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alison

18-08-99, 01:21 PM (GMT)
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"Dance outside London - a plea"
 
   While looking through the reviews database earlier, I've noticed how London-centred they are. HAs nobody been to any performances outside London that they'd like to tell us about - BRB, ENB's Swan Lake, Stars of the Bolshoi at Harrogate, etc.? Since I'm stuck in London, I for one would appreciate some feedback on what's happening elsewhere in the country.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Dance outside London - a plea Ann 18-08-99 1
  RE: Dance outside London - a plea Carly Gillies 19-08-99 2
     RE: Dance outside London - a plea Ann 19-08-99 3
         RE: Dance outside London - a plea njoywat 20-08-99 4
             RE: Dance outside London - a plea Bruce Madmin 20-08-99 5
                 RE: Dance outside London - a plea Eugene Merrett 20-08-99 6
                     RE: Dance outside London - a plea Ann 21-08-99 7
                         RE: Dance outside London - a plea Eugene Merrett 21-08-99 8
                         RE: Mad world Bruce Madmin 22-08-99 11
                         RE: Dance outside London - a plea Jenny Delaney 23-08-99 13
                             RE: Dance outside London - a plea alison 26-08-99 16
                     RE: Dance outside London - a plea Carly Gillies 21-08-99 9
                     RE: Dance outside London - a plea Dame Blandine 21-08-99 10
                         RE: Dance outside London - a plea p.s.stammers 23-08-99 12
                             RE: Dance outside London - a plea njoywat 23-08-99 14
                             RE: Dance outside London - a plea Ann 25-08-99 15
                             RE: Dance outside London - a plea alison 26-08-99 17
                             RE: Dance outside London - a plea njoywat 27-08-99 18
                             RE: Dance outside London - a plea Tomoko. A 29-08-99 19
                             RE: Dance outside London - a plea Bruce Madmin 29-08-99 21
                             Vienna Festival Ballet perform Swan Lake Bruce Madmin 29-08-99 20

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Ann

18-08-99, 07:18 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   Alison, there are some of us in the far north who are not totally philistine. Me and Carly for two. In the past couple of years I've seen a Rambert triple bill (Rooster, Swansong, etc), NBT's Hunchback, SB's Hoffmann in Newcastle & Edinburgh, Darcy & Friends in Edinburgh, BRB's R&J & Coppelia in Sunderland, British Gas Central kids in Hexham, Northumberland & braved a British Rail daytrip to the metropolis to see Adam & Sarah in Ondine. And moreover, reported about them on this site Further bookings include the UK tour of AMP's Swan Lake and BRB's Giselle in October. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to see Central Ballet students strutting their stuff next year. 'Images of Dance' don't come this far north but I wish they would.


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Carly Gillies

19-08-99, 05:46 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   Well - North of the border we've had SB's Nightlife triple bill ( I posted a review of that as we got it before you Londoners did ) , and Light Fandango and La Sylphide double ( This program contained both the worst and the best respectively that I've seen so far this year ) Then we had Nbt's Dracula and Carmen, and ENB's Swanlake ( all of these already reviewed elsewhere although I think they all got a brief posting at the time. SB did Fille ( again ) and Cinderella ( again ) last xmas. I gather Sarah Wildor stepped in for a performance or 2 when the company was injury-stricken, though I didn't see her.
Coming up we have SB's Tales of Hoffman touring ( with Adam Cooper again I think ) and Peter Darrell's Giselle. I think this is probably the last of this years crop of Giselles and I'll let you know my thoughts about it if no-one else does.
Edinburgh Festival has Mats Ek's Giselle and Sleeping Beauty, and Forsythes Artifact all in the next fortnight as well as loads of other dance from all over the place. I hope we get some reviews from anyone who sees anything there.
And last but not least, AMP tours Swan Lake in Oct/Nov - not as far as Scotland, but as least they get as far North as Sheffield and Newcastle.
Highlight of my year so far has been seeing Johan Kobborg beautifully dancing James in La Sylphide. He gets my vote for best-legs-in-a-kilt. You lot are in for a treat when he joins the RB.


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Ann

19-08-99, 06:52 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   Dance audiences seem to be polarised at the moment, either deep south or far north with a gaping hole in the middle. I can't believe there are no ornithologists or small furry creature- lovers there!


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njoywat

20-08-99, 06:12 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   On Sunday I am going to Retford to see Swan Lake performed by a company I have never heard of. I imagine it will be very small and I am not really sure what to expect but I will let you know what it is like. But this does proove that there is some ballet, on a limited scale, in other parts of the country.


