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JULY 2004

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interviews

Cultivating a Garden: Reconstructing & Staging Petipa’s "Le Jardin Animé" - An Interview with Doug Fullington and Manard Stewart
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin
One of our goals is to try not to make the ballet look "old-fashioned." Today's trained dancers move in a contemporary way but completely within the parameters of the notation.
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Swimming Rite - Interview with Shen Wei
by Donald Hutera
Born in China, and with an extensive background in Chinese Opera, 36 year-old Shen Wei has lived in New York City since 1995. He is a painter and choreographer, as well as a performer in his own young company, Shen Wei Dance Arts. Umbrella is bringing a contrasting pair of his works to London.
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Organic Chic - Interview with Yolande Snaith
by Donald Hutera
Yolande Snaith has spent the past two decades cultivating a multi-layered, collagist aesthetic like nobody else's. "There are choreographers who work closely with the structure of music, " she says, "but that's not me. For me choreography is definitely a visual as well as a physical process."
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Featured Articles

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Ailey's Legacy Alive at the Academy
by Lewis Whittington, May 2004, Philadelphia
Among the many reasons Philadelphians love Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is that artistic director Judith Jamison grew up here.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - 'Hymn': Why Dance?
by Mary Ellen Hunt, March 2004, Berkeley, California
In 1993, only four years after the passing of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company's founder, artistic director Judith Jamison gathered together her dancers to create a tribute to the man who had so deeply influenced them all.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - 'Revelations,' 'Winter in Lisbon,' 'Treading'
par by Valérie Beck, Juin 2003, Paris
Comment rester de glace devant une représentation de la compagnie d’Alvin Ailey?
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - 'Grace,' 'Shelter,' 'The Winter in Lisbon'
by Maria Roche, December 2002, New York
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has a rich, lustrous tradition dating back to 1958, but on Sunday it chose to show three of its more recent works – it being just 14 years since the oldest was created.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - 'Grace,' 'Shelter,' 'The Winter in Lisbon'
by Kate Snedeker, December 2002, New York
On December 15th, the audience at City Center was treated to a diverse selection from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's unique repertoire.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in London: Where is the company headed?
by Emma Pegler, June 2002, London
The company is without doubt worth seeing. It clearly has a cult status that it deserves...
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in London: Not-so-great oldies
by Melanix Nix, June 2002, London
Having waited a year for the rescheduled appearance of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, expectations were sky high.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre - 'Grace,' 'Following the Subtle Current Upstream,' 'Revelations'
by Dina McDermott, February 2001, Seattle
The adoring audience seemed unable to show their adulation enough.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - 'Divining,' 'Pas de Duke,' 'Revelations,' 'Bad Blood'
par Catherine Schemm, Octobre 2001, Paris
Le Nouveau Festival International de Danse de Paris accueille la troupe d'Alvin Ailey pour deux programmes.
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Topics in our Forums

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The Ailey School's Summer Sizzler

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Graham vs. Ailey

Alvin Ailey Company / Judith Jamison 2000-01

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Alvin Ailey 1999

Ailey: Healthy, Wealthy and Prized

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'Alvin Ailey Dance Moves: A Dance-Based Approach to Movement and Exercise'

Alvin Ailey program instructs children in life

Alvin Ailey summer intensive

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Alvin Ailey à Paris, 24 au 28 juin 2003


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Issues

· New Inquiry - Dance (UK House of Commons): N. American and other views are welcome
· Dancing Men (& Boys)
· Is Dance really a sport?

Fun Stuff

· Tractor Square Dancing!
· Top Ten List of 'Most Fun Cities in America'
· Strictly Come Dancing - new TV ballroom competition

Dance Miscellany

· Arts critic dismissed from The Miami Herald
· Florida Dance Festival 2004
· Behind the Scenes Photography

Ballet

· The Royal Ballet - USA Tour 2004
· Royal Danish Ballet: 2004-2005
· Third Shanghai International Ballet Competition

Modern Dance

· Play Without Words
· Mark Morris Dance Group 2003-04
· Dandelion Dance Theater

World Dance, Musicals and Social Dance

· Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp's 'Movin' Out'
· Michael Flatley
· Ballroom dancing

Danser en français

· Nouveau Directeur Chorégraphique - Ballet National de Marseille
· "La Sylphide" - Opéra Garnier - du 28 juin au 15 juillet 2004
· Gérard Mortier

The Studio

· Feet!
· Schools, Studios and Students - news round-up 2004/1st Half
· ATTENTION TEACHERS

Students' Questions and Experiences

· shallow plie
· Late starter audition for kirov/bolshoi ballet?
· pointe shoe abuse!

