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Brendan McCarthymoderator

26-03-03, 12:30 PM (GMT)
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"Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
 
   LAST EDITED ON 26-03-03 AT 03:07 PM (GMT)

Monica Mason has been giving details of her plans for the Royal Ballet in the coming year at a ROH press conference this morning. Here is the new season at a glance:

  • La Bayadère
    From 17th October.

  • Romeo and Juliet
    From 30th October.

  • Polyphonia (Wheeldon), The Four Temperaments (Balanchine), Sinfonietta (Kylian).
    From 15th November.

  • Gong (Morris), new Tuckett, new Maliphant, new McGregor.
    From 3rd December.

  • Cinderella - designer TBA.
    From 23rd December.

  • Giselle
    From 12th January 2004.

  • Agon(Balanchine), The Prodigal Son (Balanchine), Symphony in C (Balanchine)
    From 28th January 2004.

  • Sleeping Beauty
    From 26th February 2004.

  • Mayerling
    From 17th March 2004.

  • Isadora(MacMillan)- designer TBA.
    From 21st April 2004.

  • Daphnis and Chloe,l'Apres Midi d'un Faune, Le Spectre de la Rose,Les Noces.
    From 8th May 2004.

  • Onegin
    From 26th May 2004

    COMPANY NEWS

  • Jeanetta Laurence is to be Assistant Director of The Royal Ballet. Born in Oxford, she trained with June Christian and later the Royal Ballet Schools. In 1969 she joined The Royal Ballet Touring Company, under John Field and then Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, under Peter Wright. She was appointed Assistant
    Ballet Mistress in 1978 and left the Company to have a family in 1979. From 1980-83 she was the press and publicity officer for the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, and the Gate at the Latchmere, Battersea. In 1983, she founded an agency for dancers and choreographers, Dance Directory, with fellow dancer Rashna Homji which ran successfully for eight years. She then spent two years assisting Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne before joining
    The Royal Ballet as Artistic Administrator in 1990.

  • New principals, joining the company from Dutch National Ballet in September, will be Viacheslav Samodurov and Federico Bonelli.
  • David Makhateli joins from Houston Ballet as a soloist.
  • There will be two Guest Artists from Dance Theater of Harlem. Eric Underwood and Kevin Thomas will appear in two performances of The Four Temperaments in November.
  • Dancers who recently joined the company include First Artist Christina Salerno from Zurich Ballet (December 2002), Artist Cindy Jourdain from English National Ballet (January 2003) and Artist Paul Kay from the Royal Ballet School (February 2003).
  • David Drew retires at the end of this season, but will return as a guest in the Autumn.
  • Johan Persson is leaving the company to pursue a career in photography.
  • Other departures include Muriel Valtat and Nicola Tranah, while Natalie Decorte has decided to return home to continue her career with the Australian Ballet.


    Bruce, who was at the press conference, will add his own comments later. A fuller version of the announcement can be found at http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/news/1757.html.



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      RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Sim 26-03-03 1
         RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season pmeja 26-03-03 2
      RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season alison 26-03-03 3
         RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Paul A 26-03-03 6
         RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season alison 05-04-03 52
      RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season PhilipBadmin 26-03-03 4
         RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Kevin Ngmoderator 26-03-03 5
             RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Claire S 26-03-03 7
                 RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season alison 27-03-03 25
      Press Conference impressions Bruceadmin 26-03-03 8
      Full Release Bruceadmin 26-03-03 9
         RE: Full Release Paul A 26-03-03 10
             RE: Full Release Brendan McCarthymoderator 26-03-03 11
                 RE: Full Release Helen 26-03-03 12
                     RE: Full Release Paul A 27-03-03 20
                 RE: Full Release AnnWilliams 26-03-03 13
         RE: Full Release Jane Sadmin 26-03-03 15
             RE: Full Release Bruceadmin 28-03-03 42
                 RE: Full Release Jane Sadmin 28-03-03 43
                     RE: Full Release Bruceadmin 29-03-03 44
                         RE: Full Release Jane Sadmin 29-03-03 46
                             RE: Full Release Bruceadmin 30-03-03 48
                                 RE: Full Release Jane Sadmin 30-03-03 49
      more about the new RB principals Viviane 26-03-03 14
         RE: more about the new RB principals Mandy 26-03-03 16
             New season Brendan McCarthymoderator 27-03-03 18
                 RE: New season Sim 27-03-03 19
                     RE: New season Brendan McCarthymoderator 27-03-03 22
             RE: more about the new RB principals Judith 27-03-03 27
      RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Terry 27-03-03 21
      RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Diandra 27-03-03 23
         RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Ann Welsh 27-03-03 24
             RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Ann Welsh 27-03-03 26
                 RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Claire S 27-03-03 28
                 RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season alison 27-03-03 29
                     RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Michael LL 28-03-03 30
                         RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Mandy 28-03-03 31
                         RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Lynette H 28-03-03 32
                             RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season AnnWilliams 28-03-03 33
                                 RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Margaret 28-03-03 34
                                 RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season alison 28-03-03 35
                                 RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Sim 28-03-03 36
                                 Trinidad Sevillano alison 28-03-03 41
                             RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Jane Sadmin 28-03-03 38
                         RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Diandra 28-03-03 37
                             RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Steven 28-03-03 39
                             RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season MAB 28-03-03 40
                                 RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season Michael LL 29-03-03 45
                                 Mayerling 2004 jameshuwjeffries 04-04-03 50
                                 RE: Mayerling 2004 Sim 04-04-03 51
                                 RE: Mayerling 2004 Bruceadmin 06-04-03 53
                                 RE: Mayerling 2004 Diandri 06-04-03 54
                                 RE: Dapnis & Chloe Paul A 06-05-03 55
                                 RE: Dapnis & Chloe Judith 06-05-03 56
                                 RE: Period 1 booking Paul A 06-05-03 57
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    Sim

