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Edinburgh Festivals 2005

Pennsylvania Ballet - 'Swan Lake'
by David Mead

George Balanchine once said that every ballet should be called "Swan Lake" because then people will come. Well, there may be more than a grain of truth in that, but Wheeldon's 're-imagining' of the classic tale is one worth seeing.

Pennsylvania Ballet - 'Swan Lake'
by Kate Snedeker

Scottish Ballet - Balanchine Programme
by Kate Snedeker

Scottish Ballet - Balanchine Programme
by Kate Snedeker

Sasha Waltz & Guests - 'Impromptus'
by David Mead

La Compagnie FV - 'Contrecoup'
by David Mead

Rainpain 43 - 'All Wear Bowlers'
by Lea Marshall

Russian State Cossack Dance Company - 'Cossack Passion'
by Kate Snedeker

CieLaroque/Helene Weinzierl - 'Tropea Couch Potatoes' Paradise'
by Lea Marshall

Ashley Page, Curve Foundation & Rosie Kay Dance Company
by Lea Marshall

African Contemporary Dance Company, Tumbuka - 'Nhinhi'
by Lea Marshall

Do-Theatre - 'Sleep...less...ness'
by Lea Marshall

Burklyn Youth Ballet - 'Beauty and the Beast'
by Kate Snedeker

Martine Pisani, La Compagnie du solitaire - 'Sans'
by Lea Marshall

Fringe Festival Journal
by David Mead

Dance Forms International Choreographers' Showcase
David Mead

The Kirov Ballet

Royal Opera House, London July 18 - 30, 2005

'La Bayadere'
by Cassandra

In the end, it all comes down to the dancing, and in the four performances I saw there were four pairs of lovers to enjoy and compare. On the first night, Daria Pavlenko made a soulful, sorrowful Nikiya, partnered by Kirov golden boy Leonid Sarafanov as the unfaithful Solor.

'La Valse', 'Prodigal Son', 'Ballet Imperial'
by Lyndsey Winship

Now that they've mastered the futuristic Forsythe -- well, almost -- a triple bill of Balanchine is old hat to the Kirov... This
triple bill, with “Prodigal Son” sandwiched in between, is a slightly strange collection of works, but an interesting evening nonetheless.

'La Valse', 'Prodigal Son', 'Ballet Imperial'
by Ana Abad - Carles

Forsythe Programme
by Stuart Sweeney

'Romeo and Juliet'
by Cassandra

'Romeo and Juliet'
by Ana Abad - Carles


Talking with Spanish Dancer Sara de Luis              by Dean Speer
I've always had a passion for dance and studied ballet as a child. When I saw the great Jose Greco and his company perform at the War Memorial Opera House, that made me think, "That's what I want to do!" 

Northern Ballet Theatre's David Nixon on 'Dracula'
by David Mead

When I read “"Dracula" I realised that actually there was a lot more underneath the story than you often think. I got interested in how I might be able to do it. It's a horror story but at the same time there's something else there and that fascinated me.

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Yuri Grigorovich Krasnodar Ballet Theatre - 'Spartacus'
by Catherine Pawlick -- August 4, 2005, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
Created first in 1969 for the Bolshoi Ballet, "Spartacus" is set to Aram Khachaturian's powerful score, with period-faithful costumes and scenes that alternate exhibitions of corps de ballet work with soloist "monologues"...

Mats Ek's 'The Merchant of Venice'
by Renee Oberg -- July 21, 2005, Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm
"The Merchant of Venice" is, when you think about it, the obvious choice for Mats Ek. It deals with a subject that is almost his trademark, the life of the outsider. In "The Merchant" we meet plenty of them...

Nederlands Dans Theatre - 'One of a Kind'
by Julia Skene-Wenzel -- June 15, 2005, Sadler's Wells, London
What defines "One of a Kind?" For more than fifteen years, Jirí Kylián and the companies of the Nederlands Dans Theater have defined this standard in London. Loved and cherished, their return is an eagerly awaited...

George Piper Dances - 'Naked'
by Julia Skene-Wenzel -- June 8, 2005, Sadler's Wells, London

Ballet Nacional de Cuba - 'Magia de la Danza'
by Cassandra -- August 16, 2005, Sadler's Wells, London

Ballet Nacional de Cuba - 'Magia de la Danza'
by Cerise -- August 16, 2005, Sadler's Wells, London

editors' choice

· Fall for Dance Festival 
City Center, New York City, September 27 - October 2, 2005

Six nights of dance, five programs each night, all tickets $10. Comapnies performing include NYCB, ABT, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Limon Dance Company, Philadanco,  Nai Ni Chen, Bill Irwin, Urban Bush Women, Alvin Ailey and others.



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Mary Ellen Hunt

Managing Editor
Kate Snedeker

Associate Editors & Compositors
Jeff Kuo, Catherine Pawlick, Holly Messitt, Katie Rosenfeld, Rebecca Hirschman, Cecly Placenti

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