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JAN 2005
in this issue


Thomas Lund: Making a DVD of Bournonville Classes
by Kate Snedeker

It is a documentation of our generation: how did we interpret Bournonville? How did we dance Bournonville?

Tim MatiakisTim Matiakis: Through Three Royal Houses
by Kate Snedeker

I believe I'm still at an age where I have a chance to see what happens, and my opinion is not that one should dance because it's comfortable.  I am much more of the opinion, for myself - everybody's different - that I dance as long as I think it's fun, and where I think it is fun to dance.

Bruce Caldwell of Ballet West: 44 Years of 'Nutcracker' and Counting ...
by Dean Speer & Francis Timlin

I come from a Mormon background and I think my father thought I was never going to start a family. My brothers have been rather prolific.

Dennis Nahat, Artistic Director, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley: Knowing Nahat's 'Nutcracker'
by Dean Speer & Francis Timlin

The individual steps to me are not all that important. What is important is what looks good on the dancers, so I do have them in mind when choreographing.

company focus

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Articles and Discussions

A Review of the 'Such Sweet Thunder' Program
by Rosie Waters
October 2004 - Sadler's Wells, London

The Birmingham Royal Ballet's second programme at Sadler's Wells this week was 'Such Sweet Thunder', company director David Bintley's tribute to Duke Ellington.


A Review from the Ashton Celebration in New York
by Jerry Hochman
July 2004 - Metropolitan Opera House, New York City

It's all too rare to get excited about ballet performances these days. I appreciate great individual performances and great ballets when I see them, but rarely does everything mesh. It did tonight at the Met. The Birmingham Royal Ballet's performance of Frederick Ashton's "The Two Pigeons" was miraculous.


A Review of 'Dante Sonata and 'The Two Pigeons'
by Cassandra
June 2004 - Birmingham Hippodrome

The Birmingham Royal Ballet is celebrating the Ashton centenary earlier than Covent Garden and last weekend they performed a beautifully balanced double bill.


From Albrecht to Krishna - Interview with Tiit Helimets
by Stuart Sweeney
"I had many teachers, but my final teacher Ago Herkül had a big influence, but it was only in later years that I fully realised what he was trying to do."


Interview with Robert Parker
by Kevin Ng
"I think what first attracted David Bintley to me was probably when I was thrown on in Carmina Burana which was the first ballet that he actually choreographed in Birmingham."


David Bintley - A Choreographer's Relationship to Music
by Stuart Sweeney
I heard this programme on the radio series Musical Moves . Bintley is ... arguably the most successful ballet choreographer working in the UK today.

Birmingham Royal Ballet: 2004-2005

Birmingham Royal Ballet's "Nutcracker"

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Split Tour 2004

Birmingham Royal Ballet - "Sir Fred & Mr. B"

Interview with Michael Revie of Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet -Autumn Season 2002

Birmingham Royal Ballet's 'Job' Mixed Bill 2002

Birmingham Royal Ballet's ' The Nutcracker' 2001

Birmingham Hippodrome Opening Gala

Birmingham Royal Ballet Company news

Interview with Robert Parker of Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet in Edward II

Festival de danse de Paris - Annulation de la tournée du Birmingham Royal Ballet

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in our forums

·Battle of Swan Lake
·BAM declines Reviews by Dance Insider!
·Pre-recorded music instead of live orchestra....

Fun Stuff
·Strictly Come Dancing - TV ballroom competition
·Fashion World Inspired by Ballet
·Cherry of a dancer debuts for Winnipeg Ballet!

Dance Miscellany
·Dance Review 2004
·Sydney Festival 2004, 2005
·"Margot Fonteyn" - biography by Meredith Daneman

Ballet in the Americas
·Pennsylvania Ballet 2004-05 Feedback Forum
·National Ballet of Canada 2004/2005
·New York City Ballet Winter Season 2004-05

Ballet in Europe
·Royal Danish Ballet: 2004-2005
·Scottish Ballet 2004-2005 Season
·Nikolai Tsiskaridze

Ballet in Asia, Africa and Oceania
·Hamburg Ballet in Japan
·Hong Kong Ballet
·National Ballet of China 2004 season

Modern Dance
·Rambert Spring Tour 2005, Does Einstein
·Shen Wei Dance Arts 2004-2005
·Stephen Petronio

World Dance, Musicals and Social Dance
·Savion Glover
·Chicago (on Stage and on Film)
·Jazz Tap Ensemble

Danser en français
·Passeport du 15 janvier Linke-Scozzi- Noiret
·Suresnes Cités Danse du 7 au 30 janvier 2005
·stage de danse été

The Studio
·2 methods in 1 school?
·Schools, Studios and Students - news round-up 2005/1st Half
·autistic dancers in recital...