    26-03-03, 12:39 PM (GMT)
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    1. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
    In response to message #0
     
       Thanks for that quick posting, Brendan!

    Quite an eclectic mix of programmes there....sort of what we were expecting, I suppose. I'll be very interested to see how the DTH dancers fit into the company. I wonder if they are coming over to dance the Balanchine programme in particular?

    I'm very surprised that they are allowing Isadora to surface again in any form; I didn't see it, but I remember the critics roundly savaging it...usually there is at least one critic who disagrees with the others, but not in this case. Maybe they will change it? I know this has been discussed on another thread, but I'm just musing out loud really.


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    pmeja

    26-03-03, 12:48 PM (GMT)
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    2. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
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       LAST EDITED ON 26-03-03 AT 12:49 PM (GMT)

    Samodurov is ex-Kirov. I saw him as Albrecht in New York a few years ago opposite Asylmuratova, and quite like him.


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    alison

    26-03-03, 01:06 PM (GMT)
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    3. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
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       An interesting mix, although possibly still a little over-reliant on the full-evening works (although we'd need to see numbers of performances of each to be able to judge that properly). Good to see some new work being created. I did raise an eyebrow that there was so much Balanchine, until I realised that he's got an anniversary coming up as well. Obviously the Ashton tributes will be in the following season, although there's not much there for the company to start getting its hand (legs? arms?) in on. I'd have liked to see "Fille" as well. Delighted to see Onegin will be back, although I was half expecting to see that going back to back with the Royal Opera's Eugene Onegin, which I think is scheduled for 2005. I notice that Prince of the Pagodas has disappeared without trace, though.


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    Paul A

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    6. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
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       >Obviously the Ashton tributes will be in the following season, >although there's not much there for the company to start >getting its hand (legs? arms?) in on.

    Agree.

    >I notice that Prince of the Pagodas
    >has disappeared without trace, though.

    Well spotted - a pity: but could they cast it these days?


    I feel a bit undewhelmed: it's not as rich or as varied as I'd anticipated.



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    alison

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    52. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
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       Just realised I thought Monica said something about wanting to bring Requiem back (couldn't fit it in this season at such short notice but was hoping for next), yet there's no sign of that either.


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    PhilipBadmin

    26-03-03, 01:15 PM (GMT)
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    4. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
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       Quite a few "repeats" there (8 by my count), unless it's a new Bayadere, Giselle, etc. And all the new work is in one run which means a flurry of tickets to that and rather a lot of just cherry-picking for the rest of the year for me.


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    Kevin Ngmoderator

    26-03-03, 01:21 PM (GMT)
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    5. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
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       There's a short write-up of the ex-Kirov principal of the Dutch National Ballet, Vyacheslav Samodurov, in the Kirov section of Ballet.co. He still guests with the Kirov from time to time.

    http://www.ballet.co.uk/links/dancers_kirov_men.htm#vyacheslav_samodurov


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    Claire S

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    7. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
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       I'm at work so I've only a quick look, but how the H**L can the ROH say they have "held" prices?? Here are two examples . . .

