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Eugene Merrett

08-06-99, 03:05 PM (GMT)
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"Irek Mukhamedev and the Evening Standard"
   The Standard has a long article about Mukhamadev and his prospects for becoming the next leader of the company. He really wants the job. He provides very good reasons as to his suitability for the job. He wants to import some Bolshoi style productions. More importantly he wants to improve technical standards from the Royal ballet school upwards.

However it appears Bintley is also very interested. He modestly suggest jointly management with Irek.

I think Mukhamedev would be a good choice but I would still choose Bintley over Mukhamdev by virtue of his proven mangement record and of course his choreography!

The Standard even refers to this website and the poll indicating the preference for Mukhamdev. It refers to us as THE fans website - sounds like a football supporters club!

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  RE: Irek Mukhamedev and the Evening Standard Bruce Madmin 08-06-99 1
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Bruce Madmin

08-06-99, 04:07 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Irek Mukhamedev and the Evening Standard"
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   Very, very interesting!

Yet to take it all in, but Irek is being very Bolshoi (big) in setting out his stall. Bintley, as Englishman with job already, is much more guarded. And not interested in a joint deal. Quite right - they would have 'hit it off' long before now if it was meant to be. There is a joint bid that I think might work (Sansom and Bull) but thats for another post.

It's interesting that they both (back to Irek and David) see it as worthwhile talking to the press. I'm encouraged - in days past it would have been settled with a puff of white smoke and no more open debate.

I'm also encouaged that our Mini-poll is mentioned! As this goes on I think we will sample again from time to time.

Here is the quote about us...

"Among the faded, sagging sofas in the company green room at the top of the ballet school's oak staircase there is a growing feeling that Mukhamedov is the man to breathe new life into a moribund company - an opinion reflected on the fans' ballet website yesterday, where the voting page on the Royal Ballet directorship is accessed by 55 countries.

Mukhamedov had 32.9 per cent of the vote, Bintley 25 per cent, Sylvie Guillem 9.2 per cent and the others, including Derek Deane, Wayne Eagling and Maina Gielgud, barely registered on the scale."

Shame he did not mention our URL!

Its looks like Evening Standard are changing their URL's but hopfully this will work for you:


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08-06-99, 09:13 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Irek Mukhamedev and the Evening Standard"
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   Actually I might welcome the prospect of Derek Deane becoming the AD of the RB. He may currently scorn the Royal Ballet but I am sure he would love the job!

If he does not get the job we will never hear the end of it from him about English dancers etc in his typically vulgar manner. It is only a matter of time before one of his dancers appears on page 3 of the Sun or in Loaded in the same state of undress. Maybe if he became RB AD he will become more circumspect!

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