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Saturday Links - 14 January 2012

 

 

Washington DC Preview: Mariinsky Ballet’s Fokine works

History revisited

by Sarah Kaufman

"We may think of these works, well-known as they are, as omnipresent in the ballet world. But it has been nearly a quarter-century since “Chopiniana” was danced at the Kennedy Center, and more than 30 years since the Fokine “Firebird” (many others came after him) or “Scheherazade.”"

Washington Post

 

When will David Cameron make a song and dance about song and dance?

The Week in Arts

by David Lister

"This isn't a little niche area. Dance is massively popular. But can you imagine the astonishment if Mr Cameron were to follow up his visit to Pinewood and his film speech with a visit to a Royal Ballet class at Covent Garden to hold forth on extending the repertoire?"

Independent

 

REVIEW: Hofesh Shechter

An army of drummers cannot save this experiment between the choreographer-composer and the artist, which is let down by Shechter's score

Survivor

UK, London, Barbican

by Judith Mackrell

"It was the music critics, in the end, who were asked to write the official reviews of Survivor, Hofesh Shechter's collaboration with the artist Antony Gormley.....But Shechter's music, however powerfully intrinsic to his dance works, isn't strong enough to carry the full 75 minutes of the work. Nor does it impose a sufficiently taut structure.......Survivor does feel like a true and interesting experiment, one from which both its creators are likely to profit in subsequent work. But in its current form it's just a pot boiler – certainly not a reason for Shechter to give up the day job as one of his generation's most interesting creators of dance."

Guardian

 

REVIEW: Hofesh Shechter

3 stars

Survivor

UK, London, Barbican

by Mark Monahan

"What follows is a grand, sprawling, chaotic piece with some truly stunning sequences, a fair old bit of padding and a drizzle of pretension. ......In fairness to Shechter, he always insisted that Survivor would be more a beefed-up concert than a dance show. "

Daily Telegraph

 

REVIEW: Hofesh Shechter

2 stars

Survivor

UK, London, Barbican

by John L Walters

"His newest piece, Survivor, a 75-minute audiovisual work, is a collaboration with Antony Gormley, and is not so much dance as live art or minimalist "opera"."

Guardian

 

REVIEW: Royal Ballet

4 stars

Romeo and Juliet

UK, London, Covent Garden

Dancers: Acosta, Avis, McGorian, Rojo, Stepanek

by Louise Levene

"Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta have been cast together as Shakespeare’s lovers for six years now, and while the fit is as perfect as ever, there’s something slightly ‘‘married’’ about the great pas de deux, which offered none of the grabby desperation one sees in the thrilling early days of a partnership."

Sunday Telegraph

 

REVIEW: English National Ballet

Derek Deane and the ENB bring the swing to the London Coliseum very successfully

Strictly Gershwin

UK, London, Coliseum

Dancers: Berlanga, Cao, Chalendard, Glurdjidze, Konvalina, Muntagirov, Streeter

by Louise Levene

"Deane’s routines may not be the ideal showcase for Zdenek Konvalina and Vadim Muntagirov, but these pedigree princes give a thoroughbred classical gloss to their material, and the jazz idiom obliges them to dance brighter, louder and sexier. Who really could ask for any more?"

Sunday Telegraph

 

Bolshoi administration steps into dancer scandal

The Bolshoi’s director general refutes Tsiskaridze’s dismissal claim

by Alina Lobzina

"“No one is going to fire Nikolai Tsiskaridze, who was, and is, to remain Bolshoi Theatre’s soloist,” Iksanov told the news agency Itar-Tass. The discharge of Tsiskaridze’s pedagogical part-time contract was in order to give a full-time job to an instructor, he added."

Moscow News

 

REVIEW: Scottish Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty

UK, Edinburgh, Festival Theatre

Dancers: Robertson

by Josie Balfour

"Bringing a meditative quality to the classic work, choreographer Ashley Page has focussed on melding a number of different tellings of the work into one evolving piece..... Thus the dancers take centre stage rather than Tchaikovsky’s often eccentric narrative."

