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Arturo FernandezLINES Ballet's Arturo Fernandez: A Line on Ballet's Lines
by Dean Speer & Francis Timlin
I had never been a really “physical” person, and dance changed the way I saw myself and the world.

Pacific Northwest Ballet's Noelani Pantastico
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin
When I reflect back on "Sleeping Beauty," I really remember coming into my own. ... Working on it with Francia was amazing. I really felt like I got to know Francia a lot better because we worked together so much. She is like the ballet mom I never had! No one has made me work as hard as that.


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Four Degrees of Connection - An interview with Bené Arnold, former San Francisco Ballet and Ballet West Balletmistress and Professor of Ballet Emerita of the University of Utah
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin
September 2004

I was the first balletmistress of the company. At that early juncture, it was not a paid position, so in order to earn a living, I taught in the school after I was through with company duties, and sometimes went back to work with the company at night when I was through teaching. In addition to giving the company its class and rehearsing them, I also ordered their shoes, typed up the schedules, and made programs.

Review -- 'The Leaves Are Fading', 'Lilac Garden', 'Offenbach in the Underworld': Tudor Triple Feature
by Kate Snedeker
August 27, 28, 30, 2004 -- Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

This year, the focus of the dance programming in the Edinburgh International Festival is centered on the choreography of London-born Antony Tudor.

Review -- 'The Leaves Are Fading', 'Lilac Garden', 'Offenbach in the Underworld': Waves of Emotion
by Kate Snedeker
August 29, 2004 -- Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

On Sunday evening, Ballet West's second cast stepped into the principal roles of the three Tudor ballets on the program.

A Tudor Portrait
by Karen Anne Webb
July 2004

Can anything good come out of Utah? Well, yes, if your perspective is that of dance-o-phile.

'All the couples who dance together are in love' - Preview of Ballet West's 'Leaves Are Fading'
by Kate Snedeker
August 2004

When Ballet West performs in the Edinburgh International Festival this month, the company's repetoire will pay tribute to Antony Tudor, a British-born choreographer who made his mark in the United States.

Trusting Tudor: An Interview with Sally Brayley Bliss
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin
July 2004

I was born in London but grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I started taking dancing lessons when I was five years old. My mother was a balletomane and would often talk to me about Tudor.

Transitioning Tudor - Staging the Works of Antony Tudor for Ballet West: An Interview with Donald Mahler
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin
July 2004

Dancers have stronger technique now (at least stronger than I had!) but don't often have an opportunity to do this kind of dramatic ballet, which used to be more common when I was dancing.

Review - 'Concerto Barocco,' 'Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux,' 'Lark Ascending,' 'The Rite of Spring'
by Karen Anne Webb
April 17, 2004 -- Capitol Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah

When I entered the Capitol Theatre on the last night the company would perform its Fascination program, I knew I would be seeing the final performances of principal Jeff Rodgers and soloist Tonia Stefiuk.
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Review - 116 Year old Marries 21 Year Old - Sleeping Beauty Awakens Modern Audiences
by Dean Speer
February 14, 2004 -- Capitol Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah

What a great Valentine’s Day present for the citizenry of greater Salt Lake City to have Ballet West unveil its production of the timeless classic, "Sleeping Beauty."

Far From Sweden: Jonas Kåge, Ballet West
by Dean Speer
February 14, 2004 -- Capitol Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah

I felt it was important to not make too many changes, particularly at the start of my tenure, and so have taken a conservative approach.

Review - An Evening of Ballets
by Karen Anne Webb
November 2002 -- Salt Lake City, Utah

“Beyond Balanchine”, “Balanchine and then some”, and “Balanchine to the max” were a few ways William Forsythe's work was described when Ballet West acquired the choreographer's Artifact II a season ago.

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·Autumn previews 2004 - USA
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Ballet in Europe
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World Dance, Musicals and Social Dance
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·TNOP Garnier - Lander, Bel, Robbins, du 22 septembre au 9 octobre 2004
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The Studio
·Schools, Studios and Students - news round-up 2004/2nd Half
·A question about my 8yr old daughter starting ballet....

Students' Questions and Experiences
·toe touch
·Please help my legs! Lower leg not in line

·Upgrading lighting systems
·High sound volume levels
·DVDs replacing videotapes?

