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Inspired by Others: Peter Bendixen of the Royal Danish Ballet
by Kate Snedeker
"I feel extremely privileged that I've always done Henning and Arne's roles.  They are just like icons in anything that they did...[so performing this role] is difficult and its hard, but it's a great challenge also because I know I have to make it my own."

America's Arpino: Gerald Arpino, Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet
by Dean Speer
"I like innovation and I like to introduce new elements into ballet. I've been often quoted as saying, 'I hate ballet and I hate pretty!' And it's true. (Laughter.) But I love dance."

Showing the Company at Its Best: Seth Olson and Maggie Wright, Principal Dancers, Ballet West
by Kate Snedeker

With these new audiences, the dancers have to really earn the praise and applause, which is not only immensely rewarding, but also is a great judge of the quality of their performances.

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Articles and Discussions

'The Phantom Project'
by Jenai Cutcher - September 19, 2003, New York
“We liked old things,” Bill T. Jones tells us as he opens last Friday's performance of The Phantom Project at the “new” Kitchen, as opposed to the “old” Kitchen, where Jones and partner Arnie Zane debuted their work in New York City twenty years ago. By way of celebrating the company's 20th anniversary, Jones has re-staged several of the works the pair created back then.

'The Breathing Show'
by Lewis Whittington - April 2002, Philadelphia
There is a small, dubious history of virtuoso dancers taking the stage after their physical prime. Isadora Duncan did it to a point to which George Balanchine called her "a drunken, fat woman who for hours was rolling around like a pig." The dance-stage has seen everything from wayward flesh escaping from Martha Graham's torn robes to Rudolf Nureyev, in a pound of make-up, crawling around the stage on his last tour as the aged "Prodigal Son." We saw it on the screen as Fred Astaire turned into a parody of himself trying to revive his lost screen persona of the master of fleet-footedness.

'Breathe Normally'
by Stuart Sweeney, November 1999, London
This was a one night performance by Mr Jones of his solo show, looking back over his life and his dance. We last saw Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane & Company in London 2 years ago performing 'We set out early....visibility was poor.' My memory of the work was of superb dancers of a variety of shapes and sizes and some intriguing choreography.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane 2004-2005

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Tours UK Summer 2004

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company 2003-2004 (20th anniversary season)

Bill T Jones and Arnie Zane 2003-4

Bill T. Jones 2003

Review: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at Jacob's Pillow

Ailey, Bill T. Jones, Susan Hess and More (2002)

Bill T. Jones 2001-02 Season

Bill T Jones on the Aftermath (Sep 2001)

Bill T. Jones (2000)

Bill T Jones' 'You Walk?'

AXIS Dances Works by Bill T. Jones, Joe Goode, Sonya Delwaide and Joanna Haigood

Bill T Jones Protests Confederate Flag

Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane's "Out Some Place"

Bill T Jones 'The Breathing Show', Sadler's Wells, London

Arlene Croce, & Bill Jones 'Still/Here' 1995

Ghostacatching - Virtual Motion - and Bill T. Jones

Bill T Jones à Lille

Bill T. Jones à la radio

Bill T. Jones

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Ballet in Asia, Africa and Oceania
·South African Ballet Theatre 2004-5
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·Klaus Obermaier and Chris Haring
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World Dance, Musicals and Social Dance
·The Producers (Stage & Screen)
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Danser en français
·TNOP Garnier, ANGELIN PRELJOCAJ - du 5 au 20 novembre 2004
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The Studio
·rehearsal and performances policies at schools
·Nutcracker Choreography

Students' Questions and Experiences
·how tight is too tight?
·Advice-Should I Start?
·Dance and social inclusion

·Lighting in Strange Places
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Company Press Releases





Constructing Contemporary Dance - Amperdans Festival
by Ramsay Burt
October, 2004 -- Antwerp, Belgium
The other impression I took away with me, apart from that made by the dance performances I saw, was what a sophisticated level of theoretical discussion there seemed to be shared between dancers, national dance critics, and dance programmers.

The Moving Target: African Dance - Moving Africa, 651 ARTS, and Adzido Dance
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
July 2004 -- London

"Moving Africa," given at the Barbican Theatre in London, UK 13 January 2004 presented works by African choreographers Vincent Mantsoe, Seydou Boro and Ariry Mahefasoa Mohoatrarivo Andriamoratsiresy.


