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Bruce Madmin

11-02-02, 08:00 AM (GMT)
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"Princess Margaret and Royal Ballet"
 
   This thread is for continued discussion re the issues that arose, and were partially explored (along with others), in the following (sub)thread:
http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/2472.html#22


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Princess Margaret and Royal Ballet Anneliese 11-02-02 1
  RE: Princess Margaret and Royal Ballet Viviane 11-02-02 2
     RE: Princess Margaret and Royal Ballet Anneliese 11-02-02 6
         RE: Princess Margaret and Royal Ballet alison 11-02-02 7
  RE: Princess Margaret and Royal Ballet Brendan McCarthymoderator 11-02-02 3
     RE: Princess Margaret and Royal Ballet smelly 11-02-02 4
         RE: Princess Margaret and Royal Ballet jhanner 11-02-02 5
             RE: Princess Margaret and Royal Ballet Mike 11-02-02 8

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Anneliese

11-02-02, 09:51 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Princess Margaret and Royal Ballet"
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   In response to a question on the other thread, yes, a minute's silence was observed.


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Viviane

11-02-02, 09:51 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Princess Margaret and Royal Ballet"
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   LAST EDITED ON 11-02-02 AT 09:55 AM (GMT)

I'll never forget the emotional speech by Sir Anthony Dowell in homage to Dame Ninette de Valois on my very first visit to the ROH last year.
I was there again on Saturday, and -to my surprise- the performance was again preceded by sad news.
Last year we heard a speech, this time it was more an announcement.
At open curtain, Mr.Dowell walked -dressed in black- to the middle of the floor : this was quite impressive, in the spotlight, surrounded by the darkness of the empty stage.
On Saturday, the elaborate scenery prohibited a similar use,so
Mr.Stretton had to appear in front of the curtain.
Ofcourse this had another impact !
On Sundaymorning (breakfast-news 7.45 am/BBC 1) the RB made a real dignified tribute to Princess Margaret. Sir Anthony Dowell was invited in the studio and while he was talking -in his unsurpassable way- about the involvement and support of the Princess to the RB, we were served a most delicious compilation of old film-pieces. We saw the Princess attending classes, meeting Nureyev and Fonteyn ...and much more.
Oh, what a wealth of memories are hiding in the BBC-archives !


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Anneliese

11-02-02, 12:13 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Princess Margaret and Royal Ballet"
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   We all overslept on Sunday - whilst I was watching TV on Saturday I kept expecting Anthony Dowell to be interviewed and was surprised that he wasn't. I'm glad that he was able to pay tribute. I agree with Brendan that Ross Stretton did the best he could - it really wasn't the place for a long speech. Perhaps they could dedicate an evening later in the season to her and put a considered tribute in the programme.


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alison

11-02-02, 01:26 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Princess Margaret and Royal Ballet"
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   I was wondering if they might dedicate the Bayadère performances to her memory - it's the sort of thing they normally do.


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Brendan McCarthymoderator

11-02-02, 10:01 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Princess Margaret and Royal Ballet"
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   LAST EDITED ON 11-02-02 AT 11:09 AM (GMT)

I have sympathy with Ross Stretton on this one. While an accomplished speaker might have performed with more aplomb , it is hardly important that the artistic director of the Royal Ballet be a great public orator.

It was right that tribute be paid to the late Princess - and by Ross Stretton himself. He might have spoken differently had he known her. When you don't know someone, discreet remarks are more appropriate than something very fulsome. It was also right in the circumstances that any remarks should be brief.

I am sure Ross Stretton did his best. Perhaps we should all, whatever our differing views, just leave it at that.


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smelly

11-02-02, 10:51 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Princess Margaret and Royal Ballet"
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   >I have sympathy with Ross Stretton
>on this one. While an
>accomplished speaker might have performed
>with more aplomb , it
>is hardly important that the
>artistic director of the Royal
>Ballet be a great public
>orator.
>
>It was right that tribute be
>paid to the late Princess.
>Ross Stretton might have spoken
>differently had he known her.
>When you don't know someone,
>discreet remarks are more appropriate
>than something very fulsome. It
>was also right in the
>circumstances that any remarks should
>be brief.
>
>I am sure Ross Stretton did
>his best. Perhaps we should
>all, whatever our differing views,
>just leave it at that.
>


Totally agree with you Brendan.


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jhanner

11-02-02, 11:09 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Princess Margaret and Royal Ballet"
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   I agree with Brendan too - I thought Ross Stretton did ok in teh circumstances.


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Mike

11-02-02, 10:09 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Princess Margaret and Royal Ballet"
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   Nothing particular new to add here, other than I thought that the tone and content of the announcement was appropriate under the circumstances, and that the minute's silence was a suitable gesture

I was pleased to note that, although a number of people seated in front of me stayed in their seats as we all stood for the minute's silence, they at least remained quiet along with the rest of us


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