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OCT 2003


'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. Anthony'
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 house
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.

in our forums


Dancing Men (& Boys)
Why do you go to the ballet?
Pre-recorded music instead of live orchestra....

Fun Stuff

Unlikely dance headlines
"Lord of the Dance" overexposed. Yes, but not in the way you think

Dance Miscellany
"The Company," a Ballet Movie
Dance Videos from the local University Library

Boston Ballet 2003-04 Season
Volochkova gets ANGRY!

Modern Dance

Akram Khan (who's getting raves from Bausch, Forsythe and De Keersmaeker)
Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2003

World Dance, Musicals and Social Dance

DONALD O'CONNOR FANS? (+ Singin' in the Rain)

The Kirov Ballet on tour
Fire Destroys Russia's Mariinsky Theater Sets
Kirov 2003 - 2004 Tour
Danser en français

TNOP Garnier - Spectacle Balanchine, du 2 au 16 octobre 2003
M. Mehdi Angot
Tanz Theatre

UK Forums

Ballet Boyz - George Piper Dances
The Royal Ballet 2003-4 - Season Details and News

The Studio

thong bodysuits?

Students' Questions and Experiences

A long way from "ballet thin" ;)
New term expectations

Managing Dance

La Scala Undergoing Renovation... and a little controversy
Orange County Performing Arts Center


company focus

Martha Graham
Dance Company

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Featured Articles

Lilith, The Pioneering Woman, The Woman in White
Example of Knowing Figures in Martha Graham's Dances

by Rosella Simonari
September 2003
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 Comedy
Impersonations of Martha Graham, says Henrietta Bannerman, remind us of the comic aspects of Graham and her work

by Henrietta Bannerman
Here is a pompous man of religion who Graham described as 'ninety-nine percent sex and one percent religion

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
June 1999

This was a wonderful day run to coincide with the one-week season of the Martha Graham Dance Company at London's Barbican Centre in June 1999.

Topics in our Forums
The Graham Company: Changing Steps
tmdell: "Suzannah = Protas or Russo, not sure which. Transparently clever."

Martha Graham Dance Company 2003-4

Rediscovering Martha Graham
Martha Graham Dance Company Names New Artistic Directors
Martha Graham Dance Company 2002-3
Graham Masters return to teach at the Frostburg Summer Dance Retreat
Graham Company returns to stage!
Graham vs. Ailey
Old Martha Graham links
Martha Graham Study Day
Graham Dancers performing!!!
Martha Graham Company at Stanford
Martha Graham Photo Exhibition
Graham Center wins case for ownership of the dances
Graham Lawsuit - the Next Phase
The Graham legacy - July 2001 onwards
Graham Company letter and supporters
The Graham Company situation, 7/2000
Fight to support Martha Graham Co.
Martha Graham Dance Company to Cease Operations
Martha Graham Repertoire crisis
Moderne Graham
Technique GRAHAM
Martha Graham
Martha Graham Dance Company to come to London in Nov. 2003
Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance
Martha Graham Dance Company appoint Rena Shagan Associates
Martha Graham Dance Company Appointments December 2002
Martha Graham Panel Discussions
Martha Graham Dance Co at the Joyce Jan 2003
Martha Graham case decided
New Martha Graham Book Sample
Martha Graham- Indisputably Martha- Showcasing a legacy nearly lost
Graham Co. Photos
Martha Graham Caricaturist Al Hirschfeld
David Wood, Soloist w' Martha Graham's Troupe Dies at Age 77
Mario Delamo - Graham/Ailey/Norman Walker - dancer
Jane Dudley, Martha Graham dancer, dies
Graham Dancer Nina Fonaroff Dies
Bertram Ross Today
Bertram Ross dies

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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.
      As always, we love to hear what you think. 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!

The Editors of Ballet-Dance Monthly

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editors' picks

Ballett Frankfurt- 'Kammer-Kammer'
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 dance.
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 - Balanchine
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 indeed.
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 condition.

Los Angeles
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 Donald McKayle
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 be missed!

Boston 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.

Rennie Harris - 'Facing Mekka'
Oct. 17-18, Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston

New York
Merce Cunningham Dance
Oct. 16-18, BAM, Brooklyn
Cunningham marks his company's 50th anniversary and continues his tradition of collaboration in 'Split Sides,' with music by Radiohead and Sigur Rós.
American 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 Tudor.

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. - 'Fragile'
Oct. 30-Nov 2, Yerba Buena Center, SF
Sweden's hot avant-garde troupe makes a much anticipated SF debut.

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 t
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.

Pacfic Northwest
Oregon Ballet Theatre - 'Rubies,' pas de deux by Helgi Tomasson, 'Duo Fantasy,' 'Company B'
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 SFB).
Martha Graham Dance Co - UW World Dance
Oct. 23-25, at Meany Hall on the Univ of WA, Seattle
Programming for this tour includes "Errand into the Maze," "Diversion of Angels," and "Embattled Garden."

Washington, DC
Mark Morris Dance Group - Mixed Repertoire
October 10th and 11th, Center for the Arts, Fairfax, VA
The irrepressible MMDG performs "Going Away Party," "A Spell," and "Gloria."
George Piper Dances
October 21st, Lisner Auditorium, GW University, Washington,DC
Britain's most "off the wall ballet dancers" bring their high-energy show to GWU.

