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 Post subject: Maximum Dance Review
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2000 1:53 pm 
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Let me know your comments! It was a great weekend!<P>We increased ticket sales by 25%, We had some incredible patrons in the audience (June Taylor and her sister, Jackie Gleeson's widow for a start) and oh ya, great dancing.<BR> <A HREF="http://www.showtimeinteractive.com/top/1,1419,S-Showtime-Home-X!ArticleDetail-4812,00.html?search_area=Articles&channel=Home" TARGET=_blank>http://www.showtimeinteractive.com<BR>/top/1,1419,S-Showtime-Home-X!ArticleDetail-4812,00.html?search_area=Articles&channel=Home</A> <P><BR>The edit was just to adjust the URL so that it didn't run over the page width.<p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited 02-22-2000).]


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Dance Review
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2000 3:11 pm 
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Hmm, I am intrigued by the Portuguese-inspired piece by Paulo Manso de Sousa. What were the costumes like, shag? Traditional Portuguese? Classical? Contemporary? And the music?<P>Also, I see why we haven't seen much of David Palmer in SF lately -- he's been busy over there.


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Dance Review
PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2000 12:48 am 
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Congratulations to Maximum Dance and all those involved with the Company. In European terms, I can't think of a similar model of a small ballet company with dancers of the highest quality. It's an exciting concept and great that it is working so well. <P>Medium sized traditional ballet companies simply don't work here in the UK, which is the reason that Ballet Rambert became Rambert Dance. Which just leaves the full size ballet companies, but they have great difficulty incorporating smaller sized, radical work. Thus, a small company like Maximum has the advantage of being able to create adventurous work.<P>Sad to say there is another problem in trying this innovation here in the UK, which is that audiences basically want classical ballet. I have no problem getting a stand-by ticket for the handful of RB contemporary ballet programmes. The mass of full length classical ballets are almost always sold out. We remain a nation of very traditional tastes. Thus, sadly I'm not sure whether the Maximum model would work here. Irek Mukhamedev has had shows with top quality dancers, but they predominantly dance the great pdds or very accessible new work. On the Continent, where tastes are more adventurous there are small ballet companies specialising in contemporary work, but perhaps not enjoying the participation of dancers of major company Principal status. Are there any companies similar to Max in the US or elsewhere that readers know about? <P>Turning to the review, I notice that there was a work by David Palmer called 'The Unknown Soldier'. When I met David in London we talked about my interest in dance and human rights, so I'm keen to hear a bit more about this work. Perhaps you could even persuade David to tell us something about it, Shag. <P>Well done again to all involved - one day I'll carry out my threat to make a trip to see the Company.


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Dance Review
PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2000 8:22 pm 
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Stuart,<P>For some reason, there is a proliferation of small ballet companies in the US, many of them in the San Francisco Bay Area. Examples are Alonzo King's Lines Contemporary Ballet, Michael Smuin's Smuin Ballets/SF (Smuin, as most know, was co-Artistic Director of SFB), the Lawrence Pech Dance Company (Pech is a former SFB dancer), Oakland Ballet and Diablo Ballet (which boasts of Marina Eglevsky and Nikolai Kabanaiev on its staff). In NY, there is Dance Galaxy (with ex-NYCB dancer Judith Fugate) and the Dance Theater of Harlem (led by former NYCB great Arthur Mitchell). And there are probably many more. Most of these companies, I believe, perform mixed rep programs, with both classical and contemporary works.<P>Hmm, maybe the state of ballet isn't so bad after all in the US.


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Dance Review
PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2000 9:42 am 
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All this is good to hear. Some similar companies exist on the Continent, but as I said not in the UK. The market for modern ballet is much weaker here, which is the natural home for small ballet companies. La Bayadere Act II is tricky with 10 dancers. <P>I'm a bit surprised that Dance Theatre of Harlem is considered a small company. How many dancers do they have, Azlan? <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited 02-24-2000).]


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Dance Review
PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2000 8:09 am 
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I wouldn't consider DTH a "small" company, either. Their pretty big actually, I think something like thirty dancers in the main company and then twenty or so as apprentices/second company.


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Dance Review
PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2000 8:14 pm 
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Well, okay, DTH isn't that small... I heard a number mentioned to me by one of the dancers and maybe I misheard...


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