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Jane N.

16-09-00, 00:46 AM (GMT)
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"The Car Man, Old Vic"
 
   MATTHEW: I've just read Clement Crisp's review of The Car Man, and I think his opinions of this production are about as accurate as his opinion of the opening night of the Kirov's Swan Lake in August i.e. completely wrong. He (and several other critics) gave glowing reviews of SL, which were totally at odds with many of the postings (mine included) offered on these pages - so much so that we began to wonder if they were on the same planet as the rest of us. All I can say regarding The Car Man is that, in my humble opinion, they seem to have taken off into outer space again (particularly his little dig that your 'formula' contains "not much taste for dance that responds to its score". As a classically trained musician, I simply don't understand that comment, as I find one of the most satisfying things about your productions is how well the choreography reflects the character of the music.) What do other postees think?


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  RE: The Car Man, Old Vic Stuart Sweeney 16-09-00 1
     RE: The Car Man, Old Vic Jane N 17-09-00 2
     RE: The Car Man, Old Vic alison 19-09-00 6
  RE: The Car Man, Old Vic Bruce Madmin 18-09-00 3

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Stuart Sweeney

16-09-00, 09:35 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: The Car Man, Old Vic"
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   It's interesting to read the reviews and see, not for the first time, a range of views, which are probably far wider than in most art forms. Perhaps a pattern is discernable this time. Bourne is on record as saying that 'The Car Man' is closer to his contemporary dance roots than 'Swan Lake'. Judith Mackrell and Donald Hutera, in the most recent 'Dance Europe' magazine, clearly appreciated and enjoyed the work more than their peers. But perhaps this is unsurprising as I have always seen these two as showing more interest in contemporary dance than the others.

Jane, at least Clement Crisp is consistent in his vitriolic comments and makes it clear that he has never liked Matthew Bourne's work. Others, who sang the praises of the large scale 'Swan Lake', are now saying that Bourne should have stuck to the small scale work of his early days.

I've only seen a couple of scenes at a rehearsal before they took the show out on the road, but nothing will stop me seeing the latest work from this key figure who has done so much to introduce non dance audiences to high quality dance.



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Jane N

17-09-00, 05:58 PM (GMT)
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   Stuart: Were you at the rehearsal the Friends were allowed to watch at the Hackney Empire? If so, so was I. When you do see the whole performance, you'll find the scenes we saw have changed a bit since the rehearsal (unsurprisingly enough), but the fight still remains really convincing. Hope you enjoy the whole thing as much as I do.


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alison

19-09-00, 01:09 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: The Car Man, Old Vic"
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   >It's interesting to read the reviews
>and see, not for the
>first time, a range of
>views, which are probably far
>wider than in most art
>forms.

Oh definitely! Having been to see the live relay of "Tosca" to the Piazza last week (highly enjoyable, and would recommend the next one, Les Contes d'Hoffmann on the 29th to anyone who's interested in such things), I had a look at the reviews, to find such unanimity that I wondered if they'd all been written by the same person (or at least a committee!).


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Bruce Madmin

18-09-00, 00:07 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: The Car Man, Old Vic"
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   I just posted up a review - I decided it was best to put it in a fresh thread:
http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/941.html

Having done my words I just had a quick look at what the nationals have been saying and taken in the round I think they paint a picture I'm comfortable with. Yet to read what Lynette said though.

AMP have raised emotions in many and they have a very loyal following. But I don't think they are universally loved and while on some subjects the passion of some gets responded to with equal and opposite passion by others with regard to AMP those who don't particularly enjoy their work


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