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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh Festival 2002
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2002 1:38 am 
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Review of the week's dance in The Sunday Times.

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The Royal Ballet of Flanders was the one classical ballet company featured in this Edinburgh Festival, dancing Swan Lake at the Playhouse. But this was no safe respite from other outré offerings on the dance programme. The production, created this year and one of the weirdest I have come across, is the work of the Flemish artist, writer, theatre director and shocker Jan Fabre — his first venture into the realm of classical ballet.
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Plus a round up of the best fring event in The Independent.

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Also review of week's events in The Observer.

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Far from being the sinister symbol Jan Fabre intends, the owl (live and flapping) in his version of Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet of Flanders is a sardonic old bird: it has seen it all before and knows this production is a nonsense.

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And two articles in The Sunday Herald.

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Jan Fabre's Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet Of Flanders is a work of spectacular arrogance. It's also a project of some genius, although given the way the Belgian avant-gardist tramples over our ideas of 19th-century classical ballet with great, mud-covered boots, not everyone will feel duty-bound to agree.
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I'd wager that Shakti is the most misunderstood act on the Fringe. OK, so she slides out of her kimono and shakes her womanly tush at the earliest opportunity. But even with the overt bondage themes in this year's Realm Of Desire, her act is pretty tame.
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And a couple of reviews of musicals in The Scotsman.

Fiddler on The Roof

They're Playing Our Song


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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh Festival 2002
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2002 1:42 am 
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A general article to put the dance events in context:

Fringe ends on a high
By Rebecca Thomas for BBC News Online



Hangovers are being nursed as the Edinburgh Fringe winds up after celebrating another record year.

As the curtain comes down on the final Fringe festival performance on Monday, the event's organisers have revealed that ticket sales have increased to 918,509.

It is the fourth consecutive year that box office receipts at Europe's largest arts festival have shown an increase.

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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh Festival 2002
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2002 10:41 pm 
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Review of Indian Classical dance in The Times.

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THE Edinburgh Festival’s dance programme ended with a blitz of traditional Indian styles embodied by cream-of-the-crop classical practitioners. An English voiceover introduced each showing, the artists themselves addressing the audience with additional background information.
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And the Herald.

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Long before we were swept up in the intricacies and differences of Indian classical dance, there was one important lesson to be learned: rhythm is the physical and spiritual heartbeat of every movement, whether it originates from a story-telling tradition in north India or the feminine "enchantress" school specific to Kerala in the south.
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And in The Guardian.

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Birju Maharaj dances with his eyebrows and silent-movie eyes. Raja Reddy's huge long hands seem to grow in the dark, and as for Malaviki Sarukkai, she is a goddess. Participants in a three-day season of classical Indian dance, these subcontinental performers provided striking contrast with the rest of the international festival's dance programme.
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And three reviews from the Scotsman.

Indian Classical Dance - Kathak

Indian Classical Dance: Odissi, Manipuri, Kuchipudi

Indian Classical Dance: Bharatnatyam & Mohiniattam

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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh Festival 2002
PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2002 11:42 pm 
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Review of The Indian Dance Performances in The Sunday Herald.

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Last weekend's Indian Classical Dance strand of the International Festival was an odd bit of programming. Spanning from Saturday until Monday, it showcased India's major classical dance styles in six distinct and widely divergent recitals.
At times this felt more educational than entertaining, with some shows bordering on lecture demonstrations minus the class handouts at the end. And while journalists had the luxury of comparing the differing styles gratis, at £15 a ticket this was a prohibitively expensive and time-consuming option for mere mortals.

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And a round up of the entire festival from the Scotsman.

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TONIGHT the 2002 Edinburgh International Festival will go out with a bang, with the annual Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert.

While 14,000 ticket-holders will pack Princes Street Gardens to hear the Scottish Chamber Orchestra play Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, a further 250,000 people will watch the show from Princes Street and other vantage points throughout the city.
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