Students' Questions and Experiences
·For the ladies...BRAS& size
·Advice-Should I Start?
·Jete Battu trouble!

·Light Tape - Looks like tape, lights like neon
·New and renovated venues
·insurance? & more production questions

Managing Dance
·Pennsylvania's Budget for the Arts and Economic Situation
·San Francisco Bay Area Financial Situation
·Arts Funding in the UK

Company Press Releases



Coming up...
· Pennsylvania Ballet's season
· Resolution! in London
· San Francisco Ballet reviews
· More reviews
· More interviews
· More features




Bawren Tavaziva -
'I Am Home': Progress of an Artist

by Thea Nerissa Barnes
November 2004

Kumusha "I am Home" presented 19 November 2004 at the Robin Howard Dance Theatre (The Place) in London was the presentation of Bawren Tavaziva's most successful dance works to date.

at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

John JasperseJohn Jasperse - 'California': Fault Lines
by Holly Messitt
December 7, 2004

One of the main reasons I enjoy seeing a John Jasperse productions is the way he uses metaphors.

Pina BauschTanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch - 'Fur die Kinder von Gestern, Heute und Morgen'
by Cecly Placenti
November 16, 2004

...a series of non-linear vignettes ranging from funny, to bizarre, to beautiful, and created an overall feeling rather than making a didactic statement.

Ballet PreljocajBallet Preljocaj - 'Near Life Experience': At the Edge of Existence
by Holly Messitt
November 3, 2004

Despite the listless mood, however, there were surprising and lovely moments in the piece, including one dancer who strapped goblets over the periphery of her arms, knees, ankles, and back.

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.


Bangarra Dance TheatreBangarra Dance Theatre - 'Bush': Language of the Heart
by Preeti Vasudevan
October 19, 2004

The unfortunate dichotomy of living in our modern lives, divorced from a deep rooted connectivity with nature, was highlighted by a powerful performance.

'The Four Temperaments', 'La Valse', 'Ballet Imperial': Slow Start, Triumphant Finish
by Cassandra
December 22, 2004 - Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden Germany

"La Valse" followed and was graced by the presence of Yuliana Lopatkina in the leading role. Lopatkina's appearances are now few and far between and there was a tangible feeling of collective excitement on this night when the Kirov's prima was billed to dance.

'Le Corsaire'
by Catherine Pawlick
December 19, 2004 -- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

Ali, his sidekick-support buddy, was danced freshly by Dmitri Semionov. A relatively new face on the Kirov stage, his dancing was strong, if a bit on the shy side compared to others, such as Ruzimatov, who have claimed roles like this as their own.

'Apollo', divertissements, 'Etudes': Essays in Movement Mastery
by Catherine Pawlick
December 18, 2004 --Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Daria Pavlenko graced the audience as Terpsichore with her wide-eyed smiles and pristine lines. Whispers of Suzanne Farrell, dare one say, seemed to escape her performance here and there.

'The Sleeping Beauty': Late Nights in St. Petersburg
by Catherine Pawlick
December 15, 2004 --Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Daria Pavlenko graced the audience as Terpsichore with her wide-eyed smiles and pristine lines. Whispers of Suzanne Farrell, dare one say, seemed to escape her performance here and there.

'The Four Temperaments', 'La Valse', 'Ballet Imperial': Balanchine with Nowhere to Hide
by Catherine Pawlick
December 12, 2004 --Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

There is something charming about Balanchine a la Kirov, when even a hip thrust forward looks well-placed. Balanchine devotees would perhaps gasp in horror, but this isn't New York City Ballet, and they're doing their best.

'La Sylphide': A Buoyant 'La Sylphide'
by Catherine Pawlick
November 29, 2004 --Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Sheglov was visibly bewildered by the beauty and elusive quality of this spirit of the air, his earthy petit allegro in contrast to her light pointework.

'Romeo and Juliet': Cool Weather in Verona
by Catherine Pawlick
November 18, 2004 --Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Leonid Sarafanov again danced exquisitely as the fun-loving Mercutio. Once more one wonders why he isn't cast as Romeo.

by Catherine Pawlick
November 7, 2004 --Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Yana Serebryakova was Lescaut's lover, energetic, confident, exuding French chic at every glance.

