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Justin

15-05-02, 03:29 PM (GMT)
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"Live Relay"
 
   I will be in London on the 23rd and was thinking of going to the R&J live relay. Can anyone advise me on whether it is worthwhile, where I should stand, what time to arrive etc.?


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Live Relay sylvia 15-05-02 1
     RE: Live Relay AnnWilliams 15-05-02 2
  RE: Live Relay alison 15-05-02 3
     RE: Live Relay / To Stand or be Seated/ That is the Question... David M 15-05-02 4
         RE: Live Relay / To Stand or be Seated/ That is the Question... Flight 16-05-02 5
             Victoria Park - and access alison 16-05-02 7
         RE: Live Relay / To Stand or be Seated/ That is the Question... alison 16-05-02 6

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sylvia

15-05-02, 03:56 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Live Relay"
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   Justin, I've never been to a live relay but did you have a look at the reports from Swan Lake last year

http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/1933.html
http://www.danceinsider.com/f2001/f802_3.html

and towards the end of this thread
http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/1915.html

I wish I could go - I sat pretty far back for Guillem & Cope's performance. And the rehearsals and interviews shown in the intervals sound pretty good.


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AnnWilliams

15-05-02, 05:31 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Live Relay"
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   I'm seriously thinking of going to the Victoria Park screening (if I can work out how to get there!). It is bound to be less crowded than the CG piazza, and the fact that it's a park might just mean that the ground will be softer to sit on!


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alison

15-05-02, 05:59 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Live Relay"
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   Well, Justin, experience suggests that, weather permitting, of course, it's likely to be packed, and the area really isn't that large, particular if certain eateries refuse to remove their on-piazza tables and chairs. It'll depend on how well the ROH promote it, of course (I think last year they did it a bit *too* effectively for comfort). You should also be aware that although billed as "standing-room only" you actually sit on the cobbles, and no portable seating is allowed for safety reasons. Every bit of free space is taken (so don't even think of stretching your legs out) - I'd arrive an hour beforehand, I think, or half an hour absolute minimum. There were lots of latecomers last year, all getting in the way of people's views. If you're intending to come and go a lot for any reason, be careful to get a place somewhere where you can get out easily. That so-tempting space right in the middle may not be so attractive when you realise that it's going to take virtually the entire interval just to get out of the crush!

If they do as they did last year, there'll be a crosswise gangway going through the middle - I wouldn't sit right behind it, because you might find the security people keep getting in the way when they're trying to persuade people to move on.
They kindly provide you with a mini-programme (synopsis, biographies and casting), and last year they had merchandise on sale as well. I seem to remember some of the interviews and things last year being quite interesting.

I think that, as Ann says, Victoria Park might be quite a good bet (still not quite sure why they picked that one, in particular), although I hope some more information on precise location will be forthcoming, as from my A-Z it looks to be a big park, possibly as big as Battersea, and if you come in at the wrong end you could have quite a walk!

Hope this helps.


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David M

15-05-02, 10:26 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Live Relay / To Stand or be Seated/ That is the Question "
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   Hello,

I e mailed the ROH a few weeks ago re this forth coming event.

I attended the relay last year of Swan Lake and enjoyed it tremendously , apart for upon my arrival, was it a standing or a sitting event.

I arrived quitre late to last years event and upon my arrival i was nearly 2/3rds back from the screen , in front of a resturaunt on the left hand side of the concourse , whose seating area projected out and blocked the view of anyone seated . All the people who were located behind this resturaunt decided to stand , however the people to out right with a clear view of the screen were sat on the ground.

The stewards were advising everyone to sit down , but people in the crowd were advising them it was advertised as a standing only event,resulting in confusion and fraid tempers.


The reply I received from the ROH to my enquiry was that this event was a standing only event , so I hope that information is relayed to the stewards in attendance to AVOID ANY CONFUSION.

I will be attending the relay again this year , so lets all pray for a pleasant sunny/warm evening, and an enjoyable peformance .


Enjoy


David


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Flight

16-05-02, 06:37 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Live Relay / To Stand or be Seated/ That is the Question "
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   Which park is the one where they used to put a big top and dance in it? Victoria Park is in Hartlepool, anyway.


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alison

16-05-02, 01:28 PM (GMT)
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7. "Victoria Park - and access"
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   That was Battersea Park, Flight.

Anyway, I've found out a bit more about access to Victoria Park courtesy of the Barbican's BITE: 02 programme, according to which it's a 20 minute walk from Bethnal Green tube (and possibly Mile End - the blurb doesn't make it clear), and 10 minutes from Hackney Wick rail station. Buses are 26, 30, 236 and 277, and there is a note to the effect that there is no on-street parking. The address is given as Grove Road, E3. If you want to be clever, you could probably use all the above information to work out from an A to Z precisely which bit of the park's being used (that is, assuming it'll be the same for both performances).

I wonder whether another time the ROH should try to find a venue with better transport facilities?


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alison

16-05-02, 01:22 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Live Relay / To Stand or be Seated/ That is the Question "
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   No, David, the accepted behaviour for many years has been that you sit on the ground, otherwise how on earth is some poor child going to see past all the adults' heads (not to mention all the adults who aren't that tall)? As I said, the "standing only" is to discourage people from bringing seats, which would constitute a major evacuation hazard.


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