RESCUING MARTHA GRAHAM

Finally, maybe a plan to rescue the Martha Graham Dance Company, which went out of business in May. The company “is poised to reopen in temporary quarters as soon as January with a fresh infusion of private contributions and a promise of a $750,000 capital grant from the state senator from its home district. The state contribution comes with strings; the dance center cannot get the money unless it raises $750,000 in private donations for operating expenses. – New York Times

ANTHONY TUDOR’S FALLEN LEGACY

What happened to Anthony Tudor? He “made 57 ballets, four of them thought masterpieces by any lights, and a man whose worldwide influence on ballet is felt even today. So why, when you leaf through so many biographies and books, will you find Tudor given only the most clipped of mentions? For the older record-keepers of the art, Frederick Ashton is the good fairy at the birth of British ballet and Tudor the bad one.” – The Telegraph (London)

A FESTIVAL SURVEY OF 20th CENTURY DANCE

“Inside and in front of Royce Hall, all the bottom-line strategies that once sent plenty of dance audiences and critics fleeing into the night reign again, newly revived and still as provocative as ever. Minimalism. Structuralism. Endless Repetition. Everyday Movement. Task-Oriented Choreography, Dances Anyone Can Do. And you know what? The simple honesty of this work looks awfully appealing compared to the desperate narcissism, salesmanship, emotional grandstanding and empty virtuosity of much Big Deal contemporary dance these days.” – Los Angeles Times

MOON-DANCE

Sun Myung Moon’s dance company comes to London. Not just a vanity effort, the company is well-financed and has earned good reviews. “The Universal Ballet was created after Moon’s 17-year-old son was killed in a car crash in 1984. The youth had been engaged to a gifted young ballet dancer called Julia Pak, the daughter of Moon’s right-hand man. In a bizarre ceremony, she was married to her dead fiance’s ghost, thus becoming Rev Moon’s daughter-in-law, and the Universal Ballet was set up as a memorial to the dead man.” – The Telegraph (London)

BOSTON BALLET IN THE DOCKET

Boston Ballet is to respond this week in the wrongful death suit filed against the company by the mother of a dancer who died weighing 97 pounds. The suit charges that the company is responsible for her death because it exerted pressure on her to lose wieght. “No matter how this is set up claim for claim, the public sees that the case goes forward and that this girl died on their watch. That’s not good news for the Boston Ballet.” – Boston Herald