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in this issue


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

First they hired me as the first understudy as James, doing two shows a week for Ben Bowman, and also a partial swing for the ensemble.

Matthew Bourne on 'Highland Fling': Worlds in Collision
by Patricia Somerset

He strongly believes that new works should not just be put on in London and New Adventures has built up relationships with venues around the country so that it can take its productions outside the capital.

Toni Pimble, Artistic Director of the Eugene Ballet: Fortuitous Twists and Turns
by Dean Speer

Teaching is one of my passions. I've done a lot of guest teaching and it's very interesting to me that I find the whole range out there ...

Ronald Hynd and Annette Page: A Very Merry Couple
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin

March 7, 2005 -- PNB Studios, Seattle, Washington
I've always had an interest in operetta and I loved the Elisabeth Schwarzkopf recording of Widow from 1953.
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Selected Articles and Discussions

'contact': Movement is Life, Ballet is Revenge
by Jeff Kuo
February 10, 2005 -- Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C.

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

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

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

'Crazy for You': Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town
by Stuart Sweeney
July 8, 2004 -- Churchill Theatre, Bromley, England

'Magic of the Dance': The Devil Getting His Due
by Stuart Sweeney
June 29, 2004 -- Churchill Theatre, Bromley, England

Beach Blanket Babylon Salutes San Francisco Ballet
by Mary Ellen Hunt
June 6, 2004 -- Club Fugazi, San Francisco

'On Your Toes' in London
- by Lyndsey Winship - August 14, 2003
- by Emma Pegler - August 9, 2003
- by Joanne Brack - August 4, 2003
- by RAK - August 4, 2003

by Catherine Pawlick
February 16, 2003 -- Curran Theater, San Francisco

Compagnia della Rancia - 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'
by Patrizia Vallone
November 2002 -- Politeama Brancaccio Theater, Rome

'West Side Story': Forecasting Favorable Skies
by Joanne
July 27, 2002 -- Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon, London

'Kiss Me, Kate'
by Emma Pegler
November 2001 -- VIctoria Palace, London

Billy Elliott - the musical


Riverdance 2004-05

Susan Stroman's "Contact" - American Tour 2005

Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp's 'Movin' Out'

'Thoroughly Modern Millie' in the UK

A Chorus Line

Barr Go Sail (Heel to Toe)

"Mamma Mia" in Europe


'Seussical, the Musical'


Kiss Me Kate

'My Fair Lady'

More Broadway Musicals

Crazy For You

'Fosse' in the UK


Miss Saigon

Broadway (Fall 2003)

The Fantasticks

Donald O'Connor


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in Rome

West Side Story - Cannizaro Park

The King and I


Broadway Affected by 9/11 Tragedy

"Contact" Wins Tony

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· John Rockwell Articles...commentary
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·Sexual harrassment case at Bordeaux Ballet

Fun Stuff
·TV advert: "Singin' in the Rain"
·Strictly Come Dancing - TV ballroom competition
·Polka round the PC

Dance Miscellany
·UK summer previews
·Documentary about older dancers
·Art Elevates Milwaukee

Ballet in the Americas
·Royal Winnipeg Ballet 2004-05 Season
·National Ballet of Canada Spring 2005
·San Francisco Ballet 2005 Programs 6 and 7

Ballet in Europe
·Scottish Ballet 2004-2005 Season News
·Royal Ballet's Triple Bill - Ashton/MacMillan/Bintley
·English National Ballet News 2004-2005

Ballet in Asia, Africa and Oceania
·Hong Kong Ballet
·Royal New Zealand Ballet 2004-05
·Ballet Philippines

Modern Dance
·Yvonne Rainer - Choreographer
·Akram Khan Dance Company 2003-2005
·DanceSpaces and the Neighborhoods that Spring Up around them (NY Times article)

World Dance, Musicals and Social Dance
·Scottish Country Dancing
·Rennie Harris - 'Legends of Hip-Hop'
·"Cinderella on Ice" - Russian Ice Stars

Danser en français
·Matz Skoog resigns from English National Ballet
·Programme ODP 2005-2006 - La Saison nouvelle est arrivée...
·Wolf d'Alain Platel Ballets C de la B

The Studio
·Schools, Studios and Students - news round-up 2005/1st Half
·Dance related careers

Students' Questions and Experiences
·ballet summer schools in june 05
·All I want, is dance!
·purpose of pre-pointe shoes?

