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Bruce Madmin

25-11-99, 07:52 PM (GMT)
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"RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
 
  
I was lucky enough to be invited to last night's RB performance at the Opera House and here are some brief thoughts on the place and the repertoire. It's not intended as a full review - more like early news on the return of an old friend...

The auditorium looks almost identical to before - a cursory look would lead you to conclude that the place had had a good spring clean and some new paint. Looking more closely you start to spot loads of detail changes - it's a bit like one of those competition in which you spot the differences between two very nearly identical pictures.

The entrances are arranged rather differently, the rake on the stalls is now much more noticeable and looking at the stage the wings now seem far less cramped. And the seats, in the stalls at least, all have air conditioning grills underneath them.

The main place to congregate in the intervals seems to be the Floral Hall where there are bars and food counters. The Amphitheatre also seems to have a long bar. The Floral Hall is a nice space, though it's not as long as I thought it might me. And with London arts' greatest all out in force it was heaving!

There's a great temptation of course to think that the 200M has been spent on the bits the audience use, but of course the reality is that the majority has been spent on the infrastructure you need to support such an orchestra and opera and ballet companies.

I was also intrigued that the National Lottery was broadcast from the Linbury Studio Theatre while we were there and yet those who were there for RB would have had no idea that anything else was going on elsewhere. All very slick I think.

The rep was originally to be a preview of the International Choreographers programme that will be unveiled properly in December. But the problems with the stage, or whatever, has caused them to change to a slightly more conventional gala approach - though still with lots of international choreographers..

The running order was:

Still Life excerpt. Martin Harvey took the Philip Broomhead role as the Southern Cape Zebra. Always enjoy it. The dancers looked thin and trimmer possibly - or was this the lighting?

Barber Violin Concerto by Peter Martins for Bussell and Burley. Nice to see Darcey in a new party piece. The only thing I really remember of this is that Burley is a big chap!

L'apres-midi d'un Faune. Bejart and his man thing to Debussy. The dancer was Octavio Stanley - I believe from Bejart's own company. Very muscular and steady as a rock, he impressed everybody and this piece noticeably got much more applause than did Darcey.

Cry Baby Kreisler by Matthew Hart closed out the first part of the programme. Wildor and Cope had fun - great fun and it was good to see Cope looking very fit and well.

AFter the interval Colin Southgate and Chris Smith said perhaps a few too many words.

Puirt-a-Beul. The Tuckett piece to Celtic mouth music. I normally love this but the lack of set, large stage and bad sound system (it's all recorded rather than played live) meant that much of its innocent charm was lost. Yohei Sasaki impressed again - so neat, mannered, precise and musical. He is also a good and considerate partner.

The Dream pdd. Wildor and Sansom looking divine of course.

Junk Man pdd from Known by Heart by Twyla Tharp. I almost thought this has the feel of a William Forsythe piece. Danced with attack and attitude by Susan Jaffe and Ethan Stiefel. Stiefel is guesting some more with RB and looked a handy bloke to have. But he didn't register with me in the same way as Kobborg did when we saw him on the last Dance Bites tour.

Balcony pdd from Romeo and Juliet. Yoshida and Cope. Probably the best dancing of the night for me (The Bejart running a close second). Their height difference is of no consequence and he moved her round like a feather. I hope we see them dance together more.

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude by William Forsythe. Nice if odd tutu costumes by Stephen Galloway. They seemed to be made of discs of foam. Bull, Benjamin and Revie were accompanied by Kobborg and Victor Alvarez. It seemed more ballet than perhaps I'm used to with Forsythe. Need to see this again. The 'find' was Alvarez who has only just joined the company as a First Soloist and yet seemed Principal material. Kobborg impressed again (even if he did fall over).

Nice to see the Covent Garden stage back in action!



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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Ann Williams 25-11-99 1
     RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Michael 26-11-99 2
         RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Eugene 26-11-99 3
             RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Bruce Madmin 26-11-99 4
                 RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Bruce Wall 26-11-99 5
                     RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Eugene Merrett 26-11-99 6
                         RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Lynette 26-11-99 7
                     RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Bruce Madmin 26-11-99 8
                 RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Stuart Sweeney 27-11-99 11
  RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Maria Montas 27-11-99 9
     RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Bruce Madmin 27-11-99 12
     RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Jenny Delaney 28-11-99 14
     RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Peng Chiang 29-11-99 15
         RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Bruce Madmin 29-11-99 16
  RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Karen 27-11-99 10
     RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Bruce Madmin 27-11-99 13
         RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Stephanie 29-11-99 17
             RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Ann Williams 29-11-99 18
             RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Anneliese 29-11-99 19
                 RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Eugene Merrett 30-11-99 20
                     RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Anneliese 30-11-99 21
                         RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Eugene 01-12-99 22
             RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 alison 01-12-99 23
                 RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11 Stephanie 01-12-99 24

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Ann Williams

25-11-99, 10:16 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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Nice to have his this 'foretaste', Bruce, and frankly I'm pea-green with envy that you got invited to this very special early RB show. Shows the (deserved) clout you have gained.

