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Helen

06-11-00, 02:03 PM (GMT)
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"Dante Sonata among the floods"
 
   Some belated comments on BRB's Dante Sonata, which I saw last week in Bradford. It's taken me this long to recover from the journey! Not a good time to go to Yorkshire, and at times I seriously thought I wasn't going to be able to get home - floods in Halifax, floods in York, floods in Warrington, all of which affected my trains home. I thought it was quite appropriate, really - a struggle against adversity, albeit much more minor adversity than Ashton had in mind.

I'd always wanted to see Dante Sonata, because my mother had seen it during the war, and often told me how wonderful it was; there wre also some marvellous photographs of the original performances in her books, so it was pretty real to me, and I had a clear idea of what it was like. It turned out exactly as I expected, except that I was surprised by how relevant and telling it still was. The cast, Isabel McMeekan, Tiit Helimets and Victoria Marr as the leaders of the Children of Light, and Silvia Jiminez and Dominic Antonucci as Children of Darkness, danced with passionate commitment, and seemed quite at home in the idiom. The ballet is full of unforgettable images - the writhing bodies, like snakes in hell, the double crucifixion of both sides, pointing the deep truth that no-one wins. The desperate, grief stricken solo that I think was originally danced by Pamela May, and the unassailable purity of the Fonteyn character (McMeekan)....it was all so moving.

Scenes de Ballet was also on the programme, but I've no more time at the moment. A quick word for Molly Smolen in the lead, who was very good, I thought.

I had to miss Enigma Variations, or I'd never have got home. The lovely little Alhambra Theatre was sadly, but understandably, half empty.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Dante Sonata among the floods Stephanie Wragg 07-11-00 1
     RE: Dante Sonata among the floods p.s.stammers 13-11-00 2
         RE: Dante Sonata among the floods alison 14-11-00 3
             RE: Dante Sonata among the floods Helen 14-11-00 4
                 RE: Dante Sonata among the floods Ann Welsh 14-11-00 5
                     Culture exclusion zones Stephanie Wragg 18-11-00 6
                         RE: Culture exclusion zones alison 20-11-00 7
                             RE: Culture exclusion zones Stephanie Wragg 20-11-00 8
                             RE: Culture exclusion zones alison 21-11-00 9

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Stephanie Wragg

07-11-00, 12:42 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Dante Sonata among the floods"
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   How I wish BRB would brings these wonders to Oxford....it's dry here, could they be tempted???


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p.s.stammers

13-11-00, 03:16 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Dante Sonata among the floods"
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   Unfortunately Oxford is within an Arts Council Exclusion zone for BRB. A fifty mile radius is drawn around each venue and companies are not "allowed" to perform within them according to a conversation I had recently at a BRB Friends event.

They limit which companies can perform within the radius as well. Due to decentralization to Scotland and Wales companies from England can not use their Council grants to perform in those areas, so BRB is not able to dance in Cardiff for example.

I think we need to start lobbying the Arts Council to review its practices for funding touring companies.
Pauline


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alison

14-11-00, 02:09 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Dante Sonata among the floods"
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   I couldn't agree more, Pauline. I'm sure the policy was started with the best of motives, but why shouldn't ENB audiences have a chance to see BRB for a change every now and then, and vice versa? I'm not quite sure how NBT fit into the equation - I think they perform at some of the same venues as BRB, but am not sure.


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Helen

14-11-00, 05:11 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Dante Sonata among the floods"
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   My nearest theatre is in Liverpool, and until quite recently BRB were regular visitors, but now we only get ENB and various small East European companies. BRB now goes to the Lowry in Manchester/Salford, which isn't exactly near enough to me for an evening out.

I went 75 miles (in floods, as I described above) to see the Ashton programme. They didn't take it to the Lowry.


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Ann Welsh

14-11-00, 07:24 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Dante Sonata among the floods"
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   This whole policy is quite ridiculous. I suppose that this is why we, in the far north, don't get to see ENB and you, in the deep south, don't get to see (apart from Plymouth) the likes of BRB, plus Scottish Ballet and Northern Ballet. And you, Caz, don't get to see Welsh Ballet in Wales! And with the state of the railways at the moment nobody can go anywhere without loads of cash, a stout heart and a reliable car. Daft, isn't it?


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Stephanie Wragg

18-11-00, 08:49 AM (GMT)
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6. "Culture exclusion zones"
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   Thank you for letting me know about these exlcusion zones. I am just amazed that this is allowed to happen....I cannot understand what the advantage to this is.

By the way, Northern Ballet Theatre will be performing at the High Wycombe Swan in early 2001. SO this might be an alternative to Plymouth. The Swan is a lovely dance venue and has convenient parking, imagine that.


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alison

20-11-00, 01:39 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Culture exclusion zones"
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   I think that the idea was that the companies shouldn't be pinching each other's audiences (and possibly also to get a slightly fairer spread of ballet throughout the few theatres in the country which are actually suitable for full-scale ballet). I still think that if you want to encourage ballet-going then the more companies an audience can get to see, the better, but still ...


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Stephanie Wragg

20-11-00, 04:28 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Culture exclusion zones"
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   >I think that the idea was
>that the companies shouldn't be
>pinching each other's audiences (and
>possibly also to get a
>slightly fairer spread of ballet
>throughout the few theatres in
>the country which are actually
>suitable for full-scale ballet).
***In a way, I think it's a good idea since it ensures that certain venues get visited by the companies.

However, could they not exchange the 'territories' every few years? That would ensure the creation of new audiences I would think.


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alison

21-11-00, 05:26 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Culture exclusion zones"
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   That's precisely what I think. Apart from anything else, it would in a way put less pressure on the companies because if you alternated, say, BRB and ENB on an annual basis it would not only give audiences a wider range of productions, but the companies wouldn't have to put on so many productions because they could tour them to one set of venues one year, and the other the next. Probably wouldn't do much to expand the ENB rep, though.


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