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Buzz, 9-23: Charmed, I'm Sure!
Garfield & Goldhuber Charm Bessies; Goldsmith Charms Aussies; Tanzquartier
Charms Austrians; Ailey Charms Morgan Stanley; Man from Momix Charms
the Gray Lady; Kaplan Charms the Creteins; More Charming Publicists;
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2002 The Dance Insider
ALL OVER THE WORLD --
In Manhattan's Chelsea district Friday, the hit of the evening --
the evening being the Bessie Awards at the Joyce -- was by all accounts
the duo of Keely Garfield and Lawrence Goldhuber, with a nod to
Pina Bausch principal Dominique Mercy. The hosts with the mosts,
reports our Darrah Carr, essayed "clever, carefully choreographed
duets, with fantastic costumes, many by Liz Prince."
....Speaking of Princes,
in Melbourne last Tuesday, the curtain had no sooner fallen on the
Australian Ballet world premiere of Graeme Murphy's re-arranged
version of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" than TAB artistic director
David McAllister announced the promotion to principal of the evening's
Odette, Simone Goldsmith. "Odette is a role that typifies the strength
and artistry that is needed to be a ballerina," said McAllister.
"In creating this role in Graeme Murphy's brand new production,
Simone lit up the stage with her extraordinary portrayal of Odette,
and it was obvious that a star was born."
The critics would seem
to concur. After praising the returning Aussie ex-pat Margaret Illmann
for bringing "a wonderfully palpable sexiness to the role of the
Baroness," and noting that Stephen Heathcote's "boyishly gallant
manner" made him ideal for the prince, Hilary Crampton of The Age
concluded: "But the laurels must go to Simone Goldsmith, who seems
the ideal tragic princess with her fragile blonde beauty and the
limpid clarity of her dancing." To catch this rising star, check
TAB at the State Theater tonight, Thursday, or Saturday. To read
Crampton's entire review, please click
....Speaking of sensational
opening nights, DI managing editor Tara Zahra drops this dispatch
from Vienna, where she is newly installed as DI bureau chief:
"An opening party for
the 2002/03 season was held in Vienna's new Tanzquartier on Friday
night. The Tanzquartier, a complex of studio and performance spaces,
is situated in the heart of Vienna's Museumsquartier, a new cultural
complex of modern and contemporary art museums in the heart of the
city's 19th century Ringstrasse. The Tanzquartier opened in October
of 2001 as the first production house in Austria devoted exclusively
to modern dance. Programming, which includes open rehearsals, lectures,
and a three-month 'Factory Season' from April to June, reflects
a commitment to interdisciplinary work and a mission to bring the
public in contact with the process of dancemaking."
"The opening production,
a collaborative work by the Viennese Group Pilottanz ("Moving Gallery
2"), was free to the public, and mounted in a transparent tent in
the center of the Museumsquartier's central courtyard. Electric
music and special effects were designed to play off of the imposing
architecture of the Museumsquartier. The Performance was followed
by a public opening party, 'Von Herz zu Herz, von Bein zu Bein'
(from Heart to Heart, from Bone to Bone) in the complex's largest
performance space (and former site of the Habsburg Winter Riding
School), which was transformed for the evening into a retro bar/lounge
and dance floor." The year's performance season includes Meg Stuart,
Unplugged (promoting young choreographers), Groupe D.A.C.M. (with
"Showroom Dummies"), Tanztheater Wien-Milli Bitterli/Liz King, Michele
Anne De Mey, and Christine De Smedt of Les Ballets C. de la B.
....Speaking of new
quarters, the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, breaking ground October
9 for its future permanent home at 55th and 9th Ave. in NYC, just
got a welcome boost for the fundraising campaign it's launched to
pay for the building: Morgan Stanley has pledged $2 million, the
largest sponsorship in the Ailey's history. The money, says an Ailey
spokesperson, will support performances and educational residencies
and act as a leadership gift for the building construction.
....Speaking of non-profit
dance companies, that's something Momix is not, but don't, er, write
Moses Pendleton's company off. Answering a question I've long wanted
to ask if we could ever get off the topic of les tournesols, the
Man from Momix tells Kathryn Shattuck in yesterday's Times that
the company is for-profit because "We just incorporated that way.
We asked ourselves, 'If Aerosmith or the Rolling Stones were starting
out, would they be trying to get a grant from the N.E.A.?' I think
not. We didn't want to limit the scope of our vision by starting
out with a concept of ourselves as small and reliant before we even
got off the ground." Today, says Pendleton, as the company gets
ready to open the Joyce Theater's 20th anniversary season tomorrow,
"Momix is a business, just like baseball, and our business is to
get our product out to people. We like to be active. We aren't going
to strike." Obviously, this man is not French! Vive le greve! (Just
kidding about the sunflowers Mo. Love them, and, by the way, loved
the way Ms. Shattuck wrapped l'histoire de les tournesols into l'histoire
....Speaking of not
being French -- I heard that! -- Peggy Jarrell Kaplan isn't either,
but, believe it or not, that's not stopping the French, or at least
those in charge of La Maison des Arts Andre Malraux in the Paris
suburb of Creteil, from exhibiting Kaplan's dance and other photographs
from this Wednesday through October 25. The vernissage -- that's
opening to you, bub -- commences at 18:30 Thursday at the Maison
des Arts Creteil. Metro Creteil/Prefecture.
.....Speaking of French
events, in last week's Best
Publicist list I hyped Festival d'Automne press person
Margherita Mantero as a good choice for dance artists planning a
European tour. Choreographer and DI Belgium bureau chief Rosa Mei
pipes iin with another one from the UK: "I would highly recommend
Publicity," says Rosa. "They're a five-star operation
in my book. Friendly, professional and unwaveringly enthusiastic
about the arts. Tons of press contacts and a commitment to getting
companies pre-show media coverage as well as reviews. Based in Edinburgh;
e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
They're also incredibly well-versed in handling overseas clients
via e-mail correspondence. In the past, I worked with Paddy and
....And finally, speaking
of charming, violence isn't usually that, but you can expect DI
Flasher and choreographer Maura Nguyen Donohue to charm you when
Maura Nguyen Donohue/inmixedcompany opens the PS 122 season Thursday
with "Rip it Open" according to Maura "an exhaustive and athletic
examination of each performer's relationship to violence." Dancers
include Peggy Cheng, Nancy Ellis, Brian Nishii, and Donohue; video
& sound design is by Nishii; spoken word is from Eirene Donohue,
lighting design by Frank DenDanto III; and costumes by Anh Bui.
Influences include the Russ Meyer classic "Faster Pussycatt! Kill!
Kill!" Music comes from such sources as PJ Harvey and Hole. The
unique alchemy in Maura's work is that it weds political conscience
with pop culture resonance. Check it! And check the details by clicking
here. (That's another DI writer, Peggy, with the collar
and leash around her neck. Really, we are charming, and surely,
we are charmed!)
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