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helena

09-08-01, 08:56 PM (GMT)
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"still life at the penguin cafe"
 
   would anyone be kind enough to tell me what this ballet is about!!! im still only 15 and wasnt really following new ballets when it was made
thanx!!


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: still life at the penguin cafe Steven 09-08-01 1
     RE: still life at the penguin cafe Patricia 10-08-01 2
         RE: still life at the penguin cafe Paul A 04-09-01 3
             RE: still life at the penguin cafe helena 04-09-01 4
                 RE: still life at the penguin cafe Caz 04-09-01 6
                 RE: still life at the penguin cafe nicky 23-10-01 8
  RE: still life at the penguin cafe Tuk 04-09-01 5
  RE: still life at the penguin cafe Jenna 22-10-01 7
     RE: still life at the penguin cafe Brendan 24-10-01 9
         RE: still life at the penguin cafe Trog Woolley 26-10-01 10
             RE: still life at the penguin cafe helena 28-10-01 11

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Steven

09-08-01, 09:40 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: still life at the penguin cafe"
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   It's about endangered species. There are several little scenes all focusing on a species which has been made extinct. It ends with a little narrative of humans and reminds us of our own fragility.


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Patricia

10-08-01, 00:03 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: still life at the penguin cafe"
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   I think that BRB are doing it at Sadlers Wells in Sept...I have
never seen it live and will miss it again as we will be on holiday!


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Paul A

04-09-01, 05:03 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: still life at the penguin cafe"
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   Helena, hope you get to see this at Sadler's Wells (and there is a video too).

To give you more of a flavour, this is a hugely intelligent and amusing ballet, a rare combination. It's about endangered species, man's cruelty, the fragility of the planet - but all done with a lightness of touch, nothing politicised or forced but it does make you think. It's set in a cafe, penguins as waiters, glossy stilletoed socialities clad in zebra prints.

The humour comes in the foot-tapping tuneful score and some jaunty choreography - I can remember Sandra Magwick as a flea (or maybe an other insect) running amok with some morris dancers. More serious is a pas de trois for a child with two parent figures, circling the stage in hope. It ends with a really clever image of Noah's ark.

The designs are great, very colourful - various backdrops, good lighting, great slabs of colour. Tha animal (and human) costumes are clever too.

It's a must see because it's a clever piece of theatre: the idea (both serious and humourous), the design, music and movement all combine really well. Which said it is memorable as a whole - but (my usual caveat with Bintley, sorry) none of the choreography is memorable in itself.

But go - I'm sure you will enjoy it.


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helena

04-09-01, 05:46 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: still life at the penguin cafe"
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   im so upset!! i just went back to school this week and i know i wont have a spare moment to see it.....do u know where i could find a video of it


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Caz

04-09-01, 08:17 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: still life at the penguin cafe"
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   >im so upset!! i just went
>back to school this week
>and i know i wont
>have a spare moment to
>see it.....do u know where
>i could find a video
>of it

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00004R6GC/qid%3D999630925/026-1045620-2630020



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nicky

23-10-01, 10:57 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: still life at the penguin cafe"
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   Amazon have got the video on offer at the moment...11.99 I think...plus postage of course. It's the original version...BRB...featuring most of the dancers that the roles were created on. It's good! Are you studying it for GCSE? Dance books also sell the video and a teacher's pack - ask your school to get it! It's about 18.

Nicky


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Tuk

04-09-01, 08:04 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: still life at the penguin cafe"
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   Dear Helena

I hope it is OK for me to put links on this site but I would advise that you take a look at BRB's own site. The following page gives some details on 'Still life...'

http://www.brb.org.uk/other2.html#PENGUIN

Best wishes

Tuk


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Jenna

22-10-01, 04:37 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: still life at the penguin cafe"
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   Don't worry. it's about a group of animals that dance around the stage in costume relating to their character. The great auk penguins are the main characters.


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Brendan

24-10-01, 06:09 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: still life at the penguin cafe"
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   Helena,

If you're studying for O or A levels, I have a feeling that the education department at BRB have produced a study pack about 'Still Life'. I'm not completely certain but you may find it worth checking.


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Trog Woolley

26-10-01, 04:49 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: still life at the penguin cafe"
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   Hope this makes it onto the page!
The latest BRB Friends magazine "Entrechat" (2.50) has an article with background info on 'Still Life'. I haven't read it yet; very slack of me I know, as it did arrive in this mornings post. It is probaby worth you ringing the friends office for a copy.

PS One of these years they might even deliver my new PC and I can post on a much more frequent basis!


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helena

28-10-01, 05:08 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: still life at the penguin cafe"
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   thanks everyone for all the helpfull links and infotmation!!
im not studying it for GCSE i was just intersetes as i had heard so much about it! anyway still havent got hold of the video but im sure it will be on again in london soon
thyanks again
helena


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