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Helen

16-07-00, 01:05 PM (GMT)
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"Ashton in style of MacMillan?"
 
   I recently read somewhere a comment to the effect that Ashton's ballets are now danced as if they were MacMillan, because that is the style that the (presumably Royal Ballet) dancers are most familiar with. Is this generally thought to be true, and what do you consider it means?


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  RE: Ashton in style of MacMillan? Jane S 16-07-00 1
  RE: Ashton in style of MacMillan? gerald dowler 21-07-00 2

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Jane S

16-07-00, 02:03 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Ashton in style of MacMillan?"
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   Helen, I think this applies to interpretation more than to than steps, and I think we've certainly seen it in some Ashton pieces. Some dancers find it hard not to over-interpret - a prime example was the RB's last attempt at Enigma Variations - and casting MacMillan specialists doesn't help. It's hard for dancers brought up under a different regime to understand the different nuances of Ashton, and without very careful coaching they simply won't get it. There are still a few Ashton dancers left in the company - one less now Sansom is going - and there are hopeful signs that dancers lower down the company will take more easily to the Ashton style - notably Cervera, Cojocaru. Macmillan will seem as distant to them as Ashton must to some of their seniors. The ideal will be when both styles are recognised as different 'accents' to be employed as appropriate.


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gerald dowler

21-07-00, 08:40 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Ashton in style of MacMillan?"
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   To say that dancers are 'Ashton' or 'Macmillan' is simply daft; that emans that they aren't capable of more than one style ans given that Macmillan grew out od Ashton, it seems even more silly. Remember, that Kenneth dedicated Manon to Fred; a lot od Ashtonian touches in that piece , most notably in the epaulement.
No, I don't think so...!


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