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Old 06-12-2005, 07:36 PM
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Nude ballet sparks national anger
09:55 AEST Sat Jun 11 2005
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The world's first partly nude ballet production of Romeo and Juliet has sparked an avalanche of complaints from women's and religious groups across Australia.

The Russian National Ballet will perform Romeo and Juliet - with nude scenes - for the first time in its World's Greatest Ballets program set to debut in Australia next month.

But the prospect of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers flashing the flesh in "bedroom scenes for the new millennium" has triggered an outcry from moral conservatives, the ballet's Australian promoter Graham Hutchison said.

"We've certainly been contacted by various church groups and whatever saying how dare we present something of this nature," Mr Hutchison said.

"Certainly in recent years we've had productions like the Blue Room and I guess even going back to the days of Hair that had nudity and it's been an accepted art form.

"But surprisingly there's been an incredible outcry from all forms over this."

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The production, under the direction of famed Bolshoi Ballet soloist Vladimir Moiseev, will be the first time a classical ballet has been presented in the nude.

Advertisements warn the production contains nudity but no classification has been placed on the show.

Gold Coast city councillor Rob Molhoek, who is also the convenor of elders at Southport Church of Christ, said there was no difference between the show and a "nudie bar".

"My concern is the boundaries just keep getting pushed further and further and the lines keep getting more and more blurred," he said.

Cr Molhoek said he had taken phone calls from constituents who worried about the production coming to the Gold Coast in October.

Mr Hutchison said he had been inundated with 150 emails, 50 faxes and a constant stream of phone calls alone from people claiming the production was "immoral and distasteful".

But he said the nude scenes were limited to the bedroom only and accused some of the those complaining of being "weird".

"Certainly when it relates to parts like bedroom scenes in this day and age it would not be considered appropriate that young people have this incredible love affair and are always clothed," Mr Hutchison said.

"(Moiseev's) belief in doing this is it's time it was brought into the new millennium."

Mr Hutchison declined to name any of the groups which had contacted his company, but said a prominent church in Sydney was intent on gathering support from other churchgoers to take its complaint to a "higher body".

He said other people had compared the ballet to popular but controversial stage act Puppetry of the Penis while ballet venues had rung with concerns after fielding calls from worried patrons.

"It's nudity - it's not people fornicating on stage," Mr Hutchison said.

"I must say I think maybe some people must have a lot of time with nothing to do."

The Russian National Ballet Theatre's production of Romeo and Juliet will begin in Launceston on July 31.

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Old 06-12-2005, 07:43 PM
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And here I was thinking Australia was pretty progressive,guess they still have some of that so-called religious embarrassment.

Oh well...................................................
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Old 06-12-2005, 08:28 PM
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It would take nudity to to get me to watch a ballet....I hate them.
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I may yet become a patron of the classical arts.
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Old 06-12-2005, 10:22 PM
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It would take nudity to to get me to watch a ballet....I hate them.
Let's go to the ballet Bone. I'll bring the beer you bring the beans and onions. We'll turn it into a tear jerker.
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Old 06-12-2005, 11:20 PM
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I've always told my wife that a little pRon would get the best ratings. Shoot if you think "Friends" is a hit think about tit if they added a little soft core.
I bet that play won't need an endowment.
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Old 06-13-2005, 02:29 AM
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I bet that play won't need an endowment.
It will if they want a 'co-ed' audience.
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Old 06-15-2005, 04:56 AM
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I lived off and on in the early 90s at a hot springs resort north of Napa: Harbin Hot Springs, 5 miles up a dead end road from Middletown, CA, pop. 1100. This was one quiet and gorgeous piece of real estate.

They refer to themselves as a "New Age Community" and the atire around the pools and many parts of the grounds is "clothing optional," which means that 98% of the people are naked, at the pools anyway.

What amazed me was how boring naked people get after awhile. It's cool at first, about half of the people were not bad looking at all and there were regular knockouts.

It blew my mind though, whenever I would see the occasional young lady who was wearing a bikini. I just couldn't get enough of that action! It's true what they say, about leaving something to the imagination.

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