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 Post subject: Outstanding ADs: David Bintley
PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2000 11:03 am 
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More than one person has David Bintley as an example of someone who is doing an excellent job as Artistic Director. Mr. Bintley is AD of the Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB). Some notable highlights include his selection of repertoire and programming mix, which is heralded as superior in many ways to that of either the Royal Ballet or the English National Ballet. Mr. Bintley has also earned praise as a choreographer; at least one of his works is to been seen in the repertoire of the San Francisco Ballet. He was prominently at the top of many "wish lists" in the run to replace Anthony Dowell at the Royal Ballet; however, he took himself out of the running, to the disappointment and consternation of many. Please feel free to elaborate on the qualities you find to be exemplary in Mr. Bintley's work and his effect on BRB.


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 Post subject: Re: Outstanding ADs: David Bintley
PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2000 5:02 am 
Grace, thanks, and here is the link to my interview with Bintley in March. <A HREF="http://www.ballet.co.uk/magazines/yr_00/may00/interview_david_bintley.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.ballet.co.uk/magazines/yr_00/may00/interview_david_bintley.htm</A> <P><p>[This message has been edited by Kevin Ng (edited July 17, 2000).]


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 Post subject: Re: Outstanding ADs: David Bintley
PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2000 10:59 am 
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Thank you for crossposting your interview, Kevin. I must say that I found much to admire in Mr. Bintley's restraint regarding the RB position; especially since he must have had so many people urging him to decide in favor of pursuing the job. His reasons for not doing so seem eminently reasonable to me.


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 Post subject: Re: Outstanding ADs: David Bintley
PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2000 9:57 pm 
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There's also this interview on the BBC as recorded by Stuart Sweeney:<P> <A HREF="http://www.criticaldance.com/interviews/dbintley990600.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.criticaldance.com/interviews/dbintley990600.html</A>


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 Post subject: Re: Outstanding ADs: David Bintley
PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2000 11:05 am 
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I admire AD-choreographers who understand the importance of programming balance. Coming from a slightly different perspective, I find that many choreographers, once they become ADs, give up on choreography and concentrate on administration...at least insofar as their home companies are concerned. (Why risk exposure to bad reviews that take shots at the AD's choreographic shortcomings, etc.?) I think it takes great courage to continue to present one's own work in this context.


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