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Terry

24-04-01, 11:39 PM (GMT)
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"Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
 
   There's been a good deal of support for Ms.Hatley to promote her to principal dancer. I don't know if this is an appropriate posting (and if not, please delete it, Bruce) but I'm just simply wondering "why should she be promoted"? What are the special qualities in her as a dancer that already makes her in theory, a dancer of principal rank? I hope these questions do not imply that I am against her promotion, because last time I saw her perform The Sleeping Beauty in Japan, I thought she was lovely and had great potential to become a principal dancer; and right now, I'm wondering how she has matured and developed recently. I'm asking these questions simply out of my curiosity because I know there has been a lot of support for her, and yet, there seems to have been many problems that have hindered her. If age is a problem, it really shouldn't be a hinderance because at 30, you still have a great career ahead as a dancer.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Shirley 25-04-01 1
     RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Paul A 25-04-01 2
     RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? alison 26-04-01 10
  RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Michael 25-04-01 3
     RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Jane S 25-04-01 4
         RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Michael 26-04-01 7
     RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? alison 26-04-01 9
         RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Ann Williams 26-04-01 11
             RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Jane S 26-04-01 14
                 RE: Trinidad Sevillano alison 27-04-01 15
  RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Robert 26-04-01 5
     RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Claire S 27-04-01 16
         RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Tony Newcombe 27-04-01 17
         RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Robert 29-04-01 22
         RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Charles Farley 01-05-01 30
  RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Terry 26-04-01 6
     RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Fuzzyface 26-04-01 8
         RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? eugene merrett 26-04-01 12
             RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Odile 26-04-01 13
                 RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Becca 29-04-01 18
                     RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Tomoko.A 29-04-01 19
                         RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? ben 29-04-01 20
                             RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Tony Newcombe 29-04-01 21
                             RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Anneliese 30-04-01 23
                             RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Shirley 30-04-01 24
                             RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Anneliese 01-05-01 29
                             RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Shirley 01-05-01 31
  RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Jill 30-04-01 25
     RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Helen 01-05-01 26
         RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Anneliese 01-05-01 28
     RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? alison 01-05-01 27
         RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Robert 01-05-01 32
             RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Selena Kay 03-05-01 33
                 RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Cecilia Sparke 03-05-01 34
             RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Tony Newcombe 03-05-01 35
                 RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted? Michael LL 05-05-01 36

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Shirley

25-04-01, 06:44 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
In response to message #0
 
   If age is a
>problem, it really shouldn't be
>a hinderance because at 30,
>you still have a great
>career ahead as a dancer.
>

I wouldn't say age has anything to do with it. In the last few years Belinda has been very unlucky with injuries which may have had affected her promotion chances.


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Paul A

25-04-01, 08:55 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   If it was a logical world she would have had the overnight promotion for her Cinderella at the start of 1997 - very secure technically, lovely presence - a delight


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alison

26-04-01, 01:27 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   LAST EDITED ON 26-04-01 AT 01:29 PM (GMT)

*Has* she actually had that bad an injury record (apart, of course, from being off for virtually the entire reopening season)? I'm trying to remember, but I went through my old programmes last night, and didn't notice many obvious absences, certainly not as many as the injuries/indispositions of Messrs. Nunn, Cassidy and Cooper. I do fear that last year, plus the fact that, as a first soloist, she hardly got a chance at any principal roles while the company was away from the Opera House, may have adversely affected her chances of promotion.


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Michael

25-04-01, 04:53 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   It appears as I have mentioed previously that the powers that be, have no wish to use the first solists, such as Valtat, who is tried and tested in the big classics ie The Beauty, Le Lac etc,along wth Haltey, Burn, Zanowsky,Revie and Galeazzi, thes girls are being pushed out for the new baby ballerinas, who have no experiance, I agree Cojocaro and Wildor are fine dancers, but not ready for priniciple positions, in a few years time maybe.
Hopefully Ross Stretton will see the company with fresh eyes and see the exellent first solists The Royal has, and use the.