Scotsman

 

REVIEW: Kate Weare

In the Garden

Focus Dance: Garden

USA, New York, Joyce Theater

Dancers: Gillespie, Kraus, Murphy, Wheeler

by Deborah Jowitt

"The dancing in Garden creates terrifyingly expressive, yet elusive images. Trying to interpret them is less important than soaking them up."

Arts Journal

 

REVIEW: Anneke Hansen

Three Women Dancing

youandyouandyou

USA, New York, University Settlement

Dancers: Hansen, Pierce, McAtamney

by Deborah Jowitt

"The three women move sensitively together, despite their individual qualities. Pierce, like Hansen, worked with Rudner at Sarah Lawrence, and is only slightly tauter than Hansen, while Irish, ballet-trained McAtamney is more introverted—a bit less at ease than the other two. I like watching all three."

Arts Journal

 

REVIEW: Ann Liv Young

A Fairy Tale Princess Who Takes Bathroom Breaks

Sleeping Beauty Part 1

USA, New York, Abrons Arts Center

Dancers: Guerrero, Young, Van Dusen

by Brian Seibert

"....and after rising, sitting on the toilet again and drinking more water, Ms. Young went into a fervent lap dance for a blow-up Prince Charming doll tied to a seat in the front row.......And that was the show, followed by an opportunity to have your photograph taken with Sleeping Beauty for two bucks."

New York Times

 

REVIEW: Meg Stuart

Forget About a Paper Moon: This Swan’s Cardboard

Blessed

USA, New York, New York Live Arts

Dancers: Camacho, Hurtado, Nishiwaki

by Claudia La Rocco

"Ms. Stuart frequently plays with the oblique and the tedious, often with thoughtful results. But at a certain point on Thursday my experience shifted from feeling caught up within the poetic vagaries of a live work to constructing, from a remove, intellectual hypotheses about it."

New York Times

 

REVIEW: Contingency Plan

The Contingency Plan's latest program shows off the troupe's versatility

Las Tres Marias, Adhere

Canada, Vancouver, Firehall Arts Centre

Dancers: Goodman, Osborne, Fitzner

by Janet Smith

"And in the end, Adhere felt like a series of studies, an experiment in moods that was stronger in its lone bits than its final section of group work when it began to lose its simple, clear focus."

Straight.com

 

Preview: 7th Prague Ballet Gala

Internationally renowned dancers pirouette into Prague

by Johana Muckova

"But Valdés is only one performer on the star-studded program; it is certain that the seventh annual Prague Ballet Gala will offer dance fans a great evening's entertainment."

Prague Post

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Am surprised to see Louise Levene in the Telegraph state that Lauren Cuthbertson will make her debut as Juliet in the spring. Lauren has been dancing this role for years, and as a matter of fact she and Rupert Pennefather were promoted to Principals after a performance of R&J in June 2008!

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Sunday Links - 15 January 2012

 

Dennis Nahat removed as AD at Ballet San Jose

A graceful transition still eludes the embattled company

by Mary Ellen Hunt

"Now, founder Dennis Nahat, whose future with the company had been in question, confirmed this week that he has received a letter from Executive Director Stephanie Ziesel removing him as artistic director."

SF Chronicle

 

REVIEW: Hofesh Shechter

The spaciousness and daring are wonderful

Survivor

UK, London, Barbican

by Kate Kellaway

"It was for this reason alone that I tried not to lean too heavily on the title as a guide. Yet I was struck by one thing: Survivor is in the singular in what is an overpoweringly plural piece."

Observer

 

REVIEW: Royal Ballet

Romeo and Juliet

UK, London, Covent Garden

Dancers: Acosta, Rojo

by Jenny Gilbert

"....Carlos Acosta (40 next birthday) and Tamara Rojo (known to be planning her next move), who together set the bar for later casts. Both are at their stupendous peak as the teenage lovers – no suspension of disbelief required."

Independent

 

REVIEW: Replica Dance Company

Resolution! 2012: 414

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Bendell, Pickard

by Luke Jennings

".... reworking of Brief Encounter covering ground that has long been trodden flat."

