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Cloud Dance Festival
Jacksons Lane Theater, London

[new] Friday, 17 July 2009
by Catherine Hooper

A midsummer deluge put no damper on the opening of Cloud Dance Festival. Jacksons Lane hosted the emerging festival, celebrating contemporary dance in all its variety. From street styles to physical theatre, new, emerging and established companies were given the opportunity to showcase their current work.

Another perspective from Michelle Harris

Saturday, 18 July 2009
by Anna Crofts

Jacksons Lane Theatre, a Gothic church conversion, seems a perfect venue for a dance festival, with its intimate theatre space and good value Pimm’s (a gin based drink) which came as a surprise to a South Londoner!

Sunday, 19 July 2009
by Mollie S. McClelland

Cloud Dance Festival for following its stated goal, offered a wide variety of works, from very abstract dance based work, to comedic storytelling from a diverse set of emerging and established choreographers.

American Ballet Theatre

'Sleeping Beauty' and 'Romeo and Juliet'
by Kathy Lee Scott -- July 18, 2009, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California

American Ballet Theatre ended its five-day run on a high note when Paloma Herrera substituted for an injured Gillian Murphy in its "Romeo and Juliet." Danced July 18, 2009, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Music Center, Los Angeles, California, the company captivated the audience throughout the three-act show.


Diana Vishneva
by Jerry Hochman -- June 24, July 3, July 6, 2009, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera House, New York

What does it take to be the best ballerina in the world? I’m not sure I know the answer (and I’m certain I haven’t had the opportunity to see every dancer who might qualify, whatever being the ‘best’ might mean). But for me the answer can be found by weighing a combination of somewhat immeasurable factors (technical and dramatic prowess; objective and subjective impression), together with a warm stage persona, incandescent presence, emotional magnetism compelling enough to make the third wall disappear, and stunning artistic versatility, which together would make me want to go anywhere to see her dance.


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Bytom Festival 2009
by Magdalena Mikrut

On July 5th, for the second time, Bytom market square hosted the All-Polish Street Dance Contest. Many competitors entered the lists for the the prizes donated by the Agora Gallery, which is under construction on Kosciuszko Square. Dancers had prepared sequences in hip-hop and break dance techniques, performed solo or in groups of up to 6 contestants. The participants struggled to win laurels in two age categories in each of the styles: Junior (up to 14 years old) and Senior. The award offered in this challenge was a money prize and a grant for the International Modern Dance Workshops, organised during the International Modern Dance Conference and Performance Festival. The jury consisted of 3 dancer-teachers: Kamil Lipka, Maciej Florek and Wojciech Kogucik.

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Diaghilev's Theatre of Marvels: The Ballets Russes and its Aftermath
by Elizabeth McPherson
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Ballets Russes, “Diaghilev’s Theatre of Marvels: The Ballets Russes and its Aftermath” was curated by Lynn Garafola, noted author of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes..

Venice Biennale 'Degree Zero' - International Colloquium of Contemporary Dance
by Rosella Simonari
This year the dance section of the Venice Biennale has taken a pause and, instead of presenting a festival characterised by numerous performances under a single theme, it has focused on training a group of selected dancers, named the Arsenale Danza project, and on organizing a colloquium to re-think the issues in contemporary dance.

Maximizing Potential/Warding Off Dance Demons - An Interview with "Down Under" Physical Therapist Lisa Howell
by Dean Speer


[new] From Jacob's Pillow - David Roussève/REALITY and Groupe Emile Dubois
by Theodore Bale -- July 18, 2009, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, Massachusetts
The recent performances of David Roussève/REALITY’s “Saudade” and Groupe Emile Dubois’ “Des Gens qui dansent” on the same summer day at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival unleashed an intriguing paradox: research-based performance and choreography, as fragmented and speculative as it might seem, is acceptable from a French ensemble but unwelcome from an American company.

