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gd

24-05-02, 01:48 PM (GMT)
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"Jubilee Gala"
 
   I am sure that I wasn’t the only one to look twice at the fare being offered to Her Majesty at the ROH’s Jubilee Gala. I then realised that the brochures must have been intended for April 1st, but have only just arrived (the usual delay for Friends’ mailings). What an uninspiring bill of fare it would have been to set before a queen; a rag bag of pieces already seen this season (what brass neck to ask the paying audience to fork our for things they have already seen!) which are hardly celebratory and certainly nothing to do with the reign.

Thank goodness that it was all a slightly tasteless joke: I can now announce the real programme which, I hope you will agree, serves as a fitting celebration of Her Majesty’s fifty years as Sovereign. Nearly all the choreographers are, naturally, British and the theme is, unsurprisingly ‘royalty’:


The Sleeping Beauty (Petipa/Tchaikovsky) – The Prologue.
(This item evokes the famous photograph of The Royal Family in the Royal Box watching the Sleeping Beauty after the 1946 re-opening of the House. It will also allow the Royal Ballet’s soloists to shine. The costumes will, of course, be Oliver Messel’s. In this extract, the fairies bestow their gifts upon the young princess)

Selected items from ‘The Prince of the Pagodas’ (MacMillan/Britten)
(Continuing the royal theme, this section includes the solos for the four regal suitors, as well as those for both Princess Epine and Princess Rose. It will allow four of the company’s up-and-coming male soloists to shine, in addition to the contrasting roles of the two princesses. We are delighted that Anthony Dowell has agreed to recreate his role of the Emperor)

Air pas de deux from ‘Homage to the Queen’ (Ashton/Arnold)
(Ashton’s Coronation ballet is represented here by this delightful pas de deux for the Queen of the Air and her consort, originally created for Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes. We are delighted that this piece marks Sarah Wildor’s return to the company. )

The final scenes from ‘Checkmate’ (de Valois/Bliss)
The Royal Ballet’s Founder is represented here by her chess ballet. Here, the Black Queen kills the Red Knight and closes in on the Red King. Drama and tension from this 1930s ballet that remains a period masterpiece in the repertoire.

Nursery Suite (Ashton/Elgar)
Sir Fred’s evocation of the two princesses playing in a garden whom he espied from the top of a London bus. It ends with the elder assuming a cape and looking to her future as Queen. The piece will, of course, be danced by students of the Royal Ballet School

Pas de Deux Impérial / Kchesshinskaya pas de deux from Anastasia (MacMillan/Tchaikovsky)
Sir Kenneth’s take on Petipa in the divertissement from Act 2 of Anastasia. Originally created for Sibley and Dowell, this pas de deux evokes the splendours of the imperial ballet, with a typical MacMillan slant.

Rhapsody (Ashton/Rachmaninov)
(No Royal Gala would be complete without this piece; joyous and celebratory, it was, of course, the great choreographer’s 80th birthday present to Her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and is a fitting close to the evening’s festivities)

Final tableau from The Firebird (Fokine/Stravinsky)
The coronation of the Tsarevitch and Tsarevna in what must be one of ballet’s finest evocations of the majesty of monarchy.

Oh yes… And then I woke up and it was all a dream…


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Jubilee Gala MAB 24-05-02 1
     RE: Jubilee Gala James 24-05-02 2
         RE: Jubilee Gala gd 27-05-02 3
             RE: Jubilee Gala Paul A 27-05-02 4
                 RE: Jubilee Gala Lynette H 27-05-02 5
                     RE: Jubilee Gala AEHandley 28-05-02 6
                         RE: Jubilee Gala p.s.stammers 28-05-02 7
                             RE: Jubilee Gala alison 29-05-02 8
                             RE: Jubilee Gala Steven 29-05-02 9
                             RE: Jubilee Gala Paul A 19-07-02 10
                             RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza) Lynette H 19-07-02 11
                             RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza) Paul A 22-07-02 12
                             RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza) Jane S 22-07-02 13
                             RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza) AnnWilliams 22-07-02 14
                             RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza) Ann Welsh 22-07-02 15
                             RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza) alison 23-07-02 18
                             RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza) Mike 23-07-02 16
                             RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza) Paul A 23-07-02 17
                             RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza) alison 23-07-02 19
                             RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza) Paul A 24-07-02 20
                             RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza) AEHandley 24-07-02 21
                             RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza) Paul A 24-07-02 22
                             RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza) alison 24-07-02 23
                             RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza) sylvia 24-07-02 24
                             RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza) Michael LL 25-07-02 25
                             RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza) MAB 25-07-02 26
                             RE: Jubilee Gala Paul A 25-07-02 27
                             RE: Jubilee Gala AEHandley 25-07-02 28
                             RE: Jubilee Gala Michael LL 26-07-02 29
                             RE: Jubilee Gala Paul A 26-07-02 30
                             RE: Jubilee Gala alison 26-07-02 31
                             RE: Jubilee Gala Shirley 27-07-02 33
                             RE: Jubilee Gala Michael LL 27-07-02 34
                             RE: Jubilee Gala John Man 27-07-02 36
                             RE: Jubilee Gala Flight 28-07-02 37
                             RE: Jubilee Gala alison 26-07-02 32
                             RE: Jubilee Gala AEHandley 27-07-02 35