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·Arts Funding in the UK
·Boston Ballet Financial News
·Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Chicago

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Jerome RobbinsJerome Robbins: His Life, His Theater, His Dance
by Deborah Jowitt
Review by Leland Windreich

Jowitt, always a friendly writer in her dance critiques, maintains a presence in each chapter, and her obvious affection for her subject and admiration of his extraordinary gifts prevails in the rich tapestry of experiences that unfolds.

Tero Saarinen Company: Open Rehearsal: 'Borrowed Light'
by Rosella Simonari
It is rare to see an artist at work. And it is ever rarer to have an artist who shows an unfinished work to an audience, it is like exposing one's own bare body to unpredictable atmospheric changes.

Seven Sisters Group: 'The Forest' Preview
by Cerise
...a pedestrian pace, everyday situations, and objects turned slightly macabre, create the effect of a kind of weaving and winding angst that never reaches a crisis, but never really goes away either.

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Reviews from our archive

Shen Wei Dance Arts - 'The Rite of Spring,' 'Folding'
by Mary Ellen Hunt
September 26, 2004 -- Cal Performances,Berkeley

Precariously balanced contradictions seem to be the theme of “Folding,” in which pairs of dancers in long blood-red, fishtail-trained skirts and ivory-painted bodies cut silkily across the stage like swaying carp.

Shen Wei in Folding Shen Wei Dance Arts - 'The Rite of Spring,' 'Folding'
by Holly Messitt
July 23, 2003 -- Lincoln Center Festival, NY

We watch the cohesiveness of an expansive mind, a new hybrid of Eastern and Western that brings freshness of vision even to music that may now seem overdone.


Merce Cunningham Dance Company Merce Cunningham Dance Company - 'Split Sides,' 'Fluid Canvas'
by Alyson Abriel
October 17, 2003 -- Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY

The dancers, as individuals, surfaced and often amused the audience with creative ways of moving through the space.


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

The narrators stole the show, but it was all so much fun that I'm sure none of the dancers minded being upstaged.


Mark Morris Dance Group Mark Morris Dance Company - 'The Hard Nut'
by Mary Ellen Hunt
December 20, 2003 -- CalPerformances, Berkeley

The production, which Morris created back in 1991 for the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, has taken on the sheen of a yearly tradition, albeit in the mold of "Christmas dinner with your wacky Aunt Ophelia and deranged but entertaining cousins."



San Francisco Ballet

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'Square Dance,' 'Continuum,' 'Le Carnaval des Animaux'
by Rosie Waters
September 20, 2004

When the curtain went up on Monday night for George Balanchine's "Square Dance," I felt an immediate burst of joy come from the stage, which is the quality I most remember from the previous performances by San Francisco Ballet I've seen.


'Square Dance,' 'Continuum,' 'Le Carnaval des Animaux'
by Julia Skene-Wenzel
September 20, 2004

Clean footwork and defined formations gave way to a radiant and uplifting performance of all dancers.


'Ballo Della Regina', 'Concerto Grosso', 'Study in Motion', 'The Four Temperaments'
by Odile GB
September 21, 2004

I found myself especially spellbound by Garcia's seemingly weightless execution of his variation.

'Allegro Brillante,' 'Paquita' Pas de Trois, '7 for Eight,' and 'Rush'
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
September 22, 2004

Most discussions of San Francisco Ballet remark on the eclectic repertory and the personality and technical achievements of the dancers, and indeed these were the most accomplished aspects of this performance.


'Allegro Brillante,' 'Paquita' Pas de Trois, '7 for Eight,' and 'Rush'
by Rosie Waters
September 22, 2004

Lorena Feijoo was mesmerising with her sultry performance and luxuriant movement and this performance showed how at home the company is with Balanchine.


editors' picks

Los Angeles
· Garth Fagan Dance
Oct 23-24, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles
Award winning choreographer of 'The Lion King' brings his own troupe to L.A. with mixed repertory programs featuring 'DANCECOLLAGEFORROMIE.'
· UCI Dance Film Festival
Oct 21-23, Univ. California, Irvine
Directed by John Crawford and Lisa Naugle, the UCI Dance Department and the UCI Film and Video Center in association with Dance Films, Dance Camera West, UCR/California Museum of Photography, and Langson Library present three evenings of dance on film by leading contemporary artists as well as a photographic exhibition and student film competition.

