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Claire

19-05-00, 06:40 PM (GMT)
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"DVD"
 
   I have two questions,

1. Are there any ballets on DVD?

2. If so, where can I get them? Can you give me the name of a shop (hopefully in the London area) or an internet address please.

Thank you in anticipation.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: DVD Eugene Merrett 19-05-00 1
     RE: DVD Catherine 20-05-00 4
  RE: DVD Caz 20-05-00 2
     RE: DVD Pete 20-05-00 3
         RE: DVD Eugene Merret 20-05-00 5
             RE: DVD Bruce Madmin 20-05-00 6
             RE: DVD Marie 20-05-00 7
                 RE: DVD Catherine 20-05-00 8
                     RE: DVD Catherine 21-05-00 9
                         RE: DVD Kevin Ng 21-05-00 11
                 Old hag comment Stephanie Wragg 21-05-00 10
                     RE: Old hag comment Eugene Merrett 21-05-00 12
                     RE: Old hag comment Bruce Madmin 21-05-00 13
                         RE: Old hag comment Stephanie Wragg 21-05-00 16
                         RE: Old hag comment Jane N 23-05-00 21
                     RE: Old hag comment Marie 21-05-00 14
                         RE: Old hag comment timpow 21-05-00 15
                         RE: Old hag comment Catherine 21-05-00 17
                             RE: Old hag comment Helen 22-05-00 18
                             RE: Old hag comment eugene 22-05-00 19
                             RE: Old hag comment Caz 23-05-00 20
                             RE: Old hag comment Bruce Madmin 24-05-00 25
  Old Hag Comment (More Trouble for Eugene!) Jeannie Szoradi 24-05-00 22
     RE: Old Hag Comment eugene 24-05-00 23
         RE: Old Hag Comment - fonteyn's age patricia 24-05-00 24
         RE: Old Hag Comment Liz P 24-05-00 26
             RE: Old Hag Comment Marie 24-05-00 27
             RE: Old Hag Comment Caz 26-05-00 28
                 RE: Old Hag Comment eugene 26-05-00 29
                     RE: Old Hag Comment Helen 26-05-00 30
                         RE: Old Hag Comment Bruce Wall 26-05-00 31
  RE: DVD Chris 28-05-00 32
     RE: DVD eugene 28-05-00 33

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Eugene Merrett

19-05-00, 11:33 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: DVD"
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   There are 3 ballets on DVD. They are the POB La Bayadere (stronly recommended) POB Romeo and Juliet (not recommended) and Margot Fonteyn and Nureyev Swan Lake (recommended).

You may see my review of these ballets - go to home and click on videos.

Try the HMV shop in Oxford Street for them all.


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Catherine

20-05-00, 11:44 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: DVD"
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   I don't uderstand how you can say that the POB Romeo and Juliet is not recommended. It's one of the most beautiful version of the ballet with the Mc Millan version. Loudières and Legris are wonderful in the tittle rules. She is wonderful. Perhaps your opinion is about the DVD quality if it's for that it's not again published in France. But foe the Dancer's quality, they are absolutely wonderful and it's not because I'm french I said that because I love too many Mc Millan version and the Nureyev version is near of this version. It's version is more near of a movie. It looks to Zeffirelli's version.


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Caz

20-05-00, 00:35 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: DVD"
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   Ballets available on DVD are:

La Bayadere - Paris Opera Ballet (Guerin, Hilaire)

Romeo and Juliet - Paris Opera Ballet (Loudieres)

Bolshoi Ballet 67 - excerpts from various ballets.

Swan Lake - Adventures in Motion Pictures (Ambler, Cooper)

The Red Shoes (Shearer)

They're available from Dance Books, Cecil Court, London and online from http:\\www.amazon.co.uk


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Pete

20-05-00, 01:25 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: DVD"
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Dance Books are also on line at

http://www.dancebooks.co.uk/


Good Luck.


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Eugene Merret

20-05-00, 03:26 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: DVD"
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   Regarding Paris Opera Romeo and Juliet-

it is Nureyev choreography that is all wrong. It is too complexed, unsublte, without any intimacy. The pas de deux are mediocre. As I have said before this is spectacle not serious art.

