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      Volume 2,  Number 5     February 2 , 2004           An online supplement to DanceView magazine

Letter from New York

26 January 2004.

Copyright © 2004 by Mindy Aloff
published 26 January 2004

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Bare Bones Bournonville

The Principals and Soloists of the Royal Danish Ballet
Prudential Hall
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Newark, New Jersey
January 29, 2004

by Nancy Dalva
copyright 2004 by Nancy Dalva
published 2 February 2004

Denmark has long been dispatching chamber troupes as dancing ambassadors. Peter Bo Bendixen is the artistic director of the company that came to Newark. For the most part, they presented excerpts from the full length ballets of nineteenth century Danish master August Bournonville–pas de trois, pas de deux, and divertissements—in no particular order, on a bare stage, and without sets. Thus, the Bournonville is merely of academic interest: what the steps are, how the dancers do them, and the like; or merely of insider interest: how X looks substituting for Y, how B looks compared to C, how D is being featured instead of E, and so forth.
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The Show Goes On

Donizetti Variations/Scotch Symphony/Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
New York City Ballet
New York State Theater
New York, NY
January 31, 2004

by Mary Cargill
copyright 2004 by Mary Cargill
published 2 February 2004

It seems as if the programs for this season’s Balanchine Festival should come with a medical update. This week yet more injuries and illnesses resulted in an unexpected guest, Caroline Cavallo, from the Royal Danish Ballet, who danced the injured Jennie Somogyi’s Swan Lakes and the flu-bound Miranda Weese’s Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 on very short notice. Cavallo had danced both roles (Peter Martins’ Swan Lake was made for the Danish company) and her invitation was a more farsighted choice that the “shove an unprepared corps girl on” scenario we too often see.
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A Very Personal Vision

Joyce Theater
New York, NY
January 27 & January 31

by Susan Reiter
copyright © 2004 by Susan Reiter

One enters a very specific world when viewing the choreography of Jacqulyn Buglisi and Donlin Foreman, who as artistic directors contribute equally to the repertory of the ten-year-old Buglisi/Foreman Dance. It is a world that is passionately committed to the full-bodied, emotionally propelled technique and esthetic of Martha Graham, in whose company both were principal dancers for many years. It is marked by what could be considered "old-fashioned" values within today's dance scene—frequent use of nineteenth-century music (often performed live), dances inspired by literary sources and humanistic concerns. This kind of open-hearted, deeply expressive work is certainly not trendy, but the company happily and proudly inhabits its own realm, set apart from whatever constitutes the cutting-edge of the moment.
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What's On This Week?

Balanchine 100th Birthday Events:

February 2
Balanchine and Ballet Technique

As part of New York City Ballet's 2004 seminar series, panel members Merrill Ashley, Kay Mazzo and Suki Schorer, along with moderator Peter Boal, will focus on George Balanchine's ballet technique. At 6pm.
New York State Theater
Lincoln Center 66th Street and
Broadway 212-870-5570

February 3-8 (Opened in November)
New York City Ballet
The company's Balanchine Centennial Celebration continues with three more performances of Susan Stroman's Double Feature and three of George Balanchine's own three-acter, the sublime Jewels. 2/3 at 7:
30pm, 2/4 at 8pm, 2/5 at 8pm, 2/6 at 8pm, 2/7 at 2pm, 2/7 at 8pm, 2/8 at 3pm. New York State Theater Lincoln Center 66th Street and Broadway 212-870-5570

February 3-29 and April 27-June 27 (opened January 6)
The Balanchine Centennial Exhibition at New York City Ballet
George Balanchine's career is covered in a photography exhibit curated by company veteran Edward Bigelow.
New York State Theater Lincoln Center 66th Street and Broadway 212-870-5570

February 3-March 7 (Opened December 6)
A Celebration of George Balanchine:
Selected Television Work

George Balanchine took full advantage of the advent of television, and many of his greatest works - and performances of his dancers - have been captured on video. In this 100th-year anniversary of the great choreographer's birthday, The Museum of Television & Radio presents a series of showings of some incredible footage. The fifth installment, shown from 2/3-8, is the Live from Lincoln Center 1978 broadcast of Coppélia, choreographed by Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova, stars Patricia McBride, Helgi Tomasson, Shaun O'Brien and the New York City Ballet. (150 minutes) Screening Times: Tuesdays to Sunday at 12:30 pm Evening Screenings:
Thursdays at 6pm The Museum of Television & Radio 25 West
52 Street 212-621-6800

