September 2011 Balletco Magazine

New York City Ballet – Ocean’s Kingdom – New York

by Eric Taub September 24, 2011 Reviews
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Granted, the ballet’s chained to the boat-anchor of McCartney’s cartoonish plot, that, if more fully realized, might aspire to preciosity, but there are lots of ballets with silly plots, and an important, if unglamorous, part of the art of being a choreographer is knowing how to take the banal and make it appear, if not necessarily the stuff of genius, at least, well, less banal. With an almost aggressive lack of imagination, Martins couches this slight story in even slighter dance

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Royal Ballet – Jewels – London

by Jann Parry September 29, 2011 Reviews
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The title sounded reassuringly expensive, according to Lincoln Kirstein. In 1967, he and Balanchine were hoping to attract sponsors and audiences to the relatively new State Theatre at Lincoln Centre, so they needed an opulent production. Karinska’s costumes, encrusted with costume jewellery, were regarded at the time as marvels of sophisticated couture…

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Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement Exhibition

by Margaret Willis September 30, 2011 Interviews / Features
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While Edgar Degas’ works on the nineteenth century ballet world are revealing and fascinating documents for the dance historian, balletomane and general public, he did not glamorize the art but skilfully showed the hard work involved by the ballerinas to capture those magical moments on stage. This exhibition offers a truly satisfying and intimate glimpse into their extraordinary and dedicated lives.

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Tamara Rojo Collects Major Award/Decoration at the Spanish Embassy

by Bruce Marriott September 8, 2011 Galleries
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10 pictures of a happy night… The Order of Isabella the Catholic (Spanish: Orden de Isabel la Católica) is a Spanish civil order granted in recognition of services that benefit the country. The King of Spain (currently Juan Carlos I) is Grand Master of the Order.

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Book Review: ‘The Everyday Dancer’ by Deborah Bull

by Rym Kechacha September 30, 2011 Interviews / Features
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Deborah Bull: “I was frustrated at the often distorted portrayal of dancer’s lives, particularly on film. The lifestyle doesn’t need enhancing; it’s special and unique in its own right.”

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Work and Meditation – Spring and Summer 2011

by Jarkko Lehmus September 14, 2011 Blogs
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I’ve offended people, created problems and most likely lost a few jobs too because what I’ve said in the public, but I’ve just so had it with the political correctness rubbish and I have massive problems with keeping my gob shut when things are going up shit creek.

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A workout harder than ‘Zumba’

by Matthew Lawrence September 19, 2011 Blogs
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…it’s been an inauspicious start to the season – injuries and a washout. But rest assured, when the season does get out of the blocks, you’ll be in for an eclectic mix of physically exhausting ballets; harder than complete box -set of ‘Zumba’ workouts…

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Chicago Dancing Festival – Moderns Program – Chicago

by Steve Sucato September 20, 2011 Reviews
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An air of excitement flooded downtown Chicago as the city’s largest – and one of the country’s largest – dance festivals kicked off its free offerings in style with the Moderns program.

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Rambert Dance Company – Seven for a Secret Never to be Told – Salford

by L E Butler September 29, 2011 Reviews
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…their newest work, Seven for a Secret Never to be Told, is promoted as a collaboration between dance and neuroscience—a forced association that fails to add interest to a pleasant but unsatisfying work.

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Royal Ballet’s Gary Avis and Friends Gala: Ipswich, September 2011

by Bruce Marriott September 20, 2011 Reviews
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2,600 people through the door at the Gala performances, 200 volunteers from the local community and around the country helping with all aspects of the production plus a Creative Dance Workshop for 100 young dancers from Suffolk. £50,000 raised for The Hunger Project and one very happy Gary Avis.

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DVD Review: 1958 Giselle with Nerina / Fadeyechev on ICA Classics

by Jane Simpson September 30, 2011 Interviews / Features
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What really surprised me was how affecting her mad scene is. She plays Giselle in the first act as a very simple, unsophisticated and trusting girl, and when she discovers Albrecht’s duplicity it’s as if her whole world has shatterd and her mind simply can’t cope. It’s a plain, unornamented reading and I found it really quite moving.

