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Student Performances

London Contemporary Dance School Graduation Performance
by David Mead

Early July is an exciting time at The Place, as students take part in a series of graduation performances. Highlights of the 2008 shows were new works from London Contemporary Dance School alumni Kim Brandstrup and Martin Lawrance, a new piece by Marc Brew, and a reworking of Hofesh Shechter's “Cult,” originally commissioned by The Place for the 2004 Place Prize.

Pacific Northwest Ballet School
by Dean Speer


Reminiscing with Dean Speer...

Tutu Smuggling
by Dean Speer

Before the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), anytime I wanted my Washington State students to audition for Canadian ballet schools in order to be considered for their Summer programs, we had to go to Canada for these auditions, as Canadian ballet schools were not allowed to audition in the states.

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First Glimpses of Corella Ballet
by Carolina and others

The weather was awful, it was raining a lot on Friday afternoon and nobody expected that the performance would take place but as it stopped, everybody, including the dancers with Ángel at their head started throwing away the water and drying the site. The show began more that an hour after schedule in a very, very, cold night, so it was nearly 24:00 h.

But there was great expectation to see what this brand new company looked like after so few time rehearsing together... We knew about the high quality of some principals, and even some corps members, but the whole company really looked very compact, very settled and they succeeded in the three choreographies with great command.

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Royal Danish Ballet soloist Diana Cuni
by Kate Snedeker
In recent years, Royal Danish Ballet soloist Diani Cuni has earned critical praise for her performances in a wide range of ballets from the company's signature Bournonville repertoire, to classical ballets such as "Don Quixote" and contemporary pieces like "Colour of Love".

Working with Pina
by Ernesta Corvina

In 2007 I began to serve as a ballet master for Pina Bausch/Tanztheater Wuppertal. For me, working with Pina represents the continuation of a lineage born of the connection between Kurt Jooss and my father, Alfredo Corvino.


Synetic Theatre - 'Carmen'
by Morgan -- June 14, 2008, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Family Theater, Washington, DC
Led by Artistic Director (Paata Tsikurishvili), Washington DC’s Synetic Theater, whose name blends the words “synthesis” and “kinetic,” tells stories by fusing music, mime, drama, and dance. Its final production of the 2007-2008 season was “Carmen.” To do “Carmen” Synetic-Theater style, you take a woman in a black bustier and ruffled skirt, hand her a red flower, give her a jealous jilted lover, and make her dance in a cage.

Kirov Ballet - Balanchine Program
by Catherine Pawlick -- July 17, 2008, Mariinksy Theatre, St. Petersburg

Paradigm Dance Company
by Elizabeth McPherson -- July 9, 2008, Dance Theatre Workshop, New York City

Eifman Ballet - 'Brothers Karamazov'
by Catherine Pawlick -- July 12, 2008, Alexandrinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

American Dance Festival - 'Varone and Brown'
by Renée E. D'Aoust -- July 7, Reynolds Industries Theater, Durham, North Carolina

Birmingham Royal Ballet - 'Giselle'
by David Mead -- June 27, 2008, Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, UK

Royal Ballet - 'Dances at a Gathering' Triple Bill
by Ana Abad-Carles -- June 9, 2008, Covent Garden, London, UK

Pacific Northwest Ballet - '8 Encores'
by Dean Speer -- June 8, 2008, McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington, USA


editors' choice

· Fall for Dance Festival
Sep 17 - 27, 2008, City Center, New York City
Multiple companies from around the world appear in each performance, offering audiences a sampling of the best that dance has to offer – from hip hop to ballet, tango to tap, and so much more.

· Edinburgh International Festival
Aug 8 - 31, 2008, Edinburgh
Matthew Bourne's "Dorian Gray," the State Ballet of Georgia, Batsheva Dance Company a Steve Reich evening are among the highlights of this annual festival.



For ballet-dance magazine

Executive Editor
Kate Snedeker

Executive Editor 2003-2005
Mary Ellen Hunt

Focus Editor
Elizabeth McPherson

Senior and Supervising Editors
Lori Ibay, Holly Messitt, Azlan Ezaddin

Associate Editors & Compositors
Katie Rosenfeld, Dean Speer, Francis Timlin, Toba Singer, Lisa Claybaugh, Elizabeth McPherson, Mike Wyne

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