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 Post subject: UK New Year's Hnours List
PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2000 2:22 am 
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Twice a year in the UK the Government publishes an Honours list and New Year is one of those times. Recognition is given to people who have contributed to the success of the country from school caretakers to key government officials. <P>There are various levels of award, including knighthood, but the bulk are appointments to the Order of the British Empire (no laughing at the back there!). In descending order of importance, there is Commander (CBE), Officer (OBE) and Member (MBE). Even a cynical old b****d like me can see that these are an important way of giving recognition to those who hae made important contriutions. <P>Here are the dance awards this time, with the official wording and my 2c. worth in some cases: <P>- Image <BR>CBE, Richard Alston, choreographer and Artistic Director The Place and Richard Alston Dance Company. For services to Dance. <P>Richly deserved, Alston as a dancer, choreographer and AD has played a key role in the development of modern dance in the UK. Now in his 50s, he is arguably producing some of the best work of his career at the moment and in his various roles at the Place, continues to help young and developing dance artists find their way. Here are some links to topics about the Company:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum5/HTML/000076.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum5/HTML/000076.html</A> <BR> <A HREF="http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum5/HTML/000201.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum5/HTML/000201.html</A> <BR> <A HREF="http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum5/HTML/000285.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum5/HTML/000285.html</A> <BR> <BR>- OBE, Matthew Christopher Bourne, choreographer and Artistic Director, AMP. For services to Dance. <P>Great news! Bourne is a very talented and distinctive dance creator, but he also has the knack of making work that brings non-dance people into the art form. There aren't too many of those around, particularly in modern dance. Here are two links discussing his work: <BR> <A HREF="http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum5/HTML/000045.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum5/HTML/000045.html</A> <BR> <A HREF="http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum5/HTML/000141.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum5/HTML/000141.html</A> <P><BR>- MBE, Penny Greenland, Founder Director Jabadao Centre for Movement Studies. For services to Dance. <P>Not someone I know, but I am told that she is highly regarded by the profesion and that this is a well deserved award for someone out of the limelight.<P>- MBEs also for: Jean Graves, for services to Ballroom and Latin American Dancing; Audrey Hawkins, Principal Alison School of Dance. For services to the community in Solihull ad the West Midlands; Gloria Sheaves. For services to Ballroon Dancing.<P><BR> <P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited December 31, 2000).]


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 Post subject: Re: UK New Year's Hnours List
PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2000 6:12 am 
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Stuart - wasn't Margot Fonteyn a Dame Commander of the British Empire? or do I have that wrong? And how about Ninette de Valois?


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 Post subject: Re: UK New Year's Hnours List
PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2000 7:57 am 
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Yes, Basheva, Fonteyn was a DBE, which (I am told) is the equivalent of a knighthood (only for blokes).<P>My Xmas pressie 'Oxford Dictionary of Dance' say that Ninette de Valois was a DBE and then made a Companion of Honour, which I assume is higher again and there is also mention of an 'Order of Merit', which I don't know about.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2000 4:42 pm 
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any 'dame' is a DBE - DBE means you can call yourself 'dame', as far as i know. anyway, so that means beryl grey, markova, etc are DBE recipients from the past.<P>stuart - has christopher bruce received such an honour in the past?<P>pleased to see alston honoured in this public way - although i wonder if he will feel it a slightly uncomfortable fit (the old-fashioned-ness of it)?<P>i feel there are many teachers who usually get overlooked, and their contribution REALLY IS a 'service' one - richard glasstone for axample; nancy & murray kilgour (all of these are 'colonials', who have made their homes in britain for many years); patricia linton....clover roope? etc etc<P>could you look them up in your book, stuart, and give me any news i've missed? Image<P>thank you very much for providing this info, as the australian papers used to print the full lists, which one would have to scour thru all the fine print of, to find any recogniseable names - but now they don't do that, they just pick out a few, of 'general interest' to write about, and - guess what - the dance ones aren't usually 'it'!<P>since around the time i was most shocked to see darcey bussell receive an honour, they seem to be awarding them to much much younger people now - it used to seem that you had to be almost dead to get one....!<P><p>[This message has been edited by grace (edited December 31, 2000).]

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2000 6:44 pm 
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Weren't the Beatles honored? I seem to vaguely remember there was some controversy about that.


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 Post subject: Re: UK New Year's Hnours List
PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2000 10:49 pm 
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grace, it doesn't say about Christopher Bruce in my book, but neither does it for Darcey. I am told that they are giving out more awards now and they do seem to be going to younger folk, which I don't have a problem with. All the UK Gold medalists in Sydney received awards.<P>Basheva, the Beatles did receive awards, but they were one of the very few to return them in protest over an issue, which I can't remember. That caused a big stir. <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited December 31, 2000).]


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darcey definitely received one last year (or it COULD have been the year before). strange ommission....

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<P><BR>Press Release from The Place:<P><B>Richard Alston awarded the CBE</B><P>Richard Alston, choreographer and artistic director of The Place and the Richard Alston Dance Company, has been awarded the CBE for his services to dance. <P>Richard Alston choreographed his first work in 1968 and since then has made over 100 dances, working as a choreographer and teacher all over the world. He was one of the original students at London Contemporary Dance School and in 1972 formed Britain’s first independent dance company, Strider. Alston studied with Merce Cunningham in New York from 1975 - 1977 and from 1980 - 1992 he worked with Rambert Dance Company, first as Resident Choreographer and then as Artistic Director. He took up the post of Artistic Director of The Place in autumn 1994 and the Richard Alston Dance Company was formed in November of that year. In 1995 Alston was named Chevalier dans l’Ordres des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of his work in France. <P>Ian Fisher, Chairman of The Place’s Board of Governors, commented, “We are delighted at this well deserved recognition of the work of Richard Alston. As a choreographer and teacher, he is one of the most influential leading figures of the British dance community. Richard has most recently been passionately involved with the exciting new developments at The Place and this New Year’s honour truly reflects his committed contribution to furthering the cause of dance.” <BR>


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