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MAB

24-05-02, 02:36 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Jubilee Gala"
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   Well done. Thats much more like it!


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James

24-05-02, 05:08 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Jubilee Gala"
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   I appreciate that we are playing fantasy gala here, but the Queen has been on the throne for 50 years. I stand to be corrected but I don't think there's anything on gd's list from the last 20 - apart from Prince of the Pagodas, which Britten composed in the 60s anyway. Is there nothing else in that period worthy of inclusion?


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gd

27-05-02, 08:11 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Jubilee Gala"
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   James - please suggest away - let's make it a longer evening!


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Paul A

27-05-02, 08:48 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Jubilee Gala"
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   Only just stretching into the 80s but the main pas de cinq from Consort Lessons (and when are we going to see that again?).

Going backwards I'd include the equivalent pdc from Scenes de ballet.


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Lynette H

27-05-02, 09:28 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Jubilee Gala"
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   From the 80s, how about the pdd from Gloria which was so very well received at the gala for the reopening of the ROH ?

From the 90s, the pdd from Winter Dreams.

And something from Still Like at the Penguin Cafe (the zebra section ? )


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AEHandley

28-05-02, 11:09 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Jubilee Gala"
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>And something from Still Like at
>the Penguin Cafe (the zebra
>section ? )

Oh God no, the poor woman had to sit through that at the re-opening gala, don't make her suffer it again! That ghastly music makes me want to scream and break windows!


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p.s.stammers

28-05-02, 11:13 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Jubilee Gala"
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   If you want the Royal Theme by David Bintley some thing from Snow Queen.

Pauline


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alison

29-05-02, 01:00 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Jubilee Gala"
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   LAST EDITED ON 29-05-02 AT 01:01 PM (GMT)

Not to mention Gloriana, which I saw mentioned somewhere else the other day. But then, I wonder how many of these Stretton would even know about, as a new AD with no previous knowledge of the company.


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Steven

29-05-02, 01:13 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Jubilee Gala"
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   Wasn't Gloriana by Michael Corder?

Or perhaps Bintley has done one too?


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Paul A

19-07-02, 03:58 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Jubilee Gala"
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   Is anybody going to the gala on Tuesday?

Do we have an indication yet as to which excerpts are being performed - I know not from the desirable assemblage at the top of this thread, but from the pot pourri of this season's rep?


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Lynette H

19-07-02, 04:27 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza)"
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   I picked up a flyer about this at the ROH yesterday. This announces that the Gala will relayed live and free to Covent Garden Piazza. Usual statements about portable furniture not allowed.

The text says "The Royal Ballet will perform excerts from their repertory over the past five decades of the Queen's reign including Carmen, Don Q, Marguerite & Armand, Onegin, Remanso, Romeo & Juliet and Tryst".

The text says that the cast includes Benjamin, Bussell, Cojocaru, Cope, Kobborg, Rojo, Yanowsky, Yoshida , Acosta, Bolle, Guillem, Le Riche and Murru (but Rojo at least is injured).

I'm very taken by the reference to 'the last five decades' and wonder just where Remanso, Carmen et al fit in all of this....Exactly the same list was promulgated earlier as highlights from this season's works. If you get critcised, change the marketing, not what you're doing, seems to be the message.


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Paul A

22-07-02, 04:31 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza)"
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>I'm very taken by the reference
>to 'the last five decades'
>and wonder just where Remanso,
>Carmen et al fit in
>all of this....

