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2005 in Interviews

Tim Matiakis: Through Three Royal Houses
by Kate Snedeker

At just 26, soloist Tim Matiakis has already danced in three major European companies – the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Royal Ballet and now the Royal Danish Ballet.

Pacific Northwest Ballet Soloist, Jonathan Porretta
by Dean Speer & Francis TImlin
It's not too often that you get to talk to someone as mercurial, irrepressible, and vibrant as one of Pacific Northwest Ballet's newest soloists, Jonathan Porretta.

Studio Kabako's Faustin Linyekula
by Toba Singer
I work with choreographic movement, energy, rhythm, the body and its physical presence—the challenge to remain standing, vertical in spite of a crushing environment.

A Very Merry Couple: Ronald Hynd and Annette Page
by Dean Speer & Francis Timlin
We caught up with this lively pair while they were in Seattle staging and coaching Mr. Hynd’s choreographic rendition of Lehar’s "The Merry Widow" for PNB’s March program.

Australian Ballet Director: David McAllister
by Ana Abad-Carles
The greatest challenge for me is dealing with the art form and the dancers, 21st century dancers, who are so different to the dancers of the past.

Bournonville at BalletMet Academy: Kennet Oberly
by Jane Ashton Hawes
There's more than one road to Copenhagen. And Kennet Oberly has traveled the one that winds through New York, Stuttgart and Boston.

2005 in Features

Balanchine in Two Small Doses: Two Mini-bios of the Great Choreographer
Book reviews by Leland Windreich

I find it hard to recommend one study over the other. Both men are ardent consumers of ballet, articulate in their examination of the dance arts, and thorough in their investigations.

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.

Critics' Circle National Dance Awards
by Maggie Foyer
The glitzy National Dance Awards, hosted by the Critic’s Circle was in its element in the Vilar Floral Hall of the Royal Opera House.

Bridget Critique's Diary:
At the edge of Reason at the Bytom Festival

by Bridget Critique (translation Marta Pietras)

'Quest': DVD by Byron McKim
by Thea Nerissa Barnes

Amici Dance Company - Celebrating 25 Years!
by Ana Abad-Carles

The Place -- Robert Cohan Study Day
by Ana Abad-Carles

Ballet Russes: Film by Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller
Film review by Leland Windreich

Pacific Northwest Ballet - Tribute to Kent Stowell and Francia Russell
by Dean Speer


From the Editor
As we begin a new year, I want to extend my thanks to our superb editorial staff and enthusiastic writers.  We all hope you enjoy this look back at Ballet-Dance Magazine in 2005 and we look forward to a successful and dance-filled 2006!
Kate Snedeker
Editor, Ballet-Dance Magazine

Mirella's Marilyn Burbank
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin
We thought it would be fun to go behind the scenes of the dance world.  So, we sat down to chat with Mirella founder Marilyn Burbank about her odyssey into the craft of caring for how dancers look in class and onstage.

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2005 in Reviews

Forever Tango: An Extravaganza of Pasión
by Mary Ellen Hunt -- December 29, 2004, Post Street Theater, San Francisco
There are quite a few showbiz high kicks and impressive lunges to the floor, along with darkly dismissive glances across the burning stage. Some of the touches seem a bit silly, like the giant bandoneon that “gives birth” to a dancer at the beginning.

National Ballet of Canada - ‘Stravinsky Violin Concerto': Flowers, Valentines, and Ballerina Beauties
by Michael Goldbarth -- November 18 and 21, 2004, Hummingbird Centre, Toronto
With all due respect and apologies to the greatest ballet maker Past, Present, and perhaps Future, I’m going to commit a ballet indiscretion by kissing and telling the meaning behind Stravinsky Violin Concerto-for me.

Raimund Hoghe - 'Another Dream': An Uncommon Honesty
by Ramsay Burt -- January 30, 2005, London International Mime Festival, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
I feel I must be honest even if it makes me seem foolish, because Raimund Hoghe himself in performance and in an after show discussion seems so uncommonly honest.

Royal Ballet - 'Sylvia': Embracing Ashton
by Julia Skene-Wenzel -- November 24, 2004, Royal Opera House, London
In today’s global community, the national versus the international – tradition versus advancement – are issues that affect every aspect of modern life. Ashton’s centenary celebrations and the revival of “Sylvia” reflect the changes the world has undergone.

