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MARCH 2004
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interviews

Jonas Kage Far From Sweden: Jonas Kåge, Ballet West
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin

"Ballet West is in a renaissance. I hope to get the Company out more and we need to tour"
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Cinderella, Hamburg Style: Interview with Ivan Urban and Anna Polikarpova of Hamburg Ballet
by Catherine Pawlick
"Everything was strange for me, but I wanted to try something new."
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Kimi Okada Choreographing Memory and History: Kimi Okada and Claudia Bernardi discuss making 'Flight to Ixcan'
by Toba Singer
"I thought, 'I know how I can get at this now, trying to make a work of art centered on something deep and personal.'"
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jason hartleyFlying High: Jason Hartley, Washington Ballet
by Carol Herron
"It seems like all the things that I learn in my life, movement oriented, all start coming together and improve upon each other."
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Louise NadeauFinding Voice of Her Passion Through Dancing:  Louise Nadeau, Pacific Northwest Ballet Principal Dancer
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin
"Dancing is a response to the music and the choreography. By the time I get to performance, I let the music carry the dancing."
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Merce Cunningham and Contemporary Merce CunninghamMusic
by David Vaughan
From the beginning, working in this manner gave me a feeling of freedom for the dance, not a dependence upon the note-by-note procedure with which I had been used to working.

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Merce Cunningham Merce Cunningham's Interscapeand the Visual Arts
by David Vaughan
I did not tell him what to make, only that it could be something that was in the dance area, that we could move through it, around it, and with it if he so liked.

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Features & Interviews 

Merce Cunningham - 'Resident Master'
by Donald Hutera

Weather or Not:
Val Bourne and Daniel Roberts on Merce Cunningham at Tate Modern

by Donald Hutera


Reviews

Merce Cunningham Dance Company - 'Suite for Five,' 'MinEvent' with the Kronos Quartet, 'Fluid Canvas'
by Jeff Kuo - 2003, Berkeley

Merce Cunningham Dance Company - 'Suite for Five,' 'MinEvent' with the Kronos Quartet, 'Fluid Canvas'
by Mary Ellen Hunt - 2003, Berkeley

Merce Cunningham Dance Company - 'Split Sides' 'Fluid Canvas'
by Alyson Abriel - 2003, New York

Merce Cunningham Dance Company - Event at Tate Modern
by Katherine Phillips - 2003, London

Merce Cunningham Dance Company - Pictures, Interscape
by Diane Busuttil - 2002, Berlin

Merce Cunningham Dance Company - Fluid Canvas, Interscape
by David Slade - 2002, London

Merce Cunningham Dance Company - Fluid Canvas
by Lootie Bibby - 2002, London

Merce Cunningham Dance Company - Way Station, Loose Time, How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run
by Cassandra - 2002, London

Merce Cunningham Dance Company - Fluid Canvas, Interscape, Way Station, Loose Time, How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run
by Stuart Sweeney - 2002, London

Merce Cunningham Dance Company - Loose Time, Interscape
by Lisa Marie Claybaugh - 2002, Berkeley

Merce Cunningham, David Vaughan, Brian Collins - James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: An Alphabet
by Mary Ellen Hunt - 2002, Berkeley

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Letter from the Editors
     In this month's Ballet-Dance Magazine we focus on Merce Cunningham. The term "innovator" is often bandied about, but Cunningham is the real thing: introducing chance into dance composition, detaching movement from the accompanying music, working with computer technology to create dances - the list goes on and on. We are delighted to have two articles by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's Archivist and internationally famous author, David Vaughan, together with reviews from four countries and a wealth of other material from our archives.
      Our Resolution! coverage continues and we welcome Sanjoy Roy, who writes for 'The Guardian' and "Dance Now" and reviews the final performance of this UK festival of new dance makers.
      Spring finds companies both on tour and at home. The Hamburg Ballet's 'Nijinsky' generated deep interest during their US tour.  And selected from our very busy French language forum 'Danser en français', we have several reviews of the Paris Opera Ballet's 'Giselle'. The Royal Ballet's Alina Cojocaru arrived to guest and seems to have charmed everyone as she invariably does in London.
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features

British Dance Edition 2004
by Stuart Sweeney

So what's the most important dance event of 2004?  My guess is that for most UK dance companies it will be British Dance Edition 2004 (BDE), held in Cambridge.
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Fungi Form: The Story of Pilobolus Dance Theater
by Dina McDermott
February, 2004

There is no preparation or cultural underpinning needed to appreciate the choreography of Pilobolus.