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Jane S

25-04-01, 06:16 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   Michael, whatever you may think of her merits, I don't see how you can describe Wildor as a 'baby ballerina' or 'inexperienced': she is 28 and has danced far more leading roles than any of the soloists you mention.


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Michael

26-04-01, 08:44 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   Sorry did not make myself clear re Sarah Wildor, meant she has not danced the Grand Classics, so has yet to prove herself,as a principle.


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alison

26-04-01, 01:24 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   Also, as far as Cojocaru having no experience goes, if you check her biography you'll see that she's danced, among other things, Kitri, Aurora, Princess Florine and Cinderella which, you seem to imply in your comments about Wildor and the classics, are the things that a principal *should* have danced. The fact that none of those have been in the rep since Alina joined the company may be the only reason why you've yet to see her in any of them. I also think that, given the very wide range of rep. that the Royal has, it is quite acceptable for a dancer to be promoted to principal *without* dancing the big classics, provided that her performance in the other leading roles is good enough, which Wildor's certainly is.

Oh, and I don't have anything against using "baby ballerinas" per se either - after all, it gave us the marvellous Trinidad Sevillano.


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Ann Williams

26-04-01, 03:28 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
In response to message #9
 
   Alison - Do you (or does anyone else) know what has happened to Trinidad Seviliano? I've never seen her dance, but I've heard wonderful things about her.


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Jane S

26-04-01, 04:15 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   I last heard of Sevillano sometime last year, when she had returned to dancing and was appearing with a contemporary company in Spain.


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alison

27-04-01, 01:22 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Trinidad Sevillano"
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   She was also dancing in (Ullate's?) Giselle a while back. I had hoped that it might be possible to get her to guest in it with ENB this spring, since they were potentially going to be a little short on Giselles, but obviously not.


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Robert

26-04-01, 01:14 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   Perhaps the fact that she is married to Michael Nunn who left the RB has something to do with it.I hope not.


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Claire S

27-04-01, 03:38 PM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   >Perhaps the fact that she is
>married to Michael Nunn who
>left the RB has something
>to do with it.I hope
>not.

That is a dreadful thing to say and I'm sure completely unjustified. I'm sure Anthony Dowell would never hold back/promote a dancer purely because of personal circumstances. I don't think accusations like this have any place on these boards (you'll probably argue it was a suggestion, but it WAS an accusation and a nasty one at that.


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Tony Newcombe

27-04-01, 11:57 PM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
In response to message #16
 
   >>Perhaps the fact that she is
>>married to Michael Nunn who
>>left the RB has something
>>to do with it.I hope
>>not.
>
>That is a dreadful thing to
>say and I'm sure completely
>unjustified. I'm sure Anthony Dowell
>would never hold back/promote a
>dancer purely because of personal
>circumstances. I don't think accusations
>like this have any place
>on these boards (you'll probably
>argue it was a suggestion,
>but it WAS an accusation
>and a nasty one at
>that.

The Royal Ballet has a history of treating it's dancers badly. See some the interviews on video that Nureyev gave.


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Robert

29-04-01, 11:56 PM (GMT)
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22. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
In response to message #16
 
   Terry asked if anyone had any idea why Belinda Hatley had not been promoted. I posted gossip that I had heard, I am not sure that I believe it and it has upset someone.(Feel free to remove it Bruce.) I would not wish to upset either Claire S or Anthony Dowell, who I admire and sympathise with. Other reasons given for Belinda Hatley’s lack of promotion are that she has been off too often (not really fair) and that she does not put bums on seats, which is probably the most likely reason. I shall see tomorrow (Monday) when she appears with Persson. I hope there will not be too many red seats visible.


