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in this issue


David McAllister, Australian Ballet: Choreographing the company for the new millenium
by Ana Abad-Carles

The greatest challenge for me is dealing with the art form and the dancers, 21st century dancers, who are so different to the dancers of the past.

Batkhurel Bold, Pacific Northwest Ballet: A Million Plus One
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin

Both my father and my mother were dancers in Mongolia's only ballet company - my father for over 20 years. My mother is actually from St. Petersburg where she studied with Dudinskaya.

D. David Brown, Pacific Northwest Ballet: Executive Dancing
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin

Companies must first build a loyal audience and donor base, secure a working facility in which to rehearse and create work, gain control of the performing environment so that the performing schedule can be set without disruption, and then build endowment.

Jonathan Porretta, Pacific Northwest Ballet: Tri-State Native, All- State Soloist
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin

I had NO idea I was being auditioned. I was having fun taking class, messing around with things like doing 32 fouettés and ending on the floor in The Dying Swan's pose and just about died when someone told me that man watching was actually Kent Stowell.

Kaori Nakamura, Pacific Northwest Ballet: Conquering English, French, and the Public
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin

Many thought I should go to the Royal Ballet School, as many Japanese had, but I wanted to go somewhere different, so I picked SAB. I didn't really know about Balanchine; I just picked blindly. I was shocked. Such different training. I thought it was a big mistake.

Damara Bennett, Oregon Ballet Theatre School: Ballet Stars of Tomorrow:
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin

I want to produce professional dancers, but also those who are well-rounded and well-informed, who will become, at minimum, well-informed audience members. We are setting examples of what is important in life - dedication and a work ethic.

company focus

Image Gallery

Selected Reviews & Views from 2004

Hamburg Ballet - 'Nijinsky'
by Ed Lippman -- Feb 2004, Costa Mesa, CA

Resolution! and Reprise: 2 views at The Place
by Stuart Sweeney & Lyndsey Winship -- Feb 2004, London

Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'The Romantics'
by Dean Speer -- March 2004, Seattle

A Day in the Life of a Royal Danish Ballet Dancer
by Kate Snedeker -- Copenhagen

Boston Ballet - Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes'
by S.E. Arnold -- March 2004, Boston

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre - 'Hymn': Why Dance?
by Mary Ellen Hunt -- March 2004, Berkeley

Paris Opera Ballet - 'Signes'
by MarieLaure Ferreyra -- March 2004, Paris

Pennsylvania Ballet 'Rhythm and Blues' - 'Fearful Symmetries,' 'The Crossed Line,' 'Blue Until June': PAB Goes Red, Blue, and Modern
by Lori Ibay -- April 2004, Philadephia

Pacific Northwest Ballet - Choreographer's Showcase
by Francis Timlin -- April 2004, Seattle

Miami City Ballet - "The Neighborhood Ballroom'
by Carol Herron -- April 2004, Washington

Boston Ballet - 'Swan Lake': Humanity and the Fall
by S.E. Arnold -- May 2004, Boston

San Francisco Ballet - 'Sylvia'
by Rebecca Hirschman -- May 2004, San Francisco

New York City Ballet - American Festival
by Jeff Kuo -- May 2004, New York

New York City Ballet - 'Ivesiana,' 'Interplay,' 'Tarantella,' 'Stars and Stripes'
by Kate Snedeker -- May 2004, New York

Pennsylvania Ballet - 'Swan Lake'
by Lori Ibay -- June 2004, Philadelphia

American Ballet Theatre - 'Romeo & Juliet'
by Mary Ellen Hunt -- June 2004, New York

Stars of the White Nights Festival - A Century of Balanchine
by Catherine Pawlick -- July 2004, St Petersburg

John Jasperse - 'just two dancers'
by Rosella Simonari - July 2004, Venice

Bolshoi Ballet -'The Pharoah's Daughter'
by Cassandra -- August 2004, London

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

San Francisco Ballet - 'Allegro Brillante,' 'Paquita' Pas de Trois, '7 for Eight,' 'Rush'
by Thea Nerissa Barnes - Sept 2004, London

Jerome Robbins: His life, His Theater, his Dance - by Deborah Jowitt
Book review by Leland Windreich

