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Lynette H

03-01-01, 05:33 PM (GMT)
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"More thoughts on the RB's Dec mixed bill"
 
   Belatedly, Iíd like to add some thoughts on the RBís mixed bill, which I saw again on the final Dec 20th performance at Covent Garden.

This time I was down in the stalls circle instead of the amphi, and the difference in the way that Lilac Garden in particular came across was very striking. It really hadnít carried that well to the amphi; it seemed much more involving close too, and the detailed nuances were more immediate, even if Bussell seemed miscast. I think this was originally made for a smaller theatre than Covent Garden. If Iíd seen this in the Linbury, Iíd probably have been much more impressed. It made me think how interesting it would be to have a short season of chamber works in the Linbury (which still isnít used nearly enough for dance). Thereís some early Ashton works which were made for a smaller stage. It would be interesting to see them with Lilac Garden and perhaps other works of the 1930s in a more intimate setting. I donít see why the Linbury should only get used by the Royal for a couple of weeks of new work once a year.

Luxury casting for the women in Symphonic Variations (Cojocaru, Wildor, Rojo), but the standard of male dancing was nowhere near at the same level. Yanowksy was very impressive in Monotones: it looked a smoother and more unified performance than the first one I saw: but this work, paradoxically, is much better when seen from further away. Great reception from the audience, a very full house, which goes to show that mixed bills and Ashton do sell.


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Richard J

03-01-01, 06:36 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: More thoughts on the RB's Dec mixed bill"
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   how interesting
>it would be to have
>a short season of chamber
>works in the Linbury (which
>still isnít used nearly enough
>for dance). Thereís some
>early Ashton works which were
>made for a smaller stage.
>It would be interesting to
>see them with Lilac Garden
>and perhaps other works of
>the 1930s in a more
>intimate setting. I donít
>see why the Linbury should
>only get used by the
>Royal for a couple of
>weeks of new work once
>a year.

This is just the sort of imaginative thinking that seems to escape those who run the ROH. There is so much that could be done. A number of ballets only involve a few dancers and small scale accompaniment: 'Apollo' requires strings only; 'Sphinx' strings and piano, etc... Some require even less:
'Duo Concertant' needs a violinist and a pianist, and Ben Stevenson's 'Three Preludes' only a pianist. There is so much more, and then there is new work...

Shortish matinees would be great for those of us who pass through London from time to time, and an effective way to encourage new audiences for the main house. Does anyone at the ROH read this web-site? I hope so.


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Michael

04-01-01, 02:13 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: More thoughts on the RB's Dec mixed bill"
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   Wedding Bouquet would go down well in he Linbury.


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