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Viviane

04-05-02, 06:28 PM (GMT)
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"Nicola Katrak"
 
   Imagine, you're having a lazy day, with a pile of 'ballet-miscellaneous'- videotapes from a friend. The only thing left is watching...and being surprised ! Suddenly you're finding yourself in the middle of a documentary about a principal dancer with the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet...a glimpse of the old Floral Hall at CG, lots of 'Sleeping Beauty'-rehearsals, White Lodge, the company on tour to North & South America ...but NO name ! Only at the end I could find out : Nicola Katrak, a beautiful Pakistani dancer, she entered the corps de ballet in 1976..
Is there someone who have seen her dancing and can recall some comments ?


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Nicola Katrak AnnWilliams 05-05-02 1
     RE: Nicola Katrak Michael LL 05-05-02 2
         RE: Nicola Katrak Helen 05-05-02 3
             RE: Nicola Katrak Karen Ritchie 05-05-02 4
                 RE: Nicola Katrak Jane S 05-05-02 5
                     RE: Nicola Katrak Helen 05-05-02 6
         RE: Nicola Katrak AEHandley 05-05-02 7
             RE: Nicola Katrak Terry Amos 06-05-02 8
                 RE: Nicola Katrak Paul A 07-05-02 9
  RE: Nicola Katrak alison 09-05-02 10
     RE: Nicola Katrak cjoddy 10-05-02 11

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AnnWilliams

05-05-02, 00:11 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Nicola Katrak"
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   Viviane -

I never saw Nicola Katrak dance,unfortunately, but in her autobiography, Margot Fonteyn said 'I see myself in Nicola Katrak'.

Can there be any higher compliment for a dancer?


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Michael LL

05-05-02, 02:24 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Nicola Katrak"
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   Miss Katrak is still very much connected to BRB and the arts in the Midlands. She retired relatively young, and was an enchanting artist. I remember her with great affection, especially as the Young Girl in Two Pigeons.


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Helen

05-05-02, 08:15 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Nicola Katrak"
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   In the video where Fonteyn tells her life story, there is a film of Nicola Katrak dancing one of the solos Ashton made for Fonteyn - is it the Wedding Bouquet one? I haven't checked, so correct me if I'm wrong. Anyway, she dances it beautifully.


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Karen Ritchie

05-05-02, 11:37 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Nicola Katrak"
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   Nicola and I lived in the same little street as toddlers (I treasure a photo of my third birthday party with Nicola as one of the guests) and it was poor Nicola who was given the onerous task of watching over me at my first ballet lessons. Thankfully it did not seem to do her career too much damage! She always shone out above all the rest and I followed her career closely. I was able to keep in touch with her early years as our mothers were still friends and colleagues.

I saw her dance live only twice, one in 'Fille' and the last time in 'Copelia' at Leeds Castle. She was a magical dancer and I understand is still involved although she now has her own family. I am afraid I lost touch over the last few years as the maternal contact is no longer there but through this website I have learned a little of what she is doing now.


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Jane S

05-05-02, 01:51 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Nicola Katrak"
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   I remember Nicola Katrak as a dancer of charm and gentleness, with a quiet sense of humour that occasionally she allowed to show. I saw her debut as Aurora and enjoyed it very much.

She got involved with Sadler's Wells Ballet's 'outreach' activities and so far as I remember she eventually gave up dancing to spend more time in that area. She's now a member of the BRB Board. The last time I saw her she was coaching Anita Hutchins of the RBS at the Fonteyn Conference in 1999, teaching her the solo Ashton made for Fonteyn in Le Baiser de la Fee. In an article for the ballet.co magazine I described her as "a lovely teacher, getting her points across in the gentlest possible way but insisting on the importance of every detail" - that sounds like her as a dancer, too.


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Helen

05-05-02, 04:12 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Nicola Katrak"
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   The Bride in Baiser de la Fee - that's the solo on the Fonteyn video, not Wedding Bouquet, of course. I knew weddings came into it somewhere! It is quite uncanny to watch Katrak - she could almost be Fonteyn, though I suppose it's partly the very Ashton-for-Fonteyn choreography. Still, some can dance it and some can't.


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AEHandley

05-05-02, 11:40 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Nicola Katrak"
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   I'm sure I remember her as the Betrayed Girl in Rake's Progress (seen on TV not live) and I think maybe also in Bintley's Snow Queen as Gerda? That would have been around 1983 or so I think.


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Terry Amos

06-05-02, 04:14 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Nicola Katrak"
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   I never thought she was much like Fonteyn and I didn't think she was at her best in the big classics. Where she was absolutely delightful was in ballets like Fille and Pigeons. She seemed to have a sunny personality which connected with audiences and the fact that she was (still is, actually) exceptionally nice looking was another advantage. She was a great favourite of mine and I was sorry she gave up when she did.

However, she hasn't lost interest in ballet and is on the Board of BRB. I think she does some teaching for RBS's Associates Programme.


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Paul A

07-05-02, 05:06 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Nicola Katrak"
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   I've no specific memories - but she was a delight, to me something like Yoshida. Her performances were always pleasurable - sunny roles like Coppelia suited her best.


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alison

09-05-02, 01:08 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Nicola Katrak"
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   I saw something about her only the other day. I think it was some sort of education event with young children, but it didn't really register.


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cjoddy

10-05-02, 11:58 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Nicola Katrak"
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   Until the end of last year she was principal of the RBS Senior Associates programme. I think she is now teaching at White Lodge


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