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MAR 2005
in this issue


Kurt Froman: From Ballet to Broadway (Part I of 2)
by Kate Snedeker

I think some of the featured things that we got to do were very twinny. And sometimes I wish that they had utilized it even a bit more, like in Agon - being able to see two identical bodies, counterpoint.

Tero Saarinen: Dance that H(a)unts, Dance that Enchants
by Rosella Simonari

July 24, 2004 - Teatro Annibal Caro, Civitanova Alta, Italy
Now everything happens with the dancers; I am dancer among dancers, the choreographer somehow comes afterwards.

company focus

Image Gallery

Articles and Discussions

'The Nutcracker': Colorizing a Classic by Michael Goldbarth -- December 2004

'Giselle': Danced to Life
by Michael Goldbarth -- November 2004

'Stravinsky Violin Concerto': Flowers, Valentines, and Ballerina Beauties
by Michael Goldbarth -- November 2004

'Chacony,' 'there, below,' 'Apollo,' 'The Four Seasons'
by Toba Singer -- September 2004

'The Contract': X-rated Fairy Tale
by Michael Goldbarth -- February 2004

Choreographic Workshop: Choreography of Their Own
by Denise Sum -- April 2004

'Jewels': The Jewel of the Master's Eye
by Michael Goldbarth -- May 2003

"The Firebird' and "The Four Seasons': Satisfying Sweeth Tooth and Soul!
by Michael Goldbarth -- November 2003

'The Contract'
by Malcolm Tay -- May 2002

National Ballet School Spring Workshop
by Malcolm Tay -- May 2002

'Romeo and Juliet'
by Francis Timlin -- October 2001

'The Merry Widow'
by Michael Goldbarth -- November 2001

National Ballet of Canada: 2005/2006

National Ballet School - Spring Showcase

National Ballet of Canada Ballet by the Water 2004

National Ballet of Canada 2004/2005

National Ballet of Canada 2003-2004

National Ballet School (Canada) Auditions

National Ballet of Canada: Tristan and Isolde

National Ballet of Canada Swan Lake

Celia Franca

Karen Kain

National Ballet of Canada's 'Don Q'

National Ballet of Canada's Inspired by Gould, Toronto, 11/21/99

The PRIMA Ballerina!

Kim Glasco Settles with NBoC

One more view on l'affaire Glasco

Glasco Court Files Opened!

June 2000: Betty Oliphant on Glasco\Kudelka

Yet More on Glasco--Kudelka "Ballet Brawl"

More on Glasco--Kudelka unrepentant

National Ballet of Canada - Conference on the Past, Present and Future of Ballet

National Ballet School (Canada) Capital Campaign

Ogden and Côté grace the cover of DANCE International!

Chan Hon Goh's biography

The Dancers' Story (National Ballet of Canada)

New Ballet Book hits the shelves!

National Ballet of Canada's Silver Dollar

Michael Parkes & Kimberly Glasco

Featured Sites

in our forums

·The Disposable Dancer
·Where is the Heartbeat of the Balanchine Legacy?

Fun Stuff
·Oh Albion!  Ha s It Come to This? (Eurovision Song Contest)
·Dance with Naked Aliens
·Idiot's Guide to Contemporary Dance

Dance Miscellany
·Dancers Coming from All Over Globe!
·Pittsburgh Dance Competition
·George Verdak - Disputes

Ballet in the Americas
·New York City Ballet - Kennedy Center
·Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre 2004-05
·Colorado Ballet 2004-05

Ballet in Europe
·Royal Danish Ballet: 2004-2005
·Kirov Ballet: 2004-05 Season
·Royal Ballet: Manon (2005)

Ballet in Asia, Africa and Oceania
·Australian Ballet - 2004-05
·Royal New Zealand Ballet 2004-05
·Hamburg Ballet in Japan

Modern Dance
·Merce Cunningham Dance Company 2004-2005
·Australian Dance Theatre
·Richard Alston