Backstage

· Stravinsky
· Anxious Moments?
· Making a living as a designer

Managing Dance

· Seattle Arts Earned and Contributed Income Unease
· Managing the ROH--past and present
· The Economic Impact of the Arts

Auditions/Opportunities

DANSER EN FRANCAIS

Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris - 'Don Quichotte': Une magnifique soirée
Par Catherine Schemm
1er juin 2004, Opéra Bastille, Paris
Deuxième artiste invité, l'étoile cubaine Carlos Acosta se produisait ce soir dans Basilio aux côtés d'Aurélie Dupont. Le mélange se promettait d'être explosif, entre la tradition cubaine très axée sur une technique spectaculaire et la tradition française plus basée sur le style, et il le fut.
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Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris - 'Don Quichotte': Roberto Bolle à l'Opéra
Par Catherine Schemm
28 mai 2004, Opéra Bastille, Paris
Après les prises de rôles multiples qui se sont succédées et qui ont vu la consécration de Mathieu Ganio et les succès de Dorothée Gilbert, Eleonora Abbagnato, Karl Paquette, Emmanuel Thibault et les autres, voici venue le tour des artistes invités.
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Pina Bausch/Tanztheater Wuppertal - 'Néfès': Gros succès sans surprise
Par Anne-Marie Baptista
4 juin 2004, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
Première ce soir de «Nefés», la création que Pina Bausch présente cette saison au Théâtre de la Ville avec le Tanztheater Wuppertal
Cette pièce m'apparaît comme un conte que nous narre Pina Bausch avec beaucoup d'humour, de sensibilité et de poésie.
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Ballet de Marseille - Spectacle Balanchine, Forsythe, Saarinen
Par Haruyo Yokota
22 mai 2004, Opéra de Marseille
Après les deux représentations de Don Quichotte en novembre 2003, le Ballet de Marseille s'installe de nouveau à l'Opéra de Marseille pour nous présenter trois programmes, tous différents de par leur style.
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Compagnie Karas - 'Kazahanas'
Par Haruyo Yokota
29 mai, Lille
14 danseurs, dont deux assistantes du chorégraphe, se sont ainsi côtoyés pendant quatre semaines. Tous venaient de différentes compagnies: Blanca Li, W. Forsythe, J. Kylian, Royal Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Opéra de Paris.
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Bolchoï à Moscou

Bolchoï - 'Chipollino', spectacle en matinée
Par Jean-Luc Donay
2 juin 2004, Théâtre du Bolchoï, Moscou

Durant le trajet, il m’explique que Chipollino est un ballet conçu pour les enfants ; aujourd’hui, le spectacle est d’ailleurs prioritairement réservé pour des enfants vivant à l’orphelinat.
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Ecole de danse du Bolchoï, spectacle en soirée
Par Jean-Luc Donay
2 juin 2004, Théâtre du Bolchoï, Moscou
Je me réjouis de voir les élèves de cette prestigieuse école, d'autant que comme certains d"entre vous, j'ai aussi vu le reportage sur Arte, qui a été diffusé la veille de mon départ.
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Bolchoï - 'Giselle': version Youri Grigorovitch
Par Jean-Luc Donay
3 juin 2004, Théâtre du Bolchoï, Moscou
Giselle n'a jamais quitté l'affiche de ce théâtre jusqu'à nos jours. Depuis 1944 c'est la version de Lavrovsky qui était au répertoire.
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Coming up...
· San Francisco Ballet in Europe
· Universal Ballet in CA
· Royal Ballet's US tour
· Jeff Stanton of PNB
· More reviews
· More interviews
· More features

