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phil

24-05-02, 08:03 AM (GMT)
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   i was wondering what it was like watching either of the two open air screenings of R&J last night ? i was lucky enough to have a ticket for inside the house ... but saw the warm up introduction that deborah bull gave on the piazza stage and
the atmosphere seemed quite buzzy although i thought that the attendance was on the low side ?
i really enjoyed the performance ..guillem and cope were on
masterclass form ..but for me it fell short of the magical experience of seeing alina and kobborg's version at the end of may .
i also managed to catch the finale at the end of the evening when the cast came onto the outer stage where sylvie and cope gave short interviews ... quite surreal to see dancers in a kind of rock concert setting !


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  RE: romeo and juliet screening AnnWilliams 24-05-02 1
     RE: romeo and juliet screening Justin 24-05-02 2
         RE: romeo and juliet screening JM 24-05-02 3
             RE: romeo and juliet screening alison 24-05-02 5
         RE: romeo and juliet screening alison 24-05-02 4
             RE: romeo and juliet screening David M 25-05-02 6
                 RE: romeo and juliet screening Brendan McCarthymoderator 25-05-02 7
                     RE: romeo and juliet screening Ann Welsh 25-05-02 8
                         RE: romeo and juliet screening alison 27-05-02 9

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AnnWilliams

24-05-02, 09:07 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: romeo and juliet screening"
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   Phil - I'm sorry to read that the piazza attendance was low. I was all set to go, but was put off by yesterday's constant showers and at the last moment the matter was decided when I got a short-notice invitation to an indoor evemt!

Would love to hear from someone who was there, though.


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Justin

24-05-02, 12:47 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: romeo and juliet screening"
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   I was there, along with many others: can't say if it was on the low side as it was my first experience of the live relay. Some thoughts ...

it was dry but it was really quite cold. If there's a next time I will prepare better. They were handing out a few BP baseball hats and plastic raincovers, but no thermals.

I arrived at about 6.15, and was about 15 yards from the barrier which separates the general area from the seating area. Everyone was sitting in my area, but I think most were standing in the rear area behind the passageway. Lots of bottles of wine and picnics being eaten in true British fashion, with determination and thick sweaters.

Not as many early leavers as I expected at the end of Act I: I left at the end of Act II so can't say beyond that.

The camera gave a very different impression of the ballet from the one I get from inside. The close-ups are splendid, and I was even more impressed with Sylvie's detail in acting than I was when I saw her from inside - and I thought she was good then. I saw things I hadn't noticed before - Romeo and friends washing their hands and faces at the beginning of Act I, for example, and the moment when Juliet learns from the Nurse just who Romeo is. But you also miss things - no-one who didn't know the ballet would have seen Tybaly catch his sword after Mercutio tosses it up during the fight: a small detail, I know, but a significant one if you are to distinuish the nature of the two fights in Act II. And the whole stage views lose a lot.

Overall, I'd rather pay £5 and stand inside than pay nothing and sit on the piazza. But, if there's no alternative, I'll be back - as I will be for the gala, since I don't suppose I'll get a ticket for that. And I'll have to arrive by 5pm, I suspect. Incidentally, that relay wasn't advertised yseterday, while the others were.


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JM

24-05-02, 01:13 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: romeo and juliet screening"
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   Was this also shown in Victoria Park? I'd be really interested to know what the audience was like there.


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alison

24-05-02, 01:45 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: romeo and juliet screening"
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   According to Deborah Bull, around 4000, and lots of families.


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alison

24-05-02, 01:45 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: romeo and juliet screening"
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   When I got there at about 6.30, the place was much emptier than it had been for Swan Lake last year (and remained that way). How much publicity the event had had I don't know - I certainly didn't see much about it apart from a reference in yesterday's Metro (probably a day or two's advance warning for people to make arrangements might have been useful) and this week's Time Out. Whether the ROH had cut back on publicity after last year, which was really uncomfortably overcrowded, or whether people were put off by the May weather or the weather forecast, I don't know, but as it turned out the weather was really unpleasantly chilly - perhaps they should aim for July/August in future - and I wished I'd bought a thick jumper. Still, at least it stayed dry, which was my big concern, given the awful weather forecast for today. Deborah Bull did announce after the performance that they'd had about 4000 people in Victoria Park, so the satellite broadcast to there appears to be promising for the future. Precisely what sort of numbers and what repertoire/casting are needed to make this a viable proposition, though, I don't know. I suspect that really there are only a few "big" ballets that would succeed, and whether so many people would have come if it had been someone other than Guillem dancing I don't know.