Yes - note from today's email flyer that Bayadere and Leaves are Fading have crept into the proceedings.


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Jane S

22-07-02, 05:40 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza)"
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   Balletalert has a paragraph from the NY Times which includes Birthday Offering in the programme.


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AnnWilliams

22-07-02, 06:14 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza)"
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   I'll be there tomorrow, but I've been lucky enough to get a ticket for the screen viewing in the Linbury - is anybody else going to be there?

I do agree that the programme is very disappointing - for those of us ar least who are RB regulars - but most of the paying gala audience will proably not be regulars so it will all be fresh to them at least.


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Ann Welsh

22-07-02, 06:31 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza)"
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   Can anybody tell me what happened to the promise to put up screens for ROH live relays outside of London? I'm not talking about the Jubilee Gala in particular, just any other stuff.


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alison

23-07-02, 05:35 PM (GMT)
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18. "RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza)"
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   I got the impression that the relay of Romeo & Juliet to Victoria Park was a tryout and that they might expand from there. It still doesn't sound terribly practical to me, though.


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Mike

23-07-02, 10:12 AM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza)"
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   I managed to get tickets for the Amphi, so will be there tonight. Agree with your comments about a disappointing programme, though, as I've seen everything apart from 'Tryst' earlier in the season


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Paul A

23-07-02, 10:26 AM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza)"
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   Wonder whether they will be in the royal box or in the centre grand tier? If in the box the pdd in Tryst will be invisible to them.


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alison

23-07-02, 05:36 PM (GMT)
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19. "RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza)"
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   I imagine, since it's an official engagement, that it'll be centre Grand Tier. (At least she'll be able to see properly, for a change ).


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Paul A

24-07-02, 08:32 AM (GMT)
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20. "RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza)"
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   What a curate's egg!

It takes skill to construct a gala programme that ends with two failed attempts to start the applause.

Stage management need shooting - opening Birthday Offering had a a black drop left hanging mid air so the dancers had to duck under it. They also couldn't shift the wall from Remanso so after a wait had to bring down a drop so Don Q could start - thereby limiting the depth of the stage.

No Benjamin and Tewesley.

Bussell & Bolle best in R&J. Waste of Yoshida in Vertiginous... (that was fun but it outstayed its welcomed, dancers trapped inside the music).

My wife liked the Tryst pdd and the Carmen excerpts best (sheis more of a Rambert fan) and commented that they had managed to make the auditorium and foyer look like a village hall - lots of bunting and flags, fortunately no balloons, smart white flowers, especially the 12 feet high column in the crush room.

Unappreciative corporate audience, some very elegant ladies.

Onegin opening of act 3 roused everybody but a messy corps - Saunders excellent.

Acosta quite spectacular in Don Q: Nunez pretty good. Putrov nul in Bayadere bronze idol - none of the thrill that Kumakawa brought to this - very safe performance.

Leaves Fading pdd - Cojocaru & Kobborg (I think) well done - but too long and soupy.

Nice to have a varied programme, the defile was jolly, but it did not build or have real energy. Toadying speech at the start by Stretton facing all ways on tradition and innovation, the RB echoing the Queen's qualities.

Audience ettiquete awful - appaluding the national anthem.

Spotted the Devonshires, the Hesletines with the Isaacs. Beryl Grey in a grand tier box.


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AEHandley

24-07-02, 12:02 PM (GMT)
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21. "RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza)"
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   One thing that has struck me about all the reviews of this summer season is that everyone has said that the company looks tired, jetlagged, uninspired, under-rehearsed, injury ridden (well, clearly the last!).

Yet last summer everyone said how fabulous they looked as they came back from the USA! (and I have to agree, the last night of the season just fizzed and sparkled, and I was even impressed by dancers I don't really care for much)

This leads me to agree with Katherine that the mix of styles really is doing the company physical harm, and with others (a) that the narrow range of casting is doing 3/4 of the company psychological harm and (b) that the prevalence of non-heritage works is doing the whole company artistic harm.

Just out of interest, who danced Birthday Offering? Did they do the whole piece or just the pdd? They haven't performed it much in the last 15 yrs, and the last time was oo I think at least 4 yrs ago so I would think that they'd had a bit of trouble bringing that to stage.

In any case, I hope that HM is able to look back on last year's trip to the ballet and think to herself "Well, at least Mummy and Margaret and I had one hell of a night out then". I suspect that if HM were more knowledgeable about ballet she would be thinking "thank heavens Margaret didn't have to see this!"


