July 2011 Balletco Magazine

Graeme Murphy and Australian Ballet’s New Romeo and Juliet

by Valerie Lawson July 31, 2011 Interviews / Features
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“I don’t want people dozing in the comfortable world of Verona and in the autumnal qualities of something that is familiar”, says Graeme Murphy. “I don’t want this to be Cranko or MacMillan revisited”.

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Dance Commentary: Naples Observ’d or a Plot Discovered – The Royal Danish Ballet Confronts Its Heritage

by Lewis Segal July 31, 2011 Interviews / Features
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With all its faults and lapses, the Hübbe/Englund “Napoli” is encouraging because it attempts to derive a vital experience from a shopworn national treasure…

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Lar Lubovitch and the Chicago Dancing Festival

by Steve Sucato July 28, 2011 Interviews / Features
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On the eve of the Chicago Dancing Festival 2011, Steve Sucato catches up with its founder…

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Can’t sleep, Won’t sleep

by Kristen McNally July 1, 2011 Blogs
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It’s 5am and I’m in a strange bed watching the same episode of 90210 I saw eight hours ago. In fact, in the last 48 hours I’ve seen more TV than I have in the past year. Well that’s what it feels like. In no particular order I’ve watched China Town, four episodes of 90210, [...]

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Mariinsky Ballet – Little Humpbacked Horse – New York

by Eric Taub July 16, 2011 Reviews
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I won’t tell you not to see this, but if you must, you’d be well advised to hold out for Hallberg’s Prince, and even better advised to emulate the divine Ms. Van Hamel’s character, and bring a flask of bathtub gin to kill the pain. No, bring two: those Stepsisters don’t call for half-measures, and you probably couldn’t get a two-barreled shotgun past the Met’s security.

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Mariinsky Ballet – Swan Lake Opening Night – London

by Jane Simpson July 26, 2011 Reviews
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…the evening shifts to a much higher plane with the arrival of the swans in Scene 2: perfectly schooled, they move and even apparently breathe as one. Their Queen, Uliana Lopatkina, is a mystery to me. …I watch, interested in and impressed by what she does, but entirely unmoved.

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Mariinsky Ballet – Swan Lake – London

by Bruce Marriott July 27, 2011 Reviews
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Tereshkina’s the ultimate example of letting the steps do all the speaking and her steps are gobsmackingly articulate. It’s a perfection that I admire greatly and intellectually I’m totally won over by the flawless mechanics of it all. But emotionally…

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Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake

by Dave Morgan July 27, 2011 Galleries
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Picture above is from… Dave Morgan: Mariinsky in Swan Lake – 24 pictures

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Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake

by John Ross July 26, 2011 Galleries
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Picture above is from… John Ross: Mariinsky in Swan Lake – 30 pictures  

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Mariinsky Ballet – Homage to Fokine – London

by Lynette Halewood July 30, 2011 Reviews
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Influenced by the Royal Ballet exponents of the role, our expectation is that a Firebird is quite petite and fluttering. Petite Ekaterina Kondaurova is most certainly not: but what a bird ! Ferocious, quivering, wild and commanding. No wonder she can control the monster henchmen of the villain Kostchei at will. It was certainly thrilling and I look forward to seeing her in other works in the run.

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Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in Chopiniana

by Dave Morgan July 31, 2011 Galleries
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Picture above is from… Dave Morgan: Mariinsky in Chopiniana – 24 pictures

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Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in Chopiniana

by John Ross July 30, 2011 Galleries
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Picture above is from… John Ross: Mariinsky in Chopiniana – 18 pictures

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Paris Opera Ballet – Wayne McGregor’s L’Anatomie de la Sensation – Paris

by Sheila Cross July 18, 2011 Reviews
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Overall the whole is less than the sum of the parts. …the music, scenography and lighting and the quality of the dancing make it look and sound wonderful but although the choroegraphy is inventive in sections, it is uneven…

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Miami City Ballet – Paris Season

by Sheila Cross July 29, 2011 Reviews
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What impressed the most was the way that the company tackles its core Balanchine rep. They actually honour his approach and style with more passion and integrity than his own company, New York City Ballet. Whilst it may have fewer virtuoso dancers than some international companies, it has some remarkable young male dancers and the troupe has a rare dynamic and spirit.

