Change in programming for 2002/3
Posted 08 October 2002 - 09:20 AM
There is a note from Deborah MacMillan near the bottom above Romeo & Juliet - read between the lines.......
Posted 08 October 2002 - 09:59 AM
Reading between those lines, and patching together other fragments, the seemingly-conflicting stories can be made to fit. IF Lady M proposed changing the schedule, and IF Stretton did not wish to do so and IF he was pushed by the board to make the change and IF he said he would resign if he did not have authority and then did -- realizing that these are all IFs that have been in British news articles and that I do not know what happened, then I think Stretton was right to resign and I admire him for doing so.
This scenario also explains the statements by several Most Likelys for the job that they would not take it unless it were absolutely clear what the board wanted and that the board would back the new AD's policies.
I don't think he was the right man for the job. I thought he made several injudicious and inappropriate remarks. I think the stories from the dancers indicated there were problems. As a civilian, not a critic, I would not willingly sit thorugh Prince of the Pagodas again. However, the Artistic Director needs to be able to set his repertory.
Now that the changes have been made I think the triple bill is a good idea, as is the tribute to Nureyev. It's so lovely that one is his most noted roles, "a solo from In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated" is to be included. Ms. Guillem and Nureyev were not particularly chums, but there you go. The living always win, in these situations
Posted 08 October 2002 - 10:41 AM
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Posted 08 October 2002 - 01:13 PM
I've tried to find some information about the Darde solo with google, and all what I could find was in Italian, from various sites of summer festivals in Italy; it was included in some performances of Guillem and Hilaire (it seems to be a male solo but I'm not sure). Well, that sounds like a "me, me" program...
Posted 08 October 2002 - 01:16 PM
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Posted 08 October 2002 - 02:52 PM
Keith Money took some evocative pictures of Paradise Lost, and although I'm sure it was interesting with F&N, it's hard to say how it would look on anyone else. I think it would be worth seeing although of course it's a moot point as far as I'm concerned, unfortunately.
Posted 08 October 2002 - 04:30 PM
I don't see what In the Middle and the Darde solo have to do with Nureyev, no matter how they're celebrating him.
Posted 08 October 2002 - 04:51 PM
Posted 09 October 2002 - 03:05 AM
Posted 09 October 2002 - 03:55 AM
Nureyev in Apollo must have also been a very interesting thing. I know John Percival writes of it very highly; was there a variety of opinions on that? I've seen tapes of Nureyev in Bournonville; he's never bad in it, but it generally doesn't look like Bournonville. Does Balanchine look like Balanchine when Nureyev danced it?
On the Macmillan programs, I'd have to say The Judas Tree is not anywhere near the top of the list of one-act Macmillan ballets I'd like to see revived or even preserved in this case. But then, ballets where the central action is the gang rape of the heroine are not ballets I would rush off to buy tickets to. And unfortunately, one could do an entire gala evening of "Kenneth Macmillan celebrates violent sex." Well, it's either a gala evening or a doctoral thesis.
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