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    Long time ballet fan and former modern dance administrator
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  1. Would you care to name the writer please? Misty Copeland has no significance in Britain, I believe I saw her in a small role a few years back, after reading about her here I discovered you tube clips show a mediocre talent. .
  2. But not audiences nationwide, standing ovations have been reported in all the provincial theatres the work played in before coming to London. The next run at Sadlers Wells sold out months ago, the minute the tickets went on sale. The UK classical choreographic scene leaves much to be desired with the best works being on the modern side, Khan is the finest choreographer in the country and his move into the classical milieu facilitated by Tamara Rojo is to be celebrated. His Giselle is a masterpiece and hopefully will get a wider audience when the promised DVD is made.
  3. Ms Hayward has just extended her repertoire to include Titania, in my opinion she is the best British dancer to emerge since Bryony Brind. She is a ballerina to fall in love with. For those with an interest in dancers of colour, check out also her regular partner Marcelino Sambe, and, just emerging from the RB corps, gorgeous Joseph Sissens
  4. POB's early 19th century version by Albert was far closer to Byron with Conrad balancing on a burning beam, the audience loved it. No wonder those old theatres were always burning down.
  5. I am currently purging my 'library' . One of the books earmarked for a new home is Russia 1904-1924 by Eric Baschet. A photo record of those years, many are too harrowing to look too closely at, The squalor and despair of Tsarist Russia gave way to the horrors of famine. Such pictures don't lie, they allow the viewer to come to their own conclusion.
  6. Only his death is in the public domain, not the cause, but I understand it was natural causes rather than an accident.
  7. Devastated to hear of the death of one of the greatest figures in the ballet world, this is a terrible loss.
  8. My earliest memory was the TV series Ivanhoe.
  9. Not just Manon, and for the record it's the scene of rape with the gaoler I see as violent, but that's nothing compared to the gang rape in Judas Tree about to be inflicted on us in yet another revival. MacMillan goes back to violence against women again and again, whether it's Stephanie's horrific wedding night in Mayerling or Rose being slapped around by a would-be suitor in Prince of the Pagodas, not to mention The Invitation, a ballet specifically about rape. I make that 5 - 1 against Ratmansky.
  10. Back in the 1950's it was the first ballet I ever saw with Markova as Taglioni. It's a rare treat in Britain and I can't remember when I last saw it danced other than by Russians. As it was Choreographed by Dolin it really should be in the rep of one of the British companies, but as with the relative neglect of Frederick Ashton, heritage counts for little here now.
  11. Songs of a Wayfarer has stood the test of time, with the exception of Bhakti, I have a strong preference for his shorter pieces.
  12. Bejart's Bolero should only be danced by a man, looks wrong when a woman dances it. Have fond memories of Farrell's Bejart days.
  13. Having seem Mr Golding dance Oberon, I should like to say his performance in no way resembled 'lumbering'. for a dancer making his debut it was a reasonable performance, In the fifty plus years I've been watching The Dream I have seen dancers with far greater knowledge of Ashton's choreography do worse.
  14. I'm crossing my fingers for Akram Khan.
  15. I liked the version by Angelin Prelocaj, most didn't though. Valery Panov made an excellent version in Bonn with some fabulous male dancing, especially for Tybalt who made his entrance jumping from the top of an arch over the stage, quite a drop, still sticks in the memory. Personal favourite is Vladimir Vasiliev's, so true to Shakespeare's text.