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AUGUST 2003
features

Do Dancers Need To Be Musical?
by Deborah Brooks
July, 2003

“Timing in the body is probably dictated to by the heartbeat, the breathing rate, the rate of walking, running -- all the natural things that happen in your body -- are probably natural rhythms that are inherent in your body.”
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A Notebook for Dance Teachers
by Dean Speer
Most people would be truly surprised and amazed if they really knew how much time, effort, money, and just plain WORK goes into running a successful ballet school. And, after investigating a little further, they might even begin to wonder as to our sanity!
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Working together for healthy dancers  at The Australian Ballet School
by Janet Karin & Lucinda Sharp
We recognize the many pressures full-time students face --striving to gain technical excellence, overcoming physical limitations, the threat of injury, long hours, educational commitments, the usual coughs and colds and, for many, the pressures of living away from home.
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interviews

Susan Jaffe and Risa Kaplowitz, Directors of Princeton Dance and Theater Studio
by Catherine Pawlick
"Twice in my life I threw out everything I knew and started from scratch, relearning technique. So I've learned many different ways of approaching technique and feel that I have a really good handle on how to train a dancer."
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Andile Sotiya, Choreographer & Associate Artist, The Place
by Katie Phillips
“I just feel like a dance nomad a lot of the time”.
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in our forums

Issues

Ballet and Feminism
The Typical Ballerina
Response from the Dance Critics Association Annual Conferences

Fun Stuff
Light Summer Reading
Ballet

New Director at the Bolshoi
Pointe of Departure: Karen Gabay and Raymond Rodriguez

Modern Dance

Baryshnikov Solos
Ohad Naharin and Batsheva Dance Company

World Dance, Musicals and Social Dance

Flamenco - Compania Maria Pages
Tony Awards 2002-2003

Danser en français

El╦ves de l'Ecole de danse de l'Op╚ra
Yulia Makhalina
EAT Classique
Une ╚toile fran┴aise engag╚e au New-York City Ballet

UK Performances

Edinburgh Festival
The Royal Ballet's "Romeo and Juliet" 2003
NDT2 - UK tour 2003

The Studio

Corn Rows vs. The Bun
Do Dancers Need to be Musical?
Susan Jaffe Opens New Studio

Students' Questions and Experiences

Trends in Studio Wear
A "busty" question....

Managing Dance

American Ballet Theater Management changes
Strikes vs Festivals
Auditions/Opportunities

company focus

Pacific Northwest Ballet


Image Gallery

PNB Feedback Forum
(www.criticaldance.com/pnb)

Specials for the Magazine

An Interview with Patricia Barker, Principal Dancer
by Azlan Ezaddin - August 2003

Staying Put
by Leland Weindrich - August 2003
Not too many years ago, the promising, ambitious dancer trained in the schools of America's regional ballet troupes had little choice but to move to New York...
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Gibson's Muse is Music
by Leland Weindrich - August 2003
Choreographers get their inspiration from a variety of sources.
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Features

Marion McCaw Hall Gala Opening
by Azlan Ezaddin - June 28, 2003

An Insider's View on the Company
by Dina McDermott - June 2002

Pacific Northwest Ballet in London
Including interviews, reviews and a special daily diary of the company's tour to London from July, 2002.
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Reviews

'Paquita,' 'Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux,' 'Esmeralda Pas de Deux,' 'Theme and Variations'
by Francis Timlin - February 1-7, 2003

Tango Tonight: 'El Tango,' 'Almost Tango' and 'Five Tango'
by Azlan Ezaddin - April 13, 2002

'Silver Lining' at the Sadler's Wells, London
by Joanne Brack - July 2, 2002

'Divertimento #15,' 'Jardí Tancat,' Pas de Trois from 'Le Corsaire,' and 'Fearful Symmetries' at the Sadler's Wells, London
by Petra Tschiene - July 3, 2002

Mixed Rep - 'The Best of PNB'
by Azlan Ezaddin - September 22, 2001


Interviews

Kent Stowell, Artistic Director
by Dean Speer & Francis Timlin - June 2002

D. David Brown, Executive Director
by Azlan Ezaddin - June 2002

Patricia Barker, Principal Dancer
by Dean Speer & Francis Timlin - June 2002

Olivier Wevers, Principal Dancer
by Dean Speer & Francis Timlin - June 2002

Stankov Milov, Principal Dancer
by Emma Pegler - July 2002

Jonathan Porretta, Soloist
by Stuart Sweeney - July 2002

Alexandra Dickson, Soloist
by Stuart Sweeney - July 2002

Stacey Lowenberg, Noelani Pantastico, Jonathan Porretta, Casey Herd, and Jodie Thomas, PNB dancers
by Toba Singer - July 2002


