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Claire S

04-03-01, 00:47 AM (GMT)
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"La Fille Mal Gardee, 3 March matinee"
 
   Welcome back, Belinda Hatley! Yes, I know she's danced a few supporting roles and done Nutcracker but for me this was her long-awaited return from injury, in a starring role. It was agreat performance that made me realise how much we'd missed her last year. She is a truly delightful lyrical ballerina to whom audiences respond to with great warmth. I'm looking forward to her Giselle - and maybe we'll get to see her as Swanilda this summer too?

All in all it was a good afternoon. Alastair Marriott was a hoot as Simone, Ricardo Cervera followed his dazzling Mercutio with quite a poignant Alain. Not much has been written about Johan Persson but I rather like him. He's a good dancer with a nice stage presence who gave a performance of great charm. he's had quite a quiet start to his RB career (and has benefited from Bruce Sansom's retirement) but I look forward to seeing him in Triad next week and after that in Giselle.

It was also good to see a packed ROH, with so many youngsters having a good time. Fille really is the perfect family ballet (my parents loved it!!)


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  RE: La Fille Mal Gardee, 3 March matinee Tony Newcombe 04-03-01 1
     RE: La Fille Mal Gardee, 3 March matinee Tomoko.A 04-03-01 2
  RE: La Fille Mal Gardee, 3 March matinee James 04-03-01 3
     RE: La Fille Mal Gardee, 3 March matinee Anneliese 05-03-01 4

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Tony Newcombe

04-03-01, 09:52 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: La Fille Mal Gardee, 3 March matinee"
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   I agree. An absolute treat. All the steps were there and done as Ashton wanted them done. You always get a hint from Belinda, if she is happy with her performance. It came right at the end of her last variation, when she held an "attitude" for what seemed an age and then hurled herself onto Widow Simone's lap. As for her Giselle do not miss it!


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Tomoko.A

04-03-01, 01:08 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: La Fille Mal Gardee, 3 March matinee"
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   It was the best Fille I've ever seen. I bought a ticket for this performance in the last minute and I'm glad I did. It was my first time to see Belinda in a leading role and I started wondering why she is not a pincipal dancer yet. After today's performance I immediately booked a ticket for her Giselle ! And I hope to see her in Coppelia too. M. Nunn was in the Floral Hall just before the performance. He must have been very proud of hie wife !
Alison, were you there too ? Did you go to Southampton afterwards ?


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James

04-03-01, 01:25 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: La Fille Mal Gardee, 3 March matinee"
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   Belinda should be principal and Deborah Bull first soloist...


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Anneliese

05-03-01, 01:15 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: La Fille Mal Gardee, 3 March matinee"
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   oh dear, here we go again... I have only seen Deborah Bull dance one "proper principal" role. Having seen her in lots of soloist roles and always finding her dancing sure and precise and her personality very engaging, and liking her physique and style, I deliberately booked to see her Aurora. I was terribly disappointed; I don't know if it was an "off day" but she just didn't carry the ballet. I was also disappointed in her lack of elevation; I hadn't realised how important it was in this ballet, but looking back it's obvious that swans need to fly! Maybe, of course, she's just too bright for the oldfashioned unconvincing melodrama and she should have been pushed into more Macmillan stuff at a younger age? It's a shame that there are very few roles for her now, as she never fails to light up the stage in short solos, and I enjoyed seeing her in unfamiliar roles in the Dance Night thing a couple of years back.


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