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Danish Dance
The Best of Copenhagen in May

Royal Danish Ballet - 'Extravaganza'
by Kate Snedeker -- May 17-22, 2006, Royal Theatre, Copenhagen
Composed of an eclectic trio of ballets -- Yuan Yuan Wang’s “Colour of Love”, Angelin Preljocaj’s “La Stravaganza” and Anna Lærkesen’s “Polacca” -- ‘Extravaganza’ was an intriguing though slightly emotionally downbeat finale to the season.  The ballets explored the human psyche, each stretching the dancers in different emotional and technical directions.

Danish Dance Theatre - 'Working Man', 'Insomnia', 'Kridt'
by Gunild Pak Symes -- May 5, 2006, Folkteatret, Copenhagen

Audiences in Copenhagen this spring caught a glimpse of the choreographic genius that is Tim Rushton, the Danish Dance Theatre’s British-born director, blooming on the main stage of Folketeatret, the new home of this energetic group.  Young, weird, whacky and wily, the dancers performed three masterworks by Rushton to be toured as part of the company’s repertory in 2006-2007.

Danish Dance Theatre - 'Working Man', 'Insomnia', 'Kridt'
by Kate Snedeker -- May 5, 2006, Folkteatret

Royal Ballet 2006
Royal Opera House, London

'The Sleeping Beauty'
by Ana Abad-Carles -- May 18, 2006

The new/old “Sleeping Beauty”, which the Royal Ballet has produced for their 75th Anniversary has all the traditional ingredients: something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, pink, lilac and all the pastel colours of the rainbow…
The idea to revive Oliver Messel’s production from 1946 was interesting in a way. There were strong elements in that staging that seemed necessary after Natalia Makarova’s ill- advised production in 2003.

'La Fille mal Gardée'
by Ana Abad-Carles -- April 26, 2006

There are few ballets that are as enjoyable as “La Fille Mal Gardée,” and even fewer that can rightfully claim to be a choreographic masterpiece.

'Polyphonia', 'Castle Nowhere', 'Requiem'
by Ana Abad-Carles -- April 12, 2006

'Homage to the Queen', 'LaValse', Divertissements
by Cassandra -- June 8, 2006

Forum Flashes
Direct from the CD forum...

Francis Timlin reports from the 2006 USA International Dance Competition

"Highlights of the IBC for me included not only seeing some “Wow!” dancing but also applauding and admiring the fortitude, drive, talent, and hard work of every competitor.
read more....


The Bolshoi in the UK - 2006

Our coverage of the Bolshoi's 2006 Summer tour to the UK.  Click here to read reviews and join in the discussions of performances.


A Conversation with Yuri Possokhov
by Mary Ellen Hunt
In these days of tricks and glitz, there are precious few men who fit the mold of the old fashioned danseur noble, but of this generation, one of the most inspiring is surely San Francisco Ballet’s Yuri Possokhov. As a performer, the Bolshoi-trained star melds the modernity of contemporary dance and the elegance of classical roles with deceptive ease.

San Francisco Ballet -- Retirement Gala for Principals Yuri Possokhov & Stephen Legate and soloist Peter Brandenhoff
by Toba Singer -- May 5, 2006

There seemed to be no time for extemporaneous speeches, as on similar occasions such as the retirement of Joanna Berman or Christopher Stowell. Helgi Tomasson made very brief remarks at the top of the show during which he thanked the three dancers who were retiring for their artistry and dedication to the company.


Inbal Pinto Dance Company  - 'Oyster'
by Mary Ellen Hunt -- May 7, 2006, Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Pinto, who is a former member of Israel’s acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company, incorporates many familiar theatrical touches into her sideshow... but the pleasure of “Oyster” is not that it breaks new ground, but in how expertly she and collaborator Avshalom Pollak have put the elements together.

Stars of the 21st Century Gala
by Denise Sum -- May 7, 2006, Toronto Centre for the Arts, Toronto
The annual “Stars of the 21st Century” gala, presented by the Koffler Centre of the Arts, is one of a kind in Toronto. Held uptown at the Toronto Centre for the Arts each spring, the gala provides dance enthusiasts with a glimpse of the happenings on the international dance scene.

Kirov Ballet - White Nights Festival - 'Swan Lake'
by Catherine Pawlick -- May 12, 2006, Mariinksy Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia
Gumerova’s success in this role comes on the wings of Diana Vishneva’s controversial rendition, and at a time of what some might consider a crisis within the theatre...On Friday night Gumerova proved that she is one of the few still supporting the classics as they should be performed.

Birmingham Royal Ballet - 'La Fille mal Gardée'
by David Mead -- May 10, 2006, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, England

Eugene Ballet - 'Pink Martini'
by Dean Speer -- May 7, 2006, Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene, Oregon

Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker - 'Knot'
by David Mead -- May 7, 2006, The Castle, Wellingborough, England

Birmingham Royal Ballet - 'Pulcinella', 'Apollo', 'The Firebird'
by David Mead -- May 6, 2006, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, England

Mark Morris Dance Group - 'Somebody's Coming to See Me Tonight,' 'Cargo,' 'Rock of Ages,' 'Gloria'
by Dean Speer -- May 5, 2006, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle

Breakin' Convention 2006 - The Angels, Nexus Boys, Karizma Streetvibes and Avant Garde Dance
by Cerise Andrews -- April 30, 2006, Sadler's Wells, London

Breakin' Convention 2006 - The Angels, Nexus Boys, Karizma Streetvibes and Avant Garde Dance
by Ana Abad-Carles -- April 30, 2006, Sadler's Wells, London

San Francisco Ballet - 'Continuum', 'Elemental Brubeck', 'Reflections'
by Toba Singer -- April 28, 2006, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

Nuevo Ballet Español - 'Directos', 'Horizontes', 'Lunaticos', 'Mahera', 'Siento', 'De Corazon'
by Orma Molayeme -- April 22-23, 2006, Dorothy Chandler Pavillon, Los Angeles

PARADIGMcabaret - 'Three Oh Three', 'Verdi for Three', 'Out Damned Spot', 'Wilie's Ladies Sing the Blues', 'Cold', 'Sam's Party'
by Juliet Neidish -- April 22, 2006, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, Symphony Sapce, New York

Scottish Ballet - 'Episodes', 'Middlesexgorge', 'Suite from Artifact'
by Kate Snedeker -- March 30, 2006, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland

Bonachela Dance Company - 'Voices'
by Lindsey Clarke-- June 14, 2006, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

editors' choice

· TapCity 2006 - New York City Tap Festival
July 8 - July 22, 2006 - various venues in NY City
An international cast of tap veterans, contemporary innovators, and ensembles comes to NYC for performances, workshops, and more.

· Edinburgh Fringe
August 6 -26, 2006 - various venues, Edinburgh, Scotland
The original Fringe Festival with more than 1600 different shows encompassing dance, music and theatre performances from around the globe in more than 250 venues.



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, Lisa Claybaugh

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