh Witchel, Danceviewtimes


Review – Juilliard Dance, New Dances, Edition 2014, NY: Lauren Gallagher, DanceTabs


Feature – An Australian Top 10 for 2014: Deborah Jones, Blog


Review – Shannon Bott, Nat Cursio, Simon Ellis, Recovery, Melbourne: Gracia Haby, Fjord Review


News – Gibney’s Dance selects Artists for Residencies: Lori Holcomb-Holland, NY Times

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Links – Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Obituary – Alla Sizova, Kirov Ballet: Judith Cruickshank, Guardian



Today’s Nut Harvest:


Reviews – English National Ballet, The Nutcracker (Eagling), London:

Clement Crisp, Financial Times

Graham Watts, Londondance

Cristina de Lucas, Bachtrack


Reviews – Scottish Ballet, The Nutcracker (Darrell), Edinburgh:

Alice Bain, Guardian

Mark Brown, Telegraph


Reviews – San Francisco Ballet, The Nutcracker (Tomasson), SF:

Allan Ulrich, SF Chronicle

Janice Berman, SF Classical Voice

Terez Rose, Bachtrack


Review – American Ballet Theatre, The Nutcracker (Ratmansky), NY: Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn, Bachtrack


And also at:

-  Ballet Arizona: Lynn Trimble, Phoenix New Times

-  Grand Rapids Ballet: Adrienne WarberExaminer

-  Tacoma City Ballet: Rosemary PonnekantiNews Tribune

-  José Mateo Ballet Theatre: Karen Campbell, Boston Globe


Meanwhile, elsewhere:


Review – An American in Paris (Wheeldon), Paris: Francis Carlin, Financial Times


News – Scottish Ballet’s ambitious 2015-16 plans: Phil Miller, Herald


News – Bolshoi Ballet heading for Monaco: Staff, TASS


Review – Bayerisches Staatsballett, Paquita (Ratmansky), Munich: Roslyn Sulcas, NY Times


Review – Alvin Ailey American Dance TheaterMinus 16, Odetta, Bad Blood, NY: Debora Jowitt, Arts Journal/DanceBeat


Review – Alvin Ailey American Dance TheaterChroma, Suspended Women, Revelations, NY: Marianne Adams, Danceviewtimes


Feature – Royal Ballet’s Eric Underwood: Sarah Kaufman, Washington Post


Feature – Darcey Bussell on her former work-life imbalance: Shaun Curran, Daily Express


Review – Hong Kong Dance Company, Storm Clouds, HK: Natasha RogaiSCMP


Review – Stuart Shugg, Anna Azrieli, Dear Washing Machine, Averaging, NY: Gia Kourlas, NY Times


News – Guillaume Côté injured during performance: Michael Crabb, Toronto Star


News – Ex-Asda exec investigated over funds for Dance company: Michael Quinn, The Stage

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Links – Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Reviews of 2014:

-- My Top Ten in Dance: Judith MackrellGuardian

-- Annual Review: what’s the purpose of this art form? Sarah Crompton, Telegraph

-- 5 Best Dance Moments: Sarah Crompton, Telegraph

-- 5 Worst Dance Moments: Sarah Crompton, Telegraph


Here and Now:


Review – American Ballet Theatre, The Nutcracker (Ratmansky), NY: Marina Harss, DanceTabs


Review – English National Ballet, The Nutcracker (Eagling), London: Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard


News – Andrew Litton to lead NYCB Orchestra: Michael Cooper, NY Times


Review – Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Nutcracker, Vancouver: Janet Smith, Straight.com


Feature – Patricia McBride, Dance Honoree, 37th Kennedy Center Honors: Oksana Khadarina, DanceTabs


Feature – Matthew Rushing’s Odetta for Alvin Ailey: Marina Harss, Blog


Review – Arthur Pita, The Little Match Girl, London: Louise LeveneFinancial Times


Feature – Nutcracker’s Financial Significance for PNB: Misha  Berson, Seattle Times


Review – Nederlands Dans Theater, Sehnsucht, Schmetterling, The Hague: Isabella Zijp, Bachtrack



The Humourists are out:


1.  Conducting the people near me at the Ballet: Colin Stokes, New Yorker


2.  I went to see The Nutcracker so you don’t have to: Alf LaMontHuffington Post

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Links – Thursday, December 18, 2014


Review – Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, As always - Joy Unconfined!, NY: Brian Seibert, NY Times


Review – National Ballet of Canada, The Nutcracker (Kudelka), Toronto: Pia Savoie, Bachtrack


Review – San Francisco Ballet, The Nutcracker (Tomasson), SF: Paul Parish, Bay Area Reporter


Live Stream Review – Royal Ballet, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Carrie SeidmanSarasota Herald-Tribune


Review – Alvin Ailey American Dance TheaterTwo Programs, NY: Siobhan Burke, NY Times


