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 Post subject: Guillem in 'Manon'
PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2000 6:31 am 
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Image <P>Sylvie Guillem and Laurent Hilaire in 'Manon' (Stuart comments - Wow!)<P>Judtih Mackrell is very impressed with the latest performance of the Royal's 'Manon'. She points out, 'Given that Mukhamedov is 40, Cope 37 and Guillem is 35, the performance couldn't make a better case for the supremacy of the older dancer.' <P><BR> <A HREF="http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,344788,00.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,344788,00.html</A>


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2000 7:36 am 
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Were you able to attend, Stuart? The reviews have certainly been outstanding all around. I do wish that RB would tour here more than once every decade or so; we never have an opportunity to see this repertoire (much less these performers).


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2000 9:12 am 
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I tend to work on the basis of buying tickets for the ROH on the day and as I am on a course this week and next, it makes it tricky.<P>However, I will be going on Saturday for the matinee with Guillem in 'Marguerite and Armand'. But the thing I'm really looking forward to is the debut of Mara Galeazzi as The Firebird. She has been understudying the role and has now been given a chance to show what she can do. She received deservedly excellent reviews as The Blue Girl in 'Les Biches', so this will hopefully round off the season beautifully for her. <P>I helped a young Director make a film 'Facing Mara' (available on video from Dance Books,but only UK format)along the lines of 'a day in the life' and a good 7 minute solo for Mara by Cathy Marston. I had the key role of driving people about (I was the only one with a car) and going for milk for the tea. <P>


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2000 12:03 am 
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Jann Parry reviews various performances of 'Manon' and finds much to enjoy.<P> <A HREF="http://www.observer.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,346165,00.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.observer.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,346165,00.html</A> <BR>


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2000 10:19 am 
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I hear Guillen might be coming for a performance in Miami. Does any of you know anything about it?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2000 11:30 am 
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I very much enjoyed Judith Mackrell’s review of Manon. Those of you who are fans of Mackrell will find her book “Reading Dance” a very good read. She is my favorite writer after Michael Goldbarth! Image <P>------------------<BR>Michael Goldbarth

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2000 12:11 pm 
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Interesting mariano that there is a rumour that Guillem may visit Miami to perform 'Manon'. It's not easy to stage - there are a lot of roles apart from the two leads. There are really 4 Principal roles, including Lescaut and his mistress plus a host of character roles to be got right if the piece is to work. <P>And of course performances must be approved by Deborah MacMillan and her team who manage the heritage. If only the Graham rep. had such an able team committed to the legacy. So, if it is a full performance it is more likely to be a visit from one of the 11 or 12 companies who have it in their rep. already. Does Miami have it?<P>By the way if you ever get the chance, do see Viviana Durante in the role. She's great as well and it looks as though she will be spending less time with the Royal and doing more guesting in the coming years.<P>I agree with Michael about Mackrell's writing. She is my favourite UK dance writer and her book is well worth a read. She and Donald Hutera are the UK writers who are most interested in and sympathetic to modern dance.


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Thanks Stuart.


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Michael, Stuart, I can't find that book by Mackrell anywhere. Are you sure you have the right title? Thanks.


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Azlan, here is the link to the Dance Books page with Judith Mackrell's book 'Reading Dance', published in 1997.<P> <A HREF="http://www.dancebooks.co.uk/cgi-bin/search.asp?prod_type=books&key_word_str=Mackrell&kw_type=or&search_type=keyword&action=Start+search" TARGET=_blank>http://www.dancebooks.co.uk/cgi-bin/sea rch.asp?prod_type=books&key_word_str=<BR>Mackrell&kw_type=or&search_type=keyword&action=Start+search</A> <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited July 23, 2000).]


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By the way, there is a wonderful photograph of Sylvie Guillem in a diaphanous top in “Reading Dance.” This image alone is well worth the price of the book! Of course, I have studied this image in great detail purely for esthetic reasons. Image<P>------------------<BR>Michael Goldbarth

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Here is a link to Jim Fowler's Guillem website. There are lots of good photos, including the one of Sylvie in 'Hermann Schmerman'. I share your aesthetic perspective Michael.<P> <A HREF="http://www.dmu.ac.uk/~jafowler/sylvie.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.dmu.ac.uk/~jafowler/sylvie.html</A>


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