Saturday, 21 January 2012 – 60 Links

by John Mallinson on January 21, 2012

Links today: Rudi van Dantzig obituaries, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet gala, massive Resolution! 2012 collection, Wendy Whelan, Kobborg the choreographer and much more…

Obituary: Rudi van Dantzig
by Ted Brandsen
“Inspiring, passionate, intense and true to himself – these are the first words that spring to mind when I think of Rudi.”
Net Nationale Ballet website

Obituary: Rudi van Dantzig
“His work radiated style and colour. It looked fantastic. That was his strongest side.”
DutchNews.nl

REVIEW:   New York City Ballet
Diving Into Sea, and Then Gershwin
Ocean’s Kingdom, Le Tombeau de Couperin, Who Cares
USA, New York, David H. Koch Theater
Dancers: Bouder, Fairchild R, Hyltin, Kikta, La Cour, Mearns, Pazcoguin, Ramasar, Somogyi
by Gia Kourlas
“Ocean’s Kingdom, first performed in September, is as plodding as ever: four movements of static choreography by Mr. Martins, along with blandly sweeping music and a convoluted libretto by Mr. McCartney.”
New York Times Slideshow

REVIEW:   San Francisco Ballet
Gala’s depth, daring
Opening gala: The Flames of Paris, Number Nine, Classical Symphony, The Lady of the Camellias, Solo, The Dance House, and others
USA, San Francisco, War Memorial Opera House
Dancers: Boada, Chung, Domitro, Helimets, Karapetyan, Kochetkova, Mazzeo, Molat, Nedvigin, Scribner, Smith, Sylve, Tan, Van Patten, Yamamoto, Zahorian, Riabko
by Mary Ellen Hunt
“San Francisco Ballet dispelled any lingering gloom from the damp, chilly evening with a gala opening on Thursday night at the War Memorial Opera House that deftly showcased the company’s notable versatility.”
San Francisco Chronicle

Twinkle Toes Celebrate SF Ballet’s 79th Season
by Catherine Bigelow
“Umbrellas turned out to be the most fashionable accessory last night when, beneath stormy skies, the San Francisco Ballet celebrated its 79th opening-night gala …”
San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Ballet gala’s Bella Notte a night to remember
by Catherine Bigelow
“Atop tables dressed in persimmon and cerulean linens, chef Lucas Schoemaker served up a masterful McCall Associates meal (prosciutto and funghi salad, fillet with gorgonzola ravioli, poached pear and coffee gelato) accompanied by William Hill Estate vino.”
San Francisco Chronicle

REVIEW:   Erica Essner Performance Co-op
Clouding Together for a Storm, and Shedding Light on Immigration Stories
FLICfest 2012: Weathered
USA, New York, Irondale Center
by Claudia La Rocco
“Ms. Essner favors handsome modern-dance phrases that make for pretty, polite pictures. Weathered never convinces that it exists to do more than serve as a framework for these images …”
New York Times

REVIEW:   Keith A Thompson
Clouding Together for a Storm, and Shedding Light on Immigration Stories
FLICfest 2012: Beginnings Forever Lost
USA, New York, Irondale Center
by Claudia La Rocco
“There are intriguing moments. But … Beginnings Forever Lost feels hardly formed, as if Mr. Thompson’s ideas needed to simmer for a good deal longer, so that the work’s didactic message and slippery choreographic logic might find a better meeting point.”
New York Times

REVIEW:   Rubberbandance Group
Hip-hop and ballet in a soulful blend
Gravity of Center
USA, Philadelphia, Annenberg Center
Dancers: Hoglund, Le Phan, Mayo, Plamandon, Quijada
by Merilyn Jackson
“I like seeing hip-hop danced raw on the street, but seeing it danced more slowly and by well-trained dancers like these is like eating tournedos de boeuf instead of hot dogs. There’s nothing wrong with hotdogging on the street, but it can go only so far.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

REVIEW:   China Jinling Dance Company
A Technicolor Garden
The Peony Pavilion
USA, New York, David H. Koch Theater
Dancers: Bo, Xinyu, Yanfeng
by Gus Solomons jr
“Pavilion reflects its culture, created to play to thousands in arena-sized venues. Everything about it is big –- even the lovers’ intimate moments reach to the rafters. No need to fill in with your imagination; it’s all spread out in a lavish visual feast.”
Gay City News