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Bruce Madmin

20-08-99, 06:56 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   Sounds interesting - if you get the chance do lob us a sentance or two on what they are like.

The small company's, with long seasons, must play to as many customers as the larger companies and yet we have so few notes and reviews on what they like.


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Eugene Merrett

20-08-99, 11:41 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   I do not think I could live anywhere other then London or New York because of the lack of cultural activities outside of those two large cities (English speaking areas only). In fact I really do feel sorry for those who are not so fortunate as those who live in London etc. England is such a centralized country that there is not much culture available outside London. Too much is focused in London. This is quite different from Germany or even France where cultural activities are more diversified.

One of the reason why I studied accountancy at University instead of something really interesting is because I could find good work in any city I choose to live in. It was the best advice I have ever taken from my father! There is nothing interesting in poverty!


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Ann

21-08-99, 10:56 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   I reallly can't believe I've just read that! I know you aren't supposed to spit blood on this site, but oh my! There's going to be a north/south war shortly! Stand by your cannonballshttp://


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Eugene Merrett

21-08-99, 02:22 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   On a slightly different tack - I note that the English vs USA Rugby match is going to be played in a half empty stadium in Twickenham. Some journalist rightly pointed out that this match should scheduled in a regional area because it should fill up smaller regional stadium. I note that Wales vs Canada at Cardiff has sold out - maybe the game should be moved to Wales. Eitherway it should not be scheduled in London!


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Bruce Madmin

22-08-99, 07:49 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Mad world"
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   >I reallly can't believe I've just read
>that! I know you aren't supposed
>to spit blood on this site,
>but oh my!

I think you are showing restraint of the highest order!

Accountants do however come from a different planet and while many try to cover it, indeed some can go for whole days when they are thought merely eccentric, its never long before the true madness of their world comes zinging through!


> There's going
>to be a north/south war shortly!

It's not north/south - more accountancy vs the rest. Still at least if they are confined to New York and London the rest of the universe can be of good cheer!



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Jenny Delaney

23-08-99, 06:10 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   Ann, please don't polarise on North/South grounds. I live in London and I was spitting blood too.


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alison

26-08-99, 01:13 PM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   Me too!


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Carly Gillies

21-08-99, 04:30 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   Eugene
It will be a struggle to live with your pity, but I think I'll manage it.

Oh well. Off to Edinburgh tomorrow. Don't suppose there'll be much happening in that sleepy little hollow.


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Dame Blandine

21-08-99, 10:48 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   > There is nothing interesting
>in poverty!

Dear Mr Merrett, my dear friend Ekaterina Eleftherou and I couldn't agree more. Not only is there nothing interesting in it, it is in fact quite unspeakably boring, especially when one is not poor oneself.


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p.s.stammers

23-08-99, 03:29 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   I have just recieved BRB's Entrechat with news of their coming programme.
We may not have the constant ballet of London, although it seems I always miss it on my trips to the deep south, and have to make do with plays or orchestras, but culture we ceratinly have.
BRB, CBSO, Welsh Opera, repetory theatre, and International orchestras and soloists certainly keep me as busy as my wallet and time allows. In fact I have to postpone many until retirement when I hope to have time to enjoy them and the Art galleries which surround me.
BRB is offering a triple bill and a new but traditional Giselle in October, Nutcraker in December and Arthur part 1 in February, in Burm, and repeating them in their other venues subsequently (except Nutcraker which requires an exceptionally large stage).
Talks, demonstrations and rehearsals are available to Friends of BRB. Details on their web pages.
All is not London based, but we and the dancers are having a break before the start of a new season's activites.


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njoywat

23-08-99, 08:38 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   On Sunday evening I saw the Vienna Festival Ballet perform Swan Lake in Retford (a small town in Lincolnshire.) I had never heard of this company before, nor seen a ballet performed in Retford, so I was unsure of what to expect. From the program I learnt that the company's Artistic Director is an Austrian dancer Peter Mallek. The company was small, only 14 dancers on the stage, and they were very young, the average age being 20. They only danced the classics and the program claimed that their repertoire included Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Cinderella and La Sylphide. Unfortunatly the program failed to name any of the dancers.

