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Dean Speer Remembers...

Margot Fonteyn at Cornish
by Dean Speer

We were never more excited and thrilled than the time the great Margot Fonteyn came to Cornish to rehearse during a tour she was undertaking with the New London Ballet. She appeared in two pas de deux with David Wall: The Balcony Scene from Kenneth MacMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and the Grand pas de deux from Act III of “Sleeping Beauty” – two roles with which she was closely identified.
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Forums Flashes
Direct from the CD forum...

Why are audience reactions so different?
by Saratoga

A critical dance poster muses about differing audience reactions to the same performance. 

"I saw SFB perform Robbins In the Night last year and the third couple, Sarah Van Patten and Pierre-François Vilanoba, had the audience almost in tears. I read a review of SFB's performance of the same ballet in New York and the third couple, Lorena Feijoo and Pierre-François Vilanoba, had the audience laughing out loud.

How is it that the same piece can elicit such drastically different responses from an audience? Obviously there's something different about the dancer's interpretation, but can it be so different to elicit tears one evening and laughter the next?"

The more I learn about this art form the less I seem to understand."

We're interested in your thoughts and musings on this topic! To contribute to this discussion, click here

 

2008 Adeline Genee Competition - Final Report
by Jennifer Leake
It’s a good year for Aaron Smyth, taught by Joy Ransley and Diane Talbot, of Queensland. He had just left the finals of the McDonald’s Scholarship in Sydney, Australia, where he missed out on first and second prize two years running, but was awarded a special $5,000 encouragement award to help him with the expense of attending the Genée...
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An Interview with Pilobolus' Robbie Barnett
by Dennis Coleman

Earlier this year, Adelaide -- boutique festival city -- was selected as the debut launching pad for the brilliant, almost life-changing performance of the Pilobolus Dance Company in Australia… To further explore the concepts and ideology behind the performance and company, I interviewed Robbie Barnett soon after the performance. He was in the middle of finishing a new work the great American puppeteer Basil Twist...
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reviews

Mariinsky Ballet - 2008-2009 Season Opener
by Catherine Pawlick -- September 25, 2008, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia
By all typical measures, the September 25th opening of the ballet season might be considered unremarkable. With two ballets that had last been performed on separate evenings in July – “Serenade”, followed by “Symphony in C” – at first glance, the program, at least, seemed to be repetitive. But anyone who drew that conclusion based on the evening’s playbill would have been greatly mistaken.
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Downtown Dance Festival
by Elisabeth McPherson -- August 20, 2008, Chase Plaza, New York City
From August 16-24, over thirty dance companies performed in three downtown New York City locations as part of the Downtown Dance Festival 2008. Now in its 27th year, the festival was established by Battery Dance Company... Highlights of the program on August 20 were performances by Battleworks Dance Company & Naomi Goldberg Haas/Dances for a Variable Population.
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American Ballet Theatre II - 'Mixed Bill'
by Kathy Lee Scott -- September 19, 2008, Cerritos Performing Arts Center, Cerritos, California

Liz Lerman Dance Exchange - 'Cassie Meador's 'Drift''
by Carmel Morgan -- September 19, 2008, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Stage, Washington, DC

Etagi ArtProject Center- Catching Up With the West
by Catherine Pawlick -- September 14, 2008, Ligovsky Prospect, St. Petersburg, Russia

VTDance - 'Prelude/Frustration in a Martini' and 'Witness'
by Carmel Morgan -- September 12, 2008, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Stage, Washington, DC

Karen Reedy Dances - 'Path of Attraction', 'Descending', 'Sleepwalking'
by Carmel Morgan -- September 4, 2008, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Stage, Washington, DC

Pacific Northwest Ballet - Bumbershoot Arts Festival
by Dean Speer-- September 1, 2008, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, CA

Maina Gielgud - 'The Exquisite Hour'
by Jennifer Leake -- September 2008, Sydney, Australia

Media City Ballet - Aram Khachaturian, The Composer and His Ballets
by Kathy Lee Scott -- August 16, 2008, Alex Theatre, Glendale, California

St. Birgitta Festival 2008
by Stuart Sweeney -- August 2008, Tallinn, Estonia

editors' choice

· A Celebration of 10 Years at Sadler's Wells
Nov 3, 2008 - Sadler's Wells, London
Sadler’s Wells celebrates the new theatre’s tenth birthday this year with artists and companies who have shaped the theatre’s artistic identity over the last decade.

· NRW International Dance Festival 2008
Nov 7 - 30, 2008 - Dusseldorf, Essen and Wuppertal
Pina Bausch hosts and presents artists from around the world, including Kahekili of Hawaii, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre from Taiwan, Sylvie Guillem, LIN Hwai-min, Louise Lecavalier and Eva Yerbabuena.

 


 

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Executive Editor 2003-2005
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