November 2011 Balletco Magazine

Competition to Win a signed copy of the Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

by admin November 23, 2011 News
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One of the Royal Ballet’s most significant premieres in over a decade is now available on Opus Arte DVD/Blu-ray and we have a copy to give away signed by many of the original cast: Lauren Cuthbertson, Steven McRae, Zenaida Yanowsky and Edward Watson.

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DVD Review: Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland on Opus Arte

by Rym Kechacha November 30, 2011 Interviews / Features
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Breathtaking as Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice is (and she really is perfect) the ballet belongs to the exotic undulations of the Caterpillar, the feverishly tapping feet of the Mad Hatter, and the bloodthirsty hysteria of the Queen of Hearts.

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Bolshoi Ballet at the Cinema – Sleeping Beauty – Telecast from Moscow

by Eric Taub November 22, 2011 Reviews
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I’m still adjusting to the idea of live ballet at the movies, but it is not without its charms, and I settled down for this morning’s performance (10:00 am, Eastern Standard Time) after a brief, if expensive, visit from the Popcorn Fairy.

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Royal Ballet – Manon – London

by Jann Parry November 8, 2011 Reviews
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Glowing reports in May of debuts by Sarah Lamb and Rupert Pennefather in Manon proved more than justified by their performances when the ballet returned this November.

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Royal Ballet – Asphodel Meadows, Enigma Variations & Gloria – London

by Lynette Halewood November 21, 2011 Reviews
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It was a promising mix of contrasts which didn’t altogether work on the day, mainly because of a rather underpowered version of Enigma. It was in the newest work that the dancers looked most at home.

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Boston Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – Boston

by Alan Helms November 8, 2011 Reviews
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There wasn’t a nook or cranny of Juliet’s character that Combes hadn’t plumbed to great effect. This was simply the best Juliet I’ve ever seen, and it’s no exaggeration to say that Combes is now one of the finest ballerinas in the United States.

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Boston Ballet – ‘Night of Stars’ Season Opener – Boston

by Alan Helms November 1, 2011 Reviews
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Boston Ballet launched the 2011/12 season with its annual gala called “Night of Stars,” although there weren’t many in evidence. But then galas are usually disappointments, rather like smorgasbords in that you can taste a bewildering variety of food without feeling you’ve actually had a meal.

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Nina Ananiashvili and the State Ballet of Georgia – New York

by Eric Taub November 29, 2011 Reviews
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So you’re Nina Ananiashvili, aka The World’s Greatest Ballerina™. You’ve just given a kick-ass performance of The Dying Swan, and you’re favoring the adulatory crowd of picture-hungry, iPhone-wielding fans with one of your celebrated, in-character curtain calls. You could make yet another soulful, swanny curtsey—they’re eating it up—but that, any ballerina could do, and you’re Nina Ananiashvili, etc. So you flutter offstage, cue the cellist, and dance the whole thing again, even better.

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NY Fall for Dance – Program 4 – New York

by Eric Taub November 6, 2011 Reviews
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…if you can find it in your heart to forgive the world’s choreographers for the sin of not being, or having been, George Balanchine, it’s still more than possible to have an enjoyable time. The decidedly mixed level of the fourth program’s offerings just reminded me that I find honest naiveté more forgivable than failed sophistication.

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NY Fall for Dance – Program 3 – New York

by Eric Taub November 5, 2011 Reviews
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Although I might have found some ups and downs in this evening’s program, with ten-dollar tickets, and four-dollar cocktails in the nearby Fall For Dance Lounge, what really do I have to complain about? Certainly, thanks especially to Naharin and Hubbard Street, it’s a heck of a lot of dancing for one’s money.

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Scottish Ballet – MacMillan/Elo Double Bill – London

by Jane Simpson November 11, 2011 Reviews
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If Kenneth MacMillan wrote anything finer than Song of the Earth, I haven’t seen it yet; and if I’ve been more moved by a performance of it, I’ve forgotten it.