·Costume help! (With acrobat-pointes)
·Anxious Moments #2 thread!
·Safety backstage

Managing Dance
·Arts Council England
·United Performing Arts Fund?

Company Press Releases





'Quest' DVD by Byron McKim: Elegant Visual Journey
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
March 1, 2005 -- London

Drawing from creation stories and rite of passage of the soul, "Quest" offers its particular telling of the legend of Sleeping People as told by the Blackfoot elders living on the Blood Reserve in Standoff, Alberta, Canada.

Candoco Foundation Course and the Candoco Dance Company
by Ana Abad-Carles
March 9, 2005 -- Lilian Bayliss Theatre, London

The company danced "The Human Suite" by choreographer Stephen Petronio and it was indeed human emotions that they presented in all sorts of guises.

Pacific Northwest Ballet Choreographers' Showcase Preview: Vivacious Voicing
by Dean Speer
March 23, 2005 - McCaw Hall, Seattle

I see a mood and feeling and try to reproduce this with the dancers. My piece is more about movement aesthetics and quality than about classical positions.

Making It Visible
by Elizabeth Schwyzer
January 2005

Visibility is a thorny issue in contemporary dance. Choreographers and promoters, venue managers and dance administrators spend a good deal of their time searching for ways to bring work from the studio to the stage and pull in viewers.


Fifth International Mariinsky Ballet Festival

Opening Night
by Catherine Pawlick
March 24, 2005 -- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

The Mariinsky premiere of William Forsythe's "Approximate Sonata" and the world premiere of David Dawson's "Reverence," created specifically for six Kirov dancers, offered food for thought in their billing as 'two ballets in the manner of the 21st century'.

Diana Vishneva Gala Performance
by Catherine Pawlick
March 26, 2005 -- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

As part of the Fifth International Mariinsky Ballet Festival, Diana Vishneva, darling of the St. Petersburg ballet circles, launched the first of three gala performances offered by the Mariinsky's leading ladies with flash and panache.

Daria Pavlenko Gala Performance
by Catherine Pawlick
March 28, 2005 -- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

Daria Pavlenko is a phenomenon that eludes precise categorization. She is a mystery in motion... there is a sense of tragedy and mystique in Pavlenko, but an equally prominent compassion and warmth in her dancing.

Uliana Lopatkina Gala Performance
by Catherine Pawlick
March 30, 2005 -- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

Physically, Lopatkina is the image of the perfect ballerina: tall, lithe, long of limb and neck, emanating grace, never awkward. The most musical of any Mariinsky dancer currently in the company, arguably more musical than many dancers worldwide, she has an innate understanding of music, rhythm and melody.

Stars of World Ballet Gala Performance
by Catherine Pawlick
April 3, 2005 -- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

The Fifth International Ballet Festival at the Mariinsky Theatre closed in gallant fashion last night with a gala performance including stars from three international companies in addition to the Mariinsky's home-grown talents.

Boston Ballet

'Falling Angels' Mixed Bill
by Azlan Ezaddin
March 17, 2005 -- Wang Theatre, Boston

Whether or not balletomanes in Boston will ever admit to consuming pints of green beer, perceived or otherwise, on St Patrick's Day, many may claim, honestly or through osmosis, to have witnessed a significant event in the world of the performing arts on March 17th of this year.

'Falling Angels' Mixed Bill
by Stephen Arnold
March 19, 2005 -- Wang Theatre, Boston

Appropriately, the music of Arcangelo Corelli filled the chaste "Ten Part Suite," choreographed by Lucinda Childs especially for the Boston Ballet, with the serenity proper to Heaven.

