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gerald dowler

06-12-00, 08:06 AM (GMT)
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"Canadian dancer delights Association"
 
   Jamie Tapper spoke last night to the Ballet Association. After revealing that it took her a long time to decide to become a dancer (including a year off aged 13 to decide properly !), she also illustrated her refreshingly direct approach: having been offered an apprenticeship aged 17 with the national ballet of Canada, she told the Director that she wanted to earn money and would prefer a full contract with San Francisco. The Director promptly offered her a contract with NBC.
The reasons for her move were the downsizing of the company (for financial reasons, the fact that there were no longer any dancers for her to watch and admire - she spoke very fondly of Karen Kain and crying in the corps at that great dancer's last performance of Swan Lake and that she wanted a company with a broad repertoire. She looked at several European companies including Royal Danish and Stuttgart but said she loved the friendliness of the Royal and never got to take class with ENB !
She loves the repertoire at the Royal and laughed at her 'curse' of being able to learn thing s quickly - her Coppelias were at five days notice - Dowell knew that she had danced the role in Canada, but she didn't remind him that the version is completely different from the Royal's !
A very entertaining speaker who made the audience laugh with tales of the Princesses in Firebird and the chaos of the apple throwing - the management even arranged practice sessions !
She loves Balanchine and had much to say on the Royal's way of dancing Serenade, finds Ashton a challenge: bending and quick footwork, loves MacMillan and enjoyed Forsythe's rehearsals. Tuckett is great to work with and Biches was hysterical fun !

A wonderful evening: the next one is on Wednesday 17th January with DONALD MCLEARY, Repetiteur to the Principals, Beriosova's old partner and a very great dancer in his time.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Canadian dancer delights Association Bruce Madmin 06-12-00 1
     RE: Canadian dancer delights Association Barbara 06-12-00 2
         RE: Canadian dancer delights Association alison 06-12-00 3
         RE: Canadian dancer delights Association Enid AUSTIN 06-12-00 4
             RE: Canadian dancer delights Association Barbara 07-12-00 5
                 RE: Canadian dancer delights Association eugene merrett 07-12-00 6
                     RE: Canadian dancer delights Association Stephanie Wragg 08-12-00 7
                         RE: Canadian dancer delights Association Enid AUSTIN 08-12-00 8

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Bruce Madmin

06-12-00, 08:40 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Canadian dancer delights Association"
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   I moved this piece - News is where details of events go.... reports/reviews of those events go in Whats Happening


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Barbara

06-12-00, 09:53 AM (GMT)
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   Gerald

I agree - the evening was a delight. Jamie Tapper was a really entertaining guest and her comments about dancing Serenade (and Firebird!) were fascinating. Guests like here make you want to go to the ballet even more!


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alison

06-12-00, 01:29 PM (GMT)
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   Ditto!


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Enid AUSTIN

06-12-00, 07:32 PM (GMT)
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   "She loves Balanchine and had much to say on the Royal's way of dancing Serenade, . . ."

and

"Jamie Tapper was a really entertaining guest and her comments about dancing Serenade . . . were fascinating"

Any chance of a summary of her comments on the Royal dancing Serenade anyone please?


Enid


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Barbara

07-12-00, 09:53 AM (GMT)
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   Enid

Others will correct me if I am wrong, but she was quite "surprised" when she first saw the Royal dance Serenade. She obviously thought they weren't getting it right, and she put that down to the coaching - she thought that there were excellent dancers, but they weren't receiving enough coaching. She also gave a specific example of Royal hands "drooping" where the American / Canadian companies would give much more of an uplifting movement.

Sorry - not explaining myself very well!


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eugene merrett

07-12-00, 11:30 AM (GMT)
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   I am not so sure such comments went down very well with the RB board but I think she is right.

I remember seeing Seranade in NY and it was obvious that it was very different from what I was seeing in London. At that time I had just assumed that the bigger stage and where I was seating were main reasons as to why I thought it was so much better in NY.


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Stephanie Wragg

08-12-00, 11:49 AM (GMT)
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   Who of the Balanchine Trust is responsible for the RB staging? Who rehearses the company?


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Enid AUSTIN

08-12-00, 09:59 PM (GMT)
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I've seen Karin von Aroldingen during the interval a couple of times when a Balanchine ballet was performed, but I can't remember whether it was for Serenade specifically.

Thank you Barbara for summarising what was said on the subject; I hope the Royal doesn't get upset at any implied criticism. It's surely a good thing to learn about different ways a ballet is performed.

Enid


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