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Pacific Northwest Ballet
Fall 2007 -- Seattle, Washington

by Dean Speer

November 23, 2007 -- McCaw Hall
This year’s edition is, if possible, better than ever. Every scene has been meticulously worked out and rehearsed, with the dancers being very tight in their ensemble. Phrasing is slightly different than in years past – more push and pull; attacking something, and letting it resonate.

Contemporary Classic Program
by Dean Speer
November 3, 2007 -- McCaw Hall

by Renée D'Aoust
November 2, 2007 -- McCaw Hall
It was thrilling to watch Pacific Northwest Ballet perform “Agon,” as staged by former co-artistic director Francia Russell. As a young New York City Ballet dancer, Russell was in the studio when Balanchine and Stravinsky collaborated in the creation of “Agon”—before the work became known as a masterpiece. Francia Russell’s deft hand certainly influenced principal dancer Jonathan Porretta...


Balanchine's Petipa - Lecture Demonstration
by Dean Speer
October 5, 2007 -- PNB Studios

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'Festival of Lies'
November 8 , 2007 - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, Yerba Buena, California
by Becca Hirschman

Faustin Linyekula/Les Studios Kabako returned to the Bay Area this week after a two-year hiatus. The company's previous work, a mainstage performance of "Triptyque Sans Titre," garnered applause and dripping admiration for the choreographer and his dance troupe, and many eagerly awaited their return...last evening provided a very different sensory and imagery experience from the first moments to the last breath. Enclosed within a nightclub-esque setting, "Festival of Lies" explored history, memory, and identity through text, propaganda, movement, and song.

'Festival of Lies'
November 9-11, 2007 - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, Yerba Buena, California
by Toba Singer

Times have changed. With “Festival of Lies,” which was presented in a cabaret format to Yerba Buena Forum audiences over the weekend of November 9-11, there is less of the artistic nugget that was so powerfully unearthed in “Triptyque” and more of a political sounding taken...

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Bode Lawal Sakoba Dance Theatre
by Thea Nerissa Barnes

This present tour for Sakoba Dance Theatre is called Okan’ Nijo (One) and is comprised of three works: Aiduronijo (Clockwork), Ogo (Glory) and Okan’ Nijo (One) New Work. Except for Ogo, Aiduronijo and Okan’ Nijo are abstract, non literal works...The works contained movement ideas within ideas; a solo dancer is more a force, a specific dynamic that replicas or counters rhythms created by drummer or of recorded music.

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Book Review: Nureyev: The Life
reviewed by Leland Windreich
The style and content of the book is in keeping with her handling of the Ashton story. All the warts and wrinkles are displayed along with the facts, observations and gossip relating to the professional life. The superstar biography has undergone a dramatic change since the days when John Gruen wrote his vanilla study of Erik Bruhn in 1979, and Margot Fonteyn offered her witty but antiseptic account of her own life (1976). Both dancers are key figures in any story about Nureyev, and Kavanagh presents them as almost equal protagonists, never hesitating to reveal their weaknesses & foibles.

Dance Umbrella: A Feeling of Practice
by Annie Wells

Hosted by Dr. Dick McCaw, British and Indian dance matriarchs Siobhan Davies and Shobana Jeyasingh got together to discuss and demonstrate working methods. Both were generous and candid in the way they shared their artistic inspirations...


Echo Park Contemporary Ballet - 'On the Outside, Looking In'
by Carmel Morgan -- November 17, 2007, Down Dog Yoga Studio, Washington, DC
Echo Park Contemporary Ballet made its debut at a Georgetown yoga studio on Saturday, November 17, 2007. Given the unusual venue, the premiere performance was intimate to say the least: the cheerful yellow-walled room was filled to capacity making the dancers only an arm’s length away...

Tsai Jui-yueh Festival
by David Mead -- November 9-11, 2007, Tsai Hui-yueh Studio, Taipei
The history of modern dance in America and Europe is well-documented and widely known. But it is sometimes forgotten that these two continents by no means had a monopoly on the art form. The recent Tsai Jui-yueh Dance Festival in Taipei certainly showed that developments were happening in East Asia too.

Tulsa Ballet - In White: 'Vivace', 'The Concert', 'Bruiser'
by Gretchen Collins -- November 4, 2007, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa, OK
The Oklahoma premier of Jerome Robbins’ “The Concert (Or, The Perils of Everybody)” was long overdue. Fortunately, Tulsa Ballet included it in their fall trilogy entitled “In White.” Also performed were encores of “Vivace” by Tulsa Ballet resident choreographer Val Caniparoli and Stanton Welch’s ever-popular “Bruiser.”

Three Dancers - The Essence of Dance
by Carmel Morgan -- November 12, 2007, The Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC

Jane Franklin Dance presents: 'Dance Sampler'
by Carmel Morgan -- November 10, 2007, Gunston Theater One, Arlington, Virginia

American Ballet Theatre - 'Ballo della Regina', 'Rose Adagio', 'Le Corsaire PdD', 'Fancy Free'
by Katie Rosenfeld-- November 8, 2007, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA

Kings of the Dance
by Catherine Pawlick -- November 2, 2007, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

James Thiérrée - 'Au Revoir Parapluie'
by Ana Abad-Carles -- October 31, 2007, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London

Miami City Ballet - 'Nine Sinatra Songs', 'Agon', 'In the Upper Room'
by Katie Rosenfeld -- October 28, 2007, Zellerbach Auditorium, Berkeley, CA

Miami City Ballet - 'Nine Sinatra Songs', 'Agon', 'In the Upper Room'
by Toba SInger -- October 26, 2007, Zellerbach Auditorium, Berkeley, CA

Dance Umbrella - Andreja Rauch - 'Weavers'
by Annie Wells -- October 25, 2007, Greenwich Dance Agency, London

Carlos Acosta with Guest Artists from the Ballet Nacional de Cuba
by Ana Abad-Carles -- October 23, 2007, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London

Oregon Ballet Theatre - Germanic Lands Program
by Dean Speer -- October 20, 2007, Portland, Oregon

Compañia Nacional de Danza
by Juliet Neidish -- October 18, 2007, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

An Evening of Choreography by Kyra Jean Green
by Carmel Morgan -- October 16, 2007, Millennium Stage, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC

Armitage Gone! Dance
by Becca Hirschman -- October 13, 2007, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Fall for Dance
by Kathy Lee Scott -- October 11-14, 2007, Orange Country Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA

Smuin Ballet - Moving Forward, Looking Back
by Katie Rosenfeld -- October 11, 2007, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

editors' choice

· Dance on Camera Festival & Symposium
January 2 - 19, 2008: Various venues, New York City, NY
Two weeks of dance films, accopmanied by lectures and demonstrations

· Scottish Ballet - 'Sleeping Beauty'
  now through January 26 - Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen & Inverness, Scotland
Ashley Page's new production is Scottish Ballet's 2007-08 holiday offering



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Executive Editor
Kate Snedeker

Executive Editor 2003-2005
Mary Ellen Hunt

Senior and Supervising Editors
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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