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Jim

23-03-01, 01:48 AM (GMT)
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"Triad revisited"
 
   When I heard that Sylvie was not able to dance in The Concert I almost didn't bother to go to see this triple bill again. But I'm glad I did, I think there are few ballets that don't benefit from another look. Thanks to reviews on this site, and a more careful reading of the programme notes, I enjoyed Triad much more this time. Especially in the final pas de trois I was totally engrossed. I think the dancers had benefited from the extra performances too, the lifts and complex movements seemed a lot more fluent tonight.

Last time I reserved judgement on The Ashley Page work. Unlike Triad, this didn't improve with age. Despite the heroics of the conductor Andrea Quinn, the music failed to uplift me, and the random vocal bits were positively irritating. I now agree with other reviewers that this work is rather too long, and it was only the vitality of the lead girl (wearing the yellow and black wasp-like dress, I think it was Mara Galeazzi) that kept me reasonably alert. I noticed a bit more detail. Who else noticed that the boy on the sofa was drinking a four-pack of Carlsberg Special Brew? And last time I didn't notice the can of petrol and plastic filler-funnel that came out from under the kitchen sink. One of the boys later put it in place of a tool box near a pile of furniture at the back, though the symbolism of this escapes me. But it was the nearest I could get to seeing why it is called "This house will burn". I had forgotten all about the man whose suit lit up in the dark, I wouldn't mind one of them myself. I'd give him 'man of the match' for that.

Also with The Concert, I spotted a lot more detail than I saw before. I enjoyed the "jobsworth" usher with his torch that made everyone change seats "just because"... typical!
Sarah Wildor was in radiant form. If those flashes of smiles were purely "acting" then she is indeed very good at it. I prefer to believe that she was simply haveing a terrific time and the smiles were natural.

Well, that's twice in as many weeks that I have been denied seeing Sylvie. What is it they say about the path of true love?


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Triad revisited Tomoko.A 24-03-01 1
     RE: Triad revisited Stuart Sweeney 25-03-01 2
     RE: Triad revisited Shirley 25-03-01 3
  RE: Triad revisited Stephanie Wragg 30-03-01 4
     RE: Triad revisited Stuart Sweeney 31-03-01 5
         RE: Triad revisited Bruce Madmin 31-03-01 6
         RE: Triad revisited Stephanie Wragg 31-03-01 7
             RE: Triad revisited Viviane 01-04-01 8

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Tomoko.A

24-03-01, 09:57 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Triad revisited"
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   Thanks for your report, Jim. I had booked a ticket because of Sylvie in The Concert and as soon as I learnt she won't be dancing, I didn't know what to do with my ticket. But thanks to your review, I've decided to go. I'm curious about the Page's work, anyway. Hope Mara and Alina will be dancing on 30th. Is Leanne back now ?


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Stuart Sweeney

25-03-01, 01:19 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Triad revisited"
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   Yes, do go and see the Page work Tomoko. I enjoyed it more the second time as the relationships became clearer in this complex, modernist work.

A majority of those I have spoken to have not enjoyed it. However, a leading dancer, one of the best young choreographers in the UK and a leading dance administrator have all been enthusiastic about the movement and how good it makes the dancers look. I'll try to see it a third time.


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Shirley

25-03-01, 08:52 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Triad revisited"
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   > Is
>Leanne back now ?

I heard she will be dancing but not sure if this is 100%!


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Stephanie Wragg

30-03-01, 11:41 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Triad revisited"
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   I enjoyed Triad much
>more this time. Especially in
>the final pas de trois
>I was totally engrossed. **Just saw the March 30th performance with Benjamin, Cope, Watson. It was excellent and I agree that the final pas de trois is good. I really liked how the boy and the girl repeat the opening steps while the spurned brother looks on in horror and then sobbing.
>
>Last time I reserved judgement on
>The Ashley Page work. Unlike
>Triad, this didn't improve with
>age. Despite the heroics of
>the conductor Andrea Quinn, the
>music failed to uplift me,
>and the random vocal bits
>were positively irritating.***I don't want any hate mail please! but I think this work should never have made it to the stage and it's pure GARBAGE. I was embarrased while watching it, although I had to laugh at some of the stuff on stage, it was so full of itself, a bit like watching Tom Cruise in 'Mission Impossible 2'. Will, or can,anyone stop Page from choreographing? I hope Ross Stretton sends him on his way because I am scared of what Page is going to do next: This ballet contains simulated murder, simulated sex, simulated vomiting in the proverbial kitchen sink, a poor Kobborg who seems to be in the tertiary stage of syphillis, Mara Galeazzi trying ot look like Sylvie Guillem, and a whole group of very talented dancers wasting their time. Since urinating on stage has already been done, could he be groundbreaking and show us dancers going all the way? I do hope the two young boys in the work don't lose interest in dance after this. It's sad that someone with so little to say gets so much attention. I can't believe people applauded at the end, I stood firm and didn't.

