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Ann Welsh

27-04-02, 03:18 PM (GMT)
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"Rambert at Newcastle"
 
   The company members (especially the men) have changed a lot since I last saw them. Quite a few of the old stalwarts have now moved on. Nevertheless:

The triple bill at Newcastle was: 'Cheese' (ch. Jeremy James), Ghost Dances (ch. Bruce), 'Parades Gone By (ch. Lindsay Kemp).

I just couldn't see the point of 'Cheese'. Frankly I was bored -lots of jerky upper body movements but not much else. I kept wishing they would just get on with it and go on to the next piece.

'Ghost Dances' is one of my favourites anyway. The three ghosts were Simon Cooper (as always), Branden Faulls and Martin Lindinger (the latter two new to me since I last saw the company). The piece is hauntingly evocative and moving and performed immaculately by the dancers.

And, special mention should go to young Robin Gladwin who, on this occasion danced the role normally assigned to Rafael Bonachela. I last saw Robin two years' ago on the Central Ballet students' tour and thought then that he had something special. I'm glad to see that Rambert have snapped him up as an Apprentice with the company and have given him a leading role.

'The Parades Gone By' pretty well brought the house down. The whole company performed with such gusto and enjoyment that they pulled the audience in with them. Valentino, Dietrich, Fred & Ginger, Dracula - they were all there. Every one of the performers was good, but it was nice to see Simon (as Dracula)showing, albeit briefly, what a good classical dancer he is and also nice to see the girls dancing en pointe (not something we are used to in Rambert these days).

But best of all was the mini-ballet of 'Beauty & the Beast' which must certainly have been influenced by the antics of the Trocks. When the 'Beast' whipped off his lion/beast costume and revealed an ash-blond 'page-boy' wig and blue-and-white striped tights, I thought the man next to me was going to explode! An all-singing all-dancing experience.

And, as an added bonus, the ageing Film Director was played by Christopher Bruce himself with great charm.

Walking back through the crowd to our various parking spots, I eavesdropped. The 'feel-good' factor was definitely up and running.

The downside was, on arriving back at my car, I found a parking ticket stuck to the windscreen, timed at 8.45 pm! What kind of parking policy is that? An expensive evening, but still well worth it.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Rambert at Newcastle Flight 27-04-02 1
     RE: Rambert at Newcastle Flight 27-04-02 2
         RE: Rambert at Newcastle Ann Welsh 27-04-02 3
             RE: Rambert at Newcastle Flight 28-04-02 4
                 RE: Rambert at Newcastle Carly Gillies 28-04-02 5
                     RE: Rambert at Newcastle Flight 28-04-02 6
                         RE: Rambert at Newcastle Ann Welsh 28-04-02 7
                         RE: Rambert at Newcastle Carly Gillies 28-04-02 8
                             RE: Rambert at Newcastle Flight 28-04-02 9
                             RE: Rambert at Newcastle Karen Ritchie 28-04-02 10

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Flight

27-04-02, 08:45 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Rambert at Newcastle"
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   I'm sorry, but I thought 'The Parades Gone By' was dreadful! If I'd wanted to see a parody, I would have gone to see the Trocks, or just any random person who doesn't understand dance. I actually felt quite upset by the end; I felt that they were extracting the urine out of *me*: I happen to like tap dancing, and, believe it or not, ballet too. I found the whole thing quite cringeworthy! But I was in the minority, and at leastt the music was well played.

Ghost Dances was fantastic. I could have watched it over and over again!

'Cheese' was OK, but my main interest is ballet so I am biased towards the more classical pieces.

Sorry this is so short: I don't know Rambert well, and I have a play to read and two essays to write!


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Flight

27-04-02, 08:46 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Rambert at Newcastle"
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   Ann, my downside was that our seats were double booked!


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Ann Welsh

27-04-02, 09:51 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Rambert at Newcastle"
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   Flight: Oh well, you can't have it all. Chacun a son gout, as they say .
Hope they provided with you with better seats than you booked for.


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Flight

28-04-02, 09:40 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Rambert at Newcastle"
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   They didn't, they were too close to the satge, at the side.
And I have never heard anyone say 'chacun a son gout'.


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Carly Gillies

28-04-02, 10:00 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Rambert at Newcastle"
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   LAST EDITED ON 28-04-02 AT 10:07 AM (GMT)

LAST EDITED ON 28-04-02 AT 10:04 AM (GMT)

"I have never heard anyone say 'Chacun a son gout'"

I think there are 2 possible explanations for that, Flight!


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Flight

28-04-02, 10:54 AM (GMT)
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   What does it mean???

One of the expalnations is probably that I am a bit dense.


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Ann Welsh

28-04-02, 12:21 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Rambert at Newcastle"
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   OK Carly, let's have it. I can take it....


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Carly Gillies

28-04-02, 12:32 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Rambert at Newcastle"
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   Flight, that explanation is allowed - and we're all guilty of ignorance.
It was the other possible explanation - that Ann had just made it up! - that i thought you may have implied, and that prompted my rather too hasty and nippy response.

"chacun a son gout" means "each to his own taste" (close enough)

I've often thought it should be put as a kind of sub-heading to the postings "what's happening" page, just as a wee reminder to us all!


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Flight

28-04-02, 12:48 PM (GMT)
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   Aahhh...


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Karen Ritchie

28-04-02, 06:21 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Rambert at Newcastle"
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   Anne: Thanks for the review. I am off to see them at Sadlers Wells, where they will be doing Parades. It sounds like fun and I am looking forward to seeing my favourite dance company working their usual magic.


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