Rare Ballet Books
Posted 13 August 1999 - 09:34 AM
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Posted 13 August 1999 - 12:24 PM
Posted 13 August 1999 - 12:33 PM
I posted several lengthy quotes from the catalogue on www.ballet.co.uk If you're interested, go to the Update page, click on the link for Postings (if you've never been there). I wasn't sure how much interest there would be here, as it's a British collection.
The short, sad story is that Philip Richardson spent literally a lifetime gathering all the books (first editions, of course) in existence on teaching, from the ballet du cour of the 16th century to the early 19th century. The material on British dancing -- country dancing as well as social dancing and classical dancing -- is definitive. Now, why would Richardson, founder of the magazine Dancing Times and one of the founders of the Royal Academy of Dancing, donate such a collection to the RAD, an institution devoted to training classical dancers? Everyone who reads this board will figure that one out very quickly, I'm sure, but the point seems to have eluded one David Watchman (a lovely Dickensian name, under the circumstances), the Chief Executive of the RAD.
I have the catalogue. It's not for the likes of us. Except for a very few items, the price tags are in the four and five figures (for individual items).
The RAD doesn't give a reason for dumping the collection. The money raised is to go to their scholarship fund.
Posted 13 August 1999 - 02:46 PM
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Posted 13 August 1999 - 03:34 PM
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Posted 13 August 1999 - 03:56 PM
Richardson devoted years and years to this collection; the RAD had a long history of dance education and training; ergo he donated the collection. This is like putting a false front on a beautiful Georgian building and then wondering why no one is interested in seeing it any longer...
Bottom line? Business like any other? I ask you... In twenty years they will be squeeking about how dance training in Britain has eroded. Well, how are they supposed to learn? Videos?
I devoutly hope someone in this country buys it, or if not sold in entirety (with these figures, doubtful) that the purchasers are wise enough to give the materials to libraries who will not be so cavalier with the legacy contained therein.
Posted 13 August 1999 - 05:54 PM
Anyway, for the R.A.D., the next step is obviously to take the untalented who can come up with the fees over those with a gift for teaching but little cash; that should do wonders for the country's teaching cadre. Come to think of it, they could probably make a lot of money actually selling the children over at White Lodge, but perhaps that idea is a bit ahead of its time.
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Posted 04 September 1999 - 02:24 PM
I hope you can read Goff's article in Dance Now (and a letter questioning the sale by Peter Barrett of the Laban Centre). It's very solid. The RAD sounds like a "I've never heard of Monica Lewinsky and besides, she's lying?" response, to me.
Posted 04 September 1999 - 03:11 PM
I don't think there would be any point in alerting the tabloids to this extraordinary saga. It's hardly their cup of tea. But I did my best with the 'broadsheets' - I alerted both 'The Times' and the'Independent' on Thursday and was thanked politely by both, but so far nothing has appeared. Perhaps, sadly, this story is only of real interest to us ballet enthusiasts (though any good journalist could certainly make a sizzling general-interest piece).
But I'm with you on this one. Why <i>has<i> no-one demanded a full explanation from the RAD?
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