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Frank AndersenBack to Basics, Back to Bournonville: Frank Anderson, Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet
by Kate Snedeker
II think it's very important that Bournonville's alive...sometimes you have to look at these things as if the choreographer was alive.

Francia RussellSteps Revealed - Francia Russell Takes It From the Top: Francia Russell, Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin
I didn't ever expect to become a teacher or balletmaster - that was Mr. B's idea. Had I known, I would have paid closer attention to classes and how things were rehearsed and put together.

Le Yin, Principal Dancer, Pacific Northwest Ballet
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin
Becoming an artist is different from becoming just a dancer. It's such a short career that we need to make the most of it when young.

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Features and Forums

Nederlands Dans Theater I - 'Symphony of Psalms,' 'Click-Pause-Silence,' 'Walking Mad': Ahead of the Curve
by Mary Ellen Hunt
March 25, 2004 -- Cal Performances, Berkeley, California

I have a hunch that maybe, just maybe, the introspective and quietly shrewd Jiri Kylian is always just a few small steps ahead of the avant-garde of dance and, for that matter, us.

Nederlands Dans Theater II -
'27"52',' 'Dream Play,' 'Shutters Shut,' 'Subject to Change'
by Petra Tschiene
May 28, 2003 -- Sadler's Wells/ London
The company consisting of 14 young dancers aged between 17 and 22 is the 'junior' wing of NTD and gives its members a chance to mature as artists through a varied repertory and new creations by both well established as well as up and coming choreographers.

Nederlands Dans Theater II - 'Indigo Rose,' 'Sad Case,' 'Minus 16'
by Mary Ellen Hunt
April 26, 2003 -- Stanford Lively Arts in the Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

Some performances you just enjoy so much that you want to keep rolling them around in your mind, like rolling a nice wine around on your tongue.

Nederlands Dans Theater: Jorma Elo - 'Pneuma,' 'Z/na,' and 'Claude Pascal'
by Maria Technosux
May-June, 2003 -- Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam

Why do we need to chase the dancers? Why isn't the dance enough? Dancers don't hold still for their portraits.   We can't be present everywhere to cover everything at the same time, so why even bother?

Miguel Oliveira and Parvaneh Sharafali on the programme 'Drift,' life on stage, and searching for eternal balance
By Jules Houben
One new programme, three ballets, two world premières, three choreographers. At the time of this interview, performances of the NDT II programme 'Drift' are still in full swing for Miguel Oliveira and Parvaneh Sharafali.

An Interview with Brigitte Martin: Original "Visions Fugitives" dancer, repetiteur, and former NDT dancer
by Jules Houben
June, 2003
'I remember that when the rehearsals began for "Visions Fugitives," there was a certain lift that just would not work for my dance partner at that time.

Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) 2003-04 Season

Nederlands Dans Theater - US Tour 2004

NDT2 - UK tours 2003, 2004

Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) III

Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) II

Nederlands Dans Theater - Latest: New Artistic Director

NDT2 in London 2002

NDT I at Sadler's Wells 2002

NDT in Edinburgh and elsewhere

Reviews: NDT1 & NDT3 (in Australia)

NDT 3/R. Wilson - Luxembourg - 10 et 11 novembre 2004

NDT III video-"Don't Stop Now"

NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER III - Chaillot 13, 14 et 15 mai

Nederlands Dans Theater-Palais Garnier, mai 2003

Featured Sites

in our forums

Opinions on Balanchine
Raising Ticket Prices?
State of the Arts in the Aftermath of the US Elections

Fun Stuff
How to Dance Properly
Holiday Gift Guide
Strictly Come Dancing - TV ballroom competition

Dance Miscellany
Former Houston dancer, Mark Arvin, in hospital after surgery, dies
Maude Lloyd Has Died
Alicia Markova

Ballet in the Americas
National Ballet of Canada 2004/2005
Dance Theatre of Harlem in danger of closing
Pennsylvania Ballet 2004-05 Feedback Forum

Ballet in Europe
Scottish Ballet 2004-2005 Season
Royal Danish Ballet: 2004-2005
St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre

Ballet in Asia, Africa and Oceania
Hong Kong Ballet
National Ballet of China 2004-5
Australian Ballet Sydney Season 2004

