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Summer 2009
in this issue
[updated regulary -- November 1, 2009]

[new] Pacific Northwest Ballet
Peter Boal Artistic Director

by Dean Speer -- September 7, 2009, Bagley Wright Theatre, Seattle

Four contemporary works selected by Artistic Director Peter Boal represented PNB's modern side. From the male solo "Mopey" with the amazing James Moore to a French style punch-gestured balcony scene from a new "Romeo and Juliette" to a group of women worshipping on a hot muggy day in the Deep South to a spiffy new duet for two men.

Maillot's 'Roméo et Juliette'
by M. Geoffery D'Onofrio -- September 24 -October 4, 2009, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle

...when Jean-Christophe Maillot’s choreography for this ballet is considered and reflected upon in whole, whether or not one has for one’s reference the almost sublime choreography of Kenneth MacMillan for the same ballet, one’s better artistic sensibilities cannot, I think, fail to notice the patent incongruity of Maillot’s choreography with Prokofiev’s graceful and emotive score.

Coming: another perspective


by David Mead -- September 11, 2009, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London

While minimalist is probably the last word that would describe “Zeitung”, in many ways this second London presentation by Rosas was as much about tensions as the first. Here though, De Keersmaeker and pianist Alain Franco went in search of the unstable combination between music and dance, choreography and improvisation, and romance and disillusion.


'Rosas Danst Rosas'
by David Mead -- September 11, 2009, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London

In 1983, “Rosas danst Rosas” saw the arrival of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker as a choreographer of true international status. Now in its third stage production, besides the two filmed versions, it remains a contemporary dance classic that is both stunningly simple, yet incredibly complex.


Cloud Dance Festival
Jacksons Lane Theater, London

Friday, 17 July 2009
by Catherine Hooper

Another perspective from Michelle Harris

Saturday, 18 July 2009
by Anna Crofts

Sunday, 19 July 2009
by Mollie S. McClelland

Forums Flashes
Direct from the CD forum...

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.


[new] Emio Greco | PC -- '[purgatorio] POPOPERA'
by Heather Desaulniers -- September 25, 2009, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland
I am not a literary scholar. Yet, I was about to see Emio Greco | PC’s “[purgatorio] POPOPERA,” a work that had drawn inspiration from Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” I felt competent to survey it from a movement perspective, but the literary component was uncharted and somewhat uncomfortable territory. Not being familiar with the epic poem, I did some last minute cramming, which provided the narrative story, main characters and thematic purpose. So, with what I hoped was the general gist under my belt, I ventured to the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

[new] 'above under inbetween,' choreography by Willi Dorner
by Heather Desaulniers -- September 15, 2009, Embassy of Austria, Washington, DC
On September 15th, the Embassy of Austria presented Willi Dorner’s “above under inbetween,” an ode to the original post-modern work of the Judson Dance Theater. It renewed my faith that old-fashioned post-modernism (perhaps in itself a contradiction in terms) is alive and well in present day choreography. “above under inbetween” took the sine qua non out of the post-modern handbook and struggled to blur the line between life and art. Some of the attempts at this goal were incredibly successful and some were suspect.

New Adventures presents Matthew Bourne's 'Dorian Gray'
by Cathy Scott -- September 16, 2009, Curve, Leicester
The Oscar Wilde classic “Dorian Gray” has caused quite a stir recently, with the release of a new film version and a national tour of British choreographer Matthew Bourne’s interpretation that included a visit to Leicester. The original story revolves around Dorian, who begins as a shy and curious character. He meets Basil Hallward, a gentleman who has Dorian’s best interests at heart, and becomes infatuated with him.

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.

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

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

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

Coming: Scottish Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Ink Boat Dance

editors' choice

· Boston Ballet's 'World Passions'
Oct 22 - Nov 1, 2009, Boston
An evening of variety and innovation by four international choreographers, World Passions will please audiences with its contrasts and display the versatility of the company.

· CODA festival 2009
Oct 9 - 24, 2009, Oslo
This year’s festival will present a comprehensive programme with performances from Canada, Japan, Sweden, USA, France, Finland, UK, the Netherlands, among others.



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