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bertrande

29-06-02, 04:26 PM (GMT)
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"Belinda Hatley: Principal material?"
 
   Hi,

This is my first post here although I have been lurking for quite a bit prior to this. I first caught Belinda Hatley on DVD dancing one of the fairies in Sleeping Beauty (the one with Viviana Durante) and I was bowled over by her dancing in the variation.

I read on ballet.co's 'Dancer' pages that she seems to be on the verge of being promoted to principal. However, since her return from injury, she has not been cast in *any* principal parts. Galeazzi, Nunez and more obviously Tapper have been given the 'big breaks' so as to speak. I do not know RB's policy about older dancers (Hatley can't be that young since she has been first soloist since c1998(?))but is there a chance still that this wonderful dancer will be further pushed by management to tackle roles beyond the Neopolitan Dance (and the likes of it) that she has been cast in this season?

Any comments? Thanks!


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Belinda Hatley: Principal material? sylvia 29-06-02 1
     RE: Belinda Hatley: Principal material? Tim Powell 29-06-02 2
         RE: Belinda Hatley: Principal material? MichellePotter 01-07-02 3
  RE: Belinda Hatley: Principal material? Andrew 01-07-02 4
  RE: Belinda Hatley: Principal material? gd 01-07-02 5
     RE: Belinda Hatley: Principal material? Paul A 01-07-02 6
         RE: Belinda Hatley: Principal material? Michael LL 02-07-02 7
             RE: Belinda Hatley: Principal material? Robert 04-07-02 8

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sylvia

29-06-02, 07:54 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Belinda Hatley: Principal material?"
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   LAST EDITED ON 29-06-02 AT 07:56 PM (GMT)

Hiya bertrande. Congrats on delurking.

I guess my opinion is that the roles for next season are already quite stretched since there are so many talented female principals and soloists. I definitely hope Belinda Hatley is cast in some but she's only just come back and perhaps Stretton still needs time to familiarise himself with what she's capable of on stage. I remember him saying in an article something like he prioritised the dancers' health and and no one's progress would be hindered because of injury. So I'm crossing my fingers.

Sylvia


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Tim Powell

29-06-02, 08:18 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Belinda Hatley: Principal material?"
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   I am strongly of the view that Belinda Hatley deserves elevation but it is fair to remember that under the previous regime she did not enjoy the smooth promotion many of us wanted. She did a superb Giselle at a Wells matinee and then seemed to stagnate.

My view is that if Stretton is fit to be AD of such a great company that he should be able to judge a dancer pretty rapidly and not need all these Don Q's,etc., to assess their ability.

It also seems to me that if all the future roles
are already alocated it should be a simple matter to publish cast lists at a reasonable date and thus allow people to make their ticketing arrangements.


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MichellePotter

01-07-02, 01:02 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Belinda Hatley: Principal material?"
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   Belinda Hatley danced the lead in Tryst in one of the extra performances of the triple bill in Sydney. She did a wonderful job in my opinion and brought totally different qualities to the pas de deux from Darcey Bussell. Much softer, more feminine interpretation (a very strong technical performance too).


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Andrew

01-07-02, 10:28 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Belinda Hatley: Principal material?"
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   I have always thought of Ms. Hatley as one of the better dancers at the Royal Ballet and book to see her dance whenever I can obtain the necessary cast list! Her superb mix of radiance, grace and wit, when combined with her strong sense of delight at being on stage, make her a wondeful dancer to watch. By the way, I am not entirely convinced that her lack of promotion is not linked to her husband's 'defection' to 'K' Ballet. I sincerely hope that Mr. Stretton shows a broader mind!


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gd

01-07-02, 12:25 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Belinda Hatley: Principal material?"
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   Belinda typifies so much of what an 'English style' dancer is - musicality, epaulement, sensitivity, beautiful arms etc., a type of dancer all too rare in the RB at present and one exemplifying a style which does not seem particularly prized.
As a result I would be delighted but very surprised to see her promoted to principal...


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Paul A

01-07-02, 04:25 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Belinda Hatley: Principal material?"
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   >Belinda typifies so much of what
>an 'English style' dancer is
>- musicality, epaulement, sensitivity, beautiful
>arms etc., a type of
>dancer all too rare in
>the RB at present and
>one exemplifying a style which
>does not seem particularly prized.
>
>As a result I would be
>delighted but very surprised to
>see her promoted to principal...
>


Definitely! Agree so much - I repeat myself on this board but her Cinderella was excellent, no less a performance than the Ondine that secured Wildor's promotion in 1999.


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Michael LL

02-07-02, 02:01 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Belinda Hatley: Principal material?"
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   Not to mention her wonderful Auroras, Lises etc. A truly exquisite artist. She has been plagued by injury, often at the wrong times, and the latest has been terrible. Belinda has always struck me as a shy girl, so I wonder if she isn't pushy enough of herself. Anyway she is a principal ballerina in the eyes of most of Us Regulars!


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Robert

04-07-02, 06:08 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Belinda Hatley: Principal material?"
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   I wonder if Andrew is right? I once suggested that her promotion had been hindered by her husband's defection to Japan and everyone said I was being unfair, she still has not been promoted.


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