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#16 Old Fashioned

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Posted 08 June 2004 - 07:40 PM

I wasn't expecting a carbon copy, but I was hoping for a season that more closely resembled the one they pulled together this year. I am not liking the line-up for the upcoming season, which has been said to be an indication of what his plans are for the company and the first time Welch really makes his mark (or something along those lines). Well, it HAS been a year. Welch is still young and I am still waiting to see how successful the company will become under his direction, but for now, I'm going to be a bit pessimistic. The trend seems to be a leaning towards a more contemporary and experimental-focused company, which may or may not be a good thing. Telling from some of the stuff I've seen this year, I can't say I'm particularly fond of this trend. Also, the Houston audience does tend to be on the conservative side, favoring well-established ballets over contemporary ones, and this may not go over well for them, although it would be great if it could bring in new viewers.

#17 pugbee

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 05:55 PM

I'm with you, Old Fashioned! I really liked how this season was put together. But for next season, there's really nothing I'm chomping at the bit to see. When I saw how the season looked, I pretty much said, "Well, I may not go at all." And that's not good for the ballet. The dancers, in my opinion, have danced remarkably well this past year, and I hate the thought of no one going to see them simply because the ballets being danced are not of interest.

Also -- I do know of at least one dancer who has been let go. But until it is published somewhere I won't give the name. I hope it's okay for me to say this, since I haven't specified the dancer. :)

#18 Old Fashioned

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 03:27 PM

The dancers, in my opinion, have danced remarkably well this past year, and I hate the thought of no one going to see them simply because the ballets being danced are not of interest.


You read my thoughts exactly, Pugbee. I'm only truly interested in seeing Giselle and the Lifar piece.

It was published in the Chronicle that Julie Gumbinner and Lucas Priolo will be leaving for Texas Ballet Theatre, and I do know of a few others who are also leaving, although it hasn't been let out to the public yet.

#19 JaneD

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Posted 14 June 2004 - 03:48 AM

Almost certainly nothing to do with "rebellion", but I've picked up a Houston Chronicle artical of 4 June which says that one of my former Royal Ballet favourites, Phillip Broomhead, is retiring at the end of the current month (which effectively means after the performance on 20 June, I think), and will become one of the company's ballet masters.

Jane

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Posted 14 June 2004 - 03:44 PM

I think you will truly enjoy Maina Gielguld's Giselle! It is gorgeously staged and produced. (Well, it was in Boston anyway!)

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 07:43 PM

Thanks, Joseph, I'm definitely looking forward to Giselle. I've read good things about Maina's staging.

Yep, I listened to a radio interview with Broomhead that he is retiring. It's certainly a gain for the artistic staff; he has been doing a lot of coaching this season, and I hear he's a great teacher.

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 11:07 PM

Broomhead is a wonderful teacher. He gives such great classes and he really inspires. Especially his wacked out extension which is incredible. And the way he demonstrates combinations in the center, its almost as if you dont want him to stop! The Artistic staff is very lucky to have him, as well as Maina who is a fabulous teacher and coach.

** I wish the season for next year was different, but the only thing I am looking forward to seeing is Christopher Bruces piece. After seeing Ghost Dances I have fallen in love with his choreography and movement.

#23 JaneD

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Posted 20 June 2004 - 06:41 AM

Rosaline

I once heard Phillip say that, when he arrived at the Royal Ballet School, he wasn't very flexible, so he stretched everyday. It must have worked, because I remember his extension, and HEARING his leg hit the back of his head mid-cabriole from several rows back at Covent Garden.

I would love to see him teach, but I think it's unlikely. I've being trying to arrange a secondment to Houston from work, but it's not going to happen; all I've managed is an invitation to Albania!

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Posted 21 June 2004 - 05:41 AM

According to the Houston Press, Broomhead is leaving the company to join Ben Stevenson in Fort Worth:

Houston Press article (last paragraph)

#25 kirovboy

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Posted 21 June 2004 - 09:34 PM

That is a mistake in the article! Lucas Priolo and Julie Gumbinner will be going to TBT, while Phillip will continue at HB as ballet master! Simple mistake!


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