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Astrid

08-03-00, 04:56 PM (GMT)
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"Question"
 
   The biography of Briony Brind (on the Ballet Legends page)mentions five ballerinas who began but did not finish their careers at the Royal Ballet.
I know what happened to Brind, Ferri, and Chadwick, but who are Eyden and Tucker and what happened with their careers?

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Astrid


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Question Fuzzyface 08-03-00 1
     RE: Question Bruce Madmin 08-03-00 2
         RE: Question Anneliese 08-03-00 4
         RE: Question alison 10-03-00 6
  RE: Question Jane S 08-03-00 3
     RE: Question Kevin Ng 09-03-00 5
         Ravenna Tucker grace 10-03-00 7
             Tucker and Eyden Michael 11-03-00 8

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Fuzzyface

08-03-00, 05:12 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Question"
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   Deirdre Eyden was a principal dancer with the company until around 1988. She was tall, and a true "classical" dancer who excelled as Nikiya, Lilac Fairy, Firebird, Nikiya & also the 1st solo in Kingdom of Shades (Nureyev version). She left the company to concentrate on bringing up her family.

Ravenna Tucker was also a ballerina with both RB and BRB. She left the RB to join BRB in 1990 when she was sidelined along with Brind, Chadwick & co for the likes of Guillem, Bussell and Durante. She was with BRB until about 3 years ago. I heard that she is now teaching. She also excelled in classical roles like Aurora and Odette/Odile, and she was very good in Ashton (Scenes de Ballet, Symphonics, Valses Nobles etc).


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Bruce Madmin

08-03-00, 06:47 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Question"
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>Ravenna Tucker was also a ballerina with
>both RB and BRB. She
>left the RB to join BRB
>in 1990 when she was sidelined
>along with Brind, Chadwick & co
>for the likes of Guillem, Bussell
>and Durante. She was with
>BRB until about 3 years ago.
> I heard that she is
>now teaching. She also excelled
>in classical roles like Aurora and
>Odette/Odile, and she was very good
>in Ashton (Scenes de Ballet, Symphonics,
>Valses Nobles etc).

She did the teaching course and then went home where I assuem she still is. Her Giselle (at RB) remains the best I've ever seen - absolutely amazing mad scene that made me blub even.


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Anneliese

08-03-00, 09:51 PM (GMT)
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   In fact, Ravenna Tucker didn't go "home" - she's from Malaysia not Singapore (where she now is) - a fine distinction to all but the editors of the Straits Times perhaps, but I thought I'd better make it clear! It's a bit of a sad story - she gave up performing for teaching to follow the man in her life to the Far East, and then the relationship broke up. And there isn't that much of a market for ballet teachers in Singapore, it seems. But I gather she's professor of Dance at a (or maybe The? not sure) university out there now. I heard this from my good friend Sarah who met Ms Tucker through a mutual friend in Singapore a couple of years ago. Sarah had seen her dance quite often and said she thought it was a very sad loss to the stage.


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alison

10-03-00, 12:55 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Question"
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   I liked Ravenna a lot as well - thought she did a very good Bayadère - and was very sad to see her sidelined: I remember her being scheduled for a measly 8 (or was it 10) leading roles in a whole *year* just before she left, although I think she got rather more dancing with BRB!


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Jane S

08-03-00, 09:16 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Question"
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   Deirdre Eyden also did Swan Lake shortly before she left the company - I remember the Times reviewed it under the headline 'At last, a Swan Queen'. She gave the impression - most unusual in a western company - that she really understood the shape of classical variations - that she had the whole thing in her head all the time she was dancing and understood how it developed.

She was very much admired by the regular audience - for years the annual readers' survey in Dance and Dancers used to ask 'why isn't Eyden promoted/given more leading roles?' - but for whatever reason she never made the breakthrough that would have made her a star in the eyes of the more general public.


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Kevin Ng

09-03-00, 09:10 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Question"
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   Jane, I remember Deirdre Eyden's performances in the 1980s. (She did Nikiya with Jonathon Cope, e.g.) But didn't she have back problems, which was the reason limiting her rise to the top?


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grace

10-03-00, 02:38 PM (GMT)
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7. "Ravenna Tucker"
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   i also enjoyed deirdre eyden - and the others, including brind of course.

ravenna tucker is lecturer in ballet in the dance department at las salle.sia college of the arts in singapore.


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Michael

11-03-00, 03:25 AM (GMT)
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8. "Tucker and Eyden"
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   Those of us with long memories will remeber that for his Bayadere revival in 1982, Nureyev chose Brind as Nikiya, and Eyden, Tucker and Chadwick as the solo shades - a glorious quartet chosen by the master. I remember Ravennas Aurora debut in 1985 as one of the best ever, and for her farewells to BRB and the stage she was a glorious Lise and Aurora with Cipolla. I think that perhaps her shy personality led her to be sidelined easily by the more agessive youngsters. Eyden was indeed a great loss when she retired; a magnificent Lilac. Her dancing of the 4th solo in Raymonda won the D and D readers poll and I have yet to see it surpassed, even though Debbie Bull later came close. As for Brind, she is for me the greatest loss - again perhaps a fragile personality easily squashed. Who will forget her Giselle?


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