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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh International Festival 2005
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 3:43 am 
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by KELLY APTER
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This was not the first time Scottish Ballet and the Festival had sat round a table since 1985. In the midst of the 20-year hiatus, McMaster had pencilled the company into the Festival programme once before. Galina Samsova, whose tenure as artistic director lasted most of the 1990s, had found a project both she and McMaster were passionate about, but Samsova’s sudden resignation in 1997 saw the plans abruptly shelved.
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Festival where whimsical meets wonderful
By ANNA MILLAR for Scotland on Sunday

WHILE the combined kudos of our national companies - Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet - may dominate the headlines this week, Edinburgh’s International Festival has raised the bar throughout this year’s programme, with an eclectic mix of cutting edge national and international works.

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Spotlight turns on Festival's lost £500,000
TIM CORNWELL in the Scotsman

The number of tickets the EIF sold last year held steady, but their average price fell. In addition, The Hub closed for six weeks for refurbishment, and an accounting change meant one month’s income was dropped from the figures. The Festival says it is confident the centre will break even this year.
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Tickets for International Festival to go on sale
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Organisers are advising customers to queue early at the Festival Box Office at the Hub on Castlehill for tickets for the opening concert and the closing fireworks, which always sell out quickly.
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Record ticket rush for city's festivals
by KATIE EMSLIE for the Edinburgh Evening News

TICKET sales for this year's summer festivals have hit record levels, with many events already sold out or on course to do so.

Ticket sales for this year's International Festival are 14 per cent up on last year as theatre and dance fans snap up briefs for the most sought-after productions.

published: July 6, 2005
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Best in show
From The Guardian


It's the biggest arts festival in the world - and this year Edinburgh has it all. From Korean gangsters to an erotic take on Anne of Green Gables, our critics present the 50 unmissable plays, concerts, gigs and films. Here's the dance related shows:

5 Arthur Smith's Swan Lake (emphasis on the "related" one suspects)
8 Scottish Ballet
29 Sleep ... Less ... Ness
37 Tango Fire
40 Pennsylvania Ballet
43 Dutch National Ballet

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The Scotsman talks to Christopher Wheeldon in preparation for the PA Ballet's visit to the Edinburgh Festival:

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JACKIE MCGLONE
July 17, 2005

WALKING through the marbled halls of the magnificent foyer of New York's State Theater with Christopher Wheeldon, the blond Adonis of the dance world, is a bit like accompanying a rock star through a throng of adoring fans. Strangers approach the boy wonder and want to shake his hand, or simply say in their forthright Manhattan way, "Congratulations, Chris!"

Such are the New York City Ballet choreographer's perfect manners that he has time and a word and a smile for everyone, although he's desperately trying to find his parents, who have recently flown over from their Somerset home, in this matinee mêlée. It's a Saturday afternoon in Manhattan and Wheeldon is currently the city's idol. His latest work, a balletic take on An American in Paris, has just premièred, and it's a red-hot ticket.


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Pennsylvania Ballet in Wheeldon’s Swan Lake
By David Mead for Dancing Times


One of the highlights of this year’s Edinburgh Festival will surely be Pennsylvania Ballet’s UK premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake. Made for the company in 2004, the $1.5 million (£800,000) production has been a huge success with audiences in the United States. However, how did the production come about and how did Wheeldon, so at home with plotless works to music by such composers as Ligeti and Pärt, approach such a well-loved classic?

Pennsylvania Ballet’s Artistic Director Roy Kaiser explained that although they had previously presented Balanchine’s one-act version of the ballet, the company did not have a full-length Swan Lake in its repertoire.

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EIF 2005 to pilot youth ticket scheme
By Nuala Calvi for The Stage


Thousands of £5 advance tickets will be available to young people for shows at the Edinburgh International Festival this summer, thanks to a new sponsorship scheme by The Royal Bank of Scotland.

The bank has sponsored various concessions for young people over the last three years but this is the first time that 16 to 26-year-olds will be able to purchase reduced-rate tickets, with proof of age, in advance rather than having to wait until an hour before shows.

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Greetings!

With the Fringe and International Festivals soon approaching, this topic is being split to accomodate posts for the different companys. General news on any of the Festivals should be posted here, but articles or posts about specific companies and performances during the Fringe should go in the appropriate forum below:

Scottish Ballet

Dutch National Ballet

Pennsylvania Ballet

Impromptus

Contrecoup

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The festival's simple beginnings
by LIAM PATERSON for the Scotsman

The first Edinburgh Festival was an extension of the famous Glyndebourne operas that, since 1934, had been held at the country house of a wealthy East Sussex landowner called John Christie. Although critically successful, Glyndebourne was an expensive undertaking, and by the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 - when Christie had spent around £100,000 of his own money supporting the event - it was unlikely that they would continue unless a new source of funding was found.

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The great escape
by JUDITH MACKRELL for the Guardian

For the Royal it must be gratifying to see three of its dancers highlighted this way. But large ballet companies are like families - they may provide a privileged, nurturing upbringing but their offspring often flourish best after leaving home.

published: August 10, 2005
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Winging their way
by KEITH BRUCE for the Scotland Herald

As the selections of the Herald's critical team emerged, however, it was clear that the role of Ms Mackie in proceedings was just as appropriate. The week's big winner was the new version of Swan Lake by British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, which had run all week at the Festival Theatre, with sponsorship by the Bank of Scotland.

published: August 22, 2005
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Ignore all the criticism, says one-time international festival chief
by TIM CORNWELL for the Scotsman

THE MAN who created the most famous festival show in history told the Edinburgh International Festival yesterday to ignore the "abusive comments" from some quarters of the Fringe.

published: August 19, 2005
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Filling festival shoes
by ROBERT PONSONBY for the Scotsman

As the earliest surviving director of the Edinburgh International Festival I am fascinated by the debate raging around the appointment of a successor to Brian McMaster and I urge the Festival committee to ignore the abusive comments of the Fringe and to keep its own counsel.

published: August 19, 2005
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