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 Post subject: Ballet Fest in LA - Previews and Reviews
PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2000 9:13 am 
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Image <BR>Luckman Fine Arts Complex<P><BR>Writes Lewis Segal of the inaugural BalletFest in LA:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Mid-August isn't L.A.'s high season for dance, but a new event is working to change that situation. Supplemented by satellite activities, six California companies will present three nights of classical dancing during the first "BalletFest" in the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>The full article is no longer available on the LA Times site.<p>[This message has been edited by Azlan (edited August 20, 2000).]


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet Fest in LA - Previews and Reviews
PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2000 9:14 am 
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The LA Times' Jennifer Fisher is excited by the prospects offered by this inaugural event:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>This week marks the launching of BalletFest 2000, a gathering of five local troupes and a guest company from Northern California, plus a mini film festival. Organized with Cliff Harper, the director of the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A. (one of Dance K's main venues and the site of the arts high school), the festival will not only call more attention to ballet in the Southland, it will serve a Luckman audience that, according to Harper, always requests more ballet on questionnaires.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>However, she is also concerned about the funding to secure its future:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>BalletFest 2000 is optimistically subtitled "The Inauguration," and no matter how it fares, Cliff Harper says, the Luckman is committed to the idea. The next step is finding more funding, perhaps from the corporate world, so that activities can be expanded. This year's festival is held in conjunction with a summer dance program sponsored by the Cecchetti Society of America ("Cecchetti" refers to a ballet teaching method). Next year other kinds of workshops and professional-student interactions are planned.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><B><A HREF="http://www.calendarlive.com/theater/20000814/t000076337.html" TARGET=_blank>Read the full article</A></B>: <I>no longer available after LA Times site re-organisation.</I><p>[This message has been edited by grace (edited August 23, 2000).]


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet Fest in LA - Previews and Reviews
PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2000 9:15 am 
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Not exactly encouraging words from Lewis Segal's review of the first night of BalletFest:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>BalletFest 2000 wants to showcase California classicism, but the best thing about it is the enthusiasm of its dominant audience: the teachers and, especially, students of the summer school workshop of the American Cecchetti Society. <BR> Ever encouraging and alert for any glint of technical competence, this classical in-crowd buoyed an uneven opening program by two local companies on Thursday at Cal State L.A., ultimately helping everyone else see the event in the most positive terms as an educational outreach endeavor.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><B><A HREF="http://www.calendarlive.com/theater/20000818/t000077822.html" TARGET=_blank>Read the LA Times article</A></B>


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet Fest in LA - Previews and Reviews
PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2000 10:45 am 
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Image <BR>Francisco Martinez<BR>AD of Francisco Martinez Dancetheatre<P><BR>Lewis Segal had mixed feelings about the closing programs of BalletFest. Some excerpts from his review:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>American ballet remains so obsessed by the 19th century that its periodic attempts at contemporary expression usually look hopelessly out of touch. As proof, the final two nights of BalletFest 2000 at Cal State L.A. offered a survey of muddled end-of-the-century ballet modernism.<P>...<P>Avoiding the pitfalls of State Street's crude dramatics and L.A. Chamber Ballet's bloodless abstraction, Diablo Ballet of Northern California appeared on the Friday and Saturday programs in finely wrought performances that made the company not merely the major discovery of BalletFest 2000 but its saving grace.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR><B><A HREF="http://www.calendarlive.com/theater/20000820/t000078451.html" TARGET=_blank>Click here for the LA Times article</A></B><p>[This message has been edited by Azlan (edited August 21, 2000).]


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet Fest in LA - Previews and Reviews
PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2000 11:10 am 
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Grace, "California classicism" is indeed an interesting choice of words by Segal, isn't it? This alone could spur a whole debate! Where's Stuart?


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet Fest in LA - Previews and Reviews
PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2000 7:38 pm 
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Grace, I have heard from a few sources that Segal is an interesting fellow but quite knowledgeable.


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