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Dance Umbrella Gala, Sadler's Wells, Londonmore...
by ZOE ANDERSON for the Independent
published: November 7, 2006
Val Bourne's farewell gala was held on 5 November, with fireworks lighting the foyers before and after. Inside Sadler's Wells, the performances tended to be less flashy, and much warmer. This was a well-planned gala programme: affectionate, nostalgic, brisk.
by JUDITH MACKRELL for the Guardian
published: November 8, 2006
Two women starred in Dance Umbrella's closing gala on Sunday. One was the late Martha Graham, whose grandiloquent spirit was channelled on stage by the diva of all dance impersonators, Richard Move. The other was Val Bourne, who, after 28 years of being midwife, mother, director and all-purpose saint of Umbrella, has just directed her final festival.