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Royal Ballet 2014-15 season


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#1 California

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 03:59 AM

The 2014-15 season has just been announced:

 

http://www.roh.org.u...nd-dance-201415



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 08:03 AM

Thanks for the link -- there are some really interesting choices in here.  I'm really hoping that they show the all-Ashton program on their cinema program.  I'm also very interested in Shobana Jeyasingh's "Bayadere Project."



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 08:56 AM

The cinema program includes Manon (October 16), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (December 16), Swan Lake (March 17) and La Fille mal gardée (May 5), all of which the company has screened before.



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 10:06 AM

Fiddlesticks -- this is disappointing.

 

It's looking like no one wants to take a chance on a mixed bill for one of these screenings.



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 10:20 AM

I thought the McGregor Woolf Works looked interesting, although I can't find any information about the Richter score they are using. Amy Seiwert used it for Travelling Alone, a 20-minute (or so) piece she did for Colorado Ballet in 2012, repeated last weekend. I love that music -- very postmodern, with some hints of Glass. But I'm not sure about a full-evening of that or whether it's a new/commissioned score or several existing pieces. When Robbins did Glass Pieces, he picked out some of the most danceable excerpts from existing Glass scores, so perhaps that's what McGregor is doing. It would be even better if the new McGregor overlapped another piece (like the La Fille) to make a trip from the US especially worthwhile.

 

My mistake -- McGregor is using a commissioned score by Richter:

 

Acclaimed British composer Max Richter (Infra and Sum) creates a specially-commissioned score that incorporates electronic and live music.

Edited by California, 31 March 2014 - 12:55 PM.


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 11:14 AM

It's looking like no one wants to take a chance on a mixed bill for one of these screenings.

 

And I thought that eventually someone would have to take the plunge, because there just aren't enough full-lengths to go around. The consequence is predictable. If this season the ROH screenings were split 50/50 between opera and ballet, next season the imbalance returns, with 7 operas and 4 ballets.



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 12:53 PM

It's the repetition that I find frustrating -- we saw Alice and Swan Lake this year.  If I was following the company closely, I'd be pleased to get another go at those works, but they're using this medium to reach out to a larger audience.  I think they should present a broader view of themselves.



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 01:20 PM

It's the repetition that I find frustrating -- we saw Alice and Swan Lake this year.  If I was following the company closely, I'd be pleased to get another go at those works, but they're using this medium to reach out to a larger audience.  I think they should present a broader view of themselves.

 

Agreed. In addition, I'd request a better distribution of dancers. They've already had Cuthbertson AND Lamb perform Alice for the screenings...and they are the only principals who do the role. Stix-Brunnell and Choe do it as well, but as they are soloists, I doubt they would be allocated a screening. So who is left for Alice next year (for the third time around)? I'm happy the screenings exist, but the RB has a very rich rep--let's see it!



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 03:56 PM

Only a guess, but perhaps The Winter's Tale is being withheld from North American cinemas this season in order to replace one of the repeats on next season's schedule.



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 04:41 PM

Winter's Tale is being held back?  I was under the impression it was still screening at the end of the month...



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 04:54 PM

It will be broadcast in Europe, Japan, Australia and Brazil, but the Canadian screening was called off a couple of months ago, and an American screening was never scheduled the American distributor doesn't have it scheduled either. In Canada the Cineplex chain says, "A Winter’s Tale live, on Monday, April 28, 2014, has been canceled for broadcast in Canada. The Royal Ballet and Arts Alliance expect that this title will return next season."



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 04:59 PM

The Canadian screening was canceled is it because NBoC also holds the North American cinematic right?

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 05:02 PM

It didn't prevent the Canadian screening of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, so this seems unlikely. I doubt the Royal Ballet would allow itself to be hamstrung like that with its international broadcasts.



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 06:35 PM

Well, it is a co-production with the Canadians, so I could understand why there would be an embargo, but it had been, until recently, on the schedule of my local cinema, which has shown all the other programs this year.

 

Whatever the reason, phoey!



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 06:36 PM

I don't exactly know why having a choreographer who has never worked in ballet before is a point of pride.  Ballet has a wonderful vocabulary to use and expand upon.  I can certainly be argued out of this, but it seems to me that a choreographer who is creating on a ballet company should be comfortable with ballet vocabulary, otherwise why use such highly trained dancers.  My thoughts are not totally formulated on this, obviously.




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