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'You Dance Because You Have To': Katherine
Dunham and Pearl Primus
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
Thea Nerissa Barnes talks about developing a radio program for
the BBC on two African American dance pioneers.
Defending 'The Temptation of St.
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
The premiere of the work gained uniformly poor reviews and tepid
applause from the first night audience but Thea Nerissa Barnes
mounts a passionate defence of Wilson's new work.
Washington Ballet stages an open
by Carol Herron
Our D.C. correspondent reports on the up and coming talent
waiting in the wings...
Book Review: 'ELEVEN'
by Azlan Ezaddin
Such was the pricelessness of "Eleven" that safety precautions
of this magnitude were required.
Lilith, The Pioneering Woman, The Woman in
Example of Knowing Figures in Martha Graham's
by Rosella Simonari
Lilith is dressed in a fresh and
pungent yellow in Embattled Garden (1958), her skirt resembles
that of a flamenco dancer and one of her recurrent steps, her
foot beating backwards on to the floor, confirms the flamenco
taste of her movements.
Dancing for Laughs: Martha Graham and
Impersonations of Martha Graham, says Henrietta Bannerman,
remind us of the comic aspects of Graham and her
by Henrietta Bannerman
Here is a pompous man of religion
who Graham described as 'ninety-nine percent sex and one percent
Indisputably Martha Graham
by Malcolm Tay
May 9, 2002
Legal spats and money issues have
kept the Martha Graham Dance Company, the prime
custodian-interpreter of its founder's technique and extensive
repertory, out of action for two years now.
A Martha Graham Study Day
by Stuart Sweeney
was a wonderful day run to coincide with the one-week season of
the Martha Graham Dance Company at London's Barbican Centre in
Letter from the Editors
Ballet hit world headlines this month with the firing of
the Bolshoi's Anastasia Volochkova. But here at the B-DM, we're
happy to note that, with the fall season in full swing, there's a
lot more to report on than just politics and intrigue.
Young choreographers and directors -- from Europe's Johan
Kobborg, Rafael Bonachela and Akram Khan to Americans Tere
O'Connor, Christine Cox and the dozens of artists in the
Dancenow/NYC Festival -- are making a case for a vibrant new
generation of modern dance. Meanwhile, troupes like the resurgent
Martha Graham Dance Company and the Kirov Ballet are among the
many keeping the heritage of dance alive.
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Wed 22 - Sat 25 Oct, Sadler's Wells
A third visit to Dance Umbrella
for this avant-garde ballet theatre company. Kammer-Kammer will
fuel the controversy as the emphasis is on theatre rather than
Royal Ballet - 'La Bayadere'
17 Oct - 13 Nov, Royal Opera House
Natalia Makarova's production
works well and gives opportunities for strong acting and dancing.
Daria Pavlenko guests with the Royal for the first time,
replacing Darcey Bussell.
• Paris Opera Ballet -
6 Oct - 16 Nov, Le Palais Garnier
' Le Palais de Cristal', 'The Prodigal Son', 'The Four
Temperaments' performed by POB's fine dancers should be a treat
DV8 - 'The Cost of Living'
24-30 October, Théâtre de la Ville
Lloyd Newson can be relied upon to
bring a distinctive dance perspective to the human
• San Francisco Ballet
- 'Don Quixote' and Mixed Rep
Oct. 7-12, Music Center of Los Angeles
San Francisco Ballet returns with their new "Don Quixote" and
repertory highlights including Kenneth MacMillan's Jazz Age
tribute, "Elite Syncopations."
• Lula Washington Dance Theater Salutes
Oct. 10-11, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, CSU
Two southern California dance treasures come together for two
nights only. A full evening of McKayle's choreography is not to
Ballet - 'Don Quixote' and Stars and Stripes
Oct. 16-Nov 2, Wang Theatre, Boston
This version of 'Don Q' by Rudolf Nureyev has not been
performed by the Company in Boston since 1986.
Harris - 'Facing Mekka'
Oct. 17-18, Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston
Merce Cunningham Dance
Oct. 16-18, BAM,
Cunningham marks his company's 50th anniversary and
continues his tradition of collaboration in 'Split Sides,' with
music by Radiohead and Sigur Rós.