>Also with The Concert, I spotted
>a lot more detail than
>I saw before.**My first viewing and it as good to see the dance as I have pored over photos of this ballet always wondering, what can be the steps linking these great images? Wildor and Heydon were excellent (although it's easy to see how easy it could be to go over the top with this material) and Elizabeth McGorian was very good also. Actually the entire cast were right on and the audience responded enthusiastically.

So, overall a good evening, I should have a longer drink after the first interval though.


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Stuart Sweeney

31-03-01, 00:38 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Triad revisited"
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   LAST EDITED ON 31-03-01 AT 01:35 AM (GMT)

I also saw the Triad bill on the 30th, for the third time. I enjoyed 'This house Will Burn' more than ever - the terrific score, imaginative set and scintillating dancing. The characters and their interactions get a bit clearer each time and the breakdown of the Yanovsky/Urlezaga relationship was moving.

Mara Galeazzi was a knock-out and there's a great photo of her in the current Dance Europe, but all of the dancers looked terrific. The thing that surprises me is that several of the negative newspaper reviews have said that the dancers look wonderful, but seem to have missed the point that it's Page who has made them look good - or as one dancer said to me, better in many cases than they have ever looked before.

The 5 people I spoke to about the piece afterwards tonight all enjoyed it a lot and generally it's been well received by those I've met who enjoy contemporary dance.

Stephanie, it would be a boring old place if we all thought the same.


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Bruce Madmin

31-03-01, 07:39 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Triad revisited"
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   >Stephanie, it would be a boring
>old place if we all
>thought the same.

It would indeed, but having suffered it 3 times as well I continue to see little merit in it. Perhaps RB could do a three for the price of one ticket - buy one and get tickets to see it two other times as well in the vain hope that the audience might start to warm to it... The more I see it the more I worry for the children in it as well.

That This House follows in the tradition of earlier pieces that similarly impressed very few seems to show that Page learns little, cares little and will continue to trot out the same stuff, with the same result, as long as somebody provides the money. He has had every opportunity and now its time to give others that opportunity. Aside from the strong artistic arguments it would actually address a gross inequality. That Page has been the recipient of so much money over a decade and the culmination has been incredibly bad reviews and an audience that boo'd this time. I can't remember the last time that happened.

He can't feel hard done by. He had the money to pursue his dream and its not our fault we don't appreciate it. He's not the first artist to be 'misunderstood' but for every 1000 perhaps 1 is a genuine genius not appreciated at the time. It might be Page... but statistically its most unlikely. Lets see others move the dancers 'well' *and* strive to please those out front who pay.


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Stephanie Wragg

31-03-01, 10:04 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Triad revisited"
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   >I also saw the Triad bill
>on the 30th, for the
>third time. ***Such a shame we couldn't meet! Perhaps a few explanations would have calmed me down after the viewing, I was so upset I had to walk around most vigorously to regain my composure. I think it revealing of the failure of the piece however that you needed a third viewing to understand more, perhaps this is an indication that Page is unable to flesh out his caracters more effectively.


>The 5 people I spoke to
>about the piece afterwards tonight
>all enjoyed it a lot
>and generally it's been well
>received by those I've met
>who enjoy contemporary dance. **Wow, I am amazed.
>
>Stephanie, it would be a boring
>old place if we all
>thought the same. **I agree, but since it's the same set of negative reviews for Page works, maybe he should try to diversify a bit. The recent reviews about the RADC at the QEH address this, one must move on sometimes. Surely trying to entertain and please the audience is not always a bad thing? I am not saying one should fall into obvious and facile things, but getting the audience involved and on 'your' side as opposed to always offending and irritating?



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Viviane

01-04-01, 11:13 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Triad revisited"
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   After all we can say : 'if dance is about to evoke emotions...'
Page has succeeded !


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