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sugar plum fairy

07-04-01, 03:58 PM (GMT)
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"Anyone listen to the Dame Ninette..."
 
   was wondering if anyone else listened to the radio 3 programme on Thursday of last week , about Dame Ninette??
It wasn't exactly what i thought it was going to be ...don't get me wrong it was intresting to hear about her little episodes of forgetfulness etc ..but i thought there would be more from her dancers , rather than go on about how life with Sir Fredrick Ashton and Sir Kenneth Macmillan could be rotten at times...after all it was about HER , not them ( even though they were a great part of her life !)


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  RE: Anyone listen to the Dame Ninette... Fiona 07-04-01 1
  RE: Anyone listen to the Dame Ninette... Fiona 07-04-01 2
     RE: Anyone listen to the Dame Ninette... Becca 10-04-01 5
  RE: Anyone listen to the Dame Ninette... Helen 07-04-01 3
     RE: Anyone listen to the Dame Ninette... Helen 08-04-01 4

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Fiona

07-04-01, 06:08 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Anyone listen to the Dame Ninette..."
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   Yes, I heard it all, and thought it was brilliant. Very informative and interesting, and I thought the stories that one would never generally hear, were absolutely fascinating!

I wished that I had had the foresight to have bought some cassettes to record it. If anyone did so, I'd certainly purchase a copy from them.

All the Critics and the Dancers speaking about her, had so many different views and opinions and reminiscences. I do not think it could have been bettered.


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Fiona

07-04-01, 06:09 PM (GMT)
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   Yes, I heard it all, and thought it was brilliant. Very informative and interesting, and I thought the stories that one would never generally hear, were absolutely fascinating!

I wished that I had had the foresight to have bought some cassettes to record it. If anyone did so, I'd certainly purchase a copy from them.

All the Critics and the Dancers speaking about her, had so many different views and opinions and reminiscences. I do not think it could have been bettered.


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Becca

10-04-01, 07:36 PM (GMT)
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   I have actually taped it if anyone's interested...


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Helen

07-04-01, 06:13 PM (GMT)
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   LAST EDITED ON 07-04-01 AT 07:00 PM (GMT)

Yes, I listened to it and really enjoyed it. I can't think when I was last glued to the radio for almost three hours.

Maybe it was particularly interesting if, like me, you're old enough to remember all of the people who were either talking or talked about. Pamela May, Anthony Dowell, Antoinette Sibley, Wayne Sleep, Merle Park and recordings of Fonteyn were all riveting to me - and David Bintley had some revealing things to say as well. The musical excerpts from key ballets had me sniffing with nostalgia - things like Les Patineurs and the Shades scene from Bayadere, although they wouldn't stand up musically in a concert hall, are very evocative. I could have done with more Constant Lambert music, though.

One thing that was a revelation to me was Fonteyn's comment that when de Valois asked (told?) her to dance Aurora in the first English production of Sleeping Beauty in 1946, she (Fonteyn, that is) had never seen that ballet - obvious, when you come to think of it, but I hadn't thought of it. It is because de Valois insisted on doing it that we all take it for granted now that we can see the big classics in England. So Fonteyn's Aurora - still the best I have ever seen - was entirely hers, not influenced by anything except presumably what she had heard from people who had seen it.

Think of it - no Swan Lake, no Sleeping Beauty, no Fonteyn, no Royal Ballet. We owe it all to de Valois.


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Helen

08-04-01, 03:50 PM (GMT)
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   I've just realised I said the first English production of Sleeping Princess/Beauty was 1946. I should have said 1939. 1946 was the first one at Covent Garden.


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