Lyon Opera Ballet - 'Second Detail,' 'twelvetwentyone,' 'Un Ballo, ' Jardi Tancat'
by Mary Ellen Hunt --Sept 2004, Davis, CA

Merce Cunningham Dance Company - 'Ground Level Overlay', 'Split Sides'
by Elizabeth Schwyzer -- Oct 2004, London

Philip Decouflé - 'Solo'
by Ramsay Burt -- Oct 2004, London

Martha Graham Dance Company - 'Appalachian Spring,' 'Errand into the Maze,' 'El Penitente,' 'Diversion of Angels'
by Toba Singer -- Oct 2004, Davis, CA

Kirov Ballet - 'Swan Lake': A Palpable Love
by Catherine Pawlick --Oct 2004, St. Petersburg

Rambert Dance Company - 'Swamp,' 'A Tragedy of Fashion,' 'Elsa Canasta'
by Kate Snedeker -- Nov 2004, Edinburgh

in our forums

·What Makes a Ballet Star? Rockwell Article
·Cuba and the Arts
·The Power of Critics

Fun Stuff
·Super Bowl XXXIX -- the ballet and opportunity
·MADE: MTV Gives a Boy a Chance at Ballet...
·Dancers Sidetracked by Other Careers

Dance Miscellany
·Everything I Needed to Know
·Ice Dancing
·Black History Month and Related Dance Festivals

Ballet in the Americas
·National Ballet of Canada: 2005/2006
Pennsylvania Ballet 2004-05 Feedback Forum

·New York City Ballet Winter Season 2004-05

Ballet in Europe
·Kirov Ballet: 2004-2005 Season
·St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre
·Royal Ballet: Manon (2005)

Ballet in Asia, Africa and Oceania
·Australian Ballet 2004-05
·Ballet Philippines
·Ross Stretton

Modern Dance
·Pina Bausch in the UK - 2005
·Phoenix Dance Theatre - Spring tour 2005

World Dance, Musicals and Social Dance
·Ballet Folklorico (Mexico)
·Susan Stroman's "Contact" American Tour 2005

Danser en français
·Wilfried Romoli, nommé Danseur Etoile ! - 3 février 2005
·Sujets d'admiration
·Sylvia, à l'ONP du 1er mars au 2 avril.

The Studio
·The Fonteyn Nureyev Young Dancers
·Schools, Studios and Students - news round-up 2005/1st Half
·Repetto shoes

Students' Questions and Experiences
·Just started
·Advice - Should I Start?

·It's No Fun Being a Technician
·Dye for Costume
·Looking for Portable Dance Flooring

Managing Dance
·Arts Council England
·Cleveland Area Arts Situation
·Joffrey Ballet of Chicago Management News

Company Press Releases



Coming up...
· Ballet West's Ib Anderson
· New York City Ballet's Kurt Froman
· San Francisco Ballet at home
· More Kirov Ballet reviews
· More reviews
· More interviews
· More features




Balanchine in Two Small Doses: Two Mini-bios of the Great Choreographer
Book reviews by Leland Windreich
January 28, 2005

I find it hard to recommend one study over the other. Both men are ardent consumers of ballet, articulate in their examination of the dance arts, and thorough in their investigations.

Dance Africa Kickoff - Lecture by June Gamble: The Management of African/Black Dance
by U. Akalawu
December 2, 2004 - London

There is yet to be a school of training for African dance forms as there is for other dance forms, nor have the various techniques been systematised for the purpose of adoption into the UK dance curricula.
read more..

Dance Africa Seminar: Africanist Dance Arts in the Age of Video Reproduction
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
December 6, 2004 - London

Guy's presentation providing analysis of the video revealing choreographic and performance strategies also highlighted the perils of reconstruction.
read more..

Critics' Circle National Dance Awards: A Personal View
by Maggie Foyer
January 2005

Although the event tended to be somewhat balletocentric, within those limits it did extend across the spectrum, from the tiniest little boys and girls performing careful RAD set dances to those at the top of their careers.
read more..

Report on the Rural Retreats 2005
by Lyndsey Winship
January 2005

Reflecting on the loneliness of the artistic director's job Boston Ballet's Mikko Nissinen said: "Usually the artistic director has an inner dialogue, now we get to compare our notes."

