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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Sadler's Wells, London September 5 - 10, 2005

'Shining Star', 'Caught', 'Reminiscin'', 'Revelations'
by Ana Abad-Carles

The first piece of the evening was “Shining Star”, choreographed in 2004 by American choreographer David Parsons to the music of Earth, Wind & Fire.  It opened with a section choreographed for ten dancers.

'Shining Star', 'Caught', 'Reminiscin'', 'Revelations'
by David Mead

The Ailey company has achieved what few other dance companies have managed. They have a distinct image, a brand if you like, and present a form of American modern dance that almost no one else comes close to.

'Love Stories', 'Vespers', 'Solo', 'Revelations'
by Christine

London dance audiences love Alvin Ailey, and it has been a coup for Sadler’s Wells to present the company twice in recent memory. This programme took us on a journey with Ailey from the company’s groundbreaking work in the 1960s through to the company’s 21st century works.


Book Review: "Vaganova"  
by Leland Windreich
The eminent Russian ballet historian Vera Krasovskaya first published her biography of the ballet pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova in 1989.  Recently it got its first English translation & a hearty welcome from Western dance scholars.

A Conversation with Studio Kabako's Faustin Linyekula
by Toba Singer

The one thing for me is that
I, as an individual, have my own relationship to my country... My response is not political, in that it’s not a programmatic response. But my work poses questions.

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Ballet Nacional de Cuba - 'Giselle'
by Ana Abad-Carles -- August 18, 2005, Sadler's Wells, London
On Thursday 18th August, Ballet Nacional de Cuba presented Alicia Alonso’s version of the classic “Giselle”.  According to the programme notes, Alonso first staged her version in 1958 for the Ballet del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Edinburgh International Festival - Dutch National Ballet
by Kate Snedeker -- September 1, 2005, Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh
Humour, innovation and doomed romance all featured in Dutch National Ballet's intriguing contribution to the 2005 Edinburgh Festival. The diverse programme included works from Balanchine, Robbins and David Dawson.

National Ballet of China - 'Raise the Red Lantern'
by Toba SInger -- September 17, 2005, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, California
What a bold experiment! The National Ballet of China invited the award-winning director, Zhang Yimou, to adapt his film, Raise the Red Lantern for the ballet stage... This is my first exposure to a film that has been made into a ballet.

Matthew Bourne's 'Highland Fling' - A Romantic Wee Ballet
by Ana Abad-Carles -- September 2, 2005, Sadler's Wells, London

Northern Ballet Theatre - 'Dracula'
by David Mead -- September 3, 2005, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Random Dance Company - 'Amu'
by Cassandra -- September 16, 2005, Sadler's Wells, London

Genée International Ballet Competition - Final
by Ana Abad-Carles -- September 11, 2005, Sadler's Wells, London

David Hughes Dance Company - 'in company', 'L'Apres-midi d'un Faune', 'El uno y medio', '[4:Freeze-Frame]'
by David Mead -- September 16, 2005, Linbury Studio Theatre, London

Scottish Ballet - 'Apollo', 'Walking in the Heat', 'The Pump Room', '32 Cryptograms', 'Rubies'
by David Mead -- September 17, 2005, Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, England

Momix - 'Opus Cactus'
by Ana Abad-Carles -- September 14, 2005, Sadler's Wells, London

Pacific Northwest Ballet - Director's Choice - 'Artifact II', 'In the Night', 'Duo Concertant', 'Symphony in Three Movements'
by Dean Speer -- September 24, 2005, MOM Hall, Seattle, Washington

editors' choice

· UCI Dance Film Festival
Oct 20-22, University of California, Irvine
Three days of dance films by leading choreographers and directors from around the world



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Executive Editor
Kate Snedeker

Executive Editor 2003-2005
Mary Ellen Hunt

Senior Editors
Jeff Kuo, Azlan Ezaddin

Associate Editors & Compositors
Catherine Pawlick, Holly Messitt, Katie Rosenfeld, Rebecca Hirschman, Cecly Placenti, Dean Speer, Francis Timlin, Jennifer Leake Hoffman

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