'Don Quixote': Lighthearted Humor
by Catherine Pawlick
November 5, 2004 --Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

If one act ballets are appetizers, the four act "Don Quixote" is always a full meal.

editors' picks

Los Angeles
· International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference Showcase
January 28-29, 2005 - Luckman Fine Arts Complex, CSU Los Angeles, Los Angeles
The Lula Washington Dance Theatre hosts the Official Showcase of the 17th Annual International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, bringing together leading African-American dance companies, choreographers, students, dancers, and educators.
· Random Dance - 'Nemesis'
January 28-29, 2005 - Royce Hall, UCLA
With a score performed live by Scanner, Random performs the US premiere of Wayne McGregor' s new collaborative work which includes costumes and extensions by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, digital video design by Ravi Deepres, and lighting by Lucy Carter.

· Instruments of Movement - 'Ruff Side of the Smoothness'
January 28-29, 2005 - Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago
· River North Dance Company
February 11-13, 2005 - Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music & Dance, Chicago

New York
· Subtle Changes Dance Company - 'The Statement-7th Draft'
February 18-19, 2005 - BRIC Studio, Brooklyn
Inspired by the music and words of celebrated poet and performer Gil Scot Heron, an evening length work of twelve vignettes laced with quotes and music from Heron, with additions from Dick Gregory, Ryuchi Sakamoto, Donny Hathaway, and D'Bi Young.
· LaLaLa Human Steps - 'Amelia'
February 1, 3, 5, 2005 - Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn
Abstract work on pointe created by Édouard Lock highlights the speed of the dancers who perform to a score commissioned from Bang on a Can's David Lang, as well as Lou Reed songs created for the Velvet Underground.

San Francisco Bay Area
· Ailey II
January 21, 2005, Stanford Lively Arts, Stanford University, Palo Alto
Imagine the energy of youth with the skill and grace of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, performing classic works of the repertoire as well as new works.
· San Francisco Ballet - Repertory Programs 1 & 2
February 1-13, 2005, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
SFB kicks off Helgi Tomasson's 10th season with the company with classics like "Theme and Variations" and old favorites like Mark Morris's "Maelstrom."

· Pennsylvania Ballet - 'Nine Sinatra Songs'
February 2-6, 2005 - Merriam Theater, Philadelphia
The Pennsylvania Ballet premiere of Tharp's tribute to Sinatra along with Peter Martins' 'The Waltz  Project' and a world premiere by Matthew Neenan to a score by Rufus Wainwright.
· Moiseyev Dance Company
February 8-9, 2005 - Irvine Auditorium, Philadelphia
PENN Presents Russia's famed ethnic dance company

· Flamenco Festival London
January 17-30, 2005,
Sadler's Wells
Sara Baras, Rocío Molina, Eva Yerbabuena and a host of other names in nine different programmes.
· The Royal Ballet - 'La fille mal gardée'
January 19-April 2, 2005, The Royal Opera House
Hérold's tuneful score gave Ashton the perfect match for his affectionate characterizations and witty cameos - a real treat.
· Resolution!
January 17 - mid-February, 2005, The Place
Europe's largest festival for new choreography - 100 companies at 3 per night.

· Rome Opera Ballet - Gala Balanchine: "Le Chatte," "Le Bal," " Apollon Musagete,"
January 13-16, 2005, Teatro Costanzi
A triple bill marking the 100th anniversary of the great choreographer's birth.
· Rome Opera Ballet - 'Giselle'
January 20-23, 2005, Teatro Costanzi
Carla Fracci's production of the evergreen romantic masterpeace is back again on Rome stage.
· Complexions - 'White,' 'Solo,' '3 for 6,' 'Red'
January 19-23, 2005, Teatro Olimpico
The hot contemporary dance company makes its Roman debut.

· Teatro all Scala Ballet - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream
January 9-23, 2005, Teatro degli Arcimboldi
Balanchine's choreography from Shakespeare's work is back again for more performances.

· 'Three Companies, Three Works!'
January 16-22, 2005 - Det Kongelige Teater, Copenhagen
The first dance program in the
brand new Opera House, includes performances by the Stephen Petronio Company, the New Dance Dance Theatre and the world premiere of a new piece by Tim Rushton for the Royal Danish Ballet.
· Royal Danish Ballet - Mixed Repertory
January 16-22 - Det Kongelige Teater, Copenhagen
Mixed Repertory including 'Abdallah', 'Etudes',' Fancy Free', 'In the Night', 'Vers un Pays Sage' and 'Far From Denmark'.
· Peter Schaufuss Balleten - 'Nøddeknækkeren'
January 21-22, 2005 - Agder Teater, Kristianssand.