Observer

 

REVIEW: Ffin 2

Resolution! 2012: The Art of Riot

UK, London, The Place

by Luke Jennings

"..... promised to say something about last year's disturbances, and then didn't. "

Observer

 

REVIEW: Eithne Kane and Dominick Mitchell Bennett

Resolution! 2012: When Kane Met Conspicuous

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Bennett, Kane

by Luke Jennings

"....won its audience over by dint of sheer gutsiness."

Observer

 

REVIEW: Twyla Tharp

‘Come Fly Away’ too over-the-top

Come Fly Away

USA, Chicago, Bank of America Theatre

Dancers: Dibble, Esquibel, Miles, Molina, Selya, Todorowski, Burrell, Fitzgerald

by Hedy Weiss

".... a revue masquerading as dance theater. Its greatest sin is that it wastes the talents of dancers with Olympian bodies and technique to spare, showcasing them only as fabulous but soulless machines."

Chicago Sun-Times

 

REVIEW: San Diego Dance Theater

Intrepid San Diego Dance Theater kicks off 40th season

Ruby Red Cabaret Dances Mixed Nuts, I Don't Want To Be There, One Among Many, By George/By Jean

USA, San Diego, Neurosciences Institute

Dancers: Barton, Burree, Carney, Diaz A, Isaacs-Nollet, McPherson

by Kris Eitland

"It is a sexy, intelligent, and darkly humorous production...."

sandiego.com

 

Alabama Preview: Dance Theatre of Harlem

Program to welcome the curious

by Lawrence F. Specker

"Tuesday evening the ensemble will take a different approach for a show that is open to the public. But even though the balance of this later show puts more emphasis on performance, it’s still designed specifically to help newcomers appreciate what they’re seeing."

Mobile Press-Register

 

Film Review: "Pina"

3-D takes ‘Pina’ to perfection

by Hedy Weiss

"…Wenders has made what might very well be the most extraordinary dance film created to date. It is an astonishing, altogether masterful 3-D documentary…."

Chicago Sun-Times

 

Dancers improvise to survive in L.A.

The area may not be the easiest place for professional artists to make a living, but the determined often work multiple jobs to make it happen.

by Laura Bleiberg

"So what makes a dancer come to and stay in L.A.? And what are their lives like? The dancers interviewed for this story moved here for various reasons. But they have stayed, quite simply, because they have found artistically stimulating opportunities here."

LA Times

 

Book Review: Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina by Brenda Dixon Gottschild

A Biohistory of American Performance

by Lewis Whittington

"…about the visionary founder and artistic director of Philadanco, the internationally renowned dance troupe that is still going strong after 40 years and that embodies the spirit of Philadelphia."

Philly.com

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Monday Links - 16 January 2012

 

REVIEW: Royal Ballet

A couple off-stage bring Latin blood and smells to the evergreen ballet classic

Romeo and Juliet

UK, London, Covent Garden

Dancers: Cervera, Hamilton, Hristov, McGorian, McNally, Mendizabal, Nunez, Soares, Whitehead

by Ismene Brown

"While Nuñez is the finer stylist of the two, Soares is one of the most talented stage creatures the Royal Ballet has had for years, and the two of them danced it as if for the last time."

The Arts Desk

 

Ballet's men step out of the shadows

No pointe shoes, more freedom and very big leaps… why men are having a moment

by Judith Mackrell

""Over the last 100 years, there has been a transformation. Men are no longer just princes – they can be anything.""

Guardian

 

REVIEW: Hofesh Shechter

2 stars

Survivor

UK, London, Barbican

by Richard Fairman

"Given the combined talents of its two creators ...... Survivor offers thin pickings for a show that lasts almost an hour and a half."

Financial Times

 

San Francisco Ballet plays to its strengths in 2012 season

Interview with Director, Helgi Tomasson

by Mary Ellen Hunt

""There is no formula," he says tilting his head back after thinking for a moment, "there is really only gut instinct. I like taking chances on people, on new choreography and choreographers.""