David Bintley, Artistic Director, Birmingham Royal Ballet: Unapologetic About Ballet
by Ana Abad-Carles
I think it's fantastic to know that all around the world there are really very clever and articulate people fighting for their art form. It's not a chance to moan. It's good ideas going backwards and forwards.

David McAllister, Director, Australian Ballet
by Ana Abad-Carles
January 11, 2005 -- Australia House, London

One of the things that came out of it was that when I came back to Australia, I started something that we now call Bodytorque, a choreographic development season which we had never had previously, and that aims at developing or giving young choreographers access to ballet dancers and to create works using the ballet technique.

editors' picks

Los Angeles
· Beijing Modern Dance
March 1, 2005 - Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD, La Jolla
and March 4-5, 2005 - Los Angeles Music Center.
China's ultra-hip performing bring hard-edged, high-energy movement to a score from Pink Floyd's 'The Wall."
· Ronald K. Brown/Evidence
February 26, 2004 - Luckman Fine Arts Complex, CSU Los Angeles, Los Angeles

Showcasing the company's evocative blend of Western African and modern dance, the evening will include 'Upside Down,' 'Grace,' and 'Come Ye.'
· Jazz Tap Ensemble
March 18-20, 2005 - Founder's Hall, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa
Featuring the incredible talents of five dancers and two musicians, their dynamic, toe-tapping program introduces the audience to rhythm and improvisation and its development in American culture.

· Germaine Acogny - 'TCHOURAI'
February 26-27, 2005 - The Dance Center, Columbia College Chicago
Senegalese dancer and choreographer Germaine Acogny performs an evocative, evening-length solo TCHOURAI, which takes its name from the natural incense burnt by African women to purify houses and attract and seduce their husbands.
· Joffrey Ballet - American Masterworks
March 9-20, 2005 - Auditorium Theatre, Chicago
The Joffrey's 2005 Winter Program will present American Masterworks, featuring ballets created by George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, and Jerome Robbins, each considered genius choreographers of the 20th Century.

New York
· Dance Brazil
March 1-6, 2005 - Joyce Theatre
Jelon Vieira brings the premiere of "Retratos da Bahia" with an original score by Brazilian composer Tote Gira performed live.
· Jewish Dance in America - Lecture by Nina Spiegel, PhD
March 15, 2005 - 92nd Street Y Simon Center
Nina Spiegel explores the works of great Jewish choreographers including Pearl Lang, Sophie Maslow, Jerome Robbins, Anna Sokolow and Helen Tamiris. In an attempt to answer the question "Is there a unique Jewish voice in American dance?"

San Francisco Bay Area
· Merce Cunningham Dance Company- ENCOUNTER: Merce
Feb 17-March 12, 2005, Stanford Lively Arts, Stanford Unversity, Palo Alto
Exhibits from his diary, films, and panel discussions mark an in depth look at Cunningham's work.  The week of March 8, events include an interview with Cunningham by NY Times critic John Rockwell, and the company's much anticipated West Coast premiere of "Split Sides" from March 11-12.
· St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre - 'Giselle'
Feb 19, 2005, Marin Center, San Rafael
In a one night only benefit for the Friends of the Marin Center, the Russian company makes its Bay Area debut witha classic ballet.

· Pennsylvania Ballet - 'La Fille Mal Gardée
March 4-12, 2005 - Academy of Music, Phila.
Company premiere of Sir Frederick Ashton's charming romantic comedy.
· Noche Flamenca
February 26, 2005 - Kimmel Center, Phila.

Enter the world of flamenco pura—undiluted, passionate and seductive.

Washington, D.C.
· The Washington Ballet - 'Rite of Spring'
February 23-27, 2005 - Eisenhower Theatre, Kennedy Center
World premiere of Trey McIntyre's "Rite of Spring" along with George Balanchine's "Stravinsky Violin Concerto" and Christopher Wheeldon's "There Where She Loved."
· Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
February 22-27, 2005 - Kennedy Center
For its annual engagement, this globally renowned company presents a compilation of classics and new works.

· Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'The Merry Widow'
March 17-27, 2005 - McGaw Hall, Seattle
PNB's delight in both comedy and drama suffuses the tale of a wealthy widow who is reunited with her long-lost love.