World Dance, Musicals and Social Dance
·Sleeping Beauty on Ice - UK tour 2005
·Classical Cambodian Dance

Danser en français
·Tsiskaridze ... Tsiskaridze ...
·Wuthering heights, du 5 au 15 mars 2005 ONP
·La danse a la television ou a la radio Programmation (4)

The Studio
·Ballet in fashion/ The business of ballet shoes
·Ballet Training "The American Way"
·Youth dance theatre project by Vicky Wesseling

Students' Questions and Experiences
·English National Ballet School
·Can I learn dancing at 31?
·Auditioning with Friends

·William Ivey Long
·Gadgets - don't you love 'em?
·Is there life front of house?

Managing Dance
·Crisis in London's Theatreland
·Arts Council England
·La Scala Undergoing Renovation and Controversy

Company Press Releases


Letter from the Editors
     Where does the inspiration come from?
     A glance through this month's issue shows the astonishig breadth of directions that dance continues to investigate - from the childhood fantasies of "Peter Pan" to the very grown-up flights of Pina Bausch.
     Yanira Castro challenges perceptions in Brooklyn as Henry Ogiuke dazzles in London.
And, Susan Stroman can be found on the musical theater stage as well as on New York City Ballet's stage. Speaking of which, next month's company focus will take a look at musical theater.
     This month's focus takes a look at one of the top classical troupes in the world -- the National Ballet of Canada -- a company whose admixture of old and new has long kept audiences debating in our forums.
      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!

The Editors of Ballet-Dance Magazine

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Coming up...
· Focus on the Musical Theater
· Australian Dance Theatre
· Matthew Bourne on "Highland Fling".
· More about Kurt Froman
· More reviews
· More interviews
· More features




Irina Kolesnikova by Konstantin Tatchkin's St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre
Book Review by Cassandra
February 2005

This beautiful book has been published to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Konstantin Tatchkin's St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre and is a lavish photographic essay of the company's star, Irina Kolesnikova.

Big Mission Festival
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
February 2-5, 2005 - Birmingham, England

There were debates targeting the issues of education and training in Africanist dance practices in higher education, articulating the controversies implied in "cultural fusions", and a forum to discuss recommended strategies for developing audiences for Black choreography.

San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet - 'Giselle': Sensing Her Way Through Space
by Hanna Takashige
February 25, 2005 -- War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

The San Francisco Ballet's current production of "Giselle" is a beautiful rendition of this most perfect of ballets.

San Francisco Ballet - 'Maelstrom,' 'Falling,' 'Company B': Falling Into Place
by Toba Singer
February 11, 2005 -- War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

... Also present is that ensemble unisexual concentration that Mark Morris likes to bring forward in his work as the arms go angular, cutting diagonal swaths that then swirl into the preparations for turns.

San Francisco Ballet - 'Maelstrom,' 'Falling,' 'Company B'
by Mary Ellen Hunt
February 8-9, 2005 -- War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

I had had a vague memory of "Maelstrom" being more energetic and lively, but must be at least ten years since I had seen it and it looked, frankly, somewhat enervated.

San Francisco Ballet - ''7 for Eight,' '... smile with my heart,' 'Theme and Variations'
by Toba Singer
February 12, 2005 -- War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

"7 for Eight" is a musing by Helgi Tomasson that allows him to work with his dancers in small numbers, but in a large way.

San Francisco Ballet - ''7 for Eight,' '... smile with my heart,' 'Theme and Variations': Gambling on One
by Mary Ellen Hunt
February 1, 2005 -- War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

Yuan Yuan Tan and Yuri Possokhov's duets were enough to keep me in rapt attention and Gonzalo Garcia and Tina LeBlanc's securely centered jumps and turns looked as dazzling as ever.

editors' picks

Los Angeles
· State Street Ballet - 'Ballroom - A Salute to the Swing Era'
April 2, 2005 - Cal State Northridge
Choreography to Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, the Andrews Sisters - who could ask for anything more?
· Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
April 2-3, 2005 - Los Angeles Music Center
The 20th anniversary celebration tour brings Jones' dance theater to L.A.

