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David Mead
MOVE IT, London’s four-day dance exhibition may now be in its sixth year, but for various reasons I had never managed to get there. If I’m being honest there was also a part of me that had studiously avoided it. I sort of figured that it probably didn’t have too much to offer someone more
interested in ballet and contemporary dance rather than what one might call the more commercial entertainment side of the artform.  This year there were no excuses though.

A Month In Taipei
by David Mead
When it comes to Taiwanese dance, it’s generally Lin Hwai-min’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre that comes to mind. Quite rightly widely acclaimed, they are very much the international face of dance from the island. But Cloud Gate is but one aspect of a very diverse dance scene, especially in Taipei, a city that always seems to be buzzing with activity. The last few weeks of 2010 were no exception.
Lin’s latest production, “Water Stains on the Wall,” got the lead up to Christmas off to a cracking start. “Water Stains” is Lin in pure dance mode. It mostly happens on a specially constructed raked stage that drops four feet from back to front. That slope not only gives a somewhat unusual perspective to the dance but also ensures the whole audience can see the shadowy projections that appear on it.


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San Francisco Ballet - Programs 6 and 7
"I saw programs 6 and 7 this weekend, and was disappointed. Program 6 starts with Wheeldon's Ghosts, continues with Helgi's 7 for 8, and concludes with McGregor's Chroma (which was the main reason why I saw this program). Ghosts seems like a typical Wheeldon ballet: full of clever, well-crafted choreography and some really novel moments, but is soulless and ultimately says nothing. A lot of promise, but no satisfaction. I really liked the slightly unfurling kinetic sculture on stage, and I wish he'd done more with it.

"Erik Bruhn Prize Competition 2011
"It few weeks, it will have been twenty-five years since the untimely death of the brilliant Danish dancer Erik Bruhn. However, his memory shines on brightly in the performances of the young dancers who have had the honor of competing for the prize established through a bequest in his will and bearing his name. In this, the ninth competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize, Maria Baranova of the Hamburg Ballet and Joseph Gorak of the American Ballet Theatre were the winners of the performance awards, while the Stuttgart Ballet's Demis Volpi received the choreographic award. This is the first time a dancer from the Hamburg Ballet has won one of the Erik Bruhn Awards."

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