Topics in our Forums
PNB 2003-04 Feedback Forum
PNB School Recital: 2003
PNB: Sleeping Beauty 2003
PNB: April 2003 Repertory
PNB: March 2003 Repertory Program
PNB Russian Nights Program
PNB, Mixed Repertory, November 2002
PNB, 2002-03 Season: The Merry Widow
PNB at Hollywood Bowl, September 6-7, 2002
PNB: Port Townsend, June 2002
PNB: Sadler's Wells 2002
PNB Promotions and Retirements
PNB School Performance: June 15, 2002
PNBt: Song and Dance Program
Carrie Imler (Pacific Northwest Ballet)
PNB: Notes, 5/13/02
PNB 2002-03 Season
PNB 2002 - 'Tango Tonight'
More PNB Promotions
Jonathan Porretta (Pacific Northwest Ballet)
PNB: Cinderella
PNB: Notes, 2/11/02
PNB 2002-03 Season
PNB: Carmen
PNBt: Don Quixote
PNB: Patricia Barker Gala, 9/30/01
PNB - Best of Program, Sep 20-30, 2001
PNB Annual Meeting, 9/13/01
Pacific Northwest Ballet Notes
Pacific Northwest Ballet's April Rep
PNB 2001-02 Season
PNB Announces New Executive Director

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Kirov Ballet- La Bayadere with Svetlana Zakharova

kirov reviews

'Chopiniana,' 'Les Noces,' 'Scheherazade'
by Stuart Sweeney
July 30, 2003 -- Covent Garden, London

The unfolding of the final tableau was very beautiful and raised some gasps around me.
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'Chopiniana,' Les Noces,' 'Scheherazade'
by Lyndsey Winship
July 29, 2003 -- Covent Garden, London

The dancers capture the essence of delicate sylphs...
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'Chopiniana,' 'Les Noces,' and 'Scheherazade'
by Cassandra
July, 2003 -- Covent Garden, London

Exquisitely danced by the Kirov's superlative corps de ballet with every last dancer catching the reflective dreamlike mood.
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'Swan Lake'
by Art Priromprintr
July 25, 2003 -- Covent Garden, London

From the moment the curtain lifted, each dancer was thoroughly “with” the production, performing impeccably...
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'Swan Lake'
by Emma Pegler
July 25, 2003 -- Covent Garden, London

The chemistry between Prince and Swan Queen is nicely charged, although not desperately passionate.
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'Le Corsaire'
by Art Priromprintr
July 23, 2003 -- Covent Garden, London

There were isolated moments of brilliance...
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'Le Corsaire'
by Stuart Sweeney
July 23, 2003 -- Covent Garden, London

Many find "Le Corsaire" great fun, but not me, I'm afraid.
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'Le Corsaire'
by Joanne Brack
July 22, 2003 -- Covent Garden, London

It was the quality of the dancing that will excite the London ballet fans.
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'Le Corsaire'
by Rosie
July 21-22, 2003 -- Covent Garden, London

If done well, “Le Corsaire” is an exhilarating experience.
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Gala: 'Chopiniana,' 'Manon,' 'Dying Swan'
by Rosella Simonari
July 18, 2003 -- Teatro Rossini, Civitanova, Italy

Touches the audience's heart like a soft and caressing cloud of silky wind.
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kirov interviews

Igor Zelensky, Principal, Kirov Ballet
by Emma Pegler
Igor Zelensky is a man back from the brink. Two years ago it was not at all certain that he would ever dance again.
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Ilya Kuznetsov, Principal, Kirov Ballet
by Joanne Brack

