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Gerald Dowler

05-02-01, 05:22 PM (GMT)
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"Dowell and Royal get award"
   A deserved South Bank Show Award has gone to Sir Anthony Dowell and the Royal Ballet for their 2000 season.
Despite all the odds, the vicious and vindictive press and the back seat directors in the ballet world, Sir Anthony led the company intact back to their home in true style. Antoinette Sibley spoke eloquently about Dowell and he, true to self-deprecating form, praised his company.
No more deserving recipient could have been found. Congratulations !

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eugene merrett

05-02-01, 06:07 PM (GMT)
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   Sorry Gerald but I cannot agree with what you are saying. This sounds like the British establishment rewarding their own. I cannot think of any successful production under Dowell leadership (possible exception P of Pagodos). His new productions of Swan Lake and S Beauty have not bee successful at all. And his revivals of Rhapsody, Les Randervous etc.. the less said the better. Virtually no worthwhile new choreography has been created under his leadership and nor has he done a particularly good job in preserving the Ashton legacy.

The only good thing I can think of is that his benevolent and non confrontationalist leadership during the difficult years of 1999-2000 kept the company togeather better then if it was led by a more aggressive visionary leader! (He also brought Roja and Yoshida in as well).

If only ballet companies had shareholders meeting (not necessarily annually) where the performance of directors can be reviewed more openly.

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