 

features

First Anniversary of 'Ballet-Dance Magazine'
by The Editors
July 2004
"The best online dance magazine I have seen" - Frank Anderson, Artistic Director Royal Danish Ballet
It's been work -- we won't deny it, but all of us at Ballet Dance Magazine are so proud of the twelve issues, 600+ articles from 141 contributors and much blood, sweat and a few tears that have made "Ballet-Dance Magazine" ("Monthly," as was) one of the most wide-ranging and in-depth magazines about dance on the Web.
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Recycle/Reuse/Renew: Arts Critic Octavio Roca dismissed from the Miami Herald
by Mary Ellen Hunt
June 30, 2004, San Francisco

Plagiarism is perhaps too strong a term for what is more like slipshod journalism, but Roca’s style of renewable reviewing was surely an open secret in the Bay Area dance community.
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Trisha Brown: Dance and Art in Dialogue, 1961-2001
Exhibition review by Jeff Kuo
June 11, 2004 -- Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

For the exhibition, the curators prepared a special, darkened enclosure inside which they projected a video of 'Opal Loop/Cloud Installation' onto pale, machine generated fogs.
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Akademi and ICA - Symposium: No Man's Land - Exploring South Asianness -
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
May 22, 2004 - Venue ICA, London

Currently there exist an amalgamation of 'South Asian' classic and folk forms that have been transliterated or appropriated by other dance forms. These expressions find their inspiration in cinema, musical shows and MTV. There are also classic and folk forms fluctuating as much as they are trying to maintain traditional substance.
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Akademi and ICA - Symposium: What's in a Label?
by Julia Skene-Wenzel
May 22, 2004 - Venue ICA, London

Integration into a global trans-national structure can only be achieved, when differences are acknowledged and accepted as assets to a broader cultural structure.
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Regional Dance America, Pacific Region's Ballet Festival
by Dean Speer
Felesina seems to understand form, function, and composition. Her white-costumed ballet began with a simple port de bras motif that built and was used as the catalyst for the extension of the piece.

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Mao's Last Dancer - by Li Cunxin
Book review by Leland Windreich
For Li Cunxin, born in 1961, the chances of becoming a world acclaimed ballet dancer were a million to one. Number six in a Chinese family of seven boys, sleeping head to toe in a peasant commune hovel near the costal city of Quingdao, Li had neither special talents nor childhood yearnings to be a performer.

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Breakin' Convention: International Festival of Hip Hop
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
May 15-16, 2004 -- Sadler's Wells, London

Fantastic, awesome, are some of the superlatives that can be used to describe the breakin' convention held at Sadler"s Wells 15 and 16 May. Sadler"s front of house turned into a youth world summit where young folks from about 5 to elders came to watch the breakers, DJ"s, MC"s and stand in hopefuls and knowledgeable freaks strut, bounce, pontificate, whirl, fly, spin, snap, and pop.
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Reconstruction: Le Chant du Rossignol - Film Screening and Reconstruction
by Petra Tschiene
May 14, 2004 -- Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House 2, London

The most fascinating section of the documentary shows her teaching her role to an awe struck Royal Ballet School student named Iohna Loots, who is now a First Artist.
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National Ballet of Canada - Rex Harrington Farewell:  Goodbye Rex
by Michael Goldbarth
May 23, 2004 -- Hummingbird Centre, Toronto, Canada

The standing ovation accorded Rex Harrington was long and loud. The National didn"t have to buy bouquets; the fans themselves came well prepared for the occasion.
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KIrov White Nights Festival
A Century of Balanchine

