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Gerald Dowler

18-01-01, 11:11 AM (GMT)
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"Macleary Evening"
 
   A packed meeting of the Ballet Association last night with members and guests turning out in force to hear one of the legends of post-war British ballet.
Donald Macleary spoke about his own career and then about his role as Repetiteur to the Pricipals.
Interesting bits included the fact that when he joined the School in 1951, it was still in Baron's Court and so he went there almost without a break for nearly 50 years. He was in the first performance of the 1953 production of Coppelia which the Royal has now revived and was the first Apollo of the Royal when it was taken into the repertoire.
There was much laughter at his many stories and anecdotes including his most embarassing moment when he went to hide in the bedroom in Act 2 of Fille and promptly pulled the handle off in his hand and couldn't get in(until someone kicked the door from behind) and when Beriosova's costume tore slowly during the pas de deux in Ondine until he finally put her down at the end and the whole costume just fell around her ankles (she calmly stepped out of it, picked it up and walked off. Michael Somes commented that it was the most embarassing thing he had ever seen on stage !)
He spoke very eloquently about his coaching of present dancers, encouraging them to develop character and to be a human being on stage (many of us know that this is not always achieved in many other companies) and how he does not permit the ugly spinning of the ballerina in supported pirouette - it looks as if she can't manage it herself.
Romeo is the most exhausting male role he has ever danced - by the Balcony scene commented that most foreign dancers are gaping on the floor; stamina is the most important thing and therefore he always demands that they dance out fully in rehearsal.
He commented that Altynai Asylmuratova, whom he adores as a dancer, was once rehearsing Swan Lake with Jonny Cope and they came tyo the Act 2 lifts. She atarted to smile and Macleary asked the interpreter to ask her why the grin. The answer came back that it felt so wonderful to be lifted properly as all her Russian partners faked it because they were saving themselves for their solo !
It was a superb evening, greatly enjoyed by all present.
Was anyone else there last night ?

Advance notice that Marianela Nunez will speak on Thursday February 8th.


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Barbara

18-01-01, 01:39 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Macleary Evening"
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   Gerald

I thought it was yet another riveting evening at the Ballet Association, full of fascinating information.

I am interested: do you think the excellent turnout was due to Macleary's legendary status or do you think your advance postings and reports on this sites are bringing more people in?

Regards
Barbara


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Karen

18-01-01, 08:22 PM (GMT)
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   I WISH I could have been there! Macleary was certainly one of the world's best partners - in addition to his other, many good qualities. Once Lynn Seymour substituted for Beriosova in Act II of Gisele. She hadn't danced with Macleary for a while, and they certainly had no rehearsal time. She said that Macleary was the only person with whom she would have done that. The performance went flawlessly - even to the eye of someone who KNEW what had happened.


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alison

19-01-01, 12:55 PM (GMT)
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   I know just what he means about supported pirouettes - the man is usually busy looking worried and down at the ballerina's waist rather than up at the audience, and the ballerina usually looks uneasy with having the control taken away from her


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