SF Chronicle

 

Companion piece:

San Francisco Ballet 2012 season at a glance

Programs 1 - 8

SF Chronicle

 

REVIEW: Parsons Dance

Choreographer Parsons tames his wild impulses

Round My World, Swing Shift, A Stray's Lullaby, Caught

USA, New York, Joyce Theater

Dancers: Bourne, D'Amario, MacDonald, Bloom, Ilisije

by Robert Johnson

"How wild is choreographer David Parsons? When his dancers leap onto the stage of the Joyce Theater, they have a breezy air."

Newark Star Ledger

 

REVIEW: Jennifer Lacey

Trying to Divine the Future Despite a Few Limitations

American Realness Festival: Gattica

USA, New York, Abrons Arts Center

Dancers: Lacey

by Brian Seibert

"Ms. Lacey created it for a festival in Vienna in 2008, but this version seemed perfectly matched to the family reunion, artists-performing-for-artists atmosphere of American Realness."

New York Times

 

Sydney Preview: "Beautiful Burnout"

A melding of dance and drama reveals the beauty and brutality of a much-maligned sport

by Elissa Blake

"…Frantic Assembly's fighting-fit actors punch, skip, jump and dance through a fiercely aggressive show that lays out the beauty and the horrors of the sport."

Sydney Morning Herald

 

Sydney Preview: "Beautiful Burnout"

Dance to music of boxing

by Tim Douglas

"Directors and choreographers Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett bring Lavery's work to life in a production that blurs the line between movement and method."

The Australian

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Tuesday Links - 17 January 2012

 

The Boss: Personal Indulgences No. 21

A career in dance criticism

by Tobi Tobias

"Bill Como, Dance magazine’s editor in chief….rescued my maiden efforts from the pile of unsolicited manuscripts about to be returned to sender and said, “Have this girl come in and see me.”"

 

NYCB Preview: Revisiting Romeo + Juliet

Sterling Hyltin and Robert Fairchild return to the roles they originated in Peter Martins’ production

by Terry Trucco

"Looking back, Hytin and Fairchild marvel at the freedom Martins gave them in shaping their characters."

 

REVIEW: Hofesh Shechter

Survivor

UK, London, Barbican

by Sarah Frater

"Survivor is not as theatrically coherent, and it often rambles, but it is surely a think-piece that will fuel further stage creations."

 

REVIEW: Twyla Tharp

Sin City-charged revue 'Come Fly Away' does right by Ol' Blue Eyes

Come Fly Away

USA, Chicago, Bank of America Theatre

Dancers: Dibble, Esquibel, Miles, Selya, Todorowski

by Chris Jones

"But for all the show's contrasts, there are few moments when the bodies of the dancers relax. There is nary a second when anyone admits defeat or even the chance to let down their guard."

 

REVIEW: Ishmael Houston-Jones

Wayward Children Of the ’80s

American Realness Festival: Knife/Tape/Rope

USA, New York, Abrons Arts Center

Dancers: Pheiffer, Walsh

by Brian Seibert

"Yet the tongue-in-cheek framing of the work as a cautionary tale about the dangers of drugs and heavy metal only underlined the age of the material."

 

REVIEW: Yvonne Meier

Wayward Children Of the ’80s

American Realness Festival: Mad Heidi

USA, New York, Abrons Arts Center

Dancers: Wexler

by Brian Seibert

"But each section was slack internally, one underdeveloped idea strung onto the next."

 

REVIEW: Joseph Mills

Brief flight before the fall of ‘Angels’

Questions About Angels

USA, New York, Theater for the New City

Dancers: Mills

by Leigh Witchel

"“Angels” has a few simple, lovely effects ......But there’s a lot of padding and the choreography is in one gear...."

 

English National Ballet takes steps to help sufferers of Parkinson's

by Rob Parsons

"ENB hopes its Dance for Parkinson's scheme will improve patients' quality of life….The scheme has now been backed with £97,000 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation which will see it expand from London to four satellite programmes across Britain."

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Wednesday's Links - 18 January 2012

 

Obituary: Niles Ford, Dancer and Choreographer

by Jennifer Dunning

"With a long-boned body seemingly as pliant as warm taffy, Mr. Ford was a dancer of quiet intelligence, understated sweetness and intense focus."

