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gd

11-03-02, 08:15 AM (GMT)
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"Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show"
 
   I shall refrain from commenting on the gala itself, given that it was a celebration of Dame Beryl and I sincerely hope she enjoyed the evening and felt the warmth of the sentiment from audience, speakers and performers.

The was no warmth, however, from the Royal Ballet.

I may be doing Mr Stretton a huge disservice by stating that he was conspicuous by his absence last night (if he was present, then he kept the lowest of profiles, not really appropriate for the Director of the RoyalBallet) as indeed was his company (apart from valiant efforts by some junior dancers in the opening pot-pourri, loving assembled by Monica Mason...). The announced Bussell/Cope Bayadere pdd did not materialise and it was left to other companies to deliver the tribute.

This is nothing short of scandalous; that the company whose name Dame Beryl helped to forge, with whom she danced her greatest roles and whose Vice-Chairman she presently is, was unable / unwilling to field at least one senior dancer. The RB should have LED the celebrations but they were shockingly absent.

The blame must lie at the feet of the Director and only serves to underline worries already forming in the heads of large sections of the audience. Dame Beryl is one of their own and she was ignored. Why? Is it that she represents the past, a past Stretton knows nothing of and, more worryingly, wants to know nothing of?

These are questions whose answers we do not yet know but what remains for all to ponder is the noticeable snub by the Royal Ballet organisation delivered to one of their most illustrious ex-dancers and strongest allies.

The bottom line is that it was plain bad: bad publicity for the company, bad judgement by the Director and, above all, plain bad manners...


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show Bruceadmin 11-03-02 1
     RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show Bruceadmin 11-03-02 2
  RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show alison 11-03-02 3
     RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show Pete 11-03-02 4
  RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show AEHandley 11-03-02 5
     RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show Richard Jones 11-03-02 6
         RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show Michael LL 12-03-02 7
     RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show tortie14 13-03-02 8
     RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show David L 14-03-02 14
  RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show Bruceadmin 14-03-02 10
     RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show Shirley 14-03-02 11
         RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show Viviane 14-03-02 12
             RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show gd 14-03-02 13

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Bruceadmin

11-03-02, 12:09 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show"
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   Re Stretton - he is in Australia - as reported in the daily links section he arrived Wednesday night for AB's 40th gala and I can well understand him not wanting to get on a plane and come straight back. That's fine and reasonable I think.

I only hope there is an equally straightforward answer re the broader points you raise... so does anybody know what happened?


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Bruceadmin

11-03-02, 12:43 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show"
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   Re Darcey and Jonathan the other thread (reviews of the gala) seems to identify injury as the culprit for the absence of Jonathan and Darcey. Not sure why this was not made clear though.


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alison

11-03-02, 01:33 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show"
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   LAST EDITED ON 11-03-02 AT 01:35 PM (GMT)

LAST EDITED ON 11-03-02 AT 01:35 PM (GMT)

One of my friends said that she'd seen a notice up downstairs that Bussell and Cope wouldn't be appearing, but it obviously wasn't visible enough, and I do think that an announcement should have been made from the stage as well as a backup. It was, however, noticeable that while there were pages in the programme featuring ENB, BRB, NBT and Rambert, the RB was not represented, and *that* I did find odd.


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Pete

11-03-02, 03:09 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show"
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   In the defence of the RB directorate, Monica Mason definitely was there to represent the RB management and Darcey Bussell has injured her foot and was packing it with ice on Friday night. I suspect that there was simply insufficient time to throw together a replacement piece, though it would have been courteous to make an announcement explaining the absence of Bussell & Cope.

Something had to give in the light of the incredibly gruelling schedule the dancers at the RB have been subject to of late.


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AEHandley

11-03-02, 10:04 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show"
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   (controversial mode ON here...) Beryl Grey's association with the company was fairly short-lived and she was happy to get out from under the shadow of Margot from what I've read. (and she didn't much like Madam telling her how to dance and what to think judging by what she said on the radio on Sunday!) ENB was her great achievement and they should have led the tribute. But as she started with the RB you'd have expected some fairly significant presence.


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Richard Jones

11-03-02, 11:00 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show"
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   But she did star in Checkmate for dV as the Black Queen.


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Michael LL

12-03-02, 02:21 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show"
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   It is a gross exaggeration to say the RB wasn't there. The tribute arranged by Christopher Hampson and coached by Monica Mason featured all of Dame Beryls RB roles, beautifully evoked by four very talented tall girls from the RB, and was fittingly placed at the start of the excellent programme. As Dame Beryl said at the end, these girls are the future. Darcey had an exceptionally hard week of performances, and I think at galas it is a bit limp to make announcements. On reflection, the Bayadere would also have been rather out of place. Oaks and Edur were simply phenomenal.