'Falling Angels' Mixed Bill
by Azlan Ezaddin
March 20, 2005 matinee -- Wang Theatre, Boston

Practie makes perfect, or nearly, as in the case of Boston Ballet's fifth performance (third by this specific cast) of the "Falling Angels" program Sunday afternoon that featured ballets by three legendary choreographers.

'Falling Angels' Mixed Bill
by Azlan Ezaddin
March 20, 2005 evening -- Wang Theatre, Boston

Boston Ballet set a highly progressive program for itself with three 20th century works and one brand new ballet by three of the most legendary choreographers of the modern era, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe and Lucinda Childs.

'La Sylphide'
by Stephen Arnold
March 5, 2005 -- Wang Theatre, Boston

In his autobiography, Bournonville wrote, "It is the mission of art in general, and the theatre in particular, to intensify thought, to elevate the mind, and to refresh the senses." The Boston Ballet production of "La Sylphide" easily meets Bournonville's imperative.

editors' picks

Los Angeles
· 'contact'
April 12-17, 2005 - Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks
The national tour of Susan Stroman's Tony award winning musical makes its only southern California stop.
· Matthew Bourne's 'Play Without Words'
April 8 - May 29, 2005 - Ahmanson Theatre, Music Center of Los Angeles
Inspired by the 1963 film, "The Servant," this enthralling event is delightfully comic, scandalous and witty.
· Emio Greco | PC - 'Rimasto Orfano'
April 29-30, 2005 - Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles
Local premier of dance theater collcaboration by Greco and Pieter C. Scholten.

· Savion Glover - 'Improvography'
April 30, 2005 - Centre East
at the North Shore Center
for the Performing Arts in Skokie

Tap sensation Glover stops in Skokie for two performances only.
· Hubbard Street Dance - Infinite Encounters Program
March 30 - April 17, 2005 - Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater
for Music and Dance at Millennium Park
The third program of their Superstar Season brings works by Forsythe, Bruce, and Duato.

Washington, D.C.
· Ballet Hispanico - 'Night Club,' 'Eternamente y un Día,' 'Bury Me Standing'
April 5-6, 2005 - Eisenhower Theatre, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
Exciting works by Tina Ramirez (4/5), Peter Pucci and Ramón Oller (4/6).
· Masters of African American Choreography
April 20-25, 2005 - Eisenhower Theatre, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
The contribution of African American choreographers to modern dance come alive in five exhilarating programs by world famous companies.

New York
· Works & Process - 'Balanchine Continued ... at Pacific Northwest Ballet'
May 8-9, 2005 - Sackler Center for Arts Education, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City
Principal Patricia Barker leads a cast of dancers performing seminal Balanchine works along with Stowell's choreography, which is rich in the tradition of the master choreographer.
· Mark Morris Dance Group
April 19-23, 2005 - Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn
MMDG's spring appearance at its neighborhood Opera House includes an emotional range of works from the delicate Silhouettes" to the rockin' "Rhymes with Silver."  Not to be missed .

San Francisco Bay Area
· San Francisco Ballet - 'Romeo & Juliet,' 'Dybbuk,' 'In the Night,' etc.
Apr 5 - May 8, 2005, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
Three programs for every taste.
· Alonzo King's LINES Ballet
Apr 14-17, 2005, Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco
Includes a world premiere on a commissioned score by Somei Satoh.

· Complexions Contemporary Ballet
April 21-23, 2005 - Zellerbach Theatre, Philadelphia
Desmond Richardson and Dwight Roden bring their urban contemporary ballet company back to Philadelphia, with a master class offered on Friday, April
22 at 1:00 pm.
· Pennsylvania Ballet - "The Concert"
April 27-May 1, 2005 - Merriam Theater, Philadelphia
PAB presents Jerome Robbins'  ballet parody as well as Christopher Weeldon's "Continuum."