"I like the way 'Manon' is danced in the West but we have a school of our own and we are expected to contribute something of our own to it. We love to dance 'Manon,' and put our souls in it and how can you criticize souls?"
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Yulia Makhalina, Principal, Kirov Ballet
by Petra Tschiene
"Life today is so demanding so it is really important to keep your connection to nature and to feel it giving strength back to you."
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Sergei Vikharev, Kirov Ballet
By Cassandra
I like to preserve what is inherited from the former generation, some are interested in new trends but I am more interested in what was achieved before.
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Howard Sayette, Ballet Master
by Stuart Sweeney
It's a shame that a lot of the young dancers of today are so driven by technique that they have little curiosity about the past and the important figures from the history of ballet. Some of them have barely heard of Margot Fonteyn.
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September 28 - November 6, 2003

Val Bourne, Artistic Director, Dance Umbrella
by Donald Hutera
"It’s great that we’ve lasted this long. Rumour had it, the powers that be thought if they gave us enough rope we’d hang ourselves. Maybe they just didn’t give us enough rope!"
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Trisha Brown, Dancer & Choreographer
by Donald Hutera
Brown considers the quartet "Geometry of Quiet"... "the first convergence of my abstract background with the new-found affection for emotion, narrative and psychology that I’ve been engaged with in opera."
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John Jasperse, Dancer & Choreographer
by Donald Hutera
I am a bit of a fusion, I suppose, due most probably to the fact that I have spent substantial amounts of time both in Europe and in the US.
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Letter from the Editors

      The first act is usually the hardest to follow but we can safely say the second issue of the Monthly has exceeded expectations, thanks to contributions from various corners of the world.
      Our main feature this month is the legendary Kirov Ballet's tour. We kick off with comprehensive coverage of their season at Covent Garden in London and promise to follow the Company for the US leg of the tour (www.critical
dance.com/kirov2003
). For the latest developments and the freshest impressions, please join the lively discussion in the dedicated Kirov forum.
      The Company Focus is on Pacific Northwest Ballet, one of the most exciting ballet companies in the U.S. Led artistically by Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, PNB is a richly talented company that is steeped in tradition yet isn't afraid to push the limits of contemporary choreography. The Company welcomes your comments in the PNB Feedback Forum at www.criticaldance.com/pnb.
      Of course, we always love to hear from you. Please post your comments in our Magazine Feedback Discussion Topic in the CriticalDance forum. And, if you want the magazine delivered right to your InBox, subscribe!

Enjoy!
The Editors of Ballet-Dance Monthly

reviews

Nuevo Ballet Espanol - 'Flamenco Directo'
by Rosella Simonari
July 25, 2003 -- Teatro Rossini, Civitanova, Italy

Adds a new dimension without betraying its tradition.
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Twyla Tharp Dance - 'Known by Heart Duet,'"The Fugue,' 'Westerly Round,' 'Surfer at the River Styx'
by Emma Pegler
July 2003 -- Sadler’s Wells, London

The most important element of Tharpism seems to be that it has moved with the times.
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Batsheva Dance Company - 'Anaphaza'
by Jenai Cutcher
July 25, 2003 -- New York State Theater, New York
For all its hyperbolic presentation, “Anaphaza” leaves one wondering what it truly wants to be. It exhibits both desire and hesitancy to break free.
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American Ballet Theatre - 'Don Quixote'
by Jeff Kuo
July 26, 27, 2003 -- Costa Mesa, CA
In some ways, "Don Quixote" is the victim of its own motley ambitions.
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San Francisco Ballet - 'Allegro Brillante,' 'In the middle, somewhat elevated,' 'The Waltz Project'
by Mary Ellen Hunt
July 27, 2003 -- Stern Grove, San Francisco, CA
Happiest of all this year, was getting to see Muriel Maffre rock the Grove once again in an excerpt from William Forsythe's "In the middle, somewhat elevated."
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New York City Ballet - Saratoga Season Diary
by Kate Snedeker

