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Caitlyn Lehmann

10-07-99, 11:36 PM (GMT)
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"MacMillan's Prince of the Pagodas"
 
   I have just finished watching a video of MacMillan's Prince of the Pagodas and I am interested to hear about MacMillan's reasons for creating this ballet - because I think it's terrible compared to so many of his other works!
Can anybody explain why this ballet should seem so clumsy and, in my opinion, rather boring!?


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  RE: MacMillan's Prince of the Pagodas Eugene Merrett 11-07-99 1
     RE: MacMillan's Prince of the Pagodas Eugene Merrett 11-07-99 2
  RE: MacMillan's Prince of the Pagodas Wendy Glavis 11-07-99 3
     RE: MacMillan's Prince of the Pagodas Caitlyn Lehmann 12-07-99 4
         RE: MacMillan's Prince of the Pagodas jonathan 12-07-99 5
             RE: MacMillan's Prince of the Pagodas eugene merrett 12-07-99 6
             RE: MacMillan's Prince of the Pagodas Jenny Delaney 12-07-99 7

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Eugene Merrett

11-07-99, 12:14 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: MacMillan's Prince of the Pagodas"
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   I rather like it! I saw the ballet 5 times in 1996. To me in combines the best of Petipa with a dose of Balanchine. I also think that the music score is an absolute masterpiece - the best ballet score since Prokofiev.

Answering your question - it was partly done to commerate Macmillan's friend Cranko and of course to bring the all important music score back from obscurity. This is the only 3 act ballet by a British composer I think! Also it was reconciliation present for the RB - there had been rift between the RB and Macmillan for several years.

The broadcast and video made Ms Bussell a star. But I will say that I did not much scare for the ballet when I first saw it on video. Perhaps you may want to look again at Act 2 (the best act) and even reconsider!


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Eugene Merrett

11-07-99, 12:15 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: MacMillan's Prince of the Pagodas"
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   Sorry I ment "dose of Macmillan"


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Wendy Glavis

11-07-99, 12:35 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: MacMillan's Prince of the Pagodas"
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   Caitlyn, I had difficulty with this ballet at first, too (didn't like the monkeys at all, found some of the music too modern for my taste, and hated seeing Dowell in a wheelchair - though I adored the solos and pdds for Darcey and Jonathan, of course.) But, as with a lot of ballets, the more you watch it, the better you'll like it - and ditto the music. Parts of Act One remain a problem for me (especially those monkeys!), but there's loads of wonderful choreography to enjoy later, not just for the principals but also for the soloists Stick with it.


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Caitlyn Lehmann

12-07-99, 03:31 AM (GMT)
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   OK, Wendy, I'll take a third look at it!!! I agree that the monkeys are a little hard to take, but I actually think some of the choreography for Dowell as the old, dodery King is very good. I think the thing I probably dislike most about the ballet is the costumes. Some of them are very unflattering! Like you, I enjoyed the pdds, and Bussell is wonderful. I just felt some sections dragged on a little long and some movements were a bit repetitve - and I am struggling with the score! By the way, my copy of the ballet was taped from the TV so I'm missing some of the ballet's historical facts, eg. when it premiered, etc.. By the way, could someone enlighten me as to which of the four Kings is which?!


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jonathan

12-07-99, 06:29 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: MacMillan's Prince of the Pagodas"
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   I remember finding the score slightly more engaging than slow traffic.


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eugene merrett

12-07-99, 01:50 PM (GMT)
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   boo hoo hoo!! You hurt my feelings. I think it is wonderful. (sob!sob!)


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Jenny Delaney

12-07-99, 05:15 PM (GMT)
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   Ah yes, the fascination of slow traffic - you share my obsession, then Jonathan?


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