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       Volume 2, Number 6  February 9, 2004         An online supplement to DanceView magazine

Debuts, Good Dancing, in ABT's La Bayadère

La Bayadere
American Ballet Theatre
Opera House, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC
Friday, February 6 and Saturday February 7, 2004

by George Jackson
copyright 2004 by George Jackson
published 9 February 2004

Likely the year was 1961, the place Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The first half dozen had entered, one by one, doing the same step and stretch. Would others follow? I hoped so, and another half dozen did. Then I was afraid they would stop. Couldn't they just keep coming on? The women of the full Kirov corps did, descending the ramp in a grave cantilena of arabesques, seemingly without end. It was bliss! Almost all New York succumbed to the Shades of La Bayadere. The impact was immeasurable. Classicism, minimalism and abstraction could no longer be seen as separate and opposed. Modern dancers and painters started showing up at these performances. Hatchets were buried and only Agnes de Mille dismissed the choreography as trivial.
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repriinted from last week's midweek edition:

ABT's Without Program

Raymonda, Without Words, Within You Without You
American Ballet Theatre
Opera House
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
February 3, 2004

Clare Croft
copyright © 2004 by Clare Croft
published 4 February 2004

The titles of two of the three pieces on American Ballet Theatre’s opening night program at the Kennedy Center include the word “without:” Nacho Duato’s Without Words and Within You Without You by four choreographers. It’s an apt word for the program as a whole. Tuesday night was an evening without any great choreographic feats, without any really good roles for the company’s fine dancers throughout the principal, soloist and corps ranks, and without the sense of polish expected from a company among the ranks of the world or American best.
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What's On This Week

February 14 and 15

Choreographers Kimberly Swartz, Michele Dunleavy and Stephanie Wong present three new works. Addressing topics such as biology, race, anthropology and art, it is a performance of inspiring modern dance.
Saturday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.
Jack Guidone Theater – Joy of Motion
5207 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
(202) 362-3042

A Weekend in New York

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Doug Varone and Dancers
The JoyceOpera House, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
New York, NY
February 5-7, 2004

by Clare Croft
copyright 2004 by Clare Croft
published 9 February 2004

When I return to New York, I search for three things: choreographers whose work I have not seen, choreographers whose work I love, and work that will never make it to more conservative Washington. This weekend in New York, I hit the first two. I saw the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in their twentieth anniversary program at BAM and Doug Varone and Dancers at the Joyce.
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Classics and Legends

Compania Andaluza de Danza
4th Annual Flamenco Festival
Lisner Auditorium
George Washington Universiity
Washiington, D.C.
February 7, 2004

by Tehreema Mitha
copyright 2004 by Tehreema Mitha
published 9 February 2004

The Flamenco festival, having just completed its fourth year, is firmly established in the hearts of those who follow Flamenco.

“Compania Andaluza de Danza” started its program on the 7th of February, Saturday evening, with Bodas De Sangre (Blood Wedding) the famous theatre piece by Federico Garcia Lorca. The story is full of romance and tragedy as are all traditional tales from Spain.
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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


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