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words of dance Words of Dance. Book by Alberto Testa and Photography by Alessio Buccafusca
Book Review by Patrizia Vallone
"Parole di danza" describes dance with a mix of words and frozen images - a real challenge, because these two elements are just what the art of movement lacks...
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Ballet Black: Questioning the Color of Ballet
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
February 21-22, 2004
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Cochrane Theatre, London
In her program notes, Pancho mentions Arthur Mitchell and Dance Theatre of Harlem as an example of an 'all-black ballet company' and states there is no equivalent in the UK.
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Arthur Mitchell at San Francisco Performing Arts Library with Sheryl Flatow and Brad Rosenstein
by Toba Singer
Mitchell describes himself as "a man who happens to be Black," as opposed to "a Black man."
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Belling the Slayer Belling the Slayer: A Closer Look at Death and the Maidens
by Stephen Arnold
February, 2004

Integrated into a tightly structured lexicon of gestures, "Belling the Slayer" focuses the broad and melancholy subject of life's relation to death. 
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Pacific Northwest Ballet's Open Rehearsal - Balanchine Centenary Program
by Francis Timlin
Something for everyone, whether you are a classicist ("Divertimento No. 15"), a modernist ("Agon"), or a romantic ("Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet").
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Resolution at The Place
January / February, 2004 at The Robin Howard Theatre, The Place, London

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Resolution! coverage

In Our own Company 'CCC'; Jean Abreu 'O LUNGO DROM'; Naked Fish Productions 'Nocturne for Night Cleaning'
by Sanjoy Roy
February 14, 2004 -- The Place, London

Resolution! opened with three of the best from last year, selected by The Place director John Ashford, and it closed with new works from the same companies. A seal of approval, certainly, but also a record to live up to, like that notoriously difficult second novel.
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Physical Physics 'Cassis Caput,' Zephyr in Zanussi 'Zero Aviation,' Caller Company 'Lyrical Request'
by Lyndsey Winship
February 12, 2004 -- The Place, London

It's like something out of "Looney Tunes" -- cruel, clever and very funny -- but I'd hate to count the bruises at the end of the night.
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LISCHE - 'Lo spazio accessible,' Wired (Aerial Theatre) - 'Stuffed,' Max Barachini - 'Vulnerable: part two'
by Vicky Costello
February 13, 2004 -- The Place, London

The music changed as frequently and as abruptly as the movement, as did the dancers' expressions -- they appeared vulnerable, strong, curious, secretive, psychotic, puzzled, or in pain.
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Selfish Shellfish (Germany) 'Dressed Dance,' Erica Stanton and Dancers 'Matter of Gravity,' Kate Brown 'having begun'
by Vicky Costello
February 6, 2004 -- The Place, London

Some captivating moments of simple suspension and falling -- in fact, it was the simplest moments that were the most interesting.
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Joe Landini '4 Stories,' Pasgetti 'Going Nowhere Fast,' Satu Tuomisto Dance 'Toxic'
by Katie Phillips
February 3, 2004 -- The Place, London

A duet exploring social politics is juxtaposed with a solo; dancers run past the solitary dancer, adding to sense of remote loneliness.
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Tight Corner Dance Company - 'Perfectly Valid,' In:House - 'Out of Body,' OKKO Dance Company 'Lonbo'
by Lyndsey Winship
January 29, 2004 -- The Place, London

The dancers were forced in different directions, weaving in parallel lines like threads in a loom. Each had her own style and motifs but they all shared a common language, and danced, if not with passion, then with a clear focus.
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'Tango Art,' '[a conversation],' 'Tea and Apathy'
by Katie Phillips
January 9, 2004 -- The Place, London

Their tango steps were fluid and flitting, with swishes, kicks, and cross overs, but frustratingly intercepted by a hyper-complicated argument of leading, resisting, relaxing, and accepting -- it didn’t matter that lines were forgotten in this pseudo-acting skit.
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DANSER EN FRANCAIS