    Cinderella - top price £85 (matinee £55)
    Mayerling/SB/R&J - top price £83 (matinee £52)


    Here are sample 2002-3 prices:
    Sleeping Beauty - top price £77 (matinee £50)
    Manon - top price £73 (matinee £44)


    I might have a heavy cold and be a mere journalist not a financial expert but these prices to me seem to have GONE UP. mI wish they would just admit it rather than try to pretend prices offer better value than the previous year when the increases are higher than property values! And a day after we hear the ROH was awarded more money from the Arts Council.

    Sorry if I'm ranting but these prices are ludicrous. Attracting new audiences? They have to be kidding.

    PS Plus points - recruiting new males dancers as company members rather than hiring guests, getting casting info this early


    Minus points - losing Muriel Valtat, bringing in Marquez for Bayadere (because the RB is short of female principals or promising young dancers . . .?)


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    alison

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    25. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
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       >I'm at work so I've only
    >a quick look, but how
    >the H**L can the ROH
    >say they have "held" prices??

    This must be a new meaning to the word that I wasn't previously aware of. To hold - meaning to add £8 to the price of

    >I might have a heavy cold
    >and be a mere journalist
    >not a financial expert but
    >these prices to me seem
    >to have GONE UP. mI
    >wish they would just admit
    >it rather than try to
    >pretend prices offer better value
    >than the previous year

    Yes, I'm really worried. Given that every single price band seems to have gone up, I'm assuming that the £28 will be the mid-amphi, which is now well beyond my pocket. And I will repeat yet again that until the ROH closed in 1997 those seats were a maximum of £13. So much for "give us the Lottery money and we'll reduce seat prices"!

    >Sorry if I'm ranting but these
    >prices are ludicrous. Attracting new
    >audiences? They have to be
    >kidding.

    Quite. Unless I can get some restricted-view tickets it looks as though they'll be losing some of their old ones.


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    Bruceadmin

    26-03-03, 03:16 PM (GMT)
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    8. "Press Conference impressions"
    In response to message #0
     
      
    Just out from the press conference. Some immediate thoughts - more later.

    Overall I'm pleased to say that it was a less cantankerous and more good natured affair than last year - reflecting the higher esteem that Monica Mason is held in I think. Making presentations and answering questions were Mason, Bull, Pappano and Hall.

    Ballet performances in 2003/04 = 143
    Opera performances in 203/04 = 141

    This is the first time anybody can recall ballet doing more than the opera - great stuff... although within this ballet are doing 21 matinees to the Opera's 7. Overall there are more matinees as a direct response to people from out of London.

    Monica started by noting that there had been a weakness on the Male principal side since Dowell's time and she had looked to sort it - hence the 3 new senior men coming in. In all cases she talked straightforwardly and her words about David Makhateli typified this. She was candid in saying his first performance in Manon struggled but thought it was understandable given the Opera House stage and that in the second performance (less likely to be seen by critics) he had done incredibly well. It was the same on the new Sleeping Beauty where she was very disappointed by the gremlins on the first night which seemed to cause a "Carabosse cloud" to descend on the performance. She noted that changes have been already been made to Sleeping B and more were being planned - all in consultation with Makarova of course. However she thought the production had brought out a beautiful quality to the RB dancing.

    Isadora is a totally changed concept - so if you hated it before you might not next time! (my words not ROH's)

    The new Cinderella designer was going to be Luisa Spinatelli... however the feeling was that the designs looked like they might end up being too near those of the new Sleeping B and more contrast was really needed... they are a couple of weeks off being able to announce the new designer.

    More to say but later on RB

    Bull talked about ROH2. ROH2 is about new audiences and low ticket prices and giving people room to experiment. Bull is on the lookout for an associate dance company. More money is coming from the Arts Council for programing in the Clore and Linbury but this will not hit until 2004/05 - so its a gradual build still. On the dance side Cathy Marston gets a programme or two(!).

    A good thing is that in May 2004 RB will put on a programme in the Linbury with works by Vanessa Fenton, Alastair Marriott, Robert Garland, Matjash Mrozewski and Cathy Marston. Cathy was mentioned verbally but I see her name does not appear in the release.

    Tony Hall continues to make great play of holding more then 50% of the tickets per performance below £50 - third year running. Also 220 seats in the Stalls and Stalls Circle are to be reduced in price by 6-7%. Some more expensive seats on popular nights will go up however.

    Also announced were relay performances - big screen video's - which BP will sponsor for 5 years and 4 cities are to host - Liverpool, Sheffield, Belfast and Gateshead (I think!). There are also some Paul Hamlyn performances - max ticket price £12, though only 3 performances rather then a week of cheap performances we had earlier. They would like to do Prom performances again but need a sponsor with £0.5M to make it happen.

    That's it for now - more later.
    (and do excuse typos!)


