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James Kudelka

Making Ballet in Troubled Times 

By Kaija Pepper “Adam and Eve and Steve (The Goldberg Variations, Side 2)” James Kudelka, Ballet BC

The title of James Kudelka’s new work for Ballet British Columbia varies. On the program cover and in publicity it’s “The Goldberg Variations – Side 2: Adam and Eve and Steve”. Inside the program, it was printed the way Kudelka told me he wanted it when we spoke one afternoon after a rehearsal: “Adam and Eve and Steve (The Goldberg Variations, Side 2).”  

 

Self-expression and entertainment: a fine balance 

By Alana Gerecke, Kaija Pepper Dancing on the Edge 2007  Dancing on the Edge

Another conversation-style festival review with some keen insider perspective. 

 

Seduced by the Sound 

By Kaija Pepper “Chutzpah!” The Lisa Nemetz International Showcase of Jewish Performing Arts   Chutzpah! Festival

The Chutzpah! Festival is always a sprawling celebration of Jewish culture through dance, theatre and music that takes place annually at the Norman Rothstein Theatre in the Jewish Community Centre.  

 

Shoes, Pumpkins and a Paparazzo 

By Kathleen Smith "Cinderella" James Kudelka, The National Ballet of Canada

The story of Cinderella and her glass slipper is as old as the hills. Although versions of the story are a cultural phenomenon around the world, we in the West are most familiar with Charles Perrault’s 1697 fairy tale, Cendrillon, ou la petite pantoufle de verre. That or Disney.

 

Motion in Motion 

By Philip Szporer Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video  Moving Pictures Festival

The 12th annual edition of the Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video, curated by Kathleen M. Smith and Marc Glassman, opened in grand style, with a ballet-based evening of screen dance.  

 

A Cerebral Take on a Swirling Tale 

By Kaija Pepper Scheherazade John Alleyne, Ballet BC

Vancouverites had to wait until mid-November for the ballet season to open this year, when Ballet British Columbia premiered artistic director John Alleyne’s “Scheherazade”.  

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