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Jim

26-02-01, 04:49 PM (GMT)
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"Sylvie Guillem: Film by François Ha Van Kern"
 
   I know that some of you know that I am an unashamed fan of Sylvie Guillem. It has even been suggested that I might be biased (heaven forbid). I have just seen this film and I think I should say that I would have found it fascinating and absorbing whoever had been the dancer featured. I learned so much about what goes on behind the scenes, in rehearsals, in the dressing room (I really had very little idea) that the film was worth seeing from that point of view alone. The fact that it is Sylvie made it, for me, one of the most beautiful and compelling things I have seen for a very long time. I could hardly allow myself to blink and miss a single frame. Besides the infomation, the construction of the film is a work of art in itself and I didn't think a single item was superfluous.

But what I learned most of all, and I admit it came rather as a shock, is that Sylvie isn't an immortal godess in control of the world around her. She's perfectly human after all. She makes mistakes in rehearsals and gets shouted at by the répetiteuse. She gets told it's no good and must do it again. She has to stop to take her point shoes off and tend to her poor blisters. She collapses on the floor panting and gasping after a variation.

The changing room in the interval can be like a pit-stop in Formula-One car racing. Or she can be left alone in intense contemplation. You see her worrying about her make-up; a detail of a costume. You are left with no doubt that she is a through and through professional who cares about the most minute detail, who leaves nothing to chance.

It was fascinating also to see her not as a dancer but as a director, rehearsing her own version of Giselle. Other ballets in rehearsal include Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Manon. I can understand why some might feel there are non-relevant items, but on the other hand, I didn't know she could play the saxaphone, work a sewing machine or ride a bicycle (let alone practice her extensions whilst riding a bicycle!).

Maybe it's question of expectation. It is not a documentary. It may not be particularly revealing to those familiar with theatre life. But regard it simply as an artistically assembled pastiche, a montage of clips from a dancers life and it is a lovely thing to see.


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  RE: Sylvie Guillem: Film by François Ha Van Kern Stuart Sweeney 26-02-01 1
     RE: Sylvie Guillem: Film by François Ha Van Kern Jim 26-02-01 2
         RE: Sylvie Guillem: Film by François Ha Van Kern Stuart Sweeney 26-02-01 5
  RE: Sylvie Guillem: Film by François Ha Van Kern Tomoko.A 26-02-01 3
     RE: Sylvie Guillem: Film by François Ha Van Kern Ann Williams 26-02-01 4
         RE: Sylvie Guillem: Film by François Ha Van Kern Jim 26-02-01 6
  RE: Sylvie Guillem: Film by François Ha Van Kern Katherine 01-03-01 7
     RE: Sylvie Guillem: Film by François Ha Van Kern Jim 02-03-01 8

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Stuart Sweeney

26-02-01, 06:38 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Sylvie Guillem: Film by François Ha Van Kern"
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   >I know that some of you
>know that I am an
>unashamed fan of Sylvie Guillem.

Jim, why have you kept this admiration hidden from us for so long?


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Jim

26-02-01, 07:25 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Sylvie Guillem: Film by François Ha Van Kern"
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   >Jim, why have you kept this
>admiration hidden from us for
>so long?

Have you seen the film yourself Stuart? I was trying so hard not to go "over the top" in my review, but it is mouth-wateringly delicious. Some of the shots of her putting on her make-up just turned my knees to jelly and made my heart melt away. She really does have the most gorgeous eyes. And you see a lot more than just her eyes in that dressing room...


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Stuart Sweeney

26-02-01, 07:45 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Sylvie Guillem: Film by François Ha Van Kern"
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   No, I haven't seen it Jim, but from your description it certainly sounds worth seeing. And of course, the fact that it is about such an outstanding dance artist is a great start.


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Tomoko.A

26-02-01, 07:26 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Sylvie Guillem: Film by François Ha Van Kern"
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   Jim, I too enjoyed this film very much !


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Ann Williams

26-02-01, 07:39 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Sylvie Guillem: Film by François Ha Van Kern"
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   Tomoko, Jim:

Where did you see this film? Is it on anywhere in London?


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Jim

26-02-01, 09:02 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Sylvie Guillem: Film by François Ha Van Kern"
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   >Where did you see this film? Is it on anywhere
>in London?

It was very kindly sent to me on video by a contact in deepest Europe.



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Katherine

01-03-01, 04:28 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Sylvie Guillem: Film by François Ha Van Kern"
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   I've picked up a booklet for Cine Lumiere (part of the Institut Francais in London) and they are showing this film on Wed 4 and Thurs 5 April, both at 7.00pm, tickets are £8. The Wednesday showing will be followed by a conversation with Sylvie and the producer, Sophie Goupil. I don't know whether it will be in French or English!

Details of the cinema are:

Cine Lumiere
17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT
Box office: 020 7838 2144

Tube: South Kensington (Piccadilly, District & Circle lines)
Buses: 14, 345, 49, 70, 74, C1


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Jim

02-03-01, 08:47 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Sylvie Guillem: Film by François Ha Van Kern"
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   Thank you for this Katherine - I will certainly try to be there on the Wednesday.

Conversation with Sylvie? Oh my God, I shall be far far too nervous to say a single word


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