Tuesday, 28 October 2014

MacMillan Wikipedia Editathon

MacMillan Wikipedia Editathon, Royal Opera House - 25th October

Federico Bonelli, Christopher Saunders & Marianela Nuñez in Manon
Photo: Alice Pennefather / ROH

On Saturday morning, Royal Ballet staff, dance lovers and Wikipedia enthusiasts gathered in the Royal Opera House amphitheatre restaurant to update information about Kenneth MacMillan on Wikipedia.
I added background information and open night casting to the entry about Manon, but the editathon highlight was hearing from Monica Mason, who created many MacMillan roles, and Jann Parry, who wrote the choreographer’s biography. 
Parry highlighted the key themes in MacMillan’s choreography, including claustrophobic family life, loss of innocence, physical infatuation and being a social outcast. Mason described MacMillan’s passion for new interpretations, repeating his words that ballets need to be “recreated rather than repeated” and emphasising his warmth and genius.

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