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Rambert Dance Company – Seven for a Secret bill – London

by Graham Watts November 18, 2011 Reviews
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You can almost feel the warm breath’ of New Orleans blowing through ’Elysian Fields’, the world premiere of this work created by Javier De Frutos (his third piece for Rambert and his fifth for Pieter Symonds) to celebrate the centenary of Tennessee Williams’ birth.

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Dance’s Question Time – TheArtsDesk Debate in London

by John Mallinson November 12, 2011 Interviews / Features
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Dance’s Big Guns at the Riflemaker – A debate on the future of dance, November 4 2011

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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre – White – London

by Graham Watts November 15, 2011 Reviews
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The new direction being sought by Lin Hwai-Min, the maestro behind Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, is exemplified in ‘White’, the three sections of which provide an effective contrast between the old and the new. …My preference is easily for the older, more traditional work…

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Hong Kong Ballet – Moments in Time Triple Bill – Hong Kong

by Kevin Ng November 11, 2011 Reviews
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It was overall a pretty heavy evening lacking in contrasts. Artistic director Madeleine Onne’s commitment to new works is laudable. However a better programme planning could have resulted in a better box office and avoided the paper-thin houses…

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Ballet Manila – Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang – Manila

by Graham Watts November 3, 2011 Reviews
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Despite deriving from such an intimate, indigenous source, close to the hearts of Filipinos, this ballet could be staged anywhere in the world – provided that one could find a stage big enough to accommodate it – and every audience would warm to it.

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Ballet Manila – Pistang Pinoy – Manila

by Graham Watts November 19, 2011 Reviews
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“This 30-minute show, ‘Pistang Pinoy’, has run over three nights every weekend for more than two years (clocking up almost 400 performances to date) and if there are more people wanting to see it than the Star Theatre can accommodate, then they just put on an extra show! Even extending to three shows in one evening has happened. What a great idea.

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Clod Ensemble – An Anatomie in Four Quarters – London

by Graham Watts November 3, 2011 Reviews
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…I confess that I’m unable to provide any plausible linear explanation of how all these elements fitted together but, nevertheless, this was indubitably an innovative and largely exciting experience…

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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/ Jerome Bel – 3Abschied – London

by Graham Watts November 24, 2011 Reviews
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It would have been bearable and perhaps even understandable if that had proven to be the end of the show. But, Bel then arrives and explains the rationale for continuing and it becomes clear that – in effect – the 3Abscheid is only now beginning…

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City Ballet of San Diego – The Russian Masters bill – San Diego

by Anjuli Bai November 10, 2011 Reviews
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“HCIV-OKAT-SOHS” (Shostakovitch spelled backwards) was a good choice to open the Company’s 2011-2012 season.

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The ‘Please Cheer Me Up’ Season

by Matthew Lawrence November 29, 2011 Blogs
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Ballet on a grand scale, is this the future? There are notable ‘arena’ advantages: you can drink beer out of a plastic cup and eat hotdogs; tickets can be purchased cheaper… Of course there are the disadvantages – notably sitting next to someone drunk, smelling of hotdog and thinking they’re at a football match…

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Christopher Hampson Appointed New Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet

by admin November 1, 2011 News
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Christopher Hampson takes over from current director, Ashley Page, in summer 2012.

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Barry Wordsworth Appointed the title of Music Director Laureate of Birmingham Royal Ballet

by admin November 28, 2011 News
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Birmingham Royal Ballet is pleased to announce the appointment of Barry Wordsworth to the role of Music Director Laureate with immediate effect.

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Craig Hassall (ENB MD) to Join Raymond Gubbay

by admin November 9, 2011 News

9 November 2011 Managing Director of English National Ballet Craig Hassall to take up new role at Raymond Gubbay in February 2012 English National Ballet is sad to announce that Managing Director Craig Hassall is to leave the Company in 2012 to take up the new role of Chief Operating Officer at Raymond Gubbay Limited. [...]

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PR: 2011 UK National Dance Awards – Nominees Announced

by admin November 4, 2011 News
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Nearly 40 dancers, choreographers and companies nominated in 10 Categories…

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Royal Opera House Launches iPhone Game

by Bruce Marriott November 10, 2011 News
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The Royal Opera House today released an iPhone/iPad game – part of its strategy to get their name and the work they do out to more people.