Summer in the City - Paris Quartier d’Eté
by lili
July-August, 2004 -- Paris

« Paris Quartier d’Eté » is a festival that offers a variety of shows: dance, music, theatre, circus and it takes place each year between July 14th and August 15th. During this period, all the public theatres in Paris are closed and the only way to see dance is to visit “Paris Quartier d’Eté”.

Open University Dance Group Summer School
by David Mead and Lynn Tytherleigh
August 27-30, 2004 --Open University, Milton Keynes
, England
Now everyone got to "write on the body." Everyone chose a short phrase, either selected from books or one they had made up


dance umbrella 2004

Yolande Snaith Theatredance - 'Jardin Blanc': The White Garden of Movement
by Rosella Simonari
October 25, 2004 -- Robin Howard Theatre, The Place, London

Of particular visual impact was the abrupt unfolding of a flame red curtain that cuts the stage in an opposite diagonale with respect to the initial transparent curtain.

Teshigawara / Karas - 'Bones in Pages': Counting Crows
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
October 22, 2004 -- Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Bell chimes and other asunder of noise escalate in volume. There is a table with pieces of broken glass sticking out of its surface next to a wall of opened books. Close to the wall is Teshigawara sitting at the table.

Les Ballets C de la B / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui - 'Tempus Fugit': The Barrier of Time
by Ramsay Burt
October 16, 2004 -- Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

The music exemplifies the cultural space that I think "Tempus Fugit" appropriates for itself: the sometimes uneasy, sometimes positive space in which citizens of former colonial powers gradually get used to the coexistence of European and immigrant cultural experiences.


Les Ballets C de la B / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui - 'Tempus Fugit': Explorers of the Fourth Dimension
by Julia Skene-Wenzel
October 16, 2004 -- Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, one of four choreographers and directors of the artistic collective Les Ballets C de la B, sets out to challenge the apparent absoluteness of time.


Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault - 'Joe': The Book of Joe
by Julia Skene-Wenzel
October 2004 -- Sadler's Wells, London

Some see Jean-Pierre Perrault's work as the portrayal of the "destructive forces of conformity," while others are struck by the struggle of the human spirit to break free -- and indeed both elements are present.


Shen Wei Dance Arts - 'Rite of Spring' and 'Folding': Wei to Go
by Elizabeth Schwyzer
October 12, 2004 -- Sadler's Wells, London

Chinese contemporary dance choreographer Shen Wei was inspired by "the rich and evocative texture" of Stravinsky's masterpiece to create his own "Rite of Spring."


Merce Cunningham Dance Company - 'Ground Level Overlay', 'Split Sides'
by Elizabeth Schwyzer
October 8, 2004 -- Barbican Theatre, London

In "Split Sides" (2003), Cunningham takes the game of chance to a new extreme.

Merce Cunningham Dance Company - 'Ground Level Overlay', 'Split Sides': A Cartography of Urban Aesthetics
by Rosella Simonari
October 9, 2004 -- Barbican Theatre, London

But it is "Ground Level Overlay" that opens the 'official' performance with its smooth movement phrases and trombone sound effects.

Rhythm and Resistance: Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault - 'Joe'
by Jeni Rose
October 2004 -- Sadler's Wells, London

"Joe," a contemporary dance work known as a "cult sensation" in Canada, provides us with a third take on the use of rhythm; as a tool to make a political statement through dance.


Mark Morris on His Take on the Nutcracker: 'The Hard Nut' Premieres in London
by Lyndsey Winship
July-October 2004 -- Sadler's Wells, London

"Like most people who grew up dancing I was completely anaesthetised from overexposure to this score. You start to think that it’s bad when in fact it’s one of the greatest scores ever written for a ballet."


the kirov ballet
fall season 2004

'Swan Lake': A Palpable Love
by Catherine Pawlick
October 8, 2004 --Mariinsky Theatre, St. Peterburg

The company appeared reenergized after their annual break, more expressive and even more technically sound (if that is possible) than in many of their summer performances.


'Don Quixote': Light Hearted Love
by Catherine Pawlick
October 10, 2004 --Mariinsky Theatre, St. Peterburg

In the land where both sexes flirt mercilessly with each other and jealousy goes hand-in-hand with love, Ruzimatov and Osmolkina led believable renditions of the century-old Spanish characters, even, reliable, and solid.


