DANCE AS THE BIG SHOW

The English National Ballet was Princess Diana’s favorite company. Since her death, the company has employed some “sometimes dubious tricks” to promote its Albert Hall productions. Its controversial director thinks “British ballerinas are pear-shaped and that ballet should be Albert Hall-shaped, with casts of hundreds and audiences of thousands.” – The Telegraph (London)

BASIC RENEWAL

As the Martha Graham Company goes out of business, another company has come along to renew the legacy. “The young company Buglisi/Foreman Dance (this is its fifth season) renews the Graham technique in all its full-bodied glory. Everything is here: those potent torsos, contracting, releasing, spiraling; legs, arms and heads alert to every surge of emotion. – New York Times