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 Post subject: Edinburgh Festivals 2005
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 10:45 am 
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With the Fringe and International Festivals soon approaching, this topic is being split to accomodate posts for the different companys. General news on any of the Festivals should be posted here, but articles or posts about specific companies and performances during the Fringe should go in the appropriate forum below:

Scottish Ballet

Dutch National Ballet

Pennsylvania Ballet

Impromptus

Contrecoup

Edinburgh Fringe

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Thu 10 Feb 2005
Cuts to the programme of opera, music and dance may damage the event's status.


BRIAN FERGUSON
CITY COUNCIL REPORTER
EDINBURGH International Festival organisers today warned they are facing a financial crisis which threatens to seriously damage this year’s event.

Festival organisers said they would have to make dramatic cuts to their programme of opera, music and dance because of a £600,000 black hole in the event’s funding, which amounts to almost ten per cent of its £7.5 million budget.
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The official festival website is at www.eif.co.uk.

No official news has been released about dance companies, but the schedule indicates 'Christopher Wheeldon' for the first week of the festival, and the official website has photos from Pennsylvania Ballet's 'Swan Lake'.

However, it would seem that the major dance performances would be at risk if the funding shortfall cannot be resolved.

Kate


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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh International Festival 2005
PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 10:01 am 
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The saga continues...

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Top Festival venue 'will be axed in cash crisis'

BRIAN FERGUSON
CITY COUNCIL REPORTER
The Scotsman

ONE of the Edinburgh International Festival’s main venues will be deserted this year unless an 11th-hour funding plea is answered, organisers have warned.

Festival director Brian McMaster is threatening to scrap productions in one of the city’s top theatres unless the council and the Scottish Executive agree to plug a £600,000 shortfall in the next few days.
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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh International Festival 2005
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The money is found...

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Festival's cash crisis is averted

The festival's £600,000 funding crisis has been averted

A cash crisis hanging over the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) has been averted.

Edinburgh City Council and the Scottish Executive have agreed to pay £600,000 in emergency funding to make sure this year's programme goes ahead.

Organisers warned on Tuesday that they might have to scale back the event unless the extra money was forthcoming.

The cash boost from the public purse comes on top of existing government grants totalling £1.5m.
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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh International Festival 2005
PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 6:27 am 
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When a night of culture is just too cheap

the CHARLOTTE HIGGINS
the Guardian

"Having £5 on some of these amazing events was undermining our pricing elsewhere," said the spokeswoman.

Top prices last year were £23 for theatre, £37 for dance, £34 for concerts and £58 for opera.

"Football doesn't charge £5, if you see what I mean," the spokeswoman said.
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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh International Festival 2005
PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 4:30 am 
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The Edinburgh Festival won its battle for more public money
… but at a cost. Is the politicians’ desire to win wider audiences at odds with its artistic vision? By Senay Boztas for The Sunday Herald:


DURING a reception at Edinburgh Castle last month, culture minister Patricia Ferguson found herself surrounded by local people, crowding in to take a look at the Crown Jewels. Those same local people, she believes, sometimes fail to discover another cultural treasure nestling in their midst: the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), which launches next week. The new minister is not a “bum-counter”, equating cultural significance with seat sales. But while she stresses her belief in the artistic quality of the EIF programme, she thinks some events should be more attractive to more people.

“There are two priorities,” she explains . “One is excellence: the Festival has a marvellous reputation, and I don’t want to see that diminish. But also, we want to make sure that we are able to encourage people to come along to performances.”

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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh International Festival 2005
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PABallet has announced that they will be attending the Edinburgh Festival this summer and they will be dancing Wheeldon's new "Swan Lake" . IT is a gourgeous and inventive production with amazing dancing to match the incredibly inventive sets, lighting and costuming! However, I was hoping that they would be bringing a program of mixed rep along with them as well which would allow PAB to show their many talents and versatility.
They will be dancing the first week of the festival according to the information I was sent by the company.


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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh International Festival 2005
PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 12:50 pm 
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I believe the formal Festival Program announcement will be made on Thursday. It seems that the companies involved are allowed to announce just prior to the official announcement.

Though, considering that there's been a picture of the PA Ballet 'Swan Lake' up on the Festival website for months, it not too much of a secret!