Fokine Program - 'Chopiniana', 'Scheherezade', 'The Firebird': A Pleasant Escape
by Catherine Pawlick
October 13, 2004 --Mariinsky Theatre, St. Peterburg

The red-haired Yanna Selina, clearly considered an up-and-comer by the company administration, led the eleventh waltz in "Chopiniana." Selina is increasingly given soloist roles and for good reason.


by Catherine Pawlick
October 24, 2004 --Mariinsky Theatre, St. Peterburg

Instead, hers was more a Manon of the moment -- when De Grieux was nearby, she was interested. When fur coats and diamonds were nearby, she was interested.


'Giselle': Fated Love
by Catherine Pawlick
October 27, 2004 --Mariinsky Theatre, St. Peterburg

She adopts her character's persona, whether it be a flirtatiously seductive Manon or in this case --Giselle --innocent, shy, a bit nervous, but cheerful in life and in love. She jumped at Albrecht's first approaches, as flighty as a young doe, but soon trusting and exuberant in her newfound amour.


'La Sylphide'
by Catherine Pawlick
October 29, 2004 --Mariinsky Theatre, St. Peterburg

The fundamental premise of the contradiction between spiritual ideals and grounded, human existence is timeless, and the Kirov's production of 'La Sylphide' upholds that tradition.


'The Fountain of Bakhchisarai'
by Catherine Pawlick
October 31, 2004 --Mariinsky Theatre, St. Peterburg

Tonight's performance featured the return of Maya Dumchenko to the stage, in her first post-maternity leave performance. Dumchenko is a fair-haired beauty, long of arm, thin of frame, ever graceful and pleasing to watch.


editors' picks

Los Angeles
· Diavolo
November 17-21, 2004, Freud Playhouse, West Los Angeles
UCLA Live presents Diavolo's brand of physical dance theater defying conventional movement and theatrical categories.
· Ballet Preljocaj - 'Near Life Experience'
November 12-13, 2004, Royce Hall, West Los Angeles

UCLA Live presents Anjelin Preljocaj's exploration of varying states of consciousness, love, desire, and ecstasy set to a score by French ambient rock band Air.

· Dance Chicago - Dance Everywhere
November 19, 2004, Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago, Illinois
A mixed program featuring cultural diversity as part of Dance Chicago 2004.
· Dance Chicago - Jazz Fusion
November 26-28, 2004,Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago, Illinois
Jazz inspired program as part of Dance Chicago 2004.

New York
· Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch - 'Für die Kinder von gestern, heute und morgen (For the Children of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow)'
November 16, 18-20, 2004,Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York
A multigenerational ode to dancers at each stage of their lives and careers.
· John Jasperse - 'California'
December 7-11, 2004, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York
Using California as metaphor for the gap between hope and reality , Jasperse's work features an abstract movable set by architect Ammar Eloueini and live performance of original music by Jonathan Bepler.

San Francisco Bay Area
· San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Fest 2004
November 18-21, 2004, Palace of Fine Arts, SF
From freestyling to belly dance, the festival includes a powerhouse line up, with a premiere from Rennie Harris.
· ODC/SF - 'The Velveteen Rabbit'
November 26- December 12, 2004, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF
Grab your stuffed bunny and catch the delightful ODC holiday classic.

· Philadanco
November 11-14, Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center
Philadanco celebrates its 35th anniversary with their annual fall concert at the Kimmel Center
· Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company
November 21 at 3:00pm,
Irvine Auditorium
The Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company performing one show only at Irvine Auditorium preceded by a free lecture on Ukrainian culture at 2:00pm.

· Pacific Northwest Ballet - All Balanchine program
November 4-14, McCaw Hall
· Paul Taylor Dance Company
November 18-20, Meany Hall.

· Akram Khan Company - "Ma"
30th November to 5th December 2004, Queen Elizabeth Hall

In "Ma", Akram Khan uses seven dancers and three musicians to explore Indian musical language and its relationship to dance.

· Matthew Bourne's "Swan Lake"
30 Nov 2004 - 16 Jan 2005, Sadler's Wells Theatre

Bourne's worldwide hit returns to the theatre where it was first performed.

