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Monica Mason, Director of the Royal Ballet
by Jurate Terleckaite
I never really wanted to be anywhere else except the Royal Ballet because I felt that I was with the best people in the world.

Saul MarzialiSaul Marziali of the Royal Swedish Ballet
by Kate Snedeker
Marziali has enjoyed his first year with company, mentioning the friendly and positive atmosphere and the willingness of dancers to help each other.

company focus

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Boston Ballet - Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes'

Boston Ballet - 'Don Quixote'

Boston Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet'

Boston Ballet - 'La Fille Mal Gardee' (Ashton)

Boston Ballet - All Balanchine Program: 'Ballo Della Regina'

Boston Ballet - Maelstrom, Sharp side of Dark & In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated

Boston Ballet - Onegin

Boston Ballet - Hunchback of Notre Dame

Boston Ballet - Interplay, Theme and Variations, Four Last Songs

Boston Ballet - Sleeping Beauty

Boston Ballet - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Suite Saint-Saëns

Boston Ballet Artistic Director Emeritus Bruce Marks

Topics in our Forums

Boston Ballet 2003-04 Season

Boston Ballet Autumn 2003

Boston Ballet Spring 2004

Boston Ballet 2004-05 Season

General Director & CEO Babcock Leaves Boston Ballet

Valerie Wilder Leaves National Ballet for Boston Ballet

PR firm used by Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet Financial News

Boston Ballet's Nutcracker Logistical Problems

Boston Ballet & Wang Center

Boston Ballet School Auditions

Boston Ballet - Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre - Nutcracker

New home for Boston Ballet Nutcracker

Breaking News: Guenther's Mother Sues Boston Ballet

AD of Boston Ballet to leave

THE NEWS! on Boston Ballet's New AD

Boston Ballet's "La Bayadere"

Boston Ballet's Spring 2001 Calendar

Boston Ballet's 'Beyond Boundaries'

boston ballet firings

Boston Ballet and Maina Gielgud Part

Boston Ballet's 'Four Last Songs'

Review: Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet's 'Hunchback of Notre Dame'

Boston Ballet's 2001-2002 season

Boston and Houston Ballet name new directors...

Rebecca Rice at Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet's 'Sleeping Beauty' -- Anne-Marie Holmes' Swansong

Mikko Nissinen, new Artistic Director & Valerie Wilder, new Executive Director of Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet's Opening Program, Sep 2001

Boston Ballet's FROM DISTANT SHORES Oct-Nov 2001

Former Boston Ballet Soloist?

Boston Ballet in Maina Gielgud's "Giselle"

Boston Ballet 2002 -- 'American Trilogy'

Boston Ballet 2002-2003 Season

Boston Ballet's Butterfly Ball, Spring 2002

Boston Ballet 2002-03 Prog 1: 'Maelstrom,' 'Sharp side of Dark,' 'In The Middle...'

Boston Ballet 2002-03 - 'Onegin'

Review: Boston Ballet, Onegin

New Principal at Boston Ballet's Norwell Studio

Featured Sites

in our forums

· Theater Investigated -- Director Suspended - DA Opens Criminal Investigation
· What exactly constitutes "dance criticism"? (What is the purpose of reviews?)
· Dance Professionals' Struggle to Live and Make Art
Fun Stuff
· Babelicious Ballerina!
· Dancing dogs - they must be kidding!
Dance Miscellany
· PNB's first film series: "Balanchine on Film"
· PBS: Ashton's "The Dream"
· San Francisco Ballet - 'Sylvia,' a Mark Morris World Premiere
· Royal Danish Ballet 2003, 2004
· Australian Ballet 2003-2004
Modern Dance
· Ohad Naharin and Batsheva Dance Company
· Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 2003-04 (45th Anniversary Season)
· Martha Graham Dance Company 2003-4
World Dance, Musicals and Social Dance
· Rennie Harris Puremovement
· Burlesque/Revue
Danser en français
· Le rapport de la DDASS
· EAT 2004
· TNOP Bastille - Don Quichotte du 11 mai au 3 juin 2004
The Studio
· anatomy of a class~
· Schools, Studios and Students - news round-up 2004/1st Half

