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Author:  ksneds [ Wed Nov 30, 2005 3:18 am ]
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The first announcement has been made, and...

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet will be performing "Don Quixote" sometime during the last two weeks of the Festival

Nederlands Dance Theater 1 will be performing during the final week of the festival.

No other dance groups have been named, so it's not clear if SFB is the main ballet performance or whether another company(s) will also be performing.

More details at


Author:  kurinuku [ Tue Feb 28, 2006 6:18 am ]
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Australian composer takes over as director of Edinburgh festival
by CHARLOTTE HIGGNS for the Guardian

Mills, 42, whose chamber operas The Ghost Wife and The Eternity Man have been staged in London, has already hinted at some radical departures from the regime of his long-serving predecessor, Sir Brian McMaster, who steps down this summer after 15 years. He says he will add a visual arts programme to the festival, which Sir Brian had consistently declined to do, and, as a "first gesture" plans to collaborate with the other August festivals in the city,...

published: February 28, 2006

Author:  kurinuku [ Fri Mar 03, 2006 8:49 am ]
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Australian wins top Edinburgh gig
by GWYN TOPHAM for the Sydney Morning Herald

While the antipodean charge has not been universally welcomed in Britain - in a notable outburst last year, the arts commentator Norman Lebrecht said that "Aussie misfits" should "go home" - figures from the arts praised the Mills appointment.

published: March 1, 2006

Author:  ksneds [ Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:58 am ]
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The full program has been announced...the big bummer is that all the major dance performances are at the Playhouse , which it NOT suited for dance.

Scottish Ballet:

Fri 18 & Sat 19 August 7.30pm Sun 20 August 4.00pm

Nicholas Kok Conductor

George Balanchine Choreography
Igor Stravinsky Music

Jerome Robbins Choreography
Claude Debussy Music

Hans van Manen Choreography
Erkki-Sven Tüür and Arvo Pärt Music

Krzysztof Pastor Choreography
J. S. Bach Music

Suzanne Farrell Ballet:
Sat 26 - Tue 29 August 7.30pm Matinee Sun 27 August 2.30pm
Balanchine's Don Quixote

Bruno Beltrão, Choreographer
British Premiere

Bruno Beltrão, Choreographer
British Premiere

Alarmel Valli & Madhavi Mudgal
British Premiere

Nederlands Dans Theater
One of the world’s most successful and popular contemporary dance companies showcases work by its resident choreographers, British born Paul Lightfoot and Spanish born Sol León.

Lightfoot and León have made more than 30 ballets for Nederlands Dans Theater. This programme presents work ranging from 1994 to 2005, and from dramatic to comic to lyrical.

Silent Screen
Paul Lightfoot and Sol León Choreography and film concept
Philip Glass Music
Metropolis Film and Dicky Schuttel Film

Gripping, touching, and stunningly beautiful, Silent Screen is an ingenious melting together of dance and film, set to a soundtrack of Glassworks by Philip Glass.

Paul Lightfoot and Sol León Choreography
Various 1929 - 1954 Music

Shutters Shut
Paul Lightfoot and Sol León Choreography
Gertrude Stein Text

Two lighthearted works which brilliantly demonstrate the dramatic range of both choreographers and dancers.

Signing Off
Paul Lightfoot and Sol León Choreography
Philip Glass Music

A moving ballet about saying goodbye.

Author:  ksneds [ Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:24 am ]
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The full press release:


* Claudio and Daniele Abbado bring Mozart’s The Magic Flute

* Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

* Lloyds TSB Scotland Concerts: 3 conce rts a night, 3 nights a week for 3 weeks in the Usher Hall.
9 Beethoven Symphonies, 9 Masterworks, 9 Bruckner Symphonies. All tickets £10.