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George Balanchine Trust – Redesigned Website

by admin November 7, 2011 News
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We are pleased to welcome you to the newly re-designed website for The George Balanchine Trust!

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Gallery – Royal Ballet in Asphodel Meadows, Enigma Variations & Gloria – November 2011

by Dave Morgan November 19, 2011 Galleries
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An album of 30 pictures by Dave Morgan.

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Gallery – Royal Ballet in Manon

by Dave Morgan November 5, 2011 Galleries
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An album of 30 pictures by Dave Morgan.

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Gallery – Cloud Gate Dance Theatre in White III (part 6)

by Dave Morgan November 11, 2011 Galleries
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An album of 12 pictures by Dave Morgan.

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Gallery – Rambert Dance Company in Seven for a secret, never to be told

by John Ross November 16, 2011 Galleries
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An album of 24 pictures by John Ross

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 – 17 Links

by Ian Macmillan November 30, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: “Nutcrackers” from NYCB, Houston, American Repertory Ballet, Boston, Pennsylvania; Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, “Undance” collaboration and lots more….

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Tuesday, 29 November 2011 – 23 Links

by Ian Macmillan November 29, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Balanchine book review, NYCB and BRB “Nutcrackers,” Wayne Eagling, Arts funding, Robert Curran, Featherstonehaughs Farewell plus a good deal more …..

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Monday, 28 November 2011 – 15 Links

by Ian Macmillan November 28, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Tanztheater Wuppertal “Danzón,” NYCB “Nutcracker” opening, Diablo Ballet, Axis Dance Company, Ukrainian Dance and more….

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Sunday, 27 November 2011 – 13 Links

by Ian Macmillan November 27, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Royal Ballet Triple Bill, De Keersmaeker’s “3Abschied,” Northern Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” Alvin Ailey, Bill T Jones and some more…

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Saturday, 26 November 2011 – 20 Links

by Bruce Marriott November 26, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today on: Crisp and Hallberg at Bolshoi, NBoCanada Ratmansky R&J, Gillian Lynne, Robert Parker, Lubovitch, Ballet Next, Nutcracker bits and many more…

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Friday, 25 November 2011 – 16 Links

by Bruce Marriott November 25, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today on: Wayne McGregor & Mark-Anthony Turnage on new collaborative dance, Return To Sender in Sydney – Dance collaboration across the net, Cunningham Exhibition, Cojocaru in Sleeping Beauty, Rambert and more…

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Thursday, 24 November 2011 – 15 Links

by Bruce Marriott November 24, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today on: Cunningham memories, Celia Franca remembered, the debut of Ballet Next, Richard Alston, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Jerome Bel and many more…

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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 – 25 Links

by Bruce Marriott November 23, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today on: Bolshoi cinema screenings, Paul Taylor premiere, Jerome Bel and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Royal Winnipeg hard times plus Rockettes / Nutcrackers everywhere and more…

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011 – 21 Links

by Anna Merrick November 22, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Alastair Macaulay on plagiarism, Bolshoi Sleeping Beauty, Royal Ballet, ABT, Rolex Mentor Initiative and many more…

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Monday, 21 November 2011 – 10 Links

by Anna Merrick November 21, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Bolshoi Theatre restoration, Osipova and Vasiliev, American Ballet Theatre, Tony Hall and more…

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Sunday, 20 November 2011 – 11 Links

by Anna Merrick November 20, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: National Ballet of Canada new Ratmansky, Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance, John Jasperse and more…

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Saturday, 19 November 2011 – 17 Links

by Anna Merrick November 19, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Ballet Next, David Hallberg, Scottish Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo Kings Lines and many more…

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Friday, 18 November 2011 – 21 Links

by John Mallinson November 18, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: National Ballet of Canada’s Romeo and Juliet, more Bolshoi stories, Rambert, Lubovitch, John Jasperse, Fela! and more…