Modern Dance
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre
New Adventures - "Swan Lake" 2004-5
Caitlin Corbett

World Dance, Musicals and Social Dance
Ballroom dancing
The Producers (Stage & Screen)
West Side Story

Danser en français
La danse à la télévision ou à la radio - Programmation (4)
TNOP Garnier - Lander, Bel, Robbins, du 22 septembre au 9 octobre 2004
La Belle au Bois dormant - du 20 novembre au 31 décembre 2004

The Studio
Schools, Studios and Students - news round-up 2004/2nd Half
rehearsal and performances policies at schools
Learning variations

Students' Questions and Experiences
Students & Parents handbook
Jete Battu trouble!
Lessons for beginners my age

Lighting Designers
insurance? & more production questions
Drinking Backstage

Managing Dance
Arts Funding in the UK
Arts Awards and Funding in Australia

Holiday Performances

Company Press Releases



Coming up...
· NextWave at BAM
· Interviews with Kaori Nakamura and Jonathan Porretta of PNB
· Holiday reviews
· More reviews
· More interviews
· More features




Alicia MarkovaAlicia Markova: An Appreciation - 1910-2004
by Leland Windreich
December 2, 2004

Her participation in the brilliant epoch of Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes enabled Markova to begin a remarkable career in which she was instrumental in establishing ballet as a popular institution in Great Britain and the United States.


Dance on Screen Festival 2004 - Open Forum
by Cerise
November 7-14, 2004 - The Place, London
As the Open Forum prize winner came to collect her flowers, she was as quietly spoken and unassuming as when she had earlier introduced her dance film, billed second at the event.

Sam Taylor-Wood - 'New Work'
Exhibition review by Ramsay Burt
November 2004 - White Cube, London
"Strings" was filmed in a dark, claustrophobic, classical interior whose high ceiling, Corinthian columns, burgundy carpet, gilt and crystal chandeliers, and gilded stucco mirrors suggests a stately home or gentlemen's club - it is in fact the Crush Bar of the Royal Opera House in Covent Gardens where Putrov is a principal dancer.

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Dance Umbrella feature

Mark Morris Dance Group - 'The Hard Nut': Post-modern Charm
by Julia Skene-Wenzel
November 13, 2004 --
Sadler's Wells, London
The Stahlbaum's Christmas party introduces us to the world of 1960s suburbia, including a fireplace on TV, a silver Christmas tree with electric candles, three children, a maid and plenty of guests with afros, miniskirts and flares.


Mark Morris Dance Group - 'The Hard Nut': Boring Through the Holidays
by Lyndsey Winship
November 2004 --
Sadler's Wells, London
Morris has taken E.T.A. Hoffmann's original Nutcracker story and relocated it to late 60s America, complete with fantastic comic book-style sets by Adrianne Lobel. Unfortunately, like the comic strips it apes, the action is purely two-dimensional.


Mark Morris Dance Group - 'The Hard Nut': Making It New
by Ana Abad-Carles
November 12, 2004 --
Sadler's Wells, London
The party scene is a hilarious parade of party stereotypes that, though dressed in the fashion of the day, easily find their parallels in any party taking place nowadays.


Arc Dance Company - 'The Anatomy of a Storyteller': The Dark Side
by Lyndsey Winship
November 11, 2004 -- Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London

There was a palpable frisson in the auditorium at the Linbury on Friday night, but it wasn't so much the anticipation of Kim Brandstrup's new work for Arc Dance Company, based on the life and work of Hans Christian Anderson, but more the fact that Pop Idol Will Young was in the audience.


Ijodee Dance Company and Raiz Di Polon - 'Duas Sem Três,' 'Ori' (Head)
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
November 10, 2004 - The Place, London

During the Dance Umbrella post show talk 10 November 2004 at The Place, Adedayo Muslim Liadi of Ijodee Dance Company was asked why his dancers were not costumed in African fabrics. Liadi proclaimed that this is "contemporary dance" not "African dance".


Siobhan Davies Dance Company - 'Bird Song'
by Elizabeth Schwyzer
October 31, 2004 -- Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, London

Davies chose to set "Bird Song" in the round, a physical structure that reflects the radiating structure of the choreography itself.