* World premieres of new work from Anthony Neilson, Stuart MacRae and Calixto Bieito

* The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Brazil’s Grupo de Rua de Niterói and the New Riga Theatre make their UK debuts

* Bank of Scotland Queen’s Hall Series presents world renowned artists, including eight EIF debuts

* Epic new production from Peter Stein of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida

* Over £2.25 million in sponsorship and donations already pledged to Festival 2006

Brian McMaster today announced his final programme as Director of the Edinburgh International Festival. At the launch in Edinburgh he said “The Edinburgh International Festival is one of the most exciting places in the world to experience the performing arts, enabling us to present world class experiences to the widest possible audience. The Festival constantly evolves, re-imagining itself each year to bring new experiences to audiences and creating new initiatives such as the Lloyds TSB Scotland Concerts.”

The 2006 Edinburgh International Festival runs from Sunday 13 August to Sunday 3 September in Edinburgh’s concert halls, opera houses and theatres. World class artists and companies fill the city’s stages, creating a unique event which has visitors flocking from across the globe.

Highlights of Festival 2006 include Claudio Abbado conducting Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Charles Mackerras conducting all of Beethoven’s nine symphonies, Peter Stein directing both Tchaikovsky’s opera Mazeppa and Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida, large scale ballet with the UK premiere of Balanchine’s Don Quixote, and a host of international orchestras and artists.

Edinburgh International Festival 2006 launch release P2/

The Lloyds TSB Scotland Concerts challenge the conventions of concert going and the traditions of how audiences experience music. For three nights each week there are three concerts a night, each concert is approximately an hour in length and each features the work of one composer. Across the nine evenings of the series, there is the opportunity to hear all nine Beethoven symphonies conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras at 5.30pm, and to hear nine of Bruckner’s symphonies performed by leading orchestras and conductors at 9.30pm. At 7.30pm the focus is on a masterwork by one composer. The Lloyds TSB Scotland Concerts can be enjoyed horizontally or vertically, by attending all 27, by collecting symphonies or by choosing the concerts that most appeal at times which can be worked into flexible Festival days, for one ticket price of £10.

Brian McMaster added, “I think the 2006 Festival programme has popular appeal. There are excellent opportunities for first timers to choose from a broad range of world class experiences which I hope will get them hooked and returning to the arts again and again. At the same time I know we have events this year which will have seasoned arts goers booking flights from around the world. This year is obviously a very special Festival for me. Many artists I admire expressed a wish to be in my final Festival and many supporters have invested that bit extra this year.”

The Festival continues to increase its earned income. In a very strong year for fundraising, the Festival has already secured in excess of £2.25 million from the corporate sector, trusts and foundations, and individuals. The Festival benefits from a significant increase in income from the Festival’s Patrons and Muses scheme and a major boost from trusts and foundations. Costs are also reduced through co-productions of events which receive their world premieres at the Festival, making the Edinburgh Festival the place to see things first in the face of increasing international competition. This year the Edinburgh International Festival will co-produce opera and theatre productions with the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera, the National Theatre of Scotland, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Teatre Romea, Barcelona.

On the launch of Festival 2006, Patricia Ferguson, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport said, “The Edinburgh International Festival is unique to Scotland, drawing people from across the globe to enjoy artists and performances of world class calibre. This year’s programme is exciting and is a fitting farewell from Brian McMaster, who over fifteen years as Festival Director has proved himself as a visionary and inspirational leader. He has helped to ensure that Edinburgh in August remains one of the most exciting cities in the world to sample the performing arts, and his final Festival line-up offers many delights which I look forward to sampling.”

Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Mar 23, 2006 3:47 am ]
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Edinburgh's main man bows out on a high note
by LOUISE JURY for the Independent

Announcing his final three-week festival yesterday, Sir Brian said it was always impossible to single out particular events "as everybody finds their own highlights".

published: March 23, 2006

Author:  kurinuku [ Sun Apr 02, 2006 4:42 am ]
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Wild cards spice up the Festival mix
by KENNETH WALTON for the Scotsman

Four of the five directors involved are well-known from previous McMaster Festivals. The only complete newcomer is Alvis Hermanis, of the New Riga Theatre of Latvia, whose acclaimed wordless drama Long Life, about a group of elderly people living in a communal bloc in Riga, will play for ten days at the Hub.

