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Jane S

14-05-02, 05:48 PM (GMT)
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"Webcast from Washington"
 
   The Kennedy Centre in Washington has a free performance every evening which is also broadcast on the net, and this week there are three dance programmes given by college students.

Last night's had pieces by Isadora Duncan and Jose Limon, but for me the most interesting was the reconstruction of two sections of Antony Tudor's ballet from 1934, The Planets. Unfortunately I don't have a fast enough web connection to get more than a very jerky picture, but even that was enough to give some idea of the groupings etc - riveting!

The Centre archives the webcasts but last night's hasn't yet appeared. Details are at

http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/

I'd be very interested to hear from anyone who can get a better picture than I did!

Tonight the programme includes a piece by Charles Weidman, and tomorrow's has something by Paul Taylor. The programmes begin at 6pm in Washington - 11pm London time.


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  RE: Webcast from Washington Bruceadmin 14-05-02 1
     RE: Webcast from Washington Brendan McCarthymoderator 14-05-02 2
  RE: Webcast from Washington Bruceadmin 15-05-02 3
     RE: Webcast from Washington Jane S 15-05-02 4
         RE: Webcast from Washington sylvia 15-05-02 5
             RE: Webcast from Washington Jane S 15-05-02 6
                 RE: Webcast from Washington Bruceadmin 15-05-02 7
                     RE: Webcast from Washington alison 15-05-02 9
                         RE: Webcast from Washington Bruceadmin 15-05-02 10
             RE: Webcast from Washington alison 15-05-02 8

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Bruceadmin

14-05-02, 06:40 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Webcast from Washington"
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   I have to say hearing about this for the first time today is very choice - while we struggle and fail (hopefully just the once) to record some great work in the Clore for the BBC and nation, the Kennedy centre is quietly out there broadcasting dance to the world... that's American 'can do' for you I reckon!


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Brendan McCarthymoderator

14-05-02, 06:45 PM (GMT)
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   The BBC thought the Clore event important and withdrew with the very greatest reluctance. It had committed considerable time and effort to making it happen.


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Bruceadmin

15-05-02, 08:03 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Webcast from Washington"
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I saw last nights performance. Of course it's a tiny screen but even so I thought it worked well. I had it up as kind of background dance while I did other things on the pc. I have ADSL and got a 150K stream (good) and in 90 minutes of running it only dropped out once for about 15 seconds.

The picture is a fixed view from stalls level covering the entire stage - you see all the action and its best with group works perhaps.

We need more of this - it would help you decide if you wanted to go to a proper performacne or not. Hopefully all theatres will move this way.


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Jane S

15-05-02, 09:11 AM (GMT)
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   I only got 20Kb! - so no wonder it wasn't a very good picture.

Monday night's performance is now in the archive, and it actually looks better on my screen than it did live. The last piece in that programme, by the way, was David Parsons' The Envelope, which we saw at Sadler's Wells last week in Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's season.


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sylvia

15-05-02, 10:50 AM (GMT)
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   Is there any reason why the ROH couldn't broadcast its live relays on the internet as well? I think I remember watching Bjork in a similar fashion. It's probably too late for R&J of course and would be a poor substitute for the real thing but what a way to get the RB throughout the UK and around the world!


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Jane S

15-05-02, 11:34 AM (GMT)
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   Sylvia, I think the difference is that the Washington performers are amateurs. Doing it at the ROH would involve huge negotiations about rights, payments etc etc. Though of course it's a lovely idea. I think it's the archives at Washington that please me most - you can now log on and see something by Tudor, Duncan, Limon etc whenever you feel like it!


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Bruceadmin

15-05-02, 12:54 PM (GMT)
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   >Sylvia, I think the difference is
>that the Washington performers are
>amateurs. Doing it at the
>ROH would involve huge negotiations
>about rights, payments etc etc.

I seem to recall when the house was closed for its 220M refurbishment that management spent a lot of time, and not a little agro, negotiating new terms and conditions with dancers and other staff and part of the payoff was that hassles around recording work would be no more.

And yet BBC filming of a Clore event falls through and one also gathers that plans to televise Onegin have proved impossible also. Doubtless it's all explicable and there will be measured tones of regret etc but I hope this is matched by somebody jumping up and down in the organisation to make sure it doesn't get repeated.


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alison

15-05-02, 01:09 PM (GMT)
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   So do I! It's not as if it's a particularly outrageous idea - I've already been to several classical concerts which were being broadcast on the Web, either live or at a later date. Although how effective a fixed camera view would be I don't know.


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Bruceadmin

15-05-02, 01:23 PM (GMT)
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   >Although how effective a fixed
>camera view would be I
>don't know.

You have to start somewhere and its fine for giving people a taster of what is on the stage. But in no way is this the same as filming for video - much more expensive!


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alison

15-05-02, 01:01 PM (GMT)
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   Perhaps we'll get Elton John next season, then!


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