February 3-April 24 (Opened December 10)
The Enduring Legacy of George Balanchine

A multi-media exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of George Balanchine. It features photographs, designs, manuscript music and correspondence, costumes, set pieces, and models, along with showings of videotaped performances and rehearsals. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery 40 Lincoln Center Plaza 212-870-1630

Ballet and Dance Events:

February 3, 5-7
Bill T.Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

The 20th-anniversary season of Bill T. Jones' company presents three New York premieres among two programs. Program A (2/3, 2/6 at 7:30pm) is comprised of Chaconne, Mercy 10 x 8 on a Circle, Reading, and Mercy and the Artificial Nigger. The evening features special guest actress Susan Sarandon. The Gift/No God Logic (2/5 only), Continuous Replay ( at 2/7 only), There Were..., The Phantom Project: Still/Here Looking On make up Program B (at 2/5, 2/7 at 7:30. Special guests for these
performances are Cassandra Wilson and Vernon Reid, and Vernon Reid and DJ Spooky. There also will be dialogues with Jones after the 2/5-6 performances.

February 3-8
Doug Varone and Dancers
Varone's group performs the premiere of Castles, a revival of Rise, and the Earth Far Below.
The Joyce Theater 175 Eighth Ave. at 19th St. 212-242-0880 www.joyce. org

February 5
Lunar New Year
Chinese Folk Dance Company

The the full moon of the Chinese Lantern Festival will be celebrated with swirling silk, flashing swords, and frolicking lions in this evening of dance, acrobatics and Peking Opera. At 7pm.
Winter Garden
World Financial Center
220 Vesey Street between North End Avenue and West Street 212-945-0505

February 5-7
De Facto Dance

The group performs Cinderzilla, a dance-theater piece that weaves together the stories of Cinderella and Godzilla. At 8pm.
Williamsburg Arts Nexus
205 North 7th Street between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street.

February 5-7
Deborah Hay Dance Company

Danspace Project Hay choreographs The Match, a quartet experimenting with self- reflection and intimacy in performance.
St. Mark's Church in the Bowery
Second Avenue at 10th Street

February 5-8 (Opened January 22)
Dusara Dance

Bill Clark launches his own dance company with performances of Place
Poems. La MaMa E.T.C. Annex Theare 74A East 4th Street between Bowery
and Second Avenue 212-475-7710

February 5-8
Makram Hamdan

Hamdan presents the New York premieres of Back Yard and two solos, I on You and Pleurs Jai Soif. Performed by Jean Feebury, Makram Hamdan & Katharine Livingston, Music by Brian Nishii, Westwell Production.
Joyce Soho
155 Mercer Street between Houston and Prince Streets 212-334-7479

February 6
A Tribute to Tap Giants of the Stage and Screen
With Harold "Stumpy" Cromer, the Young Hoofers, Eric Offner and the Sidney Bechet Society Band, Byron Stripling and Carrie Smith. At 8pm.
Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street

February 6-7 (Opened January 28)
David Parker/Bang Group

Parker presents a retelling of the Nutcracker - Cracked, Slapstick, and Enough. At 7pm.
Dance Theater Workshop
219 West 19th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

February 6-March 4
Wow Moves Dance Fest

The Monster Baby Project, a series of solos adapted from Anne Gadwa's I Dream of Monster Babies, is performed.
Wow Cafe Theater
59-61 East 4th Street between Bowery and Second Avenue
4th Floor

Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana
Three works by Robert Lorca are restaged.
Brooklyn Center for the Preforming Arts at Brooklyn College. At 8pm.
Flatbush and Nostrand Avenues

February 7-9
Nayikas Dance Theater Company
New York's first resident classical Indian Odissi dance theater
company performs works by Myna Mukherjee. At 8pm.
Baruch Center for the Performing Arts
Nagelberg Theater
55 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street

January 30-February 1
Imago Dance Theater
A Day in the Life is performed.
1/30 at 9pm, 1/31-2/1 at 8pm.
Cunningham Studio
55 Bethune Street

— Dale Brauner





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