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Richard J

10-11-01, 10:49 AM (GMT)
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"Cinderella (Southampton etc) + triple bill"
 
   It's interesting to see the comments already posted about Cinderella currently on tour with ENB. Performances in Bristol (29/11 - 1/12) have already just about sold out. However, we also have a triple bill to start the week, on 27/11 and 28/11). This consists of Apollo, Double Concerto, and Who Cares? (the balletic tribute to Fred, Ginger, and George - by George).

Double Concerto is a new ballet by Christopher Hampson to Poulenc's concerto for two pianos and orchestra (1932). Speaking to ENB's Marketing Dept recently (because I am taking a school group) I was told that the designs are classical (i.e. girls wear tutus) but with a clean, fresh, modern look - matching the neo-classical element in Poulenc's score, no doubt. I was also told that there is a legacy here from the days of BRB touring (they visited Bristol before the Arts Council re-drew the map) - BRB were building an audience for new work and imaginative triple bills, so ENB are fortunately trying to continue this.

The Hampson work will, I think, be premiered in Manchester just before ENB come to Bristol. The triple bill is not being presented in many places, so if you are near enough to Manchester or Bristol, you might like an extra night out!


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Bruce Madmin

12-11-01, 05:23 PM (GMT)
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1. "Double Concerto - the new Christopher Hampson"
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I think you might be interested in a couple of links from this months Ballet.co magazine about Hampy's new piece for ENB...
http://www.ballet.co.uk/magazines/yr_01/nov01/christopher_hampson_28.htm
http://www.ballet.co.uk/magazines/yr_01/nov01/bm_double_concerto_notes.htm


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Richard J

14-11-01, 09:14 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Double Concerto - the new Christopher Hampson"
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   Thanks for the link - I know something of the music with its bits of this, that, and the other. My CD notes say "a base of brash neo-classicism, a sprinkling of black-and-white movie romance, a dash of end-of-the pier melodrama...unexpected moments of ethereal hypnotic calm - inspired, it is said, by the sound of the Balinese gamelan, which Poulenc had heard at the 1931 Colonial Exhibition".

It's good to have inside info. on the choreography and the look of the new ballet; it helps to sell it to wavering students! This is a good looking triple bill; signs of what's in store for ENB in the future?


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