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 Post subject: Ballet West
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2000 7:12 am 
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Ballet West located in Salt Lake City Ut.<BR>will be going on a tour of China in Oct.<BR>Evidently it was arranged by one of the former principals J. Qi...who was training in China...there is also another young male dancer who is from China also.<BR>I am under the impression the Chinese goven't is paying their way.<P>Also, they have lost their company manager, and tour manager.<BR>Dave Tompkins.<BR>He is going to Fla.<BR>I have no idea what that is about.

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 Post subject: Re: Ballet West
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2000 10:05 am 
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Here's a link to a piece in the Salt Lake Tribune on the BW China tour:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.sltrib.com/08112000/friday/11317.htm" TARGET=_blank>www.sltrib.com/08112000/friday/11317.htm</A> <P>Perhaps Kevin will be able to get to Nanjing?


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet West
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2000 10:31 am 
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If not Kevin, maybe Hu Xinxin.


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet West
PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2000 8:29 am 
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The BW website is:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.balletwest.org" TARGET=_blank>www.balletwest.org</A> <P>Mr. Kage (or KOge, as U.S. papers seem to transliterate the "a" topped with a small circle/degree sign) is amazingly eclectic. He is Swedish; worked at ABT from 71-75; Stuttgart (with Glen Tetley) 75-76; Geneva (with Pat Neary) 76-77; London Festival 77-78; and Zurich 78-80. His programming tastes seem to most closely parallel what went on in Zurich in those years (substantial Balanchine base, plus influences from van Manen, Kylian, and others who were considered cutting edge in the mid/late 70s/early 80s). He is acquainted with your AD, Ted Brandsen, and has programmed Mr. Brandsen's works for BW.


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet West
PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2000 3:06 pm 
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Follow up to bek re: Dave Tompkins...he took a position as an Executive Director for a company in Orlando. Obviously a step up for him....


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet West
PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2000 3:01 pm 
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Yes, I was surprised to find out D. Tompkins had left BW. I just found out a few weeks ago.<BR>It was not announced in our local papers, but in the Ballet West Guild newsletter.<BR>And the Kage....pronounced KOga......<BR>So, I guess the newspapers say Koge, so it is easier to pronounce correctly.<BR>It is not sounded CAGE.<P>Qi, was a great dancer with BW, for many years, and had danced with Joffrey's before coming here.<BR>But, didn't ever get to produce the work he was really able to do.<BR>This new season they kept him on in the capacity of Ballet master.<BR>The Ballet Mistress who had been with the company since 1973 left.<BR>I understand Qi is a very fine teacher also.<P><P>------------------<BR>bek<BR>CCA CREATIONS<BR>Website:<BR>http://members.tripod.com/~Casalino<P>

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 Post subject: Re: Ballet West
PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2000 4:13 pm 
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Swedish.<BR>Trained at the Royal Swedish school, or whatever the name of that "state" school is.<BR>bek

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 Post subject: Re: Ballet West
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2000 5:47 am 
I met Jiang Qi in Hong Kong in July at a performance of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and talked to him briefly. He was at that time teaching the summer school programme held by a local ballet school.<P>Well, after Japan, it seems that China, especially Beijing, is now the second most important country in Asia for Western ballet companies to tour. And it has a good home company too. I am very proud of the National Ballet of China which is a lot more outstanding than the Hong Kong Ballet in terms of dancers and repertory.<p>[This message has been edited by Kevin Ng (edited October 11, 2000).]


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet West
PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2000 10:14 am 
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Here is a follow-up piece:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.sltrib.com/10152000/arts/33246.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.sltrib.com/10152000/arts/33246.htm</A>


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet West
PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2001 10:50 am 
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'Christensen's 'Nothin' Doin' Bar' comes to life again.' BY CELIA R. BAKER for THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Last week, in an upstairs studio at Salt Lake City's Capitol Theatre, 98-year-old Willam Christensen watched a group of young dancers re-create a lively scene from his past. Christensen was pleased with how his slightly seedy characters came to life in a 1920s Chicago speakeasy called "Nothin' Doin' Bar." <P>Christensen choreographed the ballet nearly 50 years ago, basing it on people he encountered while dancing his way along the vaudeville circuit during the Roaring '20s. "Nothin' Doin' Bar" is one of three contemporary ballets to be presented this week in a Ballet West "Evening of Ballets."<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Here is the full programme:<P>Nothin' Doin' Bar (1984) Music by Darius Milhaud Choreography by Willam Christensen <P>Lilac Garden (1936) (Ballet West Premiere) Music by Ernest Chausson Choreography by Antony Tudor <P>Who Cares? (1970) (Ballet West Premiere) Music by George Gerswhin, arranged by Hershey Kay Choreography by George Balanchine<P><BR> <A HREF="http://www.sltrib.com/02042001/arts/68448.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.sltrib.com/02042001/arts/68448.htm</A> <BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet West
PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2001 11:07 am 
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Notwithstanding a very full plate this week, I very much wish that I could be in SLC for this performance series. Especially to honor Mr. C.


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet West
PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2001 5:12 am 
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I worked 13 years at Ballet West and talking to Mr. "C" is like having a talking history book. It is an amazing experience, things have changed so much in many ways in the dance industry, and yet some things never change and he has a perspective and "take" on it all that is refreshing and unique. Every performance he attends he still insists on going backstage and "Christening" the performance by smoking a cigarette with the stage hands and dancers and telling stories of the old days. He talks of vaudeville, and Balanchine, and says ballet should be good theatre, it should tell a story and entertain.Then he always concludes by saying "don't get old" and walks with his cane out to "his seat in the theatre." If you ever get a chance for conversation with a dancer from this era don't ever pass it up it is a direct connection to our past and it is amazing.


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet West
PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2001 5:33 pm 
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DT, thanks for sharing with us your experiences with Mr. C.


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet West
PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2001 12:19 pm 
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The Salt Lake Tribune's review of the current season repertory performances at the Capitol Theatre:<P> <A HREF="http://www.sltrib.com/02132001/tuesday/70795.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.sltrib.com/02132001/tuesday/70795.htm</A> <p>[This message has been edited by Francis Timlin (edited February 13, 2001).]


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