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11-05-01, 01:39 PM (GMT)
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"Royal Ballet - improved?"
   Since the more controversial postings on this site seem to have tailed off now, I thought I'd start up another one. Several commentators have stated recently that in this last year of Dowell's "reign" the standard of dancing has improved. Now, admittedly we've got the rising stars like Cojocaru and Rojo, plus Kobborg, who's been there a bit longer, but is the general standard of dancing any better this year than last? Making allowance for the fact that last year the dancers were getting used to the new House, and that for the previous couple of years they'd been out in the wilderness, which cannot have been the most positive of experiences, I'd be interested to hear the views of people who see them dance more frequently than I do.

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  RE: Royal Ballet - improved? Fuzzyface 11-05-01 1
     RE: Royal Ballet - improved? Paul A 15-05-01 2
         RE: Royal Ballet - improved? Juliet 17-05-01 3

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11-05-01, 04:13 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Royal Ballet - improved?"
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I think the standard has gone up this year, partly because the repertoire has been more interesting, BUT, I still think that the company is not as good as it was in the 70's & 80's.

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15-05-01, 03:15 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Royal Ballet - improved?"
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   Depends what night you go - they look more confident and happier than recently but the standard is still very variable. The women don't seem to get droppped as often these days.

Based on over 20 years' viewing the company doesn't project. It has no recognisable style for the corps and the prinipals lack personality (I generalise) - what is lacking is charisma and presence. Vergie Derman is still memorable in The Concert as the bossy wife 21 years on - more so than who was it this time round.

I don't know enough to subscribe to the 70s being a golden period. I only ever saw the end of those stars in the early 80s when performances looked routine, but I resist looking back through rose tints. Some people who are fondly remembered now gave very variable performances then, even in the same role. Collier never had the allure of Sibley in Scenes, others were funnier and had more charm in Fille say (Ellis).

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17-05-01, 11:46 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Royal Ballet - improved?"
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   Since I have been going from 1994, it has definately improved.

It is interesting what everyone says about the 70's etc., but is that fair on the younger generation of fans, like me, who never got the opportunity to see Vergie Dermen or other principles to say that, perhaps, we are not getting the best standard?

Dancers should not have the burden of living up to the stars of the past. I think the Royal are wonderful. Much more characteristic than ENB.


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