But did you see that hilarious Evening Standard report of the special Tuesday performance of this programme for the ROH builders/hardhats? Just one comment:

'Finishing supervisor Joe Bedminster took exception to L'Apres Midi D'une Faun. "That guy with the flesh-coloured trunks", he said "everyone thought he was naked and when he started doing funny things with his legs, everyone said, 'that's it'.

I ask you. Showing 'Faun' to a lot of builders...

Can anyone think of the least ideal programme to introduce builders and the like to ballet? 'Les Sylphides' would be top of my list.


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Michael

26-11-99, 02:12 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   I too was lucky enough to be invited and it was wonderful to be back. As you say Bruce, the auditorium is much the same but looking very smart, but it seems to have been transplanted into very different front of house. The old foyer has lost the cosy look - it is very grand. There are spectacular views down from the amphi bar both inside and out.

The RB company looked delighted to be back. I absolutely agree that the star turns of the evening were the Divine Sarah and Noble Johnny. Alvarez and Kobborg are tremendous assets.

Lets hope all goes well for next week...


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Eugene

26-11-99, 10:40 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   Sorry to be a grump but based on these observation it seems that very little has changed. The auditorium is more or less identical. The benefits in new theatre technology benefit opera only. Because ballet sets are simpler and ballet is performed several nights in a row it does not require the advance stage technology. (That is why Sadlers Wells in considered unsuitable for opera but ideal for ballet).

I suppose the merging of the ampthitheatre with the rest of the house satisfies the class warrior in all of us. However we are stuck with a auditorium that has poor sight lines for ballet and is far too small for opera.

I would ask you to consider - is the closure of the house for 2 and half years a price worth paying for what we have got.


The only really good thing that has come out of this is the sacking of 300 staff who are not need and the imposition of new contracts which eliminate most Spanish practices. This has resulted in a lowering of ticket prices. But a simple lock out would do this for a lot less money.


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Bruce Madmin

26-11-99, 11:31 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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I think all of us need to see the new Covent Garden a few times before making any statements that are so judgemental.

It is easy to think that little has changed in the auditorium and therefore why has 200m been spent? It certainly struck me, and others, at first!

But the Royal Opera House project is a much bigger endeavour then that. We all concentrate on the auditorium, but the reality is that 500 people are needed to make it all happen and they have been scattered over London and nearly all working in less than ideal conditions. Often very less than ideal. So a lot money has been spent on necessary infrastructure - infrastructure that has been neglected for decades. Unfortunately infrastructure projects carry less kudos and are not very sexy. But you need good infrastructure or you slowly die as people go elsewhere to create the best art.

But it is not just about infrastructure. There are two new theatres that few of us have yet seen. And the public spaces are much bigger and better. And of course there is access during the day. The new Covent Garden is much more an arts resource than just a place you go for a night of big opera or ballet. We've yet to see the reality of this of course, but it is now possible, whereas before it was not.

I also think that although little has visibly changed in the main house, the effect of all the detail changes will be to make it a much better place to see performances.

Many would disagree with your comments on managing a large institution and stage. Even those that may agree with you in part would suggest that the points can be made with more respect for the reality of peoples lives.




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Bruce Wall

26-11-99, 12:56 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   Dear Bruce,

As ever, thank you for your wonderful eye and insightful keyboard.

A brief question: In the Barber you note only two dancers. Am I right in thinking therefore they only do the second movement of the ballet with the ballerina and modern (male) dancer - as opposed to the whole which requires four dancers (2 ballet m& f & 2 modern m&f). If this is the case, I can but feel it won't make a huge impact. It really is about the whole -- and only if people know that will the excerpting work.

Grateful for your comments.


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Eugene Merrett

26-11-99, 04:35 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   I am not saying that there is no benefit from the re-construction but I do believe that the benefits are too few given the huge costs.

I am not convince that anything other then an improvement in back stage facilities and electrical systemns is really necessary. And that should not have required close for two years and all ghastly publicity and financial problems that occurred as a result of it.

Regarding its lobby areas - it had the best lobby area of any opera house in the world- the Covent Garden Piazza - so who needs the Floral Hall!

However it is built now so there is no point in fussy over spilt milk.