My only previous trip up to Saratoga Springs to see the New York City Ballet was memorable more for the continual, drenching downpours than the ballet performances.
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Rambert Dance Company - 'Visions Fugitives,' 'Ghost Dances,' 'Pre-Sentient'
by Franz Anton Cramer
July, 2003 -- State Opera House, Berlin
Anyway, few companies in Germany, which boasts quite a rich theatre and dance infrastructure, are comparable in stylistic scope and achieved artistry to Rambert’s fantastic dancers.
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Shen Wei - 'The Rite of Spring' and 'Folding'
by Holly Messitt
July 23, 2003 -- LaGuardia Concert Hall, New York
We watch the cohesiveness of an expansive mind, a new hybrid of Eastern and Western that brings freshness of vision even to music that may now seem overdone.
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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet - ‘sans detour,’ ‘Ave Maria,’ ‘Vertical Dream,’ and ‘Noir Blanc’
by Stephen Arnold
July, 2003 -- Jacob's Pillow, MA
As the speakers in this drama throw their voices claiming then to hear the radiant word of the Transcendent Muse so the dancers in like pursuit throw their bodies about the stage.
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Carlos Acosta - 'Tocororo - A Cuban Tale'
by Stuart Sweeney
July, 2003 -- Sadler's Wells, London

After initial interest in the choreography, it became repetitive and I wish we had seen a wider range of Cuban popular dance styles.
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JAZZDANCE by Danny Buraczeski - 'Las Cuatro Estaciones,' ‘Beat,’ and ‘Swing Concerto’
by Holly Messitt
July 21, 2003 -- Joyce Theater, New York

Instead of movement that eroticizes the body Fosse-style, Buraczeski prefers to use the body to explore spatial relationships and social dynamics.
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Adam Cooper and Company - Mixed Bill
by RAK
July 12th 2003 -- Northcott Theatre, Exeter

a recipe from heaven…Double helpings of Cooper with extras of Hart, Harvey, Morera, Nunez and Yanowsky to go...
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Battleworks Dance Company - ‘Alleluia,’ ‘Rush Hour,’ ‘Mood Indigo,’ and ‘Strange Humors’
by S.E. Arnold
July 10-13, 2003 -- Jacob's Pillow, MA

Dance phrases converged with musical phrases; and, like lightning, dramatic articulations of the body visualized thunderous rhythms.
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Dance Theatre of Harlem - 'The Four Temperaments' and 'St. Louis Woman: A Blues Ballet'
by Holly Messitt
July 8, 2003 -- New York State Theater, New York

'Artistic Director Arthur Mitchell hopes it will become a company signature piece, and it lived up to the grand expectations it generated.
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Estonian National Ballet - 'Cassandra'
by Stuart Sweeney
March 2003 -- Opera House, Tallinn

I was impressed with the way that he has blended the forms to make a distinctive and accessible work.

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English National Ballet

- 'Coppelia'
by Kate Snedeker
July 12, 2003 -- Sadler's Wells, London

Despite some solid dancing, English National Ballet’s Coppelia failed to take off on Saturday night.
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- 'Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes,' 'Melody On The Move,' 'The Rite Of Spring'
by Stuart Sweeney
July, 2003 -- Sadler's Wells, London

“Melody on the Move” by Michael Corder was a major disappointment for me.
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- 'Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes,' 'Melody On The Move,' 'The Rite Of Spring'
by Petra Tschiene
July 8, 2003 -- Sadler's Wells, London

It is all light and amusing and the audience was very enthusiastic but in my opinion this ballet is too nice and sweet for its own good.
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Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris - 3 Giselles

Agnès Letestu & Jean-Guillaume Bart
par Audrey Delsanti
15 juillet 2003 -- Palais Garnier, Paris
Elle campe une Giselle pleine de fougue et avec une forte personnalité...
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Elisabeth Maurin & Benjamin Pech
par Jean Luc Dornay

10 juillet 2003 -- Palais Garnier, Paris
Bref, un Albrecht inattendu et très intéressant.
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Elisabeth Maurin & Kader Belarbi
par Sulian Neville
9 juillet 2003 -- Palais Garnier, Paris
La jeunesse, la timidité, la joie de vivre, tout.
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Laetitia Pujol & Nicholas Le Riche
par Valérie Beck

7 juillet 2003 -- Palais Garnier, Paris
Le Riche son entrée est toute en sensibilité, en poésie, et au second acte, le couple qu’il forme avec Laetitia est bouleversant.
read more...

Laetitia Pujol & Nicholas Le Riche
by Cassandra
July 7-9, 2003 --
Palais Garnier, Paris
A young dancer of infinite promise...
read more...


Coming up...
• More Kirov coverage
• Philadelphia's Fringe Festival
• Mary Cochran
• Terry Dean Bartlett
• Cynthia Harvey

• Les Ballets Trockaderos de Monte Carlo
• More reviews
More interviews
• More features

 
 

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