New York
· Ballet Tech - "Man Dance Project"
Oct 21-Nov 7, Joyce Theatre
Eliot Feld's dance company at the Joyce with a program of new ballets and guest artists from New York City Ballet.
· Bangarra Dance Theatre
Oct 21-23, Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival
Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australia's foremost indigenous company, returns to BAM with Bush, a contemporary celebration of ceremony, music, and nature spawned by the Dreamtime creation stories of the sacred Aboriginal region known as Arnhem Land .

San Francisco Bay Area
· Cullberg Ballet - 'A Sort of' 'Out of Breath'
Oct 14-17, 2004, San Francisco Performances, San Francisco
Returning with new director Johan Inger, the Cullberg brings their own provocative brand of modern mixed rep.
· Bolshoi Ballet - 'Romeo & Juliet,' 'Raymonda'
Nov 3-7, 2004, Cal Performances, Berkeley. Something old and something new, as the Bolshoi brings an avant-garde R& J along with the tutu studded acclaimed 'Raymonda.'

· Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra - 'Raymonda' and 'Don Quixote'
Oct 7-10, Wang Center
The Bolshoi and their really big brand of ballet bring two full evening works to Boston.
· Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company - 'The Phantom Project'
Oct 22-24, Schubert Theatre
The company celebrates its 20th Anniversary Season with recent works including the Boston premiere of 'Reading, Mercy and the Artificial Nigger' based on a short story by Flannery O'Connor.

· The Stars of Chicago Dance
Oct 16, Paramount Theatre, Aurora
The Chicago metropolitan area's finest dance including River North Chicago Dance Company, The World Champion Trinity Irish Dance Company, Hubbard Street 2, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, and Dancers of the Joffrey Ballet, Chicago.
· Gus Giordano Jazz Dance
Oct 21-23, Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Chicago
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· Les Ballets C. de la B./Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui - 'Tempus Fugit'
Oct 15-16, Queen Elizabeth Hall
One of the hot names of European dance brings a new work to Dance Umbrella.
· David Gordon & Valda Setterfield Pick Up Performance Company - 'The Chairs' (UK Premiere)
Nov 2-4, The Pit, Barbican
These two performers (past the "first blush of youth") worked a small miracle last year with a short Gala piece.
· Royal Ballet - 'Requiem' (MacMillan), 'A Wedding Bouquet' (Ashton), 'Les Noces' (Nijinska)
Oct 22-Nov 8
A triple bill to die for and the start to the Royal`s Ashton season.

· Romaeuropa Festival 2004:
Akram Khan / Riccardo Nova / Hanif Kureishi - 'Ma'
Oct 14-17,Teatro Argentina;
Emio Greco Pc - 'White (between brain and motion)'

Oct 27-Nov 3, Teatro Valle;
Andre Gingras / Conny Janssen Danst / Raz - 'CYP 17,' 'Album Familiar,' 'Zambracca - house of dreams'
Nov 6-7, Teatro Valle
The last visiting companies of the 2004 edition of Romaeuropa festival, a festival of contemporary art, music, theatre and dance. All the performances are Italian premieres.
· Bejart Ballet Lausanne - 'Firebird,' 'Casino des Esprits,' 'Brel et Barbara'
Oct 13-14,Teatro Olimpico
Accamia Filarmonica Romana's music and dance season opens this year with a first class dance company.
· Rome Opera Ballet - 'La Sylphide'
Oct 30-31, Nov 3, 6, Teatro Nazionale
Bournoville ballet is back in Rome in a successful production.

· San Carlo Ballet - 'Giselle'
Oct 21-27, Teatro San Carlo
Ambra Vallo, Roberto Bolle, Giuseppe Picone share the principal roles in the romantic masterpeace.

· ParmaDanza International Dance Festival
Oct 21-Nov 21, Teatro Regio
An interesting international dance festival, starring Bejart Ballet Lausanne, Krasnodar Grigorovich Ballet, Roberto Bolle and Friends, Aterballetto, Naples San Carlo Ballet, and other companies.