I have nothing against Monique Lourdieres - but she was too old for the role. This matters on TV because of the close up camera work but it is not so important on stage. Her make up looked pretty horrible as well.


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Bruce Madmin

20-05-00, 04:57 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: DVD"
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   I feel another dimplomatic incident coming on!


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Marie

20-05-00, 10:36 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: DVD"
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   Eugene

I don't agree with you about the Nureyev choreography.Yes,it is sometime violent,what's wrong with it?I don't think the pdd are mediocre.You probably prefer the MacMillan version so when you compare the two,it's true that the Nureyev's more violent but very passionate.After all ,the story of Romeo and Juliet is about love and fatality ,but a love that leads to death.I think the Nureyev version fits more to the Shakespeare's play.It looks like Franco Zeffirelli's film.Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet takes place in the 15th century Verona.I think that the two versions are equally good,they are just different.It's a question of taste.
Monique Loudières plays very well and is moving on that video but I must admit that her face isn't terrific.She looks like an old hag(is it the right word?maybe I'm a little insulting,I don't know).Anyway,I think she's between 30 and 40 on that video.By the way,how old was Margot Fonteyn on that video of Romeo and Juliet with Rudolf Nureyev?


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Catherine

20-05-00, 11:21 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: DVD"
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   Completely agree with you Marie. I think the Nureyev version is more passionnated. The pdd for me are wonderful and I continue to believe that Mc Millan influences too many Nureyev because I don't find Mc Millan's pdd harmonious, they are also violent because they're about feelings. I find the pdd of Mc Millan wonderful for that like the Mayerling's room pdd between Rodolphe and Stephanie is violent like the ending pdd of Manon'story or all the love's pdd of Mc Millan. I love him, I enjoy his Romeo and Juliet but I love too the Nureyev version, how I said before, it's near the Zeffirelli's movie, with violence, vulgarity of this era. This version is too many theatral.
Now diplomatic incident Bruce, just a difference of point of view and taste. And Loudières was not too old, I never saw a good young dancer as Juliet. I think to show all the evolution of mind a young girl is not good. Technically she will be perhaps more brilliant but with age she will live the rule and I think it's one of the more great rule of Loudières and it's true she makes me crying at the end when she cries for Romeo. It was true in the Show room because I was in when they film but I felt the same feeling when I saw the video because she's a true artist. For me it's the greatest artist of the POB. Legris is also a marvellous Romeo, he danced very well it's one of his rule which he's always fine,and better and better.


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Catherine

21-05-00, 11:04 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: DVD"
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   It's not NOW a diplomatic incident but NOT a diplomatic incident just a question of point of view and taste.


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Kevin Ng

21-05-00, 11:36 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: DVD"
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   I haven't seen the Nureyev version of Romeo and Juliet danced by the Paris Opera Ballet, but I saw it danced by Nureyev himself with the London Festival Ballet a number of times in the 1980s. In some ways, it's more logical in terms of dramatic develeopment than the MacMillan version. But the balcony pas de deux in MacMillan's version is far superior.


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Stephanie Wragg

21-05-00, 11:35 AM (GMT)
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10. "Old hag comment"
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   Monique Loudières plays
>very well and is moving on
>that video but I must admit
>that her face isn't terrific.She looks
>like an old hag(is it the
>right word?maybe I'm a little insulting,I
>don't know).Anyway,I think she's between 30
>and 40 on that video.

****On behalf of the 30-40 year old women readers of this site, I thank you for this little bit of ageism. My only comfort is that you will also join this group one day.

I think comments on dancers' appearance should limit themselves to what can be changed i.e. costumes, make-up, lighting etc... and not on what cannot be changed because of our genetic make-up.


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Eugene Merrett

21-05-00, 12:46 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Old hag comment"
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   I am sorry about the comment but ultimatley ballet is a visual art form. Consequently looks do matter.This is in contrast to classical music where looks matter not one jot (except to marketing men).

This is not to say that only supermodels should play the major roles. But a balance has to be struck between looks, dance ability and acting. Loudiers aging looks are not overcome by her excellent dancing and acting. But this is only relevant for televised performance where close up cameras make looks more important then on the stage. I am sure she looked fine on the stage.

