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Bruceadmin

11-03-02, 08:11 AM (GMT)
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"Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
 
   So what did readers think?
(I did get there in the end, and will record some thoughts later, but wanted to get the ball rolling now)


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  RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala Jim 11-03-02 1
     RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala AnnWilliams 11-03-02 2
         RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala Wendy Glavis 11-03-02 3
             RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala Bruceadmin 11-03-02 4
         RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala Jim 11-03-02 5
             RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala Bruceadmin 11-03-02 6
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         RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala Jim 11-03-02 8
             RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala Bruceadmin 11-03-02 10
  RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala Viviane 12-03-02 11
     RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala Michael LL 13-03-02 12
         RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala Viviane 13-03-02 13
         RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala AEHandley 13-03-02 19
     RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala alison 13-03-02 14
         RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala Viviane 13-03-02 15
             RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala AnnWilliams 13-03-02 16
                 RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala Viviane 13-03-02 17
                     RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala tortie14 13-03-02 18
                         RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala Lynette H 14-03-02 20
                         RE: Sorry Mr Dowson tortie14 15-03-02 21

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Jim

11-03-02, 09:05 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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   LAST EDITED ON 11-03-02 AT 09:06 AM (GMT)

I found it pleasant enough. The speeches were mercifully short, and I thought Wayne Sleep's was by far the best and his ensuing solo tap-dance (based on a parody of a poem from Punch about May and Grey being away) to the Sailor's Hornpipe brought the house down. Lady Walton was a pleasant surprise and gave a little insight into the background of the music of Facade. But I sometimes think it's a little wistful to see artists like Alexander Grant and Ronald Hynd when memories of them dancing are so precious. Also acclaimed with much vocality was Irek Mukhamedov and Marcela Goicoechea for their Act 2 pas de deux drom Rosalinda, something that Beryl Grey had personally requested apparently.
I was delighted to see that NBT's Chiaki Nagao and Neil Westmorland got the acclaim they deserved for their pas de deux from Act 1 of Madame Butterfly, the audience was clearly moved (at least around me in the first circle)and the applause was as sustained, if not as vocal, as anything else on the night.
Apart from that there was the usual trawl of Don Quixote, Corsaire, Odile, sparkling fouttées and so on. I thought Agnes Oaks and Thomas Edur were brilliant - how have I managed to miss them all these years?
For those of you who might ask, no I didn't get my hand squeezed this time. I'm not rich enough to get in with the champagne set, and much too humble to do other than stay in the shadows on a night like that. I will leave the ladies to describe Beryl's gorgeous frock.


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AnnWilliams

11-03-02, 09:30 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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   Trust Wayne Sleep to do it right. Under his direction, last night's Gala to Dame Beryl Grey at Sadler's Wells was not only excellently entertaining, but also went like clockwork and ended spot on time (the latter is a real consideration on a Sunday night when public transport ends early).

The introduction was made by Declan Donnellan, artistic director of the theatre group Cheek by Jowl and the programme opened with a group of young dancers from the RB dancing solos matching photographic backdrops of Dame Beryl in her various roles. Solos from 'Giselle, 'Cinderella', 'Swan Lake', 'Checkmate', 'Sylvia' and others were performed ( the programme also listed de Valois' 'The Gods go a Begging' and Cranko's 'The Lady and the Fool' but neither was actually performed, presumably because they are not in the RB's repertoire). The dancers were Vanessa Fenton, Laura McCulloch, Kirsten McNally and Lauren Cuthbertson, and all performed beautifully and with a real sense of occasion.

