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ClaireS

29-09-01, 07:56 PM (GMT)
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"Sarah Wildor's best roles"
 
   While we come to terms with Sarah Wildor's shock departure (I suppose we expected that maybe the slightly older dancers may be edged out - I do wonder why Miyako Yoshida is not dancing in La Bayadere and only has ONE Giselle - not the younger ones), I started thinking about which of Sarah's performances I will remember best.

1 La Fille Mal Gardee - a perfect performance with Bruce Sansom at the Royal Festival Hall, and a very good one this years with Ethan Stiefel. As a mere fan not an expert it always looked as if dancers enjoyed partnering Sarah.

2 Ondine - wonderful interpretation of this role. I wish this had been broadcast rather than The Nutcracker last year.

3 Giselle - Sarah was the first RB Giselle I saw. I think the company has been blessed with some great Giselles and Sarah is one of the best.

4 Gloria - a breathtaking and heartbreaking performance. A very different role.

5 The Rake's Progress - a delicate, really touching performance. I'd love to see this ballet again, especially as there are some new male dancers to take on the leading role.

6 The Dream - the perfect one-act ballet - I'll never forget the performances of Sarah Wildor and Bruce Sansom at the "old" opera house.

I think one the saddest things about this news is that - like Bruce Sansom - she seemed totally at home in the Ashton repertoire. I hope the artists that remain with RB can do justice to Ashton's works - thank goodness David Bintley remains in Birmingham to keep alive his genius.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles Steven 29-09-01 1
  RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles Ann Welsh 29-09-01 2
     RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles tony newcombe 29-09-01 3
         RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles Jim 30-09-01 4
             RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles Helen 30-09-01 5
                 RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles tony newcombe 30-09-01 6
                     RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles Viviane 30-09-01 7
  RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles alison 01-10-01 8
     RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles Jane S 01-10-01 9
         RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles Helen 01-10-01 10
             RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles Brendan 02-10-01 11
             RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles alison 02-10-01 12
                     RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles Jeannie 02-10-01 14
                 Posting by Charles Removed Bruceadmin 02-10-01 15
                     RE: Posting by Charles Removed Paul A 03-10-01 16
                         RE: Posting by Charles Removed Lynette H 09-10-01 17
                             RE: Posting by Chloe Removed Ballet.comoderator 18-10-01 19

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Steven

29-09-01, 09:24 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles"
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   It's not really about Sarah Wildor, but for the record, Miyako Yoshida is actually dancing in two performances of Giselle (they added another one on April 3rd). And while she isn't dancing La Bayadere (unless she does Gamzatti, which hasn't been announced yet!), she is doing several Don Quixotes and Nutcrackers.


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Ann Welsh

29-09-01, 09:29 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles"
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   Being a provincial, I'd only seen Sarah once in Darcy & Friends in Edinburgh, but then made a special trip to see her and Adam in Ondine at Sadlers Wells a couple of years ago. I came home stunned by the intensity of their performances.

It would be really good if Bintley was to offer her roles as a guest artist, particularly partnered (if not by Adam) by Robert Parker. That would indeed be something.


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tony newcombe

29-09-01, 10:17 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles"
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   A very difficult choice. However her very first Manon will always be one of my cherished memories of her. She replaced an injured Darcey. It wasn't the dancing as such but her interpretation that I will always remember. She arrives at Madam's house with Monsieur GM totally immersed in her new found riches and status. However as events unfold you could see the realisation on her face as to her future. GM's behaviour towards the other women made her realise some of them were once in her position before they were cast off.


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Jim

30-09-01, 09:39 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles"
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   For me it was The Betrayed Girl in The Rake's Progress in the De Valois gala in the Barbican (the night that Beryl Grey squeezed my hand).


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Helen

30-09-01, 03:11 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles"
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   Because, like Ann Welsh, I don't live in London, I haven't seen Sarah Wildor in as many roles as I would have liked - for instance, I missed her Ondine and was hoping to see her Giselle this season. Of the roles I have seen her in, I loved her Juliet, but I think her Titania was the most remarkable, rivalling my memories of Sibley. Her performance of Manon almost converted me to that ballet, which is some compliment from me!

What has always struck me about her is the wholeness of her dancing - there has never been any sense that she is performing a series of exercises, something that is very common at the moment. There has always been a perfect harmony and completeness of movement, always expressive. To me, that is what ballet should be.


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tony newcombe

30-09-01, 03:33 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles"
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   Helen

Thank you for your thoughts, which I totally agree with. If we want to see points scored out of ten we can always watch Olympic Gymnastics. Unfortunately even some Artistic Directors seem to view it this way.


