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Thanks so much, Riva, for sharing this. I was so fascinated by the contents of the interview that I’ve listened to it a few times by now. From an opening conversation about the format of the picture to a deep insight. It’d be great to see the final picture as part of an exhibition, together with the various photos taken during the interview and the sketches and drawings made.

 

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As Ed said in the programme, it's so accurate it's almost like a photo.

 

I guess the reason these aren't on TV is because someone generally deems them too static - probably not the case for a dancer, though.  I wonder if there's a case for making some of them as TV programmes?  Possibly, though, the radio format, without intrusive cameras, is more conducive to the almost confessional-like atmosphere?  I must listen to some more of these ...

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4 minutes ago, Richard LH said:

A lovely programme, but rather a shame  it could not have be a TV item. We just had to imagine what was going on in the dance rehearsals with Makarova etc. 

 

But isn’t that the magic of radio, just as test cricket and football or tennis matches are somehow enhanced by only hearing them?

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Lizbie you have just saved me a packet- from now on it's ballet on the radio for me!

No more transport problems, late nights, Open Up annoyances or irritation from other audience members either....

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13 minutes ago, Lizbie1 said:

But isn’t that the magic of radio, just as test cricket and football or tennis matches are somehow enhanced by only hearing them?

 

Not really, for me - perhaps  I don't have enough imagination  Lizbie! 

I did find myself visualising the relevant dances from La B as the music was being played, but of course that only worked because I had already seen the ballet. 

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Sorry, I was only joking- apologies for my sarcasm.

Sometimes, I contemplate getting some tickets-currently ENB in London-  and then the whole reality of the cost, the trains, the hassle kicks in. If only there was some way of being 'virtually' present.

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2 minutes ago, Mary said:

Sorry, I was only joking- apologies for my sarcasm.

Sometimes, I contemplate getting some tickets-currently ENB in London-  and then the whole reality of the cost, the trains, the hassle kicks in. If only there was some way of being 'virtually' present.

 

I can't see myself giving up live theatre, and the main reason I choose to live in London is so trains, accommodation costs and massive time commitment don't really come into it.  I can't see myself wanting to give up live theatre completely in favour of any kind of virtual or recorded experience, but I wouldn't miss poor facilities (endless queues for the Ladies' or the bar) and above all, the PEOPLE.  I'm not talking about the engaged, interested majority, just those who chat loudly, mess about with their phones, block other people's views and don't supervise their children adequately, among other things!

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Yes Ruth..I was about to contemplate spending a fair bit on a ticket for ENB Swan Lake, train travel etc- but then, if I get stuck between 2 people eating out of buckets ( as has happened to me twice at the Coli) I don't think I could bear it again........

 

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I agree with both of you! I was talking to my dentist this morning about how as far as we were concerned it’s only the opera and ballet and some exhibitions that can draw us up to town. But then when you get people munching loudly (do people go to the theatre to eat?) or giving their companion a running commentary (as if they were on the sofa at home) or as with the ENB Swan Lake refusing to pipe down in the slightest during the orchestral prelude to Act II, it puts such a downer on things that you wonder why you bothered.

 

And that’s from someone who, like Ruth, is practically addicted to live performance.

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