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sylvia

18-04-02, 11:52 AM (GMT)
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"R&J Masterclass"
 
   Did anyone go on Monday? I was so disappointed to give up my ticket and was wondering how it went and who was involved. Thanks!


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: R&J Masterclass Justin 18-04-02 1
     RE: R&J Masterclass sylvia 18-04-02 2
         RE: R&J Masterclass Justin 18-04-02 3
             RE: R&J Masterclass vivian2 30-04-02 4
             RE: R&J Masterclass vivian2 30-04-02 5
                 RE: R&J Masterclass sylvia 30-04-02 6
                     RE: R&J Masterclass Odette 30-04-02 7

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Justin

18-04-02, 12:24 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: R&J Masterclass"
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   Hmm - I think you're right to be disappointed! A very quick overview, as I am busy!
Dancers were Edward Watson and Natasha Oughtred, repetiteur was Donald McLeary. Essentially this was a very early rehearasal for the balcony pdd (starting at the end of R.s solo) - the two dancers had only looked at this once before, which was at the Insight Day. So there was a lot of "Which leg do I hold here?" and "How far away should dhe be there?", which for me was a fascinating insight into the way dancers learn their steps. (It has always struck me that dance is special in that a musician or an actor will have a score/text to work from, but a dnacer has alomost nothing but watching and (literally) hands-on training. Some questions were asked about the use of video tapes for dancers learning parts: DMcL said that he would rather they weren't used at all, as individual dancers' interpolations got in the way of what MacMillan ahd intended, which was what he was tying to get back to He mentioned no names, but did agree that a vido of the orginal dancers R&J was made on (Clark and Seymour?)would be ok to use as the 'bible'). End of long digression ...
DMcL was very involved, quite often taking Juliet's part to help EW learn the partnering. He said that McMillan wanted nothing of the classical image in R&J - very few plain arabesques etc. He also explained that this pdd was not about passion - that came later in the ballet - but about anticiaption, growing love and Romeo seeking a first kiss - which Juliet gives eventually. But this mist be properly timed, or the kiss will go on too long, or J. will get back to the balcony too early.
I'll try to remember more later - a great shame you missed it!


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sylvia

18-04-02, 12:53 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: R&J Masterclass"
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   Thanks for posting Justin! I did try, I really really tried to get my flight changed but all the students are flying back this week so no can do. <sniff, sniff>

But nice that Natasha and Edward are following up from the Insight evening which I did see and enjoyed immensely. Great for Natasha as I heard second-hand that Juliet's a role she really wanted to learn (no surprise there). And I think I remember Edward saying that he was understudying Romeo, so was there a huge improvement for him? Some of those lifts are so tricky so how did they manage this time? Did they do a full run-through with a kiss and were they able to put more feeling into it this time?

I'd love to hear more! Back in March they looked so great together, I would LOVE to see them dance R&J together someday.


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Justin

18-04-02, 01:40 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: R&J Masterclass"
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   LAST EDITED ON 18-04-02 AT 01:51 PM (GMT)

A few more quick thoughts: the lifts are certainly tricky - I remember at one point (early on) there's a horizontal life where N was across one of E.'s shoulders, and DMcL asked her if she felt safe. A little cry of "No" came out, so they tried again! McL also pointed out how very tiring the Act is for Romeo - he's onstage virtually the whole way through, has various solos, and at the end of all that comes the pdd everyone wants to see: 'knackered' was the word used. And the lifts are physically demanding - especially the ones where Romeo is lifting Juliet by the waist and out away from his body. He also said that J.'s "run, little jump and turn to be caught by R" sequences towards the end were particularly tricky, and didn't work much on them.
McL said he would reckon to work for 2 months pretty solidly before a couple would be ready for the stage. I watched the video of Eagling and Ferri as soon as I got home and was amazed how it took more than hour to run through what takes only a few minutes to dance.
McL also has a few fun words for various parts of the dance which I've not seen in the ballet dictionaries - the wheel barrow (R taking J diagonally across the stage - more like a hoover, perhaps) and the bicycle - where she is swung around 'pedalling'.
Not much of a kiss - sorry.


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vivian2

30-04-02, 00:13 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: R&J Masterclass"
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   When was this and how did you get to see it.Would love to have watched?


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vivian2

30-04-02, 00:15 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: R&J Masterclass"
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   When was this and how did you get to see it?Would love to have watched?

Woops! my coputer keeps posting things twice--- sorry!


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sylvia

30-04-02, 02:25 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: R&J Masterclass"
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   Vivian, the R&J masterclass was on the 16th April. You have to be a Friend of Convent Garden to apply for tickets which go for 13 if I remember right.


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Odette

30-04-02, 08:53 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: R&J Masterclass"
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   LAST EDITED ON 30-04-02 AT 08:53 AM (GMT)

Those lifts at the end aren't very nice trust me-fouette into attitude croise front then 'catch' then swing the front leg through to low arabesque then rond de jambe to original position with Romeo turning and supporting your back-oh joy! Oh and I'd agree about the 2 months-maybe more!


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