Opéra de Paris - 'Giselle'
Par Valérie Beck
24 février 2004 -- Palais Garnier / Paris
Si Nicolas s'est blessé hier, cela ne s'est pas vu sur scène sauf que: sa toute dernière variation exige, je crois, un développé seconde ( saut assemblé, et développé seconde, vous voyez ce que je veux dire?) et je n'ai pas vu ce pas, c'est à dire la jambe droite qui développe après le saut.
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Opéra de Paris - 'Giselle'
Par Catherine Schemm
7 février 2004 -- Palais Garnier / Paris
Une soirée mouvementée !
Ce soir avait lieu les débuts dans le rôle titre de Giselle de Mélanie Hurel. Cette prise de rôle était très attendue, rares sont les premières danseuses à avoir ce rôle !
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Opéra de Paris - 'Giselle'
Par Catherine Schemm
5 février 2004 -- Palais Garnier, Paris
Un couple sublime !
Pour cette série de Giselle, l'Opéra a prévu une belle alternance de couples et après Aurélie/Nicolas, Alina/Manuel nous pouvions découvrir ce soir Agnès Letestu et José Martinez.
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Opéra de Paris - 'Giselle'
Par Monica Ileana Desson
3 février 2004, Palais Garnier, Paris
Sous le charme d'Alina
Comme beaucoup de spectateurs de l'Opéra Garnier, je découvrais hier soir Alina Cojocaru, jeune danseuse roumaine de 22 ans au parcours exceptionnel.
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Opéra de Paris - 'Giselle'
Par Catherine Schemm
3 février 2004 -- Paris, Palais Garnier
Une Giselle conventionnelle et décevante !!!
La direction de l'Opéra de Paris a eu la bonne idée d'inviter Alina Cojocaru, jeune étoile du Royal Ballet à danser le rôle qui lui avait valu le titre suprême en Angleterre, à savoir Giselle.
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Opéra de Paris - 'Giselle'
Par Catherine Schemm
2 février 2004 -- Paris, Palais Garnier
Une Giselle inoubliable ! Cette version a été quelque peu remaniée par Patrice Bart, notamment avec l'instauration d'une danse au sein du pas de deux des vendangeurs pour les petites amies de Giselle.
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Opéra de Paris
Soirée Kylian : 'Stepping Stones', 'Il faut qu'une porte…', 'Doux Mensonges'

Par Valérie Beck
21 février 2004 (matinée) -- Paris, Palais Garnier
D'abord, les décors : trois statues de chats dorés, au fond de la scène, dressent leurs silhouettes mystérieuses, bienveillantes, mais spirituelles, à trois stades d'enfouissement dans le sol: un triangle percé est suspendu dans les cintres d'où s'écoule une lumière dorée, qui dessine un cercle sur la scène noire...
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Opéra de Lyon - 'Spectacle Mats Ek'
by Lili
3 février 2004 -- Paris, Théâtre de la Ville
Le programme débute par Solo for two créé initialement pour la télévision par Niklas Ek et Sylvie Guillem, la transposition scénique de ce duo est tout à fait réussie.
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editors' picks

Los Angeles
· Shen Wei Dance Arts - 'Rite of Spring,' 'Folding'
March 19-20, 2004 - Los Angeles Music Center, Los Angeles. Two of Shen Wei's works of East/West inspired dance art and fusion.
· Nederlands Dans Theater - 2 repertory programs
March 31-April 4, 2004, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa.
A chance to experience one of Europe's most contemporary companies.

New York
· Brian Brooks Moving Company - 'Acre' and Julie Atlas Muz - 'The Rite of Spring'
March 24-25, April 2-3,2004 - DTW. Lots of sequins, satire, and shades of green in this shared evening.
· It Takes Two - ABT Studio Company and Ailey 2
March 30-April 4, 2004, Joyce Theater.
The "rising stars of dance" at The Joyce for the first time.

San Francisco Bay Area
· Paul Taylor Dance Company - 50th Anniversary Season
March 24- April 4, 2004, San Francisco Performances, Yerba Buena Center, SF. The master modern dance maverick celebrates with two premieres on three programs.
· Company Chaddick - 'Eclipse'
March 25-27, April 1-3, ODC Theater, SF. New works and collaborations mark the fluid Chaddick's 19th Anniversary.

Philadelphia
· Philadanco - 34th Annual Spring Concert
April 1-3, 2004, Kimmel Center.
Philadanco, famous for its innovative choreography, unleashes its annual spring concert on the Perelman Theater's stage at the Kimmel Center.
· Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal
March 25-27, 2004, Zellerbach Theater.
Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal brings its energy to Philly as part of the Penn Presents Dance Celebration Series.

London
· Northern Ballet Theatre - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
17 - 27 March 2004, Sadler's Wells. Set in a ballet company and a hit with critics and audiences.
· Tango por Dos
17 March - 24 April 2004, Peacock Theatre. A favourite in the UK returns for a 5-week run.
· George Piper Dances - 'Broken Fall' / 'Mesmerics'
23-27 March 2004, Queen Elizabeth Hall. The Ballet Boyz return with a very strong programme of award-winning pieces.

Paris
· Opéra de Paris - Hommage à Claude Bessy
30 mars 2004, Palais Garnier. Une soirée d'hommage pour les adieux définitifs de Claude Bessy.
· Opéra de Paris - 'Signes de Carolyn Carlson'
16 mars au 3 avril 2004, Bastille. Reprise du ballet créé pour Marie-Claude Pietragalla sur une musique de René Aubry et des décors d'Olivier Debré.