Lyon Opera Ballet - 'Second Detail,' 'twelvetwentyone,' 'Un Ballo,' 'Jardi Tancat'
by Mary Ellen Hunt
September 25, 2004 -- Mondavi Arts Center, UC Davis, CA

It is to Lyon's credit that, by and large, they were able to make you forget that this was a program that was about 66% different from what had been originally announced.


David J. Popalisky and Cookie Ridolfie - 'Barred From Life': More life could be infused into 'Barred from Life'
by Rebecca Hirschmann
September 23, 2004 -- Presentation Theater, San Francisco, CA

The work's premise is interesting and thought-provoking, and with the right blend of artistic choices, has the opportunity to succeed.


John Jasperse CompanyJohn Jasperse Company- 'CALIFORNIA': Oompa Loompas in the Golden State
by Mary Ellen Hunt
September 17, 2004 -- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,San Francisoc

I left shaking my head at a piece that started with some fascinating ideas – a marriage of shape and movement -- but by the same token, missed so many opportunities.


Jaleo Flamenco - 'The Art of Seduction': The Rhythms of Desire
by Elizabeth Schwyzer
September 16, 2004 -- Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Whether or not you understand the Spanish words, the strains of these Arabic chords tug at your chest.

Place Prize - Semi-final 4
by Julia Skene-Wenzel
September 11 , 2004 -- Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place, London

Three men and women, dancing to the point of exhaustion, looking for something to fight for,  something to live for, something to die for.


Place Prize - First Semi-final: Sense and brutality
by Julia Skene-Wenzel
September 8, 2004 -- Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place, London

Rotie had a clear vision and the specific compositional tools to render this extraordinary work.

Shaolin MonksShaolin Monks - 'Wheel of Life': Keeping it Real
by Cerise
September 7, 2004 -- Peacock Theatre, London

I already knew it was going to be a guaranteed visual and kinetic feast.


Rambert Dance Company - 'Mahler and Dance' Program: The man for all seasons
by Kate Snedeker
September 2, 2004 -- Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Brandstrup's choreography is well suited to the Rambert dancers, who have a strong base both in classical and modern techniques.


Boston Ballet's Lady of the CamelliasBoston Ballet - Jacob's Pillow Program: Memories of the sublime
by Stephen Arnold
August 25-29, 2004 -- Jacob's Pillow, MA

Chopin's music and Caniparoli's choreography worked separately together, like symbiant beings, to capture the narrator's bittersweet memory.


Les Grands Ballets Canadiens - 'Solo for Two,' 'Without Words,' 'Sechs Tanze'
by Stephen Arnold
July 21-25, 2004 -- Ted Shawn Theatre, Jacob's Pillow, MA

...features the primal moment of colliding singularities.


Paul Taylor Dance Company - 'Black Tuesday,' 'Le Grand Puppetier,' 'Promethean Fire': Taylor's Muse of Fire
by Stephen Arnold
July 3, 2004 -- Jacob's Pillow, MA

Deborah Jowitt asked Taylor what his works were about. Taylor sphinx-like answered, “Death,” and then he asked, “Can there be anything else?”


Birmingham Royal Ballet - 'Dante Sonata,' 'The Two Pigeons'
by Cassandra
June 11, 2004 --
Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, England

Danced with total sincerity and both casts were excellent.


Letter from the Editors
     Our focus this month celebrates Ballet West, one of the oldest companies in the US. Besides a gallery featuring recent performances, the focus also includes a new interview of Bene Arnold, the company's first balletmistress, back when balletmistresses and balletmasters were not paid.
     Ballet West's "sister company," San Francisco Ballet, also co-founded by the Christensen brothers, is featured with firsthand reviews of their latest triumphant tour to London.
     We preview what promises to be yet another busy Dance Umbrella season with reviews from our archives that feature performances Londoners should be expecting.
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Coming up...
· Dance Umbrella kicks off
· Pacific Northwest Ballet's "Romeo & Juliet"
· Lyon Opera Ballet on tour
· Bolshoi Ballet in the US
· More reviews
· More interviews
· More features



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Azlan Ezaddin, Stuart Sweeney

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