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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Feb 10, 2000 1:53 pm ]
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The Royal Opera House has been beset with problems particularly with the computer controlled stage.<P>At Sadler's Wells, everything was reversed. The stage was fine, but the public areas were rather like a building site for the first couple of months.<P>Is it like this in the US for new venues or does the fear of litigation or perhaps better planning and organisation make things go better?

Author:  salzberg [ Fri Feb 11, 2000 4:44 am ]
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I knew of one facility which deliberately excluded its public restrooms from its renovation project so that they could use that as a "hook" for future fundraising.<P>As for the ROH, in theatre, there's a two-word synonym for "state-of-the-art":<P>"Doesn't work"<P>------------------<BR>=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=<BR>Jeffrey E. Salzberg,<BR>Lighting Designer

Author:  Azlan [ Mon Feb 14, 2000 11:37 am ]
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Stuart, I speak with some experience here when I say that there is always a lot of pressure on contractors in the US to get everything up and running by the "dropdead" date. Construction/renovation projects run at such breakneck speed that I sometimes wonder about the quality of the final product but, for some reason, the quality, at least as perceived by the public, is usually maintained.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Mar 04, 2000 4:59 am ]
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Here is a nice photo of the new Lowry Centre in Salford near Manchester in England. They have pulled off an amazing coup as the Paris Opera Ballet will be opening the new theatre - the first time that Western Europe's most clebrated classical ballet company have visited the Uk for a long time. A number of London ballet lovers will be visiting Salford for the first time.<P>I remember that Miami Ballet are moving into a new venue. With the strength of the US Economy, is there an upsurge in building generally for ballet and dance companies? <P> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A>

Author:  shag [ Sat Mar 04, 2000 7:47 am ]
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Is that a computer generated or the real thing?<P>Re: Miami City Ballet, they have moved into a new rehearsal/office space, but the new Performance Arts Center will not be up and running until at least 2003. It will hold the symphony/ opera etc as well!

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Mar 04, 2000 8:14 am ]
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I've assumed that it is the real thing, Shag, given that it will be open quite soon. But it is amazing what you can do with computers. Interesting that the new Miami theatre will cater for so many art forms. Let's hope that the sight-line requirements of ballet will be given good attention. I suspect that the Lowry is also a multi-purpose theatre, so we'll have to see how they have overcome the various problems that can arise with such venues. <P>London's Royal Festival Hall, an orchestral venue sometimes used for dance, has the seats directly behind one another and the ROH, which has fundamentally preserved the 19th Century concept warts and all, still has a lot of poor seats for ballet and a number of appalling ones. God bless Sadler's Wells - designed specifically for dance and it shows.<P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited 03-04-2000).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Apr 07, 2000 11:45 pm ]
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An interesting article about the changes taking place in Salford, home to the new Lowry Centre which kicks off with Paris Opera Ballet in May. <P> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><BR>rtmo=LbLL3i7d&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/00/4/8/basalf08.html</A> <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited April 08, 2000).]

Author:  angelica [ Tue Apr 11, 2000 8:19 pm ]
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that is a really good article, isn't it? i had never really heard of salford. it's good that they are naming it after lowry.<P>this must be marvellous for birmingham royal ballet? is it true that paris opera ballet will be opening it?

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Tue Apr 11, 2000 9:41 pm ]
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Yes, it will be opened by POB and the trains from London to Salford have been booked up for months. And yes, it should be good for Birmingham Royal Ballet to have another major venue in the North of England. They will be going to Salford for the first time in June this year with their new production of 'Giselle' and their much lauded jazz triple bill.<P>Here is the link to the BRB web-site.<BR> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <P>BRB will be visiting New York and Chicago in September 2000 with 'Edward II' and the jazz triple.<p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited April 12, 2000).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Apr 21, 2000 11:42 am ]
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grace, I'm not planning to go to the opening. Somehow I find the prospect of going to Salford less attractive than going to Paris. Call me perverse, but there it is.<P>The Vancouver centre looks good and should be a help for the companies in the area to work in better conditions. I am always shocked at the work conditions that modern dancers in particular have to put up with in the UK.<p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited April 21, 2000).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Mon Apr 24, 2000 11:23 pm ]
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<P>An article about the current situation with the Scenery shifting mechanism at the Royal Opera House, which seems to be getting better. The new production of 'The Greek Passion' apparently has the most amazingly complex sets. <P>In the current RB triple bill, the new work 'The Crucible' also has a great deal of complex scenery, some of which moves heavenwards during the performance. The setting up and the taking down during the intervals did not seem to cause any difficulty. Fingers and every thing else crossed.<BR> <BR> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>Now read on</A><P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited September 16, 2000).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Apr 30, 2000 2:20 am ]
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Another architecture article about the new Lowry Theatre in Salford. You will need to Copy and Paste the link, because the Guardian uses commas.<P><BR> <A HREF=",6903,215683,00.html" TARGET=_blank>,6903,215683,00.html</A>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri May 12, 2000 8:13 am ]
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An article about a new studio/theatre complex, '...under construction in Tivoli, two hours north of Manhattan. Founded by American Ballet Theatre veterans Kevin McKenzie, Martine van Hamel, Bentley Roton, and Gregory Cary, the 153-acre dance center merges audience outreach, historic preservation, and creation and documentation initiatives.'<P> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Aug 30, 2000 11:51 am ]
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<P>Here is the part of the Paris Opera Ballet website which gives views of the newly renovated Palais Garnier.<BR> <BR><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <P> <BR> Image <P>and here is the POB's stunning second home, L'Opera Bastille.<P>Arguments about the best company will go to and fro, but surely there can be little doubt that the Paris Opera Ballet are the best resourced ballet company in the world.<P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited September 27, 2000).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Sep 07, 2000 10:23 pm ]
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Image <P>The Vilar Floral Hall (Photo:Rob Moore)<P><BR>In case anyone has not seen it elsewhere, here is the best feature of the renovated ROH. It is one of the most attractive spaces in Central London and is a lovely spot to spend an interval. A lot of people complain that the RB intervals are too long - 25 minutes x 2 for most performances - in order to allow the diners to complete their desserts and coffee! But i don't care because of the pleasure of spending my time in this space.<P>Nevertheless, I would swap this space for a better auditorium for ballet.

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