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 Post subject: Re: Scottish Ballet 2004-2005 Season News
PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2004 11:10 am 
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Listen up: it's music to choreographers' ears

by SARAH JONES
The Scotland on Sunday

CONTEMPORARY dance is an unsung promoter of 20th-century music. Putting on a concert of Arvo Pärt, John Cage, Eva Crossman-Hecht and John Adams - the composers behind Scottish Ballet’s autumn season - might only fill half a concert hall, depending on who you have got playing. But translate this to the theatre, add a few dancers and some cutting-edge choreography and you have a full house.
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by ALICE BAIN
The Guardian

It is somewhat disappointing, then, that his latest choreography, Nightswimming into Day, opens on unexpectedly shaky ground.
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And pointes means prizes

by JANN PARRY
The Observer

Troubled couples swirl around in watery manipulations that look good but mean little. Music veers from Brian Eno to John Adams; projections and bits of set come and go; night gives way to day, only to plunge us back into Page's subconscious. We surface far from refreshed.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2004 8:08 am 
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about Jose Perez he is indeed appearing in a very successful Italian show similar at 'Fame': in a tv contest a pool of very young dancers, actors, singers in their coming that have to study with teachers and are voted by the tv audience to arrive to get the final prize ( a contract with the tv). Perez is the soloist who will show the pas from the repertoire of ballets pupils 'll have to perform but also will be partner to the girls in brief jazzy, modern and whatever they'll have to learn and show. The standard of the dancers is very low, but the success is absolutely great and I really think he have done a pure 'marketing' choice to get more fame, and above all, more money...


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Challenging show keeps audience on its toes

by THOM DIBDIN
the Edinburgh Evening News

Both the dancing and the music are inescapably modern and avant garde - even when the choreography is 30 years old and the music by JS Bach.
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Autumn Mixed Bill
By David Dougill for The Sunday Times

Another director who has transformed his company is Ashley Page, whose second season at Scottish Ballet opened at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow, with a contemporary-classical pro-gramme, his hallmark. He has forged an admirable troupe of dancers who tackle everything with aplomb. It is a pity, though, that he has saddled them, and taxed our patience, with his own new work, Nightswimming into Day — overlong and cumulatively tedious, with gimmicky staging and flurried choreography in which much energy is expended to little gain while music by John Adams and Brian Eno drives on.

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Ballet head aims to lift profile of dance

by TIM CORNWELL
the Scotsman

Zoe van Zwanenberg, who trained as a dancer when a teenager, takes the unpaid post at the helm of the company in January.

She is currently chairman of Scottish Youth Dance, which works with children and youth groups across Scotland to promote dance in education and children’s health.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2004 11:51 am 
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Ballet overhaul pays off with major award

by EDWARD BLACK
the Scotsman

Scottish Ballet claimed the Outstanding Achievement in Dance prize from the Theatrical Management Association (TMA) in recognition of its modernisation programme and dynamic performances.

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He said: "To receive such an important award so soon after our relaunch makes me rather nervous, as we've got something to live up to now.
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Out of a strong field, I have to say that I agree with the judges who have made this award to Scottish Ballet. I can remember seeing Scottish Ballet at Sadler´s Wells some 6 years ago and it was a depressing event as they mauled a MacMillan work and followed it with two dire new pieces of choreography.

Ashley Page has taken a lot of stick over the years from the UK dance press and vicious attacks in the web media, in particular. But he has always been a favourite with dancers and has stuck to his guns choreographically. His vision for Scottish Ballet has clearly paid off in artistic terms.

Here`s to Mr. Page, his dancers and the administrators who have made this happen, against the odds.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2004 12:34 pm 
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From the Scottish Ballet website:

Scottish Ballet win top award

The winners of the 2004 TMA Theatre Awards have been announced and Scottish Ballet is thrilled to have won the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance "for sure-footed modernisation under Ashley Page and dynamic performances".

Ashley Page said “…to receive such an important award so soon after our relaunch makes me rather nervous…we’ve got something to live up to now! The upside, however, is that it will help give the Company real confidence in the bid to bring ourselves up to speed with the best in the field, and I’m very happy that the dancers and the repertoire have been recognised in this way.”

Cindy Sughrue, Scottish Ballet’s Administrative Producer who was there to pick up the award on behalf of the Company said “We’re really thrilled to be given this prestigious award recognising the remarkable transformation in the company under the Artistic Direction of Ashley Page. It was only a year ago that Scottish Ballet relaunched, and to receive industry recognition so quickly is a not only an honour, but a real tribute to the enormous dedication and hard work of all those involved.”

The other nominations in this category were: Henri Oguike for his new work Whitespace and the Company's repertoire, and Lynn Seymour for her inspirational coaching of BRB and Rambert. This year’s Awards Ceremony was held at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. Broadcaster Sandi Toksvig hosted the Awards.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2004 5:53 am 
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Jane Jewell

By MARY BRENNAN
The Scotland Herald
October 26, 2004

Jane Swinscoe (Jewell); Dancer and choreographer with Scottish Ballet; born July 7, 1960, died October 4, 2004.

Jane Jewell would sometimes joke about how, no matter what direction she took in her career, all roads seemed to lead her back to Scottish Ballet. When she spoke of how she felt truly connected to the company, she meant it from the heart. Her death, aged 44, severs a connection that first began in her early twenties when she joined the company as a ballerina.
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Page turnaround
By Kevin Berry for The Stage

After a long association with Royal Ballet, Ashley Page has moved north of the border to take up the post of artistic director of Scottish Ballet. With a clean slate and clear vision of where he wants to take the company, an exciting journey is only just underway.

Ashley Page is delighted to be living and working in Glasgow. The new director of Scottish Ballet has now been in the city for almost two years, with the company recently winning the Technical Management Association award for Outstanding Acievement in Dance for its modernisation overseen by him.

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Classic Rattle

by the Scotland Herald

On their toes

HOT on the heels of the TMA award for outstanding achievement in dance (alongside Wee Stories prize for Arthur, Story of a King), Scottish Ballet has been nominated for the company prize for outstanding classical repertoire in the final shortlist of the Critics' Circle awards
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Stone and the Sugar Plum

By KELLY APTER
The Scotsman
December 11,2004

Monica Zamora has two big first nights to look forward to in the next month. Tonight, the dancer takes the lead role in Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker; she then makes a more fleeting appearance in a rather bigger project, Oliver Stone’s film Alexander, starring Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie. The latter was shot during a break from ballet last year. Zamora was invited to play a dancer who entertains at a party thrown by Alexander’s male lover, Bagoas.
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Forget the tiaras and tutus, ballet is like football without the ball!

Rosemary Long
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EVERY year hundreds of Glasgow pupils benefit from visits by dancers from Scottish Ballet, keen to prove there's more to their art than tutus and tights. <a href=http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/lo/features/7016513.html target=_blank>more</a>


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