Magazine article Dance Magazine

Holland Dance Festival

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Holland Dance Festival

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HOLLAND DANCE FESTIVAL LUCENT DANSTHEATER THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS NOVEMBER 11--27, 1999 REVIEWED BY HELMA KLOSS

This Holland Dance Festival, called "From time to time," contained seventeen performances and a global satellite conference. "Time," in the sense of history of the past and present, was historically placed between the end of a tumultuous century and the beginning of a new millennium: from Isadora Duncan to virtual reality.

"Above and beyond" was the spectacular reconstruction of a 1925 Balanchilae Le Chant du Rossignol by the Ballet de Monte Carlo, with Matisse's set. Stravinsky's score was played excellently by the Dutch Ballet Orchestra. On the same program these astonishingly diverse dancers performed works by Merce Cunningham and Lucinda Childs, and from their artistic director, Jean-Christophe Mallot, Vers un pays sage, an illusionary and virtuoso piece based on John Adams's Fearful Symmetries. It was an unforgettable event!

In A Celebration of Dance, soloist Risa Steinberg covered a century of dance history with her fine performance of, among others, Doris Humphrey, Isadora Duncan, and Sean Curran (1998).

"Timeless," and with one leg in the next century, was the virtual reality of the Canadian PPS Dance Company with Poles, choreographed and performed by P.P. Savoie and Jeff Hall. Layers of images surrounded the two dancers who had restricted themselves to moving on one spot, center stage, from which they erupted or disappeared. Thunders and earthquakes happened around them--technology created even a third dancer--and left me with only admiration for the effects. …

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