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The Blank Album

The Blank Album With The Blank Album, Glasgow-based choreographer Natasha Gilmore presents her dancers as a pop band, as comedians, as attention-seekers. It’s set up as a series of songs, with quarrels or bursts of affection between the band members. Performances are lively, but The Blank Album strains too hard for versatility.

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Ballet Week 2009 in Munich

Ballet Week 2009 The Bavarian State Ballet celebrated two anniversaries during its annual Ballet Week, held this year from May 3-10: the company’s 20th birthday as an independent institution and the centenary of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

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Bloom Festival

Bloom Festival On June 6 and 7 The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora presented Bloom (ADAD), a festival held at various locations across the Southbank Centre which offered free workshops, films and talks, and two performances of a mixed bill in the Purcell Room.

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Latitude Festival, Southwold

What better place to see the most romantic scene from Swan Lake, than on the Waterfront Stage at Latitude which floated on a beautiful lake with the audience able to view not only from amidst the seated throng on the grassy verge, but also from the comfort of reclining deckchairs on the other side of […]

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Feelgood Theatre Company and Theatre Under Fire in Macbeth, Heaton Park, Manchester

Macbeth Shakespeare’s words are a wonder of the world, but his dramatic world was also a world of physical theatre, and closer to song and dance than we sometimes remember today. We should remind ourselves that his most famous clown, William Kempe, who was surely a great mover on stage for the Bard, was as […]

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Dance at Edinburgh 2009

Robert Penman and Zoë Anderson attended some of the performances offered on the 2009 Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe Festival. Here are their thoughts on what they saw:

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Staatsballett Berlin, Deutsche Oper and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin

Schneewittchen – Das Flammende Herz The Staatsballett Berlin opened its 2009-10 season with two works –  Angelin Preljocaj’s Schneewittchen (Snow White) at the Deutsche Oper in West Berlin and Patrice Bart’s Das Flammende Herz (The Blazing Heart) at the Staatsoper Unter Den Linden. The whole enterprise is under the leadership of Vladimir Malakhov, who happily […]

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Mélanie Demers and Laïla Diallo in Sense of Self

Sense of Self At the opening of Sense of Self, the new duet from Mélanie Demers and Laïla Diallo, one of the performers, dressed in a red velvet evening frock, her face obscured by a guerrilla mask, smashes a pile of plates into a large cardboard box. Such frustration at having to do the dishes […]

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Independent Ballet Wales in How Green Was My Valley

Richard Llewellyn’s famous novel How Green Was My Valley certainly sets some choreographic challenges. It cannot be easy to translate such detailed events and complex relationships covering a lengthy period of time into a successful ballet. Yet Darius James, artistic director of  Independent Ballet Wales, has done a cracking job in his latest work for […]

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Gauthier Dance in Six Pack

Six Pack A lonely dancer stands spot-lit on a stage. A voice-over explains that the link between rhythm and dance in classical ballet is the positions. At a breakneck tempo the voice then lists them. Not by their French names but by the numbers one to 100, whilst the dancer demonstrates them. After a short […]

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A Dream of Africa at the Britten Theatre

By Gerald Dowler For the third year running, Henry Roche, devoted company pianist for The Royal Ballet, has brought young dancing friends and musical colleagues together to raise money for a small charity, Ashanti Development, which works in Ghana to help local communities. At the Royal College of Music’s delightful Britten Theatre, he put together […]

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Ballets Russes, the Musical

Perhaps the strangest and most small-scale tribute to the Ballets Russes centenary has been David Reiser’s pocket show, staged in London’s tiny pub theatre, The Rosemary Branch. Size is not, however, everything, as director Vik Sivalingam’s cast of eight tells the story with gusto of Vaslav Nijinsky’s time with Serge Diaghilev’s company.

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