· Royal Danish Ballet - 'Fancy Free,' 'IN the Night,' 'Far from Denmark,' 'The King's Guard in Amager' and 'Etudes'
Nov 3 - Dec 29, 2004, Royal Theatre, Gamle Scene

· Rome Opera Ballet – “La Gitana”
November 18, 20, 21, 23, Teatro Nazionale

In Taglioni year, one of her successful ballet very seldom performed
· Rome Opera Ballet – “The Faun, poetry, music, dance”
December 1, 3, 4, 5, Teatro Nazionale

Ballets set to Debussy scores by Nijinsky, Béjart, Robbins and Amodio, plus Mallarmè poems.

·San Carlo Ballet - “Giselle”
Novembre 13, 14, Teatro Regio

· La Scala Ballet -“Swan Lake”
November 20, 21, Teatro Regio

The international dance festival, which includes videos and open classes, closes with the most popular evergreen ballets. Ballets set to Debussy scores by Nijinsky, Béjart, Robbins and Amodio, plus Mallarmè poems.


Bolshoi Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet': This Century's Star Crossed Lovers
by Dean Speer
October 28, 2004 -- Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington

It's somewhat like Eifman's productions but to better music. And it's also like his work as it's a production directed by a non-dancer/choreographer, Englishman Declan Donnellan and with steps set by Moldovan dancer/choreographer Radu Poklitaru.

American Ballet Theatre - 'VIII,' 'Theme and Variations,' 'Sinfonietta,' 'Le Corsaire' pas de deux: Sex and Suffering in Tudor Ideology
by Jerry Hochman
October 24, 2004 -- City Center, New York City

Wheeldon provided a Shakespearean/Elizabethan "performance within a performance" by showcasing a group of harlequin dancers dubbed "The Masks"apparently to provide an animated counterpoint to the more repressed royal emotions.

Danses Concertantes - 'Variations pour une Porte et un Soupir', 'Circular Motion', 'Liturgy', 'Hallelujah Junction'
by Kate Snedeker
October 23, 2004 -- Sadler's Wells, London

In the last of their Sadler's Wells performances, Benjamin Millepied's touring group Danses Concertantes presented an eclectic mixture of ballets.

Martha Graham Dance Company - 'Appalachian Spring,' 'Errand into the Maze,' 'El Penitente,' 'Diversion of Angels'
by Toba Singer
October 23, 2004 -- Mondavi Center, Davis, California

The Martha Graham Company, its place in American History, legacy to the universal vocabulary of dance, singular choreography and roster of great dancers, could cause us to view it as a museum, rich with retrospective treasures, were it not for the timeless technique that birthed it.

The Washington Ballet - 'Giselle': Washington Endorses Corps Values
by Carol Herron
October 22, 2004 -- Eisenhower Theatre, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

The second act was dominated by Giselle (as a ghost) dancing to save her 'lover.' Elizabeth Gaither has always seemed to me to have a most ethereal quality and as a Wilis she absolutely shone.


Cullberg Ballet - 'Out of Breath,' 'Solo for Two,' 'A Sort Of': With Baited Breath
by Mary Ellen Hunt
October 14, 2004 -- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

With Johann Inger at the helm since last year, the company remains one of the most innovative and freshest of modern troupes, showing us how good dancing can be and how deep choreography can go.


Nuevo Ballet Espagnol - 'Flamenco Directo': Direct from the Heart
by Annie Wells
October 13, 2004 -- Peacock Theatre, London

It's an unadulterated blend of the particular style of Flamenco dance, song and live music that company directors, young Flamenco masters Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez, have been innovating in recent years.


Oregon Ballet Theatre - Movement as Metaphor Program
by Dean Speer
October 9, 2004 -- Keller Audiorium, Portland, Oregon

As we first viewed the 8 corps women in their two lines, the intake of air was not from the curtain going up but from the delighted gasp of the audience. Expectations were high and were certainly met.


Ballet West - 'The Leaves Are Fading,' 'Jardin aux Lilas,' 'Offenbach in the Underworld':  Triumph of Triune Tudor Tribute
by Dean Speer
October 2, 2004 -- Capitol Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah

... this is a ballet that gives us THE Can-Can. The Can-Can is a true, French dance/art form and was actually taught at one of the ballet schools I studied at in Paris (which was run by a Paris Opera Ballet étoile, so we know it was a serious place; they take their Can-Can seriously)...


Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet': Not Stepless in Seattle
by Dean Speer
September 25, 2004 --McGaw Hall, Seattle

Music Director Stewart Kershaw put together a score from lesser- and little-known Tchaikovsky that as a whole really does work together to create the right kind of atmosphere and musical catalyst for Stowell's vision of how to play out this famous story.


Royal Danish Ballet - 'King's Guard on Amager' and 'Etudes'
by Kate Snedeker
October 2 & 3, 2004 --Royal Theatre, Copenhagen

The character of Du Puy is based on real man, the Swiss-born Edouard Du Puy, a violinist, conductor and singer who performed at the Royal Theatre in the early 1800s.


Royal Danish Ballet - 'Anna Karenina': Rushing Tolstoy
by Kate Snedeker
September 23 & 25, 2004 --Royal Theatre, Copenhagen

Eschewing the elaborate sets that are so often the mainstay of story ballets, Ratmansky brings the lavish upper-class society of Tsarist Russia to life in a series of massive images projected onto a cyclorama-like backdrop.


Limon Dance Company :'Evensong,' 'Chaconne,' 'Angelitos Negros,' 'Phantasy Quintet,' 'Psalm':  No Finer Example
by Cecly Placenti
September 23, 2004 -- Joyce Theatre, New York

Fifty-eight years after its inception, the Limon Company continues to be a powerful force in the dance community, surviving changing movement fashions and economies. It is the company's emphasis on dramatic expression, nuanced and expansive movement, and the human soul that makes this possible.


Klaus Obermaier, Rob Tannion & Desiree Kongerod - 'Apparition': Measuring the Emperor's New Clothes
by Cerise
September 23, 2004 -- Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Two figures: one male and one female are silhouetted on the stage. Their smooth, geometrically patterned gestures and pathways are echoed by a line of light projected onto a plain backscreen.


Push 04 - 'Another America: Fire', 'Awakening', 'Two Step': Form Struggling with Function
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
September 17, 2004 -- Sadler's Wells, London

Push 2004 presentation sets out to dispel the notion that Black representations in British mainstream arts are not possible.


Leonide Massine Positano Prize 2004
by Patrizia Vallone
September 4, 2004 -- Positano, Italy

This year, the difficult task of opening the evening was given to two young dancers from the Naples Teatro San Carlo company: Candida Sorrentino and Alessandro Macario danced the "Pas d'Esclave," a rarely-performed pas de deux from "Le Corsaire."


new york city ballet in l.a.

New York City Ballet - 'Concerto Barocco,' 'Hallelujah Junction,' 'Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux,' 'I'm Old Fashioned': Dancing more with less
by Art Priromprintr
October 7, 2004 -- Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles

There's a swingy undertone to the Bach double violin concerto that Balanchine captures perfectly while at the same time mirroring the lyricism on the surface of the score.


New York City Ballet - 'Polyphonia,' 'Thou Swell,' 'Symphony in C': When Heaven was the Rainbow Room
by Jeff Kuo
October 1, 2004 -- Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, California

When so much contemporary ballet seems to have embraced the post-modern free-for-all of irony, parody, and pastiche (think Mats Ek, Angelin Preljocaj, and Matthew Bourne), "Polyphonia" still believes in the choreographer's ability to fashion Ballet as Art.

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New York City Ballet - 'Polyphonia,' 'Thou Swell,' 'Symphony in C': Ups and Downs in California
by Art Priromprintr
October 1, 2004 -- Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, California

... there was Sofiane Sylve in a truly mesmerizing Second Movement adagio that proved the highlight of the evening. Her dancing had mystery to it; there was some real personality, as well as being wonderfully musical.


Letter from the Editors
     BDM November 2004 is yet another issue that takes us to major dancer centers around the world, from San Francisco to London, from St Petersburg to New York City, and from Washington, D.C. to Positano in Italy.
     For our company focus, we are proud to present one of danceworld's most venerable companies, Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Please be sure to review the gallery, past articles and all the forum topics.
     Speaking of the forum, we encourage you to review and visit some of the topics we've highlighted in the "in our forums" section, for a compilation of newspaper articles from around the world and heated discussion on each subject.
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Coming up...
· Dance Umbrella reviews
· Pacific Northwest Ballet's Francia Russell
· Eugene Ballet's new works
· More Bolshoi Ballet reviews
· More reviews
· More interviews
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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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