Maybe Isaacs delibrately went headlong into this project fully aware of the inevitable financial catastrophe but gambling that the government will bail them out with even more money. This is a gamble he won but at great cost to his personal reputation!


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Lynette

26-11-99, 04:43 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   Well, Eugene, since you disapprove of the rebuilding, I take it you will be withdrawing your labour, as it were, and not attending any performances ?


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Bruce Madmin

26-11-99, 07:03 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   Confirm there were only 2 in the Barber. Interestingly the cast list (there was no programme) does not say that only a part of a larger work was being danced.

Hopefully we will see 4 dancers in the 'proper' International Choreographers bill.


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Stuart Sweeney

27-11-99, 12:02 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   LAST EDITED ON 27-Nov-99 AT 12:06 PM (GMT)

I agree with Bruce that it is appropriate to wait until we all have a few visits under our belts before we draw conclusions. However, I have some sympathy for Eugene's concerns about the auditorium. I hope that the sight-lines are a LOT better in the new ROH. Of the various auditoriums in London where I have seen dance, I would say that the old ROH was the worst in this respect, so there is a great deal of scope for improvement. I hope that it will rival the new SW or the Coliseum for ballet goers and that the talk about the auditorium looking much the same will hopefully be supplanted by rave reviews for the sight-lines from a wide range of seats. However, the initial comments of many have started some alarm bells ringing in the distance for me.

I'm pleased that the RB dancers are getting such excellent facilities, which is what all dancers deserve. However, as Deborah Bull has pointed out in her Telegraph article this week, she always felt priviliged in the old RB rehearsal space and was aware that it was standing empty when some of the best dancers in the country from the Sue Davies Company and similar were rehearsing in drafty Church halls, without shower facilities.



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Maria Montas

27-11-99, 05:00 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   Thanks Bruce for sharing your views with us - I'm eagerly awaiting to hear from all you about the actual opening Galas. I'm curious to know if the Junk Man ppd by Twyla Tharp danced by Jaffe and Stiefel will be featured in the Opening Night Galas on December 1 and 4 or was this scheduled only for the International Choreographers showcases? Also, we are not getting the Galas televised here in the U.S. - I do hope that many of you tape - we would be delighted to purchase a copy from you. One last thing Bruce, if you are in touch with Jenny Delaney, would you kindly ask her to email me - I have tried to send her a message numerous times but I never reach her. Meanwhile, my best regards to all of you and again, thank you in advance for sharing all the exciting news of the upcoming RB return to Covent Garden with us here. BRAVO to you all!!!
Fondly, Maria Montas


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Bruce Madmin

27-11-99, 06:18 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   >I'm curious to
>know if the Junk Man ppd
>by Twyla Tharp danced by Jaffe
>and Stiefel will be featured in
>the Opening Night Galas on December
>1 and 4 or was this
>scheduled only for the International Choreographers
>showcases?

The following link says whats happening when...

http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/news/176.html

To save time... The Tharp is supposed to only be part of the International Choreographers Bill. So it should not be seen on the 1st or 4th.

However... the performance on the 24th featured pieces that were different to those originally planned. And we know that there are a few problems with the stage and that there is juggling around TV schedules and goodness knows what else... so there is plenty of scope for change. However the idea on the 1st and 4th is to showcase past RB repertoire and I suspect they will try mighty hard to stay with that.


>Also, we are not
>getting the Galas televised here in
>the U.S. - I do hope
>that many of you tape -
>we would be delighted to purchase
>a copy from you. One
>last thing Bruce, if you are
>in touch with Jenny Delaney, would
>you kindly ask her to email
>me - I have tried to
>send her a message numerous times
>but I never reach her.

Will do


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Jenny Delaney

28-11-99, 00:47 AM (GMT)
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14. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   Maria, sorry to hear that.

I've sent you an email, but try contacting me on clanwilliam@bigfoot.com or clanwilliam@freeuk.com, both of which are the same address!

Jenny


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Peng Chiang

29-11-99, 05:41 AM (GMT)
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15. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   >Also, we are not getting the Galas televised here >in the U.S.

If you happen to live near the Canada/U.S. border, you may be able to pick up the CBC broadcast of the ROH opening on antenna/satellite. It's a 2-hour show on Dec.2nd from 8-10pm EST. Who knows how much of the ballet performances they'll show? Somehow I don't think Canadians will be seeing the entire gala in just 2 hours. I hope they don't show too much opera and edit out the ballet parts.
How long is the gala broadcast on BBC supposed to be?


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Bruce Madmin

29-11-99, 08:13 AM (GMT)
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16. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   >How long is
>the gala broadcast on BBC supposed
>to be?