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Charles Farley

01-05-01, 02:51 PM (GMT)
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30. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
In response to message #16
 
   >>Perhaps the fact that she is
>>married to Michael Nunn who
>>left the RB has something
>>to do with it.I hope
>>not.
>
>That is a dreadful thing to
>say and I'm sure completely
>unjustified. I'm sure Anthony Dowell
>would never hold back/promote a
>dancer purely because of personal
>circumstances. I don't think accusations
>like this have any place
>on these boards (you'll probably
>argue it was a suggestion,
>but it WAS an accusation
>and a nasty one at
>that.


What planet are you living on? The RB has an horrendous track record of treating some its very best in simply quite awful ways. The sacking of Fonteyn? Nureyev? The relegating of Seymour to fifth cast for Juliet? Read any good biography ( I recommend Pat Kavanagh's Secret Muses) and you will see that as in all professions, director's personal desires, prejudices etc etc have far more to do with company policy than even they would like to admit.
Yes Cojocaru is exceptional, but a 19 year old wunderkind is far more media friendly=profitable than a Belinda Hatley, this is unfortunate but true and the RB is a business and a hugely costly one at that. With Bussell and Guillem off for the foreseeable future they need a star, and Cojocaru has a cachet that Hatley never will.
On the subject of unfairness though, the RB men are very badly treated. There are several soloists Watson, Sasaki, Cevera to name but three that infinitely outdance and outglamour some of the lacklustre imports that Dowell has brought in (the terminally bland Nigel Burley springs to mind and refuses to be displaced any time soon)
And finally has anyone noticed Vanessa Palmer? What a blinding dancer, what a criminal waste of her talent by Dowell. And that's not a suggestion, that's an accusation.


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Terry

26-04-01, 05:01 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   Thanks for all your input. I do hope that things will turn out to be fairer in the long run. But if she is truly meant to be a prima ballerina, she will be promoted.


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Fuzzyface

26-04-01, 09:00 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   I think that Hatley deserves to be promoted to principal (her performance as Lise alone this season an excellent example), but in all honesty I would be hard pressed to call any of the current principal dancers "Prima Ballerina".


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eugene merrett

26-04-01, 03:32 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   I am not sure if Hatley has the power and strength which is necessary these days.

Besides I think are not too many more vacancies in the Female Principal division at the moment!


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Odile

26-04-01, 03:57 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   >I am not sure if Hatley
>has the power and strength
>which is necessary these days.
>
Eugene, I cannot help but wonder if there is currently any
dancer in the RB you are really pleased with? It seems you
hardly ever have totally positive comments about individual
dancers.
>
>Besides I think are not too
>many more vacancies in the
>Female Principal division at the
>moment!

Do you think as a general rule people can only be promoted
if somebody else leaves or retires? Considering how relatively
short a dancing career is I am sure to abide strictly by such a
rule would be the best way if you wanted briliant young talents
to hand in their notices and seek advancement elsewhere.


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Becca

29-04-01, 07:51 AM (GMT)
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18. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   Am I mistaken or is she quite tall? Because if she is, perhaps the Royal might not be premoting her because they don't want any more tall ballerinas as they only have Cope as a tall male principal?


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Tomoko.A

29-04-01, 01:15 PM (GMT)
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19. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   Belinda is not tall. I'd say she is the same height as Wildor and Rojo. I mean the average height of RB female dancers.


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ben

29-04-01, 02:12 PM (GMT)
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20. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   Has anyone actually opened there eyes recently to realise that it takes more than a nice Lise matinee or a technically accomplished Odile, to justify becoming a principal. Personally I fell that Hatley is a very good dancer however I have doubts whether she could handle the title of being a principal.

Being a principal has allot of baggage with it. You feel responsible for the show, you feel as though the whole company and audience is looking at you to produce the goods, it takes a special type of personality to handle the stress, pressure and responsibility of being the companies principal. If you think back to past great dancers they all new how to handle the press and the public. Principal dancers in todays society have to have glamourous or interesting life's, otherwise the public will be dissapointed. Think of Nureyev and his life and how much his life played a big part in how people remember him and his dancing. People thought they were seeing the queen of england when Fonteyn danced beauty in New York. Guillem is famous for being awkward and getting her way, but that is why people love her, Darcey is known for beinb beautiful and sweet. You have to ask whether Belinda can handle the pressure especially being a ROYAL BALLET principal.

