<img src="http://www.balletassociation.co.uk/graphics/dancersmall.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://www.balletassociation.co.uk/graphics/batextlarge.gif" alt="" /> Ballet Association News - January 2003
The December meeting featured an interview with Gemma Sykes, Laura McCulloch & Kristen McNally
by David Bain. There are fascinating insights into the life in the corps, including a discussion of typical working schedules:
Our guests told us that they had been working very hard in the current week, not only dancing in Swan Lake, but rehearsing The Nutcracker, Scenes de Ballet, the new production of Kylian's Sinfonietta and The Sleeping Beauty. The previous day they had attended class at 10.30, a rehearsal of Sinfonietta from 12 to 2, rehearsals of The Nutcracker and Sinfonietta from 2.30 to 5.30 and finally an emergency call for Swan Lake from 5.30 to 6.30. When a member of the corps de ballet is ill or injured, they are replaced by a colleague or by a student. Gail Taphouse will call an emergency rehearsal, usually at less than 24 hours' notice, to enable the replacement to learn the moves and the placings.
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The November meeting saw Martin Harvey
interviewed by Joan Seaman. Here is an excerpt:
Asked about the future, Martin indicated that it is very simple. He wants to dance Rudolf in Mayerling. He saw it when he was about 12, with Irek and Viviana, from a box. He saw in this what he wanted to aim at. He talked of the power on stage in this performance. He has learnt the part as cover and sees David Wall as his biggest mentor..... Martin spoke of the Company being fortunate in having the ‘best rep in the world’ and of the wonderful music in Song of the Earth, another ballet he hopes to dance. Martin also spoke of the importance of new choreography and the personal satisfaction of having a new role created on you.
The full interview
is available on the Ballet Association's website.
************************************* Future meetings
David Howard is giving a lecture/ demonstration class in the Clore Studio on Thursday 30th January at 7.30pm. This meeting is already sold out. No tickets will be available on the day.
The guest on Thursday 20th February will be Jonathan Cope
. Jonathan requires no introduction. He joined the Company in 1982 and was promoted to Principal in 1986. Jonathan has just received the South Bank Show Award for his performances last year in Mayerling, Tryst and Carmen. As this will be a popular meeting the BA suggests that members arrive early. It may not be possible to admit latecomers if the hall is full.
The guest on Wednesday 5th March will be soloist Bennet Gartside
. Ben joined the Company in 1995, having attended the Royal Ballet School, and was promoted to soloist at the end of last season. He danced Prince Gremin in Onegin to critical acclaim last year, as well as both Mercutio and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and Escamillo in Carmen. A regular in programmes of new works in the Clore Studio, Ben also created a role in Twyla Tharp’s Mr Worldly Wise. Ben is a lively speaker, so expect an enjoyable evening.
Dates of meetings later in the year:
Wednesday 2nd April (a ballerina is promised!)
No meeting in May, due to the dinner (see below).
Wednesday 18th June
Wednesday 9th July
Meetings begin at 7.30 p.m. and are held at the Swedenborg Hall, off Bloomsbury Way (nearest tube Holborn). Doors open at 6.45 p.m. Admission: Members £3, Concessionary members £2, Guests £5. Here is the link to the home page of theBallet Association's website Annual Dinner 2003
The Annual Dinner will be held at 8.00pm on Thursday 15th May, at the Rubens Hotel in Buckingham Palace Road. This event is for Members who are allowed to bring one guest. More information from,
CHAIRMAN: David Bain, 23 Capstan Square, Stewart Street, London E14 3EU
Tel: 020 7515 1254 or 07855 823921 Email: Dbcapstan@aol.com
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