Ballet Theatre City Center Season
Oct. 23-Nov. 9, City Center, NYC
The Company will perform works from a wide range of
choreographers including William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian,and Antony
San Francisco Bay Area
• Hubbard Street Dance Chicago - 'Petit Mort,'
'Kiss,' 'Dipthong,' 'Cor Perdut,' 'Full Grown Man'
Oct. 10-11, Stanford University, Palo Alto
One of the few American companies that tackles the choreography
of Jiri Kylian and Nacho Duato makes their Bay Area debut.
• Kenneth Kvarnstrom & Co. -
Oct. 30-Nov 2, Yerba Buena Center, SF
Sweden's hot avant-garde troupe makes a much anticipated SF
• Pennsylvania Ballet - 'A Fancy 40th'
Oct. 8-12, Merriam Theater @ Univ. of the Arts
Pennsylvania Ballet kicks off its 2003-2004 season with A Fancy
40th, a program celebrating the company's 40th anniversary.
• Ballet Boyz - choreography by William Forsythe
Christopher Wheeldon, and Russell Maliphan
Oct. 23-25, Zellerbach Theatre @ Annenberg Center
Ballet Boyz make their Philadelphia debut with four performances
to open this year's Dance Celebration Series, presented by Dance
Affiliates and PENN Presents.
• Oregon Ballet
Theatre - 'Rubies,' pas de deux by Helgi Tomasson, 'Duo Fantasy,'
Oct. 11-18, Keller Auditorium, Portland, OR
This is the inaugural program of Christopher Stowell's
artistic directorship that showcases his heritage (son of PNB's
artistic directors, training at SAB, and career at
Graham Dance Co - UW World Dance
Oct. 23-25, at Meany Hall on the Univ of WA,
Programming for this tour includes "Errand into the
Maze," "Diversion of Angels," and "Embattled Garden."
Morris Dance Group - Mixed Repertoire
October 10th and 11th, Center for the Arts, Fairfax,
The irrepressible MMDG performs "Going Away Party," "A Spell,"
• George Piper
October 21st, Lisner Auditorium, GW University,
Britain's most "off the wall ballet dancers" bring their
high-energy show to GWU.
If Nikolai Zubkovsky were a Londoner I'd be describing him as "a
bit of a geezer."
by Patrizia Vallone
Irma has an affectionate and courteous word for everybody,
and she seems surprised at all the compliments she receives,
though she should be used to them by now!
Inside the Kirov: An
Interview with Nikolai Kabaniaev
by Catherine Pawlick
"Many people say that even if you tried
to ruin the Kirov, it would still survive for another 100 years,
because there are such traditions and such training behind it
that the idea is that it doesn't really matter who runs it, it
will run by itself. It's still a tough job."
Howard Sayette on Staging the Classics
by Francis Timlin and Dean Speer
"As a follow up to my earlier interview on "Les Noces," I
would simply say that the Kirov's organizational structure is not
conducive to staging new works."
by Francis Timlin & Dean
"I really think that dancers should view
soloist roles as an opportunity to learn and grow, and not treat
them as if they represented some sort of entitlement to a
by Art Priromprintr
"Freedom of movement for me it s always
been very, very important. And, of course, the joy of
Asta Bazeviciúte and David
It is gratifying that our dancers are in demand by prestigious
companies which allows them to grow professionally.
by Francis Timlin & Dean
"I started dancing in kindergarten. Every time we did "show and
tell," I was always dancing."
George Piper Dances - 'Mesmerics,' 'Approximate
Sonata, 1, V,' ' Non Exuent,' and 'Critical Mass'
September 24, 2003 -- Sadler's Wells, London
George Piper Dances has become a very popular
group that certainly deserves an enthusiastic following. Of
course a stint on TV hasn't harmed an already high profile.
Gala des étoiles du XXIè
par Haruyo Yokota
13 septembre 2003 -- Paris, Théâtre des Champs
Une SUPER soirée avec une très grande
estime pour Lucia Lacarra et Cyril Pierre qui ont conquis mon
Oakland Ballet - 'Double
Happiness,' 'Dark Light,' and 'Joplin Dances'
by Mary Ellen Hunt
September 13, 2003 -- Paramount Theater,
With a neither here-nor-there collection of mixed
rep, the program seemed neither to suit the gifts of these
dancers nor to point the way to the future.
