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A nice item, but really conveyed nothing of why she was and still is so special in her actual dancing. I know her age is remarkable, and I'm sure her personality is remarkable; but it's the dancing that matters. But good to have ballet on a mainstream news programme at any rate.

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3 hours ago, bridiem said:

A nice item, but really conveyed nothing of why she was and still is so special in her actual dancing. I know her age is remarkable, and I'm sure her personality is remarkable; but it's the dancing that matters. But good to have ballet on a mainstream news programme at any rate.

Absolutely agree bridiem - with both points!

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Why do they persist in putting things about ballet on the radio? It is one of the most visual of the performing arts - I just don't get it.

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6 minutes ago, taxi4ballet said:

Why do they persist in putting things about ballet on the radio? It is one of the most visual of the performing arts - I just don't get it.

 

Well if there's something balletic that's regarded as newsworthy, I wouldn't want radio to ignore it even if it's easier to cover it on television. (i.e. it should be on both, not one or the other.) It's perfectly possible to have interviews etc on radio that cover a story in a way that informs and/or piques interest. In fact my complaint would rather be that TV news programmes hardly ever cover ballet (though I have to admit I don't watch all that much in the way of TV news nowadays, so maybe I'm missing things).

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I agree with that, although I do feel that the BBC would field accusations of a lack of ballet coverage by using radio programmes as evidence that they do include ballet in their schedules. It's not good enough, really.

 

You can listen to someone singing or playing an instrument, but you can't listen to them dancing, can you?

 

The same goes with radio programmes about art. Unless you are already thoroughly familiar with the artist's work, you could listen to a whole programme and be practically none the wiser.

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On 18/01/2019 at 18:35, taxi4ballet said:

I agree with that, although I do feel that the BBC would field accusations of a lack of ballet coverage by using radio programmes as evidence that they do include ballet in their schedules. It's not good enough, really.

 

You can listen to someone singing or playing an instrument, but you can't listen to them dancing, can you?

 

The same goes with radio programmes about art. Unless you are already thoroughly familiar with the artist's work, you could listen to a whole programme and be practically none the wiser.

 

I would love to see more focus on ballet and dance in both TV and radio schedules. Radio often succeeds in generating a sense of greater iinsight in arts features and discussions (for me), but like bridiem above, I rarely see TV these days. Sadly Radio 4 gives inadequate coverage to reviews of dance performance compared to its frequent discussions of film, theatre, art exhibitions etc.

 

I loved the rehearsal room soundscape conjured in the BBC R4 feature on Marianela Nunez!

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On 27/02/2019 at 22:21, Josephine said:

Only Artists today featured Tamara Rojo in conversation with Josie Rourke. It's now available on BBC Sounds:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002qzn

I loved this.   So interesting, especially on the ownership of women's bodies. Raised my opinion of Ms.Rojo by many notches..... 

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