· Emio Greco | PC - 'Rimasto Orfano (Abandoned Orphan)'
April 8-10, 2005 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Choreographer Emio Greco and director Pieter C. Scholten bring their collaborative work, with music by Michael Gordon of Bang on a Can.
· Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago - '46664'
March 26, 2005 - The Joan W and Irving B Harris Theater for Music and Dance
The world premiere of '46664' is inspired by events in South Africa

New York Metro
· JÉRÔME BEL - 'The Show Must Go On'
March 26-27, 2005 -- Dance Theatre Workshop
Bel reimagines the possibilities of a dance performance, challenging audience expectations with humor and perverse irony.
· Princeton University - 'Le Pas d'Acier'
April 7-9, 2005 -- Berlind Theatre, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
World premiere of Prokofiev's ballet, ' Le Pas d'Acier,' originally conceived in 1925 and involving musicologist Simon Morrison, historian Lesley-Anne Sayers, and staged by Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer.

San Francisco Bay Area
· Diablo Ballet - 'Paquita,' 'Aquilarco,' 'Belong,' 'They've Lost Their Footing'
March 25-26, 2005, Lesher Center, Walnut Creek
Diablo Ballet continues its eleventh season with a mix of
classics and contemporary works.
· Paul Taylor Dance Company - San Francisco Season
April 2-10, 2005, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
San Francisco Performances presents the ever-popular Taylor company in a program including several local premieres.

· Mick Moloney's Irish-American Music & Dance Festival
March 17, 2005 - Irvine Auditorium, Philadelphia
What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with virtuoso Irish dancing from World Champion step dancers?

· Alonzo King's LINES Ballet
March 31-April 2, 2005 -- Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle
The popular San Francisco troupe appears with the local debut of "Before the Blues," performing with Pharoah Sanders and his musicians.
· Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'The Merry Widow'
March 17-27, 2005 - McGaw Hall, Seattle
PNB brings Ronald Hynd's romantic comedy set in beau monde Paris.

· Hearts on Fire - Stars of the 21st Century
April 17, 2005 - Toronto Centre for the Arts
Principal dancers from: The
Bolshoi, Kirov, Munich & Royal Ballets, National Ballet of Canada, Grand Ballet
Canadien, Tango Metropolis & Complexions Inc. for one night only!

· Phoenix Dance Theatre - 'inter vivos'
March 18-19, 2005, Sadler's Wells
With works by Didy Veldman and Darshan Singh Bhuller, and the Place founder Robert Cohan,the Phoenix rises for itshome season.
· Jean Abreu - 'Urge'
April 15-16, 2005, Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place
Brazilian born Abreu expands on the capoeira-based duet for two men that he choreographed for the Place Prize 2004.

· Sasha Waltz - 'Impromptus'
5 au 9 avril, 2005 - Theatre de la Ville, Paris
C’est une première ! Sasha Waltz se confronte à la musique classique, en l’occurrence celle de Franz Schubert, pour Impromptus, sa nouvelle pièce pour sept danseurs.

· Royal Danish Ballet: A variety of Bournonville: 'Napoli', 'Konservatoriet', 'The King's Guard on Amager', 'Abdallah' and 'La Sylphide'
March - April, 2005 - Royal Theatre, Retrospective of Bournonville masterpieces.
· Peter Schaufuss Ballet - 'Harald'
March 22, 2005 - Vejle Musikteater, Vejle
April 10, 2005 - Aalborg Kultur Center, Ålborg.

· Rome Opera Ballet - 'L'Uccello Di Fuoco'
April 5-10, 2005 - Teatro Costanzi
he stunning Andris Liepa's production is back for a Stravinsky program, which includes the oratorio "Oedipus Rex".
· Equilibrio (various programs)
February 13 -- April 3, 2005 - Auditorium Parco della Musica
The new dance festival, which includes performances -- many in Italian prémiere -- videos, and art.