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Paul A

24-07-02, 01:03 PM (GMT)
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22. "RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza)"
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   Anneliese, They did the entree (cast not named but spotted Putrov and Harvey) with Bussell & Cope in pdd, very plush.

Didn't they do it complete at the Barbican in 1998 for the de Valois centenary.

Despite negotiating the scenery that shouldn't have been hanging there the entree was more polished than I saw them do it sometimes in the 80s.


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alison

24-07-02, 01:35 PM (GMT)
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23. "RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza)"
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   >In any case, I hope that
>HM is able to look
>back on last year's trip
>to the ballet and think
>to herself "Well, at least
>Mummy and Margaret and I
>had one hell of a
>night out then". I
>suspect that if HM were
>more knowledgeable about ballet she
>would be thinking "thank heavens
>Margaret didn't have to see
>this!"

I was wondering how much HM could actually see, given that Deborah Bull said she would be in the Royal Box, as opposed to centre Grand Tier, which was what I'd assumed. Can you even see the back of the stage for the wall in Remanso from there? Suspect she must have missed some of Darcey Bussell in Tryst as well (and in the R&J balcony scene?).

Watching on the big screen in the Piazza, it seemed that the majority of the programme had been chosen specifically to leave us squinting through the gloom trying to pick out the dancers - Remanso was an interesting exercise in trying to recognise Messrs Bolle, Cope and Watson from their limbs alone (dark tops and shorts against a dark background), ditto Vertiginous, Tryst was pretty dark, Carmen looked underlit, R&J is of course set at night ... need I go on? The only bright spots (literally) were Birthday Offering and the Don Quixote pdd.


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sylvia

24-07-02, 05:29 PM (GMT)
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24. "RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza)"
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   I've sat in the balcony box above it before and if it's anything like the royal box you can only see half the stage.

I thought the gala was ok, great in some parts, disappointing in others. I agree with the critics that it wasn't a terribly inspiring gala for the regulars but I'd much rather Stretton not risk the dancers with further injury by rehearsing new work.

I agree that a lot of the gala seemed to take place in darkness! I was in the Clore - wouldn't really recommend it since there are only 150ish people and the atmosphere's very wierd. I think the Piazza would have been better. Out of curiosity, how did they determine who got to stay within the barriers? Was it first come, first serve? And what about the people seated in the very front? Anyway, afterwards I went outside to watch the main dancers take their bows to the crowd in the piazza and meet the Queen. Suffice to say that this part was probably the most exciting for me out of the whole evening.

The huge excerpt from Carmen was a bit of a strange choice but I love Carmen so I was fine with that! Cojocaru and Kobborg were exceptionally good in Leaves. It was also really good to see Coppen dance Onegin, having missed all his performances this summer and Mara was so lovely and graceful in her pdd with Saunders. I also thought Tryst worked extremely well and was very impressed with Nunez and Acosta in Don Q. Nunez was really great, almost outshining Acosta. And I liked the défilè, especially seeing some dancers dance in costume, and others dance in their evening wear.

Vertiginous, Remanso - again! In full! I'd rather they extend Carmen or add on the final pdd of Onegin, or dance In the Middle, but oh well. It's hard to get any perspective from a flat giant screen, maybe it was better from the auditorium.

And I missed Tewsley too.


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Michael LL

25-07-02, 01:54 AM (GMT)
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25. "RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza)"
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   This rather strange gala was a technical disaster, under-rehearsed and arrogantly programmed with too many long items in the first half. Lighting was pretty stygian from the amphi, and it is a pity that Ms Bull couldn't also address the theatre audience in between the items. Maybe that explains the embarrassing gaps. It was a celebration of what Ross Stretton has brought to us this season, and could not be described as a celebration of HMQ or properly of 50 years of the RB. (The programme we should have had started this thread). Carmen was wildly unsuitable, especially as a finale, and as mentioned, finished without applause. Just the Toreador scene, placed earlier, would have been good. There were too many downbeat moments - we would have been better with the Garden scene from M and A for instance. Fortunately. the dancing was mostly excellent. Bussell was on superb form in all three of her items, as was Cope. Guillem especially lovely as Marguerite. Le Riche electric. Watson full of verve and attack. Putrov very underpowered. Acosta and Nunez too careful. Yoshida wasted. Nothing for the full female corps - why not the Shades entry for example. The final defile was jolly, and how lovely to see Collier and Mason back on the ROH stage and dancing. For the record, I think that Birthday Offering featured Hatley, Galeazzi, Ortueta, Burn, Morera, Davies, Harvey, Cervera, Gartside, Meissner, Sasaki and Putrov. Pity they didn't do the whole entree, and how lovely it would have been to see the Air pas de deux as a record of the Coronation gala. A verey frustrating evening, knowing how wonderful the recent Dowell galas have been. He was there with Sibley, and I would love to have been a fly on the wall!!!