Students' Questions and Experiences

· What makes you drawn to a dancer/performer?
· I wanna have a chance...do I???
Managing Dance
· Economic Situation for the Arts in 2004
· Renovation of London's South Bank Centre


Coming up...
· Stars of the 21st Century
· More on Balanchine's 100th
· Pennsylvania Ballet's new 'Swan Lake'
· Smuin Ballet's turns 10
· From Here to Maturity
· More reviews
· More interviews
· More features


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Izzie awards Bay Area Dance Awards 2004
by Mary Ellen Hunt
April 26, 2004 - Yerba Buena Center Forum, San Francisco
...There were so many pillars of the local dance scene honored that that the progression of standing ovations and sitting down and standing ovations and sitting down felt like a Catholic mass at times...

BalanchineWords on Dance - 'Celebrating Mr. B': Panel Discussion
by Francis Timlin
April 19, 2004 - Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Allegra Kent spoke about "The Unanswered Question" from "Ivesiana" and the creation of her solo as a woman who was often out of reach and somehow in another realm.

George Balanchine: Ballet Master, A Centennial Exhibition
by Jeff Kuo
April 16, 2004 - San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum, Veterans Building, San Francisco

...Sometimes I wonder if Balanchine's timelessness makes it too easy, especially for those of us who missed the Balanchine era, to forget that his ballets were in fact resolutely tied to period and circumstance. The current exhibition on Balanchine at the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum can help us remember...

De Keersmaeker, Adorno, and the Laban Cube:  Improvisation and the Ballet
by Maria Technosux
Improvisation is probably also an expression or even a direct reflection of the dominant economic system that has been spreading over the globe, a system characterized by its aggressive fluidity/flexibility and appropriative adaptivity. Improvisation repeats the dominant ideal behind this system and says: I want it all and I want it now...

Violence in Ballet - Scapino Ballet Rotterdam - 'Kathleen'; Rotterdam Dance Academy - 'Mt. Bulla'
by Maria Technosux

... The violence level was near tangible and I loved it. This ballet was a homage to urban violence and aggression and male bloodlust. People who love the movie "Fight Club" really ought to see this ballet...

Royal Danish Ballet
The Royal Danish Ballet

A Day in the Life of a Royal Danish Ballet Dancer
by Kate Snedeker
For many people the life of a ballet dancer remains somewhat of a mystery; a distant world of rehearsal studios and classes. Though so little understood by most ballet-goers, this offstage existence makes up most of a dancer’s life...

Royal Danish Ballet School The Royal Danish Theatre Ballet School
by Kate Snedeker
Founded more than two hundred years ago, the Ballet School of the Royal Danish Theatre is one of the oldest ballet schools in Europe, and it remains a unique and inspiring institution ...

Niels BalleNiels Balle, Deputy Director, Royal Danish Ballet School
by Kate Snedeker
"...it is very tough to start teaching because you usually start while you are still dancing and it's very hard to combine. But, if you have the lust for it, I think you make time for it..."

Thomas LundThomas Lund, Principal Dancer and Coach
by Kate Snedeker
Still six months shy of his thirtieth birthday, Royal Danish Ballet principal Thomas Lund has already made a lasting impact not only as a dancer, but also as a coach, teacher and conservator of the Bournonville legacy.

Tina Hojlund Tina Højlund, Soloist
by Kate Snedeker
Acclaimed for her performances in both traditional Bournonville ballets and modern works, Tina Højlund is one of the Royal Danish Ballet’s most experienced soloists.

Kristoffer Sakurai, Corps member
by Kate Snedeker
Kristoffer Sakurai has already emerged as one of the top young talents, drawing particular praise for his interpretations of Bournonville roles.

editors' picks

Los Angeles
· City Ballet of San Diego - Tribute to Balanchine: Stairway to Paradise and Beyond
May 14-16, 2004 - Spreckels Theater, San Diego, California

Marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of George Balanchine, City Ballet closes the season with a tribute to this great choreographer of the 20th century.
Kanata Native Dance Theater, Geri Keames
May 15, 2004 - Music Center Education Division, W.M. Keck Foundation Children's Amphitheatre, Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
Presented by the Music Center Education Division, award-winning Kanata Native Dance Theatre specializes in exhilarating performances of Plains and Woodland tribes, as well as the mesmerizing Hoop Dance of the Hopi.  Free event.

