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Bruce Madmin

16-05-01, 08:30 AM (GMT)
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"Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night"
 
   Just in case nobody puts anything up for a few days I have to say I really enjoyed seeing DNB last night and would rate 'Live' as one of the best and most innovative pieces I've seen for years (even if it does date from the late seventies). It's a live video performance that takes in the whole theatre and not a little of Rosebery Avenue as well. I hope others say more meaningful things on this - I have to dash. But Live is danced again on Thursday and both Saturday performances. GO!

Er.. just did a quick search and this lik will bring up some reviews of Live when performaned at Edinburgh 3 years ago:
http://www.ballet.co.uk/cgi/reviews_database_search/db_search.cgi?company_names=dnb&production=live


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night Stuart Sweeney 16-05-01 1
  RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night Anne-Fabienne Raven 16-05-01 2
     RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night Anne-Fabienne Raven 16-05-01 3
         a thought or two on Links... Bruce Madmin 16-05-01 4
             RE: a thought or two on Links... Kate R 16-05-01 5
                 Live performance Bruce Madmin 16-05-01 6
                     RE: Live performance eugene merrett 16-05-01 7
             RE: a thought or two on Links... Anne-Fabienne Raven 16-05-01 8
  RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night alison 17-05-01 9
  RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night Viviane 18-05-01 10
  RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night Jane S 20-05-01 11
     RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night Stuart Sweeney 20-05-01 12
         RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night Viviane 20-05-01 13
         RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night alison 22-05-01 17
  A 'Live' postcript... Bruce Madmin 21-05-01 14
     RE: A 'Live' postcript... alison 22-05-01 18
         RE: A 'Live' postcript... Bruce Madmin 22-05-01 19
  RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night Pete in Bath 21-05-01 15
     RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night Stuart Sweeney 21-05-01 16

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Stuart Sweeney

16-05-01, 09:14 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night"
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   I agree entirely with Bruce about the first DNB programme and strongly recommend it. This all Hans von Manen programme shows us why he is one of the most interesting ballet choreographers around today. The second programme with 'Live' again plus Balanchine and others, should also be exciting. I understand that there are plenty of seats left.

Not sure whether it's a good idea giving away so much of the plot of 'Live' though Bruce - the first time surprise element is an important aspect of the work.


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Anne-Fabienne Raven

16-05-01, 10:42 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night"
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   Dear Bruce Marriott,
I do not know whether you have read this review, I thought it might be useful link to add to the review section - written by John percival for the Finacial Times:
http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=010516003590&query=Dutch+National+Ballet
Anne-Faienne Raven


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Anne-Fabienne Raven

16-05-01, 11:07 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night"
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   This is a more detailed article written by Nadine Maisner about DNB's season at Sadler's Wells, including a few pointers as to Wayne Eagling's artistic point of view.
http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=010512000356&query=Dutch+National+Ballet


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Bruce Madmin

16-05-01, 11:34 AM (GMT)
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4. "a thought or two on Links..."
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   Ta and more please!.

I thought some words of explanation on links might be useful..

Links like these do indeed go into the database but generally only at the end of the week - though sad to say we have a bit of a backlog of links to put in at the moment. The very latest links are in Postings and every week we have a thread to which we add links each day. Here is this weeks thread (and it also contains a link to the previous weeks one):
http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/1659.html

Your links are interesting because they are Independent pieces and yet only visible currently on the FT site. Hopefully these will be on the Independent site at some time and that is how we will link to them from our database - I don't like the idea of linking (in the database) to third party pieces on the FT site because they might at sometime just clear them out - better to link straight to original pieces. Trouble is sometimes the Independent don't bother to put their reviews/interviews up! That is the case with Meisner piece currently. While I might be picky on what goes in the database, I would encourage all links in postings by whatever means - its a transitory place rather than the database archive which is becoming increasingly useful.

Sorry - what a lot of words, but occasionally something triggers and I try and put down how it kind of works!


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Kate R

16-05-01, 12:09 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: a thought or two on Links..."
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   Another bit of advice.

If you do go, and I agree the piece is worth it, do not buy a seat in the Second Circle. You cannot see the screen on stage properly, the heads are cut off. Instead they suspend a screen right in front of the first row which means you have to watch either the screen or the stage and I was blinded by the light of the rear projector.


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Bruce Madmin

16-05-01, 12:17 PM (GMT)
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6. "Live performance"
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   Kate - did you spot Tuck in the front row?!


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eugene merrett

16-05-01, 12:44 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Live performance"
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   When it rains it pours!!!

This week we have Yoshida in rare appereance as Giselle, Tchaikovsky Queen of Spades (this was really really good with far better music then his ballets in my view), The Bolshoi and the Dutch National Ballet.

I have one day free on Thursday - could not make up my mind - the DNB or Bolshoi?