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Philippe Decouflé - 'Solo': Decouflé's Magic Isle
by Ramsay Burt
October 28, 2004 -- The Place, London

Philippe Decouflé's 'Solo' was surely the most magical work in this year's Dance Umbrella. It was a clever combination of old-fashioned showmanship and state-of-the-art, real-time video special effects devised in collaboration with the video artist and dancer Olivier Simola.



holiday gift guide
our editors pick some things for the stocking

· Tocororo -- A Cuban Tale
by Carlos Acosta, Angela Taylor (photographer)
Cuban sensation Acosta turns on the fireworks in this picaresque story.

· Balanchine 100 Centennial Catalogue
This is the printed companion to the 2004 Centennial Exhibition taking place in the New York State Theater. The catalogue contains 120 pages (full color and black and white) with four gatefolds. It measures 8-1/2" x 10-1/2".

· The Sleeping Beauty - Dutch National Ballet
Sir Peter Wright's production filmed at Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam with The Dutch National Ballet in 2004, this DVD features Sofiane Sylve, Gael Lambiotte and the Holland Symphony conducted by Ermanno Florio.

· Cinderella -- Sadler's Wells Ballet
Margot Fonteyn dances the title role with Robert Somes with choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton.

· Modern Dance, Negro Dance: Race in Motion
by Susan Manning
Dance historian Manning examines the history of early African American theatrical dance in the context of the largely white modern dance tradition.

· Washington Ballet Holiday Cards 2004
Holiday Cards based upon the design for Septime Webre's new production for Washington Ballet.


· Getting Closer: A Dancer's Perspective
by Rosalie O'Connor
Former American Ballet Theatre dancer Rosalie O'Connor gives us an intimate look at one of America's greatest dance companies, a glimpse of unforgettable moments both behind the curtain and onstage during her 15 years with the company.

· The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky (Audio Cassette)
Edited by Joan Acocella and read by John Rubinstein.  Unabridged reading on 6 cassettes of the legendary dancer's diaries penned just before his dissolution.


· The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky -- A Film by Paul Cox (DVD)
Film by Paul Cox with Derek Jacobi and the Leigh Warren & Dancers dance company.


· Jazz Dance: The Story of American Vernacular Dance
by Marshall Winslow Stearns.



· Swinging at the Savoy: The Memoir of a Jazz Dancer
by Norma Miller
Memories of the Savoy, Swing, and Harlem.

editors' picks

Los Angeles
· Long Beach Ballet Arts Center - 'The Nutcracker'
December 18-19, 2004 - -Terrace Theater, Long Beach Performing Arts Center
David Wilcox's traditional holiday ballet returns to the Performing Arts Center with guest star Pacific Northwest Ballet's Patricia Barker.

· Matthew Bourne's 'Nutcracker!'
December 15, 2004 - January 2, 2005 -- Royce Hall, UCLA
Bourne's alternative take on the holiday ballet arrives in the nick of time to Los Angeles.

· Debbie Allen Dance Academy  - 'Dreams'
December 15-23, 2004 - -Macgowan Hall Freud Playhouse, UCLA
An original dance musical by Debbie Allen, benefiting the children of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy & all Outreach Programs with music by Mariah Carey, Osama Rabani, Diane Louie and more.

· Joffrey Ballet - 'Nutcracker'
December 15 - 26, 2004 - Auditorium Theatre, Chicago.

The holiday favorite from Gerald Arpino.

New York
· New York City Ballet - Winter Season
January 4 - February 27, 2005, New York State Theater.
The company's winter repertory features a number of mixed-rep programs including all-Balanchine programs..
· Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo - Mixed Repertory
January , 2005, The Joyce Theater
The Trocks present two mixed rep programs, including "Go for Barocco."

San Francisco Bay Area
· San Francisco Ballet - 'The Nutcracker'
Dec 17-31, 2004, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
Helgi Tomasson unveils his all-new production with designs by Tony Award winner Marty Pakledinaz and awe-inspiring sets by Michael Yeargan.
· Smuin Ballet - 'Christmas Ballet 2004'
Dec 15-26, 2004, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Smuin Ballet celebrates the tenth anniversary of their 'Nut' alternative with special guests throughout the run

Southern California
· New Shanghai Circus
December 26 - 30, 2004 -- Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
What could be better after Boxing Day than the Chinese circus?