The Scottish Ballet - 'The Nutcracker': Festive If Underpowered
by Kate Snedeker
January 6, 2005 -- Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Ashley Page's production, which debuted last holiday season, owes more to the dark and moody original story by E.T.A. Hoffman than the sugary sweet versions that invade most stages in December.

Forever Tango: An Extravanganza of Pasión
by Mary Ellen Hunt
December 29, 2004 -- Post Street Theatre, San Francisco

...highly entertaining and quite enough to make you reach for your program to fan yourself.

Royal Danish Ballet - 'Vers un Pays Sage', 'Etudes', 'Fancy Free' and 'La Sylphide'
by Kate Snedeker
December 27-28, 2004 -- The Royal Theatre, Copenhagen

On Monday afternoon, two of the company's premier Bournonville dancers, Thomas Lund and Gudrun Bojesen, were powerful and poignant in Nikolaj Hübbe's production of Bournonville's "La Sylphide".

Matthew Bourne's 'Nutcracker!': Earth to Planet Nutcracker
by Jeff Kuo
December 21, 2004 -- Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles

Instead of the cozy Victorian home, Bourne gives us a veritable Dickensian Third Reich where the ballet's only family embodies not holiday charity but avarice and exploitation.

San Francisco Ballet - 'Nutcracker': Tomasson's Workshop of Life
by Toba Singer
December 21, 2004 -- War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

Rooted in the Willam Christensen version, Tomasson's concept, staging, and choreography carve a niche out of early 20th century San Francisco's Victorian/Edwardian architecture, "Painted Ladies," shipyards, merchant marines, urban Goldrushers, and trolley cars down Market Street.

San Francisco Ballet - 'Nutcracker': Taking the Fifth
by Dean Speer
December 17, 2004 -- War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

The festivities began with a fanfare -- brasses trumpeting and heralding the doors' opening to the pressing throngs milling about on the Van Ness sidewalk.

Tanya Khabarova - 'Reflection': Eve, Evolution, and the Journey Into Life
by Rosella Simonari
December 16, 2004 -- Teatro Lauro Rossi, Macerata, Italy

"Reflection" is a poetic and metamorphic journey into the origin of humanity and possibly of life itself. Khabarova structures the piece according to a series of snapshots in which she becomes a different creature each time.

Ballet San JoseBallet San Jose Silicon Valley - 'The Nutcracker': It's a Ball at the Ballet
by Dean Speer
December 16, 2004 -- San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

Special note must be made of Karen Gabay's Marie as she was celebrating her 25th year in this part and in this production. She looks 16 and dances with a freshness that belies her experience and position as a dancer.

Chicken Shed Dance TheatreChicken Shed Theatre Company - 'Peter Pan': Nobody Left Behind in Neverland
by Stuart Sweeney
December 15, 2004 -- Chicken Shed Theatre, Southgate, London

Inclusion is clearly a vital part of the Chicken Shed philosophy and in "Peter Pan" they have integrated sign language into the action. Rather than detached specialists on the side of the stage, cast members take turns ... so that signing is woven into the fabric of the performance and even into the dance routines.

Oregon Ballet Theatre - 'The Nutcracker': It's Not Only the Tree That Grows
by Dean Speer
December 11-12, 2004 -- Keller Theatre, Portland, Oregon

Oregon Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker" is a cranberry confection delight, courtesy of the artistic sensibility and choreographic mastery of George Balanchine.

Boston Ballet - 'The Nutcracker': Nissinen's New Nutcracker Dreams
by S.E. Arnold
December 11, 2004 -- The Colonial Theatre, Boston

As breathtaking as a moonlit winter evening, the Boston Ballet's new "Nutcracker," choreographed by Mikko Nissinen, yet banished winter's chill and welcomed viewers into its well lit world.

Dances Patrelle - 'The Yorkville Nutcracker'
by Cecly Placenti
December 10, 2004 -- The Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, New York

... Dances Patrelle provides a forum by which experienced dancers can share in a mentoring relationship with young dancers to contribute to their evolution and maturing dancers can have the opportunity to expand their art through new works and roles.

Ballet West - 'The Nutcracker': First Nutcracker Delights
by Dean Speer
December 3, 2004 -- Capitol Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah

Opening night casting was as near perfection as you can get and still remain on the planet.

Akram Khan - 'ma': Directed Not Just Choreographed
by Lyndsey Winship
November 30, 2004 --Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Riccardo Nova' s music is used to dramatic effect. Deeply influenced by Indian classical music, the Italian composer creates a score that is plaintive, mournful and hectic in turns.

