writers on dancing

Volume 5, Number 27 - July 9, 2007

this week's reviews

ABT's "Cinderella"
by Leigh Witchel

Glen Rumsey's "little virtue"
by Susan Reiter

Shakespeare in the Park's "Romeo and Juliet"
by Tom Phillips

Letters and Commentary

London Letter
Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal and English National Ballets
announce their seasons

by John Percival

San Francisco Letter 26
San Francisco Ballet: Programs 6 and 7

by Rita Felciano

Letter from London
Henri Oguike Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company

by John Percival

Letter from Copenhagen
Nikolaj Hübbe to take over his parent company

by Eva Kistrup

did you miss any of these?

ABT's Spring Met Season
"Swan Lake"

June 28, 2007 (Murphy-Hallberg)
reviewed by Leigh Witchel
June 29, 2007 (Wiles-Hallberg)

reviewed by Mary Cargill

Hell's Kitchen Dance
by Susan Reiter

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
by Ann Murphy

New York City Ballet's Spring Season Closing Week
"Jeu de Cartes," "The Nightingale and the Rose," "Robert Schumann’s Davidsbundlertänze"
June 17, 2007

reviewed by Leigh Witchel

"Raymonda Variations," "Dybbuk," "Stravinsky Violin Concerto"
June 19, 2007

reviewed by Leigh Witchel

Kyra Nichols' Farewell
June 22, 2007

reviewed by Mary Cargill

June 23, 2007 (evening)

reviewed by Michael Popkin

ABT's Spring Met Season
"Romeo and Juliet "

June 20, 2007 matinee (Ferri-Bolle) and
June 23, 2007 evening (Murphy-Hallberg)

reviewed by Susan Reiter

June 20, 2007 evening (Dvorovenko-Carreno)
reviewed by Mary Cargill

June 22, 2007 (Kent-Corella)
reviewed by Tom Phillips

Naharin's "Decadance"
Clear Lake Contemporary Ballet

by Susan Reiter

ABT's Closes Spring Met Season

by Leigh Witchel

American Ballet Theatre closed its season with a pinch-hitter and a guest. Stella Abrera danced the lead in “Cinderella” substituting for Xiomara Reyes; Guillaume Côté from the National Ballet of Canada was her Prince Charming. This version of “Cinderella,” created by James Kudelka and set in a Roaring Twenties of Marcel waves and society photographers, deletes most of the oppressive elements of Cinderella’s family and life. Her stepmother is a drunk, her sisters nasty, and she still has to dust, but she is not the suffering maid we usually see. READ MORE

Glen Rumsey's "little virtue"
by Susan Reiter

In the opening moments of Glen Rumsey's new "little virtue", shadowy figures teetered in high heels along the perimeter of the St. Mark’s sanctuary, illuminating their lower bodies with flashlights. In the near-darkness, as bird sounds and whistles were heard, one could make out the long tresses of their extravagantly tacky wigs as they made their way up to the altar at the far end of the space. Three pairs of legs, barefoot now and artfully highlighted by the flashlights, came downstage to flick and dart alluringly. READ MORE

Shakespeare in the Park: "Romeo and Juliet"
by Tom Phillips

This spring and summer, New York has been treated to a three-ring circus of Romeos and Juliets — a pair of ballets by New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre (reviewed here in recent weeks) followed by the real thing — a lusty production of the play, before rapt audiences in the most romantic of settings, Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre. Thursday night’s performance began in a light rain, which beneficently ended midway through act one, accompanied by birdsongs and a flight of herons from the pond in front of Belvedere Castle, just in time for the balcony scene where the star-crossed lovers’ flame ignites.  READ MORE


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