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MARGOT FONTEYN CENTENARY

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On 31/12/2018 at 18:19, Saodan said:

So we have lost a performance of the triple bill? 8th June matinee moved to 7th (which explains why the Romeo and Juliet matinee on that day had to be moved). 8th June evening performance now the "Gala". What a mess. I was giving the ROH the benefit of the doubt, but as Lizbie said this seems like it was not in the plans initially. 

As I have to travel miles I was relying on the Saturday having a matinee if its a Friday that would mean time off work if I have a job by then. Honestly ROH just makes me mad most of the the time lately.

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No matinee at ROH on the 8th means one less clash with SFB at Sadler's Wells though, so that's a bonus

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I fear the worst but hope for the best.

The gala is obviously an afterthought, shoehorned into the season's schedule. I hope the Royal Ballet don't compound the apparent neglect by simply doing bits and pieces already in prep for performances later but try to choose meaningful works (or at least bits of them) associated with the memory of its greatest ballerina.

I think the idea mentioned above by Darlex and expanded by FLOSS is the best; to perform several works early in the 19-20 season which Fonteyn created or is associated with as a continuing tribute to her.

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Ah.  It confirms they are doing Firebird, already being performed a couple of months before.  I will be interested to see if they announce the rest of the gala programme soon. 

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Also advertised is an "invitation to purchase tickets for the performance and to join us for pre-performance and interval receptions in the Crush Room followed by a party in the Paul Hamlyn Hall, where you can meet the cast, members of the creative team and senior staff of the Royal Opera House",

 

The prices?

Stalls Circle £900; Stalls and Grand Tier £1,100

 

I heard from one disillusioned patron that, the last time benefactors were invited to join the cast etc. afterwards, only one dancer turned up, with the result that he was being escorted around the room by 'minders' so that he could be introduced to as many people there as possible.

 

 

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12 minutes ago, capybara said:

Also advertised is an "invitation to purchase tickets for the performance and to join us for pre-performance and interval receptions in the Crush Room followed by a party in the Paul Hamlyn Hall, where you can meet the cast, members of the creative team and senior staff of the Royal Opera House",

 

The prices?

Stalls Circle £900; Stalls and Grand Tier £1,100

 

I heard from one disillusioned patron that, the last time benefactors were invited to join the cast etc. afterwards, only one dancer turned up, with the result that he was being escorted around the room by 'minders' so that he could be introduced to as many people there as possible.

 

I had assumed that for things like this it was a three-line whip and that the dancers (at least the leading ones) would really have no choice but to be there. Clearly not!

 

 

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28 minutes ago, capybara said:

Also advertised is an "invitation to purchase tickets for the performance and to join us for pre-performance and interval receptions in the Crush Room followed by a party in the Paul Hamlyn Hall, where you can meet the cast, members of the creative team and senior staff of the Royal Opera House",

 

The prices?

Stalls Circle £900; Stalls and Grand Tier £1,100

 

Good heavens! That rather puts my dithering over whether to pay £73 or £93 in the Don Q thread into persepctive. You'd think it would be a lot easier & cheaper just to go to the stage door if you wanted to meet the cast!

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15 minutes ago, Dawnstar said:

 

 You'd think it would be a lot easier & cheaper just to go to the stage door if you wanted to meet the cast!

 

It is! And the dancer who, I'm told, went to the aforesaid reception is especially courteous in stopping to talk at the Stage Door.

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12 minutes ago, Dawnstar said:

 

Good heavens! That rather puts my dithering over whether to pay £73 or £93 in the Don Q thread into persepctive. You'd think it would be a lot easier & cheaper just to go to the stage door if you wanted to meet the cast!

 

45 minutes ago, capybara said:

I heard from one disillusioned patron that, the last time benefactors were invited to join the cast etc. afterwards, only one dancer turned up, with the result that he was being escorted around the room by 'minders' so that he could be introduced to as many people there as possible.

 

32 minutes ago, bridiem said:

I had assumed that for things like this it was a three-line whip

 

I was going to say it might be a long wait if dancers are three line whipped into attending a party but having read capybara’s and bridem’s posts perhaps not?