· The Royal Ballet - "Cinderella"
Various dates from 15 Dec to 14 Jan - Royal Opera House
The classic fairy tale performed as part of the Ashton 100 celebrations.
· Duckie - C'est Barbican!
Various dates and times: 14 December to 9 January - Barbican, The Pit
The all-singing, all dancing, shameless adult only Christmas show is back at the Barbican.

Royal Danish Ballet - Five Mixed Bills including 'Fancy Free,' 'In the Night,' 'Vers un Pay Sage,' 'Far From Denmark,' 'La Sylphide,' 'Etudes' and 'The King's Guard on Amager'
December 17 to January 9 - Royal Theatre
Pick and mix from a rich variety of ballets old and new.
· The Nutcracker Hip-Hop Style
15-31 December - Tivoli's Concert Hall
Steen Koerner's modern interpretation of the old Christmas classic features dancers form many countries, each with a different style of dancing.

· Rome Opera Ballet - 'Swan Lake'
January 5, 7, 8, 9 - Teatro Costanzi
The successful Samsova's production is back again.
· Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre - 'Red Giselle'
December 29 - Teatro Costanzi
This is the first visit in Rome of the interesting Russian company.
· Russian Festival
Olga Pona Contemporary Chelyabinsk Dance Theatre - 'www.faces.ru,' 'Waiting'

December 12, 13 - Petrassi Hall
· Tatyana Baganova Provincial Dances Yekaterinburg
'Maple Garden,' 'Little Wedding'

December 20, 21- Petrassi Hall
Two contemporary dance companies perform in the festival, which includes several aspects of the Russian culture, at the 'Music park'.


Matthew Bourne's 'Nutcracker!'
by Toba Singer
November 28, 2004 -- Zellerbach Auditorium, Berkeley, California

In between, there is much in the way of concept to delight. Most of it consists of social commentary that delivers British noblesse oblige the flogging it so richly deserves.


Pacific Northwest BalletPacific Northwest Ballet - 'Nutcracker'
by Dean Speer
November 26, 2004 -- McCaw Hall, Seatlle

Thirty seven shows are spread among a rotating cast for 187 roles that are filled by the nearly 50 Company members and zillions of children from PNB's School (actually, it's more like 220 from the School and 40 Professional Division students).


Paul Taylor Dance Company - ''Klezmerbluegrass,' 'Dante Variations,' 'Promethean Fire': Promethean Pilot Light
by Dean Speer
November 19, 2004 -- Meany Hall, Seattle
The 2002 "Promethean Fire" is derivative of himself. It was the (strange) experience of watching a paint-by-numbers dance of his own movement vocabulary.


Kirov Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet': Palpable But Not Felt
by Catherine Pawlick
November 18, 2004 -- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

One begins to think perhaps the choreography is to blame, for this Lavrovsky version just seems more tame compared to MacMillan or Cranko's versions, no matter how you slice it.


Royal Ballet - Ashton Centenary Program: Royal Return of Ashton
by Ana Abad-Carles
November 13, 2004 -- Royal Opera House, London

The Awakening Pas de Deux from "The Sleeping Beauty" dates from the Ashton and de Valois's production in the sixties. It is a shame that it was taken out of the ballet in the eighties and that it has not been inserted back where it belongs.


Cincinnati Ballet - 'Seeking Velocity,' 'Just You And Me,' 'Carmen': Blue is the Color of the Cursed
by S.E. Arnold
November 12-14, 2004 --
Aronoff Center, Cininnati, Ohio
The light of "Seeking Velocity" radiates from the clear respect Morgan has for the art of ballet.


Rambert Dance Company - 'Swamp,' 'A Tragedy of Fashion,' 'Elsa Canasta': Making Connections
by Kate Snedeker
November 10, 2004 - Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Jumping back more than half a century, "A Tragedy of Fashion" looked at life, love and loss in the 1930s.


Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'The Four Temperaments,' 'Prodigal Son,' 'Symphony in C': The Joy of Ballet
by Dean Speer
November 4,6, 2004 -- McCaw Hall, Seattle

Newly-minted principal Noelani Pantastico was sizzling in Second Variation (Sanguinic). Steely strong attack and quicksilver. One of the press reports said that she "bobbled" and that's not true.