Q&A: Lighting Designer Michael Hulls
by Ismene Brown
“Lighting designers are either wizards or useful pedants. They scrupulously light the action or they make light speak its own language, activating space, time, illusion, imagination – inventing effects that your blinking eyes can only consider as magic.”
The Arts Desk

Wendy Whelan: A Dancer Who Can Remember The Giants
by Claudia La Rocco
“If Wendy Whelan were a Hollywood star, glossy profiles about her would forever be opening with vignettes underlining how remarkably down to earth and likable she is …”
New York Times

Johan Kobborg – a noted dancer’s first choreographic steps
by Carrie Seidman
“Anything I do besides my own dancing is play for me, in a sense,” he said. “And I’ve enjoyed the process. I love getting an idea and trying to bring it to life. To get it out of my brain and my body and into someone else’s.”
Sarasota Herald Tribune

Backstage at the Ballet with the comedy team of Kobborg & Webb
by Carrie Seidman
“‘I only spoke to you because Baryshnikov was supposed to be coming to Denmark and I saw the eyes and the height…I was certain your first name was Mischa,’ Kobborg recalled.”
Sarasota Herald Tribune

Preview: Mark Morris’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Washington
by Sarah Kaufman
“That he relied on dancing, and dancing alone, to tell this sprawling story of human existence that he had in his head since first hearing the music several years earlier is telling. There is no other choreographer today with Morris’s unbound imagination and the skill to realize it onstage.”
Washington Post

Youth America Grand Prix brings prestige to ballet competition world
by Carrie Seidman
“The winners – and even many of those who don’t receive medals – dance away with a lot more than just a cheap souvenir: YAGP awards more than $250,000 in scholarships annually to top schools both in and outside the United States.”
Sarasota Herald Tribune

This week’s new dance (UK)
by Judith Mackrell
“Ivan Putrov: Men In Motion; The Royal Ballet: Draft Works.”
The Guardian

Some performers seek different career path after last dance
by Mark Kanny
“I’m starting over from scratch. I really would like to be a history professor,” she says. “Medieval history has been an incredible passion my entire life. Stopping dancing was huge. It has been a huge part of my identity. All my friends were dancers. I knew it would take another passion to help me through the transition.”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Seattle dancer Ezra Dickinson: What can’t he do?
by Michael Upchurch
“There’s a creaturely intensity to Dickinson’s performing style. There can also be plenty of humor. In a solo number Dickinson does with the Castaways, he goes into a handstand that he holds without a quiver until he gets applause …”
Seattle Times

Don’t forget – Balanchine’s birthday tomorrow
by Roslyn Sulcas
“It’s the 108th anniversary of GEORGE BALANCHINE’s birth on Sunday, and New York City Ballet hasn’t missed the opportunity to celebrate with a day called, yes, Sunday at the Ballet With George.”
New York Times

Scottish Ballet’s Eve Mutso
Eve’s lengthy legs are a must for regal ballet role
Uncredited
“Mutso laughed: ‘I am five feet seven, I am on pointes and I am long-limbed. Sometimes my legs live their own life – and I have to try to keep control of them.’”
Inverness Courier

Director Frederick Wiseman on Burlesque Doc Crazy Horse
by Steve Erickson
“I don’t understand all the fuss about showing naked people. All men and women know what naked men and women look like. We know what ourselves look like in the shower. If you’re in a relationship, you’ve seen your partner naked. You’ve probably seen your sisters and brothers naked.”
Studio Daily

Resolution! 2012

REVIEW: Giorgio de Carolis and Elena Zaino
Resolution! 2012: Bunga Bunga
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: De Carolis, Zaino
by Keith Watson
“Forced to improvise and open up, suddenly their dance came alive.”
The Place

REVIEW: Giorgio de Carolis and Elena Zaino
Resolution! 2012: Bunga Bunga
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: De Carolis, Zaino
by Jeffrey Gordon Baker
“…both were clearly capable movers, but a technical glitch completely stalled the pair, despite several audience members gamely entreating them to ‘just keep dancing!’ Advice they sadly didn’t heed.”
The Place

REVIEW: Non Applicable Dance Collective
Resolution! 2012: Bi-Winning
UK, London, The Place
by Keith Watson
“…started brightly …But as this satirical take on how we try make ourselves into what we want to be gathered physical speed, it ran out of ideas.”
The Place

