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  1. Ditto! Thanks, Tara. There's also a very interesting review, not only of the ballet but of Ib Andersen's career and what he's done in Arizona, by Alastair Macaulay in the Times -- see Tuesday's Links.
  2. A review of Alina Cojocaru in Neumeier's "Romeo and Juliet" by Ilona Landgraft, in her danceviewtimes blog: http://danceviewtimes.typepad.com/ilona_landgraf/2013/11/the-triumph-of-love.html
  3. A review of the Berlin Ballet's "Nutcracker" on her danceviewtimes blog: http://danceviewtimes.typepad.com/ilona_landgraf/
  4. This is all fascinating, and terrible, to me. Back to the Bad Old Days? Or is this the new century kicking in? (there's no answer to those questions except time, of course.) My heart goes out to the artists in St. Petersburg.
  5. There will be a memorial for Paul Szilard at the Joyce on October 31st. http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Paul-Szilard-Memorial-Celebration-Set-for-the-Joyce-1031-20131008#
  6. German dance critic Ilona Landgraf now has a blog on danceviewtimes. She'll write about other companies too, but her first two posts have been about Stuttgart Ballet performances. Here 'tis: http://danceviewtimes.typepad.com/ilona_landgraf/
  7. Ilona Landgraf has a review of the Stuttgart Ballet's new Made in Germany program on her danceviewtimes blog: http://danceviewtimes.typepad.com/ilona_landgraf/2013/10/whos-as-big.html
  8. Another article on Heidi Ryom (also in Danish) by Anne Middleboe Christensen: http://www.information.dk/474461
  9. danceviewtimes has a new blog: Landgraf on Dance, by German dance critic Ilona Landgraf. She has a review of the Stuttgart Ballet's Taming of the Shrew on her blog today: http://danceviewtimes.typepad.com/ilona_landgraf/2013/10/bonbons-from-stuttgart.html
  10. Considering the good news Jane Simpson posted below, it's even sadder to have to report such sad news. Heidi Ryom, one of the leading ballerinas in the 1980s and '90s, has died suddenly. Here's a report by Eva Kistrup: http://danceviewtimes.typepad.com/eva_kistrup/2013/10/heidi-ryom-dies-suddenly-.html For those who read Danish, there's an appreciation of Ryom in today's Berlingske Tidende by Viveka Wern: http://www.b.dk/navne/den-skoenneste-svane-er-doed
  11. Here's a lnk to another news story that has more information on Fayette: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/3045-james-fayette-dancer-1-of-5-stabbed-in-new-york-city-on-oct-1/?photo=2
  12. Thank you very much for that report, Carbro. (and for posting the links to press coverage!) The best news, of course, is what James Fayette said -- that "it could have been much worse."
  13. Re the Sarabande. Indeed! As you know, that's what developed into the danse d'ecole.
  14. Thank you for this, pherank. It's a keeper All the dances in one place!!!
  15. Re the dances of death, there were several round dances -- such as Ring Around the Rosy, where they all fell down "dead" at the end (and some, it is written, were actually dead) and Pied Piper type dances, as mentioned above, but the Dance of Death, I've always read and been taught, is what you see at the end of Bergman's film "The Seventh Seal": death leading the doomed away, often up a hill (as in the film) with their black cloaks flying. It was an image, but not an actual dance. And then there was the dansomanie, which now many think was caused by vilagers eating rotten grain, where whole towns of people danced themselves to death, literally. But on the ordinary Saturday night, there were round dances that went on continiually -- no beginning/middle/end; you just entered and left as it pleased you. The Maypole Dance is an example of this dance (the form was called the carole; that's the major one; I'm sure there were others). And later there was the estampe, the first dance that had watchers as well as dancers; also, it had a beginning/middle/end. The steps, I do not know. But there are several groups who do, and have reconstructed them. A friend of mine taught my class at a local university a few of these and they were very like games, very simple steps, and play-like hand gestures (couples wagging their fingers at each other as if to say, "Oh! You've been naughty."
  16. Sandi, it was Nikoloz Makhateli, who's now the boys' teacher at KAB. (The dancer in the youtube video is Emerson Moose. The Firebird is Riho Sakamoto, who's only 15.) The ending is from a tape of Lifar dancing the role, I was told.
  17. Has anyone read this article in The Nation? I read it yesterday in one gulp. I think Harss is a wonderfully vivid writer, and although this is a complex piece -- weaving her observations at rehearsals of Ratmansky's Shostakovich trilogy, with its roots in Russian history, and lots of fascinating information about Shostakovich WITH some very interesting comments by Ratmansky and those he's worked with -- it flows. http://www.thenation.com/article/17531/running.shadows# Here's a quote:
  18. This was a shock, as I did not know he was ill. I saw him both as Lescaut and as the Man in "Song of the Earth," among other roles, and admired him very much. RIP, Mr. Wall.
  19. Alexandra

    Saturday, June 8

    Review of Ballet Across America, Program B on danceviewtimes: Snow Time!
  20. I've posted a review of Program B on danceviewtimes: Snow Time! I wasn't able to see Program C, unfortunately. Thanks for the comments so far, and if others saw it, or any other program, I hope you'll chime in!
  21. Thanks for that, Tigerlily -- and welcome! Many posters here may not be familiar with Eks' "Romeo and Juliet" (including me!) Could you tell us a little bit about it? What's different about it, what makes it so fantastic?
  22. Janneke, while the forum was founded to provide a place for discussion of classical ballet, we also have many posters interested in other forms of dance. We don't have many posts from Europe about new works, and we would welcome them, so please feel free to post about what you're watching, what's new there. Welcome!
  23. Lovely! Thank you. She's another dancer on my long list of performances to catch in Heaven.
  24. Thanks for that, Sandi. i think of Tudor, and also of Massine, who certainly wanted to expand ballet. Ashton did that, too, in a different way, but there was more to his ballets than just the steps. (NOT saying that Balanchine is "just the steps," of course, just saying that the dramatic wing of ballet has been pretty quiet for awhile, and it's good to have it reborn.)
  25. My post above wasn't intended to shut down discussion. Please keep at it!
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