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 Post subject: Re: Australia's Olympics Arts Fest: Dance
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2000 1:59 pm 
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I’m glad my newsletter drew some people’s attention to Sydney’s dance happenings. I hoped to help readers become as focused on the dance scene in Sydney -and eventually, around Australia- as they often are on New York, if only for a brief moment in time. Why? I’d like to think I’m not missing out on too much by leaving New York City Image<P>The Olympic Arts Festival is certainly interesting. So far I’ve been to both Cloud Gate productions, “Nine Songs” and "Moon Water.” I’ve seen DV8 in Lloyd Newson’s “Can We Afford This”, Bill T. Jones’ “You Walk,” Pina Bausch’s “Masurca Fogo,” Graeme Murphy’s (Sydney Dance Company) “Mythologia” and the Flying Fruit Fly Circus’ media call. And it doesn’t stop there; I look forward to seeing the Australian Ballet next week. <P>Oh, I do wish Sydney could remain home to such a large array of dance performances! Sadly though, dance doesn’t have an enormous following here. Weeks before the festival began I paid $83+ for my family to join me at performances. Now, after the premiere fever has died down, special offers are going for people to see two shows by visiting troupes for just $60. So far, it appears the most popular show has been home grown troupe, Sydney Dance Company. I suspect Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Australian Ballet will also remain at the top of viewers’ lists as “must see.” I guess Olympic Festival Organizers had hoped for more visitors to Sydney, but the city isn’t exactly buzzing with Olympic fever yet. <P>In other words, us Sydney-siders welcome all interested and even the half-hearted to Sydney in support of dance. Remember, you only need to pay close to a third of the going price for tickets! It’s just a pity you’ve missed one of the highlights, Cloud Gate Image<BR><P>------------------<BR>[This message has been edited by Jennifer]<BR>

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 Post subject: Re: Australia's Olympics Arts Fest: Dance
PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2000 5:41 pm 
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about the visit of pina bausch - and about bausch and her dancers:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.smh.com.au:80/news/0008/31/text/features13.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.smh.com.au:80/news/0008/31/text/features13.html</A> <P>jennifer, you may be interested to know that the WA performing arts academy has labanotator ray cook (from new york, i believe) coming for 6 weeks in november to teach part of his score of lin hwai-min's legacy work to students. two other sections of the work are to be taught to students at other dance colleges within asia, with a 3-camera live linkup in the rehearsal studio being used to enable the choreographer to check the product, prior to all three dancer-groups meeting in seoul to perform it in 2002, at the world dance alliance congres. (now, i might have confused the odd name there - it might be another conference, i'll check..but that's the gist of it) - interesting and bold initiative (of nanette hassall), eh? Image

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 Post subject: Re: Australia's Olympics Arts Fest: Dance
PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2000 8:24 pm 
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Don't forget everyone to read "Excuse me I am not a sausage machine...", an interview of Graeme Murphy, AD of the Sydney Dance Company:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.criticaldance.com/interviews/gmurphy000816.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.criticaldance.com/interviews/gmurphy000816.html</A> <P><BR>Also, this company will be visiting the US this fall.


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 Post subject: Re: Australia's Olympics Arts Fest: Dance
PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2000 5:14 pm 
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<A HREF="http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000366.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000366.html</A> <P>is where you'll find a most provoctive review of the australian ballet's olympics arts fest 'trilogy' program (kylian/forsythe/tharp), by simone clifford. -definitely worth a read - especially if you live in san francisco, and/or if you like forsythe's 'vertiginous thrill'! Image

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 Post subject: Re: Australia's Olympics Arts Fest: Dance
PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2000 5:12 pm 
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surprised no-one got worked up over clifford's review - wish i had seen the work...<P>anyway, here is a little article about a 12 year old miami girl going to the olympics arts fest with an american (afro-american presumably) liturgical dance ensemble from cleveland.<P>(p.s. 'investigative journalism' this is NOT Image )

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 Post subject: Re: Australia's Olympics Arts Fest: Dance
PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2000 5:30 pm 
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pina bausch review - good for a laugh - or not Image ...:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.smh.com.au:80/news/0009/06/text/features9.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.smh.com.au:80/news/0009/06/text/features9.html</A> <BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>My anger comes from the excitement for this overseas work and Sydney's neglect of Australian choreographers such as Meryl Tankard. Sydney has not seen her inventive, funny and beautiful Aurora (invited overseas) and Furioso played a brief, under-publicised season to small houses in Parramatta. <P>Why was she not asked to create an Australian work at this time when, as we're told, the eyes of the world are on us - Australians. Furioso could have been remounted.<P>It has all the right cultural cringe qualifications - seasons in New York and London - that probably earn it the right<BR>to be performed in her hometown. And I'm sure Mythologia could have coped with the competition. <P>Yet we all go to the huge Capitol Theatre to witness supposed greatness from Goddess Wuppertal. I'm sure she has created greatness in the past, but it wasn't there last Wednesday. <P>Strike a blow against cultural cringe - proclaim Masurca Fogo second-rate Bausch.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>for discussion of this review, please go to<BR> <A HREF="http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum5/HTML/000228.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum5/HTML/000228.html</A>