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    Bruceadmin

    26-03-03, 03:21 PM (GMT)
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    9. "Full Release"
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    Brendan has put up the full Press release here:
    http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/news/1757.html

    It's a long read and so that thread is locked - comments here please... ta

    (and thansk to Brendan for sorting!)


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    Paul A

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    10. "RE: Full Release"
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       I see the release says they're doing Giselle in three acts. where's that lovely spoof we had some time ago with the plot summary?

    This thread has Polyphonia sandwiched in the Agon triple - and the full release says Prodigal Son. Was that a late change?


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    Brendan McCarthymoderator

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    11. "RE: Full Release"
    In response to message #10
     
       It should be 'Prodigal Son', not Polyphonia. My apologies.


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    Helen

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    12. "RE: Full Release"
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       Dowell and Sleep as the Ugly Sisters! At least, I assume that's what they're doing. That should be worth seeing.


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    Paul A

    27-03-03, 09:35 AM (GMT)
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    20. "RE: Full Release"
    In response to message #12
     
       >Dowell and Sleep as the Ugly
    >Sisters! At least, I assume
    >that's what they're doing. That
    >should be worth seeing.

    Yes but assume this makes Dowell the bossy sister - always visualised him as the timid one. That's why I'd imagined Mukhamedov as the bossy one.


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    AnnWilliams

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    13. "RE: Full Release"
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       Bruce, it's interesting that Mason said in the press conference today that David Makhateli's performance in Manon had improved significantly by his second appearance, but that this had been largely unseen by the critics. Well, I was there, and this is what I noted on these pages: “Jamie Tapper and David Makhateli, criticised on their first appearance, must have improved significantly since then because last night they were a delight….. Makhateli, from his first beautifully moving solo to his final anguish in the swamp, was a youthful and vulnerable des Grieux. Combined with his powerfully smooth dancing, this too was a performance bursting with promise of things to come.”

    I'm not surprised that Mason has signed him up. She obviously knows a good thing when she sees it!


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    Jane Sadmin

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    15. "RE: Full Release"
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       I'm so pleased to see Four Temperaments coming back - we had it 30 years ago for the ridiculous total of 4 performances, and I've been waiting ever since for the return of this glorious ballet.

    I'm also glad to see that Monica Mason has ignored all the helpful advice about who she should appoint as her Assistant, and has chosen someone who will actually be able to support her. Good for both of them!



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    Bruceadmin

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    42. "RE: Full Release"
    In response to message #15
     
       >I'm also glad to see that
    >Monica Mason has ignored all
    >the helpful advice about who
    >she should appoint as her
    >Assistant, and has chosen someone
    >who will actually be able
    >to support her. Good for
    >both of them!

    Its a pragmatic solution that seems to be about managing the company today. Its' a huge undertaking and understandable. I think however we need to look to tomorrow as well and I hope the powers that be get their brains around proper succession planning for Directorship of RB after Monica. Look what doing nothing achieved when Dowell decided to go. They can search the world again, or perhaps better specially look to grow a new director by having them involved at a senior level and for some time. How this appointment might fit into that wider scheme I don't understand, which may well be blindness on my part, but hopefully people are thinking about the tomorrow as well as the today.



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    Jane Sadmin

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    43. "RE: Full Release"
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       I don't see that this appointment stands in the way of any of what you say, Bruce.


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    Bruceadmin

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    44. "RE: Full Release"
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    I wish it was as clear to me!


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    Jane Sadmin

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    46. "RE: Full Release"
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       What I mean is that when and if the Board decides on who they want to succeed Mason, there is nothing in this appointment that stops them bringing that person into the organisation, if they decide that's appropriate, or giving them a new job if they're already there. The person could also be called Assistant Director - Ashton had 3 - or Associate Director or Director in charge of something or other (ROH2, for instance). Meanwhile, if Jeanetta Laurence is doing the work, she deserves the recognition and the money, surely?


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    Bruceadmin

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    48. "RE: Full Release"
    In response to message #46
     
       >What I mean is that when
    >and if the Board decides
    >on who they want to
    >succeed Mason, there is nothing
    >in this appointment that stops
    >them bringing that person into
    >the organisation, if they decide
    >that's appropriate, or giving them
    >a new job if they're
    >already there. The person could
    >also be called Assistant Director
    >- Ashton had 3 -
    >or Associate Director or Director
    >in charge of something or
    >other (ROH2, for instance). Meanwhile,
    >if Jeanetta Laurence is doing
    >the work, she deserves the
    >recognition and the money, surely?
    >


    I don't think we are going to easily agree Jane. I have no wish to spin this out but there is a money dimension to all this. Your suggestion involves more money at a time when the company would like more dancers (publicly stated by Mason at the press conference) as well as more rep of course. And there is a Musical Director position also. As it is Tony Hall noted that the wage bill had already shot up without any extras.