The various numbers were introduced by distinguished speakers. Matz Skoog, AD of English National Ballet, Alexander Grant, a Principal with Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet when Dame Beryl was also a principal, Petter Jacobsson, Ronald Hynd, Galina Samsova, Patrice Bart, Eva Evdokimova etc. all spoke warmly and touchingly of Dame Beryl and the significant influence she had been in their careers. Grant, in particular, recollected the impact of her Lilac Fairy in the the RB's ground-breaking 'Sleeping Beauty' in New York in 1949. 'Margot trembled in her dressing-room' he said 'but Beryl just blazed'. Ronald Hynd, speaking of her directorship of Festival Balet, recalled her encouraging a reluctant young male dancer whom she considered to be a gifted classicist. 'I guess I'm just not ambitious enough' he said. 'Darling' she said, clasping his hand, 'let me be ambitious for you'. 'She was ambitious for all of us', Hynd said.

There wasn't a slack moment in the dance programme - it cracked along. An excellent pas-de-deux from Bintley's 'The Seasons', danced by BRB's Nao Sakuma and Chi Cao was followed by a pdd from 'Le Corsaire' danced crisply by ENB's Monica Perego and Yat Sen chang. A wonderful surprise came next - 'Adagio for Strings' to the Samuel Barber music, choreographed by former RB soloist Anthony Dowson for ENB school pupils. Six black-leotarded boys and one white leotarded girl (Sonia Aguilar) maoeuvered themselves slowly, gracefully and mesmerisingly around, above, below and beside a large pole, which was passed among the group, sometimes used like a barre and sometimes like a pole-vault. I'm fairly sure 'Adagio for Strings' will pass into ENB's mainstream repertoire before too long.

Of the rest, out of loyalty to the Irek fans, I will mention his splendidly mustaschio'd pdd fom Ronald Hynd's 'Rosalinda' with the Chilean ballerina Marcela Giocoechea. She was lovely - he was as cheekily scene-stealing as ever.

Wayne Seep himself performed a brief tap number, singing a bluesy number as he went. He still does amazing turns and spins and got huge, well-deserved cheers from the audience.

Unquestionably, to me at least, the best item was Christoper Wheeldon's impressive 'Souvenirs' to Barber music danced by four young RB couples in formal ballroom attire. It is a bold, romantic piece which to me resonates with memories of Ashton's 'La Valse', yet it is definitely Wheeldon's own unique work. Exciting.

A lovely and genuinely inventive pas-de-deux from David Nixon's 'Madam Butterfly' for NBT to the Puccini music was exquistely danced by Chiaki Nagao, partnered nobly by Neil Westmorland, but was perhaps a little too long, while an excerpt from Christopher Bruce's 'Grinning in Your Face' danced by Rambert's peerless Paul Liburd partnered by Antonia Grove seemed almost too short.

BRB's Marion Tait and Alain Dubreuil, consummate professionals, made the tango from Ashton's 'Facade' sophisticated fun, what with her cheeky; camp asides to the audience and his absurdly pompous bossiness. A real treat.

And now we come to the advertised 'La Bayadere' - Pas-de-deux Act II - Darcey Bussell and Jonathan Cope of the Royal Ballet. Or rather we don't come to it - it didn't happen. Without a word of explanation this item, scheduled between the two last -mentioned items 'Grinning in your Face' and 'Facade', simply didn't take place. Since many of the tickets for this gala were probably sold on Darcey Bussell's name alone, I think the audience were owed an announcement from the stage. Some investigation needed, I think.

The final number was a glittering 'Don Quixote' pas-de-deux from ENB's Thomas Edur and Agnes Oaks. They were poised, confident and by now I guess rather practised in the roles. She in particular looked cool, comfortable and totally in command (we never get a chance to see either Oakes or Edur dance with other partners, which is a pity as the results could be interesting).

Despite the inexplicable omission mentioned above, I think the evening was a wonderful success, and a worthy tribute to Dame Beryl. There will probably be more. As she said herself from the stage 'most people don't have such nice things said about themselves until they're dead'....


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Wendy Glavis

11-03-02, 11:51 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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   I heard that Darcey Bussell was nursing an injury on Friday night (Bayadere) so perhaps that's why she was unable to perform at the Gala.