It starts at 20:00 and goes through to 22:30.

However there is a note that subsequent programmmes may run late...



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Karen

27-11-99, 06:56 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   I am green with envy! I would have loved to be there. I'm amazed: AIR CONDITIONING!!! How up-to-date! I remember when the stalls seats were all on wooden plinths so they could all be removed. AND I have a weak ankle from tripping on one of them (the plinth, I mean). I'm glad they didn't totally change the auditorium. Did they do anything about the seating arrangements in the slips, though? Just curious. I have some fond, student-days memories. Raking the stalls certainly seems most sensible - did they raise the stalls-circle to compensate?
I agree with what you point out - that it was fixing the infrastructure that was the main thing that needed doing. Having worked at Covent Garden, I can tell you it was most primitive. Be most thankful that they didn't just decide to throw out the baby with the bathwater and tear the whole thing down as they did here to the Old Met(ropolitan Opera House). It, too, suffered from lack of room backstage,(worse than Covent Garden), no airconditioning, (very important when it's over 90 degrees outside), and from all the other problems associated with having been built in the 19th century. By the way, did I understand correctly from a previous posting that there is a problem with the new turntable? Ha! That's exactly what happened at the New Met when it opened in 1966: the powers that were decided to save money by getting a cheaper one which held less weight, and the very first production required more weight than it could hold. At any rate, now that there are more bells and whistles backstage, maybe some ballet designer will actually use some of them to good effect.


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Bruce Madmin

27-11-99, 06:31 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   >I am green with envy! I
>would have loved to be there.
> I'm amazed: AIR CONDITIONING!!!

Well to be truthful, I now read it is comfort cooling - but it will have the same effect in summer I think!

>How
>up-to-date! I remember when the
>stalls seats were all on wooden
>plinths so they could all be
>removed. AND I have a
>weak ankle from tripping on one
>of them (the plinth, I mean).
> I'm glad they didn't totally
>change the auditorium. Did they
>do anything about the seating arrangements
>in the slips, though? Just
>curious.

The upper and lower slips are still there. If the views are any better it is too soon to be said. ditto if the seats are any easier on the back!

>I have some fond,
>student-days memories. Raking the stalls
>certainly seems most sensible - did
>they raise the stalls-circle to compensate?

Not sure about that. They may have lowered the stage a little and there was some scope for improving the stalls rake without doing anything much to the Stalls Circle.

>I agree with what you point
>out - that it was fixing
>the infrastructure that was the main
>thing that needed doing. Having
>worked at Covent Garden, I can
>tell you it was most primitive.
> Be most thankful that they
>didn't just decide to throw out
>the baby with the bathwater and
>tear the whole thing down as
>they did here to the Old
>Met(ropolitan Opera House). It, too,
>suffered from lack of room backstage,(worse
>than Covent Garden), no airconditioning, (very
>important when it's over 90 degrees
>outside), and from all the other
>problems associated with having been built
>in the 19th century. By the
>way, did I understand correctly from
>a previous posting that there is
>a problem with the new turntable?

There are problems with the stage systems - IT systems mainly I think. Trying to get lots of IT to work together is a painfull process. Whatever the problem, doutless contracts are being reviewed for consequential damages clauses!

The other thing is that trying to actually run and use all these new systems is tricky - obviously training helps, but it takes time to become familiar.


> Ha! That's exactly what
>happened at the New Met when
>it opened in 1966: the powers
>that were decided to save money
>by getting a cheaper one which
>held less weight, and the very
>first production required more weight than
>it could hold. At any
>rate, now that there are more
>bells and whistles backstage, maybe some
>ballet designer will actually use some
>of them to good effect.



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Stephanie

29-11-99, 01:56 PM (GMT)
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17. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   Over the last couple of weeks I have been having loads of training at the House and indeed it is looking fantastic. For me, I feel that the greatest improvements are in respects to disabled access. There are now 7 (ish) lifts - some express to the amphi (no more walking up 000's of stairs) - others stopping at every level, increased number of seats, toliets with doors that open when you press a button (I've had great fun with those!!) and great training for all the staff - we were even taught a bit of sign language!!

The Floral Hall is extremely beautiful - however, I haven't been in there when it has been v full and I am not sure how much ambience it may have - any comments Bruce?

Air conditioning is indeed at every level (what joy!!!) - but that does mean that we have to encourage everyone to put their coats and bags into the cloakroom (hint hint )so that they don't block the air vents.

As I am sure it has been said, there is now wooden flooring throughout. Although I haven't heard anything sung in there, I have been assured that it is supposed to help the accoustics a lot. However, PLEASE don't laugh if you see ushers walking a in very funny manner to avoid making a noise during the performance - I better get rubber put onto the bottom of my shoes!