Book Feature – Irina Baronova, via Victoria Tennant: Valerie Lawson, Dancelines


Feature – Chicago’s Best Dance Events of 2014: Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times


DVD Feature – Bolshoi Ballet, 5 Restored Performances: Mark Monahan, Telegraph


Review – Rambert Dance Company, New Choreography Programme, London: Shelley Pinto-Duschinsky, Bachtrack

-- Gallery: Dave Morgan, DanceTabs


Review – Arthur Pita, The Little Match Girl, London: Lynette Halewood, DanceTabs


Preview – Oakland Ballet, The Nutcracker (Lustig), Oakland: Rachel Howard, SF Chronicle


Reviews – Keely Garfield, Wow, NY:

Brian Seibert, NY Times

Deborah JowittArts Journal/DanceBeat


Review – Ros Warby, Court Dance, No Time To Fly, Melbourne: Gracia Haby, Fjord Review


Feature – Andrew Peasgood & Scottish Ballet’s NutcrackerAndrew Youngson, Aberdeen Press & Journal


Feature – ENB’s Ksenia Ovsyanick Healthy Eating Regime: Amy Bryant, Telegraph



Blinding Glimpses # 243: Bayern aren’t like women’s ballet: Miles Chambers, Goal  (No opinion offered on any similarity to ‘men’s ballet.’)

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Links – Friday, December 19, 2014


Reviews – Comparing NYCB Sugarplums + Doug VaroneTriple Bill, NY: Robert Gottlieb, NY Observer


Reviews – Arthur Pita, The Little Match Girl, London:

Judith MackrellGuardian

Lyndsey WinshipEvening Standard

Jeffrey Gordon Baker, Londondance


Review – Rambert Dance Company, New Choreography, London: Siobhan Murphy, DanceTabs


News – Jacob’s Pillow Festival Program, 2015:

Roslyn SulcasNY Times

Carrie SeidmanSarasota Herald-Tribune (re Sarasota Ballet)


Op-Ed – Could diplomatic warming help US-Cuba cultural exchange? Maria GallucciInternational Business Times


Photo Feature – Why Dance?  39 Reasons Why: Katherine Brooks, Huffington Post


Feature – SFB’s Maria Kochetkova: Lorraine Sanders, SF Chronicle


Review – Forced Entertainment, The Possible Impossible House, London: Siobhan Murphy, DanceTabs


Review – Kov, Carvalho, Harper, Vuong 10, London: Josephine Leask, Londondance


Review – Maree ReMalia, Abby Zbikowski, Now Is Now, Destabilizer, NY: Gia Kourlas, NY Times


DVD Promo – Royal Ballet, The Winter’s Tale: Staff, Guardian


Preview – José Mateo, The Nutcracker, Boston: Emily Wright, Boston Globe



100 years ago yesterday, Nutcracker premiered in St Petersburg with some critical reaction as here: Arika Okrent, Blog

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Links – Saturday, December 20, 2014


Feature – Evan McKie, Discovering a Canadian style? Martha Schabas, Globe and Mail


Review – American Ballet Theatre, The Nutcracker (Ratmansky), NY: Robert Grescovic, Wall St Journal


Review – Alvin Ailey American Dance TheaterOdettaNY: Apollinaire Scherr, Financial Times


Review – National Ballet of Canada, Nijinsky (Neumeier), Toronto: Penelope Ford, Fjord Review


Review – Smuin Ballet, The Christmas Ballet: Uncorked, SF: Rita Felciano, Danceviewtimes


Feature – Nutcrackers around Baltimore: Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun


TV Feature – Darcey Bussell goes looking for Audrey: Elizabeth Grice, Telegraph


Review – Scottish Ballet, The Nutcracker (Darrell), Edinburgh: John McLellanEdinburgh Evening News


Review – Rambert Dance Company, New Choreography, London: Vera Liber, BTG


Feature – Pacific Northwest Ballet’s last Stowell/Sendak NutcrackerShirley Qiu, Seattle Times


Review – Tere O’Connor, Bleed, NY: Siobhan Burke, NY Times


Review – Austin McCormick, Nutcracker Rouge, NY: Gia Kourlas, NY Times


Feature – NYCB Nutcracker - Ashley Hod & Claire Von Enck: Leigh Witchel, NY Post


Next Week – Christmas Shows in London: Judith MackrellGuardian


Reviews – Arthur Pita, The Little Match Girl, London:

Neil Norman, The Stage

Vera LiberBTG


Feature – Auditioning for Canada’s National Ballet School: Kathryn Greenaway, Montreal Gazette


Review – Eiko Otake, A Body In a Station, Philadelphia: Madison Mainwaring, Brooklyn Rail


Report – Xavier Le Roy Retrospective, MoMA NY: Jaime Shearn Coan, Brooklyn Rail


Interview – Neil Greenberg on ThisStormy BudwigBrooklyn Rail


Feature – Rep Your Style promoting Street Dance categories: Ali Rosa-Salas, Brooklyn Rail

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