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Bruceadmin

11-03-02, 12:26 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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   >I heard that Darcey Bussell was
>nursing an injury on Friday
>night (Bayadere) so perhaps that's
>why she was unable to
>perform at the Gala.

Well I just heard that Cope was injured on Friday and that was the reason!



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Jim

11-03-02, 12:43 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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   >Unquestionably, to me at least, the
>best item was Christoper Wheeldon's
>impressive 'Souvenirs' to Barber music
>danced by four young RB
>couples in formal ballroom attire.

It was remiss of me not to mention this too. I also thought it had overtones of 'La Valse' and actually thought to myself that with these dancers in the Royal Ballet School performing like that, there is some real hope and expectation for the future.


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Bruceadmin

11-03-02, 12:56 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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   >>Unquestionably, to me at least, the
>>best item was Christoper Wheeldon's
>>impressive 'Souvenirs' to Barber music
>>danced by four young RB
>>couples in formal ballroom attire.
>
>It was remiss of me not
>to mention this too. I
>also thought it had overtones
>of 'La Valse' and actually
>thought to myself that with
>these dancers in the Royal
>Ballet School performing like that,
>there is some real hope
>and expectation for the future.
>

Yes it was a good show and most of the dancers credited to RBS actually joined RB late last month:
http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/news/1211.html


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Bruceadmin

11-03-02, 02:08 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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   My take on a nice night...

To say Beryl Grey looks in good shape is a bit like saying Mike Tyson seems to work out a bit. She is a stunning fugure of a woman and yet she had time and smiles for everybody as she wended her way through the Sadler's foyer in a backless evening dress. She was also on the telly not so long ago, dancing and flaunting her knickers as she coached Darcey Bussell in the studio. No way is she 75 but that's the reason we were all there of course.

As galas go this was pacey and well timed. More importantly it all came from the heart and felt English and charming as everybody wrestled with the microphone and remembered an anecdote or two. It started with four Royal Ballet dancers (two of whom only joined the company 3 weeks ago) performing a medley of works associated with Dame Beryl. It was a good dancing start to the evening, although RB conspicuously and inexplicably took no further part in the show despite Bussell and Cope being listed. It now seems that Cope was injured and no subsututute(s) could be found. Obviously rather sad given the circumstances.

The other English companies all gave one or two spots. I loved Tom (Edur) and Agnes (Oaks) in the DonQ pdd where Tom has now developed a terrific sense of fun and irony as he goes about his flash work. Nao Sakuma and Chi Cao from BRB did a pdd from Bintley's latest (The Seasons), and Cao particularly got some extra applause for panache. NBT brought the central and most moving pdd from Madame Butterfly and probably alerted a few to what is an excellent production (and opening on Wednesday at Sadler's too). And Irek Mukhamedov turned out to dance in Rosalinda, a piece by Ronald Hynd that Beryl had commissioned for London Festival Ballet in her last year as director - 1979. Even the Royal Swedish Ballet sent 2 dancers - Beryl's husband being Swedish.

Amid all the classical work, Rambert danced part of Christopher Bruce's latest piece to country music - Paul Liburd just looked so calm and clear. All our palates were duly cleared. And there was tap dance from a junior competition winner and also Wayne Sleep - unrestrained and hopelessly show biz! And Lady Walton's hat. She was talking about the music to Facade but we were all concentrating on the hat which appeared to be modelled on a swarm of blue bees. She could have easily appeared in Star Trek as an alien - though one gifted at speaking English and engaging any audience. Like Beryl, a marvellous inspiration of a woman.

But the piece I enjoyed the most was performed by 1 girl, 6 boys and a pole from ENB School. Adagio for Strings is music that moves you but Anthony Dowson (Principal teacher with the school) really created a corker of a piece that I thought had the feel of Monotones - all controlled and smooth, deliberate movement as the girl (and pole) are serenely manipulated and contorted. A lovely find and very well danced.

At the end Beryl said a few words surrounded by all the dancers and friends, but centre stage, thanking everybody and looking radiant. I hope I look as good in a backless gown at 75 I thought...


