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Terry Amos

25-10-99, 11:17 PM (GMT)
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"Bintley to stay at BRB"
 
   I was surprised to see no comment in postings at the news that David Bintley has decided not to take over the Royal Ballet when Dowell steps down. In case anyone has not heard the news, I will give a brief summary based on the article in Thursday's Birmingham Post and on Bintley's talk to the BRB friends in Sunderland on Friday.

It seems that earlier this year it was made clear that the Opera House wanted him as director of RB. Bintley said that was "hugely flattering but he was very happy in Birmingham". In the end he couldn't see that the ROH could offer him anything that he didn't have with BRB. One thing he particularly liked about BRB was the warmth and friendliness which he thought was due to being in a much smaller city than London and the amount of touring the company did.

It always seemed likely that Bintley would be the first choice for Covent Garden. It seemed equally likely he would turn the job down; after all his previous spell at the ROH was hardly a very happy one. For fans of BRB and, I understand, particularly for the dancers, the news comes as a relief.


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  RE: Bintley to stay at BRB alison 26-10-99 1
     RE: Bintley to stay at BRB Ann 26-10-99 2
  RE: Bintley to stay at BRB Bruce Madmin 28-10-99 3
     RE: Bintley to stay at BRB Caroline Ferreira 28-10-99 4
         RE: Bintley to stay at BRB Bruce Madmin 28-10-99 5

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alison

26-10-99, 01:26 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Bintley to stay at BRB"
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   "No comment" was probably because none of us could seriously see him leaving BRB anyway - and who could blame him?


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Ann

26-10-99, 06:23 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Bintley to stay at BRB"
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   Good for him. The provinces are enriched by, and greatly appreciate, his efforts.


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Bruce Madmin

28-10-99, 00:12 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Bintley to stay at BRB"
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   I'm rather saddened by this and my admiration for Bintley has if anything gone down.

In the first instance I think it appalling that he has gone public in this way. Absolutely appalling. Somebody will be offered the job and somebody will accept, but the impression given is that they are second best in some way. There was no need for Bintley to blow his trumpet like this - all he had to do was continue to tell people that he was very happy where he was and was not contemplating a move. That gives the Royal Ballet the best chance of securing the services of somebody else.

And anyway who is to say that Bintley was first choice anyway? It is well within the bounds of probability that others, like Bintley, were approached for a discrete word and for whatever reason choose neither to accept or to blurt it out and make the RB search committees job more difficult. Bintley should know better.

If he didn't have the wherewithal to accept than clearly those who had a chat with him about the possibility are probably glad it went the way it did. Many, if not those more directly associated with BRB, had higher expectations of him.


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Caroline Ferreira

28-10-99, 10:22 AM (GMT)
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   Having read the article in the Post, I must say that personally, I did not think his words were offensive, but rather informative. He in no way indicated that he felt he was 'first choice' but obviously felt it necessary to publicly take himself out of the race and I think he did that with respect and good grace.


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Bruce Madmin

28-10-99, 10:56 PM (GMT)
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   I have not seen the Post piece, but I gather there was also something in the Times (which I can't find unfortunately) but from Terry's posting it is very clear that Bintley is telling people that he was offered the job. No matter how well presented I believe this is a poor way to carry on, and less than appropriate behaviour for somebody at this level.


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