    'I don't see that this appointment stands in the way of any of what you say, Bruce.' is a statement that can be applied to anything that RB do. Using an admittedly extreme example to show a point, there is nothing to stop them doing another new and better Sleeping Beauty or having a new 3 act ballet every year - nothing but money that is.

    I'm not sure what Ashton did over 30 years ago is too relevant, or if 'Ashton on Management' would have sold so well either(!) but I guess if he did figure how to provide himself with 3 assistants that was OK at the time. I just hope that somebody up top has figured into the numbers how to do a similar trick before too long. However many companies bring people through as Assistant Directors and so don't need to figure in extra sums. Its not the end of the world to do this, but I'd hate to think that important appointment were made in isolation. Its also possible to appoint on a temporary basis while you sort yourself out of course and this addresses your point on recognition and reward.

    All of this looks churlish on my part towards a sound appointment that gives RB a firm base today - my point was about the tomorrow and wondering if it was thought about in sorting the today. Neither you or I know that at the moment.



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    Jane Sadmin

    30-03-03, 02:44 PM (GMT)
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    49. "RE: Full Release"
    In response to message #48
     
       As you say, Bruce, we are not going to agree.


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    Viviane

    26-03-03, 04:58 PM (GMT)
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    14. "more about the new RB principals"
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       Find out more (CV, interview and vidoclip) about the new RB principals, Samodurov and Bonelli on the website of their current company :

    http://www.het-nationale-ballet.nl/new/html_uk/index_uk.html

    Click on 'Het Nationale Ballet' left uppercorner, choose 'dancers' and scroll down to find the dancers search.


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    Mandy

    26-03-03, 11:05 PM (GMT)
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    16. "RE: more about the new RB principals"
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       LAST EDITED ON 26-03-03 AT 11:06 PM (GMT)

    Great to have some new male principals but wasn't there anyone in the first soloists ready for promotion? I was thinking particularly of Edward Watson, a superb dancer IMO and many others too......


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    Brendan McCarthymoderator

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    18. "New season"
    In response to message #16
     
       LAST EDITED ON 27-03-03 AT 07:29 AM (GMT)

    In our haste to get the new season details online, I mistyped 'The Prodigal Son' as 'Polyphonia' in the Balanchine programme. Bruce has kindly corrected this for me. Thanks to Paul A for picking up on it.

    In a recent interview, Monica Mason described herself as, like de Valois, an 'adventurous traditionalist'. She deserves real applause for the bill that includes new work by Maliphant, McGregor and Tuckett. Commercially and artistically it is a risk: but it is very right to take it. Indeed each of the mixed bills is intelligently programmed. It all bodes well.


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    Sim

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    19. "RE: New season"
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       I've just re-read my initial thread above, and my apologies to Brendan...you had already answered my question re. the DTH dancers in your first thread. I saw Eric Underwood when they were here a few months ago and was very impressed, so I look forward to seeing him again (I hope).


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    Brendan McCarthymoderator

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    22. "RE: New season"
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       Sim, Your apology is misplaced. The DTH information was not there when you posted and my posting 'evolved' over a few hours.


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    Judith

    27-03-03, 01:27 PM (GMT)
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    27. "RE: more about the new RB principals"
    In response to message #16
     
       >
    wasn't there anyone
    >in the first soloists ready
    >for promotion? I was thinking
    >particularly of Edward Watson, a
    >superb dancer IMO and many
    >others too......


    I totally agree! He still doesn't seem to be given enough opportunities in the full-length ballets. I'm still hoping to see him as Romeo next season.


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    Terry

    27-03-03, 09:56 AM (GMT)
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    21. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
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       Does anyone know who is leaving/joining the corps (artists/first artists)? Or has that not been announced? What about the 2 Prix de Lausanne winners who have been apprentices this year?


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    Diandra

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    23. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
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       Quite an interesting season, there's something for everyone, a couple of classics, R&J & Mayerling for those that missed this years run or couldn't get the casts they wanted. Isadora is the big pull for me as I never thought I'd get a chance to see this. The newly designed Cinderella should be fascinating & I think its a good sign that Monica Mason is not afraid to invite back older artists for character roles, this was a glaring omission of the Dowell tenure & I hope we see more of this as it can only benefit the younger dancers.

