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 Post subject: BRB in NY
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2000 8:51 pm 
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<BR>Allen Robertson previews the visit of BRB to NY. The jazz triple will go down a storm I expect. It will be interesting to see what NY makes of Edward II.<P> <A HREF="http://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/17/arts/17ROBE.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/17/arts/17ROBE.html</A> <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited March 04, 2002).]


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 Post subject: Re: BRB in NY
PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2000 9:13 am 
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Jack Anderson reviews BRB's 'Edward II' and finds it good in parts. I agree with him that the sections with the knights do become boring. <P> <A HREF="http://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/23/arts/23EDWA.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/23/arts/23EDWA.html</A>


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 Post subject: Re: BRB in NY
PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2000 11:16 pm 
My interview in March with BRB principal Robert Parker in the interviews section of Criticaldance is perhaps relevant during this BRB New York season. Robert Parker was the first-cast Gaveston in NY.<P>Stuart adds: Here is the direct link to Kevin's interview with Robert Parker,<P> <A HREF="http://www.criticaldance.com/interviews/rparker000311.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.criticaldance.com/interviews/rparker000311.html</A> <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited September 27, 2000).]


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 Post subject: Re: BRB in NY
PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2000 9:52 pm 
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Clive Barnes spends quite a bit of time on the costumes and complains about a lack of period authenticity. I think the costumes are one of the best features, suggesting the middle ages, but in a gorgeous, stlyised way.<P>I also disagree that Bintley was deliberately trying to shock. I have seen a version of the death scene from the play that was even more shocking.<P>However I agree that it is not the strongest work Bintley has done, but it is good in parts. Robert Parker is certainly making a name for himself.


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 Post subject: Re: BRB in NY
PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2000 3:35 am 
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As always, is interesting to see how national institutions go down in other lands. Jennifer Dunning n the NY Times finds BRB a likeable company, but is not impressed with David Bintley's two jazz based pieces, which have usually been well received here. <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR> Mr. Bintley's ideas tend to be more interesting than his choreography. Two Bintley jazz pieces set to rather similar scores by the same composers may have been just too much. "The Nutcracker Sweeties" seemed as impoverished imaginatively as the Ellington-Strayhorn re-envisioning of Tchaikovsky to which the ballet was set. There were flashes of wit and choreographic invention and commentary, but they emerged only fitfully. Busy, mostly mystifying costumes by Jasper Conran and set elements by Peter J. Davison overwhelmed the suite of meager dances that alluded, too often unintelligibly, to aspects of the ballet classic. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Maybe it's that American aversion to humour in dance that Mark Morris complains about.<P><A HREF="http://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/30/arts/30TRIP.html" TARGET=_blank><B> Jennifer Dunning's review</B></A> <P>


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 Post subject: Re: BRB in NY
PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2000 4:28 am 
So it looks like that this BRB New York season unfortunately hasn't been an overwhelming success as its tour to Hong Kong in March for instance; maybe they should have brought the Ashton programme instead which would doubtless have pleased the NY critics more. It proves that the repertory is of utmost importance for any company on an overseas tour - it's better to bring something that the overseas audiences would like.<p>[This message has been edited by Kevin Ng (edited September 30, 2000).]


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 Post subject: Re: BRB in NY
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2000 11:01 am 
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Overall, I think that BRB have had quite a good time in NY and have pleased most people at least some of the time.<P>The tour now moves on to Chicago. Olivia Clarke of the Chicago Tribune interviews David Bintley for a preview article as Birmingham Royal Ballet arrive in town.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Bintley said the company regularly has sold out performances at home in England, but he said the visit to the U.S. is a very important step because if they are successful they will be asked back.<P>Besides proving themselves in America, Bintley said, the company must work to distinguish itself from the Royal Ballet, its British competition.<P>"The only thing that makes me mad is when people try to limit ballet," Bintley said.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>For the record, it makes me mad too!<BR> <BR> <BR><A HREF="http://www.chicago.tribune.com/leisure/features/article/0,2669,SAV-0009300408,FF.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Now read on </B></A>


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 Post subject: Re: BRB in NY
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2000 12:23 am 
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Deborah Jowitt reviews "Edward II" and enjoys it overall, despite simplifications of the plot demanded by ballet:<BR> <BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>The company as a whole is impressive. Stollwitzer makes Edward convincingly degenerate and pathetic. Parker reveals his marvelous skills in Gaveston's many bursts into jumps and spins. Zamora is lovely, and Toby Norman-Wright virile and creepy as the assassin. Bintley stages some powerful passages, well-planned dramatic moments, and intriguing effects (like an army of pole-vaulters—although it's not clear what side they're on). But to succeed as action, his Edward II recasts history as easy-to-read, two-dimensional images.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR> <A HREF="http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0040/jowitt.shtml" TARGET=_blank>http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0040/jowitt.shtml</A>


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 Post subject: Re: BRB in NY
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2000 12:28 pm 
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Chris Jones in The chicago Tribune enjoys BRB, but seems to think it should be more weighty. Gosh, you Americans are so serious!!<P><BR> <A HREF="http://chicagotribune.com/leisure/features/article/0,2669,SAV-0010060096,FF.html" TARGET=_blank><B> Chris Jones' review</B></A> <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited October 09, 2000).]


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