New York
American Ballet Theatre - MET Season
May 10-July 3, Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center
ABT performs "La Bayadère," "Raymonda," "Don Quixote," "Swan Lake," "Coppélia," "Romeo and Juliet," and mixed rep programs with works by Balanchine, Kylian, Tudor and others.
DanceAfrica 2004 - A Dancer's Path: Ancient Traditions, Modern Trends
May 28-30, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn, NY
DanceAfrica, America’s largest and most vibrant annual celebration of African and African-American music, dance, and culture-and BAM’s longest-running performance series, returns on Memorial Day weekend for its 27th season.

San Francisco Bay Area
· Galumpha
May 7-30, 2004, Project Artaud Theater, San Francisco. Making their first appearance in the Bay Area.
· Ballett Frankfurt- 'The Room as It Was,' 'Duo,' '(N.N.N.N.)' 'One Flat Thing Reproduced'
June 3-5, 2004, Cal Performances, Berkeley
William Forsythe's famous contemporary company makes one last tour around the US before disbanding.

Pennsylvania Ballet - 'Swan Lake'
June 4-12, 2004, Academy of Music, Philadelphia
The world premiere of the classic ballet by New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
May 13-15, 2004, Academy of Music, Philadelphia
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs three different programs in three days at the Academy, under the artistic direction of Philly native Judith Jamison.

Rambert Dance Company - 'Reflection,' 'Linear Remains,' 'Five Brahms Waltzes,' 'A Tragedy of Fashion'
May 25-29, 2004, Sadler's Wells Theatre
Rambert come to London wih a varied programme.
The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs - 'Flesh and Blood' and 'Double Take'
20th May 2004, Royal Festival Hall (and Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room)
A celebration of 20 years innovative work from the wonderful Lea Anderson.
Royal Ballet - 'Onegin' (Cranko)
May 26-June 30, 2004, Royal Opera House
A ballet full of wonderful pdds. One of the best features from Ross Stretton's brief tenure.

Ballet National de Marseille : Soirée de Ballets Balanchine/Forsythe/Saarinen
les 22 et 23 mai 2004, Marseille
Après la crise de février dernier et le départ de sa directrice Marie-Claude Pietragalla, le Ballet National de Marseille présentera une création mondiale The Captain de Tero Saarinen.

Opéra de Paris - 'Giselle' de Mats Ek
du 18 mai au 1er juin 2004, Palais Garnier, Paris
Après la Giselle traditionnelle présentée en Février dernier, l’Opéra nous propose la relecture décapante qu’en a faite Mats Ek, avec notre nouvelle danseuse étoile Marie-Agnès Gillot.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jolente De Keersmaeker et Rosas - 'Kassandra, speaking in twelve voices'
du 11 au 15 mai 2004 et Once, solo – du 18 au 22 mai 2004, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
Deuxième et troisième programmes présentés cette saison au théâtre de la Ville..

Roma Opera Ballet – 'Mary Stuart, the last night'
May 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, Teatro Nazionale, Rome
Carla Fracci and guest artist Ilze Liepa share the stage in the new ballet by Alberto Mendez on Schumann’s music.

La Scala Ballet – 'Swan Lake'
May 5, 7, 9, Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan
Old Bourmeister production of Petipa-Ivanov’s masterpiece.
La Scala Ballet – Stravinsky evening ('Le Sacre du Printemps,' 'Rubies,' 'The Cage')
May 18-23, Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan
Chorographies by Bejart, Balanchine, Robbins.

Letter from the Editors
     The May edition of Ballet-Dance Magazine brings you reviews, features, and interviews from all over the world including essays from Amsterdam touching upon ballet’s moral dimensions, its ideological strategies, and images of violence. Ballet-Dance also reviews works of an explicitly political character from Robert Hylton Urban Classicism, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the National Ballet of Canada’s choreographic workshop, works which urge us to find the relevance that connects the art that inspired Balanchine and Ashton with our modern world.

