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Bournonville at the BalletMet Dance Academy: Kennet Oberly
by Jane Ashton Hawes

"I was first truly introduced to Bournonville when Alan Beale taught a variation from 'Napoli' at the Stuttgart," Oberly recalled. The connection he felt not just tothe choreography but also the thinking that underlay its kinetics was instantaneous and profound.

A Pedagogue's View: An Interview with Gloria Govrin
by Dean Speer & Francis Timlin

I love ballet and I try to have the students here share in that joy. You have to be very focused and, in a very real sense, leave everything else behind. It means that you have to keep 'climbing the mountain.'

Evoking Ethnic Ballet: Val Caniparoli and Evelyn Cisneros on "Lambarena"
by Dean Speer

Many people suggested that I should create a ballet for Evelyn Cisneros...The week before I was to start rehearsals in San Francisco, a friend of mine, Eda Holmes, sent me a CD that was produced in Paris. The music was called "Lambarena" ...Within seconds I knew that this was it!

company focus

Image Gallery

Articles and Discussions

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

Guiding the Next Generation: An Interview with Niels Balle, Deputy Director, Royal Danish Ballet School
by Kate Snedeker - March 25, 2004, Copenhagen

Bournonville Emissary: Interview with Royal Danish Ballet Principal Dancer and Coach, Thomas Lund
by Kate Snedeker - March 22, 2004, Copenhagen

A Day in the Life of a Royal Danish Ballet Dancer
by Kate Snedeker - May 2004, Copenhagen

Making the Bournonville Class DVD: An Interview with Royal Danish Ballet Dancer Thomas Lund
by Kate Snedeker - September 2004, Copenhagen

Tim Matiakis, Soloist, Royal Danish Ballet: Through Three Royal Houses
by Kate Snedeker - September 29, 2004, Copenhagen

Inspired by Others: A Conversation with Peter Bo Bendixen of the Royal Danish Ballet
by Kate Snedeker - October 2004, Copenhagen

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

Frank Anderson, Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet: Back to Basic, Back to Bournonville
by Kate Snedeker - October 2, 2004, Copenhagen

'King's Guard on Amager' and 'Etudes'
by Kate Snedeker - October 2-3, 2004, Copenhagen

'Anna Karenina': Rushing Tolstoy
by Kate Snedeker - September 23, 25, 2004, Copenhagen

Royal Danish Theatre Ballet School
by Kate Snedeker - May 2004, Copenhagen

Guiding the Next Generation: An Interview with Niels Balle, Deputy Director, Royal Danish Ballet School
by Kate Snedeker - February 25, 2004, Copenhagen

Interview with Tina Højlund
by Kate Snedeker - March 26, 2004, Copenhagen

Interview with Kristoffer Sakurai, Royal Danish Ballet Corps Member
by Kate Snedeker - March 25, 2004, Copenhagen

by Kate Snedeker - March 27, 2004, Copenhagen

'A Folk Tale'
by Kate Snedeker - March 20, 2004, Copenhagen

'A Folk Tale'
by Kate Snedeker - March 19, 24, 2004, Copenhagen

'La Sylphide,' 'Napoli, Act III'
by Dani Crawford - January 17, 2004, Washington, D.C.

Royal Danish Ballet - Bournonville Festival 2005

Royal Danish Ballet: 2004-2005

Royal Danish Ballet 2003, 2004

Royal Danish Ballet: 2005-06 Season

Principals & Soloists of the Royal Danish Ballet

PNB and Royal Danish Ballet Exchange

Niels Bjorn Larsen obituary

Website - Bournonville.com

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'Globaleyes' Preview - Christine Niering, Chicken Shed Theatre Company
by Stuart Sweeney
April 2005

Chicken Shed's spring 2005 production is a revival of "Globaleyes," based on issues such as inequality, violence, exploitation and hopes for a future without these aberrations.

Royal Ballet: 2005-06 Season Preview
by Cassandra
April 2005 -- Royal Opera House, London

The one announcement that most pleased the gathered ranks of the press on Wednesday morning's briefing to herald the Royal Ballet's plans for the forthcoming season, was the news that Monica Mason is now confirmed as the Royal Ballet's director up to 2010.

The State of Dance in Estonia
by Stuart Sweeney
May 2005

In May 2004, Estonia joined the European Union and Stuart Sweeney interviewed two of the leading figures in the Estonian dance world about the current state of the art form in this Northern European country and the impact of EU membership.