Also todays repetoire is more than just a beauty variation. Principals have to be able to dance giselle, then skip through balanchine then cry though macmillan and then lash through some forsythe, is Hatley that versatile.


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Tony Newcombe

29-04-01, 05:59 PM (GMT)
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21. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
In response to message #20
 
   Yes she is. She has danced leading roles in all the above. Her Lise danced on tour in Shanghai is reckoned to be the best in years. She is probably the last Ashton dancer that the company have. As for activities off stage, what have they got to do with whether you are good enough to a principal. It has been suggested that Belinda is a spirited individual and this may not have helped. There is an interview archived on this site that has suggested this. Of course if you are a principal guest artist you are allowed to be difficult.


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Anneliese

30-04-01, 12:32 PM (GMT)
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23. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   Re. your last paragraph, Belinda Hatley is one of the more versatile dancers that the RB has at the moment, IMO (and Darcey one of the least IMO, though she is undoubtedly beautiful and sweet and has very good legs!).

I'm surprised at your comments about the load of "baggage" carried by RB principals - now, how would you say that Yoshida, Bull, Benjamin or Wildor fit into your picture of a principal? OK, Sarah Wildor is "The one with Adam Cooper" in tabloid terms but the others are just professionals doing their jobs. Even the ubiquitous Deborah Bull isn't media fodder. I think you overestimate the pressure - after all Belinda Hatley is the focus of every performance where she dances the lead, no matter what her rank is!

But in ballet as everywhere, it's a question of "does your face fit" - and sadly, it seems that Belinda's doesn't. I hope she doesn't get as fed up as (eg) Christina McDermott, who was woefully under-used and under-promoted - I would like to see her reach the top.


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Shirley

30-04-01, 02:21 PM (GMT)
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24. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   LAST EDITED ON 30-04-01 AT 02:23 PM (GMT)

>Re. your last paragraph, Belinda Hatley
>is one of the more
>versatile dancers that the RB
>has at the moment, IMO
>(and Darcey one of the
>least IMO, though she is
>undoubtedly beautiful and sweet and
>has very good legs!).

Can you clarify that last comment? As far as I am aware Darcey dances as varied a rep as anyone in the company!


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Anneliese

01-05-01, 01:46 PM (GMT)
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29. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   She may dance a wide and varied repertoire but that's not to say that she's suited to all of it. On the whole, I feel that the current crop of principals are very much "horses for courses" (try and imagine Bussell as a convincing Manon, or Guillem as Lise, or Wildor with the stamina for Odette/Odile, or (as suggested) Yoshida in Forsythe) - but I would happily watch Belinda Hatley in anything. But sometimes (eg Benjamin in Coppelia, Durante as Aurora) I am delightfully surprised by a dancer whom I had thought ill-suited to a role!


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Shirley

01-05-01, 04:53 PM (GMT)
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31. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   >She may dance a wide and
>varied repertoire but that's not
>to say that she's suited
>to all of it.

According to whom?


>On the whole, I feel
>that the current crop of
>principals are very much "horses
>for courses" (try and imagine
>Bussell as a convincing Manon,

Well most of the people I have spoken to seem to think she is very convincing! In fact the person who surprised me the most in saying how wonderful she was as Manon was a professional actress who also trained as a dancer.

>Guillem as Lise, or
>Wildor with the stamina for
>Odette/Odile, or (as suggested) Yoshida
>in Forsythe) -

I would love to see any of these just to see how they would cope!

but I
>would happily watch Belinda Hatley
>in anything.

Me too!



