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Anne Marriott

10-02-01, 06:39 PM (GMT)
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"Chisinau National Ballet"
 
   Heartfelt apologies to the people of Moldova for the Smart Alec remarks about poor production values in my review of the opening night of their National Ballet's Nutcracker at Hammersmith. The next day I caught the end of a piece on Radio 4 about the extreme poverty of Moldova (the poorest country in Europe) and the lengths the people have to go to to make ends meet. In the circumstances it's a wonder they are able to maintain a ballet company at all. Go and see them and given them some support!


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Richard J

10-02-01, 08:16 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Chisinau National Ballet"
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   Ann - I remember seeing a TV programme some years before the end of the Soviet era which gave a glimpse into the workings (and status) of ballet in Russia at the time. Included in the programme were scenes from rehearsals and performances; it was not very common at the time to see programmes with much detail about anything in the USSR. The opening scenes were shot on the train between Moscow and Leningrad, with introductory comments by a ballet critic who seemed to spend most of his time commuting between the two cities to watch performances. I can clearly remember him saying, with a wry smile, that so many of their ballets were based on fairy stories and traditional tales because they needed the escapism; real life was so terrible for them.

Now that the former soviet countries are trying to live an independent life, with all the economic problems that post-soviet restructuring involves, I guess that their governments will be trying to work out how the performing arts fit into their plans. There is a poignant contrast, isn't there, between such an impoverished nation as Moldova trying valiantly to hang on to something of their artistic soul, and the brasher elements of the West who, despite their comparative wealth, don't consider the arts to be more than a varnish upon society, preferably not costing too much. Thanks for introducing this thread.


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Richard J

10-02-01, 08:21 PM (GMT)
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   Anne - apols.; in my sleepy state I didn't notice I was addressing you, not Ann!


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