New York Times

 

NYCB's Megan Fairchild overcomes her reservations

Blooming in the Bright Lights

by Pia Catton

"I lost myself completely - getting promoted and feeling not ready, wishing I had more time behind the scenes, then being shot out in front and being critiqued while I'm figuring it out."

Wall Street Journal

 

REVIEW: Hiroaki Umeda

2 stars

Haptic, Holistic Strata

UK, London, Linbury Studio Theatre

Dancers: Umeda

by Judith Mackrell

"One man, a few wonderful lighting ideas and some very brutal noise can make for a very long evening."

Guardian

 

REVIEW: Hiroaki Umeda

3 stars

Haptic, Holistic Strata

UK, London, Linbury Studio Theatre

Dancers: Umeda

by Zoe Anderson

"Mixing dance, computer imagery and video projection, Umeda surrounds and transforms himself with shifting light, then stops. He refuses to develop the images or ideas: there they are, take it or leave it."

Independent

 

REVIEW: Young Jean Lee

4 stars

Untitled Feminist Show

USA, New York, Baryshnikov Arts Center

Dancers: BOB, Zirin-Brown

by Apollinaire Scherr

"Young Jean Lee has a reputation for sending issues that any self-respecting liberal assumes he has a handle on in squirm-inducing directions. But Untitled Feminist Show is less a thought-provoking trap than a taste of utopia."

Financial Times

 

REVIEW: Young Jean Lee

Live, nude, funny women

Untitled Feminist Show

USA, New York, Baryshnikov Arts Center

Dancers: Zirin-Brown, Clark

by Elisabeth Vincentelli

"The six women in Untitled Feminist Show are stark naked for the entire hour, during which they perform swoony pas de deux, energetic aerobics, comic pantomimes and assorted calisthenics in their birthday suits."

New York Post

 

REVIEW: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Up, Down and Sideways

Arden Court

USA, New York, City Center

by Joel Lobenthal

"It wasn’t always easy or comfortable for them to recreate Taylor’s overarching and paradoxical tone of balletic burliness, but they pulled it off - and with panache, I almost don’t have to add."

City Arts

 

REVIEW: Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Up, Down and Sideways

Park Avenue Armory Event

USA, New York, Park Avenue Armory

by Joel Lobenthal

"There was a certain poignancy in not being able to totally apprehend all of the movement information being transmitted, particularly since this was our final opportunity to see this company."

City Arts

 

REVIEW: Daniel Linehan

Zombies and Blackboards

Zombie Aphoria

USA, New York, Abrons Arts Center

Dancers: Lac, Linehan, Rosengren

by Susan Yung

"Working with spoken and sung words as much as dance, at times they took directives from a laptop, or one another; recombining verses, moving in a naively appealing style."

SundayArts

 

REVIEW: Michael Klien

Zombies and Blackboards

Choreography for Blackboards

USA, New York, Invisible Dog Art Center

Dancers: Manwelyan

by Susan Yung

"The concept held far more potential than the experience, at least for the viewer."

SundayArts

 

REVIEW: Meg Stuart

Surviving the Flood

Blessed

USA, New York, New York Live Arts

Dancers: Camacho

by Deborah Jowitt

"Camacho, who had a hand in the creation of BLESSED, enacts this harrowing scenario magnificently. At times, you can hardly bear to watch him labor at constructing something out of total ruin."

Arts Journal

 

REVIEW: Cardell Dance Theater

Grace and improvisation at Falls Bridge dance festival

Falls Bridge dance festival: NOW!

USA, Philadelphia, Mt Vernon Dance Space

Dancers: Cardell

by Merilyn Jackson

"She and her five dancers blocked and challenged, held and climbed over one another, as artist Jennifer Baker drew life-size impressions of them ..."

Philadelphia Inquirer

 

REVIEW: Green Chair Dance Group

Grace and improvisation at Falls Bridge dance festival

Falls Bridge dance festival: Unnamed

USA, Philadelphia, Mt Vernon Dance Space

Dancers: Holt, Camp

by Merilyn Jackson

"Another wonderfully playful improvisation ..."