Dancenow/NYC - 'Vertical,' 'Cubic Legroom,' 'Eyes
so White,' 'Beyond the Rain,' 'Optical,' 'Almost Blue,' 'After
Jane,' 'Tiger Lily Suite,' and 'Guest'
by Holly Messitt
September 12, 2003 -- Base Camp Series at Joyce SoHo, New York
In ten days, the festival presented over 160
Akram Khan -
by Lew Whittington
September 10, 2003 -- Philadelphia Fringe Festival,
If you view still photos from Akram Khan's
'Kaash,' you would instantly recognize that this choreographer is
an artist who knows a lot about intimate spatial
Dancenow/NYC - 'From Byzantium to
Brasilia, With Love,' 'Suserrer,' 'Crushed Velvet,' 'Subtext,'
by Jenai Cutcher
September 9, 2003 -- Joyce SoHo, NY
If Tuesday night's concert at Joyce SoHo was any indication of
the overall 10-day presentation, the Dancenow Festival could use
some dance. Now.
Tere O'Connor Dance - 'Winterbelly' and
by Karen Hildebrand
September 5, 2003 -- Yerba Buena Center, San
The result, as seen in this evening of work, is
subtle and smart.
Mark Morris Dance Group - 'L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed
by Lisa Claybaugh
Sept 5, 12, 2003 -- Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA
Well rehearsed and well adjusted -- not an easy
feat in today's non-profit arts economy.
Rafael Amargo - Flamenco 'Poeta en Nueva
by Emma Pegler
September 2003 --Teatro Albeniz, Madrid
Rafael is the kind of flamenco dancer you want
Joaquin Cortes to be. He is tall, muscly and very sexy. He dances
like a dream in a way that brings flamenco firmly into the 21st
ODC House Special - 'The Film:image/Word.not_a_pipe=,'
'LEVYdance,' Premiere by Erika Shuch
by Toba Singer
August 30, 2003 -- ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA
The crenulated imagery is what
works best in this piece.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago -
'counter/part,' 'Cor Perdut,' 'No More Play,' and 'Minus
by S. E. Arnold
August 20-24, 2003 -- Jacob's Pillow, MA
...A celebration of dance that
verified the art form's thoughtful as well as its kinetic
Phrenic New Ballet - 'Tabula Rasa,' 'High
Low Short & Tight,' 'Until Ten,' and
by Lewis Whittington
August 13-16, 2003 -- Drexel
University, Philadelphia, PA
Phrenic has been innovative, unexpected, and
memorable, carving a distinct niche for professional dance in
Rebecca Marshall on Random Dance's Wayne
by Sian Kendall
[It's] refreshing to work here,
as there is hardly any government support for the arts in
America. You never feel that what you are doing is being
by Katie Phillips
September 22, 2003 -- The Robin Howard
Having been warned that the next piece by Rui
Horta was the Smelliest Dance performance ever seen , I hardly
knew what to expect. It turned out to be the highlight of the
DanseDanseDanse: Dance on Film -
'Chrysalis,' 'Piano di Rotta,' 'Black
by Katie Philips
September 22, 2003 -- The Robin Howard Theatre,
McGregor plays the part of a half insect, half
metal-head-plated human, slithering around in a bath, wired up to
futuristic technological devices that seem to give us an insight
into his thought processes.
Click here for the Random Dance
'Out of Denmark'
Johan Kobborg in London
September 2003 -- Queen
Prince of Denmark
Interview by Judith Mackrell
Kobborg's show is unusual in its choreographic substance and
its personal modesty. "I'm not interested in a Johan and Friends'
evening at all," he laughs, slightly self-consciously.
Johan Kobborg is to be roundly applauded for the
programme he has put together as he has achieved something that
is usually beyond the powers-that-be at the Royal Ballet.
REVIEW by Emma Pegler
Why do we not seem more of Zenaida Yanowsky? I
have always been her most ardent fan ever since I saw her endless
legs encased in black stockings kick the ceiling in Ashley Page's
REVIEW by Stuart Sweeney
...a great bargain for ballet lovers despite the
often-bare stage and inadequate quality of much of the recorded
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