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American Ballet Theatre – Lady of the Camellias – New York

by Eric Taub July 5, 2011 Reviews
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I really try to give John Neumeier a chance, and more than once a decade. The guy’s got a great flair for theater: he appreciates Great Literature and History; his ballets are always impeccably dressed, and their librettos show a flair for the dramatic, if not melodramatic. He picks respectable music, and even has keen sense of timing. Keen, that is, when there’s not actually any dancing going on, because the one thing he doesn’t have is the ability to string together two steps in such a manner that you’d want to stick around for the third…

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Hofesh Shechter – Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut – London

by Graham Watts July 16, 2011 Reviews
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“Awesome” was the word in vogue around the back streets of Islington as a distinctly younger dance crowd than is usual filed out of Sadler’s Wells. And, although a much over-used word these days, it was a bang-on exclamation

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English National Ballet – Roland Petit bill – London

by Jann Parry July 27, 2011 Reviews
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All credit, though, to Eagling for securing what turned out to be a brave tribute to Petit and a testament to Eagling’s vision for his financially challenged company. And also for defying the printed warning on the cast sheet: ‘Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the London Coliseum’.

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Gallery – English National Ballet: Roland Petit bill

by John Ross July 21, 2011 Galleries
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An album of 30 pictures by John Ross

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Gallery – English National Ballet: Roland Petit bill

by Dave Morgan July 22, 2011 Galleries
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An album of 30 pictures by Dave Morgan

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Peter Schaufuss Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – London

by Jane Simpson July 18, 2011 Reviews
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Despite my reservations about what Schaufuss has done, I was very grateful for once to come out of a Romeo and Juliet not feeling I’d been hit with a sledgehammer – thanks partly to Graham Bond’s handling of the score, making it seem a lot less ponderous than usual.

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Sylvie Guillem – 6000 Miles Away – London

by Bruce Marriott July 6, 2011 Reviews
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Mats Ek’s Bye, the second premiere, was the best piece of the evening, probably because in displaying Guillem as a Home Counties middle-aged “cardigan, floral blouse and comfortable skirt” wearer it was just so unexpected…

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Royal New Zealand Ballet – From Here to There – London

by Bruce Marriott July 18, 2011 Reviews
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A few UK directors could learn from Gary Harris, the artistic director who commissioned all these works. Ethan Stiefel, who takes over as director later this year, inherits a young and eager company. The tour continues to Nottingham and Bradford and it would be a shame to miss them.

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Gallery – Royal New Zealand Ballet: From Here to There bill

by John Ross July 15, 2011 Galleries
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An album of 30 pictures by John Ross

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Rosie Kay Dance Company – The Great Train Dance – Kidderminster

by Graham Watts July 28, 2011 Reviews
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The Great Train Dance was an event with that kind of feel-good factor; a dance performance that belonged inextricably in the space and time of just this one day, unexpected owls and all! If everything connected with the London Olympics is going to be this much fun then Seb Coe can sit back and smile.

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Circa – Wunderkammer – London

by Graham Watts July 25, 2011 Reviews
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This was a sexy, uber-talented group that kept up the tour of their cabinet of curiosities with bundles of humour (mostly from Darcy Grant) and outrageous tricks. Not everything worked but, given the overall slickness, I suspect that those few parts that didn’t gel were probably last-minute additions or changes necessitated to overcome the missing man.

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English National Ballet School – Summer Showcase – London

by Jann Parry July 16, 2011 Reviews
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Lynn Wallis had mounted Solitaire for students from all three years, using as male soloists talented Brazilian twins, Vitor and Guilherme Duarte de Menezes, hard to tell apart, and bouncy Joseph Gray. It’s a delicious work for young people, with quirky steps from tap and musical comedy as well classical ballet.

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Royal Ballet School – Summer Performance – London

by Lynette Halewood July 9, 2011 Reviews
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Still the final moments as all the students swept onto the stage to fill it to capacity still had its customary intoxicating effect: how wonderful they looked, how proud, under the picture of Dame Ninette.

