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JULY 2005
in this issue
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interviews
& features

An Interview with Katita Waldo
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin

It's interesting that for about the last four or five years of my performing career, I've looked to and have been focusing on basic training. Going to my roots, so to speak!
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Talking with Irish Dancer Jean Butler
by Shane McGinley

Whilst studying drama, Jean received an invitation from producers Moya Doherty and John McColgan to star in a ten-minute stage production called "Riverdance" and, as they say, the rest is history!
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Bode Lawal's Post-Modern African Dance
by Thea Nerissa Barnes

Bode Lawal is an exponent of traditional African dance but is currently devising alternative, syncretic dance making strategies for his company, SAKOBA.
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Royal Theatre, Copenhagen

Congratulations on the Festival!
by Colin Roth

The Bournonville Festival has been a huge success... we have seen an exceptionally fine parade of talent, carefully cast to give each the chance to shine.
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Day 2: 'Napoli'
by Ana Abad-Carles

Day 3: 'La Ventana'
by Ana Abad-Carles

Day 3: 'La Sylphide': Paradigmatic of an Era
by Ana Abad-Carles

Day 4: 'Abdallah'
by Cassandra

Day 5: 'Le Conservatoire': Tradition and Continuity in the Academy
by Cassandra

Day 5: 'Far From Denmark': Not for Export
by Cassandra

Day 6: 'The King's Volunteers on Amager'
by Cassandra

Day 6: 'La Sylphide'
by Cassandra

Day 7: 'A Folk Tale'
by Kate Snedeker

'A Folk Tale': Royal design
by Cassandra

Day 8: Final Gala
by Kate Snedeker

The 3rd Bournonville Festival concluded on June 11 with a truly memorable gala performance, which featured a well-crafted program of dance and video
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A Festival Diary
by Simon Clark

Bournonvilleana!! This word conjures up images of joy, of high spirits and festive moods...
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Bournonville's House
by Cassandra

To mark the 200 years since Bournonville's birth, his country home has been opened to the public for the limited period of approximately three months...
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Kirov in London 2005: Preview

Preview
by Catherine Pawlick

...the illustrious Kirov Ballet returns to the Royal Opera House for two weeks in July with five programs that display the range and depth of the company’s repertoire on their most talented and well-known dancers
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Interview with Kirov Ballet Artistic Director, Makhar Vasiev
by Cassandra

"Others must evaluate my achievements. What makes me happier is achieving a goal already in the past -- a new prospective."
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Kirov Ballet - A Choreographic Journey
by Catherine Pawlick

June 9, 2005-- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

This week the Kirov Ballet danced a well-rounded program.
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Kirov Ballet - 'The Magic Nut'
by Catherine Pawlick

June 4, 2005-- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

For this premiere, Prince Charming saves the day, but only in time for Fate to boomerang and deliver him a blow of condemnation.
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editors' choice

Our editors' dream vacation:

· NCI Discovery
July 23, 2005
Molly Lynch's National Choreographer's Initiative, the NCI will present 4 new works by Caniparoli, d'Amboise, Soleau, and Veggetti.

· Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Lincoln Center Festival
July 14 - July 16, 2005
MCDC revival of 'Ocean' and includes a symposium on July 15 held at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

 

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Articles from past issues

Paul Taylor Dance Company: 'Cloven Kingdom,' 'Lost, Found, and Lost,' 'Company B'
By Hanna Takeshige - April 3, 2005, Yerba Buena Center, 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.
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Paul Taylor Dance Company: Promethean Pilot Light
By Dean Speer - Meany Hall, Seattle, Washington
Paul Taylor used to be one of my choreographic heroes. His stature was diminished slightly in my eyes by the showing of three of his latest dances. By his own admission in his quite wonderful autobiography, "Private Domain," Taylor purports to work very hard at not repeating himself. I’ve long agreed that he had been successful at this until now.
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Paul Taylor Dance Company: Taylor's Muse of Fire
By Stephen Arnold - July 3, 2004, Jacob's Pillow, Massachusetts
Because in 2000 Jacob’s Pillow asked Paul Taylor for a new work, Deborah Jowitt asked Taylor in a public forum held to proclaim that work in Blake’s Barn (a restored late 18th century barn donated by and named in honor of the dancer son of Marge Champion (Disney’s model for Snow White) to the 18th century farm now called Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and used by the Pillow as library, archive, education, and welcome center) what his works were about. Taylor sphinx-like answered, “Death,” and then he asked, “Can there be anything else?”
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Selected topics from the forum

Paul Taylor Dance Company 2004-2005
"Klezmerbluegrass honors an even more venerable anniversary than Taylor can lay claim to. The piece was commissioned by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture to celebrate 350 years of Jewish life in America."
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Paul Taylor Dance Company 2003-2004
"Wow, Paul Taylor Dance Company gets more good news
they are nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production - 'Promethean Fire.'"
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Taylor 2
"American modern dance legend Paul Taylor returns to the Bay Area this weekend."
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Taylor Company Visits Houston 2003
"Paul Taylor is no Rush Limbaugh."
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Paul Taylor Dance Company 2002-2003
"We have an astonishing amount of material from the past three years about the Paul Taylor Dance Company as they toured the US and the World."