Philadelphia Inquirer

 

REVIEW: Michelle Stortz

Grace and improvisation at Falls Bridge dance festival

Falls Bridge dance festival: Open Wide

USA, Philadelphia, Mt Vernon Dance Space

Dancers: Stein, Stortz

by Merilyn Jackson

"a witty improvisation ..."

Philadelphia Inquirer

 

REVIEW: Lela Aisha Jones

Grace and improvisation at Falls Bridge dance festival

Falls Bridge dance festival: Street Grace

USA, Philadelphia, Mt Vernon Dance Space

Dancers: Jones

by Merilyn Jackson

"Often just standing in place, she languidly led us through an evocation of many emotions, from hunger for beauty to acceptance of self."

Philadelphia Inquirer

 

REVIEW: Merian Soto Dance and Performance

Grace and improvisation at Falls Bridge dance festival

Falls Bridge dance festival: Circulations

USA, Philadelphia, Mt Vernon Dance Space

Dancers: Ramirez, Soto

by Merilyn Jackson

"In total silence, Ramirez, a beautiful mover, paced the space with increasing speed, spiraling her circles smaller until she reached center."

Philadelphia Inquirer

 

Tsiskaridze reprieved

Bolshoi Star Keeps Teacher Job

"I never requested anything from Bolshoi Theater management. I just explained my point-of-view and said I would be complaining to appropriate authorities in case the contract’s terminated."

RIA Novosti

 

Necessarily So: Porgy and Bess May Not Be Known as a Dance Show but Its Choreography Can Make a Difference

by Robert Gottlieb

"Porgy and Bess has never been thought of as a dance show, and yet it’s filled with dance. It uses dance to punctuate the action, or as background, or as atmosphere; even when it’s front and center it isn’t crucial."

New York Observer

 

Film review: Crazy Horse by Frederick Wiseman

The Agony Behind an Erotic Club’s Ecstasy

by A.O. Scott

"Ali Mahdavi ... declares that the French government should make attendance at Crazy Horse mandatory for all citizens as an educational experience and an acknowledgment of the institution’s place in the nation’s cultural patrimony."

New York Times

 

Film review: Butt Seriously - Life is an Erotic Cabaret in Crazy Horse

by Melissa Anderson

"the filmmaker's exceptional artistry restores the faith of those wearied by the glut of cruddy-looking and poorly structured documentaries from the past decade - vapid celebrity profiles, "journeys" of one kind or another, half-thought-out polemics."

Village Voice

 

Preview: Keely Garfield brings her surreal autobiography style to Twin Pines

by Susan Reiter

"A highly regarded, thoughtful and instinctive choreographer whose pieces delve deeply while integrating flashes of wit, she notes that her ongoing work with yoga and Zen practices is closely connected to her work in dance."

City Arts

 

The RA's David Hockney exhibition with a little tap at the end

by Richard Godwin

"A group of dancers choreographed by Hockney's old friend Wayne Sleep move around to a piano. In the penultimate dance, the Royal Ballet dancer Steven McRae steps onto a blue rectangle and begins to tap dance. Hockney and Sleep watched the performance together, both rhapsodising the particular shade of blue."

Evening Standard

 

Book review: The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca

by John Fraser

"Amongst those who knew her well enough, the book will arouse both remembered dread and renewed respect."

Macleans.ca

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Thursday's Links - 19 January 2012

 

REVIEW: New York City Ballet

Curtain Rises on a Season Aloft

The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Who Cares, Le Tombeau de Couperin

USA, New York, David H. Koch Theater

Dancers: Bouder, Fairchild M, Peck, Ulbricht, Veyette

by Claudia La Rocco

"opening night ... was an oddly low-energy and at times ragged affair. It had its highlights, to be sure, but the overall feel was dispiriting, in stark contrast to the generally marvelous onstage spirits that the dancers have exhibited in recent seasons."