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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh International Festival 2005
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The 2005 Festival Schedule has been announced, and we are getting not one, but THREE ballet companies:

Pennsylvania Ballet
Scottish Ballet
Dutch National Ballet

Details below and at the EIF website

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PENNSYLVANIA BALLET
TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF MOSCOW RADIO
Vladimir Fedoseyev Conductor

Christopher Wheeldon's 'Swan Lake'
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE (!!! great theatre)
Mon 15 - Fri 19 August 7.30pm
Matinee Tue 16 August 1.30pm

The Scottish Ballet
Balanchine Mixed Rep - 'Apollo', 'Episodes' and 'Rubies'

Fri 26 & Sat 27 August 7.30pm
Sun 28 Aug 4.00pm
THE EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE
SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Kwamé Ryan Conductor

The Dutch National Ballet
'The Concert', 'La Valse' and 'The Grey Area'

Thu 1 - Sat 3 September 7.30pm
THE EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE
ROYAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA
Martin Yates Conductor

On the modern dance side:

Impromptus
Mon 15 & Tue 16 August 8.00pm
THE EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE

SASHA WALTZ & GUESTS
In cooperation with Schaubühne am
Lehniner Platz Berlin

LA COMPAGNIE FV
Contre Coup
Based on Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

Fri 19 & Sat 20 August 8.00pm
THE EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE

François Verret Direction and Choreography

Related events:
Conversations with Artists
Meet the stars who make the Festival special. These events offer an insight into the life and work of Festival artists – in the artists’ own words.

Tue 16 August
Sasha Waltz
Choreographer of Impromptus discusses her work.

Sat 27 August
Ashley Page
The Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet talks about his role and the work of the company.

ROYAL MUSEUM LECTURE THEATRE 1.20PM
Lunchtime Talks
Free lectures on some of the events and themes of this year’s Festival.

Thu 18 August History of Swan Lake
Dr Giannandrea Poesio

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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh International Festival 2005
PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 6:25 am 
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Curtain rises on feast of Festival attractions

by BRIAN FERGUSON
the Edinburgh Evening News

Highlights include
• Nuts CocoNuts, an English-language version of Jordi Milan’s Spanish hit
• The works of Irish playwright JM Synge performed in a single day
• Scottish Opera’s The Death of Klinghoffer, based on a cruise ship hijacking murder;
• Blackbird, a "darkly intense" new play by Scot David Harrower;
• Swan Lake, touted as the pick of the dance programme;
• The BBC SSO's opening gala performance of Verdi’s Requiem
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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh International Festival 2005
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Cheap festival tickets ‘a terrible mistake’

by PHIL MILLER
the Scotland Herald

THE experiment of selling £5 tickets to special events at the Edinburgh International Festival was a "terrible mistake" and will end, its director declared yesterday.
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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh International Festival 2005
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Chai Hong Lim previews the Festival in The Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/story/0,,1440101,00.html


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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh International Festival 2005
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Scotland reclaims its festival with ballet, opera and three plays

by PHIL MILLER
the Scotland Herald

It will mean that the nation's ballet and opera companies appear together at the festival for the first time since 1980.
Last night, Mr Page said: "We are absolutely thrilled that Scottish Ballet has been invited to the Edinburgh International Festival as it is one of the leading events in the international arts calendar.
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The Scotland Herald points out festival highlights.


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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh International Festival 2005
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Railway chiefs signal festival services boost

by BRIAN FERGUSON
the ediburgh Evening News

Fringe director Paul Gudgin said: "Laying on later trains is going to bring more people to the Fringe from all over the country, which will obviously have a major impact for us."

First Scotrail’s sponsorship deal with the International Festival covers the shows being staged by Scottish Ballet at the Playhouse, the first appearance by the company at the event for 20 years.
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Return of three of the best

by KELLY APTER
the Scotsman

Completing the triumvirate of Royal Ballet School boys is David Dawson. Whereas Page stayed in the UK and Wheeldon headed for the US, Dawson has concentrated his efforts in Europe, becoming a dominant force at Dutch National Ballet. The Amsterdam-based company is renowned for producing narrative ballets and modern classics with equal aplomb.
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