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Jim

11-03-02, 03:23 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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   >she had time and smiles
>for everybody as she wended
>her way through the Sadler's
>foyer in a backless evening
>dress.

Wah! When did she do that? Sounds like a missed a hand-squeezling (or at least an autograph) opportunity here...


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Bruceadmin

11-03-02, 05:30 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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   She came through escorting Sven - her husband. And no I didn't get my hand squeeezed!


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Viviane

12-03-02, 11:11 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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   LAST EDITED ON 12-03-02 AT 11:22 AM (GMT)

I only can agree with all what I have been reading here...it was a lovely evening !
Although started with a negative note : Darcey and Jonathan were'nt dancing...the excuse was announced at the box-office counter...what a pity RB seems to have difficulties in solving last-minute problems...so there were NO RB-principals...well, this had to be a celebration so : no sad thoughts.

The evening set-off with an emotional touch : Beryl Grey throughout her career, a real 'evocation'...and what a wonderful and promising dancers the new-RB ballerina's are.
A splendid occasion to discover a bunch of dancers I only knew by name....and there were a lot of surprises !
We got the right doses of 'speakers' -one more suited for the job than the other- but nevertheless always charming and not over-done at all. Always nice to hear some heartwarming anecdotes. The dance-programme was a good-balanced one although I regret some similar pdd.

Oh...I think I loved it (nearly) all !
The immaculate 'Spring' pdd by BRB-dancers Nao Sakuma and Chi Cao in watergreen (or was it pale blue ?...grrr.think I need glasses !).
I discovered a real entertainer in Matz Skoog...his 'well done Beryl' (for choosing a Swedish man) and message in Swedish were so fine !
I was less enthusiastic about Monica Perego and Yat Sen Chang of ENB in their Le Corsaire pdd : totally blank to my taste.
ENBS -on their turn- simply overclassed it all with "Adagio for strings" : what a great, strong choreography relying on the summum of bodystrength and perfection in all details, carried by amazing talentfull young dancers ...I'll never forget Sonia Aguilar in her white bodysuit and dito pointes. Hmm...who said you have not enough talented choreographers in UK ?
The tapdancing Charlene Ford made you come down to earth again with a splashy number.
And after this 'hot number', the RSB-principals Nathalie Nordquist and Anders Nordstrom let us cool-down a bit with a stirring 'Swan Lake' pdd before Irek invaded the stage with his flamboyant South-American 'Rosalinda'. What a smooth dancing couple and what a shame Irek is not on the RB-stage anymore. The public got in raptures (well at least my 'curly grey-haired neighbours' ).

After the interval Wayne Sleep was the surprise of the evening ! What an energy and performance-capacity he still has, what a wonderful entertainer.
With "Souvenirs" the Royal Ballet School offered the most 'royal' birthday-present, and really did honour to their name.
We were treated with a line-up of 12 (yes twelve ) boys and 6 girls (if I have it right !) superbly trained on a divine choreography.

The most emotional gift was the "Madame Butterfly" pdd by Chiaki Nagao and Neil Westmoreland of NBT.
This delicate, heartstirring piece moved me so much..I got completely carried away in that short time.
I can hardly find appropriate words...anxious to break the fragility.
Oh...I can cry for the fact I changed plans and have left UK only for a couple of days
Please, please everyone : make sure you don't miss out on this !!!!!!
Afterwards, I found some comfort, seeing my favourite Rambert dancer in 'Grinning in your face'. Paul Liburd is simply all movement in his very own way...must see him again soon .

Indeed, Lady Walton was 'an event' on her own ! Bruce, you amazed me with your description of her fabulous hat...
it's still puzzling me...all those spring-off pale-blue feathers were more like an elaborate kind of headdress to me .
Never mind she was the perfect introduction to Ashton's Tango.

After all the high-class dancing, Agnes Oaks and Thomas Edur in the DQ pdd, were the most impressive 'cherry on the birthday-cake'.
Oh dear...they are the best dance-partners I have seen in years ! I was totally overwhelmed....please tell me where and when can I see them again ? They are certainly worth a long journey !

