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James Huw Jeffries

14-05-02, 04:25 PM (GMT)
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"RB 2002-2003"
 
   With all the news of people joining the Royal Ballet is it known if anyone is leaving whether by choice or directorial incentive?


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  RE: RB 2002-2003 Bruceadmin 14-05-02 1
     RE: RB 2002-2003 Paul A 15-05-02 2
         RE: RB 2002-2003 Bruceadmin 15-05-02 3
             RE: RB 2002-2003 Robert 16-05-02 4
                 RE: RB 2002-2003 Cathryn 16-05-02 6
             RE: RB 2002-2003 Paul A 16-05-02 5
                 RE: RB 2002-2003 Paul A 17-05-02 7
                     RE: RB 2002-2003 James Huw Jeffries 17-05-02 8
                         RE: RB 2002-2003 Brendan McCarthymoderator 18-05-02 9

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Bruceadmin

14-05-02, 04:46 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: RB 2002-2003"
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   LAST EDITED ON 14-05-02 AT 04:59 PM (GMT)

>With all the news of people
>joining the Royal Ballet is
>it known if anyone is
>leaving whether by choice or
>directorial incentive?

The end of the season is traditionally when people leave - it's too soon to see what will happen this year. Traditionally when there is a change of director there is a blip, or massive bulge, depending not just on the numbers but on how you might choose to tell these things, in the year on year levers statistics.

And any director will say he is sorry to see them all go and people will swear blind that in all cases it was the dancers decision. Sarah Wildor is a good example - the words are all neatly packaged up. Some say its often cynical but I think its the way it is and not just in dance either. And while I'll be very sorry to see dancers move on, at the back of my mind I always feel that if by some miracle I got a job running a company in Australia I'd arrive and there would be some dancers I'd love and some where I'd be blind to what the previous management liked. And would I really want to be hidebound into just working with the status quo and making the odd change when somebody decided to move on? No way - I'd want to realise my ambition for the company and its spirit soonest (within the bounds of ethical conduct and all necessary legalities etc). It's very easy for us to sit on the side and criticise without really thinking much of it through. de Valois didn't pussy foot around!

I wandered a bit! But I foresee much scope for indignation in postings at the end of the season and its very hard to plot a realistic path through it. These are real people we are talking about and they each of them will have pleased so very many.


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Paul A

15-05-02, 05:16 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: RB 2002-2003"
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>I foresee much scope for
>indignation in postings at the
>end of the season

Sounds ominous - are you suggesting the casting we've got so far may not bear much relation to reality?


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Bruceadmin

15-05-02, 11:21 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: RB 2002-2003"
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   Good grief no - we have casting to the end of the season and normal rules will apply I'm sure. It's what happens after the season is done that I'm concerned about.


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Robert

16-05-02, 01:48 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: RB 2002-2003"
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   I was hoping Ross Stretton might leave!


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Cathryn

16-05-02, 02:35 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: RB 2002-2003"
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   I blooming well hope he doesn't, and that's a really awful thing to say in any case.

I saw him at the Ballet Association when he spoke, and he really impressed me. He has a really clear visio of where he wants to the RB to go and he's prepared to cut through all the phoniness and ponceyness that surrounds ballet and makes so many people assume it's an elitist waste of time and not for them.

He's done some fantastic productions - I for one am SO GLAD I saw Onegin, it was the most beautiful thing I'd seen for years and it moved me to tears. He's brought in choreographers who haven't worked with the RB for ages, if not ever. Perched up in the cheap seats I've met people who would never have come to the ballet apart from these triple bills that they thought they'd try, and I saw their blown-away reactions. We've had spectacular dancing throughout the season.

No, he's not perfect. He may not appreciate the RB heritage in the way some people may wish he did. But he's going to shift ballet and the Royal Ballet into this century, and I hope that my children will get to benfit from the risks he takes.



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Paul A

16-05-02, 08:28 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: RB 2002-2003"
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   >Good grief no - we have
>casting to the end of
>the season and normal rules
>will apply I'm sure. It's
>what happens after the season
>is done that I'm concerned
>about.

That's what I meant - sorry not to be clear. Was wondering whether all the sugar plums who have been announced will make be there then?


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Paul A

17-05-02, 08:18 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: RB 2002-2003"
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   There's an interview in the new issue of About The House with Stretton in which he puts his case directly.

It does intimate a bit of a clear out at the end of the season, sorry don't have the issue with me so can't quote it exactly.


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James Huw Jeffries

17-05-02, 09:51 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: RB 2002-2003"
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   Stuck out here in Copenhagen, I'd be gratfeul if you could let me know what's in the article Paul.


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Brendan McCarthymoderator

18-05-02, 06:10 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: RB 2002-2003"
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   It's a piece by Judith Mackrell for the Spring 2002 edition of "The House". Some quotes:

  • "Many of the dancers find him unusually approachable and honest,even if they don't always relish what he has to say."
  • "He believes passionately that dancers need to have work made on them, rather than just dancing second-hand roles, but he thinks it is good for choreographers and performers to get the measure of each other before they go down the risky exposing path of new creation."
  • "He promises stoutly that "There won't ever be a point where these aren't Royal Ballet dancers and where they won't be able to dance Ashton again."
  • "Inevitably there will be changes among the ranks, for, as Stretton admits, "When any director has been in a company for a long time they get set on particular people, a particular look. When a new director brings in a new repertory it suits different dancers. New ones come to the fore, people see different things in them."

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