This is a conference that has been a long time in the planning and several friends of Criticaldance will be closely involved in the event. It is a bold piece of thinking by one of the most innovative of the National Dance Agencies in the UK and we look forward to having more news from the event. The CD team is looking at the best ways to contribute to the discussions. Watch this space!
BALLET INTO THE 21ST CENTURY
DANCE EAST HOSTS FIRST UK INTERNATIONAL
THINK-TANK FOR BALLET DIRECTORS
Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk: January 10 ? 12, 2003
Twenty-six Ballet Directors from around the world will meet for three days
in January 2003 in the rural surroundings of Snape Maltings in East Anglia
to discuss key issues currently facing the ballet world and its audiences.
The Rural Retreat: Ballet into the 21st Century, will take place from
January 10- 12, 2003 at Snape Maltings in Snape, Suffolk and hosted by Dance
East. It is the first gathering of its kind to be held in Britain and
represents a remarkable act of unity on the part of Artistic Directors of
the World?s major classical companies who hope that their deliberations will
strengthen practice of ballet and enhance the cultural life of their
Ballet into the 21st Century is the inaugural symposium in a series of Rural
Retreats produced by Dance East, the National Dance Agency for the East of
England. The Retreats are intended as an annual think-tank offering leading
artists and cultural leaders time out to discuss key issues.
Issues on the agenda include the globalisation of the ballet repertoire,
creativity in ballet, developing the Artistic Directors of the future and
balancing the needs of artists and audiences ? all topics which Ballet
Directors find scant time to discuss with their peers in the hectic and
all-consuming world of running a ballet company.
The Retreat is closed to the public but it is anticipated that outcomes
resulting from the discussions will be more widely circulated. The
Directors will summarise their discussions and answer questions at a Press
Briefing at Canada House on Monday, January 13 at 5pm, followed by a
Reception attended by Baroness Blackstone, Minister of State for the Arts.
Ballet into the 21st Century is facilitated by Prof. Christopher Bannerman,
Head of the Centre for Research into Creation in the Performing Arts
at Middlesex University, and Jeannette Siddall, Director of Dance UK.
Discussions will be led two guest speakers: the writer and broadcaster
Handy and playwright and Artistic Director of the Young Vic, David Lan.
Artistic Directors who have confirmed their attendance at the Rural Retreat:
Ballet into the 21st century are:
Boris Akimov (Bolshoi Ballet)
John Alleyne (Ballet British Columbia)
Frank Andersen (Royal Danish Ballet)
Reid Anderson (Stuttgart Ballet)
Mark Baldwin (Rambert Dance Company ? Artistic Director designate)
David Bintley (Birmingham Royal Ballet)
Dinna Bjorn (Finnish National Ballet)
Christopher Bruce (Rambert Dance Company)
Ricardo Bustamente (Ballet de Santiago, Chile)
Iracity Cardoso (Gulbenkian Ballet, Portugal)
Richard Cragun (DeAnima Ballet da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Didier Deschamps (Ballet de Lorraine, France)
Wayne Eagling (Dutch National Ballet)
Espen Giljane (Norwegian National Ballet)
Kevin Irving (Goteburg Ballet)
Marc Jonkers (National Ballet of Portugal)
James Kudelka (National Ballet of Canada)
Ivan Liska (Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich)
David McAllister (Australian Ballet)
Kevin McKenzie (American Ballet Theatre)
Jean-Christophe Maillot (Les Ballets de Monte Carlo)
Mikko Nissinen (Boston Ballet)
David Nixon (Northern Ballet Theatre)
Madeline Onne (Royal Swedish Ballet)
Ashley Page (Scottish Ballet)
Matz Skoog (English National Ballet)
The Rural Retreat is supported by the Arts Council of England, East England
Arts, the Jerwood Foundation, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the Rudolf
Nureyev Foundation UK, Freed of London, Visiting Arts, the Embassy of
Sweden, Canada Council for the Arts/Conseil des Arts du Canada, Canadian
High Commission, the Swedish Embassy, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, the
Royal Norwegian Embassy, London, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and
Ballet into the 21st Century:
Snape Maltings, Suffolk: January 10-12, 2003
- How can we deal with the globalisation of ballet ? all companies seem to
be developing a similar staple of both the classics and the contemporary
?classics?. Some are even sharing full evening works. Are we losing the
individuality of companies? Their durability? Their uniqueness?
- Are ballet companies steeped in tradition? Can we evaluate old habits and
traditions including the hierarchical pyramid of ballet company structures?
- How can we develop the Artistic Directors of the future and support their
development? Can we build structures for training and development of the
?dance? workforce to develop and support better equipped, empowered and
- How can we develop creativity in ballet and the role of new choreography
within the company? Do director/choreographers compromise their own
creativity when directing a company?
- How can we work to bridge the gaps between ballet and contemporary dance,
historians, critics and academics? How can we do this to develop better
communication and dialogue across the dance community?
- How can we balance the needs of audiences and artists without compromise?
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