CriticalDance Forum

It is currently Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:35 am

All times are UTC - 7 hours [ DST ]




Forum locked This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies.  [ 33 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: "The Dancer's Body"
PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2002 3:15 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Oct 24, 1999 11:01 pm
Posts: 19616
Location: London, England; Tallinn, Estonia
An outstanding preview of the "Dancer's Body by Brendan McCarthy on ballet.co with superb images:

http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/3027.html


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: "The Dancer's Body"
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 3:24 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed May 02, 2001 11:01 pm
Posts: 411
Location: Scotland.UK
I saw the programme on Saturday , and i can't wait for the next one...looking forward to seeing whether Sir Anthony can remember that dance from 25 years ago!!
Did any one else notice that Marianella jumps up to do her turns..the slow motion showed that she doesn't pop over the box , or come through it , she jumps up every time...that must be so tiring??


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: "The Dancer's Body"
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 4:29 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Oct 24, 1999 11:01 pm
Posts: 19616
Location: London, England; Tallinn, Estonia
<img src="http://forum.criticaldance.com/interviews/images/marianela.jpg" alt="" />

Thanks for pointing that out sugar-plum. I saw Marianela at an RB Study Day and the infectious smile that we saw on Saturday was very much present. We have a CriticalDance interview with Marianela.

Overall I found the programme engrossing and accessible. The links between dance and sport is a theme close to Deborah Bull's heart. In the past, she has made the point that a top athlete will only do light exercise in the 24 hours before a major event, whereas a dancer will have a dress rehearsal.

We saw some interesting snapshots from the theme and the strong visuals made dance look glamourous, despite the detail explanations of the mechanics. This website has a clip from one of the later programmes.

What did others think about the programme?

In my view Deborah Bull is making as great a contribution to dance as anyone I can think of in the UK. Apart from her popularisation of the art in the media, she continues to set up links between the ballet and modern dance world. Now that she is in charge of the Linbury and Clore at the ROH we should begin to see these two spaces become a regular benefit to the London dance scene rather than an occasional pleasure.

<small>[ 09-23-2002, 15:33: Message edited by: Emma Pegler ]</small>


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: "The Dancer's Body"
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 11:42 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Mar 20, 2002 12:01 am
Posts: 3173
Location: San Francisco
This series sounds wonderful. I hope PBS in the US can get broadcast rights.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: "The Dancer's Body"
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 1:17 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Jun 11, 2000 11:01 pm
Posts: 3539
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
I agree - this sounds like something I would really be interested in watching. I've enjoyed reading all of your comments here too.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: "The Dancer's Body"
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 1:38 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Mar 10, 2001 12:01 am
Posts: 1889
Location: London
Interesting point that you reported, Stuart, about Deborah's comment that athletes only lightly exercise before a big event but dancers perform a dress rehearsal. Presumably, if you are running flat-out, you must conserve energy whereas dancers need to "get in the mood" and practise steps and feeling - like rehearsing your arguments before an exam - and prepare for the real thing? I'd be interested in everyone's views on the physicality of dance - would it be preferable to rest over dancing the day before?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: "The Dancer's Body"
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 2:15 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Sep 05, 2000 11:01 pm
Posts: 3602
Location: Guildford, Surrey, UK
Well I know I personally would feel very disorientated without some sort of rehearsal the day before an opening night - it sort of sets the adrenallin going.

I have recorded this programme and will watch it tonight.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: "The Dancer's Body"
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 2:47 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Mar 20, 2002 12:01 am
Posts: 3173
Location: San Francisco
No, I wouldn't have liked not having a rehearsal the day before.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: "The Dancer's Body"
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 3:16 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2000 11:01 pm
Posts: 11327
Location: San Diego, California, USA
I relished every chance for rehearsal that I got.

On a performance day, I literally spent the entire day getting emotionally prepared. It might have looked like I was doing other things (everyday life things), but my mind was preparing itself for the performance. It was a religious experience, that's the only thing I can compare it to.

Physically, too, I was preparing. A careful ballet class, going through the program. However, on a performance day, I knew I had to keep something back, until that evening. The day was a preparation for the evening.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: "The Dancer's Body"
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 4:26 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Oct 24, 1999 11:01 pm
Posts: 19616
Location: London, England; Tallinn, Estonia
To be clear Deborah Bull was referring to the lead up to demanding roles such as Odette/Odile.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: "The Dancer's Body"
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 5:08 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jul 03, 2002 11:01 pm
Posts: 639
Location: Seattle, WA,USA
Here is the national PBS.org link to email them to try to get "The Dancers Body" over here in the US.
web page


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: "The Dancer's Body"
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 5:13 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Mar 20, 2002 12:01 am
Posts: 3173
Location: San Francisco
Done. Thank you!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: "The Dancer's Body"
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2002 2:55 am 
Offline

Joined: Tue Sep 05, 2000 11:01 pm
Posts: 3602
Location: Guildford, Surrey, UK
OK I watched my video and I must say I was thoroughly impressed. It will be a great video resource once all three episodes have aired.

I particularly enjoyed the part on spotting and also all the comparisons to various sports was fascinating and can only help to dispel the myth of dance being "namby pamby". Deborah Bull makes an excellent presenter - you trust her word because of her career but she has a very warm style and Nunez came across as so enthusiastic and lovely - an excellent choice of demonstrator. I can't wait for the next episode.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: "The Dancer's Body"
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2002 4:38 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Oct 24, 1999 11:01 pm
Posts: 19616
Location: London, England; Tallinn, Estonia
That's a great idea Matthew. I'm sure Ms Bull will be delighted.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: "The Dancer's Body"
PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2002 3:30 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed May 02, 2001 11:01 pm
Posts: 411
Location: Scotland.UK
The burlesque piece ms.Bull did for us on saturday was quite good , surroundings could have been better.
Sir Anthony didn't have much problem remembering that piece he hasn't danced for 20 years or so , once he got going!


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Forum locked This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies.  [ 33 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next

All times are UTC - 7 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group