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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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10 hours ago, JoJo said:

There will be a feature on Radio 5 Live throughout the morning on Weds 29th May discussing the mental heath of young people in the ballet world - both during training and as a professional.

 

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Just to add ‘Nutcracker’ is Radio 3’s Building a Library tomorrow (Saturday 21 December 9:30 am).

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Very much enjoyed the Nutcracker building a library and wholeheartedly agree with the recommendation - no spoilers from me.  Enjoy.

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20 hours ago, JohnS said:

Just to add ‘Nutcracker’ is Radio 3’s Building a Library tomorrow (Saturday 21 December 9:30 am).

Thank you JohnS , I really enjoyed listneing to this and I would not have thought of it without your recomendation.

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20 hours ago, alison said:

Wow, thank you, Janite.

Indeed...that’s my Christmas listening sorted out!  Many thanks Janite.  👍😀

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1 minute ago, Sim said:

Indeed...that’s my Christmas listening sorted out!  Many thanks Janite.  👍😀

It's a pleasure. 

 

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