Wednesday, 21 December 2011 – 15 Links

by Anna Merrick on December 21, 2011

inks today : Gill Clarke Obituary, Gottlieb reviews Nutcrackers in cinema and live, Ballet Next in conversation with Wiles and Askegard and more…


Obituary: Gill Clarke
by Sanjoy Roy and Rosemary Lee
“She was also a renowned teacher and a tireless advocate for the independent dance sector -  the world of freelance dancers and choreographers working outside established institutions. ”

REVIEW:   New York City Ballet
USA, New York, Lincoln Center
Dancers: Bouder, Fairchild M, Peck
by Robert Gottlieb
“Who knows why Megan Fair-child was the Sugarplum of choice. She’s a greatly improved dancer she’s worked hard and intelligently but she’s essentially a soubrette, sweetly pretty. ”
New York Observer

REVIEW:   Bolshoi Ballet
Russia, Moscow, Bolshoi Theatre
Dancers: Kaptsova, Savin
by Robert Gottlieb
“Such a production is a throwback to the bad old days, like Putin. …Nothing will be possible there until the Grigorovich repertory and everything it represents are dead with a stake through the heart.”
New York Observer

REVIEW:   Royal Ballet
The Nutcracker
UK, London, Covent Garden
Dancers: McRae, Yoshida
by Robert Gottlieb
“And unfortunately, the Sugarplum is danced by Miyako Yoshida, giving a dance-by-numbers performance with confident technique and no resonance. ”
New York Observer

REVIEW:   New York Theatre Ballet
USA, New York, Florence Gould Hall
by Robert Gottlieb
“it’s extraordinary the way he achieves so much with so small an ensemble. What’s more, the choreography is musical and inventive and fun.”
New York Observer

VIP cameos in Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker
by The Reliable Source
“VIPs, who are announced just before the curtain rises, traditionally take one of three non-dancing roles…. ”
Washington Post

Interview :Ballet Next, Michele Wiles and Charles Askegard
by Jennifer Edwards
“Wiles and Askegard made clear that they will hold true to the formalism of ballet. While including new works in their repertory, they do not want to forgo performing classical pieces. Therefore, they are somewhat hard to categorize. ”
Huffington Post

Rambert Dance Company’s archive preserved by lottery funding
by Not named
“The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant means Rambert Dance Company can display its historical collection when it re-locates to London’s South Bank in 2013.”
BBC News

Book Review: Celebrating 50 years of the Australian Ballet
by Nina Levy
“That said, it is the photography that stands centre stage. From the dynamism of Branco Gaica’s shot of Nicole Rhodes in Red Earth (1996), to the cool, crispness of Justin Smith’s image of Madeleine Eastoe for La Sylphide (2005), this book is a sumptuous banquet of dance photographs.”
West Australian

Photos: Twentieth centurys greatest male dancers
by Not named
“I was born mid-century, in 1954. So I wasn’t around for the first bit. I missed Nijinsky. But here are my candidates for the four most influential male dancers of the twentieth.”

KEIGWIN + COMPANY Announces 2012 Season
by BWW News Desk
“KEIGWIN + COMPANY (K+C) announces the company’s 2012 season, including two appearances at The Joyce Theater and a return to the Kennedy Center, as well as the premiere of a commission by Artistic Director Larry Keigwin with the Royal Ballet of New Zealand.”
Broadway World

Preview : Loic Lalande and Tom Pritchard Double Bill
by Anna Burnside
“it’s very raw and present,he says between rehearsals for another production“ he does conventional, preplanned dance pieces as well as solo improvisations. ˜I can carry the audience with me, rather than showing them something that’s been pre-decided. ”
The List

Song and dance show takes off as Syrians try to choreograph change
by Neil Macfarquhar
“The choreography stems from traditional dabke dances, in which men in a circle – with their arms around each other – hop from foot to foot.”
Sydney Morning Herald

Justice Crew dance to the top of Westfield Sydney Tower Eye
by Alice Coote
“THE boys from Justice Crew reached new heights today dancing their way to the top of Westfield’s Sydney Tower Eye.They began their ascent shortly before 3.30pm and, escorted by security, danced their way up 1504 stairs.”
Australian Daily Telegraph

Drawing Dance: The Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Paris
by Not named
“This is the 23rd in a series of graphite drawings ….”
New York Times

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