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 Post subject: Revealing MacMillan - Conference October 2002
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2001 1:15 am 
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An update on this important event which will now be held at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters in Battersea and not at the Linbury Theatre as previously announced.<BR>Below the call for academic papers and proposals for practical workshops which was previously circulated with a deadline of 15th December 2001. However as there have been some problems ensuring that it reached interested parties the deadline has been extended until the end of January 2002. It would be greatly appreciated if those considering submitting a proposal would contact me as soon as possible to give an indication of their area of interest.<P>On a less formal note we would be very interested to hear from artists and individuals who had professional contact with MacMillan and have experiences that they might wish to share.<P><BR>ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE<P>“REVEALING MACMILLAN”<P><BR>A CONFERENCE ON KENNETH MACMILLAN - CHOREOGRAPHER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR<P>TO BE HELD AT ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE HEADQUARTERS.<BR>12-13 OCTOBER 2002<P><BR>October 2002 marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, and to commemorate the occasion the Royal Academy of Dance is organising a two-day conference at Royal Academy Headquarters on October 12-13 2002.<P>Trained at the Sadler’s Wells School, MacMillan danced with Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet and at Covent Garden, rising to soloist rank, but turned to choreography in the mid 1950s. By the early 1960s he had become one of Britain’s most acclaimed and controversial choreographers – the ‘angry young man’ of ballet. After a spell as Director of the Berlin Ballet, in 1970 he succeeded Frederick Ashton as the Royal Ballet’s Artistic Director, and in 1977 became the company's Resident Choreographer. His work enjoyed worldwide recognition during his lifetime and continues to enjoy increasing renown since his untimely death; he created works for American Ballet Theatre, Stuttgart Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and the Berlin Ballet, and his ballets have been mounted on companies from Australia to Russia.<P>MacMillan took ballet into realms of psychology and overt sexuality that were controversial in their time and remain remarkable today. He also created ballets to music many felt was ‘undanceable’ such as Mahler’s ‘Song of the Earth’, Fauré’s ‘Requiem’ and Poulenc’s ‘Gloria’, but silenced criticism by producing works of high emotional intensity which were profound comments on the human condition.<P><BR>The Conference<P>The two day conference will combine workshops, reconstructions and panels with papers on all aspects of MacMillan’s work, bringing together memories and views of dancers, repetiteurs, critics, dance writers, scholars and audience. This will enable the conference to take a broad yet detailed view of MacMillan’s extraordinary legacy. Leading figures of the dance world have already agreed to take part in panels, workshops and demonstrations.<P>This will be the second conference organised by the Royal Academy of Dance, a sequel to their extremely successful 1999 conference, "The Fonteyn Phenomenon". The RAD is uniquely placed to present such a conference, as MacMillan created several roles for Dame Antoinette Sibley, President of the RAD, and his legacy is intimately associated with the Benesh Institute.<P>Call for Papers<P>Proposals for presentations are invited on any aspect on MacMillan’s work. A sample of possible themes is suggested below:<P>Influences on MacMillan: other choreographers, contemporary culture<BR>Psychology in MacMillan’s ballets<BR>Sexuality in MacMillan’s ballets<BR>The pas de deux in MacMillan ballets<BR>MacMillan’s narrative ballets<BR>MacMillan’s dance language<BR>MacMillan’s contribution to British ballet and the English style<BR>MacMillan and his dancers<BR>MacMillan’s work outside The Royal Ballet<BR>The preservation and performance of MacMillan’s ballets today<P>Presentations may take the form of academic papers, lecture-demonstrations or workshops. <P>All submissions will be considered and will be selected by blind review. The deadline for proposals has been extended to the end of January 2002, but it would be appreciated if notification of intention to send a proposal could be received as soon as possible. Submissions should be sent to:<P>Conference Co-ordinator<BR>Royal Academy of Dance<BR>36 Battersea Square<BR>London SW11 3RA<BR>Fax: +44 (0) 20 7924 3129<BR>Email: susiecrow@easynet.co.uk<P>Notification of acceptance: 1 March 2002<P><BR>Guidelines For Proposals<P> Papers<BR>Abstracts should be no longer than two pages, and should clearly outline the topic, development of the presentation and conclusions, and should indicate the type and amount of illustrative material, if used. The proposed presentation should not have been given elsewhere, and should not take more than 20 minutes to present unless further length is shown to be justified.<P> Lecture-Demonstrations<BR>The outline should be not more than two pages in length. Lecture-demonstrations may run from 30-45minutes. If more than one presenter is involved, the principle presenter is responsible for the indication of others being involved. Please indicate clearly requirements for space, time, and audio-visual and/or electronic equipment.<P> Workshops<BR>The suggested time span for a dance workshop is 90 minutes. Please submit a written description of not more than two pages outlining the content of the workshop, approach and sources, and provide a statement of the time, equipment, and space required. Please indicate the level of experience and appropriate attire for the participants. <P><BR>FURTHER INFORMATION<P>After acceptance of papers by the conference committee, presenters may be allocated a respondent, who will read the paper in advance of the conference and will open up 10 minutes of discussion after the paper has been presented.<P>It is hoped that conference proceedings or selected papers in book form will be published. Contributors to the publication will be asked to submit their papers by the deadline of 30 November 2002 on disc as well as in hard copy, according to guidelines that will be provided later.<P>CONFERENCE C0-ORDINATOR: Susan Crow<BR>Tel: 020 8682 1385<P>GENERAL ENQUIRIES: Lisa Rich, RAD Development and Events Co-ordinator<BR>Tel: 020 7326 8051<P><BR>CONFERENCE STEERING COMMITTEE: <BR>Luke Rittner (Chairman), Frank Freeman, Stephanie Jordan, Alastair Macaulay, Lady Deborah MacMillan, Monica Mason, Colin Nears, Christopher Nourse, Jann Parry, Jane Pritchard, Richard Thom, Lynn Wallis, Andrew Ward, Joan White, Sarah Woodcock. <P><BR> <BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Revealing MacMillan - Conference October 2002
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2001 2:40 am 
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Many thanks for this information Susie. This promises to be one of the dance events of the year. Unmissable for fans of Macmillan´s work.


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 Post subject: Re: Revealing MacMillan - Conference October 2002
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2003 4:15 am 
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MacMillan remembered
From the pretty to the bizarre, Kenneth MacMillan's ballets were consistantly controversial. Alastair Macaulay for Dance Gazette (RAD) explains

"Who’s your favourite choreographer of all time?" I remember asking the question in print in spring 1992, and adding: "It’s likely he or she was alive ten years ago; chances are he or she is dead now." Kenneth MacMillan will have been the favourite all-time choreographer of relatively few people, and when I asked that question, he was still alive. Yet he mattered, and many MacMillan ballets have been central to the dance experience of many thousands of people. Even if you lived through the deaths of the choreographers George Balanchine (1983), Antony Tudor (1987), Frederick Ashton (1988), and Martha Graham (1991), MacMillan’s death in October 1992 still came as a shock.

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