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The DanceView Times, Washington, D.C. edition

       Volume 1, Number 5      An online supplement to DanceView magazine

A New Wind from Britain

Ballet Boyz
George Piper Dances
Lisner Auditorium
(presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society)
October 21, 2003

By Alexandra Tomalonis
copyright © 2003 by Alexandra Tomalonis

The Ballet Boyz are one of the best things to happen to ballet in years. They're young and trendy and on record as saying they want to bring it to people not used to watching dance (a noble endeavor), but former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt make serious work accessible and fun to watch without dumbing it down.  The company's members and repertory shift as circumstances dictate. For the current U.S. tour, there are five dancers: Hubert Essakow, Oxana Panchenko and Monica Zamora, in addition to Nunn and Trevitt. What they present is as far from the typical "we're not doing anything much this month so let's put on a show" off-season gig as can be imagined: three serious works in styles that range from contemporary ballet to modern dance, interspersed with home movie-style videos that give the audience a glimpse of life on tour, a mini-introduction to each of the works and their choreographers, and time for both dancers and audience members to catch their breath.
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CityDance Ensemble
Terrace Theater
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC
Wednesday, October 22

Reviewed by George Jackson
copyright ©2003 by George Jackson

It isn't easy being a Rasta Thomas fan. He's elusive. Here today, there tomorrow: the transient artist, forever a guest and solitary, often appearing in tricky, tailor-made solos. Undeniably, though, Thomas leaves behind him fans as faithful as those of the stars who dance standard repertory and have regular orbits around big ballet companies. On his home ground, the Washington area, Thomas first attracted attention at age 11 on a school recital program. He danced with adult intensity and refined precision, standing out despite considerable competition from his fellow students, a top generation at the Universal/Kirov Academy of Ballet. For that debut he had choreographed his own vehicle, a Black Belt fight solo. It was a well made piece. Thomas's first fans date from that performance. In the years since, he's been globe trotting. Only with the Hartford Ballet in Connecticut and the Kirov in St. Petersburg, Russia did he dance sustained roles as a regular company member. Because his stays there were brief, it hasn't been possible to see his Prince or Prodigal grow. Fans, though, keep springing up regardless.

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What's On This Week?

November 1-2: Jam Crew Live
The Jack Guidone Theater
Joy of Motion
5207 Wisconsin Ave, NW: 202-362-3042
1-Nov-2003 at 8 pm
2-Nov-2003 at 7 pm
Jam Crew, a DC based dance company whose trademark style marks the fusion of hip-hop and modern dance, brings to the metro area an evening of diverse and exciting repertoire, including Ali McEvoy’s I’m Feelin, the salsa and hip-hop influenced work Uh Oh choreographed by Michele Morris, and Awake on the Dark Side, a more serious duet created by Citydance Ensemble’s Ludovich Jolivet.

November 1-2: Marty Pottenger
Dance Place
3225 Eighth Street, NE: 202-269-1600
1-Nov-2003 at 8 pm
2-Nov-2003 at 4 pm
Marty Pottenger promises a probing two-night run in her performance art piece Abundance, featuring original music by Terry Dame with lyrics supplied by Pottenger. In this work, a product derived from two years worth of interviews from Americans representative of the nation’s economic discrepancy, Pottenger explores the American value system and materialistic concerns.

November 1: KanKouran West African Dance Company
Celebrate the ancient spirit of the Mandingo culture from Senegal
Millennium Stage
Kennedy Center

November 2: Choreographie Antique Dance Company
The history of French-American liaisons with General Lafayette between 1780 and 1824 through dance.
Towson University
8000 York Rd.
Towson, MD When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2
Price: $10; $5 student, senior
Phone: 410-704-2787






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This weeks' articles


Mindy  Aloff's Letter from New York

The Balanchine Celebration
New York City Ballet:
A Veteran and a Raw Recruit
by Mindy Aloff

Heart and Soul
by Mary Cargill

Kid Stuff
Cas Public's If You Go Down To the Woods Today
by Susan Reiter

San Francisco Ballet:
New Wheeldon (Rush)
by Rita Felciano

New Tomasson (7 For Eight)
by Paul Parish

Possokhov's New Firebird for OBT
by Rita Felciano

Moscow Festival Ballet and Scott Wells
by Paul Parish

Hamburg Ballet's Nijinsky:
Nijinsky—Lost in the Chaos
by Clare Croft

NijinskyMadness and Metaphor
by Alexandra Tomalonis

Nijinsky and the Ballets Russes
by George Jackson

Batsheva: Breaking Down Walls
by Lisa Traiger

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence
by Clare Croft

Choreographers Showcase
by Tehreema Mitha

Zoltan Nagy
by George Jackson






Clare Croft
George Jackson
Jean Battey Lewis
Sali Ann Kriegsman
Tehreema Mitha

Alexandra Tomalonis (Editor)
Lisa Traiger


The Autumn DanceView is out:

New York City Ballet's Spring 2003 season reviewed by Gia Kourlas

An interview with the Kirov Ballet's Daria Pavlenko by Marc Haegeman

Reviews of San Francisco Ballet (by Rita Felciano) and Paris Opera Ballet (by Carol Pardo)

The ballet tradition at the Metropolitan Opera (by Elaine Machleder)

Reports from London (Jane Simpson) and the Bay Area (Rita Felciano).

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