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Feb 2009
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Merce Cunningham
Dance Company

'eyeSpace,' 'Crises' and 'Xover'
by Carmel Morgan - December 12, 2008, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater, Washington, DC

In a span of less than nine months, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company has appeared twice in Washington, DC. In March 2008, the company performed three works, including the 2007 piece “eyeSpace” at DC’s new Sidney Harman Hall.

'eyeSpace (2007)'
by Heather Desaulniers - November 14th, 2008, Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berkeley
The incorporation of chance procedures into finished choreography is fascinating. In classical ballet, virtually nothing is left to chance and dancers are typically discouraged from making choreographic decisions or contributions.

'Craneway Event'
by Heather Desaulniers - November 9th, 2008, Craneway Pavilion, Ford Point, Richmond, California
Merce Cunningham is a conceptual genius. Concepts are his thing; his talent and intellect in this arena unrivalled. He summons ideas and is able to develop them choreographically, offering a complex consciousness to the audience. The result is ripe with intensity and honesty, having been diligently examined and investigated through his process.

ENB's 'Manon'

A Review by David Mead
by David Mead - January 2, 2009, London Coliseum

English National Ballet’s staging of Kenneth MacMillan’s sweeping story of the rise and fall of Manon, an 18th-century Parisian courtesan, has given long-time principal dancers Thomas Edur and Agnes Oaks the chance to take time away from the company’s regular diet of the classics, and get their teeth into something rather more down to earth.

A Second opinion by Melissa M. Watson
by Melissa M. Watson - January 3, 2009, London Coliseum

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National Ballet of Canada - Winter 2008
by Writer

February 9, 2009... Principal Dancer Chan Hon Goh will retire in June 2009 after 20 years with The National Ballet of Canada. "Chan has given us 20 years of beautiful and memorable performances at the National Ballet. Not only has she had a stellar career, she is a wonderfully kind and generous colleague with a professional etiquette and is a great model for young dancers," says Karen Kain, Artistic Director.

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Many Tools, One Toolbox: An Introduction
by Liz Lerman, Founder and Artistic Director of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
I was raised classically. Early on I learned to enjoy the rigors of a world that values line and form, to admire a concept of beauty as an ideal that can lie apart from an object or a person. I learned to devote myself to craft and to time spent preparing. But as I trained within classical systems, I came to see that some thing or some purpose was missing.

One Franc, Seventeen: A Tribute to Rosella Hightower
by Dean Speer

The long line at the Cannes post office stretched far behind me. I’d earlier walked down the ancient, narrow and crowded street from ballet boarding school to pick up some aerogrammes and stamps.


New York City Ballet - 'Coppélia'
by Elizabeth McPherson -- January 7, 2009, New York State Theatre, New York
From the exquisite performance of Megan Fairchild as Swanilda to the endearingly enthusiastic children in Act III, New York City Ballet’s performance of “Coppélia” on January 7, 2009 was simply and absolutely charming. Originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon in 1870, “Coppélia” was revised in 1884 by Marius Petipa with further revisions by Lev Ivanov and Enrico Cecchetti in 1894. It was this latter version that George Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova were familiar with from their student days in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the 1940s, Danillova was acclaimed for her performance as Swanilda with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Balanchine and Danilova collaborated to stage and choreograph the version for NYCB, which premiered in 1974 and is in current repertoire.

National Ballet of Canada - 'The Seagull'
by Kate Snedeker -- November 14, 2008, Four Seasons Centre, Toronto
It’s not every night at the ballet that you need a flowchart of relationships to keep the story straight. Then again when you combine Chekov and Neumeier, the result is far from ordinary. Chekov’s “The Seagull” is perfect source of inspiration for John Neumeier whose streamlined and emotive production translates the classic play into the ballet world. Drawing from his own experience in crafting characters and from an eclectic score ranging from Tchaikovsky to Evelyn Glennnie, Neumeier has created a ballet that brings the emotion of the play to the balletic stage.

Birmingham Royal Ballet - 'The Nutcracker'
by David Mead -- December 4, 2008, Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, UK

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana - 'Navidad Flamenca'
by Carmel Morgan -- November 30, 2008, Music Center at Strathmore, Bethesda, Maryland

San Francisco Ballet - 'Giselle'
by Carmel Morgan -- November 28, 2008, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Opera House, Washington, DC

editors' choice

· Vancouver International Dance Festival, March 3-April 4, 2009
March 3-April 4, 2009 -- Various venues, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The Vancouver International Dance Festival Society and Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad present a diverse roster of local, national and international dance artists.

· Mariinsky International Ballet Festival
March 14-22, 2009 - Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
The festival will feature international ballet stars from around the world.



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