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Brendan

10-06-01, 02:18 PM (GMT)
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"Deborah Bull - not "forced to give up by stage fright""
 
   Deborah Bull has posted the following statement on her website ( http://www.deborahbull.com/ ) following yesterday's profile of her by David Lister.

"To anyone who might be worried about me after reading the headline in this morning’s (June 9) Independent and/or hearing it quoted on Radio4, I thought I ought to put your minds at rest.

I’m not retiring from dancing – just retiring from my position as a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet – and I’ve certainly not been ‘forced to give up’ by stage fright. As you can see from the press release below, I’m leaving to take up an exciting new position as Artistic Director of the Linbury Studio Theatre and Clore Studio Upstairs.

I did discuss pre-performance nerves with David Lister, who wrote the article, but for the sub-editors to deduce from my comments that ‘stage fright forces Deborah Bull to give up dancing’ is a more impressive leap than I ever managed on the Covent Garden stage.

Stage fright is a very real problem suffered by many performing artists. It is nothing to be ashamed of, but it is also nothing to do with the sort of butterfly tummy I was talking about. Upgrading my pre-performance nerves to what is, essentially, a medical condition is offensive to the many artists who struggle daily with this particular phobia. To them, I apologise. To the sub-editors at the Independent, a slap on the wrists".

DEBORAH BULL
London, June 9, 2001



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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Deborah Bull - not "forced to give up by stage fright" Pete 10-06-01 1
     RE: Deborah Bull - not "forced to give up by stage fright" Susan Black 10-06-01 2
         RE: Deborah Bull - not "forced to give up by stage fright" Tomoko.A 10-06-01 3
             RE: Deborah Bull - not "forced to give up by stage fright" Susan Black 10-06-01 4
                 RE: Deborah Bull - not "forced to give up by stage fright" Olga Spessivtseva 13-06-01 5
                     RE: Deborah Bull - not "forced to give up by stage fright" Vera Trefilova 14-06-01 6
                         RE: Deborah Bull - not "forced to give up by stage fright" Vaslav N 15-06-01 7
                             RE: Deborah Bull - not "forced to give up by stage fright" Tamara Karsavina 15-06-01 8

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Pete

10-06-01, 05:04 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Deborah Bull - not "forced to give up by stage fright""
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   Thank you Brendan!

I must have checked the site before this statement was posted yesterday. Great news!
-it's not like the press to twist things though....


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Susan Black

10-06-01, 05:20 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Deborah Bull - not "forced to give up by stage fright""
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   She's a little harsh on the Independent sub-editors. Take today's Independent on Sunday profile, where she says:

"You know, the older you get and the fewer performances you do, the more scary it is. Those Swan Lakes in December, for example. I've really never been a nervous performer before but I was very, very scared. And afterwards I needed a good cry. Being so nervous shocked me and I just thought that I do not want my last years of dancing to be characterised by day-long nerves. I mean I always used to get nervous when the first bars were played - but getting nervous at breakfast?"

Even if the headline on the original story was overdone, nerves do seem to have been an issue. Hardly surprising in a way, because artistic maturity can involve a tendency to over-dose on self-criticism. It's easier to 'go for it', and not worry about getting it exactly right, when you're younger.


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Tomoko.A

10-06-01, 06:55 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Deborah Bull - not "forced to give up by stage fright""
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   Susan, wasn't it in The Sunday Telegraph ? Not in The Independent, I mean.


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Susan Black

10-06-01, 07:10 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Deborah Bull - not "forced to give up by stage fright""
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   It was the Sunday Telegraph - sorry!


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Olga Spessivtseva

13-06-01, 07:18 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Deborah Bull - not "forced to give up by stage fright""
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   My heart cries to read off Mademoiselle Bull and her terror of stage. When I was greatest Giselle at Imperial Ballet in St Petersburg, my terror so great, I become insane.

The heart that trembles with creation dies most painful death.


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Vera Trefilova

14-06-01, 03:17 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Deborah Bull - not "forced to give up by stage fright""
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   I am same as dear Olga. When I go to have kiddies as I am so afraid of performing 32 foutees in Swan Lake, like Deborah Bullova, that i leave Kirov.
but then I get back on Communist ballet horse and am better than ever.

So Debbie have another crack at Swan Queen, it may be much better, and you will not go mad like poor Olga.


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Vaslav N

15-06-01, 02:50 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Deborah Bull - not "forced to give up by stage fright""
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   Eez typical of womans & jump back on hoss. If happy leave sleeping diaghileffs lie. All womans is mad.

Vaslav N

P.S. ...wibble hatstand teapot ptang-ptang.


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Tamara Karsavina

15-06-01, 12:47 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Deborah Bull - not "forced to give up by stage fright""
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   My darling Vaslav

Must I remind you, that during our performance of Giselle at Marinsky, it was you who dropped me on my tutu as you were insane with the madness of losing beloved Giselle.

Later it was you, not I, or Anna, or Lydia who was in hospital a screaming Tom O' Bedlam. Now who is it that should not be giving ladies advice. Deborah Bullosovich is great prima and now directrice.

Is men who is mad. Indeed!!!!


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