The performance was very disapointing, I think Swan Lake was far too challenging for the resources available to the company. Many of the dancers were under rehearsed and mistakes were frequent. The general quality of dancing was low and reminded me of a local dance school rather than a professional company. Odette was very young. Although she was better than the other dancers the role was unfortunatly beyond her. During Act Three she appeared to be very tired and struggled through the steps, but to my surprise managed execute 16 effortless fouettes.

Although the quality of dancing was low at least the company allows less talented dancers to be involved in a professional company. Furthermore they perform to small towns, such as Retford and were warmly recieved by the audience.


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Ann

25-08-99, 06:51 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   It's nice to know that some of us provincials are creeping out to reveal ourselves. We could do with more of it. I'm thinking of Images of Dance and British Gas Central, but there must be more at smaller venues around the country. What would be good is for small, provincial theatres to advertise themselves on the net. Maybe we could put pressure on our local venues to get onto this site, even just in the shape of an odd message. Any ideas?


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alison

26-08-99, 01:17 PM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   Yes - I saw them last year, I think it was, and posted a not-very-glowing review on these pages. Don't know whether it's still on the database, although I'm sure it is.


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njoywat

27-08-99, 06:37 PM (GMT)
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18. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   I have a list of where the Vienna Festival Ballet will be performing The Nutcracker if anyone is interested.

01/10 Civic Hall, Bedworth
02/10 The Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare
0310 Beck Theatre, Hayes
05/10 Town Hall, Loughborough
06/10 Majestic Theatre, Retford
07/10 Priory Centre, St Neots
08/10 Spa pavilion, Felixstowe
09/10 Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone
10/10 Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
12/10 Melton Theatre, Meton Mowbray
13/10 Queensway Theatre, Dunstable
14/10 Futurist Theatre, Scarborough
15/10 Spa Theatre, Bridlington
20/10 Leas Cliff Hall, Folkstone
21/10 De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
23/10 King Georges Hall, Blackburn
24/10 Princess Theatre, Torquay
25/10 Octagn Theatre, Yeovil
26/10 Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
28/10 Tameside Hippodrome
30/10 Winter Gardens Margate
04/11 Bletchley Leisure Centre
05/11 Memorial Theatre, Frome
06/11 Ryde Theatre, Ryde
07/11 Guildhall, Portsmouth
09/11 Palace theatre Reading
10/11 Palace Theatre reading
11/11 Princes Hall, Aldershot
14/11 Pavilion Theatre, Worthing
17/11 Auditorium, Grimsby
18/11 Civic Hall, Winsford
19/11 Civic Theatre Rotherham
20/11 Arts Centre Southport.
21/11 Grand Opera House, York


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Tomoko. A

29-08-99, 01:15 AM (GMT)
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19. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   I saw the Nutcracker by the Vienna Festival Ballet
in Salisbury about 6 years ago and remember the performance was disappointing. Since then I haven't been to any performances by minor companies. In September "Cwmni Ballet Gwent" will perform "Twelfthe Night" in Salisbury. I have seen some advertisements about this ballet and all I know about this company is that it is the only professional ballet company in Wales. Is it worth booking a ticket ?


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Bruce Madmin

29-08-99, 08:19 PM (GMT)
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21. "RE: Dance outside London - a plea"
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   >In September "Cwmni Ballet
>Gwent" will perform "Twelfthe Night" in
>Salisbury. I have seen some advertisements
>about this ballet and all I
>know about this company is that
>it is the only professional ballet
>company in Wales. Is it worth
>booking a ticket ?

I saw them a while back in The Tempest - here is the review:

http://www.ballet.co.uk/may98/bm_rev_cbg_0598.htm

(in case anybody is not aware, I 'found' the review by using the Advanced Search facility in Reviews - put 'Cwmni' in as the company name. If you do this you will also find a Dromgoole review of them)

I would like to see them again (and will), but you do need to go with a different mindset to seeing RB or one of the other big comapanies.



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Bruce Madmin

29-08-99, 08:12 PM (GMT)
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20. "Vienna Festival Ballet perform Swan Lake"
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   Thank you for telling us more about the performance. I always find it terribly difficult to review such companies. As you say they take ballet to places that you would not normally see it and charge little as well. What's more they get no subsidy either. But you can't get away from the fact that standards, technical and production, can be terribly low. None the less many in the audience seem to enjoy local ballet like this. My only concern is that it might be the only ballet performance somebody might see and it might put them off travelling further and spending more to see a bigger company and 'proper' production.

btw for another view on VFB, here is a review Alison did a bit back

http://www.ballet.co.uk/apr98/ap_rev_vfb_0398.htm


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