· Royal Danish Ballet - Harald Lander 100 Years Gala
February 25, 2005 - Old Stage, Royal Theatre, Copenhagen
· Peter Schaufuss Ballet - 'Harald'
February 25-27, 2005 (World premiere) - Musikteatret Hostlebrohallen, Hostlebro

March 6, 2005 (Hal Landers Gala) - Musikhuset Århus, Århus
World premiere to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the celebrated choreographer's birth.

· Sonia Sabri - 'Red'
February 22-23, 2005 - Purcell Room

A collaboration between Sabri, Shobana Jeyasingh and composer Sarvar Sabri, combining exquisite dance, arresting visual design and evocative music.
· Australian Dance Theatre - 'Birdbrain'
March 2, 2005 - Queen Elizabeth Hall
Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) returns to the UK with a one night only encore performance of "Birdbrain."

· Paris Opera Ballet - 'Sylvia'
March 1- April 2, 2005 - Opéra Bastille

Ballet in 2 parts by John Neumeier to the music by Delibes and design and costumes by Yannis Kokkos.

· Rome Opera Ballet School - 'Coppelia'
March 1-6, 2005 - Teatro Nazionale
An occasion to see 18 years old Alessandro Riga, one of the most outstanding young Italian dancers, presently in Dresden Ballet.
· MOMIX Dance Theatre - 'Sun Flower Moon'
February 15-28, 2005 - Teatro Olimpico
One of the Italian audience favourite dance companies is back in a new show in Italian premiere.

· Equilibrio
February 13 - March 1, 2005 - Auditorium Parco della Musica
A contemporary dance festival, which includes artists like Bruno Beltrao, Vim Vandendekeybus, Enzo Cosimi, Costanza Macras, Collectif Peeping Tom, and others.


University of Washington Chamber Dance Group: Martha's Mysteries
by Dean Speer
February 3, 2005 -- Meany Hall Theatre, University of Washington, Seattle

Elizabeth Spatz as The Virgin in Martha's part was of the right maturity and stature and seemed deeply 'seated' in her dancing of the part.

Raimund Hoghe - 'Another Dream': An Uncommon Honesty
by Ramsay Burt
January 30, 2005 -- London International Mime Festival, ICA, London

Although "Another Dream" was often quite humorous, the audience at the ICA seemed almost afraid to laugh.

Ailey II - 'Intimate Voices,' 'Divining,' 'The Hunt' 'Revelations': Crunchtime
by Mary Ellen Hunt
January 21, 2005 -- Stanford Lively Arts, Palo Alto

In my household, a single viewing of any of their dancers is likely spark far more abdominal crunches than any New Year’s resolution ever called for.

Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet - 'Don Quixote'
by Cassandra
January 13, 2005 -- Royal Festival Hall, London

With so little drama involved it's all down to the dancers to impress, and as the audience enthusiastically applauded everyone and everything, they seemed to have been thoroughly impressed.

Imperial Russian Ballet - 'The Nutcracker'
by Cassandra
December 25, 2004 -- Badnerhalle, Rastatt, Germany

On Christmas day I was unfaithful to the Kirov and boarded a train to Rastatt, a town a few miles to the north of Baden Baden.

'Kiss Me, Kate'
by Patricia Somerset
November, 2004 -- Churchill Theatre, Bromley

After the opening number, the pace slowed, but took off again with Fred and Lilli singing "Wunderbar." Fred was played by Craig Urbani, who delivered his one-liners with panache, swashed an impressive buckle and sang well and with style.

Kirov Ballet - 'La Bayadere'
by Catherine Pawlick
February 6, 2005 -- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

To a sold-out house, the casting was superb, a list that would draw any ballet-goer’s eye: Daria Pavlenko dancing the role of Nikiya; Leonid Sarafanov as Solor, and Ekaterina Osmolkina slated to dance Gamzatti.
read more..

Kirov Ballet - 'Forsythe Repertory'
by Catherine Pawlick
February 5, 2005 -- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

It is impossible to leave an afternoon of Forsythe without a reaction. It might be shock, or distaste, awe, surprise, confusion or simple admiration, but some kind of impression is bound to remain.
read more..

Kirov Ballet - 'The Sleeping Beauty'
by Catherine Pawlick
January 29, 2005 -- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

The young Olga Esina debuted as the Lilac Fairy -- perhaps the explanation for the long line waiting to file into the theatre at quarter to the hour.
read more..

