Friday, 20 January 2012 – 14 Links

by John Mallinson on January 20, 2012

Links today: Rudi van Dantzig video tribute, New York City Ballet, Meg Stuart, Young Jean Lee, Fenley, Ryan Enn Hughes 360 degree photos and more…

In Memoriam Rudi van Dantzig 1933-2012
No English-language obituaries yet of the great Dutch dancer, director, choreographer who died yesterday.

REVIEW:   New York City Ballet
Elegant, fascinatin’ dancing starts with Mr. B
The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Who Cares, Le Tombeau de Couperin
USA, New York, David H. Koch Theater
Dancers: Bouder, Fairchild R, Mearns, Peck, Veyette
by Leigh Witchel
“Once upon a time, Ashley Bouder was Tiler Peck. Now in her late 20s, she makes Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux a star vehicle with her sophisticated accenting, vivid personality and bravura technique.”
New York Post

REVIEW:   New York City Ballet
New York City Ballet, Beginning with Balanchine
The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Who Cares, Le Tombeau de Couperin
USA, New York, David H. Koch Theater
Dancers: Bouder, Fairchild M, Fairchild R, Mearns, Peck, Pollack, Reichlen, Stanley, Ulbricht
by Margaret Fuhrer
“Then she fell during her variation, and lost a bit of her swagger. There it was, suddenly: vulnerability. Bouder is so much more appealing as a human than a superhuman. When she stops pointing out her own strengths, they become more impressive.”
Huffington Post

REVIEW:   Meg Stuart
Meg Stuart’s BLESSED: Channelling Beckett
USA, New York, New York Live Arts
Dancers: Camacho, Hurtado, Nishiwaki
by Susan Yung
“we empathize with Camacho’s sorry state – getting soaked to the bone literally and metaphorically, with nowhere to hide, watching his entire world dissolve into ephemera. And yet, like Beckett’s finest, he survives, for better or worse.”

REVIEW:   Young Jean Lee
Untitled Feminist Show
USA, New York, Baryshnikov Arts Center
Dancers: BOB, Clark, Zirin-Brown, Blackwell, Pyle, Rocke
by Hilton Als
“Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show is one of the more moving and imaginative works I have ever seen on the American stage. Its gravity is spiritual and not entirely intellectual …”
New Yorker

REVIEW:   Molissa Fenley
Covering Ground with Cage and Glass
Credo in Us, The Vessel Stories
USA, New York, Judson Memorial Church
Dancers: Fenley, Kao, Neville, Small, Wilson
by Deborah Jowitt
“The whole of The Vessel Stories is imbued with Fenley’s spare elegance in terms of form, the tensile strength of her movements, and an almost joyous, relieving attack on space, as if she had acres she could cover if she had a mind to.”
Arts Journal

Flash moves: the 360 degree dance project
by Judith Mackrell
“Hughes places his dancer inside a circle of 48 cameras, which are networked up to take a simultaneous image of what he calls a ‘peak’ moment of action – a jump, an arabesque, a slide.”
The Guardian

Another American Dancer Joins a Russian Ballet Company
by Daniel J. Wakin
“Keenan Kampa, a member of the Boston Ballet and a rare American to attend the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, is joining the Mariinsky Ballet.”
New York Times

La La La Human Steps’s New Work moves at the speed of light
by Janet Smith
“The choreographer … now shifts his interest to two iconic operas: Henry Purcell’s 17th-century Dido and Aeneas and Cristoph Gluck’s 18th-century Orfeo ed Euridice. Like most of the company’s pieces since the late 1990s, New Work will be performed en pointe.”
Vancouver Straight

Neumeier and Hamburg Ballet go to China this year
by Chen Jie
“This time, Hamburg Ballet brings to Beijing and Shanghai, Neumeier’s signature works Nijinsky and Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler.”
China Daily

Cranko’s Onegin opens SF Ballet season
by Janos Gereben
“Opera audiences in The City have seen and heard Tchaikovsky’s 1879 Eugene Onegin dozens of blissful times, but John Cranko’s 1965 Onegin, opening next week, is a San Francisco Ballet premiere.”
San Francisco Examiner

Ashley Page’s Sleeping Beauty for Scottish Ballet
Dark beauty of a treasured fairytale
“Principal dancer Claire Robertson has been with the company for 18 years, and says that Sleeping Beauty holds special meaning for her as it was one of the first ballets that Ashley created for her.”
Aberdeen Press and Journal

Atlanta dance scene to take big leap Off the EDGE with weeklong festival
by Chelsea Thomas
“The inaugural edition of Off the EDGE, a weeklong contemporary dance festival, is gaining momentum daily as participating dance companies and artists feed off of mounting enthusiasm.”

Fancy frocks in the rain
San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala
Photos by Laura Morton
San Francisco Chronicle

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