writers on dancing

Volume 4, Number 21 - May 29, 2006

more of this week's reviews!

Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux's new "Two Birds with the Wings of One" for NYCB
by Mary Cargill

San Francisco Letter No. 9
Company Chaddick, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley School, Rosas Dance Company/Ictus Music Ensemble
by Rita Felciano

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company
by Ann Murphy

by Tom Phillips

did you miss any of these?

NYCB: Vienna Nights
by Mary Cargill

Royal Danish Ballet's modern evening
by Eva Kistrup

Christopher Williams
by Nancy Dalva

Skimming a big story
Zoe Anderson's "The Royal Ballet: 75 Years"
by John Percival

Happy Birthday, "Live from Lincoln Center"
An interview with Executive Producer John Goberman
by Dale Brauner

what we're reading

Jennifer Dunning's Appreciation of Katherine Dunman in the NY Times

lots of assorted reviews -- otherwise, a slow dance week!



The Royal Ballet's "Sleeping Beauty":
Could do better

by John Percival

How happy we were when Monica Mason announced that the Royal Ballet, to celebrate its 75th birthday, would mount a new production of "The Sleeping Beauty" trying to restore the qualities that won the company national and international fame. More than any of the other old Russian classics, it was "Beauty", together with our distinctive Ashton ballets, that set the company style. And the version premiered in 1946 for the move to Covent Garden Opera House remains, together with the Kirov's recent attempt to approximate Petipa's original, the supreme exposition of what this great ballet is really about. READ MORE

ABT's opening night gala
by Susan Reiter

American Ballet Theatre's opening night gala served up a generous selection of bravura showpieces and concert numbers, but it was the evening’s third offering that got the well-heeled audience officially into the gala spirit. “Le Corsaire Suite,” a hodge-podge assemblage of highlights for five of that ballet’s main characters, made no logical sense, but its seven sections featured a nonstop showcase of flashy, exciting virtuoso dancing, and that’s what people expect on an evening like this. READ MORE


Zakharova at La Scala
by Marc Haegeman

The days that ballerinas like Virginia Zucchi, Carlotta Brianza, and Pierina Legnani, groomed at La Scala in Milan, conquered Russian and European audiences and triumphed in the Marius Petipa classics belong to the past. Ironically, when La Scala now programs La Bayadère, French and Russian ballerinas are setting the standard. Last May, the Bolshoi’s Svetlana Zakharova returned to La Scala as a guest star to dance Nikiya in Natalia Makarova’s production. Zakharova ended up by dancing six out of the nine Bayadères in this run (what happened to the local ballerinas?) — and she took the Milanese audiences by storm. READ MORE

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