Imperial Ice Stars - 'Sleeping Beauty on Ice': Frozen Fairy Tale
by Kate Snedeker
March 2, 2005 --
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland

Usually the domain of ballet shoes and bare feet, the Edinburgh Festival Theatre stage was transformed into an ice rink for Imperial Ice Stars' "Sleeping Beauty on Ice."

'Barr Go Sail - Heel to Toe': Let's Put on a Show!
by Lyndsey Winship
February 26, 2005 --

"Riverdance" it ain't. Michael Flatley's Irish dance spectacle might have raised the profile of Irish dance around the world, but his razzle dazzle stage show is a far cry from this, an authentic celebration of traditional Irish music and dance.

Royal Danish Ballet: Harald Lander 100 Years Gala
by Kate Snedeker
February 25, 2005 -- Royal Theatre, Gamle Scene, Copenhagen

On what would have been his 100th birthday, the Royal Danish Ballet celebrated the legacy of dancer, artistic director and choreographer Harald Lander.

Raimund Hoghe - 'Sacre. Rite of Spring'
by Ramsay Burt
February 23, 2005 -- Tramway, Glasgow

Most people who regularly attend dance performances will probably have seen at least one piece set to this famous score (there have been over 160 ballets and dances choreographed to it).

The Washington Ballet - 'Stravinsky Violin Concerto,' 'There Where She Loved,' 'The Rite of Spring,' 'The Engagement'
by Carol Herron
February 22, 2005 -- Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

Again, Brian Corman was outstanding, his cavalier attitude was just right. He danced with an attitude, sexy, aggressive and careless.

Northern Ballet Theatre - 'Peter Pan'
by Kate Snedeker
February 22, 2005 -- Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

With a handful of fairy dust, some technical wizardry and a cast of talented dancers, Northern Ballet Theatre brings J.M Barrie's classic children' story, "Peter Pan" from the storybook page to the ballet stage.

New York City Ballet - 'Double Feature'
by Jerry Hochman
February 19, 2005 -- New York State Theatre, New York
Unless you've been hibernating for the past few years, you know that Susan Stroman is the premiere dance/theater choreographer of the day, and justifiably so.

Ballet Arizona - Valentine Fire Program': Red Hot in the Sonoran Desert
by Dean Speer
February 18, 2005 -- Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona

Ballet Arizona was very fortunate in being able to have one-half of the original cast stage it for them -- Elaine Kudo.

Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal - 2 Reviews - 'Nelken' and 'Palermo Palermo'
by Ramsay Burt and by Lyndsey Winship
February 2005 -- Sadler's Wells, London

A pervasive air of nostalgia surrounds the current visit of Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal to Sadler's Wells Theatre.

Stan Won't Dance - 'Sinner': Looking for Mr. Goodbar in Soho
by Lyndsey Winship
February 12, 2005 -- Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

I wonder if Rob Tannion and Liam Steel, who perform as Stan Won't Dance, have seen the film "Fight Club?"

Kirov Ballet and Students from the Vaganova School - 'The Nutcracker'
by Catherine Pawlick
February 15, 2005 -- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

While American companies tend to perform this work only during the Christmas season, others perform it throughout the winter weather months, and often even year-round.

Kirov Ballet - Balanchine Repertory
by Catherine Pawlick
February 11, 2005 -- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

Pavlenko dances this role with mystery, beauty and cool aloofness, but abandon in her steps.

Cincinnati Ballet - 'Cinderella': Dreams Can Come True
by S.E. Arnold
February 11-13, 2005 -- Proctor & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Inspiring! And as direct as Prokofiev's music, Victoria Morgan's thoughtful choreography harmonized with the Cincinnati Ballet production of Cinderella into a hosanna of hope.

Sonia Sabri Company - 'Red'
by Lyndsey Winship
February 22, 2005 -- Purcell Room, London

Her new production, "Red," is based on the powerful connotations of colour. The show is the combined results of a number of projects which have taken place during 14 months of research and development in the UK and in India.