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Ballet Manila – East Meets West – London

by Graham Watts July 15, 2011 Reviews
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I’m hard-pressed to recall seeing a mixed programme with 15 such diverse works and this tiny ensemble of 17 performers worked incredibly hard over more than two hours of dancing. I was certainly sold on their energy and passion…

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Gallery – Carlos Acosta: Premieres Plus bill

by Dave Morgan July 28, 2011 Galleries
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An album of 15 pictures by Dave Morgan

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Les ballets C de la B – Gardenia – London

by Graham Watts July 3, 2011 Reviews
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The intriguing background of its performers should have created a highly personal show – a collective auto-biography told via the medium of dance theatre – but surprisingly Gardenia failed to generate any lasting intimacy and gave me neither an understanding, nor an empathy for any of these extraordinary characters.

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About Balletco Magazine and Archive

by admin July 15, 2011 Balletco
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Balletco’s first magazine was released in 1997 – this page will be updated shortly to link directly to all our old magazines in their rich variety.  

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About the Balletco Discussion/Forum Area

by admin July 14, 2011 Balletco
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An orientation and help page will go here. Sadly it is not ready yet, for which apologies.

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Balletco Interviews Archive

by admin July 15, 2011 Balletco
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Balletco has done hundreds of interviews – this page will be updated shortly to link directly to all our earlier interviews

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About Balletco Reviews and the Reviews Database

by admin July 1, 2011 Balletco
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About Balletco archive pages

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About the Balletco Image Galleries

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About the Balletco History Pages

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About the Balletco Blogs

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About the Balletco Ticket Trade forum

by admin July 1, 2011 Balletco
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About the Balletco Doing Dance forum

by admin July 1, 2011 Balletco
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Sunday, 31 July 2011 – 4 Links

by Anna Merrick July 31, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Short and Sweet on Links Today: Mariinsky Ballet, Carlos Acosta and Dance and Parkinson’s disease

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Saturday, 30 July 2011 – 22 LInks

by Anna Merrick July 30, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Mariinsky, Mark Morris, Carlos Acosta, Edinburgh Festival, Bolshoi Theatre Babies and ballet and many many more…

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Friday, 29 July 2011 – 12 Links

by John Mallinson July 29, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Carlos Acosta, David McAllister – Australian Ballet, Paco Pena, Royal Ballet – Garry Avis, NYCB and more…

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Thursday, 28 July 2011 – 11 Links

by John Mallinson July 28, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Mariinsky, ENB, Bill T Jones, Carlos Acosta, Miami – Edward Villella and many more…

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Wednesday, 27 July 2011 – 14 Links

by John Mallinson July 27, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Mariinsky, ENB, Royal Danish, Cloud Dance Festival, Yorkshire Gala, Royal Ballet – Alexander Campbell and more…

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Tuesday, 26 July 2011 – 21 Links

by John Mallinson July 26, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Mariinsky, Jacobs Pillow, ENB, Pina Bausch, Cunningham Drawings and more.

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Monday, 25 July 2011 – 6 Links

by Ian Macmillan July 25, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: ABT, ENB, Universal Ballet, Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe, MOPA, Expressions Dance…

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Sunday, 24 July 2011 – 10 Links

by Ian Macmillan July 24, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: ENB, Paris Opera, Claude Bessy, Lar Lubovitch and more…

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Saturday, 23 July 2011 – 18 Links

by Ian Macmillan July 23, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: ENB, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Bolshoi, Eiko and Koma, Jacob’s Pillow and more…

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Friday, 22 July 2011 – 17 Links

by Ian Macmillan July 22, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Cunningham, ENB, RNZB, ADT – Garry Stewart, SFB and many more…

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Thursday, 21 July 2011 – 19 Links

by Bruce Marriott July 21, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Cunningham, Mariinsky, Australian Ballet, Acosta, ENB, SF WestWave Fest and many more…

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011 – 10 Links

by Bruce Marriott July 20, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Sydney Dance, Bill T Jones, Pilobolus, Beijing Competition, Tango Racism, Angelina Ballerina and more…

