Sunday, 15 January 2012 – 12 Links

by Ian Macmillan on January 15, 2012

Links today from: Ballet San Jose, Shechter’s “Survivor,” RB in “R&J,” Resolution! 2012, Twyla Tharp, San Diego Dance Theater and more….

Dennis Nahat removed as AD at Ballet San Jose
A graceful transition still eludes the embattled company
by Mary Ellen Hunt
“Now, founder Dennis Nahat, whose future with the company had been in question, confirmed this week that he has received a letter from Executive Director Stephanie Ziesel removing him as artistic director.”
SF Chronicle

REVIEW:   Hofesh Shechter
The spaciousness and daring are wonderful
UK, London, Barbican
by Kate Kellaway
“It was for this reason alone that I tried not to lean too heavily on the title as a guide. Yet I was struck by one thing: Survivor is in the singular in what is an overpoweringly plural piece.”

REVIEW:   Royal Ballet
Romeo and Juliet
UK, London, Covent Garden
Dancers: Acosta, Rojo
by Jenny Gilbert
“….Carlos Acosta (40 next birthday) and Tamara Rojo (known to be planning her next move), who together set the bar for later casts. Both are at their stupendous peak as the teenage lovers – no suspension of disbelief required.”

REVIEW:   Replica Dance Company
Resolution! 2012: 414
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Bendell, Pickard
by Luke Jennings
“…. reworking of Brief Encounter covering ground that has long been trodden flat.”

REVIEW:   Ffin 2
Resolution! 2012: The Art of Riot
UK, London, The Place
by Luke Jennings
“….. promised to say something about last year’s disturbances, and then didn’t. ”

REVIEW:   Eithne Kane and Dominick Mitchell Bennett
Resolution! 2012: When Kane Met Conspicuous
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Bennett, Kane
by Luke Jennings
“….won its audience over by dint of sheer gutsiness.”

REVIEW:   Twyla Tharp
‘Come Fly Away’ too over-the-top
Come Fly Away
USA, Chicago, Bank of America Theatre
Dancers: Dibble, Esquibel, Miles, Molina, Selya, Todorowski, Burrell, Fitzgerald
by Hedy Weiss
“…. a revue masquerading as dance theater. Its greatest sin is that it wastes the talents of dancers with Olympian bodies and technique to spare, showcasing them only as fabulous but soulless machines.”
Chicago Sun-Times

REVIEW:   San Diego Dance Theater
Intrepid San Diego Dance Theater kicks off 40th season
Ruby Red Cabaret Dances Mixed Nuts, I Don’t Want To Be There, One Among Many, By George/By Jean
USA, San Diego, Neurosciences Institute
Dancers: Barton, Burree, Carney, Diaz A, Isaacs-Nollet, McPherson
by Kris Eitland
“It is a sexy, intelligent, and darkly humorous production….”

Alabama Preview: Dance Theatre of Harlem
Program to welcome the curious
by Lawrence F. Specker
“Tuesday evening the ensemble will take a different approach for a show that is open to the public. But even though the balance of this later show puts more emphasis on performance, it’s still designed specifically to help newcomers appreciate what they’re seeing.”
Mobile Press-Register

Film Review: “Pina”
3-D takes ‘Pina’ to perfection
by Hedy Weiss
“…Wenders has made what might very well be the most extraordinary dance film created to date. It is an astonishing, altogether masterful 3-D documentary….”
Chicago Sun-Times

Dancers improvise to survive in L.A.
The area may not be the easiest place for professional artists to make a living, but the determined often work multiple jobs to make it happen.
by Laura Bleiberg
“So what makes a dancer come to and stay in L.A.? And what are their lives like? The dancers interviewed for this story moved here for various reasons. But they have stayed, quite simply, because they have found artistically stimulating opportunities here.”
LA Times

Book Review: Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina by Brenda Dixon Gottschild
A Biohistory of American Performance
by Lewis Whittington
“…about the visionary founder and artistic director of Philadanco, the internationally renowned dance troupe that is still going strong after 40 years and that embodies the spirit of Philadelphia.”


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