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#4, Monday Links - 20 February 2006
Posted by Bruce on 20-02-06 at 10:14 AM
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Obituary - Dai Ailian
Dai Ailian, Vital Figure in Building Ballet in China, Dies at 89
New York
By Anna Kisselgoff
    "In her remarkable life's journey, she both established ballet in China and introduced the country's little-known ethnic traditions abroad. When the Central Ballet of China, as the National Ballet of China was then called, made its New York debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1986, Mayor Edward I. Koch paid tribute to Ms. Dai from the stage."

New York City Ballet
With a Casting Change, a Duet Acquires a New Sensuousness
After the Rain, In the Night, Scenes de Ballet, Sonatas and Interludes, Concertino, Western Symphony
USA, New York, State Theater
Dancers: Angle, Evans, Fairchild, Fowler, Hendrickson, Hytlin, Marcovici, Mearns, Neal, Nichols, Peck, Piskin, Ramasar, Reichlen, Ringer, Rutherford, Somogyi, Soto, Sylve, Whelan, Woetzal, Zungre
by John Rockwell
    "After the Rain" may count as Mr. Wheeldon's masterpiece, at least so far."
The New York Times

Sara Baras
Ole! It's the flamenco revival
UK, London, Sadler's Wells
Dancers: Ortega, Serrano, Baras
by Jenny Gilbert
    "...the excitement builds to such dizzying intensity that your normally sober critic was heard to emit an involuntary yelp."
Sunday Independent

Bill T. Jones and Regain the Heart Condemned
Putting Toes to the Metal
New York
By Melena Ryzik
    "Of the many things that the hardcore music scene is known for, refined dancing is not among them.
    "In our world, it's a bunch of morons running around hitting each other," said Oscar Vargas, 19, the singer for the Bronx hardcore band Regain the Heart Condemned.
    "So the band's fans may be surprised by its next gig, at the Skirball Center this week, when Regain the Heart Condemned will serve as the backing band for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company."

Vincent Dance Theatre
Broken Chords
UK, Sheffield, Lyceum
Dancers: Vincent
by Donald Hutera
    "Broken Chords is brave, intelligent entertainment, although I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was more important for Vincent to have made than for me to see."
The Times

Eating and Theatre/Dance Going in London
Art of the matter
Please, give us thought for food - an evening at the theatre cannot be sustained by a packet of crisps
by Debra Craine
    "As a dance critic, I spend a lot of time at Sadler’s Wells, and my spirits rose considerably when I discovered its bijou Garden Café, tucked away by the stage door. For £4.50 I can get a tasty sausage and pepper casserole with herbed rice within minutes."

Noa Dance
Building From Solo to Sextet, Some Quirks Along the Way
Pax Aeterna, Hebrew Tales
USA, New York, Joyce SoHo
Dancers: Bommel
by John Rockwell
    "But in the future, she {Nelly van Bommel} might be better advised to concentrate her presentations on fewer, longer and stronger works in which she most deeply believes."
The New York Times

Flamenco Festival Washington
Gala de Andalucia's Fluid Flamenco Footwork
Flamenco Festival - Gala de Andalucia: Paso a Dos
USA, Washington, Lisner Auditorium
Dancers: Campallo, Esmeralda, Marin
by Paula Durbin
    "The vivacious Esmeralda joined in the fun that escalated through the company's finale into something beyond excitement, and a delighted audience responded with a standing ovation."
Washington Post

Russian National Ballet
Russian National Ballet offered too much 'Beauty'
Sleeping Beauty
USA, Los Angeles, Ahmanson Theater
Dancers: Chemalina, Kaukov, Kinzikeev, Nekhlyudova
by Julia Osborne
    "Some dance for dance's sake, especially in the prologue and Act I, could have been trimmed, shortening the production's more than two-and-a-half-hour length. Many who brought youngsters departed at intermission, and others began leaving near the two-hour mark."
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Denver Ballet - Gil Boggs ( new AD)
Dancing toward prosperity?
By Kyle MacMillan
    ""He's the kind of guy to go to a dinner party with some board people and come away being friends with the people that he sat with at the table," Barbee said."

Alabama Ballet - new Sleeping Beauty
Alabama Ballet plans 'hybrid' version of 'Sleeping Beauty'
Birmingham (USA)
By Michael Huebner
    "(Tracey) Alvey brings a British point of view to the production, but also knows the Russians very well.
    "We did the Petipa version, which Tatiana bases her choreography on," says the Kent, England, native of her experiences with London City Ballet. For the Alabama production, she is focusing her attention on the fairies - pivotal roles in the ballet."

Miami City Ballet
Tropical Nights
Ballet supporters will step up to the plate
By Daisy Olivera
    "The palpable excitement at Miami City Ballet in anticipation of its 20th anniversary gala has socialites taking their vitamins because of an event-packed social calendar.
    "...Immediately after the performance a select crowd of about 100 supporters attended an invitation-only black-tie ''Imperial Supper'' hosted by Her Imperial Highness Princess Thi-Nga of Vietnam in honor of her late father H.I.H. Prince Vng Thi of Vietnam and of the Ballet Imperial with guest of honor Edward Villella.
    "The lobby of the ballet building was transformed into an enchanting garden setting where guests dined banquet-style. Harpist Esther Underhay..."