Dance Umbrella 25th
September 28 - November 8

Dance Umbrella Birthday Gala
by Lyndsey Winship

As soon as his gangly figure walks onstage, McGregor's distinctive dance language immediately makes sense.

Breath of Light: Saburo Teshigawara /Karas in 'Luminous'
by Donald Hutera
Liquid yet cutting, the compact, shaven-headed dancer slips between sculptural stillness and whirlwind speed with mesmerising skill.


Jerwood Double: A Major
Contribution to Dance Umbrella

by Donald Hutera
Imagine £5 tickets to see world-class artists in a top London dance venue. What a deal!

A Rosas is a Rosas: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
by Donald Hutera
She is totally giving, and at the same time she is super-aware of her actions in the performing space. She owns it.

Both Talking - An Interview with Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion
by Donald Hutera
"We wanted to find something that we could place between us that was neither too much Matteo nor too much me, but which could be an arbiter of our process."

Inside Transitions - An Interview with Richard Siegal
of Ballett Frankfurt

by Donald Hutera
"[I've] dabbled with choreography as long as I've been dancing."

Click here for the Dance Umbrella website

Rambert Dance Company
Autumn Tour 2003

My Vision for Rambert
by Mark Baldwin
"Rambert Dance Company should be a leading force in shaping British modern dance and that it should direct from the front, rather than just pull in that which appears to be fashionable."

Associate Choreographer Rafael Bonachela
by Stuart Sweeney
"I don't make work which tells the audience what to think. Rather I am more interested that they sense and feel things they may not be able to articulate."

Mindful of the Gap: Pre-professional Education at Rambert Dance Company
by Fiona Ross
Rambert Dance Company recognises that for even the most talented young dancer, it can be a long and testing route to the top.

Click here for the Rambert website

Kirov Ballet logo

Nikolai Zubkovsky
by Cassandra
If Nikolai Zubkovsky were a Londoner I'd be describing him as "a bit of a geezer." 

Irma Nioradze
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."


Paul Gibson
by Francis Timlin & Dean Speer
"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 promotion."

Helgi Tomasson
by Art Priromprintr
"Freedom of movement for me it s always been very, very important. And, of course, the joy of dance."


Asta Bazeviciúte and David Bintley
by Jurate Terleckaite
It is gratifying that our dancers are in demand by prestigious companies which allows them to grow professionally.

Carrie Imler
by Francis Timlin & Dean Speer

"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'
by Cassandra
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 siècle
par Haruyo Yokota
13 septembre 2003 -- Paris, Théâtre des Champs Elysées

Une SUPER soirée avec une très grande estime pour Lucia Lacarra et Cyril Pierre qui ont conquis mon coeur.

Oakland Ballet - 'Double Happiness,' 'Dark Light,' and 'Joplin Dances'
by Mary Ellen Hunt
September 13, 2003 -- Paramount Theater, Oakland,CA

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 City

In ten days, the festival presented over 160 works.

Akram Khan - 'Kaash'
by Lew Whittington
September 10, 2003 -- Philadelphia Fringe Festival, PA

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 composition.

Dancenow/NYC - 'From Byzantium to Brasilia, With Love,' 'Suserrer,' 'Crushed Velvet,' 'Subtext,' and 'Interiors'
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 'Choke'
by Karen Hildebrand
September 5, 2003 -- Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco

The result, as seen in this evening of work, is subtle and smart.

Mark Morris Dance Group - 'L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato'
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 York'
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 century...

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 16'
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 power.

Phrenic New Ballet - 'Tabula Rasa,' 'High Low Short & Tight,' 'Until Ten,' and 'Pursuit'
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 Philadelphia.

Random Notes

Rebecca Marshall on Random Dance's Wayne McGregor
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 acknowledged.

Polar Sequences Sequences
by Katie Phillips
September 22, 2003 -- The Robin Howard Theatre, London
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 evening.

DanseDanseDanse: Dance on Film - 'Chrysalis,' 'Piano di Rotta,' 'Black Spring'
by Katie Philips
September 22, 2003 -- The Robin Howard Theatre, London

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 website

'Out of Denmark'
Johan Kobborg in London

September 2003 -- Queen Elizabeth Hall

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.

REVIEW by Cassandra
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 choreographies.

REVIEW by Stuart Sweeney
...a great bargain for ballet lovers despite the often-bare stage and inadequate quality of much of the recorded music.

'Swan Lake' in Seattle

'Dancing Odette/Odile: Ballet's Great Dual Role'
by Francis Timlin
Patricia Barker, Carrie Imler, Louise Nadeau, Kaori Nakamura and Noelani Pantastico of Pacific Northwest Ballet talk about what it's like to play ballet's most famous swan.

Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'Swan Lake': Preview Rehearsal
by Francis Timlin

Our Seattle correspondent offers a sneak peek at Pacific Northwest Ballet's sumptuous new production of "Swan Lake."

Pacific Northwest Ballet - Inaugural Gala:'Fanfare of Feathers'
by Francis Timlin
September 20, 2003 -- Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle

The program, much like the cuisine, was comprised of hors d'oeuvres designed to tantalize the audience into returning over the course of the season.

Coming up...
Ballet Frankfurt in NY
Kenneth Kvarnstrom tours the US
 Merce Cunningham at BAM
The Kirov Ballet's US Tour
The Place
More reviews
More interviews
More features



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