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MAB

25-07-02, 10:40 AM (GMT)
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26. "RE: Jubilee Gala (Live relay to the Piazza)"
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   > Acosta and Nunez too
>careful.

Not surprising with the backcloth hung too far forward. Acosta's circuit of the stage was clearly curtailed by it. The incompetence of the stage crew on this occason was staggering.


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Paul A

25-07-02, 10:49 AM (GMT)
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27. "RE: Jubilee Gala "
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   >> Acosta and Nunez too
>>careful.
>
>Not surprising with the backcloth hung
>too far forward. Acosta's
>circuit of the stage was
>clearly curtailed by it.
>The incompetence of the stage
>crew on this occason was
>staggering.


So different in every respect to Urzelaga and Yoshida last August at Dowell's last night. Even their costumes (about to be sold in the sale) were more stylish.


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AEHandley

25-07-02, 07:02 PM (GMT)
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28. "RE: Jubilee Gala "
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   oooh, ooh ooh I LOVED that tutu of Miyako's!!!


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Michael LL

26-07-02, 01:46 AM (GMT)
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29. "RE: Jubilee Gala "
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   Indeed Paul. HMQ would have had a much better time at tonights Don Q, led by the radiant Yoshida, absolute perfection as Kitri, a wonderfully unihibited Basilio from Cope, and gracious and elegant Dryad Queen from Hatley. The reviews by Clement Crisp and Ismene Brown sum up the Gala to a tee.


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Paul A

26-07-02, 01:53 PM (GMT)
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   What a sorry situation.

When does Bruce Sansom finish his time in the US?


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alison

26-07-02, 05:27 PM (GMT)
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31. "RE: Jubilee Gala "
In response to message #29
 
   >a wonderfully
>unihibited Basilio from Cope,

What, even after he fell, took ages getting up, and left us desperately hoping that someone had Kobborg's phone number in case of need? I was looking round all the boys in the corps, wondering if any of them'd be able to partner Yoshida somehow until the end of the act!


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Shirley

27-07-02, 00:18 AM (GMT)
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33. "RE: Jubilee Gala "
In response to message #31
 
   >What, even after he fell, took
>ages getting up, and left
>us desperately hoping that someone
>had Kobborg's phone number in
>case of need?

From what I heard Mr Kobborg was in the wings for the other acts.


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Michael LL

27-07-02, 01:28 AM (GMT)
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34. "RE: Jubilee Gala "
In response to message #31
 
   It looked like he winded himself with the fall, and for a moment it was indeed a worry. Fortunately he just came back and went for it! The hands-off lifts were spectacular. But I did look, and Sasaki was there in the corps.


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John Man

27-07-02, 10:50 PM (GMT)
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36. "RE: Jubilee Gala "
In response to message #31
 
   > > a wonderfully
> > unihibited Basilio from Cope,
>
> What, even after he fell, took
> ages getting up, and left
> us desperately hoping that someone
> had Kobborg's phone number in
> case of need?

Ah, that explains why Kobborg replaced Cope in tonight's Don Q and why he looked so unsure with Yoshida (to the extent of appearing to almost drop her at one point).


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Flight

28-07-02, 06:42 AM (GMT)
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37. "RE: Jubilee Gala "
In response to message #36
 
   Oh! Well, I'm glad I didn't go, then. I really wanted to see Cope doing those one-handed lifts. There really *is* no point in booking for a particular cast at this point in the season.


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alison

26-07-02, 05:29 PM (GMT)
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32. "RE: Jubilee Gala "
In response to message #28
 
   Do you mean the one she wore last year, or the one from Vertiginous?! BTW, I *loathe* Kitri's bridal tutu from the current production.


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AEHandley

27-07-02, 01:55 PM (GMT)
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35. "RE: Jubilee Gala "
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   The one she wore last August (as seen on the front of the programme)


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