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February 19, 2005

Out and About - Royal Ballet School

The short version - good training and consistent style. The boys are long and spidery, but strong. Watching Ashton done by 17 year olds who can just about get through it because it's so exposing has its own poignancy.

Whispered in the dark, apropos of nothing actually onstage: "You can be unmusical to absolutely anything. You could be unmusical to 4'33" if you worked at it."

Skirball Center is a new theater at NYU, I'd guess about 900 seats, that will be useful to the University and not very useful to the community at large. Would that someone would build a few more 250 seat houses for dance in New York and a few less 900 seat houses that smaller companies can neither fill nor afford.

Full review at Danceview Times on Monday.

Posted by Leigh Witchel at February 19, 2005 2:16 AM

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Hi Leigh,
Thanks for blogging. I've enjoyed your posts on the "big list" in the past. I don't try to keep up with the "big list" any more, so I was glad to see you post on glbkl. Looking forward to reading your blog.

Posted by: Anne Montes at February 19, 2005 6:49 AM

Llso found you on glbknl, lovely kit. Knows what s/he wants and how to get it, I surmise. Are you dancing in London in June?

Posted by: anne at February 19, 2005 10:19 AM

Oh heavens, no! I stopped taking class in 1998 - it was a relief, my body stopped hurting. I'm going to see the Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet on assignment from Ballet Review and Dance Now - and most importantly to see my brother on his birthday. Nice work if you can get it (but it doesn't pay for the trip!)

Posted by: Leigh Witchel at February 19, 2005 10:28 AM

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