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 Post subject: Pennsylvania Ballet '05-'06 season......
PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 3:05 pm 
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Swan Lake opened this weekend (tonight actually) and I was wondering if anyone is going to see it. I believe that Chris Wheeldon did some revising prior to their Edinburgh performances to enhance his story line. Would love to hear about it.


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Well, here's a review by Sigrid Payne DaVeiga for CriticalDance's magazine:

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The ballet opened with the beautiful backdrop of a ballet studio with shadows of light on the wall, like sunshine through an open window. The corps ballerinas entered and were frozen in various postures capturing the ballerinas of Edgar Degas’ paintings. The rehearsal scene in Act I was executed precisely by the corps; their costumes were pretty and elegant but did not distract from the choreography and technique.


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A Lyrical Yet Plainspoken World as It Might Look Through Benjamin Franklin's Bifocals
by JENNIFER DUNNING for the New York Times

What comes across more strongly is Franklin's practicality, suggested in the simple, flowing patterns of the ballet and in the way Mr. d'Amboise quietly celebrates the company's plain-spoken, lyrical style. A tender duet, danced luminously by Julie Diana and James Ihde, recalls recent attention to Franklin's wonderfully egalitarian relationship with his wife and alludes to his inventions. The "bifocals" section is the other heart of "Franklin Court," a quick-shifting quartet performed by Valerie Amiss and Matthew Neenan, both of whom stood out for their fierce appropriation of space, and by Abigail Mentzer and Jonathan Stiles.

published: March 6, 2006
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Did anyone see Shut-Up and Dance concert on April 1st? It is the Pennsylvania Ballet's fund raiser for Philadephia's MANNA......would love to hear about it or read a review!


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Ellen Dunkel reviews this weekend's performance of three contemporary ballets in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

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Here is a clip from a review from City Paper ......this was such a fantastic program and I am hoping that 11:11 will be seen in NYC next season. Bravo to Matt Neenan!

for the full review:
http://citypaper.net/articles/current/dance.shtml

A Perfect 11

by Janet Anderson

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Pennsylvania Ballet was driving a fast train full of creativity when it closed out its spring season. The headliner was in-house choreographer Matthew Neenan's 11:11, performed to lilting Rufus Wainwright songs, including "Oh What a World" about that fast train. Neenan trumped his own ace with a world premiere, "As It's Going," performed to live string and piano music by Shostakovich, a work so astonishingly sophisticated the young choreographer shifted the weight of the program to his newest work.


Neenan's 11:11, a suite of dances to Wainwright's lilting songs, got a luscious performance from the buoyant, charged-up dancers who'd originated the roles in 2005. Julie Diana and Meredith Rainey were virtually boneless flying through the songwriter's "Vibrate." When the whole cast whirled across stage to "Oh What a World," you were seeing PAB at its best. (Wainwright came to opening night and rushed backstage to congratulate the company, saying he was going to forget his Judy Garland project and just do ballet.)

Christopher d'Amboise's "Symposium," a carefully thought-out abstract dance taking its inspiration from the painter Mondrian, opened the program. Dancers moved against a simple backdrop of black-and-white lines that looked like one of the famous artist's paintings. Arantxa Ochoa and Alexander Iziliaev were superb, executing sharp linear moves. But d'Amboise came off a little earnest in comparison to the verve and flair of the in-house choreographer. Keep that fast train going!

PENNSYLVANIA BALLET June 7, Merriam Theater


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