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Northern Ballet Theatre's 'Great Expectations'
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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Feb 19, 2000 1:55 am ]
Post subject:  Northern Ballet Theatre's 'Great Expectations'

Northern Ballet Theatre, the fourth largest UK ballet company, have a new production choreographed by their new AD, Stefano Gianetti who is almost entirely an unkown quantity here in the UK. Perhaps this has some interest for US readers as NBT have a close link with Atlanta Ballet. This includes the sharing of the Gable/Pink version of 'Dracula', which is a good piece of dramatic dance in my view.<P>NBT have done a lot of Gothic work over the past few years and someone once said to me that there should be a condition for their next Arts Council Grant of a total ban on stage blood. This new work based on Dickens' 'Great Expectations' seems to have done that, but has not pleased anyone greatly. We will soon have their 'Carmen' coming to Sadler's Wells, which should be good, far from harmless fun.<BR> <P>Here are the views of a couple of London correspondents on the new work.<BR> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <P> <A HREF=",3604,137145,00.html" TARGET=_blank>,3604,137145,00.html</A> <P>The Company have done a lot to bring in new audiences, although, apparently, first nights sometimes look like something from the Rocky Horror Show. This has not of course endeared them to the more elitist elements in the arts establishment. What are the feelings in N. America about companies who try to put on good popular works? <P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited 02-19-2000).]

Author:  Azlan [ Mon Feb 21, 2000 3:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Northern Ballet Theatre's 'Great Expectations'

Stuart, you mention Northern Ballet are the fourth biggest company in the UK? Who are the others? Royal, Birmingham, London Festival?<P>As for popular/populist productions, those always sell here in the US. And who's to say it's not the right thing to do to get fans interested in dance?

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