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 Post subject: Re: Random Dance Company - "AtaXia"
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 4:59 pm 
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Stuart mentioned that the BBC TV programme News Night Review featured Ataxia on June 4. The programme can be seen online at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/review/3777049.stm

You can skip to the first 15 minutes if you are not interested on the movie "The Cat's Meow" and "Art of the Garden".


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 Post subject: Re: Random Dance Company - "AtaXia"
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 10:17 pm 
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Thanks a lot for that Daniel. The video link, at top left on the Newsnight Review page, will only be there for a week from broadcast, around 11th June. The text should be around for longer, here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/review/3784303.stm

<small>[ 09 June 2004, 01:00 AM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2004 12:26 am 
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AtaXia
By John Percival for The Stage

Dense complexity is the feature of Wayne McGregor's new work. Besides the director-choreographer himself, composer, two designers and a specialist in graphics and film, the production credits include seven medical experts in neuroscience and psychology. The title, AtaXia, comes from Greek and indicates a medical condition interfering with muscular coordination. So where does dance get a place in all this?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2004 8:43 am 
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AtaXia, Sadler's Wells London

By ZOE ANDERSON
The Independent
June 8, 2004

McGregor and his lighting designer, Lucy Carter, surround the dancers with dim light and faint reflections. There are flickers from film sequences and strobe lights. Movement is reflected in Perspex panels and the dark, shiny backdrop.
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AtaXia
By Ismene Brown for the Daily Telegraph

Nowadays, the choreography is straying from disturbingly off-kilter individuality into a slick, off-kilter genre. For a long 70 minutes, AtaXia rushes Random's heroically fit dancers in a relentless race to execute gazillions of tight knots and tendon-pinging stretches.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2004 4:52 am 
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AtaXia
By David Dougill for The Sunday Times


Wayne McGregor’s new pro-duction for his Random Dance company, premiered at Sadler’s Wells, takes its title, AtaXia, from an as yet untreatable neurological condition that destroys physical co-ordination, robbing the sufferer of mobility, speech, independence. McGregor spent six months on a research fellowship at Cambridge University’s department of neuroscience, so his concept for this new work is nothing if not well informed.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2004 12:49 am 
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What if your brain wasn't connected to your legs? Would you dance?

By JENNY GILBERT
The Independent
June 13, 2004

Late in the piece the dancers lie flat and inert while the audience is treated to a series of video images too fast to process. Is this what having ataxia is like? Just as the condition has no cure, so McGregor's piece has no proper ending. For all the dancers' heroic efforts, the struggle just goes on.
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A Choreographer Uses a Limitation to Fuel an Inspiration
by DONALD HUTERA for the New York Times

Pencil thin and pale, with a shaved head, Mr. McGregor possesses an eclectic and unflagging kinetic sensibility. He seems to be turning up everywhere, both in Britain and overseas, whether via the high-concept blends of movement, new media and technology that put his 13-year-old company on the map or through its performances with and for young people.

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Prognosis Negative in a Disintegrating World
by JOHN ROCKWELL for the New York Times

Two final thoughts. One is that Mr. McGregor's work has become highly attractive to European ballet companies; several have commissioned work from him. (So did Andrew Lloyd Webber for his "Woman in White" and the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the producers of the fourth "Harry Potter" film.) Not bad for a self-described "disco babe," but more fodder for those who fear the corruption of ballet by barbarians from beyond.

published: July 23, 2005
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