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Richard Alston Dance Company – Saatchi Gallery Event – London

by Jann Parry September 14, 2011 Reviews
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I suspect the planners and performers had a more rewarding time than bewildered dance-watchers; I’ve no idea what art lovers made of the 50-minute experience.

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Havana Rakatan – From Cuba with Love – London

by Graham Watts September 22, 2011 Reviews
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The imbalances of the early iterations of Havana Rakatan have been very effectively addressed in this newest production which is even zestier and more joyful than I recall. It is a show that is sure to raise the spirits…

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake for Sky 3D & Christmas 2D

by John Mallinson September 24, 2011 Interviews / Features
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For all sorts of reasons there is no way that, even with the most advanced and immersive 3D technology, film can replace live theatre or dance. However things have advanced to the point where we can expect that many more dance recordings will be released on 3D as well as on Blu-ray and ordinary dvd media.

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gloATL – Kaija Saariaho’s Maa – Atlanta

by Andrew Alexander September 16, 2011 Reviews
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The over-arching tone at gloATL’s signature outdoor public dance events has typically been invitational, communal, gentle, and celebratory. It was surprising then to find the group so capable of exploring the fiercely individualistic, mysterious world of Saariaho’s “Maa.”

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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – TeZukA – London

by Jeffery Taylor September 11, 2011 Reviews
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He (Tezuka) was a tireless campaigner in print and film; how on earth did Cherkaoui manage to drain the life blood from such an inspirational figure?

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Quarantine in Entitled – London

by Graham Watts September 30, 2011 Reviews
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There have been many shows about the process of making a show but I doubt that any have been devoted so exclusively to the intricacies of setting up and dismantling the set…

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Gallery – Deborah MacMillan paintings exhibition – October 2011, London

by admin September 22, 2011 Galleries
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Seven Paintings of Manon, Different Drummer and Requiem rehearsals

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Gallery – Royal Ballet in Jewels

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

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Gallery – Ashanti Dream of Africa Gala Rehearsals

by Dave Morgan September 15, 2011 Galleries
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An album of 30 pictures by Dave Morgan.

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Gallery – Havana Rakatan

by John Ross September 15, 2011 Galleries
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An album of 15 pictures by John Ross.

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Gallery – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s TeZukA

by Dave Morgan September 10, 2011 Galleries
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An album of 30 pictures by Dave Morgan

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Gallery – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s TeZukA

by John Ross September 7, 2011 Galleries
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An album of 27 pictures by John Ross

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Gallery – Royal Ballet’s Gary Avis and Friends Gala

by admin September 20, 2011 Galleries
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An album of 30 pictures by Roger Barcham at BMS Imaging.

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Gallery – Grupo Corpo in Onqoto

by Dave Morgan September 14, 2011 Galleries
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An album of 9 pictures by Dave Morgan

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The Royal Ballet’s 2011/12 season – Promotions, joiners and leavers

by admin September 20, 2011 News
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The Royal Ballet’s [B]Akane Takada[/B] and [B]Emma Maguire[/B] have been promoted to Soloists in the recent Company promotions.

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New York City Ballet 2011 Fall Performances

by admin September 17, 2011 News
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Sir Paul McCartney’s “Ocean’s Kingdom” to Premiere at NYCB’s Fall Gala on Thursday, September 22. Principal Dancer Charles Askegard to Give Farewell Performance on Sunday, October 9

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English National Ballet & School tour ‘My First Sleeping Beauty’

by Margaret Willis September 30, 2011 Interviews / Features
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Sleeping Beauty is going to get a lot less sleep in 2012. In fact her life-span on stage is going to be cut from the usual three hours to approximately ninety minutes. But there is a very good reason—it is to introduce young children from the age of three upwards to ballet performances in a time framework that will hold and keep their attention.

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John Neumeier choreographes Dialogue for Diana Vishneva in St. Petersburg, Moscow and New York

by admin September 28, 2011 News
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John Neumeier is creating a ballet called Dialogue for Diana Vishneva. The Artistic Director of The Hamburg Ballet and the Russian prima ballerina have known each other for a long time, now Neumeier is choreographing for her for the first time

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America’s Leading Ballet School to Hold First-Ever Auditions in London

by admin September 28, 2011 News
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SAB will be holding its first-ever audition in London on 23 October in search of talented students from the United Kingdom for next year’s five-week summer training program in New York City.

