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Shirley

12-06-00, 00:30 AM (GMT)
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"BRB Triple Bill"
 
   What a fantastic night. Great to see the house nearly full (only a few empty seats) and a stunning performance in all three ballets!

The usual performance at intervals getting every one on their feet. It was even reported that a certain lady dripping in diamonds in the Grand Tier was jigging with along with the rest of the audience!


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: BRB Triple Bill Pete 12-06-00 1
  RE: BRB Triple Bill Bruce Madmin 12-06-00 2
     RE: BRB Triple Bill Bruce Wall 12-06-00 3
         RE: BRB Triple Bill alison 12-06-00 5
  RE: BRB Triple Bill alison 12-06-00 4
  RE: BRB Triple Bill Robert 14-06-00 6
     RE: BRB Triple Bill Bruce Madmin 14-06-00 7
         RE: BRB Triple Bill gerald dowler 15-06-00 8
             RE: BRB Triple Bill Eugene 15-06-00 9
             BRB and Parker Stephanie Wragg 15-06-00 10
             RE: BRB Triple Bill Bruce Madmin 15-06-00 12
         RE: BRB Triple Bill Robert 15-06-00 11

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Pete

12-06-00, 01:37 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: BRB Triple Bill"
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   ...Bravo! I went to the Sat Mat performance and had such a great time. The dancing was fab and the music was really swinging. I do hope the BRB keep coming South of the border....


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Bruce Madmin

12-06-00, 01:43 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: BRB Triple Bill"
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   Was there on Friday and it was just lovely - everybody having a great time. Bintley at his best and giving everybody lots of great dance entertainment. Ashton would have been proud I'm sure!


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Bruce Wall

12-06-00, 12:22 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: BRB Triple Bill"
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   Was in attendance on Thursday evening and Saturday matinee and found the programme a great relief after the other two BRB treats this time round. Thought Zamora was a knock out in Tenth Avenue, replete with Farrell back bends. Wow!! So nice to see something with a shape from BRB again. Enjoyed the pit-band, but why oh why must the intervals be so long? On Saturday mat the first interval was OVER 50 minutes!!! At the end of the interval a woman with a Scottish brogue came forward to the lip (as she had done with the cast change for the final programme prior to the beginning of the matinee) and made what I can only assume was a very lame joke about someone being arrested after the last ballet. Lame it was, and patronising!! Jokes are fine, but after an interval twice as long as the previous ballet, without any serious explanation -- or even an attempt at such -- they are in the height of poor taste, I think.
It will be most interesting to see how this programme is received when it travels to New York in the fall. NYCB have just done Slaughter as a special programme with combined dancers from NYCB and Dance Theatre fof Harlem, honouring Mitchell, who of course, was in the original cast of the latter. Moreover, as much as I enjoyed the pit band -- and it was great to see the audience responding so freely -- it will not be quite so novel in NYC, where there have been NYCB works done not only to Ellington, but to truly wonderful scores by Marsalis with either Winton (the composer) or his bro, Brantford leading the troupe. The designs for the new theatre to go into Columbus Circle for Jazz at Lincoln Centre, which will incorporate all forms of live performance look breathtaking.

I'm certain people will enjoy the BRB programme, I just hope the tickets will be scaled at a reasonable level to truly make it accessible. I understand that part of the reason for the solid sales at the mat was the special promotion by the Evening Standard (I think) where all seats (i.e., the best) were sold for 10. It seemed to work.

I would really encourage the opera house to possibly open the amphitheatre to select performances, say some triple bill matinees, on a 'pay what you can' basis. I think they might be surprised and earn themselves popular brownie points and potential new audience members in the bargin.


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alison

12-06-00, 01:32 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: BRB Triple Bill"
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   All the adverts I saw for the 10 tickets were actually for the *Friday* (9th) matinee, which was originally scheduled to be a schools' matinee. Do you mean to say there was an offer for the Saturday one as well?

In retrospect, it's a shame that BRB didn't start off with the Jazz bill. That would have garnered them the most positive reviews (rather than have them appearing after the programme had already finished and/or getting caught up behind the ENB Sleeping Beauty reviews), and people who'd enjoyed the bill might have been persuaded to come back and see Giselle and/or Arthur as well. As it was, by the time balletgoers had realised how enjoyable the company could be, it was too late to do anything about it. A shame.