Toulouse (Blagnac)
·
Tournée de l'Opéra de Paris - 'Jewels'
19 - 21 mars 2004, Odyssud. Tournée officielle de l'Opéra de Paris avec Jewels, le tryptique de George Balanchine.

Vilnius, Lithuania
· Lithuanian National Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet'
April 2 2004, Opera House. The widely toured version by Vladimir Vasiliev.
· Lithunian National Ballet - 'The Sleeping Beauty'
March 28 2004, Opera House. Renewed version by Pyotr Gusev.

Rome
· Maria Pagés Flamenco Company - 'El Perro andaluz. Burlerias', 'Flamenco Republic'
March 9 - 21 --Teatro Olimpico. The famous flamenco company is back in Rome with two pieces.
· Roma Opera Ballet - 'Figaro's Trilogy'
March 13, 14, 19 - Teatro Nazionale.
A brand new ballet by Luciano Cannito, from Beaumarchais' plays.

reviews

Pennsylvania Ballet - 'The Taming of the Shrew': Penn Ballet's ShrewNothing Tame About This Shrew
by Lori Ibay
February 28, 2004 -- Academy of Music, Philadelphia

Billed as the ultimate battle of the sexes, Pennsylvania Ballet's production of John Cranko's "The Taming of the Shrew" boldly promised "a perfect blend of comedy, slapstick and superb dance."
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Pennsylvania Ballet - Penn Ballet's Shrew'The Taming of the Shrew'
by Lew Whittington
February, 2004 -- Academy of Music, Philadelphia

PAB's corps women are often letter-perfect and they had typical great moments here, but it was the men who have really been polished for this production.
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Walker Dance Park Music - 'Silence of the Soul'
by Lyndsey Winship
February 27, 2004 --
Linbury Studio Theatre, London

...this is Walker’s first full-length work, and it’s interesting to see whether her quick-fire choreography can fill a whole evening.
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San Francisco Ballet - Classical, Contemporary, Gonzalo Garcia and Tina LeBlancand Comical
by Catherine Pawlick
February 26, 2004 -- War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

The year that has passed since the company's premiere of this version of "Paquita" on their home stage has benefited not only the audience, but apparently the dancers too.
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Northern Ballet Theatre - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream': A Modern Dream for a Midsummer Night
by Kate Snedeker
February 24, 2004 -- Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

With a upside-down silver train, giant eye and beds hanging from the ceiling, Hayler creates a truly unique fantasy world, equal parts James Bond and fantastical fairyland.
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Martha Graham's Errand into the MazeMartha Graham Dance Company in Italy: Graham Pleasing and Political
by Rosella Simonari
February 22, 2004
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Teatro Comunale, Ferrara, Italy
During the press conference, Christine Dakin highlighted Graham's attachment to Italy and the Company's intention to reinforce this important bond which is further strengthened by the presence of a couple of Italians as members of the Company.
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ODC/San Francisco - 'Flight to Ixcan': The Personal and Political Converge
by Toba Singer
February 20 , 2004 -- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

Kimi Okada, in collaboration with Claudia Bernardi, come as close as may be possible to redressing and redeeming catastrophic loss through a work of art.

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ODC/San Francisco - 'Dancing Downtown': '24 Exposures,' 'Last Hello,' 'Pass'
by Toba Singer
February 20 , 2004 -- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

He is buoyant yet commanding, and when the entire company falls in with a new, improved and dazzling ensemble look, it makes you think of what's left after a casting loses its wax.
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Mikhail Baryshnikov - 'Solos with Piano or Not'
by Cassandra
February 17, 2004
--
Barbican, London
His stock in trade was always virtuosity. You went to see Baryshnikov for dazzling displays of technique and you were seldom disappointed.
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Savage JazzSavage Jazz -Benefit for Oakland School for the Arts: Jammin' and Clappin'
by Mary Ellen Hunt
February 15, 2004 --
Alice Arts Center, Oakland, CA
With more of the madness than freedom, the piece has a violent edge to it driven along by the percussives of the score.
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Ballet West: 116 Year old Marries 21 Year Old - Sleeping Beauty Awakens Modern Audiences
by Dean Speer
February 14, 2004 -- Capitol Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah

Wright owned the stage right from her radiant Act I entrance and sustained high level of energy and youthful delight at her birthday/coming out party right up to the time she pricks her finger...
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Pilobolus - 'Megawatt,' 'Symbiosis,' 'The Brass Ring,' 'Wedlock': Trying to Forget
by Marshall Huntenberger
February 13, 2004 -- Community Theater, Morristown, NJ

They should consider labeling themselves something other than dance. I could help them, but this is a family program.