New York Times

 

REVIEW: Mariinsky Ballet

Mariinsky Ballet shines in Fokine program

Russian Seasons: Chopiniana, The Firebird, Scheherazade

USA, Washington, Kennedy Center

Dancers: Kondaurova, Korsuntsev, Lopatkina, Ostreikovskaya

by Sarah Kaufman

"several of the performances were quite wonderful, particularly Xenia Ostreykovskaya in the tender Prelude role in Chopiniana. There was suppleness and breath in her dancing, and great delicacy. And, a sense of the body harmonizing with the Chopin, and with its candlelight mood."

Washington Post

 

REVIEW: Russian State Ballet of Siberia

Giselle

UK, Oxford, New Theatre

Dancers: Kuimova, Litvinenko

by David Bellan

"I have admired Maria Kuimova ... for some years now, but had never seen her Giselle. She did not disappoint."

Oxford Times

 

Preview: Story/Time, Jones channels Cage?

Bill T. Jones Takes a Turn on the Stage in New Work

by Felicia R. Lee

"Story/Time, a co-commission of Peak Performances and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis was inspired by the composer John Cage’s Indeterminacy, first performed in 1958, a series of one-minute spoken-word stories that was different each time it was performed and was eventually recorded as an album."

New York Times

 

Preview: Stanton Welch's Cinderella for Houston Ballet

Cinderella: She’s No Disney Princess, But She’s a Real Role Model

by Marene Gustin

"It’s a very feminist ballet," Welch says. "What do you want to tell your daughter today? That someday someone will come along and save you, or that someday you’ll have a wonderful life of your own?"

Playbill Arts

 

Company C Contemporary Ballet turns 10, flying high

by Claudia Bauer

"First there were the all-ballerina shows, because Company C didn't have any male dancers yet. Then came the all-leotard performances, because that's what the costume budget allowed. And always, there was the multitasking."

San Francisco Chronicle

 

Tony Nominee Adam Cooper on His Leap from Ballet to Musicals in London's Singin' in the Rain

by Matt Wolf

"Cooper is set to returen to the West End’s Palace Theatre on February 4 as the above-the-title star of the latest stage production of Singin’ in the Rain, first seen last summer at the Chichester Festival Theatre."

Broadway.com

 

Preview: Edouard Lock's New Work

La La La Hman Steps embarks on a labyrinth of memory and myth

by Kevin Griffin

"Ballet technique is amply able to carry contemporary themes. If the technique is to survive, it has to be a living technique. It has to somehow correspond to the contemporary world and not just reference older work."

Vancouver Sun

 

Wim Wenders films Pina Bausch

by Marcia B. Siegel

"Shot in breathtaking 3D, Pina treats dance with an expansiveness never seen before on screen."

Boston Phoenix. Also reviewed in Bay Area Reporter and Huffington Post

 

DVD review: Three Ballets by Kenneth MacMillan

by Steven Ritter

"The Royal Ballet, with its close association with Macmillan, renders a superb tribute to its former director on a highly-desirable disc recorded wonderfully and in resplendent high-def video, nicely captured by sensitive and appropriate camerawork."

Audiophile Audition

 

ABT dancers talk about dancing, what they wear - stuff like that

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End of TodaysLinks - 21 Jan 2012

 

Hate to say this but tomorrow will be the last day of such links - 21 Jan 2012. Anna, Ian and I have all done our final stints and John Mallinson is our last man standing - fitting because although we are all brilliant at doing links, John is a tiny bit more brilliant at producing rabbits from the net hat!

 

I'll do a totting up for a final magazine piece about the service and all who have helped over the years. Many will miss TodaysLinks - not just the daily presentation of the great and the obscure but the fact that you could look up the past. A shame it takes so much energy to do at the scale we do and it can't continue.

 

More later, but in the meantime enjoy the last 2 days....

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Friday's Links - 20 January, 2012

 

In Memoriam Rudi van Dantzig 1933-2012

No English-language obituaries yet of the great Dutch dancer, director, choreographer who died yesterday.

 

REVIEW: New York City Ballet

Elegant, fascinatin’ dancing starts with Mr. B

The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Who Cares, Le Tombeau de Couperin

USA, New York, David H. Koch Theater

Dancers: Bouder, Fairchild R, Mearns, Peck, Veyette

by Leigh Witchel

"Once upon a time, Ashley Bouder was Tiler Peck. Now in her late 20s, she makes Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux a star vehicle with her sophisticated accenting, vivid personality and bravura technique."