     Ballet began in the palaces of Europe among kings, queens and courtiers. The current issue features four Royal Ballets: a mini-feature on the Royal Danish Ballet, interviews with artists of the Royal Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet, and a review of the Royal New Zealand Ballet performing in London.

     The former colonies are not neglected as we have reviews from Canada, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, and Seattle. And, there are reviews of choreographic workshops at Pacific Northwest Ballet and National Ballet of Canada. Our Focus this month is on Boston Ballet with a links to past features, reviews, and a fantastic image gallery for your enjoyment.

      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!

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Royal New Zealand Ballet - Triple Bill - 'Saltarello', 'Milagros', 'FrENZy'
by Cassandra
April 27, 2004 -- Sadler's Wells, London

The young dancers are totally convincing as they portray the troubled souls dancing out their anxieties to Stravinsky's compelling rhythms and De Frutos proves yet again that he is developing into a choreographic master...

Miami City Ballet - 'The Neighborhood Ballroom': Four Ages of Man (and Epilogue) Enough for Villella
by Carol Herron
April 24, 2004 -- Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Washington, D.C.

Each act of the ballet just got more and more exciting, and the fourth act "The Mambo: Mambo No. 2a.m." was a fabulous finale.

Henri Oguike Dance Company - 'Front Line,' 'White Space,' 'FPS,' 'Finale'
by Lyndsey Winship
April 21, 2004 -- Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

The dancers manage to match the score's truculent drive and spiked edges with pacy steps and a battery of percussive feet, stamping and slapping the floor, moving with and against the string players' rhythms...

Pacific Northwest Ballet - Choreographer's Showcase
by Francis Timlin
April 21, 2004 -- Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington

There was a pervasive sense of an urban jazz club in the atmosphere and despite big, energetic movement, there was a prevailing sense of ennui and irony.

Pennsylvania Ballet 'Rhythm and Blues' - 'Fearful Symmetries,' 'The Crossed Line,' 'Blue Until June': PAB Goes Red, Blue, and Modern
by Lori Ibay
April 15 and 17, 2004 -- Merriam Theater, Phildephia

The modern-flavored program opened with Peter Martins' "Fearful Symmetries," a plotless ballet set to a racing score by John Adams. Sitting comfortably in my chair, I was instantly brought to the edge of my seat by the pulsating energy of the music...

Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'Serenade,' 'Carmina Burana'
by Mike Saunders
April 17, 2004 -- McCaw Hall, Seattle

Like others who have reviewed this piece, I think I noticed my "allergies" suddenly increasing during that last movement as I wiped my eyes more than once.

Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'Serenade,' 'Carmina Burana':  Performance of a Lifetime
by Dean Speer
April 15, 2004 -- McCaw Hall, Seattle

Everything about Kent Stowell's "Carmina Burana" is big. Enormous. Huge in concept and design, this ballet to Carl Orff's famous music and text is a "wow!" ballet and a sure-fire audience pleaser.

Scottish BalletScottish Ballet - 'The Four Temperaments,' 'Soft Underbelly,' 'Five Rückert Songs,' '32 Cryptograms,' 'Acrid Avid Jam'
by Kate Snedeker
April 14, 2004 -- Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland

Returning to the Festival Theatre for the first Edinburgh performance of 2004, the Scottish Ballet showed off it's powerful, brash, talented new persona.

Symphonic VariationsSan Francisco Ballet - 'Monotones I and II,' 'Thaïs pas de deux,' 'Symphonic Variations,' 'Elite Syncopations':  Funky Hat Day at the Ballet
by Jeff Kuo
April 17, 2004 -- War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

Despite harsh words at the time of the War of the American Rebellion (as the American Revolution is incorrectly called in Britain), it is generally agreed that Americans like things British – e.g. the Beatles, the late Princess Diana, fish & chips, etc...

San Francisco Ballet - Program 7: 'Monotones I and II,' 'Thaïs pas de deux,' 'Symphonic Variations,' 'Elite Syncopations'
by Mary Ellen Hunt
April 13, 2004 -- War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

If I were to describe Ashton, I would say he is what Americans stereotypically think of when they imagine Brits. Often reserved, given to vast understatement at times, but then also capable of biting, quick wit and clever, very clever.