At the end we were treated with a fine finale and apotheosis...and the REAL star of the night : Dame Beryl Grey.
There she stood, once again in the spotlights in the middle of all those marvelous dancers...a real great star.
She even don't need to move to impress...she is all grace and royalty...
Age don't seem to have grip on her and is -at 75- still able to make a wonderful, gracious knee-bow.

Dame Beryl, you were obvious delighted with your 'birthday'-present...thank you for sharing it with us.


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Michael LL

13-03-02, 02:10 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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   Viviane what a lovely review. I thought Oaks and Edur were exceptionally good even for their high standards. About time Ross MacGibbon turned his attention to them and celebrated them in a TV film.

Anthony Dowson choregraphed for the ENBS - he is an ex- RB principal, and hasn't had much exposure as a choreographer for the professional companies. On this showing he deserves more.

Mr Wheeldon is clearly a very major talent, and RB or ENB should take Souvenris into their rep as soon as possible. I could just imagine Darcey doing the lovely section with one girl and ten men (which last appeared at the Dowell gala)

Actually it was Peter Jacobsson who spoke in Swedish, but both he and Matz Skoog were very charming. I well remember both as very fine dancers.

Dame Beryl herself was a joy, so poised, and what a nice touch to surround her with Lilac Fairies.


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Viviane

13-03-02, 09:36 AM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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   Thank you, Michael !
Have to admit : I had only vaguely heard of Anthony Dowson.
It is a really mesmerizing choreography...it still occupies my mind ! And not to forget about the perfection it asked from the dancers...without that *total* perfection (it was clear this was a fundamental basis !) it would fall apart in pieces.
The ENBS-students must have had a hell of rehearsals !

Thanks for pointing out my mixing-up of Skoog and Jacobsson
oh dear...glasses will not be of any help for this problem I'm afraid !


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13-03-02, 11:06 PM (GMT)
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19. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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>>Actually it was Peter Jacobsson who
>spoke in Swedish, but both
>he and Matz Skoog were
>very charming. I well
>remember both as very fine
>dancers.
>
I have to say I never liked Matz Skoog's dancing - he always seemed to be trying too hard to the extent that I got really uncomfortable watching him. His body always seemed to be at odd angles somehow, so it just made me wince slightly. Bags of energy never quite properly applied, I thought.


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13-03-02, 01:17 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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   Barring injuries, etc., Oaks and Edur should be appearing in ENB's Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall in June if you want to see them again, Viviane. (I say "barring injuries" because last time Agnes was injured and Tom had a different partner.)


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Viviane

13-03-02, 01:32 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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   Alison, thank you for this ! I'll make sure I don't miss them


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13-03-02, 02:29 PM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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   Viviane - I just wanted to say how much I too loved your bubbling review!

re. Anthony Dowson - choreographer of 'Adagio' - he was in fact an RB Principal, as someone else pointed out, and not a soloist as said in my review. He can be seen on the RB video of 'Romeo & Juliet'(with Alessandra Ferri and Wayne Eagling) as the lead Mandolin dancer. He was terrific!


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Viviane

13-03-02, 05:38 PM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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   Ann, it was such a lovely evening...well, I was in the right mood for it (!) and I was able to take a friend with me who was in seventh heaven
Re : Dowson ...now I 'must' see the R&J-video again asap!


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13-03-02, 10:46 PM (GMT)
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18. "RE: Dame Beryl Grey Gala"
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   I couldn't get to the gala so really appreciated all the reports - makes me feel I was there!

BTW - I remember lots of Antony Dowson performances - dull as ditchwater IMHO. Sorry! Delighted to hear he is doing good choreography though.