Regarding her make up - I know little about this subject. But I think that make up for the stage looks garish and crude close up as it made to be seen from a long distance. I think you need a different sort of make up for TV performances.

Dame Judy Dench once played Juliet on the stage - but nobody suggests that she should play the same heroine today.


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Bruce Madmin

21-05-00, 01:19 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Old hag comment"
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>I think comments on dancers' appearance
>should limit themselves to what can
>be changed i.e. costumes, make-up, lighting
>etc... and not on what cannot
>be changed because of our genetic
>make-up.

I think this might form the basis of a good debate and also a Mini-poll.

I'm not so clear on this as you, though I do appreciate that it is a sensitive issue. Examples are always best...

I well remember when Adam Cooper was still with RB he was often pressed into service to partner Darcey Bussell. Trouble was he was not really strong enough for it. So we had the unedifying spectacle of seeing Adams legs shake while lifting her aloft and constantly wondering if they both might end up in a big heap on the floor. Now this was probably not his fault - his genetics not predisposed to this and somebody up top saying "Adam please do this for us". But ultimately the 'system' put this on and it would be wrong not to comment on it - if only to stop the crazy sods doing it again. And I like Adam and I like Darcey.

My question to you is would you comment on this or not?

On the Juliet front I remember Marian Tait of BRB doing a Juliet at the end of her career and she was just amazing - so young. And I can think of some younger and less good ones! That said I'm also not so sure about Darcey as a Juliet because of her height - there is little she can do about this of course. On the other hand there is little I can do about my view either... So I prefer to see Darcey in Balanchine and other, smaller, dancers as Juliet perhaps. Others feel differently but I don't see the need to fight shy of talking about such issues - though it helps to be careful with ones choice of language of course!


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Stephanie Wragg

21-05-00, 08:32 PM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Old hag comment"
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>I well remember when Adam Cooper was
>still with RB he was often
>pressed into service to partner Darcey
>Bussell. Trouble was he was not
>really strong enough for it. So
>we had the unedifying spectacle of
>seeing Adams legs shake while lifting
>her aloft and constantly wondering if
>they both might end up in
>a big heap on the floor.
>Now this was probably not his
>fault - his genetics not predisposed
>to this and somebody up top
>saying "Adam please do this for
>us". But ultimately the 'system' put
>this on and it would be
>wrong not to comment on it
>- if only to stop the
>crazy sods doing it again. And
>I like Adam and I like
>Darcey.
>My question to you is would you
>comment on this or not?


***sorry to sound so upset about this issue! it's really personal appearance I was discussing. The Cooper-Bussell case can be commented upon and rightly so since something here can be changed. e.g. a stronger partner put in, workouts in the gym, more rehearsal time etc....The fact that a dancer doesn't have good loooks cannot be changed, unless dancing with a paper bag over his/her head is acceptable.

I guess I always keep in mind that theatre is about illusion. So if a dancer is technically sound and can portray a character effectively, I don't think the fact that they are 20, 30 or 40 should matter.

I am not familiar with Ms Loudieres' interpretation of Juliet, perhaps indeed she is not very good in it. But if she is too be judged inadequate for the role, it should be because of her technique or interpretation and not because of her looks. This is a personal opinion, but I once saw an interview of Alesandra Ferri and she looked horrible, based on her street looks I wouldn't put her closer to the stage than in the darkened wings. However, I have seen her interpretation of Juliet and she was radiant and I was able to watch her throughout.


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Jane N

23-05-00, 03:58 PM (GMT)
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21. "RE: Old hag comment"
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   With regard to Adam's strength - I didn't have the chance to see Adam in his Royal Ballet days, so I never saw him dance with Darcey, but I would be surprised if a lack of strength was the problem you observed with their lifts, as he seemed to have no trouble lifting Scott Ambler (who at roughly six foot tall can't be that light) or the various ballerinas dancing the Queen (who although lighter were wearing fairly heavy costumes). Do you think it could be that the problem was more related to a lack of rehearsal time/poor co-ordination/difference in styles? He certainly has a reputation for being a very safe pair of hands for other ballerinas (notably Sylvie's well-known preference for him as a partner when he was at the RB) - something I would have thought unlikely if his strength was suspect? Either way, I agree with the criticism of the "system" putting dancers together any-old-how when it means they do not perform at their best.