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alison

12-06-00, 01:12 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: BRB Triple Bill"
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   Yes, I really *loved* "Slaughter" - which was a surprise, because with a title like that I'd assumed it was a *serious* ballet - I had tears absolutely running down my cheeks, I was laughing so much!


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Robert

14-06-00, 01:34 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: BRB Triple Bill"
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   I was there too but I certainly did not see anyone dripping in diamonds jigging about, just a few middle aged women being embarrassing as the band played rather ghastley music! BRB danced well but apart from Slaughter it was all rather lightweight.If you want to see that sort of thing Fosse is better. Perhaps next time they will bring some of their more interesting and musical ballets to London.


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Bruce Madmin

14-06-00, 08:49 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: BRB Triple Bill"
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   >I was there too but I certainly
>did not see anyone dripping in
>diamonds jigging about, just a few
>middle aged women being embarrassing as
>the band played rather ghastley music!
>BRB danced well but apart from
>Slaughter it was all rather lightweight.If
>you want to see that sort
>of thing Fosse is better. Perhaps
>next time they will bring some
>of their more interesting and musical
>ballets to London.


Bintley does seem to polarise opinions. While he has his hits and misses at least he is creating some new work on major stages that people want to see. I don't see many others doing that. Certainly not RB at the moment.

The Friday I was there I saw few 'po-faced' folks about - people, regardless or rank or status, were clapping along and smiling much at the bands antics and the general tenure of the night. Nobody should feel embarrassed at enjoying themselves especially amidst such abundant good will in the audience.

er.. and for teh record I saw some very posh folks (with diamonds I'm sure) clapping along with everybody else... it was that kind of rare night.


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gerald dowler

15-06-00, 10:30 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: BRB Triple Bill"
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   Well, I am in a minority of one. I thought the Mixed Bill was light-weight and badly programmed. If I heard that trumpeter screaming away for any longer I would have screamed.
A cheap trick many regulars said on the night I went to have the band play during the interval. They were great and created a warm feeling amongst the audience for rather lukewarm dancing and characterisation.
I thought Slaughter was completely mis-placed at the ROH and really what is a classical company doing such a piece of rather tame and lame Balanchine ?
Shakespeare contained the breath taking Parker but from the Macbeths onward until he came back on, disappointing (Othello in very poor taste, and the Dream a load of codswallop) Nutcracker was much more poorly danced than on previous outings. A real souffle - looks great untill you puncture it and then collapses to nothingness.
For those who liked it, good luck to you, for me (AND a lot of regulars) po-faces as you say Alistair and a very, very long night at the ballet.


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Eugene

15-06-00, 10:44 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: BRB Triple Bill"
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   I agree that some of the Shakespeare Suite is in poor taste! More over it was far too long and could not keep my interest for very long.

I liked the other works but I wish they would not do themed triple bills. Instead mix serious one act ballets with more enjoyable stuff. This is what the New York City Ballet do very well.


When I saw Slaughter on 10th Avenue I felt that dancing did not have the same gusto as when I saw it in Bradford a few months ago.


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Stephanie Wragg

15-06-00, 11:07 AM (GMT)
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10. "BRB and Parker"
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   ....Shakespeare contained the breath
>taking Parker....

I think he's a great dancer in the making and I just hope he doesn't get lured away from the BRB...it would be a shame if he left and deprived the rest of the country of excellent dancing. If he moves to the RB for example, that will be the last of him outside London....


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Bruce Madmin

15-06-00, 03:55 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: BRB Triple Bill"
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I doubt that we would agree about so very much in ballet/dance Gerald! But thank goodness there is diversity so that we all get things we like. The regulars of course split in an infinite variety of ways and nobody has a monopoly on what is right or wrong. The main thing I have been keen to ensure is that BRB's triple bill is recorded as something that gave an awful lot of pleasure to very many in the audience, including some regulars even!



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Robert

15-06-00, 02:39 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: BRB Triple Bill"
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   I was not trying to knock Bintley or BRB, or the dancers. I know Bintley is a prolific and good choreographer. I was just sorry that he brought the programmes he did to London. I was there, most people apart from the mixed bill did not bother to go. As the mixed bill was also so slight and the Ellington music, to a traditional Jazz fan dreary,I was dissappointed.I do agree with someone who suggests they should have varied the bill and not had such similar ballets. As for the diamond encrusted dancers, if true I suggest everyone keeps quiet or the Chancellor will cut both the BRB and ROH grant!


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