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Thursday, 17 November 2011 – 17 Links

by John Mallinson November 17, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: National Ballet of Canada’s Romeo and Juliet, Ratmansky interviews, Cunningham (2007 interview), Random Dance, Rambert, RNZB and more…

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Wednesday, 16 November 2011 – 11 Links

by John Mallinson November 16, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Obituary of Donya Feuer, ABT at City Center, Rambert in London, Random Dance in San Francisco, Lar Lubovitch and more…

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011 – 24 Links

by John Mallinson November 15, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Osipova & Vasiliev leave Bolshoi, ABT at City Center, Hallberg in Beauty from Bolshoi, Michele Wiles i/v, New Vishneva show and many more…

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Monday, 14 November 2011 – 9 Links

by Ian Macmillan November 14, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Edward Villella’s departure from Miami City Ballet, Royal Ballet “Manon,” DS Bhuller “Caravaggio,” RNZB’s “Sleeping Beauty” and a little more…

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Sunday, 13 November 2011 – 11 Links

by Ian Macmillan November 13, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Australian Ballet’s “Merry Widow,” Darshan Singh Bhuller’s “Caravaggio,” Sokolow Theatre Dance, Stephen Petronio, Trisha Brown and a little more….

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Saturday, 12 November 2011 – 21 Links

by Ian Macmillan November 12, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: ABT’s opening week, RB “Manon” and Sergei Polunin, Cloud Gate Dance, Lar Lubovitch, Twyla Tharp, Philadanco, Alvin Ailey and more….

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Friday, 11 November 2011 – 28 Links

by Ian Macmillan November 11, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Annabelle Lyon obituary, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet Canada, Cloud Gate Dance, DV8 and many others…

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Thursday, 10 November 2011 – 10 Links

by Bruce Marriott November 10, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today on: American Ballet Theatre, Royal Ballet, DV8, Siobhan Davies, Chunky Move Sydney Dance Company and more…

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011 – 47 Links

by Bruce Marriott November 9, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today on: NY Fall for Dance Fest where we have 33 entries(!), Royal Ballet (Cuthbertson, Polunin debuts), American Ballet Theatre, Jerome Robbins, Mariinsky rebuilding and many more…

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Tuesday, 8 November 2011 – 12 Links

by Bruce Marriott November 8, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today on: Sergei Polunin, Royal Ballet, Balanchine and Pointe Shoes, Nina Ananiashvili, Rambert Dance Company, The Red Shoes, Dusan Tynek and more…

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Monday, 7 November 2011 – 23 Links

by Bruce Marriott November 7, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today on: Dance Question Time, Ananiashvili/Georgia, Scottish Ballet, Burrows/Fargion, Fall for Dance, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Rockettes and many more…

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Sunday, 6 November 2011 – 13 Links

by Anna Merrick November 6, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Nina Ananiashvili, Isabella McGuire Mayes, Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, Scottish Ballet and many more…

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Saturday, 5 November 2011 – 40 Links

by Anna Merrick November 5, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Baryshnikov, Hallberg and Kain interviews, Fall for Dance, Royal Ballet, Shivalingappa and many many more…

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Friday, 4 November 2011 – 20 Links

by Anna Merrick November 4, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: MoveTube, Fall for Dance Festival, Morphoses, Suzanne Farrell, David Hallberg, Chunky Move and many more…

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Thursday, 3 November 2011 – 42 Links

by Anna Merrick November 3, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: New York Fall for Dance Festival, Wayne McGregor, Rambert, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and many many more…

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Wednesday, 2 November 2011 – 19 Links

by John Mallinson November 2, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Christopher Hampson & Scottish Ballet, Fall For Dance, Savion Glover, ZooNation, Critical writing, In the Upper Room and many more…

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Tuesday, 1 November 2011 – 19 Links

by John Mallinson November 1, 2011 TodaysLinks
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Links today from: Royal Ballet’s Beauty, Forsythe Company, Boston Ballet, Morphoses, Zoonation, Fall for Dance, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Lines Ballet and many more…

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