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Marie

21-05-00, 04:27 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Old hag comment"
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   Stephanie

I didn't say that women in their thirties are "old hag".I was just saying that Monique Loudières is not very photogenic at least on that video.I was trying to make a picturesque description of hers.Sorry if you were shocked by this expression,I didn't think it were so pejorative than that.

I agree with Eugene about ballet being a visual art and that a "balance should be struck between looks,dance ability and acting".Eugene,you said that Monique Loudières looks very old on that video but she is only in her thirties.Maybe she looks older than she is.Anyway I think she is very good on that video even though I prefer her in Giselle or Don Quichotte.But I really cannot imagine a fifty-year-old Juliet or Romeo,it would simply not be credible.


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timpow

21-05-00, 07:28 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Old hag comment"
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   In the late 1950's the Bolshoi came to London for the first time and Ulanova captivated audiences as Juliet and indeed Giselle. The first performance of her Juliet certainly remains in mind very strongly. One of my reference books gives her DOB as 1910. I went to the performance expecting to find her age a problem and left the Opera House totally enthused and I have never seen a better Juliet in many subsequent versions.
Tim Powell


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Catherine

21-05-00, 10:59 PM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Old hag comment"
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   I'm sorry but Loudières was 39 years old when she dances for this video it was just some days before her retirement from POB. Loudières has a special face but she's an actress and I find she makes me more impression than a young girl who can't know play. For me Guerin which was more young than Loudières when she dance the last time Juliette seemed more old than Loudières. It's not a problem of face It's also a kind of moving, the form of body. I find Guerin has a woman body and not a young girl body. She's for me not credible when she interprets Juliet in the Balcony scene or in the ball. Against, when she became a woman, she's completely the rule. Maurin is also a Juliet because she can play not just with her face but with her body. Dance is art of body, I don't know a very young dancer very well in Juliet. I think it's the rule which ask for maturity. And if all ballerinas want to dance Juliet when they are young to are believable, too many are more believable when they are older because they can act with their feeling and their life experience. For me Loudieres was the greatest Juliet of Opera with Maurin.
And not agree with you Eugene, but the balcony scene in Nureyev version is marvellous especially when you have explanation by the french creator of the version. When you see the TV emission called Passeport à Roméo et Juliette narrated by Florence Clerc, the pdd looks different. Even I loved it before I see it differently and more great before.


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Helen

22-05-00, 09:10 AM (GMT)
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18. "RE: Old hag comment"
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   In answer to Marie, I think Fonteyn was 47 when the Romeo and Juliet video was made. She probably does look too old on the video, but ballet is not meant to be seen in close-up, and she was totally convincing on stage. The last time I saw her dance Juliet at Covent Garden she was 48, but moved and acted like a teenager. I was in the amphitheatre though - maybe from the front stalls it wasn't so convincing. But the whole Fonteyn/Nureyev fuss started when she was 42, so an awful lot of people must have been convinced. A great dancer is a great dancer. I'm sure Elisabeth Platel could still do Juliet.

Everyone who saw Ulanova as Juliet when she was in her forties was bowled over. How I wish I had seen her!

Someone should write a thesis on the evolution of topics on Postings. "Which ballets are available on DVD" has turned into "Can old ballerinas dance Juliet?", and I have just added to this. Sorry.


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eugene

22-05-00, 12:28 PM (GMT)
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19. "RE: Old hag comment"
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   Someone should write a thesis on the evolution of topics on Postings. "Which ballets are available on DVD" has turned into "Can old ballerinas dance Juliet?", and I have just added to this. Sorry.


I must take responsibilty for diverting the subject. But it is partly relevant to the issue of DVD. Because on video the age barrier is much lowere then on stage because of the close up camrea work.