REVIEW: Non Applicable Dance Collective
Resolution! 2012: Bi-Winning
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Mcguines, Myers, Quick, Ryan
by Jeffrey Gordon Baker
“What the piece lacked in cohesion and thematic consistency …it made up for in smiles, brought on by the fun that was clearly being had by these four sweetly geeky women.”
The Place

REVIEW: Matthew Huy
Resolution! 2012: After Happily Ever After
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Huy, Walker
by Keith Watson
“From the disparate music choices to dance that shifted gear without an emotional core, this was pretty dancing but little more.”
The Place

REVIEW: Matthew Huy
Resolution! 2012: After Happily Ever After
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Huy, Walker
by Jeffrey Gordon Baker
“…Mr Huy and partner Emma Louise Walker were pleasantly exhilarated by their own rushing leaps and Time-of-My-Life lifts even if the choreography felt a bit trite and dated, at times awkwardly executed.”

The Place
REVIEW: Black Gecko Dance
Resolution! 2012: We Have Won
UK, London, The Place
by Lyndsey Winship
“…it needs a bit more punch. More like a playground scrap than an all-out battle.”
The Place

REVIEW: Black Gecko Dance
Resolution! 2012: We Have Won
UK, London, The Place
by Rachel Donnelly
“This was a deft and solid piece, with some strong choreography from Georgie Hay and Grace Sellwood, although the central concept lacked complexity.”
The Place

REVIEW: Saad
Resolution! 2012: Think_outside
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Wild
by Lyndsey Winship
“It’s not a bad piece, but neither does it quite soar.”
The Place

REVIEW: Saad
Resolution! 2012: Think_outside
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Wild
by Rachel Donnelly
“Something about unthinking acquiescence versus independent thought? Perplexing, but nonetheless affecting.”
The Place

REVIEW: Jindeok Park with thisnowthis
Resolution! 2012: A Downpour
UK, London, The Place
by Lyndsey Winship
“But when the text finally coalesces into something narrative, and we realise we’ve been listening to mixed up fragments of a sane story all along, we have to ask: did we miss the method in the movement too? An answer isn’t readily forthcoming.”
The Place

REVIEW: Jindeok Park with thisnowthis
Resolution! 2012: A Downpour
UK, London, The Place
by Rachel Donnelly
“However, despite a strong ending, the connection between the words and the choreography is not always apparent and the overall effect was one of distraction.”

The Place
REVIEW: Neshima Dance Company
Resolution! 2012: Beyond Words
UK, London, The Place
by Graham Watts
“Neshima is an unpretentious and engaging ensemble, directed with an eye for interesting structure and diversity by Batel Magen.”
The Place

REVIEW: Neshima Dance Company
Resolution! 2012: Beyond Words
UK, London, The Place
by Natalia Okeke
“With a refreshing irony, Beyond Words clearly communicates the complexities of the inability to speak.”
The Place

REVIEW: Lindy Nsingo
Resolution! 2012: Self
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Nsingo
by Graham Watts
“…Nsingo’s authoritative performance commanded attention although – at 25 minutes – the work was at least a section too long.”
The Place

REVIEW: Lindy Nsingo
Resolution! 2012: Self
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Nsingo
by Natalia Okeke
“Part one-woman comedy show, part spoken-autobiography, Lindy Nsingo’s Self makes an impression through its sheer honesty.”
The Place

REVIEW: Tourlander
Resolution! 2012: Don’t Say It Was A Dream
UK, London, The Place
by Graham Watts
“Her six dancers attacked the movement with a seductive, infectious sharpness and joy.”
The Place

REVIEW: Tourlander
Resolution! 2012: Don’t Say It Was A Dream
UK, London, The Place
by Natalia Okeke
“In these closing moments a ukulele version of Somewhere over the Rainbow plays and, although quaint, hinders the strength of the rest of the piece.”
The Place

REVIEW: Joss Arnott Dance
Resolution! 2012: 24
UK, London, The Place
by Sanjoy Roy
“The piece went down a storm, but I found it all effect and no substance. It also gave me a sense of deja vu…”
The Place

REVIEW: Joss Arnott Dance
Resolution! 2012: 24
UK, London, The Place
by Germaine Cheng
“…one cannot help but think of Arnott as the dance equivalent of Wayne McGregor and Hofesh Shechter’s lovechild.”
The Place

