Diaghilev Booted from BDE

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If Javier Du Frutos was annoyed that his work was kicked from BBC4 for being universally offensive to all mankind then his partners in crime, Wayne McGregor, Russell Maliphant and the other guy or going to be spitting teeth because BDE canned the whole show thanks to some male swans!

'In the Spirit of Diaghilev' featuring works by the above mentioned dance makers was set to take to the stage at British Dance Edition on February 6th. The show has been replaced by Mr Maliphant all by himself with a triple bill from his own company and the Cobosmika Company.

The reason given by DanceXchange, the hosts of BDE 2010, are as follows;

In the Spirit of Diaghilev consists of four separate works, with considerable technical requirements, the full extent of which has only emerged fairly recently given the newness of the production.

BDE has been working to establish whether it was possible to stage the production in a way which was acceptable to all parties concerned in the context of limited technical time. This has not proven possible and, as such, we have taken the difficult decision to remove the show from the programme.

As explanations go it seems reasonable enough. If you look at the schedule for the Birmingham Hippodrome there are no shows at all for the 6 days prior to February 6th but AMP and 'Swan Lake' move in 2 days later. That show is full of giant sets so a 24 hour get in does seem implausible.

However, 'In the Spirit of Diaghilev' bowed in London on October 13th last year. It's not really that new so somebody should probably have checked the technical requirements beforehand and how that fitted with the get in time for 'Swan Lake' a show that's been around for several hundred years, or maybe it just seems that way.

Also, the universal disdain for the Du Frutos section of 'In the Spirit of Diaghilev' might have made the decision to can the whole show slightly less difficult than the statement above would have us believe.

We'll probably never know!

Update: 8 January 2010

DanceXchange the organisers of BDE 2010, have elaborated on the reasoning for canning the Diaghilev show. It turns out that prior to the show bowing on February 6th there is another "event" at the Birmingham Hippodrome that is not on general sale. What is this event of such hugely significant artistic importance than it has caused the cancellation of a show by four of Europe's most revered dance makers (if you believe the hype)?

ITV will be shooting a regional segment of 'Britain's Got Talent'.......

Professional dance dealt a near fatal blow to the sternum by Simon Cowell and some folks playing the spoons.

You couldn't make this stuff up!

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