Kirov Ballet

Kirov Ballet - 'Manon': Bolshoi Meets Kirov'
by Catherine Pawlick

May 1, 2005 -- Mariinsky
Theatre, St. Petersburg

Although on the one hand an unlikely pair, in many ways Pavlenko alongside Tsiskaridze seemed quite well matched. Multiple curtain calls attested to their polished, well-rehearsed and well-acted performances.

Kirov Ballet - 'Chopiniana', 'Scheherazade', 'The Firebird'
by Cassandra
April 23, 2005 -- Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

The evening performance of 'Chopiniana' was danced seamlessly by the corps de ballet, but Ksenia Ostreikovskaya's bad luck with her shoe was an irritating distraction with her ribbons trailing across the stage as she danced.

Kirov Ballet - 'Giselle': Spring Manners
by Catherine Pawlick
April 22, 2005 -- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

Ilya Kuznetsov partnered Gumerova as Albrecht in this performance, and his interpretation seemed somewhere in the middle. He was captivated by Giselle from the start, using every free second to look at her, touch her.

Kirov Ballet - 'Don Quixote': Good as Gold
by Cassandra
April 21, 2005 -- Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

My first opportunity to enjoy this wonderful theatre was at a matinee performance of 'Don Quixote' danced by the Kirov Ballet on their very best form with Faroukh Ruzimatov, no less, as Basil, the role he has made his own.

Kirov Ballet - 'Raymonda'
by Catherine Pawlick
April 14, 2005 -- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

The Kirov dancers are at home in this historical commentary on love and honor in the age of knights in shining armor.


editors' picks

A selection of Summer Festivals from around the world...

· June 3-11, 2005, The 3rd Bournonville Festival - Royal Theatre, Copenhagen

· May 27-June 12 - Spoleto Festival, U.S.A. Charleston, NC
Savion Glover, Emio Greco/PC, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

· May 27-Sept. 18 - Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
Pilobolus, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

· June 9-July 23 - American Dance Festival, Durham, NC
Shen Wei Dance Arts, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Urban Bush Women and Emanuel Gat Dance

· June 18-Aug. 28 - Jacob's Pillow Festival, Becket, MA
Savion Glover, Martha Graham Dance Company, Chunky Move, Black Grace of New Zealand, Project Fukurow, A Poc A Poc, Stockholm/59° North

· June 11-26 - San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, San Francisco, CA

· July 5- 23 - Les Etes de la Danse, Paris
San Francisco Ballet

· July 5-23 - New York City Ballet, Saratoga Springs, NY

· July 5-23 - Summerdance, Santa Barbara, CA

· July 6-Aug. 13 - Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME
Larry Keigwin, Jane Comfort, Bebe Miller, David Dorfman and Sean Curran

· July 12-31 - Lincoln Center Festival, New York, NY
Merce Cunningham Dance Company's "Ocean," Mugiyono Kasido, Random Dance, Shen Wei Dance Arts

· July 30-Aug. 7 - Vail International Dance Festival, Vail, CO
Inaki Ballet Concerto company from Buenos Aires, Trey McIntyre Project, Ballet Rosario Suarez and Inaki, Smuin Ballet, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, mandanse, Colorado Ballet

· Aug 7- 29 - Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh

· Aug. 13-Sept. 4 - Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, New York, NY
Paul Taylor Dance Company, Stephen Petronio Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Limón Dance Company, International Hip-Hop Exchange, Hung-Sheng Lion Dance Theater, Arthur Aviles Typical Theater, Creative Outlet Dance Theater

· Aug. 26-Sept. 18 - International Ballet Festival, Miami, West Palm Beach and Miami Beach, FL
With a gala salute to the international prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya on Sept. 17

Letter from the Editors
      This month's issue pays tribute to tradition, with a company focus on the Royal Danish Ballet in celebration of the Bournonville Festival and several reviews of the Kirov Ballet performances from around Europe.
      But we also put contemporary works in perspective, including a discussion with Val Canip
aroli and Evelyn Cisneros on Caniparoli's tenth-year anniversary about his wildly popular "Lambarena" and several articles on the Chicken Shed Theatre Company.
      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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Compagnia Aterballetto - 'Les Noces' and 'Cantata': Dated, Sexist, and Pointless
by Ana Abad-Carles
May 3, 2005 -- Sadler's Wells, London

The first ballet the company performed was "Les Noces". One has to admire a choreographer who has the willingness to tackle such piece after Bronislava Nijinska's rendering.