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 Post subject: Re: Australia's Olympics Arts Fest: Dance
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2000 5:57 pm 
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jill sykes review of the AB trilogy program which includes guillem in 'bolero' (this review also appears in the guillem thread in BALLET):<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Prima ballerina Sylvie Guillem and her star vehicle, Maurice Bejart's Bolero, brought the Australian Ballet's<BR>Trilogy program to a climax on Friday night, rousing the audience to its feet.<BR><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <A HREF="http://www.smh.com.au:80/news/0009/11/text/features5.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.smh.com.au:80/news/0009/11/text/features5.html</A>

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 Post subject: Re: Australia's Olympics Arts Fest: Dance
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2000 3:24 pm 
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smh (jill sykes') review of bangarra:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>There are many poignant images in Skin, Bangarra Dance Theatre's new double bill for the Olympic Arts Festival. Some are specifically concerned with Australia's indigenous people; others start there but broaden into universal themes. Childbirth, for instance, is a pivotal topic in Shelter, the women's dance work that begins the program. - - -<P>The powerful presence of Djakapurra Munyarryun appears to make a play for a calm return to traditional values. And in the<BR>end there is hope, in the form of a child, that the future of Australia's indigenous people will be better. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <A HREF="http://www.smh.com.au:80/news/0009/21/text/features5.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.smh.com.au:80/news/0009/21/text/features5.html</A>

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 Post subject: Re: Australia's Olympics Arts Fest: Dance
PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2000 6:18 am 
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Asian nations, which are surpassing their previous<BR> performances at the Olympics, are also scoring in the cultural arena at one<BR> of the world's largest arts extravaganzas. <P> From Japanese animated films to priceless Korean porcelains and Chinese<BR> dancers on roller skates, Asia looms large at the Olympic Arts Festival. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <A HREF="http://www.foxsports.com:80/wires/pages/08/spt147108.sml" TARGET=_blank>http://www.foxsports.com:80/wires/pages/08/spt147108.sml</A>

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 Post subject: Re: Australia's Olympics Arts Fest: Dance
PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2000 6:10 pm 
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overview of olympics arts fest - not 'just' dance -<BR> <A HREF="http://www.accessatlanta.com:80/partners/ajc/epaper/editions/monday/sports_93ecfe7c631060480061.html" TARGET=_blank>Atlanta's view of Arts Fest</A><P>and a personal note from a friend in sydney:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Sydney is fun! It's as though the state has sanctioned a two week holiday. Though it is packed in the tourist areas, it's quiet everywhere else.<P>Circular Quay is just teeming with tourists, and the live sites are really terrific, with everyone cheering. <P>Lots of people have joined the fun and there are flags of all countries hanging from windows and balconies. The rings on the bridge look magnificent. - Karen<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <p>[This message has been edited by grace (edited September 26, 2000).]

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 Post subject: Re: Australia's Olympics Arts Fest: Dance
PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2000 2:44 pm 
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a slightly odd piece about australian women, which somehow came up in my dance search today:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>more than carrying their weight at the outstanding Olympic arts program thanks to the Australian Ballet, the Australian Opera, the Bangarra Dance Company, the Sydney Dance Company, the artistic drive of conductor Simone Young and choreographer Meryl Tankard, the performances of Angie Milliken and Helen Buday, and those wild Fruit Flies.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <A HREF="http://www.smh.com.au:80/news/0009/27/text/features10.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.smh.com.au:80/news/0009/27/text/features10.html</A>

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 Post subject: Re: Australia's Olympics Arts Fest: Dance
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2000 3:59 pm 
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warm weather blamed for low attendances at AB arts fest performances, but company still makes budget:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.smh.com.au:80/news/0010/03/text/features16.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.smh.com.au:80/news/0010/03/text/features16.html</A>

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 Post subject: Re: Australia's Olympics Arts Fest: Dance
PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2000 9:23 pm 
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>One-off large-scale events were the hit of the Olympic Arts Festival in box-office terms - - - Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and French ballerina Sylvie Guillem awarded gold medals for their box-office<BR>performances. - - -<P>The Sydney Dance Company's season of Mythologia attracted healthy audiences, largely due to the SDC's own skilful marketing campaign - - -<P>Competition between individual productions within the same art form was most evident in the dance program.<BR>While the Australian Ballet's Capitol season did exceptionally well, its subsequent stint at the Opera House<BR>during the Olympic Games fared poorly. Pina Bausch struggled to fill the 2,000-seat Capitol, and Cloudgate's<BR>respectable audiences at Her Majesty's looked impressive compared to the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane turn-out.<BR>The latter proved to be OAF's biggest artistic disappointment, as well.<P>Ticket prices appeared to be a major issue in the festival's theatre program. After a sudden change of venue, sales to DV8 only picked up once reviews appeared and student discounts were introduced on the $83 tickets.<BR><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <A HREF="http://www.smh.com.au:80/news/0010/06/text/features11.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.smh.com.au:80/news/0010/06/text/features11.html</A> <P>just for the record, and for those overseas who cannot compare australian dollar prices, let me tell you $83 for a company like DV8 is SO expensive as to be almost beyond belief - put it this way: if it hadn't been for the olympics, they wouldn't have sold ONE ticket at that price.....

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