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Paul Taylor Dance Company in the UK 2003
"Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times said of "Promethean Fire" that it was one of the best works by Taylor. I'm hearing so much about it that I worry I may be expecting too much!!"
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Paul Taylor Dance Company 1999-2000
"Macau, an hour away from Hong Kong, was the first stop of the distinguished Paul Taylor Dance Company's Asia-Pacific tour which also includes Jakarta and Auckland."
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Paul Taylor Dance Company Nov 2000/Oct 2002
"OUch, that hurt! Although Tobias claims that Taylor hasn't done anything earthshaking in the past 10 years or so, any choreographer who has choreographed "Esplanade", "Sunset", "Runes","Sports and Follies", "Airs" and "Big Bertha" certainly deserves every accolade we can throw at him forevermore."
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Paul Taylor on film - Dancemaker
"I highly recommend the film, if anyone can get a chance to see it on TV or in a theater."
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Paul Taylor London 2000
"As the reviews indicate, the Paul Taylor Company was very well received in London."

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Featured sites

reviews

Pennsylvania Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet'
by Lori Ibay
June 10, 2005-- Academy of Music, Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Ballet capped off another successful season with "Romeo and Juliet".  Friday evening's performance showed the company in cruise control, like a well-oiled machine driving a familiar course, with hardly a bump in the road.
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Merce Cunningham Dance Company - 'Event'
by Cassandra
June 19, 2005-- Barbican, London
Each of the performances of “Event” are unique, with different sets and different musicians, but all use the entire company of dancers. They dance to a complicated montage of sound performed by a trio of musicians...
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Merce Cunningham Dance Company - 'Event'
by Lyndsey Winship
June 19, 2005-- Barbican, London

A performance by the Merce Cunningham company would be an event, even if it wasn't named as such. At 86, Cunningham is still seemingly as excited by experimentation as ever.
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Birmingham Royal Ballet - Mixed Rep
by David Mead
June 17, 2005-- Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham
After the previous week’s rather more serious Stravinsky programme, this was bite-sized ballet with all three works featuring a series of short dances. It also had something for everyone, a tutu ballet, something more modern and a jazzy finale.
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Pacific Northwest Ballet - Tribute to Francia Russell and Kent Stowell
by Dean Speer
June 12, 2005-- McCaw Hall, Seattle
The Tribute was an emotional and thrilling roller coaster ride. Very, very well done, the excerpts shown were a complete surprise to the honoring couple until they actually saw them.  The exception to this was the announced Liebeslieder Walzer which was a gift from their three sons.
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American Ballet Theatre - 'Le Corsaire'
by Lori Ibay
June 24, 2005-- Metropolitan Opera House, New York

American Ballet Theatre - 'Le Corsaire'
by Cecly Placenti
June 23, 2005-- Metropolitan Opera House, New York

NewVibes Platform: Meet, Exchange, Engage
by Cerise
June 22-23, 2005-- DanceXchange, Birmingham

American Ballet Theatre - Fokine Program
by Lori Ibay
June 18, 2005-- Metropolitan Opera House, New York

Kalai Kaviri Dance Company
by Cerise
June 17, 2005-- St. Martins in the Bullring, Birmingham

Royal Ballet - 'Inspired by Ashton'
by Cassandra
June 16, 2005-- Linbury Theatre, London

Ballet of the Polish National Opera - 'Carmen' and 'As If': Heavy on Symbolism
by Catherine Pawlick
June 16, 2005-- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

Fresh Meat 2005
by Jessica Robinson
June 16, 2005-- ODC Theater, San Francisco

American Ballet Theatre - 'Sylvia':Beauty in Simplicity
by Cecly Placenti
June 15, 2005-- Metropolitan Opera House

Nederlands Dans Theater - 'One of a  Kind'
by Maggie Foyer
June 14, 2005-- Sadler's Wells, London

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Stravinsky Program
by Cassandra
June 11, 2005-- Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham

Blue Man Group - 'Tubes': Grist for the Mill
by Jeff Kuo
June 11, 2005-- Charles Playhouse, Boston

Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'Silver Lining': Better Far Than Gold
by Dean Speer
June 4 and 11, 2005-- McCaw Hall, Seattle

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Stravinsky Program
by David Mead
June 8, 2005-- Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham

Vaganova Academy - Graduation Performance
by Catherine Pawlick
June 6, 2005-- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

Eifman Ballet - 'Red Giselle'
by Andre Yew
June 6, 2005--Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, California
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American Ballet Theatre - 'Sylvia'
by Jerry Hochman
June 3 and 4, 2005-- Metropolitan Opera House, New York

Jess Curtis/GRAVITY - 'Touched': Touched but not quite touché
by Rebecca Hirschman
June 2, 2005-- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

Peter Schaufuss Ballet - 'Harald'
by Kate Snedeker
May 29, 2005-- Opera House, Copenhagen

New Art Club - 'The Electric Tales'
by Lyndsey Winship
May 28, 2005-- The Purcell Room, London

New Baltic Dance 2005 -
by Stuart Sweeney
May 3-9, 2005-- Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, Vilnius, Lithuania

 

For ballet-dance magazine
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Executive Editor
Mary Ellen Hunt

Editor
Kate Snedeker

Associate Editors & Compositors
Azlan Ezaddin, Jeff Kuo, Catherine Pawlick, Lori Ibay, Holly Messitt, Stuart Sweeney


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