'Chopiniana,' 'Tanz Symphony,' and the Kingdom of the Shades
by Catherine Pawlick -- June 2, 2004
This was the historical Russia that influenced Balanchine -- classical, formal, tutu-ed and traditional.
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'Apollo,' 'Prodigal Son' 'Tanz Symphony,' 'Serenade'
by Catherine Pawlick -- June 3, 2004
The Kirov dancers manage to portray the dramatic elements well, even when certain steps evade them.
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'Donizetti Variations' 'Concerto Barocco,' 'La Sonnabula'
by Catherine Pawlick -- June 4, 2004
The Perm Ballet was so courtly and polite as to be unremarkable, and, as several former New York City Ballet principals noted, the sense of humor that may have pervaded the piece in New York versions was absent.
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'Jewels'
by Catherine Pawlick -- June 5, 2004
...performed in a more "Balanchinean" style -- with adequate abandon and jazz influence where needed.
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Forsythe Evening: 'STEPTEXT,' 'The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude,' 'In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated': Neo-classical Made New
by Catherine Pawlick -- June 6, 2004
The language of Forsythe in this ballet is coherent and unique, if strange. The dancers communicate to each other through a series of bent elbow hand gestures (almost like dance sign language), and an audience member nearby was heard to say aloud 'this is not a ballet.'
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Gala Concert - 'Chopiniana' and gala divertissements
by Catherine Pawlick -- June 12, 2004
But during the Kirov's 'Gala Concert' on June 12, it was Mikhail Agrest's conducting that took center stage and -- almost -- stole the show.
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Wheeldon's 'Swan Lake' at Philadelphia's Academy of Music

Pennsylvania Ballet's Swan Lake Send in the Swans
by Lewis Whittington
June 4-13, 2004

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon got that ballet warhorse "Swan Lake" galloping, breaking away and in the back stretch, similarly, choking.
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Pennsylvania Ballet's Swan LakeChristopher Wheeldon's World Premiere is a Triumph
by Lori Ibay
June 4, 2004

Pennsylvania Ballet has not performed "Swan Lake" for thirteen years, but the company has never danced a "Swan Lake," or any production for that matter, quite like this one...

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Pennsylvania Ballet's Swan Lake The Magic Continues at PAB
by Lori Ibay
June 5, 2004

The theater was packed; the audience buzzed; the orchestra, conducted by Beatrice Jona Affron, began Tchaikovsky’s familiar overture; and the stage was set for a repeat of the company’s opening night triumph...

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Pennsylvania Ballet's Swan LakeFinal Bows and Fond Farewells
by Lori Ibay
June 9, 2004

Emotion dripped from Dede Barfield's fingertips with every deliberate movement, and the essence of the Swan Queen seemed to emanate directly from her being and straight to the audience.

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Pennsylvania Ballet's Swan Lake L'apres midi d'un Siegfried
by S. E. Arnold
June 4-5, 2004

When combined with the ballet studio set and its giant mirror, the music and Degas references thoroughly establish the cloistered, self-referential, and sensual world of Wheeldon's "Swan Lake."

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American Ballet Theatre
Metropolitan Opera Season

American Ballet Theatre's Romeo & JulietRomeo & Juliet: Starry Afternoon
by Mary Ellen Hunt
June 30, 2004
How wonderful is it when you can walk into a Wednesday matinee on a hot sleepy summer day and be unexpectedly transported by the sheer magic onstage?
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'Romeo and Juliet': The Unbearable Lightness of Amanda
by Jerry Hochman
June 30, 2004

'The blonde on the right', I told my wife. The blonde on the right was Amanda McKerrow. This was before Moscow, before the Today show (yes, I happened to see the interview with Jane Pauley), and before ABT. It's nice to be right.
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American Ballet Theatre's Coppelia'Coppelia': Wanted: An Old-Fashioned Star
by Mary Ellen Hunt
June 26, 2004

Frustratingly, the glamorous, I-can't-stop-watching-and-wondering-what-they'll-do-next quality has been slow to develop in the youngest generation of principals at ABT, a company which in my mind has always been about glamorous stars.
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American Ballet Theatre's Don Quixote'Don Quixote'
by Lori Ibay
June 12, 2004 matinee

More comedy was provided by another comic duo -- Kitri's father, Lorenzo, played by Isaac Stappas, and the rich suitor Gamache, played Julio Bragado-Young, who displayed his mastery of physical comedy.
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'Raymonda'
by Kate Snedeker
June 2, 2004 matinee

The plentiful dances and divertissements in both acts provide ample opportunities for fine dancing, and the company did not disappoint. Zack Brown's colorful costumes and sets were a highlight of the production and provided a pleasing background for the solid corps.
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'Raymonda'
by Lori Ibay
June 2, 2004

Condensed into two acts, "Raymonda" has its own fairytale plot -- the heroine at her birthday party meets the handsome suitor a.k.a. "good guy," Jean de Brienne, and the suave, exciting "bad guy," Abderakhman, a Saracen Knight.
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editors' picks

Los Angeles
· National Choreographer's Initiative
July 24, 2004 - Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine, California
Molly Lynch's new choreographer's workshop debuts with premieres by Peter Pucci, Ann Marie DeAngelo, James Sewell, and Lynne Taylor-Corbett.
· Universal Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet'
August 6-8, 2004 - Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, California
The only Southern California performances for Korea's Universal Ballet performing Oleg Vinogradov's take on the familiar Shakespearean tragedy.