St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre - 'Giselle': Ballet is a Contact Sport
by Toba Singer -- February 19, 2005, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, California
Hilarion stumbles around the Wili World, staring at nothing in particular above his head for what seems like an eternity, and that could be the point. Then the stage is inexplicably empty for a long 30 seconds or so.

San Francisco Ballet - 'Giselle': Sensing Her Way Through Space
by Hanna Takashige -- February 25, 2005, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

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

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

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

Compania Vientos del Sur: Futbol Tango - 'Pasiones - Tango y Musical'
by Rosella Simonari -- March 19, 2005, Teatro Pergolesi, Jesi (Acona), Italy

Scottish Ballet - 'The Four Temperaments', 'The Pump Room', '32 Cryptograms', 'Facade'
by Kate Snedeker -- April 13, 2005, Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'Quick Time,' 'The Moor's Pavane,' 'The Piano Dance,' 'Lambarena'
by Dean Speer -- April 16, 2005, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington

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

Jérôme Bel - 'Nom donne par l'auteur' - Nottdance 2005
by Ramsay Burt -- April 30, 2005, Sandfield Centre, Nottingham

Compagnia Aterballeto - 'Les Noces' and 'Cantata': Dated, Sexist and Pointless
by Ana Abad-Carles -- May 3, 2005, Sadler's Wells, London

Deborah Hay - 'The Match': Between Brilliance, White Noise
by Lyndsey Winship -- May 5, 2005, Purcell Room, London

Kirov Ballet - Celebrating Victory Day: Anti-war Message Poignant and Powerful
by Catherine Pawlick -- May 8, 2005, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

American Ballet Theatre - 'Don Quixote': Vishneva from 0 to 180
by Jerry Hochman -- May 26, 2005, Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, New York

Kirov Ballet - 'The Magic Nut'
by Catherine Pawlick -- June 4, 2005, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

Australian Ballet - 'Swan Lake': Princess Diana by the Lakeside
by Cassandra -- July 20, 2005, London Coliseum, London

Adam Cooper Productions - 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses': Sex, Coercion ... MacMillan
by Cassandra -- July 26, 2005

Bolshoi Ballet - 'The Pharaoh's Daughter'
by Jerry Hochman -- July 28, 2005, Metropolitan Opera House, New York City

Pacific Northwest Ballet's - Director's Choice
by Dean Speer -- September 24, 2005, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington

Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker - 'Nó': Deborah Colker Ties Daring Knots
by Ana Paula Höfling -- September 25, 2005 -- Teatro Alfa, São Paulo, Brazil

National Ballet of China - 'Raise the Red Lantern' and City Contemporary Dance Company - '365 Ways of Doing and Undoing Orientalism'
by Holly Messitt -- October 11, 2005 -- Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York and October 15, 2005 -- The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, New York

Paris Opera Ballet - 'Le Parc'
by Ana Abad-Carles -- October 14, 2005, Sadler's Wells, London

ODC San Francisco: Intelligence, Wit, and Beautiful Dancing
by Cecly Placenti -- October 14, 2005, Joyce Theatre, New York City

Bawren Tavaziva - 'I Am Home': Progress of an Artist
by Thea Nerissa Barnes -- November 19, 2004, Robin Howard Dance Theatre, London

Pacific Northwest Ballet's Past, Present and Future Program
by Dean Speer -- November 5, 2005, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington

editors' choice

· 2006 International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference: Strategies for Longevity
January 19-26, 2006 -- Brooklyn Marriott, New York
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence hosts the 18th International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, which features panels, workshops, dance classs, and performances.

· 34th Hong Kong Arts Festival
February 9 to March 12, 2006 -- various venues in Hong Kong
Offerings from the international opera, music, theater, and dance worlds include David Bintley's "The Beauty and the Beast" by the Birmingham Royal Ballet, "Cursive: A Trilogy" by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, "The Legend of the White Snake" by the Actor's Family, and a symposium on "The Art of Gender Switching" in Cantonese and Beijing Opera.



For ballet-dance magazine

Executive Editor
Kate Snedeker

Executive Editor 2003-2005
Mary Ellen Hunt

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

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