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1 hour ago, Lizbie1 said:

No further details yet, but a page has appeared on the website, with pricing: https://www.roh.org.uk/productions/margot-fonteyn-a-celebration-by-various

 

Thank you for this link.

 

The Twitter hashtag cited on this page is not ROH specific: #Fonteyn100. I'm hoping (probably in vain!) that this could imply the possibility of additional celebratory events being planned by other organisations during the year. Fingers crossed!

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2 hours ago, Lizbie1 said:

No further details yet, but a page has appeared on the website, with pricing: https://www.roh.org.uk/productions/margot-fonteyn-a-celebration-by-various

 

Is it just me or is anyone else unable to work out what prices apply to which seats? Whenever I click on this and similar links, all I can see is a black and white plan with a list of prices printed beneath but no way of ascertaining which prices apply to which seats.

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6 minutes ago, JohnS said:

I was going to say it might be a long wait if dancers are three line whipped into attending a party but having read capybara’s and bridem’s posts perhaps not?

 

If someone is desparate enough to meet the cast that they'd pay hundreds of pounds then I imagine they'd also be prepared to wait a considerable length of time at the stage door. At least, I personally would rather spend, say, an hour of time waiting than all that money (not that I've tried going to the stage door for the RB but I've hung around at plenty of stage doors of other theatres, sometimes for quite a while). Or try again on another night when the cast don't have post-show commitments.

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For that money I could have about 22 GOOD tickets for performances...at which 'the cast' actually dance rather than nibble canapes.....

 

 

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36 minutes ago, Scheherezade said:

 

Is it just me or is anyone else unable to work out what prices apply to which seats? Whenever I click on this and similar links, all I can see is a black and white plan with a list of prices printed beneath but no way of ascertaining which prices apply to which seats.

 

If you click on one of the price ranges (e.g. £5-£17), it should show all the seats in that range in red, and the individual prices appear below (in this case £5, £10, £17). Click on, for example, £10, and only the £10 seats are red.

 

At least that's what I see, whether signed in or not.

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Just now, Scheherezade said:

Thank you so much, Lizbie, simple when you know how!

 

Perhaps drop a line to ROH about it - it should be obvious enough that nobody has to ask. I do think that they're genuinely interested in feedback (when I worked with web developers, end user comments were like gold dust).

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1 hour ago, capybara said:

Also advertised is an "invitation to purchase tickets for the performance and to join us for pre-performance and interval receptions in the Crush Room followed by a party in the Paul Hamlyn Hall, where you can meet the cast, members of the creative team and senior staff of the Royal Opera House",

 

The prices?

Stalls Circle £900; Stalls and Grand Tier £1,100

 

 

 

 

I expect that for those sort of prices you will be able to meet members of the creative team such as Sir Frederick Ashton, Mikhail Fokine and Marius Petipa. Possibly Bakst and Stravinsky too. Of course, Wayne McGregor may also be there if he creates a piece for the occasion. 

 

I really hope there is more to the Fonteyn centenary than just cashing in on her name. 

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I think that to celebrate the centenary we ought to have the chance to see Fonteyn herself on film. The Linbury has proved now to be a good venue to see film. 

 

There are a number of recordings available. Wasn't there some on at the BFI some years back.  Does anyone recall that ?  Or what is potentially available that you would like to suggest ?   I recall recently stumbling across Fonteyn as Ondine on an obscure freeview channel. 

 

I'm sure many people already possess favourite recordings, but I think the chance to see the works on the big screen would be welcome. 

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It would be an excellent opportunity for the RB to have a rummage round in their Old Movies cupboard and find Fonteyn's appearances in the 1970 Ashton Gala - Nocturne, The Wise Virgins, Apparitions, M&A, and the finale of Daphnis and Chloe, I believe. Also there's an extraordinary rehearsal of her doing the flute dance from Daphnis and Chloe - it was in one of the obtiruary programmes about her on television - quite different from anything else I've seen of her, and reportedly described by Mark Morris as  the most wonderful thing he'd ever seen. Actually I think they should incorporate some film into the actual gala.

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There are some amazing Fonteyn films in the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection in the Lincoln Center Library that I certainly had never seen anywhere else.  Perhaps segments of those could be shown - with permission of course. 

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