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Ann Williams

18-11-00, 08:32 PM (GMT)
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"Dancers of yore"
 
   Some time ago I started a thread on dancers from the 70s and 80s, mainly because I wanted to hear from people who had seen Sibley, Park and Seymour dance. The one dancer I forgot to ask about was Monica Mason, who is still so 'visible' at the RB, and who is obviously an extremely important figure.

I am curious about her because she doesn't have an obvious dancers body and I can't imagine her in any of the classics (I have her on video dancing the mistress in 'Manon' and she's terrific). Does anyone have any memories of her? She is mentioned in nearly everyone's book, but there's no book about her!


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  RE: Dancers of yore Karen 19-11-00 1
     RE: Dancers of yore Helen 19-11-00 2
         RE: Dancers of yore Jane S 19-11-00 3
             RE: Dancers of yore Ann Williams 19-11-00 4
                 RE: Dancers of yore Michael Llewellyn 22-11-00 5

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Karen

19-11-00, 00:55 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Dancers of yore"
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   I did see Mason dance Swan Lake. I know this is something one wouldn't expect of her, but she did a creditable job - she had especially wonderful arms during Odette's exit at the end of Act II. Mason was originally "discovered" by MacMillan when he chose her for the role of the Chosen Maiden in his version of Rite of Spring. She did perform a number of other classical roles - but I'm a bit hazy on which ones, and my programmes are lost in the mists of time (actually they are in someone's cellar in London, while I am now in New York). I don't want to make a mis-statement and get my head chewed off by someone whose memory is better than mine!


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Helen

19-11-00, 12:45 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Dancers of yore"
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   I saw Monica Mason frequently in the early stages of her career, and remember her as a fine dancer with a strong technique, and especially good elevation. My impression was that she was limited to some extent in classical roles because she looked strong, characterful and intelligent rather than pretty and vulnerable. She was cast as a leading Wili, a gipsy girl or a MacMillan harlot rather than anything that needed the "pretty" look. Interestingly, though, Nureyev cast her as one of the three solo Shades in his 1963 staging of the Shades scene from Bayadere, along with Park and Seymour. Many people think they were Sibley, Park and Seymour, but I'm fairly sure this was not the case. I certainly saw her often in this role, and she was splendid in it - it showed off her elevation.

Apart from this, I never saw her in a classical role - it seems a pity to limit someone like this, but I suppose that's balletic life. I'm glad to hear she did Swan Lake eventually.


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Jane S

19-11-00, 12:50 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Dancers of yore"
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   She did actually do a couple of Auroras as well, but I didn't see either of them so can't comment.


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Ann Williams

19-11-00, 01:10 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Dancers of yore"
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And I forgot, of course - I've also got her on video as Myrthe in the Nureyev/Seymour 'Giselle' where her excellent elevation can be seen. But it would have been wonderful to see her Aurora.


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Michael Llewellyn

22-11-00, 01:53 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Dancers of yore"
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   Monica was a tremendously powerful Firebird, not least because of those wonderful eyes. Her recent masterclass will be on BBC2 around Christmas. Later I thought her a lovely Lady Elgar, charming and gracious, like her true self. More recently, she is for me the definitive Carabosse, especially in the costume from the previous RB production, not the current raggedy version. Those eyes again...


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