· Pacific Northwest Ballet - American Choreographers Program
April 14-24, 2005 - McCaw Hall, Seattle
PNB makes ballet patriotic with a full evening of American choreographers.
· Mark Morris Dance Group
April 28-30, 2005 - Meany Hall, University of Washington

· Royal Danish Ballet- 'The Little Mermaid'
April 15 - May 6, 2005, Royal Theatre, Copenhagen
World premiere of John Neumeier's full length ballet based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale.

· Chicken Shed Theatre - 'Globaleyes'
April 19 - May 28, 2005, Chicken Shed Theatre, London
Globaleyes is an imaginative piece of dance theatre, exploring an on-going global conversation.
· Sylvie Guillem and the Ballet Boyz - Mixed Rep
April 20-23, 2005, Sadler's Wells, London
This programme features the exhilarating ''Broken Fall," Guillem in the solo "Two" and the Ballet Boyz in "Torsion."

· Rome Opera Ballet – 'Sleeping Beauty'
May 19-26 – Teatro Costanzi
Paul Chalmer’s production of the classical master peace is back after 3 years.

· Nederland Dans Theater – '27’52,' 'Shutters Shut,' 'Minus'
April 17, 18 – Teatro Comunale
An occasion to see this brilliant company in peaces by Kylian, Lightfoot and Naharin.

· Estonian National Ballet - 'Shannon Rose'
April 23 and May 5, 2005 -Estonian Opera House, Tallinn
An intimate and beautiful Irish story, staged by Hungarian choreographer Youri Vàmos.

· Sasha Pepelyayev/Theatre Apart - 'Doors'
April 29 - May 6, 2005, Kanuti Gildi Saal, Tallinn
Sasha Pepelyayev, one of the leading dance theatre artists in Europe, premieres his new piece "Doors."


Shobayana Jeyasingh Dance Company- 'Flicker' and 'Transtep': Syncretic Synchronicity
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
March 22-23, 2005 -- Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

"Flicker" presents the gestures and brisk postures of classical Indian or rhythmical sensibility embedded in conventional dance phrasing.

Angika Dance Company - 'Bhakti': Devotion
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
March 22, 2005 -- Robin Howard Dance Theatre, London

The musical accompaniment by MIDIval PunditZ with its contemporary club mixes and classical Indian music layered the performance landscape with multiple contrapuntal sensibilities.

Pacific Northwest Ballet's 2005 Choreographers' Showcase: Tomorrow's Choreographers Given Voice
by Dean Speer
March 23, 2005 -- McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington

Olivier Wevers' "One's Symphony" impressed me as being the most autobiographical of the five ballets.

Pacific Northwest Ballet's  'The Merry Widow': Richly Merry
by Dean Speer
March 19, 2005 -- McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington

Fabulous costumes, sets and lighting, fabulous rendition (orchestration by Sir John Lanchbery) of Lehar's music, and a fabulous job of re-staging and coaching by Hynd and his ballerina wife, Annette Page.

Compania Vientos del Sur: Futbol Tango - 'Pasiones - Tango y Musical'
by Rosella Simonari

March 19, 2005 -- Teatro Pergolesi, Jesi (Acona), Italy
The Vientos del Sur Company from Buenos Aires, Argentina, has completely captured the audience's attention in their re-working of the traditional form of tango.

Jazz Tap Ensemble: Tap for Dummies
by Jeff Kuo
March 19, 2005 -- Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, California

... tap acts will play in Peoria, but the real question was would it play for the more exacting audience of Orange County grade schoolers?

Uustants 7
by Stuart Sweeney
March 18-20, 2005 -- Tallinn, Estonia

With established artists, those making their way, and student participation, Uustants can sometimes feel like London's Resolution! festival, with the good, the bad, the indifferent and including some pleasant surprises.

Singapore Dance Theatre - 'Birds of Paradise', 'Maninyas' and 'The Lost Space'
by Ana Abad-Carles
March 16, 2005 -- Peacock Theatre, London

It is only a pity that the works they chose for their London season were not perhaps the most becoming for a troupe that performs in the capital for the first time.

