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  1. JMcN

    Who rules today?

    Who rules the world would be who you would make a special journey to see.
  2. I'm looking forward to seeing 2 performances next month - should have been one but Mr Campbell is now dancing Des Grieux so I have managed to get a restricted view ticket (hopefully not too restricted!). I'm afraid I prefer the English more subtle style and the Danish to Russian bravura. Which does not mean to say that there are not wonderful dancers from all over the world and with all different training backgrounds.
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    Francesca Hayward

    I have see Francesca Hayward perform live. I saw her debut in Manon around 3 years ago and she was just incandescent. I'm looking forward to seeing her in that role again in May. Her bouree entrance in Rhapsody was so beautiful I was moved to tears. She was sublime as Giselle. I think she is very special indeed.
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    The Lilac Fairy

    In the prologue of the BRB production her "role" danced by a 6th Fairy.
  5. They are in the 2018/19 season.
  6. ENB have announced the Autumn/Winter season today. This is the content of the email I received: Our 2017-18 Autumn/Winter season is revealed We're delighted to announce our new Autumn/Winter 2017-18 season. Highlights include: English National Ballet performs Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth and Frank Anderson's La Sylphide both for the first time, with performances on tour and at the London Coliseum. Roland Petit's Le Jeune Homme et la Mort returns with performances at the London Coliseum. The acclaimed Akram Khan's Giselle returns to Sadler's Wells in London and tours to Liverpool for the first time. Rudolf Nureyev's Romeo & Juliet makes a return to Bristol in its 40th anniversary year. The festive family favourite Nutcracker sees performances in Southampton and at the London Coliseum. Booking opens to our Friends this Friday 10 March at 10am, with general booking opening from 10am on Monday 13 March. I'm very excited that Akram Khan's Giselle is being performed in Liverpool and Song of the Earth/La Sylphide in Manchester. I feel a ticket buying binge will be starting very soon...
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    The Lilac Fairy

    What are thoughts on Lilac as a tutu role or character role? SPW's version for BRB has Lilac as a character role and for me that works best. Her dress is almost a mirror image of Carabosse's and they seem much more equally matched. You get a bit of an idea in the animated header for BRB's current tour: https://www.brb.org.uk/whats-on/event/the-sleeping-beauty#gallery (Try refreshing the page if a still image appears)
  8. I would like to see continuity which, after all, has made the company what it is today. I do hope that the current Bintley masterpieces in the rep are retained (Hobson's Choice, Madding Crowd, Cyrano and many one acters including his jazz-based ballets). My vote would go to Robert Parker (currently AD at Elmhurst School for Ballet) or possibly Iain Webb or Cathy Marston. The AD does not have to be a choreographer.
  9. I'm in shock. I wish David all the best for the future.
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    Wendy Whelan -- Into The Future

    That is horrible.
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    Akram Khan's Giselle/Cinema

    Could a moderator please change the heading to correct the spelling of Akram Khan's name?
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    Royal Ballet Giselle

    I saw last night's performance with Hayward/Campbell and this afternoon's with Naghdi/Ball. I found the performance of both leading couples overwhelming. Not only glorious dancing but they all inhabited the roles and gave them an emotional depth that had me reduced to sobbing out loud. I think the RB has found 2 exceptional partnerships - let's hope these partnerships are nurtured and allowed to grow...
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    Royal Ballet Giselle

    I have been following his career since he joined BRB from RBS! I managed to get a ticket for Friday evening's performance when the cast change was announced and am so over-excited it is ridiculous!
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    ENB's "Lest We Forget"

    I would endorse California's recommendation - it's a wonderful programme (and dropping Firebird makes it a more manageable length for travellers - I missed my train home after the matinee at the Barbican!).
  15. No, it dates from 1987 and I gather that over the years the set (particularly in Act 3) has been tweaked to make it even more fussy. The reviews showing up on Google from the 2015 performances are not good. http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/swan-lake-by-anthony-dowell
  16. I agree with Mashinka re the Dowell production. I saw it on 15th April 1989 and have never wanted to see it again! (So I haven't).
  17. Resigning under such circumstances would, in the UK, probably be deemed "constructive dismissal".
  18. This is, FAB-U-LOUS! I too hope that Chase Johnsey can find a new artistic home.
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    Workplace Problems at ENB

    The link is a shoddy rehash of the original article in The Times - they can't even spell principal properly!
  20. And of course the most important thing about Mr Ball is that he is from Liverpool!
  21. He has already partnered Osipova at the opening of the New Theatre gala in Hull (I think in the R&J balcony duet).
  22. I should point out that Sir Frederick Ashton became Director when Madam retired. She died at the grand old age of 102 in 2001. Sir Frederick Ashton died in 1988. Yes, I agree with you about a choreographing director knowing his own dancers and being able to meld the company to his vision.
  23. I am not based in the US and I am not saying that any of the events talked about above are acceptable but... I know someone who at 17 started dating a man of 33. I actually told her that she was a "bloody fool" when she told me. But 40-odd years later they are still totally bound up in each other and very happily married.
  24. Interestingly enough 2 of the 4 "big" ballet companies in England are choreographer led and that has been criticised because it is perceived in some quarters that there is too much reliance on their own work.