Kirov Ballet - Balanchine Repertory
by Cassandra
December 29, 2004 -- Festspielhaus, Baden Baden, Germany

I saw Merkuriev dance this at Covent Garden a couple of years ago and since then he has sharpened his interpretation into that of a young romantic yearning for experience and becoming a gullible prey for the unscrupulous denizens of the world outside his home.
read more..

The Chicken and the Egg Dance Company - 'Action is the Enemy of Thought'; Soap Box - 'Bizarre Interludes'; The Boo Project - 'Green Belt'
byElizabeth Schwyzer
January 10, 2005 -- The Place, London

A stage littered with shopping bags greeted last night's Resolution! audience. The Chicken and the Egg Dance Company used props-galore to help unpack such wide-ranging themes of consumerism, self-confrontation, and nothingness.

Scranridge. The Return - 'Must Try Harder'; U.T.P. - 'Temperamental'; Snap Dragon Dance - 'Chroma'
by Elizabeth Schwyzer
January 17, 2005 -- The Place, London

At 26 minutes, Katherine Markee's solo "Must Try Harder" was certainly trying. Heavily laden with images of exhaustion and hopelessness, depression and anxiety, it was peppered with phrases of comically determined posturing.

Helen Plewis et al - 'Cameo'; Sol Dance Arts - 'NA BI (a butterfly)'; CASHdance - 'Pulled to Pieces'
by Ramsay Burt
January , 2005 -- The Place, London

Helen Plewis et al.: "Cameo." Nice to see such a large cast -- seventeen in all -- at Resolutions.

Sinman Dance Company - 'The Right Mistakes'; Neon Productions - 'Talking Feather'; 'Distance is a Virtue'
by Elizabeth Schwyzer
January 21 , 2005 -- The Place, London

"Talking Feather", a contemporary take on traditional Chinese dance, may have gone over better in a different context; as part of a contemporary dance festival, it was painfully sentimental and unsophisticated.

Adi Salant - 'Shakuf'; Solar Salt - 'Something'; Maria Ghoumrassi - 'Pestle and Mortar'
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
January 22, 2005 -- The Place, London

What is meant then by the shy, thumb sucking posture that contradicts a high stepping androgenic manner? This is the other side of the persona Salant portrays, alluding to a sense of femininity that is flexible; strong, invincible, yet vulnerable.

Adi Salant - 'Shakuf'; Solar Salt - 'Something'; Maria Ghoumrassi - 'Pestle and Mortar'
by Elizabeth Schwyzer
January 22, 2005 -- The Place, London

Scantily clad in black hot-pants, a corset and fishnets, and wearing a deadpan expression, choreographer Adi Salant opened "Shakuf" with an explosion of athletic balleticism.

Juschka Weigel - 'Life is Too Short ...?'; United Dance Artists - 'Parallels'; Lapsus Corpi - 'QUADish-ish'
by Christine de Leon
January 29, 2005 -- The Place, London

The show opened with German artist Juschka Weigel. The debut of her highly personal solo piece ‘Life is too short to dance with an ugly man?' was about 20 minutes too long.

Device Dance - 'Detail of the Surface'; M Group - 'The Caryatids'; a words - 'This is where you end, and I begin'
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
January 31, 2005 -- The Place, London

With choreography by Miwa Saeki and her dancers. this was a good work and a fine effort. The work begins with six females with four in point shoes and two bare footed.


Letter from the Editors
     Just as visions of yule logs, candy canes and sugar plums (finally) recede, St. Valentines demands our annual tribute of chocolate, flowers, and whispered (or e-mailed) romantic messages. Love fuels the world of dance whether it is the romantic comedies of ballet, the passion of modern dance, the spirit of the musical theater, or the committment of dancers, directors, and audiences all over the world.
      Our February issue brings reports on ballets that end in marriage like the Kirov's "The Sleeping Beauty" and Moscow Stanislavsky's "Don Quixote," musicals like "Kiss Me, Kate" on tour in the U.K., and interviews with dancers from Pacific Northwest Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theatre. We also focus on dance leadership with interviews and reports from artistic directors, managers, and the recent Rural Retreats 2005. Our February Image Gallery features some of last year's magnificent dance pictures specially picked by our editors.
      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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