Boston Ballet - 'The Taming of the Shrew': Marriage: The Human Stain
by S.E. Arnold
November 6, 2004 -- Wang Centre, Boston

In contrast to the cursed love that fixes the daily rhythm of Odette's metamorphosis from human to swan to swan, the quiet committed love of marriage discovers in the fox-like Petruchio and shrew-like Kate their humanity.


Bolshoi Ballet - 'Raymonda': Working the Art
by Toba Singer
November 6, 2004 -- Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, California

The ballet was staged by Yuri Grigorovich. He has polished the work to a brilliantine gloss. Costumes are extravagantly built for ease of handling, fluidity, and richness, with the colors perfectly engineered to mark the music, and enhance the character work.


Bolshoi Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet': Marriage of Old and New Lacks Innovation and Cohesion
by Rebecca Hirschman
November 5, 2004 -- Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, California

Simply put, this "Romeo and Juliet" is no ballet. Probably the most disappointing aspect of "Romeo and Juliet" is the fact that dance itself (whether it's ballet or modern) failed to make an appearance.


Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal - 'Minus One': Authentic Illusions: In the Manner of Ohad Naharin
by Denise Sum
November 4, 2004 -- Hummingbird Center, Toronto

Although the various pieces were created independently, in "Minus One" they form an integrated whole. I've often considered the recycling of one's own material a major faux pas and a precursor to the drying up of creativity.


Birmingham Royal Ballet - 'Such Sweet Thunder' Program:  The Duke in the Underworld
by Rosie Waters
October 28, 2004 -- Sadler's Wells, London

The programme opened with the endlessly perky "The Nutcracker Sweeties," Bintley's rollicking interpretation of Ellington's variations on pieces from "The Nutcracker".


Akram Khan - 'Ma'
by Ramsay Burt
October 26, 2004 -- Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

kram Khan's "ma" represents a progressive shift from his previous pieces. With "Rush" and "Kaash" he developed his movement style through his "confusion," as he calls it, of the classical Indian and contemporary dance styles in which he trained.


Ralph Lemon - 'Come Home Charlie Patton': Dancing Around the Color Line
by Holly Messitt
October 26, 2004 -- Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York

Near the beginning of Ralph Lemon's "Come Home Charlie Patton," the third part of Lemon's Geography Trilogy, this time evoking images of lynchings and the civil rights movement, Lemon appears in a documentary film focused on him wading through a southern swamp.


Boston Ballet - 'Rubies,' 'Distant Light,' 'Divertimento No. 15'
by S.E. Arnold
October 23, 2004 -- Wang Theatre, Boston

Whether in the meeting of dance to music or dancer to dancer, "Divertimento" exemplifies unlabored agreement and civility; each of the three male and five female principals, for example, bore out in turn their refined abilities as soloist and partner.


Eugene Ballet - 'Incidents and Accidents,' 'Slipstream,' 'A Midsummer Night's Dream': Sense and Sensibilities
by Dean Speer
October 23, 2004 -- Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene, Oregon

While not quite modern dance, "Slipstream" has a contemporary modern dance "feel" to it.


Royal Ballet - 'Requiem,' 'Les Noces,' 'A Wedding Bouquet'
by Lyndsey Winship
October 4, 2004 -- Royal Opera House, London

In the Requiem Triple Bill, the Royal Ballet present two weighty works, MacMillan's "Requiem" and Nijinska's "Les Noces," and one farcical novelty, Ashton's "A Wedding Bouquet".


National Ballet of Canada - 'Chacony,' 'there, below,' 'Apollo,' 'The Four Seasons
by Toba Singer
September 30, 2004 -- Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, California

... kneeling and standing, he is like an indigenous supplicant, a corsaire absent a vessel with which to navigate, and so he spirals out of his dug-in heels, sending bursts of energy into the vortex of the web outside of him from the web of anguish within.


Letter from the Editors
      The holidays have begun in earnest with Clara visiting the land of sweets in "The Nutcracker." In this issue, we celebrate the festive season with reviews and featured picks of different productions of this classic favorite as well as a gift guide for the balletomanes and dance fans in your life.
      Our Company Focus this month is on Nederlands Dans Theater, with an expanded gallery and a list of past and current articles and discussion topics.
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