But after reading the great reviews of the DNB from people who do not normally relish esoteric modern dance then the choice is clear!!!

As the Bolshoi - I adore the Kingdom of the Shades scene and the pdd are always great but after seeing their astonishingly bland Swan Lake then I can give it a miss. ( I have never dancers more bored and bland then Bolshoi corp in Swan Lake!!!)

Remember two years ago when there was no ballet for nearly 6 months in England. Now we are almost drowning in it!!


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Anne-Fabienne Raven

16-05-01, 02:45 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: a thought or two on Links..."
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   To Bruce Marriott
Thank you very much for explaining those details to me. I shall thus from now on use the 'Latest-Review' Postings page.


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alison

17-05-01, 01:15 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night"
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   Last night's (Weds) bill had to be changed due to injuries, so we in fact got Four Temperaments, two of Three Pieces for HET (which in turn replaced Sarcasms on Tues, again due to injury, I presume), Twilight and Live. Don't know how serious the injuries are, or whether DNB will be able to fly some replacements over by Friday for the second performance of the second bill, so it could be a bit pot luck as to what you see on Friday!


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Viviane

18-05-01, 08:30 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night"
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Has someone attend the postperformance talk with Wayne Eagling
yesterday ?


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Jane S

20-05-01, 11:02 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night"
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   I think we're lucky to have seen Gael Lambiotte and Sabina Chaland with DNB, as according to a link from balletalert, they're both leaving the company to join Boston Ballet next season.

(And I'm pleased to see from David Dougill's review this morning that it wasn't just me who thought how much Lambiotte looked like Michelangelo's David!)


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Stuart Sweeney

20-05-01, 02:22 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night"
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   Sabina Chaland is indeed leaving for Boston Ballet. I was a little surprised after 'Live' to see that she is a Second Soloist, the second category in the Company.


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Viviane

20-05-01, 03:52 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night"
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   I hope the leaving of Sabina Chaland and her husband is not the start of a whole series.

DNB has had a turbulent time recently.
There was a lot of displeasure amongst the dancers concerning
workpressure and the harsh management of Wayne Eagling.
And even disagreement with the choice of repertory...
I find this myself a bit unbelievable...but we are only confronted with their splendid performances !
The fact that Wim Broeckx (former soloist and assistant of Eagling) left the company some months ago, is maybe significant ?


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alison

22-05-01, 01:26 PM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night"
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   Oops, more "foreign" dancers at Boston Ballet. That'll go down well, bearing in mind recent comments about the number of foreign dancers they had. I had to admit, on the basis of this week's performance I was surprised to see that Chaland was a Second Soloist, as well.


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Bruce Madmin

21-05-01, 09:41 AM (GMT)
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14. "A 'Live' postcript..."
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   Jane told me that the ballerina in Live uses a bike to get back to the stage so quickly...

Well on Saturday I went down at 21:30 to stand outside Sadler's for the Live performance. The Pub Landlord was also out for a look! Interestingly it takes about 10 people to sort lights and other paraphernalia in the street.

Its quite surreal as she walks slowly along without the music but just the city sounds. And yes there is a bike involved. The great thing is that she does not ride it as such - she sits on the carrier at the back and a roadie does the cycling! And at very high speed too - straight up he curb and in through the doors before you could blink! As ever I wish I had had my camera handy...


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alison

22-05-01, 01:28 PM (GMT)
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18. "RE: A 'Live' postcript..."
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   I wondered about a bike ... I also wondered, on Tues night when it was chucking it down, how come her feet and legs looked dry when she got back into the auditorium - did someone leave out some galoshes for her, or something? Or perhaps I was just too far away to notice?


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Bruce Madmin

22-05-01, 01:47 PM (GMT)
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19. "RE: A 'Live' postcript..."
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   I think her feet get very wet if it rains and I noticed her slip when taking one of the bows on Tuesday.

I'm still amazed by how surreal it all was - a ballerina in a raincoat sitting side saddle on the back of a push bike being driven at speed - Dali could not do better!


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Pete in Bath

21-05-01, 05:37 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night"
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   Err, sorry you lot, but I saw Live on Saturday and it is one of the few things I've ever seen that's left me fuming. It's not theatre, it's TV and that's where it should stay.

The rest of the programme was very single-paced. Maybe designed to send people to sleep? A whole even of slow duets is a bit too much. If not, why was the Well's so empty on a Saturday night?


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Stuart Sweeney

21-05-01, 09:29 PM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Dutch National Ballet at Sadler's last Night"
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   Well Pete it would be a boring old place if we all agreed and it's entirely reasonable if the show didn't do the business for you.

However, I thought it one of the best evenings of dance I've seen in this strong year for dance in London. I suspect that 'Live' will be a front runner for the various dance awards for 2001, especially as all the critics loved it.

There were pretty full houses earlier in the week and on Wednesday they got some of the best applause I've heard at Sadler's.


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