New York City Ballet - 'Chichester Psalms,' 'Tarantella,' 'NY Export: Opus Jazz': Robbins Wrong
by Harry Matthews
April 29, 2005 -- New York State Theatre, New York

Last Friday, I made my first visit to NYCB this season. There are many positive signs, including young dancers growing into key roles in an exciting way.

Arthur Pita Open Heart - 'Camp'
by Lyndsey Winship
April 28, 2005 -- The Place, London

Arthur Pita's 'Camp' is an intriguing, inventive piece of dance theatre, but ultimately a disappointing one. It begins with a novel concept -- five dancers, four seasons, three tents and a gamut of possibilites...

Matthew Bourne's 'Highland Fling': Notes from the Underground
by Kate Snedeker
April 26, 2005 -- Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

The revamped version of "Highland Fling", which transplants the classic story of "La Sylphide" from from picturesque glens to rundown Glasgow, took Edinburgh by storm on Thursday evening.

Robert Hylton Urban Classicism - 'Verse & Verses': More Than Dance-off'
by Lyndsey Winship
April 22, 2005 -- Laban, London

This latest show from hip hop innovator Robert Hylton looks a bit like a Gap advert: a gang of brightly dressed young dancers with smiling faces and streetwise moves.

Scottish Ballet - Spring Season Repertory
by Kate Snedeker
April 21, 2005 -- Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Though opening night in Glasgow was impressive, the additional rehearsal time and performance space in Edinburgh lifted the company to new level, with the dancers sparkling in pieces by Balanchine, Page and Ashton.

Chicken Shed Theatre Company-'Globaleyes': The Power of Integrated Theatre'
by Stuart Sweeney
April 20, 2005 -- Rayne Theatre, London

In fourteen scenes, a lot of ground is covered with material from a range of sources including Naomi Klein's "No Logo," Anita Roddick on third world development and Amnesty International for human rights.

Stars of the 21st Century Ballet Gala - 'Hearts on Fire'
by Denise Sum
April 17, 2005 -- Toronto Centre for the Arts, Toronto

What is wonderful about this gala is the variety of different styles and companies presented. This year, Argentina's Tango Metropolis stole the show.

Pacific Northwest Ballet - American Repertory: Fully Committed
by Dean Speer
Aprll 16, 2005 -- McCaw Hall, Seattle

Pacific Northwest Ballet's retiring Artistic Directors, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, have long been committed to commissioning and presenting new works or works that have been premieres to Seattle audiences.

Scottish Ballet - Spring Season Opening Night
by Kate Snedeker
April 13, 2005 -- Theatre Royal, Glasgow

This innovative repertory was reflected in the choice of ballets for the opening night performance of the 2005 Spring Season, which included works by George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton and Page himself.

Matthew Bourne's 'Play Without Words'
by Ed Lippman
April 8, 2005 -- Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles

While there are some wonderful moments in 'Play Without Words,' it felt more like going over familiar territory. Bourne plays women as man's downfall, becoming stereo-typical props upon which to hang conflict.

Paul Taylor Dance Company - 'Cloven Kingdom', 'Lost, Found, and Lost' and 'Company B'
by Hanna Takeshige
April 3, 2005 -- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

The Paul Taylor Dance Company is currently celebrating its landmark "first 50 years". Much cause for celebration is in order for the vast body of innovative dance works this company has produced, all of which have been choreographed by Paul Taylor.

Royal Ballet - 'Tombeaux', 'Enigma Variations', 'Rite of Spring': Dim Lustre
by Ana Abad-Carles
March 30, 2005 -- Royal Opera House, London

The Royal Ballet presented its new programme of works by David Bintley, Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Sir Frederick Ashton at the Royal Opera House...the three works chosen were highlights in each one of the choreographers's careers.

Coming up...
· Reports from the Royal Danish Ballet
· Kirov Ballet reviews
· More reviews
· More interviews
· More features


For ballet-dance magazine
Executive Editor
Mary Ellen Hunt


Jeff Kuo        
Kate Snedeker

Associate Editors & Compositors

Azlan Ezaddin, Lori Ibay, Holly Messitt, Stuart Sweeney

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