Sonia Sabri Company - 'Red': Painting the Town Red ( and Green and Gold)
by cerise
February 11, 2005 -- mac, Birmingham, England

"Red" has a striking abstract sculptural installation -- by Theatre Designer is Jacqueline Gunn --above the stage throughout.

Matthew Bourne's 'Highland Fling'
by Patricia Somerset
February 14, 2005 -- Churchill THeatre, Bromley

It was in "Highland Fling" that Matthew Bourne found that he could use humour to involve an audience, and that the following tragedy would have an even greater impact.

St. Petersburg State and Academic Ballet Theatre - 'Giselle': Ballet is a Contact Sport
by Toba Singer
February 19, 2005 -- Marin Civic Centre, San Rafael, California

Tepid dancing by the corps doesn't add any froth to the plot, and Giselle's mother seems to be suffering from either prolonged post-partum depression or a borderline personality, as she disinterestedly sweeps the front yard over and over.

Konstantin Tatchkin's St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre - 'La Bayadere': Touring Troupe Matures on Tour
by Cassandra
February 2005 -- Theatre Royal, Norwich, England

I considered it a brave attempt at the time and hoped performance standards would improve, as the dancers grew more accustomed to what is an entirely new work for them.

'contact': Movement is Life, Ballet is Revenge
by Jeff Kuo
February 10, 2005 -- Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C.
Swing dancing, as I recall, threatened to invade the Broadway dance scene a few years ago when Lynne Taylor-Corbett's "Swing!" and Susan Stroman's "contact" came out.

Henri Oguike - "Second Signal', "Seen of Angels', "Shot Flow', "White Space'
by Lyndsey Winship
February 9, 2005 -- Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Henri Oguike has a gift for making dance that manages to be entertaining without sacrificing its integrity.

La La La Human Steps - 'Amelia'
by Cecly Placenti
February 4, 2005 -- Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York

If it is at all possible to set a stage on fire with lightning-fast pointe work and unbelievably quick partnering sequences, Montreal-based La La La Human Steps would be the company to do it.

Pennsylvania Ballet - 'Nine Sinatra Songs', 'The Waltz Project', '11:11,' Six Wainwright Songs
by Lori Ibay
February 2-6, 2005 -- Merriam Theater, Philadelphia

Though the program was titled after Tharp's "Nine Sinatra Songs," it was Neenan's world premiere that kept the audience buzzing (and attempting to recall Wainwright's lyrics as they filed out of the theater).

Pennsylvania Ballet - 'Nine Sinatra Songs', 'The Waltz Project', '11:11', Ol' Blue (and Black) Eyes is Back
by Lewis Whittington
February 2-6, 2005 -- Merriam Theater, Philadelphia

Both weekend matinees opened with Martins' "The Waltz Project," scored to abstractions by such contemporary composers as Philip Glass and Morton Gould. Music muscularly delivered live on piano by company pianist Martha Koeneman.

Eva Yerbabuena and Ballet Flamenco
by Preeti Vasudevan
January 29, 2005 -- City Center, New York

A promising storyteller, Eva's opening solo with a Gramophone was reminiscent of generations of artists using the music to live each moment of liberation that the music and dance has to offer.

Yanira Castro - 'Beacon': Alone on the Stand
by Holly Messitt
January 14, 2005 -- Brooklyn Lyceum, Brooklyn, New York

Yanira Castro's attempt to dislocate and disturb her audience began immediately upon seating at the Brooklyn Lyceum.

ACE (African Cultural Exchange) - 'Entrance'
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
November 23, 2004 -- Purcell Room, London

An invitation from Koffi Koko to visit Africa and witness a Vodun ceremony led to the investigation of trance.


For ballet-dance magazine
Executive Editor
Mary Ellen Hunt

Jeffrey Kuo, Kate Snedeker

Associate Editors & Compositors
Jenai Cutcher, Azlan Ezaddin, Lori Ibay, Holly Messitt, Catherine Pawlick, Stuart Sweeney

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