REVIEW: Jemma Bicknell
Resolution! 2012: Please Not Mine
UK, London, The Place
by Sanjoy Roy
“Wet blankets of morose indie music contribute to the sense of a creative spark that hasn’t caught hold.”
The Place

REVIEW: Jemma Bicknell
Resolution! 2012: Please Not Mine
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Armstrong
by Germaine Cheng
“Please Not Mine is the heartfelt cry of a woman witnessing the utter bedlam in the capital city, valiantly maintaining a shred of hope amidst her intensifying fear.”
The Place

REVIEW: Thom Rackett Company
Resolution! 2012: You Just Live
UK, London, The Place
by Sanjoy Roy
“With apple-eating, newspaper-stuffing and blasts of operatic arias, it’s pretty discombobulating, but you feel that you have just lived a little.”
The Place

REVIEW: Thom Rackett Company
Resolution! 2012: You Just Live
UK, London, The Place
by Germaine Cheng
“A young man is caught in a world where the herd mentality once again prevails.”
The Place

REVIEW: Jacob Hobbs
Resolution! 2012: Project 51
UK, London, The Place
by Donald Hutera
“…consistently amusing…”
The Place

REVIEW: Jacob Hobbs
Resolution! 2012: Project 51
UK, London, The Place
by Rachel Donnelly
“Ultimately, though, it failed to engage me, with predictable choreography and a flat narrative.”
The Place

REVIEW: Jessie Brett
Resolution! 2012: Woolgatherer
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Brett
by Donald Hutera
“Nevertheless this deft little character vignette showed that Brett has presence, facility and flair.”
The Place

REVIEW: Jessie Brett
Resolution! 2012: Woolgatherer
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Brett
by Rachel Donnelly
“…Woolgatherer surprises and compels, with an intriguing and potentially rich premise, but loses momentum at moments.”
The Place

REVIEW: Kip Johnson
Resolution! 2012: Birthday
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Johnson
by Donald Hutera
“Bleak? You bet. Dramatically naïve? Maybe. But, however bluntly or inarticulately expressed, there was definitely something going on here.”
The Place

REVIEW: Kip Johnson
Resolution! 2012: Birthday
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Johnson
by Rachel Donnelly
“The end sequence, in which Kip worms his way, spotlit, across the floor, was the most affecting part of the performance, concluding the top contribution of the night.”
The Place

REVIEW: Tiffany Gibson and Virginia Munday
Resolution! 2012: Maybe We Should
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Gibson, Munday
by Keith Watson
“A sharper sense of story – and a splash of music – would have helped, but Maybe We Should had a low-key charm.”
The Place

REVIEW: Tiffany Gibson and Virginia Munday
Resolution! 2012: Maybe We Should
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Gibson, Munday
by Jeffrey Gordon Baker
“There was sweetness in the friends’ cuddles and quarrels, but choreography-wise the piece was a collection of non-committal pedestrian gestures…”
The Place

REVIEW: Dirty Feet Dance Company
Resolution! 2012: Out of Nowhere
UK, London, The Place
by Keith Watson
“…a raw edge, unsettling emotions given a visceral edge – this is a company to look out for.”
The Place

REVIEW: Dirty Feet Dance Company
Resolution! 2012: Out of Nowhere
UK, London, The Place
by Jeffrey Gordon Baker
“…despite the anti-story eventually getting boring and the adolescent posturing notwithstanding, this was the most wholly realised work of the night.”
The Place

REVIEW: Needlefoot Dance Theatre Company
Resolution! 2012: She Knocked Three Times
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Corday
by Keith Watson
“It’s quite hard to make a work about the Marquis de Sade that’s stripped of all eroticism, but Needlefoot Dance Theatre pulled it off…”
The Place

REVIEW: Needlefoot Dance Theatre Company
Resolution! 2012: She Knocked Three Times
UK, London, The Place
by Jeffrey Gordon Baker
“…here student types awkwardly executed cliched, limon-esque dance class exercises in grey asylum-chic tunics.”
The Place

Exeunt omnes…

{ 1 comment }

Ian Macmillan January 21, 2012 at 12:51

…….. et dicent: “Annuntiamus vobis gaudium magnum. Habemus pacem matitutinam, nunc et in aeternum. Deo Gratias.”

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