    The mixed bills are intriguing, I loved Polyphonia & the 4 Temperaments is always worth a look, this will be the 4th company I've seen it by. The new choreography is adventurous for a director that made the statement of wanting to return to classicism, but the choices are bold & should be a challenge for the company.

    The other 2 mixed bills the Balanchine are nice & varied & I'm delighted to be getting a 2nd look at Daphnis & Chloe. I distinctly remember Trinidad Sevillano's performance as Chloe & hope that this time a RB dancer gets the part. Wonder if Mukhamedov will return to dancer the part of Bryaxis (thought he was good in that). The return of the Diaghilev rep is a surprise & a delight, though I could kick myself for having missed the Les Biches revival a few years ago.

    Good to see a return of Onegin, if they intend to keep this as a regular (& they should) it would be nice to see it in better designs than the ones they have now. I have my fingers tightly crossed for Adam Cooper to return as Onegin.

    Sad to see the departure of Muriel Valtat, I saw her give some lovely performances, but she seems to have had a run of ill luck recently so best wishes for the future.

    Am off to have a think about casting & costings for my ballet budget.


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    Ann Welsh

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    24. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
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       The thing that really intrigues me is the Maliphant/Guillem/Ballet Boyz collaboration. That has to be a 'must' and is really innovative thinking on the part of Monica Mason. Well done!


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    Ann Welsh

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    26. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
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       But the thing which really doesn't intrigue me is the usual dire shortage of matinees. What few there are fall on Bank Holidays when sitting on a crowded train just doesn't seem to appeal.


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    Claire S

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    28. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
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       I agree, Ann. Saturday matinees are the lifeline for those of us outside London. But maybe we're meant to watch one ballet on the big-screen per year . . .

    Cinderella seems to have surprisingly few matinees at first glance compared to Nutcracker.


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    alison

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    29. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
    In response to message #26
     
       21? Or are they all for Cinderella?


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    Michael LL

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    30. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
    In response to message #29
     
       Hopefully Yoshida will dance Chloe - she has only done it in Japan so far, except for the final pas de deux at a Mukhamedov gala.

    Wonder who will be the Isadoras - maybe Guillem, Rojo, Benjamin..?

    I looks like a wonderfully varied season and a good number of performances.


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    Mandy

    28-03-03, 08:28 AM (GMT)
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    31. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
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       Perhaps Monica Mason could consider inviting back Sarah Wildor for Isadora?


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    Lynette H

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    32. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
    In response to message #30
     
       >Hopefully Yoshida will dance Chloe -
    >she has only done it
    >in Japan so far, except
    >for the final pas de
    >deux at a Mukhamedov gala.
    >
    >
    >
    Are you sure ? I'm convinced I've seen her in Chloe at the ROH, sometime in the mid 90s. But memory may be at fault.


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    AnnWilliams

    28-03-03, 10:41 AM (GMT)
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    33. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
    In response to message #32
     
       No, your memory is accurate, Lynette. Yoshida certainly danced Chloe at Covent Garden in, I think, November 1994 (I've located my programme, but it lists the cast headed by Trinidad Sevillano in the same run).

    Yoshida was wonderful - I particularly remeber her desperate solo with her wrists tied (we're talking pirates and slave girls here).


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    Margaret

    28-03-03, 12:14 PM (GMT)
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    34. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
    In response to message #33
     
       I saw Yoshida perform in Daphnis and Chloe in October '96 as part of the Midland Bank Proms. She was lovely and I would really like to see her in it again. Her Daphnis was Bruce Sansom and Irek Mukhamedov was Bryaxis. I also remember some stunning design. That is something to look forward to next season.
    Overall the programme for the season looks interesting, glad to see Cinderella back, but sad that Pagodas has been put off again. Pleased also that Wind in the Willows will be put on again, it was such a treat last Christmas.


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    alison

    28-03-03, 01:12 PM (GMT)
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    35. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
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       I think Sevillano ended up dancing all the performances in the first run of the new production owing to injury of others (not that I'm complaining - except that I haven't seen her dance since ), but I'm sure I've seen Yoshida dance the whole thing as well (and Wildor).


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    Sim

    28-03-03, 04:00 PM (GMT)
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    36. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
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       Where is Sevillano dancing these days? She seemed to be here for such a short period of time. On the same note, is Alessandra Ferri still dancing in Canada? Again, I used to love her performances but she seemed to leave the RB pretty quickly.