Another change (as I am sure you all know) is that the Crush Bar is now a Crush Room. I was working on Saturday for the Friends day and many people were very saddened that the staircase to the balcony had been taken away (I think really it was because they liked feeling v important when they walked down it!) - however many really liked it - it has a wonderful atmosphere in the evening as the chandlier give a great lighting effect.

The sight lines have been improved - a major change is that all the boxes have been re-aligned so that they actualy face the stage instead of eachother!! One thing I would advise against is the upper and lower slips near the stage - you really cannot see very much. However the seats nearer the back of the auditorium are excellent value.

I worked last Tuesday for the hard hat performance and agree with Bruce that Octavio Stanley was absolutely amazing - seeing him dance was one of those great moments - I truely couldn't believe that I was being paid to watch it - what a great job! Regarding the programming for the evening - I think someone mentioned that it wasn't the best choices for a lot of builders and people new to ballet - however I think it was inspired!! It vered away for the trad tutu piece and there was loads of items where the guys could look really masculine - I think it broke down a lot of pre-conviced ideas. Someone told me that he was speaking to a builder who thought that he hated ballet and was only there because of his wife - but he loved it and was definately planning to go again!

I realise that this is rather long - sorry - but if you agree with the amount of money spent of it or not, the bottom line is that we have all blessed to have a 1st class venue, which is not only sumptuous, but also affordable.


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Ann Williams

29-11-99, 06:47 PM (GMT)
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18. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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Stephanie -

The only thing that worries me is 'how much have the sightlines been improved?'. To me, the appalling sightlines were the biggest bugbear of the old ROH. I recall once paying 57.00 for a seat in the orchestra stalls and seeing only the top half of the dancers! In fact, it was very difficult to have a full view of the stage from anywhere in the house bar the middle seats in the grand circle without giving yourself severe neck strain. Only by considerably increasing the rakings, lowering the stage and realigning the rows of seating will a significant improvement in the sightlines be achieved (did I mention I have a degree in theatre architecture?).

Seriously, I will be disappointed if there is not a considerable improvement in the sightlines. It seems to me that, as far as the audience is concerned, this is far more important than air-conditioning and state-of-the-art loos.


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Anneliese

29-11-99, 10:06 PM (GMT)
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19. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   Stephanie, I am SO disappointed to hear your news - I LOVED walking down the big staircase from the balcony to the crush bar!!!!!


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Eugene Merrett

30-11-99, 12:28 PM (GMT)
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20. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   Actually I am sort of glad the stairs were removed because it looked a bit out of place. There is no substitute for a grand staircase in the best tradition of English country house! I wll certainly look forward to seeing the crush bar as it reminds so much of an English country house in Jane Austin time.

Regarding sightlines - i never had a problem with any seats in the stall except the front few rows. It is the side seats that are problematic. Ironically I was glad that there were semi-restricted view seats when I was a student. It allowed me to go the opera at affordable prices.


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Anneliese

30-11-99, 07:09 PM (GMT)
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21. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   Eugene, you could afford semi-restricted view seats as a STUDENT?!? The last opera I saw (die entfuhrung) cost me 47-50 for a semi-restricted view - and we considered that expensive as dinkys! But if you get the best couple of those seats (i.e. right next to the non-restricted ones) they represent "good value". You may have to get stroppy with your neighbours closer to the stage if they rest their hands on the ledge, though - Robin missed an entire pas de deux that way and was most miffed.


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Eugene

01-12-99, 11:08 AM (GMT)
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22. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   I remember paying 20 for Tosca second row of the balconey sides. In fact after a few times I realized that if you take the last seat in the row you could vacate the seat and stand close to the ledge and get a full view.

I would never do this for ballet where viewing angles and perspective are vital. I would rather stand or sit far back and use binoculars. (Standing for opera is no good as the sound is very poor and untill recently the subtitles were obscured.


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alison

01-12-99, 01:26 PM (GMT)
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23. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   Stephanie, I meant to ask, were you on the TV the other night?


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Stephanie

01-12-99, 03:10 PM (GMT)
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24. "RE: RB Preview Performance @ ROH 24/11"
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   I don't know - the front of house programme was on Saturday night and I thought that it was on Sunday so I missed it!! I couldn't believe it! Did anyone spot a girl with short blonde hair??

Opening night tonight - I am so pleased that I have been posted in the auditorium! Hopefully I'll be on a level where the usher seat has a decent view (ie not grand circle where the seat is behind the boxes where you cannot see the stage or any of the audience!)

I'll tell you all tomorrow!


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