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Viviane

30-09-01, 04:57 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles"
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   >......we can always watch Olympic Gymnastics.
>Unfortunately even some Artistic Directors seem to view it this
>way.

Tony, I do agree totally on that !
And even worser : in lots of balletschools 'high legs' and atletic achievements are applauded !


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alison

01-10-01, 05:52 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles"
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   I thought she was the best Manon in the whole company, which considering the quality of the competition is some commpliment!


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Jane S

01-10-01, 06:03 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles"
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   I'd go for Rhapsody - it's the quality of her movement I love, her musicality, the way she can weight her movements to fill out an adagio phrase (something that's becoming a lost art).

Closely behind that would be her Lise at the Festival Hall, her debut as Coppelia... and lots of others: Chloe, Cinderella, Dorabella, the quick Shades solo in Bayadere are just a few.


(Just in case this is beginning to sound like an application for the beatification of St Sarah, I should say I've seen her badly miscast as well, and she's never been famous for consistency - one night she'll be wonderful, the next week in the same role she can look only average.)


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Helen

01-10-01, 08:51 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles"
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   I can easily imagine her as Chloe - another one I missed. I wish I'd seen that.


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Brendan

02-10-01, 05:33 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles"
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   Valerie Lawson has an excellent piece in tomorrow's Sydney Morning Herald on the first stirrings here of hostility to Ross Stretton's direction of the Royal Ballet.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/0110/03/entertainment/entertain14.html


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alison

02-10-01, 06:28 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles"
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   She was excellent in it.


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Jeannie

02-10-01, 08:40 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Sarah Wildor's best roles"
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   Everyone's entitled to his/her own opinion but, Charles, aren't you a tad harsh?

My #1 Wildor role, without question, is Anastasia. I'll never forget her debut in May 1996...following the tough acts of Durante and Benjamin a few days earlier. To me, Wildor alone (among the three essayers of the role) captured the impish glamour of the Russian princess. A doll on roller skates & totally drop-dead-gorgeous in that ballgown and tiara!

I also enjoyed her Titania in Ashton's 'The Dream'...although she was, to me, most charming and effective when I first saw her, ca 1993/94. I saw her reprise the role in 1996 and again a year or two ago. Lovely always...but incomparable at first viewing.

Adorable as the sweet young ingenue in roles that emphasized acting above technique. That's how I'll remember Sarah Wildor.


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Bruceadmin

02-10-01, 09:17 PM (GMT)
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15. "Posting by Charles Removed"
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   A posting by Charles of u_farleycharles@hotmail.com has been removed.

Contributors can by all means disagree or objectively criticise others, but we expect all readers to show respect to others and not to be purposefully objectionable or peddle vulgar abuse. Thank you.


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Paul A

03-10-01, 03:30 PM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Posting by Charles Removed"
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   Very impressed by her Ondine at S Wells - but somehow this failed to project into the ROH. Her performance seemed to have lost the spontaneity, the naivety, the energy and charm that made the Wells performance so memorable.


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Lynette H

09-10-01, 09:38 AM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Posting by Charles Removed"
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   I'm coming rather late to this conversation, but I would like to record some happy memories of Sarah Wildor's performances.

I can remember very clearly when I first registered her. It was a performance of Month in the Country, and she was playing the young ward, Vera. She ran forward and tore the Tutor away from Guillem, and she was so hearbroken and possessed. I remember thinking 'who is this' and fumbling for my cast list. I looked out for her after that. (This was probably around 1992)

I have very happy memories of her Lise with Bruce Sansom, at the Festival Hall I think. She was completely at home in the Ashton repertoire - a lovely Fairy Spring in Cinderella, you could see the buds bursting in her fingertips. Other memories: The Invitation, with Cooper: a beautifully judged Betrayed Girl in Rake's Progress. And of course, Ondine (both with Cooper and Sansom).

Wildor was always more comfortable in a role after a few performances - a dancer that you could see growing into a role. I saw her a couple of times as AMP's Cinderella, very early in the run and towards the end, and it was very striking how much more powerful her portayal had become.

I took a friend who was new to ballet to the Royal's final mixed bill of last season, and of all the dancers it was Sarah's Manon who he was most impressed with.

I will miss her - I hope she finds plenty of opportunities and that it's not too long before we see her again. She may have been right to move on into the unknown rather than sit around and never see her name on a cast list.


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18-10-01, 11:29 PM (GMT)
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19. "RE: Posting by Chloe Removed"
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   A message by Chloe posted here at 5.11 pm today has been removed. She is free to argue her case robustly, as long as she does so with courtesy to other users of the site, but abusive postings will be removed.

Chloe should also be aware that the internet does not confer her with as much anonymity as she may imagine.


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