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Jill

30-04-01, 06:00 PM (GMT)
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25. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   It seems to me that there have been some curious responses to this question, which is concerned with the qualities required to promote from soloist to principal, and whether Hatley has them or not.

It goes without saying that the dancer has to have a strong and secure technique, and surely no-one would be a soloist in a leading ballet company without one. However, there also has to be the personality that goes with it. I apologise for writing such a cliché, but it is that "star" quality that makes a dancer stand out from the crowd even when they are dancing the same steps as everyone else. I saw this with my own eyes when I went to see ENB's production of Swan Lake in the round at the Albert Hall. Half way through the third act, my companion whispered to me that one of the girls seemed very special. They were performing what is normally a pas de six (I think) but on this occasion was a pas de vingt quattre, or something like that, with dancers whirling in groups from all directions. I got him to point out which one he meant, as I had been looking at a different group. I recognised the face, and my programme confirmed that the dancer he had picked out was Tamara Rojo. My friend knows very little about ballet, in fact he had only ever been once before, yet he had picked out a principal dancer from what felt like a cast of hundreds, because, in his own words "I couldn't take my eyes off her. She just seemed so much better than everyone else." I've no idea why she was dancing that particular dance - presumably they needed to make up the numbers or something! However, she still managed to shine, and in a non-classical dance that did not require any particular strength or athleticism..

I remember thinking the same about Wildor, when she was a soloist. No matter what she was doing, she always drew your eyes to her, even if her actual role was quite small. I have seen Hatley on numerous occasions, and I think she has that same quality. She seems to make whatever she is doing seem special. I went to see Giselle recently, and thought the first half seemed to sag a bit in the middle. I couldn't understand why, because Rojo and Kobborg were sensational. When I thought about it afterwards, I realised that it had to be the pas de six, which is an important part of the first act. There was nothing wrong with it, it was performed competently and neatly, but it was definitely an anticlimax, and I found myself wishing they would hurry up and finish.. In comparison, when I saw Hatley in this, she made it exciting and lively, and set the audience buzzing, even though we were watching Guillem at her best in the lead role.

As far as her versatility is concerned, surely even principals aren't required to perform every leading role by every choreographer. Has Yoshida lashed her way through Forsythe recently? Does Bussell perform Ondine? I am sure both would give it their best shot if asked to do so, but are they diminished as artists if they don't? Hatley has shown her versatility in a number of leading roles including the comic and the tragic, possesses bags of personality, and is undoubtedly popular with the audience, so her lack of promotion seems a complete mystery. I don't think it can be a lack of power and strength, as has been suggested. After all, she dances Giselle, and that is a tough role.



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Helen

01-05-01, 08:16 AM (GMT)
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26. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   I absolutely agree with Jill about "star quality". It's hard to define, but obvious when you see it. When Anthony Dowell was still in the corps in the very early sixties, everybody asked "Who's that boy?" He stood out so much that he really seemed quite unsuitable for the corps. He didn't stay there long!

ALina Cojocaru has the same quality, I think. If Belinda has it (I've managed to miss her on every one of my visits to London) then she should certainly be promoted.


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Anneliese

01-05-01, 01:41 PM (GMT)
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28. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   Absolutely. I think Belinda has star quality - her personality shines through all the time.


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alison

01-05-01, 01:33 PM (GMT)
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27. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   I think Jill's pretty much summed up my feelings there.


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Robert

01-05-01, 04:59 PM (GMT)
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32. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   Non of us will really know why Belinda Hatley has not been promoted. It is true that ballet and dance in general has always been open to accusations of favouritism and harassment. Unfortunately many of the stories and accusations in the past where true. Promotion in some companies came with both dancing ability and sexual favours. Some people’s careers were ruined because of petty dislikes. I hope things have changed but ballet is still a human activity and human nature does not change.
Last night(Monday) Belinda Hatley danced beautifully and should certainly have been in the top category of dancer. She looked like an old 19century-ballet print, like a real Giselle and she danced with great emotion and ability. She received a very good reception from a fairly full house. The couple next to me thought she was ‘the Romanian girl.’ I hope they would have enjoyed it as much if they had known the truth. It just goes to show what publicity does! Giselle is a lovely production and has excellent music I hope that you will all remember that her promotion probably depends on how many of you go to see her.