Moving Africa 2: La Compagnie Mali - 'Ti Chèlbè; Compagnie Tâ Burkina Faso -'Buddu': A Woman Indomitable
by Cassandra
March 15, 2005 -- The Barbican, London

Moving Africa 2 this year featured companies from Burkina Faso and Mali.

Royal Ballet - 'Rhapsody', 'Pavane Pour Une Infant Defunte', 'Duo Concertante', 'Symphony in C'
by Lyndsey Winship
March 14, 2005 -- Royal Opera House, London, England

Jessica Curtis's new designs for Ashton's "Rhapsody" paint this as a pretty, pastel ballet. But she dreamily washes over the fact that its choreographic palette reflects a much bolder range of colour, decorated with fiendishly difficult tricks, brisk petit allegros and some quirky eccentricities.

'Thoroughly Modern Millie': Not Quite Shakespeare
by Patricia Somerset
March 9, 2005 -- Churchill Theatre, Bromley, London

Probably the best thing about "Thoroughly Modern Millie" is that it doesn't take itself seriously.

Nina Rajarani Dance Creations: Srishti - 'Shringara,' 'Shukra': Abstraction and Ecstasy
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
March 8, 2005 -- The Place, London

With insight and respect, a contemporaneous approach can produce quite exquisite dance works.

Oregon Ballet Theatre: Body, Mind, Spirit Program: Trinity of Intent
by Dean Speer
March 5, 2005 -- Keller Auditorium, Portland, Oregon

Oregon Ballet Theatre delighted us with ballets to satisfy the minds and spirits of the audience supporters, presented by the beautiful and athletic bodies of OBT's talented pool of dancers.

Pennsylvania Ballet - 'La Fille Mal Gardee': Crowding the Comedy
by Lori Ibay
March 4, 2005 -- Academy of Music, Philadelphia

Although the stage sometimes seemed too small for the scenery, and despite some un- cooperative props (a flying scythe here, an unruly ribbon there), Pennsylvania Ballet's principals outshone a rusty-appearing corps, treating their audience to a lighthearted country romance.

Pennsylvania Ballet - 'La Fille Mal Gardee'
by Lewis Whittington
March 4-12, 2005 -- Academy of Music, Philadelphia

This is the first time Pennsylvania Ballet has tackled the Ashton style and it paid off both fair and (sumptuously) fowl ...

Australian Dance Theatre - 'The Age of Unbeauty': The View Twenty Minutes into the Future
by Cassandra
March 4, 2005 -- Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

There is a lot of violence, much of it aimed at women: in an early sequence a woman dressed only in underwear and bound and blindfolded is manipulated with vicious cruelty by a man ...

Australian Dance Theatre - 'Birdbrain'
by Lyndsey Winship
March 2, 2005 -- Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

This is modern dance as an extreme sport, and the adrenaline-fuelled athleticism comes thick and fast in Birdbrain, ADT's techno-take on "Swan Lake".

Rambert Dance Company - 'Irony of Fate', 'Songs of a Wayfarer', 'Tragedy of Fashion', 'Swamp' : Rewards for the Intrepid
by Annie Wells
February 23 , 2005 -- Theatre Royal, Brighton, England

No stops barred - a soul-warming delivery of another eclectic selection of superlative Rambert originals with live music from London Musici reminded of the versatility and brilliance that has long made this company mighty.

Francis Angol: Moments of Movements - 'Physically Masculine' 'Moments': Still in Search of Themselves
by Thea Nerissa Barnes
February 12, 2005 -- Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler's Wells, London

Angol has the distinction of creative use of African movement vocabularies in a lyrical contemporary manner that seeks to reveal his contemplations.

Letter from the Editors
      This month we've done something a little different for our "company focus." Instead of just one company, we've decided to showcase CriticalDance and Ballet-Dance Magazine's coverage of musical theater. We hope you enjoy the excursion.
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· Dance Umbrella reviews
· Company Focus on the Royal Danish Ballet
· More Royal Ballet reviews
· More reviews
· More interviews
· More features


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