New York Post

 

REVIEW: New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet, Beginning with Balanchine

The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Who Cares, Le Tombeau de Couperin

USA, New York, David H. Koch Theater

Dancers: Bouder, Fairchild M, Fairchild R, Mearns, Peck, Pollack, Reichlen, Stanley, Ulbricht

by Margaret Fuhrer

"Then she fell during her variation, and lost a bit of her swagger. There it was, suddenly: vulnerability. Bouder is so much more appealing as a human than a superhuman. When she stops pointing out her own strengths, they become more impressive."

Huffington Post

 

REVIEW: Meg Stuart

Meg Stuart’s BLESSED: Channelling Beckett

Blessed

USA, New York, New York Live Arts

Dancers: Camacho, Hurtado, Nishiwaki

by Susan Yung

"we empathize with Camacho’s sorry state - getting soaked to the bone literally and metaphorically, with nowhere to hide, watching his entire world dissolve into ephemera. And yet, like Beckett’s finest, he survives, for better or worse."

SundayArts

 

REVIEW: Young Jean Lee

Untitled Feminist Show

USA, New York, Baryshnikov Arts Center

Dancers: BOB, Clark, Zirin-Brown, Blackwell, Pyle, Rocke

by Hilton Als

"Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show is one of the more moving and imaginative works I have ever seen on the American stage. Its gravity is spiritual and not entirely intellectual ..."

New Yorker

 

REVIEW: Molissa Fenley

Covering Ground with Cage and Glass

Credo in Us, The Vessel Stories

USA, New York, Judson Memorial Church

Dancers: Fenley, Kao, Neville, Small, Wilson

by Deborah Jowitt

"The whole of The Vessel Stories is imbued with Fenley’s spare elegance in terms of form, the tensile strength of her movements, and an almost joyous, relieving attack on space, as if she had acres she could cover if she had a mind to."

Arts Journal

 

Flash moves: the 360 degree dance project

by Judith Mackrell

"Hughes places his dancer inside a circle of 48 cameras, which are networked up to take a simultaneous image of what he calls a 'peak' moment of action - a jump, an arabesque, a slide."

The Guardian

 

Another American Dancer Joins a Russian Ballet Company

by Daniel J. Wakin

"Keenan Kampa, a member of the Boston Ballet and a rare American to attend the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, is joining the Mariinsky Ballet."

New York Times

 

La La La Human Steps's New Work moves at the speed of light

by Janet Smith

"The choreographer ... now shifts his interest to two iconic operas: Henry Purcell’s 17th-century Dido and Aeneas and Cristoph Gluck’s 18th-century Orfeo ed Euridice. Like most of the company’s pieces since the late 1990s, New Work will be performed en pointe."

Vancouver Straight

 

Neumeier and Hamburg Ballet go to China this year

by Chen Jie

"This time, Hamburg Ballet brings to Beijing and Shanghai, Neumeier's signature works Nijinsky and Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler."

China Daily

 

Cranko’s Onegin opens SF Ballet season

by Janos Gereben

"Opera audiences in The City have seen and heard Tchaikovsky’s 1879 Eugene Onegin dozens of blissful times, but John Cranko’s 1965 Onegin, opening next week, is a San Francisco Ballet premiere."

San Francisco Examiner

 

Ashley Page's Sleeping Beauty for Scottish Ballet

Dark beauty of a treasured fairytale

Uncredited

"Principal dancer Claire Robertson has been with the company for 18 years, and says that Sleeping Beauty holds special meaning for her as it was one of the first ballets that Ashley created for her."

Aberdeen Press and Journal

 

Atlanta dance scene to take big leap Off the EDGE with weeklong festival

by Chelsea Thomas

"The inaugural edition of Off the EDGE, a weeklong contemporary dance festival, is gaining momentum daily as participating dance companies and artists feed off of mounting enthusiasm."

ArtsCriticATL

 

Fancy frocks in the rain

San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala

Photos by Laura Morton

San Francisco Chronicle

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