New York
· Ashton Centennial Celebration
through July 17, 2004, Lincoln Center, New York
The Royal Ballet, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet and K-Ballet all join forces to pay tribute to one of England's most beloved choreographers.

· Shen Wei Dance Arts
July 14 and 16-17, 2004, Lincoln Center, New York
Visually stunning choreography that makes movement appear otherworldly.  Last year Shen Wei's choreography was a highlight of the Lincoln Center Festival. 

San Francisco Bay Area
· Summerfest - WestWave Dance Festival 2004
July 21-24, 2004, ODC Theater, 17th at Shotwell, San Francisco
7/29 - 8/1, Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
Get a first look at some of the Bay Area's most cutting edge choreography.

Philadelphia
· Illadelph Legends Festival 2004
July 25-31, 2004,The Boyer College of Music and Dance of Temple University, Philadelphia
The ten-day hip-hop festival brings together local, national, and international performers for lectures, demonstrations, open jam sessions, panel discussions, master classes, and more.

London
· Daimokh
18 July 2004 to 19 July 2004, Royal Opera House (Linbury)
The wonderful Chechen youth dance company return to London with their explosive and sometimes graceful dance.
· Bolshoi Ballet
19 July to 7 August 2004, Royal Opera House
This season brings "Swan Lake", "Don Q", "Spartacus", "The Pharaoh’s Daughter" and the new version of "Romeo and Juliet"

France: Vaison la Romaine
· Sylvie Guillem, Michael Nunn et William Trevitt
28 juillet 2004, Festival de Vaison la Romaine
Tournée estivale de Sylvie Guillem avec des pièces contemporaines de Russell Maliphant.

France: Perpignan
· Sylvie Guillem, Michael Nunn et William Trevitt
31 juillet 2004, Estivales de Perpignan
Tournée estivale de Sylvie Guillem avec des pièces contemporaines de Russell Maliphant.

Rome
· Rome Opera Ballet - 'Swan Lake'
August 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, Caracalla Baths, Rome
Galina Samsova's production is back in this open air evocative venue.
· Invitation to Dance
July 6 - 28, 2004, German Academy in Villa Massimo, Rome
14th edition of the popular ballet and modern dance summer festival.

Naples
·
San Carlo Ballet - 'Mediterranea'
July 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 2004, Teatro San Carlo, Naples
Mauro Bigonzetti's debut with San Carlo Ballet with a new choreography.

Venice
· La Biennale di Venezia
July 9 - 30, 2004
2nd edition of the famous contemporary dance festival. Many different companies in different venues.

reviews

International Theatre School Festival - Dancemix: ITs Last Picture Show
by Maria Technosux
June 21, 2004 -- Amsterdam

It was particularly pleasurable to watch the ice queen ballerina with the serious frown shake and shudder her way through the mid-part, slowly melting into a sweating, breathing dancer.
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Pacific Northwest Ballet School - 23rd Annual School Performance
by Dean Speer
June 19, 2004 -- McCaw Hall, Seattle

...PNB has really captured the attention of guys who are interested in first-class training and experience, and seeing so many well-trained men gives hope to the faint of heart that men in ballet may have a wonderful future...
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Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company - 'D-Man in the Waters (Part 1),' 'The Phantom Project: Still/Here Looking On' - Autobiography in the Third Person
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
June 18, 2004 -- Sadler's Wells, London

In the post show talk given on 18 June at Sadler's Wells, Bill T. Jones explained he is a student of three things: the 'ah ha!!' response to art, of history and of the proposition an artist poses in making his art
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Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company - Social Memory and the Theatre of Bill T. Jones
by Ramsay Burt
June 15, 2004 -- Sadler's Wells, London

