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The Eighth Annual
Mariinsky Festival

By Catherine Pawlick
Mariinsky Theatre
St. Petersburg, Russia

Opening Night
March 13, 2008

Opening night of the Eighth Annual International Mariinsky Festival provided a cozy retreat from drizzle and near-freezing temperatures in chilly St. Petersburg this time of year.

"Swan Lake" with Murphy & Fadeev
March 17, 2008

The arguably intriguing arrangement of six sequential “Swan Lakes” during this year's Mariinsky Festival began on Saturday night when Mariinsky principal dancer Diana Vishneva appeared alongside Igor Kolb who replaced the initially advertised Herve Moreau of the Paris Opera Ballet.

"Swan Lake" with Rojo & Kolb
March 20, 2008

On Thursday, the Mariinsky Theatre experienced a treat when the Royal Ballet's celebrated Tamara Rojo joined Igor Kolb in the fifth “Swan Lake” of this festival.

Compañia Nacional
de Danza
Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco

'Gilded Goldbergs,' 'Gnawa,' and 'Por Vos Muero'
by Annie Berger -- Feb 23, 2008
Nacho Duato's distinctive European dance company, Compañia Nacional de Danza, made its San Francisco debut February 20 th through the 24 th at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The company's athleticism, energy, and outstanding technique sparked an enthusiastic response from much of the sold out house.

'White Darkness,' 'Castrati,' and 'Rassemblement'
by Becca Hirschman -- Feb 20, 2008

San Francisco houses numerous dance companies, but we don't have anything quite like Compañía Nacional de Danza. Led by artistic director and choreographer Nacho Duato, the company's amazingly talented dancers hail from all over the world and what they brought to the Yerba Buena stage last night was something I've never experienced.

Forum Flash
Royal Danish Ballet Diary

Kate Snedeker reports from Copenhagen: March 25 - April 13, 2008
The Royal Danish Ballet has bid farewell to one of their greatest dancers, and bid welcome to their next artistic director. It's fair to say that while this was his last dancing performance, Nikolaj Hübbe's proper farewell to the stage was several months ago in New York City. This evening was more of a welcome - a warm greeting to the next artistic director...

With Silja Schandorff as his Sylphide, and Sorella Englund returning to be his Madge, Nikolaj Hübbe took to the stage for the final time as a dancer. When he returns to the stage, it will be - at long last - as director of the company where he trained, danced and taught.it was the emotion that counted

read more here...


Miranda Weese
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin
I started dancing at the age of five at the recommendation of our family's doctor - as I was severely knock-kneed - who suggested that I try dance as a means to strengthen my legs. I began in combination classes - and I didn't like it! Two years later, our studio got a new teacher who started ballet, and I loved it.

Byron McKim's DVD Series: Dancing with Spirit
Review by Thea Nerissa Barnes

In 2007, Bryon McKim's Soaring Heart Pictures in association with Bravo! developed Dancing with Spirit, a series of six thirty minute dance pieces filmed on various locations in North America using Aboriginal ritual, mythology and traditional native stories .


Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion
by Kathy Lee Scott -- Feb 13, 2008, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, Califorinia
For those expecting traditional dance, the evening featuring Kirov Ballet's principal dancer Diana Vishneva would disappoint. The Beauty in Motion program on Feb. 13 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center highlighted three choreographers using ballet dancers in modern lingo.

Peggy Baker Dance Projects: Silent Light - "Portal"
by Penelope Ford -- Mar 6, 2008, Betty Oliphant Theatre, Toronto
There are many reasons that the choreographer might chose to create and perform a solo work; a returning to home, as one's own body is the natural beginning for a choreographer's experimentation; for the sake of clarity of one's ideas, since solo work requires neither translation onto another body, nor to take root in another's mind.

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Simply Jazz
by David Mead -- Feb 29th, 2008, Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, UK
In many ways the title "Simply Jazz" doesn't really do justice to David Bintley's latest programme of jazz ballets. Jazz it might be, but simple it certainly isn't. Bintley has long had a love of jazz music, inherited in part from his father, who had a huge jazz collection and played in a jazz band that sometimes used to rehearse in their lounge.

New York City Ballet in London - 'Carousel (A Dance)', 'Zakouski', 'In Vento', 'Russian Seasons'
by David Mead -- Mar 18, 2008, London Coliseum, London

CityDance Ensemble: Shakespeare's Sonnets - 'So Foul a Lie,' 'Falling,' 'Broken Prayers,' 'On a Train Heading South'
by Carmel Morgan -- Mar 7, 2008, The Lansburgh Theatre, Washington, DC

'Place(d)' - Choreography, costumes, and artistic direction by Ryan Nicole Chrisman
by Carmel Morgan -- Mar 6, 2008, Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Nathantrice/RITUALS Dance Theatre - 'The Space Between Us'
by Elizabeth McPherson -- Feb 28, 2008, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, The Ailey Citigroup Theatre, New York

St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre - 'Swan Lake'
by Kate Snedeker -- Feb 14, 2008 -- Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland

Birmingham Royal Ballet - 'Swan Lake'
by David Mead -- Feb 19, 2008, Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, UK

State Ballet of Georgia - 'Chaconne,' 'Duo Concertant,' 'Bizet Variations' and 'Sagalobeli'
by Toba Singer -- Feb 14, 2008, Cal Performances, Zellerbach Auditorium, Berkeley, California

Company Ea Sola - 'Drought and Rain, Vol. 2'
by Becca Hirschman -- Feb 6, 2008, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

editors' choice

· Pacific Northwest Ballet's Spring Dance Festival
April 17–20, 2008, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle
Ballet and comedy collide in two mixed bills (Program A & B) of Laugh-Out-Loud premieres, plus a special Best of the Fest performance followed by a terrific Backstage Bash party.

· CanAsian Dance Festival
May 1 - 3, 2008, Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
The 2008 CanAsian International Dance Festival, a celebration of outstanding dance and music that ranges from traditional to cutting edge contemporary.



For ballet-dance magazine

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, Elizabeth McPherson

Focus Editor
Elizabeth McPherson

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