The front half of the Piazza was fully occupied, and got pretty cramped when more and more people decided to push their way in to non-existent spaces during the performance, when they (and consequently we) could have sat in far more comfort in the back part. I couldn't see the rear half very well, as a lot of people were standing immediately behind the boundary barriers, but it didn't seem very full. As usual, a useful programme leaflet was produced, with all the salient information: a full synopsis, casting and biographies of the major players.

On to the performance itself: the warmup entertainment was a jazz band from Hackney (I've left the programme at home, so can't credit them), who played until about 7 o'clock. Shortly after that, Deborah Bull came out and gave a brief introduction to the performance, and then there was a short film of backstage activity, rehearsals etc. for a previous performance. Most of the rest of the film was basically information: what was on for the rest of the season, what other live relays were planned, etc. etc. - an area which I think should be expanded on in the future. There's so much they could show about the behind-the-scenes workings of the Opera House, rather than just repeating the advertising blurb during the intervals. (And of course, tying in with another thread, last year they could have had an explanation of the mime scenes in Swan Lake - that might have been useful!). They could also, under the circumstances, have announced that Edward Watson was replacing Ivan Putrov as Benvolio - I know that his name came up on the closing credits, but wonder how many people actually noticed.

Seeing the performance live on a big screen was a very interesting experience, considering that the other two performances I'd seen had been from the back of the amphitheatre, and it was good to be able to see what it looked like from up close. I particularly enjoyed Mercutio's (Ricardo Cervera) death scene, which had a lot of detail that I'd probably have missed if I'd been inside. Overall, I thought it was a rather uneven experience: there are the obvious drawbacks that you can only look at what the camera is focussed on, and a few vital details were missed because of this, but then you do get the closeups in compensation. I became aware of what a huge amount of movement there is in this ballet, and that it must have been much more difficult to film than Swan Lake, where at least you can concentrate on the principals, with the corps providing a frame in the background. Unfortunately, the camera did not always follow the dancers as well as it might, and I think this may have been exacerbated by the fact that we obviously couldn't see the very sides of the screen, which were masked by the framing, so that dancers appeared to be disappearing off the side of the screen. Still, I think most people found it very enjoyable, and certainly a creditable number of them stayed until the very end and applauded loudly, despite the distinctly chilly conditions.

A big thank you to BP for sponsoring this and the other live relays to the Piazza.


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David M

25-05-02, 01:40 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: romeo and juliet screening"
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   Hello,

I attended the relay of Romeo & Juliet in Victoria park on Thursday 23rd May 02 .

Must admit i personlly thought there may have been about 1000 people present but i bow to the organisers figures if I am incorrect.

I would say by talking to people at the event that it was a qualified success. Lots had never been to the ROH before citing the price of tickets and it was full of snobs ( their words not mine ) but hopefully i put them right on that score, explaining to them the pricing policy and the ROH is open to EVERYONE .


There were lots of families with picnics enjoying them selves with plenty of room to sprawl about , plus plenty of room for the young children trying to emulate the dancing of S Guillem.

I personally thought both the picture quality and sound to be excellant , even the low flwing jets into London Citi Airport could not spoil what was on show.

To be fair it was not what I would call a usual ROH audience , but that to myself showed the success of the evening in that it introduced people who would not other wise bothered to go to the ROH ..

The age group of the attendees was quite younger than you normally see at the ROH ,lots of people in their twenties , wearing street cred attaire,but also a good cross section of people which gave the evening a good fell to it.


The only thing which was dissapinting was the weather, sunny , but cold.

Congratulations should go to the ROH and BP for putting on this type of event.

Speaking to an usher at the ROH last night , she mentioned that the next ballet relay will be screened in Newcastle as well, another positive idea from the ROH, to which agan they should be congratulated on.

Take Care

David


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Brendan McCarthymoderator

25-05-02, 01:47 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: romeo and juliet screening"
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   LAST EDITED ON 25-05-02 AT 02:27 PM (GMT)

I wonder if there is any potential for video-streaming these events on the internet (as the Kennedy Center in Washington does with some performances). Technically there should not be a problem. But there might be difficulties with artists' contracts. Perhaps the ROH could have a think about it, assuming that they haven't done already?


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Ann Welsh

25-05-02, 08:27 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: romeo and juliet screening"
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   Does anybody know what the next relay will be (or even when)?


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alison

27-05-02, 01:22 PM (GMT)
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   There are 2 operas coming up next month: La Bohème and The Queen of Spades. I think QoS is being screened at Canary Wharf as well. Then there's the Jubilee performance on the 23rd(?) July which is supposed to be screened to the Piazza.


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