Some dancers have a defining attribute: Sylvie Guillem’s ear-high extensions, Alina Cojocaru’s airy delicacy, Natalia Osipova’s enormous jump. But what makes Cuthbertson special is more to do with the quality of her presence. Her performances are very personal: you never see a cliched gesture or a “ballet dancer expression”. Even in abstract work, her dancing is peculiarly spontaneous, transparent in its lack of rhetoric or airs.
via The Guardian
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.