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 Post subject: Dance on TV
PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2001 12:21 am 
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Brendan McCarthy has written an interesting piece on ballet.co.uk on the future of dance on TV in the UK. <BR> <P><A HREF="http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/1727.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/1727.html</A> <P>The key event coming up is the retirement of Bob Lockyer as Executive Producer for Dance on BBC. Lockyer is a committed dance worker - he was one of the team who set up Dance UK a support and research oganisation for the art form which has spearheaded the 'Healthy Dancer' concept here. He is also a great admirer of Ross MacGibbon, so I agree with Brendan's contention that MacGibbon is a very strong contender to take on Lockyer's role.<P>The BBC has had a strong record in this area. Margaret Dale was an energetic ballet fan who has bequeathed us some beautiful film of the Bolshoi's first visits to the UK. I believe that she was also one of the first to bring dance into the Studio rather than merely filmimg a stage production. <P>Lockyer has commissioned a great range of programmes. From conventional stage Royal Ballet productions to the fly on the wall 'Ballet boyz' and post-modern pieces such as 'Duets with Automobiles' with the Shobana Jeyasingh Bharata Natyam/modern hybrid company filmed in modern buildings around London. <P>More recently interesting low budget films on Wayne McGregor and Siobhan Davies have been shown on BBC Knowledge much to the chagrine of dance lovers without access to this digital channel. So I have to say that Brendan's conclusions about moving to digital do make sense.<P>What's the position in the US for dance on film. Are you seeing more or less? Has cable helped or hindered? Do people find the genre a rewarding experience? Here's a link to an earlier discussion on dance on video:<BR> <P> <A HREF="http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum3/HTML/000247.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum3/HTML/000247.html</A> <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited June 03, 2001).]


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 Post subject: Margaret Dale obit
PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:42 am 
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From Alastair Macaulay of the New York Times, published in the Boston Globe: Margaret Dale, 87, director, producer of dance for BBC
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Margaret Dale, an illustrious dancer who went on to become an important producer and director of dance for British television, died in London on Jan. 28. She was 87.


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