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 Post subject: Birth of George Piper Dances - July/Aug 2001
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2001 1:10 am 
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Leap in the dark Ex-Covent Garden pair relaunch in Harrogate

from The Guardian, but via the FT. It doesn't seem to be on The Guardian site. The ways of the Internetar are sometimes strange.

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When Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt step - and leap, pirouette and vault - on to the stage at Harrogate, North Yorkshire, on Sunday night, it will be their first British appearance since they walked out of the Royal Ballet in January 1999 sending shock waves round the ballet world, writes Maev Kennedy.

'They know some of the critics will be coming with knives out for them,' one company source said. 'They're nervous.'

Millions of viewers have followed every twist of their careers, in the Channel 4 documentaries Ballet Boyz I and II which they made and filmed themselves.
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This is a brave move with adventurous programming. Samll contemporary ballet companies with dancers of the highest quality simply don't exist in this country. In order to succeed they will have to convince their ballet fan audience base of the merits of contemporary dance choreographers such as Russell Maliphant. It sounds as though it will be really high quality work. But I suspect that a number of UK trad. ballet fans will not enjoy it.

Yet another instance where I will be delighted to be proved wrong.

<small>[ 26 January 2003, 11:08 AM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>


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Rumour had it they were dancing Steptext? That would get some approval.


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And indeed Steptext was performed. I am sure Oxana Panechenko did well, but I admire deborah Bull so much in that role that I am biased. Of course, I should have seen for myself rather than pass any judgements.<P> Image <P><B>The courageous 'Ballet Boyz' are off to a stylish start<P>Ismene Brown reviews George Piper Dances, at the Harrogate Festival</B><P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>THE launching performance by two of Britain's most off-the-wall ballet dancers proved a fair success - tart, modern and yet with a strict classical sweetness. George Piper Dances has been formed by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, formerly of the Royal Ballet and K Ballet, and now better known through their TV documentaries as the "Ballet Boyz".<P>William Forsythe's Steptext made an audacious opener, a 1984 ballet that the boyz have danced with distinction at Covent Garden, famous for the groin-cracking extremes it imposes on its ballerina and for the enigmatic war of moods that seems to be going on between her and her three male colleagues.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=005669842663757&rtmo=0KGGJrNq&atmo=rrrrrrrq&pg=/et/01/7/31/btpip31.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Ismene Brown writes</B></A><P><BR> <BR> <BR><p>[This message has been edited by Emma Pegler (edited July 31, 2001).]


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<B>The incoherent return of the Ballet Boyz <P>George Piper Dances<BR>Royal Hall, Harrogate<BR>Rating: *** <BR>Judith Mackrell <BR>Guardian</B><P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>When William Trevitt and Michael Nunn decided to leave the Royal Ballet in 1998, right in the middle of the crisis years at the Opera House, there were a few judgmental souls who cast them as rats jumping a sinking ship. But the story of their departure, loudly and laddishly documented in their two self-directed TV documentaries, Ballet Boyz, made such engrossing viewing no one pursued the grudge. Joining forces with demon virtuoso Tetsuya Kumakawa, Trevitt and Nunn headed to Japan, where as members of Kumakawa's K Ballet they enjoyed a lifestyle far outside the realm of most British dancers: dogged by fans, hustled into large cars by minders and, above all, paid lots of money.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P><A HREF="http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4231715,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>more...</B></A><P><B>DONALD HUTERA <BR>The Times</B><BR> <BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>EX-ROYAL Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, best known for their Channel 4 series of laddish video diaries Ballet Boyz, launched their new company George Piper Dances (George is Nunn’s middle name, and Piper is Trevitt’s) at the Harrogate International Festival. <P>Rather than mount gala-style excerpts from warhorse classics, Nunn and Trevitt’s interest is contemporary ballet. This focus was plain in the curtain-raiser, Steptext. Ironically, both men featured in William Forsythe’s tense, ravishing 1984 quartet when it was in the Royal’s repertory. For this staging they were joined by Christopher Marney and Oxana Panchenko<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <BR><A HREF="http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-2001262641,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>more...</B></A>


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And John Percival of the Independent generally approved:<P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>WILLIAM TREVITT was the busiest of the ballet boys at the debut of the new group that he and Michael Nunn have started, George Piper Dances. He performed in three of the numbers and choreographed the fourth. Not bad within two hours, with only short intervals. <P>Facts first. George Piper, you may remember, is a fictitious appellation, made up of Nunn's and Trevitt's middle names. Having started with the Royal Ballet and made both money and an enthusiastic following with the Japanese K Company, and having got large audiences for their Channel 4 Ballet Boyz programmes, they now want to find interesting things to dance. Four other dancers and three choreographers worked on this opening programme at the Harrogate Festival.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P><A HREF="http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=010802001140&query=ballet" TARGET=_blank><B>more...</B></A><P>At last Steptext is getting the recognition it deserves in this country.Did any of our members get to see the productions reviewed?<BR> <BR>


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<B>Two become one</B> <P>The Ballet Boyz have returned, and in exhilarating form, too<P>Nadine Meisner newly ensconced at The Sunday Times reviews George PiperDances and the Royal Ballet's 'Coppelia'.<P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Russell Maliphant's Cri-tical Mass mixes contemporary and balletic movement, and patterns it like a mosaic in which ambiguous images recur with an eerie rhythmic insistence. Its choreography is brilliant, its performance virtuosic. It is the best possible finale to a programme, and the best possible debut for George Piper. So, George Piper dances Critical Mass? Yes, George Piper dances, and when those three words are written with initial capitals, it is the name of a company - George Piper Dances - as well.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P> <BR><A HREF="http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/2001/08/05/sticuldnc03004.html?" TARGET=_blank><B>more...</B></A>


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Looking through the schedule for Akram Khan for 2003, I see that in January he will be chorographing a work on George Piper Dances. The Ballet Boyz certainly have a flair for commissioning the cream of UK dance choreographers to make work for them.

As an aside, Akram Khan is also in the Dansoffice management stable along with Russell Maliphant and Charles Linehan who have also made work on the Company.

Here is a link to the Dansoffice website


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