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Robert Parker To Direct Elmhurst School For Dance

by admin September 19, 2011 News
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Following an extensive search, Elmhurst School for Dance, in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Parker to the role of Artistic Director, effective from September 2012.

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Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! 2011/12 UK Tour Details and full Casting

by admin September 17, 2011 News
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Touring the UK from November 2011 through to May 2012 including 7 week run at Sadler’s Wells

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ROH2 Metamorphosis, Edward Watson in Arthur Pita choreography: Linbury Studio, September 2011

by admin September 18, 2011 News
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Edward Watson in Kafka’s Absurdist Work ‘The Metamorphosis’ – World Premiere Of New Dance-Theatre Piece by Arthur Pita

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English National Ballet to perform at the Conservative Party Conference

by admin September 30, 2011 News
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English National Ballet is delighted to have been invited to dance at the Conservative Party Conference, on Monday 3 October in Manchester as part of Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s address.

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Carolina Ballet 2011-2012 Season Preview

by Ami Shah September 16, 2011 News
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On September 15, the Carolina Ballet opens its 2011-2012 season with the iconic Black Swan and White Swan pas de deuxs from Swan Lake…

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A Dream of Africa Gala 2011 – Sunday September 11th 2011

by admin September 4, 2011 News
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There are five specially commissioned new ballets at our 4th annual Ashanti Charity Gala of ballet and music, where Royal Ballet dancers join this year with dancers from English National Ballet.

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London: Dance Umbrella 2011, 1 – 29 Oct

by admin September 3, 2011 News
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Dance Umbrella 2011, London’s annual festival of dance from around the globe once again presents and celebrates new and seminal danceworks, blending renowned festival favourites with new faces and new dance spaces.

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Prix de Lausanne News – new Director and new Contemporary Choreographers

by admin September 2, 2011 News
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The Board of the Fondation en faveur de l’Art chorégraphique is delighted to announce the appointment of Amanda Bennett as Artistic Director of the Prix de Lausanne from January 1, 2012.

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Friday, 30 September – 17 Links

by John Mallinson September 30, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: NYCB (Jewels, Ocean’s Kingdom, Union Jack), BRB, La La La Human Steps in London, Smuin Ballet, Bhuller and more…

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Thursday, 29 September 2011 – 20 Links

by John Mallinson September 29, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Paris Opera Ballet, Sylvie Guillem interview, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Lucinda Childs, Pacific Northwest Ballet and many more…

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Wednesday, 28 September 2011 – 29 Links

by John Mallinson September 28, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Ocean’s Kingdom and NYCB Balanchine programme, PNB’s all-Wheeldon show, Bill T. Jones, Chicago’s Other Dance Festival and many more…

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Tuesday, 27 September 2011 – 13 Links

by Ian Macmillan September 27, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: NYCB’s “Ocean’s Kingdom,” Smuin and Pacific Northwest Ballets, Degas at the RA, interviews and more…

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Monday, 26 September 2011 – 12 Links

by Ian Macmillan September 26, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: POB Opening Night, two NYCB bills, RB “Jewels,” PNB, Houston and more…

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Sunday, 25 September 2011 – 16 Links

by Ian Macmillan September 25, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: NYCB’s “Ocean’s Kingdom,” RB “Jewels, Pita’s “Metamorphosis,” Houston, National Ballets of China and Canada, New Zealand and more…

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Saturday, 24 September 2011 – 24 Links

by Ian Macmillan September 24, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: NYCB’s “Ocean’s Kingdom” premiere, Arthur Pita’s “The Metamorphosis,” Wales, New York, Chicago, Montreal, the Catwalk and many more…

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Friday, 23 September 2011 – 20 Links

by Bruce Marriott September 23, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Royal Opera House Cinema, Watson/Metamorphosis, Rambert, International Dance Festival Birmingham, Israel Galvan and more…

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Thursday, 22 September 2011 – 19 Links

by Bruce Marriott September 22, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Royal Balletx5, Stiefel & Murphy, Helgi Tomasson, Rambert, Bolshoi, Bill T Jones and more…

