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The DanceView Times, Washington, D.C. edition

       Volume 1, Number 12   An online supplement to DanceView magazine

Strangers On a Train

D.C. 9th International Improvisation Plus+ Festival
December 13, "Redline Revisited," Union Station to Friendship Heights
December 13, Jack Guidone Theatre, Joy of Motion Dance Center
Washington, D.C.

By Lisa Traiger
copyright © 2003 by Lisa Traiger

"Come ride the Red line with us … we're CatScratch Theatre," whispered a woman after slithering across a cement bench in Union Station. She handed me a business-sized card and snuck up to the next unsuspecting customer. Sometimes riding along with the unexpected makes for a serendipitous hour or two, as it did on Saturday. The CatScratch dancers and a small cohort of assistants—a flag carrier and one or two who lugged bags of cold weather layers—began stealthily, hard to spot in their wool caps and winter coats. But soon slight, ponytailed Stephen Clapp instructed us to board the next Red Line train bound for Shady Grove. Along the way we disembarked at pre-planned stops at Gallery Place, Metro Center and Dupont Circle before finishing up with a game of follow the leader at Friendship Heights that took us to the door of the Jack Guidone Theater.
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Classical Showcase

The Winter Performance
Universal Ballet Academy
4301 Harewood Road NE
Washington, DC
Saturday, December 13, 200

by George Jackson
copyright © 2003 George Jackson

Recitals by the Universal (formerly Kirov; originally Universal) Ballet Academy have gained a reputation for classical purity and professional polish that is matched by few other schools around the world. These showcases occur two or three times a year just before breaks in the academic schedule and they are long, lasting sometimes three hours or more. This year's winter performance was relatively brief, just two and a half hours. Often the starting number is a demonstration class but this time it was Classical Composition by Nadig to Glinka music that served as a classroom based entrée for six young women. There followed 32 other numbers, 18 of them by (or after) Marius Petipa. All the Petipa selections were classical, not from his character dances, for arguably even Raymonda's solo is upper class at its core with the folk ingredients elegantly, imperially transformed (An Na Yung had the requisite authority). Among the dancers lit up by Petipa were Ian Lindeman (in the Paquita trio), Emily Bicks (in a Don Quixote Act 3 solo, and very finished for someone so young), long limbed Sae Hyun Kwon (in the Vestalka solo to music presumably by Gasparo Spontini and not Sposini; although M. Ivanov is listed as composer for Petipa's ballet on the Vestal Virgin topic, this could have been from the Spontini opera), Kenya Nakamura (in the Giselle Peasant Boy variation), Brooklyn Mack (powerful in a Le Corsaire solo and partnering lyrical Sofia Dahlgren in the duo), Sasha De Sola (another Corsaire variation), Mikayla Williams (simple, fresh and elegant in a Sleeping Beauty Prologue solo) as well as Mara Thompson, Emily Drexler, April Giangeruso and Hee Kyung Bae. The dancers in Petipa ensembles struck the right balance between individuality and uniformity.
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What's On This Week

Dec. 18-21
The Nutcracker

The Washington Ballet’s holiday production of The Nutcracker begins this week. Telling the familiar tale of Clara and her dreams of the Land of Sweets, the classic ballet is for people of all ages. Performances run through Dec. 28.
Dec. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 20 at 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 21 at 1 an 5 p.m.
Warner Theater
13th and F streets, NW

Dec. 20
The Field
A group of regional artists, The Field Laboratory, presents a series of new works. The performance is the result of a 10-week workshop, under the direction of Laura Schandelmeier.
8 p.m.
Dance Place
3225 8th Street, NE

Dec. 21
Joy of Motion Fall Showcase II

Students of Joy of Motion’s CityDance Ensemble Repertory Class, Jam Crew Repertory Class, Contemporary Repertory Class, Raqs Caravan East and Raqs Caravan West present their fall concert.
7 p.m.
Jack Guidone Theater
5207 Wisconsin Ave., NW
— Liz Bartolomeo


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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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