St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre - 'La Bayadere'
by Cassandra
November 28, 2004 -- Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, England

Dancing the pivotal role of Nikiya, Irina Kolesnikova made an excellent impression in a role that suits her to perfection. She is possessed of the "grand manner," and her only failing is she looked a little too regal to be a humble temple dancer.

Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'The Nutcracker": Catching Up with the Season
by Dean Speer
November 26, 2004 -- McGaw Hall, Seattle, Washington

So what do over 115 props, 500 light bulbs, 40 stage hands, 200 pounds of fireproof confetti paper, 500 pairs of pointe shoes, 190 costumes, 300 rehearsal hours, a 950 pound Christmas Tree, and 90,000 people all have in common? PNB' s "Nutcracker" of course!

Royal Ballet - 'Sylvia': Embracing Ashton
by Julia Skene-Wenzel
November 24, 2004 -- Royal Opera House, London

Ashton's choreography captures every nuance of its texture and paints his vision across the stage in ever changing formations. Low arabesques lead into multiple pirouettes while the upper body breaks out of traditional ballet positions and softens into fluid patterns.

National Ballet of Canada - 'The Nutcracker': Colorizing a Classic
by Michael Goldbarth
December 2004 -- Hummingbird Centre, Toronto

Skip dessert if you plan on seeing the National Ballet of Canada's "The Nutcracker." Its mischievous creator sprinkled sugar non-stop throughout his frosty Christmas confection, and then to top it all off, unscrewed the lid to your sugar shaker!

National Ballet of Canada's GiselleNational Ballet of Canada - 'Giselle': Danced to Life
by Michael Goldbarth
November 18, 21, 2004 -- Hummingbird Centre, Toronto

The future is bright for future Albrechts with the incredibly gifted Guillaume Côté and an improving Nehemiah Kish. Chan Hon Goh will no doubt dance forever and Sonia Rodriguez was a dream.

National Ballet of Canada - 'Stravinsky Violin Concerto': Flowers, Valentines, and Ballerina Beauties
by Michael Goldbarth
November 18, 21, 2004 -- Hummingbird Centre, Toronto

With all due respect and apologies to the greatest ballet maker Past, Present, and perhaps Future, I'm going to commit a ballet indiscretion by kissing and telling the meaning behind Stravinsky Violin Concerto-for me.

Pennsylvania Ballet - 'Ballo della Regina,' 'Agon,' 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue'
by Lori Ibay
November 3-7, 2004 -- Academy of Music, Philadelphia

Hench, who joined the company as a principal last spring for Wheeldon's "Swan Lake," looked princely once again opposite the regal Amy Aldridge.

American Ballet Theatre - 'Pretty Good Year,' 'VIII,' 'Sinfonietta'
by Lori Ibay
October 30, 2004 -- City Center, New York City

The opening scene set an eerie tone, with six shadowy figures (the ghosts, Lara Bossen, Amanda Cobb, Melanie Hamrick, Jennifer Lee, Caity Seither, and Sarah Smith) hovering in the background and six couples intertwined on the foreground slowly unwinding as they rose from the ground.

American Ballet Theatre - 'Pretty Good Year,' 'Pillar of Fire,' 'Petite Mort,' 'Sechs Tänze'
by Lori Ibay
October 23, 2004 -- City Center, New York City

Murphy has complete command of the principal role, expressing Hagar's misery and frustration with her entire being.

Johannes Weiland - 'One': 'Parietal Region,' 'One,' 'Corrosion,' 'Tomorrow': The Persistence of Vision
by Jenai Cutcher
October 10, 2004 -- Diane von Furstenberg Theatre, New York City

Five dancers costumed in von Furstenberg's own maroon turtleneck creations occupied the vacuous white box theatre, dancing in, on, and around several white cubic structures meant to represent these particular brain spaces.

Letter from the Editors
      The end of the year brings us not just 'Nutcracker' candy cane dreams and liquorice wishes but a time to appreciate all the gifts of the world of dance. Instead of counting the days of Christmas, with this issue we'll be counting dance writing-critical assessments of innovative choreographers, interviews with artists of the Royal Danish Ballet, reports from Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, reviews of the Kirov Ballet, and much more from around the world.
      Also, there is our Company Focus and Image Gallery featuring the Birmingham Royal Ballet, editor's picks, and more. Oh, yes, that and 11 'Nutcracker' reviews.
      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. Best wishes for the New Year 2005!

The Editors of Ballet-Dance Magazine

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