[new] 2009 Local Dance Commissioning Project - Jason Garcia Ignacio with CityDance Ensemble
by Heather Desaulniers -- September 10th, 2009 -- The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Stage, Washington, DC
The Kennedy Center’s 2009 Local Dance Commissioning Project kicked off this week on the Millennium Stage, and this year’s premiere evening featured a rich, diverse program by CityDance Ensemble. One of their incredible dancers, Jason Garcia Ignacio, was the project’s first honoree commissioned to craft an original work, “The Mountain.” Though this debut was clearly the focal point of the evening, it was really the entire CityDance Ensemble that shone.

Trey McIntyre - 'The Sun Road'
by Carmel Morgan -- August 19, 2009, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Filene Center, Vienna, Virginia
“The Sun Road,” a new work by Trey McIntyre that was created during a residency at White Oak Plantation, premiered on August 19, 2009, at Wolf Trap as part of an original commissioned series called “Face of America,” which honors America’s National Parks. This year’s honoree was Glacier National Park in Montana. The performance amounted to a lifetime achievement award ceremony, but for a park, not a person. By and large the feeling was one of reverence for a beloved place and foreboding about its precarious future.

Heidi Latsky Dance - 'GIMP'
by Carmel Morgan -- July 22, 2009, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Stage, Washington, DC
In conjunction with the National Forum on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities, the Kennedy Center, in partnership with the NEA and VSAarts, presented an Alliger Arts and Heidi Latsky Dance production, “GIMP.” The hour-long performance consisted of excerpts from “GIMP,” choreographed and directed by Heidi Latsky; a documentary, “GIMP The Documentary (Work in Process),” directed by Richard Move, which was filmed during a 2008 creative residency at Abrons Art Center in New York City; and a video trailer for “GIMP” edited by Michael Eckblad, which features video footage of the work’s premiere in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2009.

Nicholas Andre Dance
by Cecly Placenti -- July 10, 2009, Dance Theatre Workshop, New York City
If one of Monet's giant Water Lily paintings could come to life, it would move in the form of Nick Ross' choreography. Infused with scientific exactness and the romance of personal artistic reflection, like those famous canvases, Mr. Ross' choreography hints at the illusion of a never-ending journey, creating the refuge of a peaceful meditation in the midst of a chaotic life.

Michael Clark - 'Swan Lack' and 'Thank U Ma'am'
by Rosella Simonari -- 26 June 2009, Teatro alle Tese, Venice
Michael Clark’s new work was the result of a European partnership, comprising barbicanbite09, Dance Umbrella (London), La Biennale di Venezia (Venice) and Dansens Hus (Stockholm) within the ENPARTS project – European Network of Performing Arts – and with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. It was produced by Dance Umbrella, barbicanbite09, Michael Clark Company, Edinburgh International Festival, Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, and Maison des Arts de Créteil.

Dance Theatre Workshop - SummerDanz: Emerging Artists
by Cecly Placenti -- Tuesday July 7, 2009, DTW, New York

Royal Ballet - 'Chroma,' 'A Month in the Country' and 'DGV: Danse À Grand Vitesse'
by Carmel Morgan -- June 23, 2009, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Opera House, Washington, DC

Bolshoi Ballet - 'Le Corsaire'
by Carmel Morgan -- June 17, 2009, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Opera House, Washington, DC

Birmingham Royal Ballet - 'Galanteries,' 'The Dance House' and 'The Dream'
by David Mead -- June 24, 2009, Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, UK

Coming: Rosas, PNB and Matthew Bourne.

editors' choice

· Fall for Dance
Sep 22 - Oct 3, 2009, City Center Mainstage, New York
For ten exhilarating days each year, be a part of the passion, the energy and sheer joy that is dance, from New York City, across the country, and around the globe! Experience the world-famous alongside the cutting-edge, treasured favorites surrounded by undiscovered gems. Multiple companies appear in each performance, offering audiences a sampling of the best that dance has to offer – from contemporary to capoeira, ballet to modern , tap to tango!

· Tempo Dance Festival - Under the Influence
Oct 14 - 17, 2009, Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber, Auckland Central
In association with STAMP at THE EDGE®, 2009 New Zealand Hip Hop Champions TMC Dance Crew delivers Under the Influence, a hot new work that narrates the evolution of a group of dancers from different upbringings and cultures bound by a sense of humour, a fascination for video games and a passion for music and dance.



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