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St. Petersburg Stages
April at the Kirov Ballet

'Giselle' - Pavlenko Returns
by Catherine Pawlick
April 26, 2006 -- Mariinsky Theatre

The forgotten daughter of the Mariinsky, Daria Pavlenko, returned to the stage on Wednesday night after a regrettable five-year absence in the role to share with us her sublime gifts in "Giselle."

April 23, 2006 -- Mariinsky Theatre
A crisp, cool sunny Russian Orthodox Easter morning was spent in various ways in St. Petersburg today, where many a mother and child opted to attend the matinee performance of “Giselle”. Featuring Vladimir Shklyarov in his debut as Albrecht alongside Olesya Novikova’s well-developed rendition of Giselle...

All Balanchine Program
April 12, 2006 -- Mariinsky Theatre

April 4, 5 and 7, 2006 -- Mariinsky Theatre

San Francisco Ballet
San Francisco in 2006

by Rebecca Hirschman

April 26, 2006
Last year when I heard that Mark Morris’ “Sylvia” wouldn’t be presented during San Francisco Ballet’s 2004-2005 Season, I was bummed. Was it the orgy in the woods, the confusion of nymphs with potential nymphos, or the drunken topless slaves that did “Sylvia” in?

'Ballet Mori'
by Toba Singer
April 4, 2006 -- War Memorial Opera House

Program 6 - Mixed Repertory
by Toba Singer
March 31, 2006 -- War Memorial Opera House

Program 5 - Mixed Repertory
by Toba Singer
March 30, 2006 -- War Memorial Opera House


Forums Flashes
Direct from the CD forum...

An obituary for Katherine Dunham
by Thea Nerissa Barnes

As I sit here in thought, in remembrance of Katherine Dunham, what can I add to the teeming accolades of praise and wonder of a life well lived. A life made glorious not just because of Miss Dunham’s way of knowing the power of dance but also because of her approach to life and humanity. Miss Dunham was
a strong, extraordinary woman on par with Martha Graham for dance and Eleanor Roosevelt for social justice. I am enthralled by Miss Dunham’s life and feel blessed to have known and worked with her...

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'Dance of the Avant-Gardes' Art Exhibition
April 21, 2006 -- Rovereto, Italy

reviewed by Rosella Simonari
“The Dance of the Avant-Gardes -- paintings, sets and costumes from Degas to Picasso, from Matisse to Keith Haring” is the most important winter exhibition at the MART. It is an ambitious project that moves across time and space, across different approaches to both art & dance, and that offers the opportunity for the viewer to walk across nearly a century of revolutions...

San Francisco Ballet's Muriel Maffre
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin

I’m from a small village west of Paris. My mother was an amateur dancer and she would take both my sister and me to her ballet classes. They were held in an old school, which was turned into a makeshift ballet studio. I was four years old at the time. There was no theatre in the village and our recitals were held in an outdoor tennis court!


Bolshoi Ballet - Gala Programme
by Cassandra -- April 14, 2006, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, England
I caught up with the third leg of the Bolshoi’s tour in Nottingham where they were performing a Gala programme presumably in honour of the Easter holidays. Certainly a holiday atmosphere prevailed in the theatre where everyone seemed excited to welcome the company back after an absence of thirty years.

Bolshoi Ballet - 'Swan Lake'
by David Mead -- March 30, 2006, Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, England
For many, “Swan Lake" is classical ballet, and in Birmingham the Bolshoi Ballet showed us just why. Wherever you look these days there are new versions of the story, each with its own take on the take on the tale, whether that be Mats Ek’s radical version, Matthew Bourne’s all-male swans...

Bolshoi Ballet - 'Spartacus'
by David Mead -- March 28, 2005, Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, England
The Bolshoi Ballet rolled into Birmingham this week on their first visit to the city in seventeen years. Grigorovich’s “Spartacus” is certainly ballet on an epic scale and makes full use of the considerable size and power of the company. It tells the story of Spartacus -- captured after the fall of Thrace to the Roman legions -- his subjugation into slavery, escape...

Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker - 'Knot'
by Cassandra -- April 25, 2006, Barbican Theatre, London

Pennsylvania Ballet - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
by Lori Ibay -- April 15, 2006, Academy of Music, Philadelphia

Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'Sleeping Beauty'
by Dean Speer -- April 14-15, 2006, McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington

James Sewell Ballet - 'Anagram', 'Involution', 'Guy Noir: The Ballet'
by Cecly Placenti -- April 8, 2006, Joyce Theatre, New York City

Tchaikovsky Perm Ballet and Orchestra - 'Swan Lake'
by Toba Singer -- April 8, 2006, Zellerbach Auditorium, Berkeley, California

Doug Varone and Dancers - 'Castles', 'Rise', 'The Things of the World'
by Rebecca Hirschman-- April 7, 2006, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

Royal Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet'
by Ana Abad-Carles --March 30, 2006, Royal Opera House, London

editors' choice

· Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
June 17 - August 26, 2006 - Becket, Massachusetts
This year's offerings include the Trey McIntyre Project, Tero Saarinen Company, Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and more.

· Society of Dance History Scholars: Landscapes for Dance
June 15-19, 2006 - The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada
The 19th annual conference of the SDHS showcases dance research worldwide.  This year's theme is dance in relation to "institutional structures and histories in locations the world over."



For ballet-dance magazine

Executive Editor
Kate Snedeker

Executive Editor 2003-2005
Mary Ellen Hunt

Senior and Supervising Editors
Jeffrey Kuo, Mary Ellen Hunt, Azlan Ezaddin, Holly Messitt, Catherine Pawlick

Associate Editors & Compositors
Katie Rosenfeld, Cecly Placenti, Dean Speer, Francis Timlin, Toba Singer, Lori Ibay

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