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011 – 12 Links

by Bruce Marriott July 19, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Mariinsky, Bangarra, Joffrey, Miami, NYCB, Cunningham, Yves Saint Laurent’s L’Homme Libre fragranc and more…

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Monday, 18 July 2011 – 28 Links

by Bruce Marriott July 18, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Cunningham, NYCB, NDT Mariinsky, Deborah Jowit, Edinburgh Festival, men and dancing and many more…

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Sunday, 17 July 2011 – 12 Links

by John Mallinson July 17, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Peter Schaufuss, Mariinsky, Louise Lecavalier, Bill T Jones Alumni, iPad App and more…

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Saturday, 16 July 2011 – 29 Links

by John Mallinson July 16, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Mariinsky, ABT, NYCB, Guillem, Siobhan Davies, Modern Dance, Royal New Zealand and many more…

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Friday, 15 July 2011 – 16 Links

by John Mallinson July 15, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Hofesh Shechter, Miami CB, RNZB, Mariinsky, Peter Schaufuss, Pilobolus, Joffrey Ballet strike and many more…

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Thursday, 14 July 2011 – 19 Links

by John Mallinson July 14, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Mariinsky, Peter Schaufuss, 3D Giselle, NYCB, RBS, Aspen Santa Fe and many more…

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011 – 35 Links

by John Mallinson July 13, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Roland Petit (Obits), Mariinsky, Shechter, Schaufuss, Acosta and Yanowsky, Paul Taylor Vancouver Fest and many, many more…

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011 – 14 Links

by John Mallinson July 12, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Roland Petit (Obits), POB, Cunningham, Rafael Bonachela, ABT, Toronto Fringe Fest and many more…

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Monday, 11 July 2011 – 16 Links

by Anna Merrick July 11, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Roland Petit (Obits), Ethan Stiefel, NYCB, Guillem, Acosta, BRB and many more…

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Sunday, 10 July 2011 – 12 Links

by Anna Merrick July 10, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Ratmansky, Bintley, Guillem, Acosta, Osipova & Vasiliev, RDB Drug allegations and more…

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Saturday, 9 July 2011 – 12 Links

by Ian Macmillan July 9, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Guillem, Kidd Pivot, Caracalla, Lincoln Center Festival, Fred Astaire and more…

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Friday, 8 July 2011 – 23 Links

by Ian Macmillan July 8, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Guillem, Manuel Legris, POB, Shechter, Mariinsky, Wolf Trap-Jorma Elo, Wayne Sleep and many more…

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Thursday, 7 July 2011 – 20 Links

by Ian Macmillan July 7, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Guillem, ABT, Siobhan Davies, Bourne, Sol Pico, ENB, Adam Cooper- Singin in the Rain and many more…

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Wednesday, 6 July 2011 – 9 Links

by Ian Macmillan July 6, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Guillem, Vasiliev & Osipova, ABT, Dance Umbrella, Dance cartoons and more…

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Tuesday, 5 July 2011 – 11 Links

by Bruce Marriott July 5, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: POB – Wayne McGregor, Macaulay omn Swan Lake, BRB, Canadian Contemporary, Joffrey strike and more…

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Monday, 4 July 2011 – 11 Links

by Bruce Marriott July 4, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: RB in Taipei, Cunningham, Bangarra, Ailey, Joffrey Ballet strike, Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet and more…

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Sunday, 3 July 2011 – 14 Links

by Bruce Marriott July 3, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Guillem, Les Ballets C de la B, Tony Hall, NYCB Saratoga, Arlene Phillips, Dance in NZ and many more…

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Saturday, 2 July 2011 – 16 Links

by Bruce Marriott July 2, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: ABT, NBCanada Alice, C de la B, Jacob’s Pillow, Zehr and Konvalina, Legend of Shangri La and many more…

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Friday, 1 July 2011 – 26 Links

by Anna Merrick July 1, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Mark Morris, Modern Dance on BBC, Polina Semionova, C de la B, Vincent and Flavia, Billy Elliot and many, many, more…

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