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James Huw Jeffries

14-05-02, 04:01 PM (GMT)
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"From the past"
 
   Does anyone else remember Patricia Ruanne. There was an interesting interview with her in Dance Now which brought back happy memories of those Nureyev Festivals when she was so wonderful as Aurora and Juliet. I also remember with affection her partnership with Jay Jolley in Giselle and La Sylphide. In fact, the only thing I didn't enjoy was her Swan Lake but maybe that was the hideous John filed (I think) production. Is this just nostalgia for happy school days or does anyone else think she was great?


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  RE: From the past Paul A 14-05-02 1
     RE: From the past James Huw Jeffries 14-05-02 2
         RE: From the past Paul A 14-05-02 3
             RE: From the past Viviane 14-05-02 5
         RE: From the past Helen 14-05-02 4
         RE: From the past timpow 14-05-02 6
             RE: From the past James Huw Jeffries 14-05-02 7
                 RE: From the past Tim Powell 15-05-02 8
                     RE: From the past MAB 15-05-02 9
                         RE: From the past Tim Powell 15-05-02 10

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Paul A

14-05-02, 04:21 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: From the past"
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   >just nostalgia
>for happy school days or
>does anyone else think she
>was great?

Missed her performances in my school days - LFB were never generous with casting on tour - but at the start of my postgrad days did enjoy her enormously as Tatiana in Onegin. There was a moment in the last pdd where she had a hand gesture that signalled she knew she just had to reject Onegin. Nobody has equalled that.

Helen posted an interview and news recently on another thread, FYI.



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James Huw Jeffries

14-05-02, 04:23 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: From the past"
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   "Helen posted an interview and news recently on another thread, FYI."

Would be interested to read that. Put her name into search and had no response. Do you have the link?


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Paul A

14-05-02, 05:22 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: From the past"
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   Having trouble with the link: here's Helen's impression:

ENB's revival of Nureyev's Romeo and Juliet opens in Liverpool tonight. There is a full page interview with Patricia Ruanne (the original Juliet) in today's Liverpool Daily Post, with two beautiful colour photos, one of her and Nureyev as Romeo and Juliet, and one of her with Daria Klimentova, tonight's Juliet. I don't think there is an available link.
She says that she met her partner (in life as well as in ballet), Frederic Jahn, while she was dancing Louise and he King Rat in Hynd's Nutcracker in Liverpool. They now have "a dream house on the side of a mountain deep in the rainforests of Guadeloupe where humming birds fly in through the windows", which sounds rather nice!

She says that the role of Juliet was made "on her, not for her." I like her comment that "Rudi had a fixed idea that in Shakespeare's day a boy would have played Juliet. If he could have found a boy to dance on pointe I would never have got the role."

I shall be there tonight and will report in due course.


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Viviane

14-05-02, 05:29 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: From the past"
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   The link to the interview (hiding in the Review-links) is here :
http://icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100regionalnews/page.cfm?objectid=11674038&method=full



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Helen

14-05-02, 05:25 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: From the past"
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   If you search for "ENB's Romeo and Juliet in Liverpool" you'll find what I said, but it was only a snippet. I can't find the link to the full interview now. It was about her part in the early performances of Nureyev's Romeo and Juliet.


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timpow

14-05-02, 05:34 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: From the past"
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   James
The spring edition of Dance Now pages 50 - 64 are devoted to Patricia Ruanne it would be well worth your getting a copy.
I remember some good performances from her RB days but only a few with LFB.

I trust that your name indicates that you and I are compatriots.


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James Huw Jeffries

14-05-02, 11:16 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: From the past"
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   It was in fact the Dance Now article which reminded me of how much I missed her work. What did you see her dance with the RB. In those days she did not do the classics if I am not wrong?

Parents from Cardiff if that answers your question!


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Tim Powell

15-05-02, 09:57 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: From the past"
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   James, sorry I should have read your initial posting with greater care.
It was a few years ago now but mostly I saw her dance with the smaller company and she always appeared to give more to a role than just dancing it. I recall a variety of roles viz: The Maids,The Invitation,Les Biches but also Pineapple Poll, Concerto and particularly Pigeons. Of the classics I remember a Lilac Fairy and there was a Giselle which I am afraid I do not remember and so it cannot have been so special.
You are to be envied in being able to watch so much RDB. I have great memories of this company in the early seventies when one could see the young Peters Martins and Schauffus alongside the established Flemings Flindt and Ryberg with Johnny Eliasen and Adam Luders in the corps. Plus some excellent women.


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MAB

15-05-02, 10:37 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: From the past"
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   LAST EDITED ON 15-05-02 AT 10:38 AM (GMT)

Actually back in the '70's you wouldn't have had to travel as far as Denmark to see some of the dancers mentioned as Peter Schaufuss, Peter Martins and Adam Luders all danced in the UK with London Festival Ballet.


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Tim Powell

15-05-02, 01:16 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: From the past"
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   MAB, I am sure that you will appreciate that among the pleasures open to a geriatric balletomaniac is browsing through old programmes. This can call to memory outstanding performances and performers it can also be interesting to spot names of those who became well known.
I agree that it was not necessary to go to Copenhagen to see the dancers listed in the 70's. But if you found youself there it was great to go to see them and all that was going on.
I came across a programme dated 1969,a little pre 70's I grant you,which included them all. Certainly Peter Martins was known over here and did go on to great things but Schauffus was,I think, more interesting because of his famous parents than as a dancer with whom we were familiar. He did indeed very soon come to LFB and with great success. Adam Luders was a little later and it was not until he joined NYCB that he meant much to me.


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