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19/11/02
Ballet Buff Brings New Look
- All change at the Royal Opera House

NEW ACTING director Monica Mason has reprogrammed The Royal Opera House. Historical classics Le Parc and the Prince of Pagodas have been replaced by two modern triple bills in honour of Rudolf Nureyev and Kenneth Macmillan respectively.

The work of the late Rudolf Nureyev receives a long overdue revival in honour of the tenth anniversary of the dancer, choreographer and ballet directors' death. Mason's decision to ditch the unpopular Prince of Pagodas has also been praised, as former director Ross Stretton received much criticism for this piece of programming.

But Stretton's ousting resulted primarily from allegations of inappropriate relationships with ballerinas. Mason's history as a dancer for the Royal Ballet stands her in good stead to redeem the company's reputation, and her role as director looks set to become permanent.




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