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20-06-99, 10:01 AM (GMT)
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"ENB in Sunday Times Magazine"
   Articles like this make my blood boil. Derek may be as ghastly as the article reports, but it completely ignores the fact that he has provided employment for more dancers than probably any other director this century. In a time when even banking and insurance are hazardous professions to be in, it is nothing short of miraculous for a ballet company to be actually taking on MORE dancers.

The Dickensian tenor of the piece seems quite at odds with the fact that these people are not cleaning chimneys for a farthing a time, they are getting a free trip to places others might never see in a lifetime; and a chance to perform in a Swan Lake of these proportions is the stuff dreams are made of.

The impression I am left with is of a seedy parasitic hack tagging along behind ENB, abusing the hospitality and candour of dancers to make a fast buck. And in that sense, he too owes this week's paycheck to Derek Deane.

There is something rather snide about his comments at the end about Rachel wanting to be a war reporter: an implication that it is absurd for a dancer to want to do anything serious, for his prey to turn hunter. In fact, I have no doubt that Rachel has a greater sense of what constitutes human tragedy than this reporter.

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  RE: ENB in Sunday Times Magazine eugene merrett 20-06-99 1
  RE: ENB in Sunday Times Magazine Bruce Madmin 21-06-99 2

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eugene merrett

20-06-99, 04:59 PM (GMT)
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   I think that the article makes sad reading. There seems to be considerable disillusionment amoung dancers. I think most of them are still in ballet because they have no other alternative employment prospect (except other dancer companies). It is hard to imagine anyone getting excited over umpteenth corp work for Swan Lake. But those who really enjoy there jobs and are well paid for it are the luckiest people around.

I suspect that Derek Deane manages and rehearses more by terror then encouragement. I am sure it works because the dancers know that there twenty other capable dancers for every vacancy.

He did a lot of unnecesary damage to the morale of his own company by his tackless remarks about British dancer. The fact that he did this with the full knowledge that many dancers have eating disorders makes his insensitivity more inexcusable. I wish he would simply apologize. Not much to ask for!

Regarding the fact that Derek Deane has created alot of new jobs for dancers- I suppose we have to be grudgenly grateful for him. But likewise Robert Maxwell and Rupert Murdoch have created many new jobs in the even tougher world of jornalism. It does not make them a force for good!!

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Bruce Madmin

21-06-99, 00:27 AM (GMT)
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   A shame but I can't find an electronic version of this. The actual Sunday Times review of the ENB Swan Lake, by Dougill, is positive.

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