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Tomoko.A

16-01-00, 10:38 PM (GMT)
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"Deborah Bull"
 
   I always wanted to ask on this site about Deborah Bull. I would like to read anything she writes and I admire her intelligence. I'm sure her future is bright whatever she will choose to do as her second career when she is retired. As for her dancing career, I know only a little. It is common knowledge that she is excellent in modern works, especially Forsythe's and it is undeniable that she has been contributing a great deal to the company. She represents the RB from an artist's point of view. She has danced the leading roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote although I've never seen her dance those roles. The RB is one of the greatest classical ballet companies in the world and therefore its Principal dancers are world class dancers such as Bussell, Durante, Guillem and Yoshida. They appear at world ballet festivals and guest other companies. Compared to those Principals, Bull's profile as a Principal dancer seems to be low outside of this country. Don't get me wrong ! I do like her ! I met her when she came to my town for a talk show with John Tooley and she was really lovely. I just don't know well her dancing career. She said on this show that it took her a long time to reach the Principal rank. She danced neither many great classical leading roles, nor danced the leading roles in the two great British choreographers, Ashton and MacMillan's works, i.e. she was never Cinderella,never Lise, never Juliet, never Manon, as far as I know. Can the dancer still become or stay a Principal of the RB ? I recall people's comments when Wildor was promoted to Principal last summer. But she had danced Giselle, Juliet, Manon, Cinderella and Lise. (OK, not yet Aurora and Odette) I would like to know what you think. Correct me if I'm wrong.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Deborah Bull Ann Williams 17-01-00 1
     RE: Deborah Bull alison 18-01-00 2
         RE: Deborah Bull Ann 18-01-00 3
             RE: Deborah Bull Tomoko.A 18-01-00 4
                 RE: Deborah Bull Dale 19-01-00 5
                 RE: Deborah Bull Jane S 19-01-00 6

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Ann Williams

17-01-00, 07:56 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Deborah Bull"
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   Tomoko

I am so pleased that someone has raised the neglect of Deborah Bull's career here.

The bottom line is that Bull was promoted to RB principal status by urgent necessity only. The RB was on tour in Japan in the early 90s when the injuries of several principals and the Japanese protocol of having only principal dancers in principal roles forced Dowell's hand and he had to promote Bull from soloist to principal on the spot so that she could dance Aurora or Odette or whatever was required. Since then, however, he has rather pointedly denied her any of the interesting dramatic roles - Juliet, Manon, Giselle etc. and it must have been galling for her to see soloists such as Wildor promoted to these roles while she was allowed only the occasional Aurora or Odette

This is a pity, as it would be very interesting to see what she could have made of the Macmillan roles in particular, and by the time the new director is in place it will probably be too late for Bull.

A shame that the whim of one man can so blight a promising career.


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alison

18-01-00, 06:09 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Deborah Bull"
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   Unfortunately, Bull is only one of several dancers who were used a lot as soloists, then promoted to principal and neglected to a greater or lesser extent.


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Ann

18-01-00, 09:17 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Deborah Bull"
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   I've always thought that Deborah was much better at the more contemporary stuff. She doesn't have the lyricism called for in the great classical works and is no great shakes as an actress. But she seems to have found her niche in Forsyth/ Davies-like works which call upon her athleticism and also now in her other personna as a dance spokesperson.


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Tomoko.A

18-01-00, 10:29 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Deborah Bull"
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   Thank you for posting. As a Principal of the RB, not having danced Juliet or Manon must have been really frustrating for her. In her diary "Dancing Away" she says she doesn't get involved in big full length ballets any longer. I also found strange that she didn't have any roles to dance for the RFH season a year ago. She wasn't injured then.I wouldn't comment on whether it was a right decision for Dowell to promote her to Principal, but he should have given her more chance. Shame!


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Dale

19-01-00, 10:53 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Deborah Bull"
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   I had never heard of the "Japanese protocol" of only having principal dancers perform principal parts. Do the Japanese never try out a young dancer in a principal role to see if she can handle it? It certainly makes it difficult to cast and give dancers a chance at bigger parts.


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Jane S

19-01-00, 12:11 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Deborah Bull"
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   It's only fair to say that Anthony Dowell was furious about the story about Deborah Bull's enforced promotion and denied it hotly.


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