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Selena Kay

03-05-01, 01:05 PM (GMT)
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33. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   As horrible as it may sound I believe that Belinda Hatley's being kept back is actually a conspiracy between the Bilderburg Group and the Taliban. The RB receives millions in revenue from private sponsors and doners however to promote another English ballerina would hughly compromise the world monetary fund and international relations. I believe that there are secret meetings stating how many English ballerinas any one company can have, with the collapse of Communism it suits the world powers to have another ex-communist country ballerina, don't you think it's weird that Cojocaru would give up a principalship with American Ballet Theatre to come to Britain?

Examine the facts. The last English ballerina promotod was Sarah Wildor who is blonde, so they needed a non-English brunette ballerina.

Yes Hatley deserves to be principal but caught in the middle of an international situation as she is I fear it won't happen. Her Lise may be the pluckiest on the Covent Garden stage, but is she really tough enough to take on Henry Kissinger?


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Cecilia Sparke

03-05-01, 01:27 PM (GMT)
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34. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
In response to message #33
 
   >As horrible as it may sound
>I believe that Belinda Hatley's
>being kept back is actually
>a conspiracy between the Bilderburg
>Group and the Taliban. The
>RB receives millions in revenue
>from private sponsors and doners
>however to promote another English
>ballerina would hughly compromise the
>world monetary fund and international
>relations. I believe that there
>are secret meetings stating how
>many English ballerinas any one
>company can have, with the
>collapse of Communism it suits
>the world powers to have
>another ex-communist country ballerina, don't
>you think it's weird that
>Cojocaru would give up a
>principalship with American Ballet Theatre
>to come to Britain?
>
>Examine the facts. The last English
>ballerina promotod was Sarah Wildor
>who is blonde, so they
>needed a non-English brunette ballerina.
>
>
>Yes Hatley deserves to be principal
>but caught in the middle
>of an international situation as
>she is I fear it
>won't happen. Her Lise may
>be the pluckiest on the
>Covent Garden stage, but is
>she really tough enough to
>take on Henry Kissinger?

What utter rubbish, why would the Taliban be interested in a ballerina, it's the PLO and the Bilderburg group. Get your facts correct before making accusations.


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Tony Newcombe

03-05-01, 05:11 PM (GMT)
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35. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   Robert, I agree. I thought her performance was marvellous. What made it very special to me was the detail. She remained on stage during the whole of the Pas de Six and watched all the dancers with obvious delight. ( Giselle loves to dance). Most ballerinas disappear off stage at some time during this. Preparing for their big solo probably. A few years ago during one of Collier's last Giselles, Belinda danced an absolutely tremendous solo in the Pas de Six which Collier had stayed on stage to watch. After her ovation from the audience she was leaving the stage and Giselle ( Collier) called her over and congratulated her. Was this acting the role or a genuine spontaneous response. Whatever it is, this sort of small detail sticks in the memory and of course Belinda has been coached by Collier in this role. As for her mad scene. At times she was absolutely still( and the audience absolutely quiet). As has been stated by other contributors to this thread Belinda can hold the stage and the audience. Monday evening certainly proved this.


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Michael LL

05-05-01, 03:15 AM (GMT)
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36. "RE: Belinda Hatley -- should be / not be promoted?"
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   I was sorry to miss Belinda this time - and given how long it took Bull to be promoted, she and we shouldn't despair. She has had a disastrous time with injury recently. For the record, Rojo and Kobborg both stayed on for the pas de six, and Rojos interplay with Conley was riveting. Cojocaru also stayed on. I wonder if this is something to do with Collier supervising the Giselles?


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