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 Post subject: Arc Dance's "Hamlet"
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2003 11:00 pm 
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Hamlet
The Arc Dance Company arrives in Birmingham with a compelling new interpretation of a Shakespeare classic. From icBirmingham

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In this new version of Hamlet, choreographer Kim Brandstrup focuses on a young Hamlet confronted with a changed and alien adult world.

As an outsider coming to terms with the cruel realities of treachery, betrayal and murder, Hamlet becomes a spectator of his own play: a play into which he cannot enter, in which he cannot act.

In a series of rapidly changing scenes and actions the piece charts Hamlet's journey from paralysed grief through madness and tormented indecision to his manic pursuit of revenge.

Hamlet is performed by a company of eleven dancers from the worlds of contemporary dance and ballet, described as some of the best currently performing in the UK.

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<small>"Hamlet" by ARC</small>

Here is the link to much material about this new production on the ARC website.

And here is the link to the front page of the well presented ARC website

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Hamlet
By Donald Hutera
Crescent, Birmingham


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THE Danish choreographer Kim Brandstrup has reworked his 1993 take on Hamlet for his touring Arc Dance Company but it feels remote and disappointing. It’s tricky to pinpoint why it didn’t add up to a fully textured experience, especially as the production bears the hallmarks of its creator’s sensitivity and intelligence.
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Hamlet
By Stephanie Ferguson for The Guardian

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are alive, but absent, in Kim Brandstrup's imaginative new look at Hamlet for his Arc Dance Company. Horatio doesn't seem to be around either, but there's a memorable young Prince of Denmark in the stocky shape of former Rambert dancer Lee Boggess, a driven, strong yet sacrificial figure.

Brandstrup has looked at the treacherous goings-on at Elsinore through young and troubled eyes. Here the prince is on the outside watching a hostile and dangerous world. His uncle has murdered his father and married his mother. He is heir to the throne, grieving and vulnerable, so he feigns madness to survive.

Brandstrup seems to create his works like a film-maker, an invisible camera panning over the dancers. Action is fast and varied, like a series of beautifully-cut shots, so the eye has to dart all over the stage to take in the drama.

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Competent but bloodless
Zoe Anderson for The Daily Telegraph reviews Arc, touring

Kim Brandstrup is such a polite choreographer. Arc, his company, specialises in story dances, many based on plays or novels. Literary adaptations are often splashy crowd-pleasers, made to cash in on well-known names. Arc do nothing so vulgar: the stagings are sleek and minimalist, half-abstract. The impassive faces onstage make it clear that this is Serious Modern Dance: nobody actually acts. The style is fluent, competent and bloodless.

That tidy moderation is evident throughout the new production of Hamlet (which I saw at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool). Brandstrup really is fluent, boiling that complicated revenge plot into a 70-minute work for a small cast. Events are sometimes clearer than relationships, but it's not hard to follow.

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By Jann Parry for The Observer

Kim Brandstrup's latest version of Hamlet for his Arc Dance Company shows you the world through the prince's eyes. Like Ophelia, he is manipulated by untrustworthy courtiers, unable to tell what is real, what is shadow-play. Craig Givens's subtle set undermines him further, as Hamlet is trapped in his own conspiracy. This is Brandstrup's most coherent production in years.

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Can you have too much Nureyev?
Yes, in the Royal Ballet’s tribute, says David Dougill for The Sunday Times


When Monica Mason took over the reins of the Royal Ballet following Ross Stretton’s abrupt departure as director last autumn, one of her immediate decisions was to make space in the schedules for a special programme to commemorate Rudolf Nureyev on the 10th anniversary of his death. Nureyev made the Royal Ballet his home after his defection from Russia in 1961. There his charismatic influence transformed the lives of Mason’s and later generations of dancers — the printed programme is packed with their tributes — as well as ours, the audience, who thrilled to him during his many years at Covent Garden.

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Review from the Sunday Times.

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It isn’t easy telling stories through movement, especially to Anglo-Saxons. A short trip to the self-help section of any bookshop furnishes ample proof of just how physically dyslexic our culture tends to be. We need self-styled “body-language experts” to explain that when two people at a party spend the evening rubbing groins, they may just possibly like each other. At least classical ballet has the esoteric tic-tac of mime to point the way through the plot; contemporary dance has no signposts, and shows little inclination to build any. George Balanchine, the most influential ballet-maker of the 20th century, said that putting a boy and a girl onstage together automatically generated as much plot as you could ever need. And Merce Cunningham, the Dalai Lama of American modern dance, thinks movement owes no fealty to music, let alone story line.
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Kim Brandstrup
Backstage with..
Interview by Keith Watson from The South Bank Magazine

Born in Copenhagen, Kim Brandstrup
studied film at university in Denmark
before switching disciplines to study
dance at London Contemporary Dance
School. He then set up his own company,
Arc Dance. Committed to the idea of
telling stories through dance, he has
given a modern choreographic spin to
such classic tales as Orfeo, Peer Gynt,
Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov
and Othello. He presents a new version
of Hamlet with Arc Dance Company in
the Queen Elizabeth Hall this month.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this file. If you haven't got it it's worth the free download as it is a useful piece of software.

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Hamlet, MacRobert Centre, Stirling
By Mary Brennan for The Herald

Pure dance, Eurocrash, minimalism: modern dance comes in many forms but Kim Brandstrup still cherishes the old-fashioned art of story-telling as a driving force within his own choreography. Hamlet, which his Arc Dance Company showed in Scotland last week, is a prime example of his approach: on one level, it's a dance-drama closely structured around Shakespeare's play, but on another level it's a study of youthful angst, isolation, and alienation.

Like Shakespeare, Brandstrup has taken source material from the twelfth century Danish chronicle of Prince Amlet, which describes the prince as adolescent and at risk from the ambitions of his uncle.

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