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Hamburg Ballet - 'Nijinsky': A Rite of Spring
by Azlan Ezaddin
February 13 - 14, 2004 -- Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA

"Nijinsky," the ballet, is full of allusive images and ideas, some obvious but many subtle, so much so that it can become intimidating to even knowledgeable balletomanes.

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Hamburg Ballet: Neumeier's Nijinsky - Beautiful and Haunting
by Ed Lippman
February 14, 2004 -- Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA

An undertaking full of potential to thrill and amaze, 'Nijinsky' delivers for the eyes as well as the imagination in ways pleasing and unexpected.
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Hamburg Ballet - 'Nijinsky': Nijinsky as Text
by Jeff Kuo
February 13, 2004 -- Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA

But, even beyond the deliciousness of its psychosexual dramatics, there are startling images suggesting a rebuttal of modern dance's critique of ballet's disengagement with real life.
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Rosemary Butcher - 'White'
by Annie Wells
February 13, 2004
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Britain's original radical choreographer Rosemary Butcher marked her return to London with her latest 'conceptual' dance work "WHITE", a captivating cross-arts response to reports of the final days of Scott's ill-fated Antarctic Expedition.
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Cincinnati Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet': Two Shows, Both Alike in Dignity
by S.E. Arnold
February 13-14, 2004 -- Aronoff Center, Cincinnati, OH

...the dramatic focus of Victoria Morgan’s "Romeo and Juliet" on the transcendence of love clears the clamor of interpretations that want to cloud Shakespeare’s play.
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San Francisco Ballet - 'Le Quattro Stagioni, Study in Motion, Tu Tu': Possokhov's Brilliant Pairings
by Toba Singer
February 10, 2004 -- War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

Yuri Possokhov, who not only never disappoints his audiences, could be lauded as the most astutely creative U.S.-based choreographer of his generation.

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IRIE! Dance Theatre: Joy and Jubilation Begin IRIE!'s National Tour
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
February 10, 2004 -- The Albany Theatre, London

Founded in 1985, IRIE! has distinguished itself as a dance theatre company that specialises in varied educational activities and performances rooted in African and Caribbean aesthetics.

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Pacific Northwest Ballet - ‘Divertimento No. 15,' 'Agon' and ‘Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet': Northwest-ward, Ho!
by Azlan Ezaddin
February 7, 2004 -- Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle

Given the recent criticism of NYCB's quality and given the detail to attention evidenced in this program of Balanchine works by PNB, not only is there little reason for US West Coast Balanchine balletomanes to travel eastward, but perhaps it is the US East Coast fans who should travel westward.
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National Ballet of Canada - 'The Contract':  X-Rated Fairy Tale!
by Michael Goldbarth
February 6, 2004 --
The Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto
Kudelka devotes an inordinate amount of time showing us the death of creativity delivered to this reviewer's eyes in the form of a virus attacking the body of humanity.
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San Francisco Ballet - 'Don Quixote': A Grand Kitri for LeBlanc
by Mary Ellen Hunt
February 5, 2004 --
War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

For a first go at this lengthy ballet, they seem to have worked a great deal on the comic timing so integral to the first act. Technique is never a problem for either of them, although a couple of small bobbles here and there indicated to me that they felt the pressure.
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Paris Opera Ballet - 'Giselle': Bewitched by Alina
by Ileana
February 3, 2004 --
Palais Garnier, Paris

...That night, like many in the audience at the Garnier Opera House, I discovered Alina Cojocaru, a 22-year-old Romanian dancer with an unusual career. Trained at the Kiev school, Cojocaru won the Lausanne prize at sixteen, which gave her the opportunity to round off her studies by six months at the Royal Ballet School in London..
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Limon Dance Company: A Newbie's View of Limon
by Mary Ellen Hunt
January 26, 2004 -- Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

The 57-year old Limon Dance Company brought a historical whiff to an appreciative audience at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco with a program of works spanning some 37 years...

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Coming up...
· Nederlands Dans Theatre tours the US
· Interviews with Artur Sultanov and Andrei Uvarov
· DanceUK
· The Nureyev Gala in Italy

· More reviews
· More interviews
· More features

 

 
 

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Mary Ellen Hunt

Managing Editors

Azlan Ezaddin, Stuart Sweeney

Associate Editors

Lori Ibay, Jeffrey Kuo, Holly Messitt, Catherine Pawlick, Catherine Schemm, Barb Thompson


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