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Ann Welsh

13-04-01, 07:16 PM (GMT)
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"Ballet Ireland"
 
   Does anybody know anything about this little company? They're coming for the first time to my local market town in the summer doing a (mostly classical) mixed bill. As the seats are by no means pricey, are they worth a go?


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  RE: Ballet Ireland Stuart Sweeney 13-04-01 1
     RE: Ballet Ireland Brendan McCarthymoderator 13-04-01 2
  RE: Ballet Ireland Caz 13-04-01 3
     RE: Ballet Ireland Ann Welsh 14-04-01 4

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Stuart Sweeney

13-04-01, 07:41 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Ballet Ireland"
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   No idea I'm afraid Ann, but here is their website which may give some clues. They do seem to be spending a lot of time in the UK in the coming months. The great success of the Irish economy over the past few years has combined with an increased interest in and funding for dance, beyond traditional Irish dance.


http://www.ballet-ireland.fsnet.co.uk/


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Brendan McCarthymoderator

13-04-01, 08:03 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Ballet Ireland"
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   I can add little to Stuart's posting except to say that Carolyn Swift, the Irish Times Dance Critic, has given them some generous notices. Whether they're well merited, I have no idea.
She suggests that the company is seriously underfunded, but that it has some talented dancers. You can find several articles about Ballet Ireland in the Irish Times archive http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/archive/


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Caz

13-04-01, 11:58 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Ballet Ireland"
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   Yup, I've seen them a few times since they always tour here. I've mentioned them quite a few times on this board.

Their mixed bills are usually good. My faves are the straight classical pieces and some (but far from all) of the modern pieces. Their comedy-classical pieces get a bit wearing after the first one - they just don't seem to've realised yet that once is funny, after that it can get annoying. And I'm afraid I find the AD's modern pieces (sort of Duncanesque) deadly dull and way too long. Even so, I still definitely recommend the company.

Their star player is a Japanese girl (whose name I can't remember off the top of my head), her Dying Swan solo is probably the best single piece of dance I've ever seen bar none.

They're bringing a full length Swan Lake here next month - something I'm very much looking forward to.


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Ann Welsh

14-04-01, 10:48 AM (GMT)
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   Thanks folks. Their mixed bill looks attractive. I think I'll give it a go.


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