What may be ok on stage may run into problems on video


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Caz

23-05-00, 02:48 AM (GMT)
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20. "RE: Old hag comment"
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   Hmmm... so taking parts of this argument to it's full conclusion would you also say that a black or Asian dancer should not dance Juliet (however good she might be in the role), simply 'coz she's the wrong colour? To be authentic to Shakespeare Juliet should be danced by a 14 year old Italian, but you don't see that happening all that often.
Personally I think Monique Loudieres is a wonderful Juliet in the POB video. try and remember this is a video of a ballet, it's not a movie, a little suspension of disbelief is called for at times...


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Bruce Madmin

24-05-00, 09:15 PM (GMT)
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25. "RE: Old hag comment"
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   >Hmmm... so taking parts of this argument
>to it's full conclusion would you
>also say that a black or
>Asian dancer should not dance Juliet
>(however good she might be in
>the role), simply 'coz she's the
>wrong colour?


Well I don't have a problem with colour like that - I can conceive of Juliet being of any nationality. It's just the concept of a 6ft 14 year old that gives me problems. Or rather the upside of a Darcey Bussell Juliet aren't sufficient to compensate for something which looks a bit wrong to my eyes. I suspect there are others who feel like me but its not at all a universal feeling I know.

The original issue was were we allowed to comment on things that dancers can't change. My feeling is we are, but the way one does it is important.


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Jeannie Szoradi

24-05-00, 04:39 PM (GMT)
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22. "Old Hag Comment (More Trouble for Eugene!)"
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   Well, as a woman who falls into Eugene's special age category....I am in full agreement with him. I am not offended. Firstly, I am not a dancer! Neither would I be offended if I were a dancer because, after all, this is a VISUAL art, first and foremost. It's the looks that count - not just technique, but face and body-type. Tickets are sold on the looks of star dancers, all in the eye of the beholder. Eugene, you are spot-on with your comment. Dancers either have "the look" for a role or they do not have it. Potential dancers should be prepared to tke criticism aimed at their "looks"...because it is the way that they "look" on stage that counts, above all.


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eugene

24-05-00, 05:04 PM (GMT)
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23. "RE: Old Hag Comment "
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   Regarding Caz's comment about a possible black Juliet etc - I think there would be problems here because there are many scenes where Juliet interacts with her parents.

I agree that ballet requries a suspension of belief. But when Monique Lourdiers is up a teenage Alessandra Ferri who looks so young and vulnerable then you are asking too much from me NOT to give perference towards Ferri. This a deeply emotional ballet and it is not easy to think and not to feel.

I should point out that I never said Lourdieres is an old hag.


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patricia

24-05-00, 09:06 PM (GMT)
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24. "RE: Old Hag Comment - fonteyn's age"
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   she was born in 1919 if i recall correctly so would have been 47 if the film had been made in 1966.

(putting on my librarian's hat here. also given that date then rudolph would have been 28.)


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Liz P

24-05-00, 09:27 PM (GMT)
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26. "RE: Old Hag Comment "
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   I saw Romeo and Juliet in Paris in 98 and loved Pietragalla. I went to the Passeport too- who were the young dancers involved? I love Nureyev's version particularly the point where Juliet sees the murdered Tybalt ,although some of Nureyev's choreography looks too'busy' at times in the crowd scenes. I'm interested that you mention Zefferelli's R&J-I prefer Baz Luhrmann's. As for Monique Loudieres, at the beginning of the film I thought she'd be too old to be believable in the role but by the end I loved her. As for the comments on black dancers I'd have no problem seeing a black Juliet whether her parents were white or black-since when were ballets based on reality?-you'll be asking that only real swans play the swans next! By the way,where are all the black dancers and who were all the black dancers in the IXth symphony in Paris last year who didn't even warrant a mention in the programme.


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Marie

24-05-00, 10:40 PM (GMT)
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27. "RE: Old Hag Comment "
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   Liz

The dancers in the Passeport were Nolwenn Daniel and Christophe Duquenne(both sujets),the teacher was Florence Clerc,a former étoile and wife of Charles Jude.I also saw Romeo and Juliet in 98 with Pietragalla and Le Riche.I thought this role perfectly suited him.He and Aurélie Dupont would make a wonderful couple of R&J.Let's hope that Manuel Legris lets her dance with Le Riche.
I didn't see the IXth Symphony of Béjart last year in Paris but as far as I know there is only one black dancer at the POB,Jean-Marie Didière(not from Africa but from the DOM TOM islands,I think Antilles or something like that).I don't know who were those black dancers,perhaps they came from Béjart's company.