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tortie14

13-03-02, 10:43 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show"
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   I think Beryl Grey's contribution to the Royal Ballet was considerable - in the early years of the company and through the war years and the move to the ROH, early tours of USA etc etc. A major figure of that time - she must had done at least 10 years with the company, her first swan lake at aged 15!!! I think the RB should have made a major contribution but they are very bad at recognising and honouring their dancers and contributing to galas generally I would say.

And I really don't think Stretton is to blame.


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David L

14-03-02, 10:52 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show"
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   "Fairly short-lived"?

Beryl Grey joined the company in 1941 and left in 1957.

Suggest you do a little research before posting this sort of comment.


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Bruceadmin

14-03-02, 00:59 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show"
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   I think I need to summarise the position on all this...

I received the following from the Gala organisers

"It was with great regret that Darcey Bussell and Jonathan Cope were forced to pull out of the gala at the eleventh hour due to injury and their heavy schedule at the Royal Ballet. The audience was informed of this change to the programme on prominently posted notices front of house at the theatre - by the front entrance, by the entrance to all stalls seats, and by the stairs to all upper level seats."

I gather from RB that
- Ross Stretton attendance at the 40th Anniversary gala for Australian Ballet was diaried a long, long time ago and well before the Gala date at Sadler's was known.
- that Darcey and Jonathan both sustained injures on Friday and RB reluctantly concluded that the current injury levels and company schedule meant that they could not dance the slot they originally offered. Its the first time in very many years that they have been in such a position - regrets and profuse apologies all around of course.

It's a sad sequence of events but I believe shows no slight was intended, and in good faith attempts were made to inform the public.


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Shirley

14-03-02, 07:02 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show"
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   LAST EDITED ON 14-03-02 AT 07:03 AM (GMT)

>"It was with great regret that
>Darcey Bussell and Jonathan Cope
>were forced to pull out
>of the gala at the
>eleventh hour due to injury
>and their heavy schedule at
>the Royal Ballet. The
>audience was informed of this
>change to the programme on
>prominently posted notices front of
>house at the theatre -
>by the front entrance, by
>the entrance to all stalls
>seats, and by the stairs
>to all upper level seats."
>

I don't believe the notices were prominant. I saw only one that was on a A4 sheet of paper and the part about Bussell and Cope was at the bottom of the sheet. I only noticed that on the way out as I was specifically looking for it. I spoke to about 15 people at the interval and not one of them knew that they were not dancing! Also at the stage door I was asked why they didn't dance so others hadn't even seen the prominant notices on the way out either.
>
>I gather from RB that
> - Ross Stretton attendance at
>the 40th Anniversary gala for
>Australian Ballet was diaried a
>long, long time ago and
>well before the Gala date
>at Sadler's was known.
> - that Darcey and Jonathan
>both sustained injures on Friday
>and RB reluctantly concluded that
>the current injury levels and
>company schedule meant that they
>could not dance the slot
>they originally offered. Its the
>first time in very many
>years that they have been
>in such a position -
>regrets and profuse apologies all
>around of course.
>
> It's a sad sequence of
>events but I believe shows
>no slight was intended, and
>in good faith attempts were
>made to inform the public.
>

I don't think the RB did intend to slight anybody but it is a scary thought that the injury levels at the RB are such that no one could step in at the last minute.



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Viviane

14-03-02, 08:21 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show"
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   >I don't believe the notices were prominant

Indeed they were'nt.
I saw 2 A4-format notices attached 'flat' on the Box-office counter when I went to collect my tickets.
Strange that people never are aware 'how to make things clear' to a crowd !
And I felt almost guilty when I -unsuspecting- talked about it to two older neighbours...it was like *I* spoiled their whole evening
Glad they went mad about Irek !

>I don't think the RB did intend to slight anybody but it is a >scary thought that the injury levels at the RB are such that no >one could step in at the last minute.

Indeed Shirley, it is a scary thought...apart from that, think we had extremely skilled professionals who were leading this Gala, I can't believe they couldn't find a more delicate or
inventive solution !


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gd

14-03-02, 09:46 AM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Beryl Grey Gala - RB no-show"
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   I stick by my initial point. Beryl Grey is a leading light in the RB and there should have been a greater presence all round, injuries or no injuries.


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