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Stuart Sweeney

22-10-99, 09:02 PM (GMT)
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"Ashley Page"
 
   I have to say that I feel a bit sorry for Mr Page and the battering that he has received on these pages over the past weeks. I am minded of a phrase that was adopted for a famous cricketer who put in some bad performances along with the brilliant - 'Only mediocrity is always at its best'

'Fearful Symmetries ' is a splendid piece by any standards. 'Room of Cooks' is one of the most intriguingly dark and mysterious pieces I have seen on the stage. I enjoyed 'Soft Underbelly' greatly and my friend who knows a thing or two about choreography said that it was comfortably the most assured and interesting choreography on display in that 'Dance Bites' programme which included 'Galanteries'. The recent piece for Irek has been generally well received.

In the words of the song, let's emphasise the positive.


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  RE: Ashley Page Stuart Sweeney 01-11-99 1
     RE: Ashley Page Ann Williams 01-11-99 2
         RE: Ashley Page Anneliese 02-11-99 3
             RE: Ashley Page Eugene MERRETT 03-11-99 4

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Stuart Sweeney

01-11-99, 07:26 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Ashley Page"
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   LAST EDITED ON 01-Nov-99 AT 07:28 PM (GMT)

Following the most recent ballet.co poll, I am seriously thinking of setting up a new campaigning group, PCAP - Prevention of Cruelty to Ashley Page. Am I the only person who sees merit in a number of his works? There is such a paucity of good new work for ballet companies in this country and the US, that I do have sympathy for someone who can come up with the goods at least some of the time.

I have to say that I am sceptical as to whether a choreographer can create high quality work looking over his shoulder at what audiences want, as is suggested in the review of the poll. I suspect that most of those that we admire greatly didn't do this for one instant.


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Ann Williams

01-11-99, 08:17 PM (GMT)
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Hear, hear, Stuart. I absolutely agree with every word you say about Ashley Page. I've loved some of his work - I thought 'Quartet' the piece he created for the recent Mukhamedov show at SW was, frankly, the most interesting piece on the programme. I love 'Room of Cooks' and 'Walk and Talk' too. Yes, I dislike some of his work, but I also dislike some Ashton, MacMillan and Balanchine too.

So there.


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Anneliese

02-11-99, 06:10 PM (GMT)
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   I love "walk & talk" too, and the thing on the Dance Bites tour I thought was great (agree, much better than "galanteries" - Mozart ballet doesn't work for me). Interesting thing I noticed when watching "ballet boyz" - the music for " cheating, lying, stealing" sounded v. similar to that for "walk & talk".

Sorry about mehitabel typing - right hand is full of baby Tim.


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Eugene MERRETT

03-11-99, 03:20 PM (GMT)
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   I did like Fearful Symetries.

But I think that Ashley Page is quite challenging, The choice of music and the subtle themes of his almost plotless ballets are not always to follow. I am afraid I always left bewildered by his work. I could not make head or tail of Tinsel and Sawdust!

He does not always make life easy by not having some explanation note in the program. That would be greatly appreciative.

This is in contrast to William Tucket whose ballets are easy to follow and are more interesting. I refer to his latest work for the Irek Mukhamdev show, the sylish Taming of the Shrew (loved by colleagues who had never been to ballet before) and that charming Celtic ballet - "Preut" something.

Maybe the RB should promote him more!


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