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011 – 16 Links

by Bruce Marriott September 21, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Royal Ballet, Mark Morris, Bill T Jones, Nat Ballet of Canada, Crossing the Line 2011 festival and more…

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011 – 11 Links

by Bruce Marriott September 20, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Sara Mearns, Mark Morris, Rambert, Royal Danish Ballet, Darcey Bussell, Edward Watson, Wayne McGregor, Robert Parker and more…

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Monday, 19 September 2011 – 22 Links

by Anna Merrick September 19, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Lui Obituary, New York City Ballet, Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane and many more…

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Sunday, 18 September 2011 – 13 Links

by Anna Merrick September 18, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Obituary Ruth Wheeler, Akram Khan, Degas exhibition, Grupo Corpo and more…

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Saturday, 17 September 2011 – 25 Links

by Anna Merrick September 17, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Lui Obituary, Australian Ballet, Akram Khan, Rambert, new season previews and many more…

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Friday, 16 September 2011 – 23 Links

by Anna Merrick September 16, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Page interview, Merce Cunningham, Grupo Corpo, Degas, Fall previews and many more…

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Thursday, September 15 2011 – 19 links

by John Mallinson September 15, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: NYCB’s Swan Lake, Houston Ballet triple bill, Bolshoi Don Q, Murphy’s new R&J for Australian Ballet, Grupo Corpo, Degas and many more…

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 – 11 links

by John Mallinson September 14, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Tobi Tobias on Bournonville, post-9/11 dance in NY, Royal Academy’s Degas expo in London and more…

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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 – 16 Links

by John Mallinson September 13, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: 9/11 memorial dances, Baryshnikov the actor, Degas and the Ballet RA expo previews, Cherkaoui, Aspen Santa Fe and more…

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Monday, 12 September 2011 – 9 links

by John Mallinson September 12, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: West Australian Ballet, Mark Morris, Gary Avis gala, Noemie Lafrance, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Atlanta Ballet and more…

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Sunday, 11 September 2011 – 18 Links

by Ian Macmillan September 11, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Arts Desk ‘Performance’ discussion, Boston Ballet, “TeZukA” reviews, Eiko and Koma, Chicago Other Dance Festival 2011 and more…

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Saturday, 10 September 2011 – 11 Links

by Ian Macmillan September 10, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Paul McCartney at New York City Ballet, new Australian Ballet “Romeo and Juliet,” Houston Ballet reviews, Twyla Tharp and more…

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Friday, 9 September 2011 – 23 Links

by Ian Macmillan September 9, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: 9/11 Reflections, MacMillan in Houston, Sadler’s Wells “TeZukA’ reviews, US previews and interviews, Fall Picks and many more…

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Thursday, 8 September 2011 – 12 Links

by Ian Macmillan September 8, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Sadler’s Wells review, Degas exhibition, Mark Baldwin, Frank L Sonntag, Australian reviews and more…

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Wednesday, 7 September 2011 – 9 Links

by Bruce Marriott September 7, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Ashley Page, Merce Cunningham, Mikhail Messerer, Moses Pendleton, Jewish dance pictures and more…

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Tuesday, 6 September 2011 – 13 Links

by Bruce Marriott September 6, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Nitin Sawhney & Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Edinburgh Fetival, Merce Cunningham, soem odd ones from Brooklyn Rail and more…

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Monday, 5 September 2011 – 5 Links

by Bruce Marriott September 5, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Akram Khan, 9/11 Choreographers, Pablo Bronstein, Imperial Russian Ballet and Sanjoy Roy on Autumn UK Dance…

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Sunday, 4 September 2011 – 14 Links

by Bruce Marriott September 4, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Edinburgh Festival, Degas Exhibition, Mark Morris, David Dorfman, Irish dance and more…

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Saturday, 3 September 2011 – 31 Links

by Anna Merrick September 3, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Degas, Shen Wei, Australian Ballet new Romeo, and many more…

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Friday, 2 September 2011 – 16 Links

by Anna Merrick September 2, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Edinburgh Festival, San Francisco and Seattle previews, and more…

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Thursday, 1 September 2011 – 18 Links

by Anna Merrick September 1, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Macaulay at Grand Central, Shen Wei, Katja Bjorner, Australian Ballet and many more…

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