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    alison

    28-03-03, 05:30 PM (GMT)
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    41. "Trinidad Sevillano"
    In response to message #36
     
       I saw a reference a couple of years ago to Sevillano having gone back into dancing (in Spain - was it Victor Ullate?). There was an interview with her in, I think it may have been, Dance Europe at about that time. Miss her terribly, as usual. She was scheduled to dance with the RB in Dance Bites after Daphnis, but I don't believe she ever did. Anyway, the question of what she's doing crops up every now and then, so you could try searching the archive.


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    Jane Sadmin

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    38. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
    In response to message #32
     
       I think that what happened with Daphnis and Chloe was that the cast first announced for the new production in 1194 was Wildor followed by Durante. Durante withdrew and was replaced by Sevillano, and then Wildor was injured so Sevillano actually did the first night. There were a few performances the next year which Wildor did, and then it was revived in 1997 with Wildor follwed by Yoshida. From what Ann says, Yoshida did some of the 1994 run as well.

    I'd hope to see Rojo do it this time round.


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    Diandra

    28-03-03, 04:20 PM (GMT)
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    37. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
    In response to message #30
     
      
    >Wonder who will be the Isadoras
    >- maybe Guillem, Rojo, Benjamin..?

    My exact 3 choices as well, especially Rojo who seems to be getting greater prominence this season as it looks like she's first cast for Bayadere & R&J. Am looking forward to seeing Benjamin return after her pregnancy & think she would be really good as Isadora as she made a huge impact on me when she did Anastasia a few years back.

    I am also intrigued by the choice of David Leveaux as director who will revise the concept. Surely this must be the hand of Deborah MacMillan in choosing a well known stage director & not a choreographer to revise the piece. I think this could result in a very interesting production, though it seems a shame that they are going for a new production as I've never seen the old ones, but I guess its probably easier to market a new production when elements of the old production were so slated. Wonder who will be drafted in to play the actress role?

    >I looks like a wonderfully varied
    >season and a good number
    >of performances.

    I agree, there's not a single programme that I won't be going to see. In addition nearly every ballet has at least 1 matinee with the exception of the Diaghilev night & Mayerling for obvious reasons that its not suitable for children.

    Its also good to see a decent run of each bill, though 17 showings of Onegin seems a little excessive, I'm hoping that this means its going to be a permanent addition, something at least Stretton got right. Wonder who will get to be the third Rudolf in Mayerling now Tewsley has departed, against the odds I think Carlos Acosta would be fascinating. Nice to see that Miyako Yoshida is going to be more visible next season, but apart from that the castings are fairly predictable.

    Just a final word on the 2003/4 prices, they are outrageous. As much as I love ballet especially at ROH I find it hard to understand how they can justify these prices. If for example, I bought an £80 (an average) seat for each programme I'd spend £960 overall with £60 on the programmes. Do they think that this represents good value for money & an incentive to get more punters through the door more often? Perhaps the many ROH managers should be put on Britain's average wage (circa £20K) to see if they would cough up that sort of money themselves, but of course ROH employees get freebies anyway, wonder if they need any staff...


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    Steven

    28-03-03, 05:19 PM (GMT)
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    39. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
    In response to message #37
     
       Diandra, you do not need the grief! I'm sure that the downsides of working there would soon outweigh the lure of free tickets.

    With regard to Isadora, I suspect the name of Guillem will be very closely attached to this. I imagine her power to choose her own projects is a decisive factor in getting this off the ground. And if she's not dancing in this, what IS she dancing in? (I have to say I'd like to see her as Countess Larisch in Mayerling, though.)

    I do agree with Rojo and Benjamin as excellent possible alternatives. However, isn't - or wasn't - David Leveaux the partner of Viviana Durante? I say no more...

    It is interesting on many levels to see a theatre director coming in to revive an older piece (I'm sorry I can't call Isadora a classic). This could be a valid way forward with several pieces which might be considered dated. It could refresh them completely.


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    MAB

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    40. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
    In response to message #37
     
       Wonder who will be
    >drafted in to play the
    >actress role?

    Dawn French?


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    Michael LL

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    45. "RE: Royal Ballet 2003-2004 season"
    In response to message #40
     
       Sorry - my own performance memory backfired. I too saw Yoshida as Chloe in 1996!

    Sevillano was absolutely delightful as Chloe; she was always a most lovely dancer with ENB, especially as the Ashton Juliet. It is a pity she had such a chequered career, losing her desire to dance for some time.

    A Cope-Rojo-Guillem Mayerling would be electrifying!