James Thierree - 'La Veillee des Abysses'
by Julia Skene-Wenzel
April 9, 2004 -- Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Remember the magic of an attic filled with old furniture and books, the smell of dust and the air of lives gone by? A world that offers endless possibilities for play and transformation? James Thierree invites us to join his.

Robert Hylton Urban Classicism - 'Two Sugars with My Hip Hop Please', 'Innocence', 'Urban Voodoo', 'Landscape': When Does Hip-Hop Become Classical?
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
April 2004 -- Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, London

By attributing 'classical' to urban dance expressions one acknowledges a legacy of exploration that has continued since the jook halls

LINES Contemporary Ballet - 'The Patience of Aridity, Waiting for Petrichor,' 'Coleman Hawkins,' 'Baker Fix,' 'The Rite of Spring'
by Mary Ellen Hunt
April 9, 2004 -- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Spring is here, and with it comes certain rites, among them, the annual company seasons.

Boston Ballet - 'Lady of the Camellias': The Singular Capacity to Seduce
by S.E. Arnold
April 3, 2004 -- Wang Center, Boston, Massachusetts

However, within the world of "Lady of the Camellias" Caniparoli channels virtuosity and its attendant frivolity into the service of his narrative.

National Ballet of Canada - Choreographic Workshop: Choreography of Their Own
by Denise Sum
April 3, 2004 -- Premiere Dance Theatre, Toronto, Canada

Aside from cultivating choreographic creativity, the workshop is also a venue that showcases the talents of some lesser-known dancers.

The Bang Group - 'Critical Mass', 'Pop', 'Slapstuck', Show Business', 'The Boogie Shoes Project'
by Marshall Huntenberger
March 31, 2004 -- Winter Garden, World Financial Center, New York

I've come to expect David Parker's wit and brilliance so I have a high standard for Bang Group performances. I wasn't at all disappointed on this occasion.

Dance Theatre of Harlem - 'Serenade,' 'Thaïs pas de Deux,' 'A Song for Dead Warriors'
by Danzcryz
March 31, 2004 -- Sadler's Wells, London

”Serenade,” choreographed by Balanchine for his ballet students in 1934, typically exudes the unattainable, aloofness of his neoclassical aesthetic. Too often, the desire for purity overrides personality, and the joy of dancing to Tchaikovsky's more vivacious movements is often lost. Not so with Dance Theatre of Harlem...

Scottish Dance Theatre - 'Moment,' 'Broken,' 'Track'
Katherine Phillips
March 30, 2004 -- The Place, London

Along with genres such as physical theatre and live art, some say that dance should be used to challenge, subvert and provoke. Others argue that viewing a dance performance should not be like figuring out a brainteaser, but rather enjoyed for its surface value and visual quality...

Paris Opera Ballet POB - 'Signes'
Marie-Laure Ferreyra
March 27, 2004 --
Opéra Bastille, Paris
Carlson handles parody successfully in the Chinese tableau where the girls mimic love in cartoon-like fashion, their hands amplifying the beating of their hearts...

Ballet San Jose - 'Out of Africa'
by Dean Speer

March 26, 2004 San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

This kind of virtual, literal story-telling ballet is even now a rarity in the ballet world and certainly even more rare are new creations in this genre.

Royal Swedish Ballet - 'En Midsommarnattsdröm' ('A Midsummer's Night Dream')
by Kate Snedeker
March 17-18, 2004 -- Kungliga Operan, Stockholm

From the antics of Bottom’s friends to the deliberate, coolly smooth gyrations of the dream-beings, to the frenetic fights of the human lovers, the choreography teems with details in both technique and characterization. ...

Pacific Northwest Ballet - The Romantics: Without Boundaries
by Dean Speer
March 18, 2004 -- McCaw Hall, Seattle, WA

Turns, jumps, and balances are the means of interplay between the supremely talented Noelani Pantastico and Jonathan Porretta, who radiate such joy when they perform, it’s infectious and uplifting.


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Mary Ellen Hunt

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Azlan Ezaddin, Stuart Sweeney

Associate Editors

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

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