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British Choreography

Birmingham Royal Ballet - 'Strictly Dancing'
by David Mead -- October 6, 2007, Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham

For many in Birmingham, the highlight was the final piece of the three, the company’s first production of Ashton’s 1951 version of “Daphnis and Chloe”, only previously danced in Britain by The Royal Ballet.

Morphoses - The Wheeldon Company
by Ana Abad-Carles -- September 21, 2007, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London

It seemed strange that a choreographer who writes "Ballet isn't just about heritage. The Sleeping Beauty is immensely important, but it is not necessarily everyone's first choice for a night out" as Wheeldon does in the opening programme notes, chooses Balanchine's "Allegro Brillante" as the opening ballet for his new company.

Siobhan Davies - 'Two Quartets'
by Annie Wells -- October 3, 2007, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, London

Solid and coherent, “Two Quartets” worthily marked the current position of British dance stalwart Siobhan Davies’ four-decade spanning career. Simple and spare, quality triumphed over quantity in this work of two parts. Set astride an interval, it was superficially easy to consume. But for those wanting more than just a visual tid-bit; there was plenty both within and between the disparate halves to sustain a more cerebral analysis.

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Miami City Ballet In Detroit
by Buddy

I find the Miami City Ballet to be absolutely--Lovable. From my first glimpse of some of the dancers going to the practice barre, to my listening to Edward Villella's expression of his love of his art and of his dancers at a pre-dance discussion, to the actual performances, I felt a loving gentle presence.

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Frederic Franklin: a Biography of the Ballet Star, By Leslie Norton and Frederic Franklin
by Leland Windreich
Leslie Norton, an associate professor in the Theatre and Dance Department at Hamilton College, had written the first draft of this biography without having had any personal contact with her subject. When she finally approached him, the affable dancer agreed to collaborate with her, providing some precious memories, anecdotes and significant facts.

Iino Enumerates Career - Oregon Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Yuko Iino
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin

I’m from Japan. My mom loved watching ballet and took me to ballet school. I was about only four or five years old. This was in Gunma. I always wanted to be like Kaori [Nakamura, Principal Dancer at Pacific Northwest Ballet, also from Gunma] who was – and still is – a star.


Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company
by Carmel Morgan -- October 12, 2007, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
This year marks the fifteenth anniversary season of Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company (“DTSB & Co.”), a modern dance troupe whose insightful works reflect the Asian-American perspective of its founding artistic director, Dana Tai Soon Burgess, and the varied backgrounds of its dancers, many of whom also have ties to Asia. The weekend’s two gala performances at the Kennedy Center were sold out, a testament to the enormous popularity of this unique hometown company.

Kirov Ballet - 'Silenzio: Diana Vishneva'
by Catherine Pawlick -- October 7, 2007, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia
"Silenzio: Diana Vishneva”, an evening featuring the ballerina within the theme of mute movement, juxtaposed a compendium of ballet excerpts against a minimalist, escapist background that left plenty of food for thought. Created by Andrei Moguchi, Alexei Kononov and Konstantin Uchitel, the evening was based on “the motif of silence” described in the program notes.

Tulsa Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet'
by Gretchen Collins -- September 29, 2007, Civic Center Music Hall, Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Tulsa Ballet’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” was more bittersweet than usual due to the sudden death of its choreographer Michael Smuin. He died last April in the studio of his Smuin Ballet dance company while teaching class. The former artistic director of San Francisco Ballet, he was the recipient of a Tony, an Emmy and a Drama Desk Award. “His departure was a great loss for the American dance community,” said Marcello Angelini, artistic director with Tulsa Ballet.

New York Baroque Dance Company - Points of Departure
by Juliet Neidish -- September 28, 2007, Mark Morris Dance Center, New York
The New York Baroque Dance Company in association with Company XIV and Concert Royal presented a varied and inspired evening of New York premieres at the Mark Morris Dance Center on September 28, 2007. The program included five works choreographed by dancers of the New York Baroque Dance Company, directed by Catherine Turocy, and one piece by Austin McCormick, Company XIV Director.

Joffrey Ballet - 'Pas de Déesses,' 'Deuce Coupe,' 'Billboards: Sometimes It Snows In April'
by Katie Rosenfeld -- October 4th, 2007, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus

Pacific Northwest Ballet - Opening "First Look" Performance: Going Gala
by Dean Speer -- September 15, 2007, McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington

editors' choice

· Pappa Tarahumara - 'Ship in a View'
November 28, 30 & December 1 -- BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn, New York
Japanese dance-theater troupe Pappa Tarahumara creates expressive and poignant visual spectacles.

· Rambert Dance Company
November 13-17 -- Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
Constantly evolving, Rambert Dance Company remains one of Britain’s finest and most popular modern dance companies.



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Executive Editor
Kate Snedeker

Executive Editor 2003-2005
Mary Ellen Hunt

Senior and Supervising Editors
Holly Messitt, Catherine Pawlick, Azlan Ezaddin

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

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