published: March 25, 2006

Author:  ksneds [ Sun Jul 02, 2006 6:58 am ]
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Ballet - From page to stage
by DAVID JAYS for the Financial Tmes

Literary adaptations usually draw on fantasy and fairytale - there are no important ballets based on Austen, Dickens or Balzac. But Cervantes' Don Quixote - which contrasts Quixote's heroic imagination with his mundane circumstances - has been more productive. George Balanchine's version, recently rescued from neglect and appearing at the Edinburgh Festival, draws on Balanchine's deep emotional engagement with the hero.

published: July 1, 2006

Author:  kurinuku [ Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:26 am ]
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All her world's a stage
by JACKIE MCGLONE for the Scotland on Sunday

TODAY, despite having had two hip-replacement operations, Farrell is a svelte and sprightly 60 - she'll be 61 in August, when she brings her company to Edinburgh with her spectacular revival of Balanchine's Don Quixote - and looks as if she could pirouette on to the stage tomorrow. She is excited about returning to Edinburgh for the first time since NYCB came to the festival in 1967. "We had a lot of fun then," she recalls. "I have many photographs of me and Mr Balanchine walking around the castle and the hills, eating at nice restaurants."

published: July 9, 2006

Author:  kurinuku [ Mon Aug 21, 2006 6:34 am ]
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Yo grandpa, check it out
by MICHAEL COVENEY for the Observer

Last week's opening event on the International Festival's dance programme was a weird hip-hop production which came, like Charley's Aunt and her nuts, from Brazil. Even weirder was the physical conjunction of five sullen young hip-hoppers and their mostly white-haired genteel audience in the Hub, a deconsecrated Victorian Gothic church on the Royal Mile.

published: August 20, 2006

Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Aug 24, 2006 5:40 am ]
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by KELLY APTER for the Scotsman

THREE years ago, the Edinburgh International Festival programmed an entire weekend of Indian dance - an event which proved more endurance test than entertainment. By contrast, Samanvaya is a pleasure to watch from start to finish.

published: August 22, 2006

Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Aug 24, 2006 6:18 am ]
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Splendid examples of why simplicity is always best
by SARAH CROMPTON for the Daily Telegraph

Like the entire bill, it is fetching and enjoyable - the only thing that is missing is any real depth. I hope, as it develops, Scottish Ballet starts to add that quality to its armoury.

On Monday, the International Festival dance programme made its nod to true internationalism by making space for performances by Alarmel Valli and Madhavi Mudgal.

published: August 24, 2006

Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Aug 24, 2006 6:26 am ]
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Edinburgh Festival: Dance
by MARY BRENNAN for the Scotland Herald

Hot tickets you should rush to book now? Dreamers (Pleasance, 10pm until Aug 28) because Martin and Facundo Lombard, identical twins from Argentina, have feelgood magic in their twinkling, tap-dancing feet and when they hip-hop into synchronised street dancing, they're so cool the audience temperature rises in a hot flush of sheer delight. Into the Hoods ...

published: August 24, 2006

Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Aug 24, 2006 7:33 am ]
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Alarmel Valli & Madhavi Mudgal, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
by ZOE ANDERSON for the Independent

The best dancing comes when they step apart into solos.

published: August 23, 2006


by DONALD HUTERA for the Times

The cross-pollination the dancers sought yielded a valuable study in contrasts. Valli specialises in the dynamic, highly codified genre of bharata natyam. Mudgal’s dance of choice is odissi, a discipline marked by curvilinear shapes and subtler gestures. ...

The dancers, each radiating a mature beauty, danced together like spiritual sisters. Complementary rather than competitive, their differences in physical expression and temperament were a pleasure to observe, and revealing.

published: August 24, 2006

Author:  kurinuku [ Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:20 am ]
Post subject:  Derevo/MyoSung/Farell

I sure do dig that compost
by CLIFFORD BISHOP for the Independent

For real aesthetic compost, though - sprawling, primitive, reekingly fertile and indiscriminate - you can't better Don Quixote.

published: September 3, 2006

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