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14-03-02, 02:16 PM (GMT)
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   Gala audiences must be pretty intimidating at the best of times, but particularly this one, gathered to celebrate Dame Beryl Grey’s 75th year and including a substantial part of the dance establishment. The performance will be scrutinised with a particularly knowledgeable eye. And in the opening item, four dancers from the Royal ballet – three of them very recent joiners from the School – had to reprise moments of Dame Beryl’s most acclaimed roles in front of her. I really felt for those girls. The list was a substantial one, including Odette, Les Syphides, Myrtha, the Winter Fairy, Sylvia, the Black Queen from Checkmate, and her Birthday offering variation. Only snatches of each, but quite a challenge all the same. The dancers were Laura McCullough, Kristen McNally, Lauren Cuthbertson and Vanessa Fenton, and the excerpts were not individually credited. The dancers appeared in simple practice clothes in front of projected pictures of Dame Beryl. Myrtha and the Black Queen probably came across the most strongly, but it is difficult to establish much of a presence in so brief an appearance. The Lilac Fairy was not included – perhaps too much of a challenge, though the School paraded in lilac dresses around her at the end of the evening.

Among the standard gala fare of showpiece pas de deux there were a few more unexpected items – an appearance from a young tap dancer: Wayne Sleep in a frenetic tap routine: and a new work danced by the ENB School which was a real hit. This was by Antony Dowson, and featured one girl, six boys and a long pole used both as ballet barre and vaulting device with some very imaginative lifts. Very smooth and well controlled, it was confidently danced and very well received. I hope we see some more work from him. The RB School also appeared in a brief excerpt from Christopher Wheeldon’s Souvenirs – again well danced, but lacking the real element of surprise of the ENB appearance.

Another standard feature of galas such as this are the tributes from the great and good of the dance world. I was struck by the efforts that so many people had made to be there – Eva Evdokimova saying that crossing the Atlantic was worth it just to be there. There were very fluent speeches from Matz Skoog, ENB’s AD, and the AD of the Royal Swedish Ballet, and a very sincere speech from Patrice Bart of Paris Opera Ballet, thanking Dame Beryl for the opportunities she had given him as a dancer. There were more than ten different speakers and it seemed very strange that the Royal Ballet was not represented at all among them, especially as Bussell and Cope had had to pull out of appearing. (Like everyone else, if there was any notice about this, I missed it entirely). The award for most engaging speaker must go to Lady Walton who addressed the 1400 people in the audience as if we had just dropped by for a friendly chat. And her hat deserved a billing of its own.

But back to the dancing. We had a generous number of companies represented. The Royal Swedish Ballet gave the black swan pas de deux from Swan Lake: Monica Perego and Yat Sen Chang of ENB performed the Corsaire pas de deux, Oaks and Edur the Don Q pas de deux. Oaks and Edur were in particularly fine form, (a lovely balance from Oaks) but I really don’t feel the need to see another fouettee for quite a while after that. Not that these were run together – the scheduling was thoughtful so that other items with a completely different atmosphere were interspersed. There was a very fine Spring pas de deuz from Nao Sakuma and Chi Cao: it was made for them by Bintley and it fits them perfectly. NBT provided a touching excerpt from Madame Butterfly with Chiai Nagao showing a physical and emotional recklessness in choreography with a certain Macmillan influence. Christopher Bruce’s lovers in Grinning in your face looked more quizzical and down to earth.

The audience gave a huge welcome to Irek Mukhamedov, appearing in Rosalinda (a work commissioned from Ronald Hynd by Dame Beryl for LFB) with Marcela Giocoechea of the Ballet de Santiago. She was delightful, a very fluid mover, and Irek partnered her with tender care. He clearly relished his role in winning round his recalcitrant lover, and his stage presence is still remarkable. All galas ought to have an opportunity for us to glance at dancers we have loved and on this occasion we also got Marion Tait and Alan Dubreil, who now both only appear in character roles for BRB, in a particularly lively account of the Tango from Ashton’s Façade. Great fun.


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   Oh dear, I'm regretting my unguarded comment Antony Dowson as a dancer. It was not kind and I apologise unreservedly to him and to his fans for any offence caused.



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