I remember going to see "Still/Here" at the Edinburgh Festival in 1995, already notorious for Arlene Croce's infamous refusal to see it but to publish a devastating attack on it anyway. Compared with the radicalism I remembered from the 1980s, I wondered what all the fuss was about.
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Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company - 'Reading Mercy and the Artificial Nigger', 'Mercy 10 x 8 on a Circle' and more
by Stuart Sweeney
June 15, 2004 -- Sadler's Wells, London

An emotional evening with Jones' beautiful movement mixed with reminiscence and film of the garden where the ashes his lover Arnie Zane were scattered in 1988.
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Niklas Laustiola - 'Feeder', 'Await Turn', 'Faceless'
by Cerise
June 14, 2004 -- Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place, London

Snappy titles and unfathomably ambiguous advertising imagery go a long way in the arts, but then when the audience turns up, you have to do more than just stand and deliver.
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Birmingham Royal Ballet - 'Dante Sonata', 'The Two Pigeons': Birmingham Celebrates Ashton Centenary
by Cassandra
June 11-12, 2004 -- Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham

These dark children are far from unattractive: a hint about how fascism in the 30's seduced so many? By contrast the Children of Light are gentle and serene, the dignified entrance of the men suggesting the moral high ground.
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George Piper Dances - 'Approximate Sonata, I,V', 'Mesmerics', 'Broken Fall'
by Kate Snedeker
June 8, 2004 -- Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland

Truly mesmerizing. Part ballet, part modern dance and part amusingly, charming home video, Tuesday evening's performance of the George Piper Dances was a complete and satisfying package.
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Les Ballets C de la B - 'Foi':  The Culture of Countertenors, Viols and Boxing Gloves
by Lyndsey Winship
June 11, 2004 -- Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

In 'Foi', the Belgian-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has created a huge piece of dance theatre with lofty ambitions, which delves into politics -- both global and personal -- religion, terror and despair over an intense 90 minutes.
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Ballett Frankfurt - (N.N.N.N.)Ballett Frankfurt - 'The Room As It Was', 'Duo,' '(N.N.N.N.),' 'One Flat Thing Reproduced': Lessons in Seeing
by Andre Yew
June 12, 2004 -- Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, California

Despite their shaggy facade, in contrast to classical ballet's highly delineated, articulated, enunciated look, for example, the works are very carefully crafted, which is made especially obvious by their deliberate deconstruction of classical ballet.
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Ballett Frankfurt - One Flat Thing reproducedBallett Frankfurt - 'The Room As It Was', 'Duo,' '(N.N.N.N.),' 'One Flat Thing Reproduced'
by Toba Singer
June 5, 2004 -- Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, California

This is a survival game elaborated through noise and sensory alienation, defined by what happens above or below the tables which just happen to be about waist high…
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Ballett FrankFurt - The Room as it WasBallett Frankfurt - 'The Room As It Was', 'Duo,' '(N.N.N.N.),' 'One Flat Thing Reproduced'
by Mary Ellen Hunt
June 5, 2004 -- Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, California
The thing that matters most here is movement, and Forsythe has stripped away all the extras to reveal it.

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Beach Blanket Babylon Salutes San Francisco Ballet -Muriel MaffreBeach Blanket Babylon Salutes San Francisco Ballet
by Mary Ellen Hunt
June 6, 2004 -- Club Fugazi, San Francisco

...Think the Moulin Rouge in Paris, but better. Think Ethel Merman at the Moulin Rouge. Think Ethel Merman in a 20-foot hat, accompanied by Louis XIV and James Brown...
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Sonia Sabri - 'Rekha': Her Secret Garden
by Cerise
June 5, 2004 -- Purcell Room, London

Recalling Sonia Sabri's past performances, a blur of spins, colour, smiles, and a flurry of exquisitely precise footwork is the impression that has left a trace; and, somewhere at the vortex of this, a delicate, fine-boned figurine with tapering, elegant arms is propelled by an effervescent centrifugal force.
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Paul Selwyn Norton and Andrew Morrish - 'My Fair DJ': Not Completely in the Mix
by Lyndsey Winship
June 3-4, 2004 -- Purcell Room, London