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    jameshuwjeffries

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    50. "Mayerling 2004"
    In response to message #45
     
       Dare we hope that Adam Cooper will return to dance it with the electrifiying Mara Galeazzi and Genesia Rosato one last time? On the subject of Iasdora, its a tough one in that it was designed for a small dancer (Merle Park, then Sandra Conley, Fiona Chadwick and Galina Samsova) whereas Isadora was rather voluptupous. If not too young Rojo might be an interesting choice here (Benjamin is surely too small and Guillem too tall). Would there be any mileage in the under=used Gillian Revie who is so good in the MacMillan roles. Incidentally, does anyone know what is going with Belinda Hatley who is now out of Apollo...


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    Sim

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    51. "RE: Mayerling 2004"
    In response to message #50
     
       Someone asked about Belinda Hatley a few weeks ago on another thread but was in effect told not to ask.....curioser and curioser!


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    Bruceadmin

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    53. "RE: Mayerling 2004"
    In response to message #51
     
      
    They were told that we can't know everything all the time and that we are all due some space and privacy. We shouldn't always expect that our need to know comes first! Not aware of what any problem is - hope she returns to dance before too long.



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    Diandri

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    54. "RE: Mayerling 2004"
    In response to message #50
     
       Isadora was originally supposed to have been made on Lynn Seymour, not Merle Park. I don't think that casting should always be done on the basis of too short, too tall otherwise we'd never get to see Bussell or Guillem in any Ashton or MacMillan. These two are taller than average, but its what they do with the part that's important. Monica Mason has said that Scenes apparently needs a shorter dancer, but then Beryl Grey also danced the part v. well.

    Benjamin, Guillem & Rojo are 3 of the most likely choices because none is afraid to get 'low down & dirty' in the roles they perform. All are consumate dance-actresses which is what the role requires. Would you tell Ralph Fiennes that he's too tall to play Hamlet?


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    Paul A

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    55. "RE: Dapnis & Chloe"
    In response to message #54
     
       From the season guide/ period one booking:

    The Daphnis & Chloe is down for new designs tbc.

    Likewise - no confirmation yet on Cinderella designer.


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    Judith

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    56. "RE: Dapnis & Chloe"
    In response to message #55
     
       Have you got your Booking Period One guide then? I was wondering when the Friends will be sent them.


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    Paul A

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    57. "RE: Period 1 booking"
    In response to message #56
     
       >Have you got your Booking Period
    >One guide then? I
    >was wondering when the Friends
    >will be sent them.


    It came last week - don't know what day as I was away - in the revised form of About the House magazine - so if you are not a Friend it costs £2.50 to buy. Picture of Jonathan Cope in reheasal studio on cover.


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    alison

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    58. "RE: Dapnis & Chloe"
    In response to message #55
     
       Not another lot of new designs! The current production has hardly had enough performances to warrant it. Hmm, does this mean we get inflated prices because 1/3 of a triple bill has been redesigned as well, I wonder? BTW, does Cinderella really need a new production, and certainly is it enough to justify another £8 on top-price tickets on top of the already-inflated "new production" prices for Sleeping Beauty?


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    Shirley

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    59. "Cinderella"
    In response to message #58
     
      

    >BTW, does Cinderella really need
    >a new production, and certainly
    >is it enough to justify
    >another £8 on top-price tickets
    >on top of the already-inflated
    >"new production" prices for Sleeping
    >Beauty?

    I believe they sold the previous sets and costumes so if they are going to dance Cinderella they need new ones!



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    alison

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    60. "RE: Cinderella"
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       Oh, I didn't realise that.


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    Flight

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    61. "RE: Cinderella"
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       Have any of the other Fiends had info. from the ROH? I haven't!


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    Flight

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    62. "RE: Cinderella"
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       Ooops! Obviously I meant 'Friends' not 'Fiends'.


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    Mandy

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    63. "RE: Cinderella"
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       me neither!( thought fiends was quite good actually)


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    Michael LL

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    64. "Daphnis designs"
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       Hopefully the Craxton designs will return for Daphnis


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    Claire S

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    65. "RE: Cinderella"
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       Anyone know why the sets/costumes for Cinderella were sold off? And couldn't they be re-created as Osbert Lancaster's designs were for Coppelia a few years ago? Cheaper than a whole new set from a new designer, I would have thought.


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    vivian2

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    66. "RE: Cinderella"
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       Claire

    I do agree with you about budgeting wisely. Problem is, they have spent so much on Sleeping Beauty etc that I can't help thinking that someone is not very careful about getting their priorities right.

    Look at the expense of the new desighner bridge for example!! and it only takes a few steps to walk from the school door to the company door.

    I know these are separate budgets ----but still feel there are
    higher priorites that need considering, like employing more graduate dancers and bringing in established choreographers, rather than bridge follies and new gimmicky sets to rivive old masters that are already tampered with anyway.


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