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Caz

26-05-00, 01:25 PM (GMT)
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28. "RE: Old Hag Comment "
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   Dance Europe ran an article called something like "Where are all the black ballerinas?", I think it was in the April issue.
Apparently part of the reason may be that the bone structure of African feet makes dancing on pointe more difficult.


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eugene

26-05-00, 02:25 PM (GMT)
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29. "RE: Old Hag Comment "
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   Everything said in defence of older Juliets is valid but up to a point. There does come a point where someone looks to old to be convincing as Juliet no matter how good they danc/act! My example of Judy Dench, once a great Juliet demonstrates this point.

But where the threshold is is a matter of taste. Some of us can suspend belief far better then others but even they have some breaking point. I would also argue that the threshold is lower on televised performances then on stage.


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Helen

26-05-00, 04:57 PM (GMT)
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30. "RE: Old Hag Comment "
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   I can't resist this, although this thread is getting rather long, and I've given up trying to understand what the subject of it is.

In Shakespeare's time, as I'm sure you all know, Juliet would have been played by a boy, so for real verisimilitude, that's the answer. Might have trouble dancing on pointe, though.


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Bruce Wall

26-05-00, 06:03 PM (GMT)
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31. "RE: Old Hag Comment "
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   Dear Eugene,

Your comments about Dame Judi made me remember something. I had the great privilege of being able to co-ordinate a production of Shaw's St. Joan with the late Anne Casson in the U.S. when she was 76. True the girl Joan is supposed to be a young teenager, but here was an actress who not only had taken over the title role at the end of the original commercial run, (one, of course, originated by her mother for whom the play was written), but also had been directed in that same role by the playwright himself in a tour through Germany after the war. True when she stepped out on stage I hired her for she had white hair, but I defy you to find a single audience member who was not mesmerised by the vitality of that performance. After the first scene Anne WAS Joan in that audience's collective eye. No question. The peels of appreciation at the end still ring in my ears and the glories which Anne was able to pass on to a much younger company, and to myself, outlived her and shall, I'm confident, outlive me as well. It survives to be cherished.

I will only add that I saw Fonteyn dance Juliet at 56 and Swan Lake at a point not too much prior to that. The qualities which made that great artist unique were not diminished. I was very lucky to be able to see them at all, as I was to see Alonso in her late 60s at the Met, and cherish the segment from Giselle on tape from the Met's Centennial Gala, many years ago now. The lines on the face were not the ones that mattered.

Most dancers should retire at 35. Ballet is a horribly cruel lover. One wonders how a few got selected in the first place. Then there comes a that moment when an even smaller few step out of their corporate skins and become a ballerina or a danseur. We crown them. It is a personal choice. I remember first seeing Wendy Whelan and counting along with her. (You could actually figure out the count from the movement of her lips.) Then came The Cage at NYCB. Then came Opus 19. Then came Agon. So many roles suddenly became redefined in her own image. Suddenly Wendy had a dancing criteria that was her's. How can we thank them sufficiently.

In short, there are those, whose courage, defines our 'otherwise' and the records of that 'otherness' are passions, I believe, -- much as you have professed bearing yourself, Eugene, -- which we happy few can hold in our hearts and call our own.


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Chris

28-05-00, 02:04 AM (GMT)
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32. "RE: DVD"
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   I believe the BBC are releasing 'Coppelia' on the 5th of October.


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eugene

28-05-00, 12:32 PM (GMT)
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33. "RE: DVD"
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   According to Gramphone magazine the classical record company DG will released 12 DVD in October and a further 25 "Opera and ballet recordings" in the next 12 months. As far as I know DG have no ballet in their video catologue (but an enormous number of opera - mostly from the Met) so this must be taken with a pinch of salt.

But it is inevitable that there will be many DVDs of ballet in the near future. I am very excited about the prospect of ballet and opera on DVD.


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