"My Fair DJ" is a terrible name for a show, which is always a bad start. A hip hop Pygmalion? Eliza Dolittle takes to the decks? A cockney knees-up with added spin?
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Random Dance - 'AtaXia': Random Sings the Body Electric
by Julia Skene-Wenzel
June 3, 2004 -- Sadler's Wells, London

Cognitive psychology and neuroscience have allowed McGregor to create a new language by examining the implications of states of dislocation and loss of control.
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The Royal Ballet - 'Onegin'
by Rosie
June 3, 2004 -- Opera House, London

It's a short ballet, and while economy can be a virtue, to give 'Onegin' its power and depth you need an extremely strong and balanced cast in the four lead roles.
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New York City Ballet - 'Interplay,' 'Tarantella,' 'Chichester Psalms,' 'Eros Dreams,' 'I'm Old Fashioned'
by Kate Snedeker
June 2, 2004 -- New York State Theater, New York

The high-spirited antics of Robbins' "Interplay" got the evening off to an energetic start. The cheery and trick-filled choreography allowed the four men to display their differing, but equally impressive talents.
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New York City Ballet - 'Interplay,' 'Ivesiana,' 'Tarantella,' 'Stars and Stripes'
by Kate Snedeker
May 30, 2004 -- New York State Theater, New York

The deceptively simple-seeming choreography is packed with tricky technical feats, and the energetic cast was well up to the challenge.
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New York City Ballet - 'Western Symphony,' 'Ivesiana,' 'Who Cares?': Balanchine's America from the Frontier to the City
by Jeff Kuo
May 29, 2004 -- New York State Theatre, New York

But 'Western Symphony' is not about the way the west  was won but about the way only an immigrant could love America -- less Horace Greeley ("Go West, young man") and more Florenz Ziegfield ("Hello Frisco").
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New York City Ballet - 'Fancy Free,' 'Calcium Light Night,' 'Sonatas and Interludes,' 'Stars and Stripes':  Has Johnny Gone for a Soldier?
by Jeff Kuo
May 28, 2004 -- New York State Theatre, New York

Yet, the world has changed a lot since 1944, and this performance has made me realize for the first time that 'Fancy Free' is a vintage ballet and of the same era, for instance, as Lew Christensen's 'The Filling Station' (1938)...
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nu:TEMPO Experimental Dance Company: 'Nu' Not So New
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
May 24, 2004 -- Cochrane Theatre, London

The expectation was the manner in which this infusion of a contemporary perspective would be used to portray the power of Brazilian Orixás.
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1st Microfestival of Italian Contemporary Dance
Camerino, Pollenza, Macerata, Civitanova:  Dancing for/around Marche

by Rosella Simonari
May 22, 2004 matinee -- Camerino, Pollenz, Macerata, Civitanova, Italy

This original marathon attempted to introduce different theatres of the region to dance.
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San Francisco Ballet - Spring Student Showcase
by Rebecca Hirschmann
May 20, 2004 -- Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

Outside swans glided across the lake, and one might think it was a sign of the purity of dance to be found inside.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Ailey's Legacy Alive at the Academy
by Lewis Whittington, May 2004, Philadelphia
Among the many reasons Philadelphians love Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is that artistic director Judith Jamison grew up here.
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National Ballet of Canada - 'Cinderella': Kudelka's "Cinderella" Extreme Makeover
by Michael Goldbarth
May 2004 -- Hummingbird Centre, Toronto, Canada

Mr. K's Creative Spirit must have been soaring during the ballet making process as his Muse magically transformed a previously clichéd 'Cinderella' upside down and inside out!
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Letter from the Editors
     A year ago this month, CriticalDance.com published the first issue of Ballet-Dance Magazine. Over 600 articles later, we can safely say the magazine has met all our goals and more!
     This edition of the magazine continues with more of the same with features on five of the most venerable dance ensembles of the world.
     Featured are the Bolshoi, ABT, the Kirov, Pennsylvania Ballet and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
     However, as always, there is also in-depth coverage of smaller and newer companies and events, no less of which is the 1st Microfestival of Contemporary Dance in Italy.
     We hope you enjoy this anniversary publication. And 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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Mary Ellen Hunt

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Azlan Ezaddin, Stuart Sweeney

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


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