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Alexandra

Lincoln Center Ashton Festival

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The Lincoln Center web site has a section on the Ashton Festival; you can book tickets on line here

July 6 -

Joffrey Ballet - Monotones I - Jennifer Goodman/Calvin Kitten/Stacy Joy Keller

Monotones II - Michael Levine/Valerie robin/Samuel Pergande

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Enigma Variations

Edward Elgar - Joseph Cipolla

The Lady - Silvia Jimenez

Hew David Steuart-Powell - Alexander Whitley

Richard Baxter Townsend - David Morse

William Heath Baker - James Grundy

Richard P. Arnold - Tiit Helimets

Isabel Fitton - Victoria Marr

Arthur Troyte Griffith - Robert Parker

Winnifred Norbury - Molly Smolen

A. J. Jaeger (Nimrod) - Jonathan Payn

Dora Penny (Dorabella) - Carol-Anne Millar

George Robinson Sinclair - Chi Cao

Basil G. Nevinson - Dominic Antonucci

Lady Mary Lygon - Asta Bazeviciute

K Ballet - Rhapsody - Tetsuya Kumakawa/Viviana Durante

July 7 -

K Ballet - Rhapsody - Tesuya Kumakawa/Viviana Durante

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Dante Sonata

Children of Light - Ambra Vallo/Victoria Marr/Robert Parker

Children of Darkness - Silvia Jimenez/Dominic Antonucci

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Five Brahms Waltzes In The Manner of Isadora Duncan - Molly Smolen

Joffrey Ballet - A Wedding Bouquet - Deborah Dawn/Maia Wilkins/Willy Shives

Narrator: Christian Holder

July 8 - Joffrey Ballet

Les Patineurs - Deanne Brown/Julianne Kepley

Monotones I - Same as July 6

Monotones II - Same as July 6

A Wedding Bouquet - Same as July 7

July 9 - Birmingham Royal Ballet

Enigma Variations - Same as July 6

The Two Pigeons - Nao Sakuma/Robert Parker/Molly Smolen

July 10 - Birmingham Royal Ballet

Dante Sonata - Same as July 7

The Two Pigeons - Same as July 9

July 13 - Royal Ballet

Scenes de Ballet - Miyako Yoshida/Ivan Putrov

Awakening Pas de Deux from The Sleeping Beauty - Darcey Bussell/Roberto Bolle

Voices of Spring - Alina Cojocaru/Johan Kobborg

Thais - Leanne Benjamin/Thiago Soares

Ondine Pas de Deux - Tamara Rojo/Inaki Urlezaga

Marguerite & Armand - Sylvie Guillem/Massimo Murru

July 14 - Royal Ballet

Scenes de Ballet - Alina Cojocaru/Johan Kobborg

Awakening Pas de Deux from The Sleeping Beauty - Jamie Tapper/Fedorico Bonelli

Voices of Spring - Leanne Benjamin/Inaki Urlezaga

Thais - Mara Galeazzi/David Makhateli

Pas de Deux from A Birthday Offering - Darcey Bussell/Jonathan Cope

Marguerite and Armand - Sylvie Guillem/Jonathan Cope

July 15 - Royal Ballet

Scenes de Ballet - Miyako Yoshida/Ivan Putrov

Awakening Pas de Deux from The Sleeping Beauty - Darcy Bussell/Roberto Bolle

Voices of Spring - Mara Galeazzi/Viacheslav Samodurov

Pas de Deux from A Birthday Offering - Marianela Nunez/Thiago Soares

Ondine - Tamara Rojo/Inaki Urlezaga

Marguerite & Armand - Sylvie Guillem/Jonathan Cope

July 16 - Royal Ballet - Cinderella - Alina Cojocaru/Johan Kobborg

July 17 (matinee) - Royal Ballet - Cinderella - Leanne Benjamin/Viacheslav Samodurov

July 17 (evening) - Royal Ballet - Cinderella - Tamara Rojo/Jonathan Cope

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Correction of casting of Joffrey Ballet:

July 6 - Victoria Jaiani will dance Monotones II.

Valerie Robin will dance it on the 8th.

July 7- Britta Lazenga is Josephine in A WEDDING BOUQUET.

Deborah Dawn will dance that role on the 8th.

Masayoshi Onuki will dance The Boy in Blue - LES PATINEURS. Suzanne Lopez, Michael Levine - The Lovers, Red Girls are April Daley and Erica Lynette Edwards.

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I'll check again with Lincoln Center on Monday. I've gotten several updates, but they've been unofficial. There may be an injury that's caused "Marguerite and Armand" to be cancelled.

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I'll check again with Lincoln Center on Monday.  I've gotten several updates, but they've been unofficial.  There may be an injury that's caused "Marguerite and Armand" to be cancelled.

Thank You, Alexandra

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"Marguerite and Armand" IS being performed. If you check the link that klingsor posted above, you'll now see that ballet listed. We just happened to catch the Lincoln Center web site between updates.

There are cast changes, though, as follows:

Please note these changes to casting for Week II of the Ashton Celebration at Lincoln Center Festival for THE ROYAL BALLET.

July 14:

Birthday Offering: Darcy Bussell, Thiago Soares

Marguerite & Armand: Sylvie Guillem, Massimo Murru

July 15:

Marguerite & Armand: Sylvie Guillem, Massimo Murru (Murru will dance all three M&A's with Sylvie Guillem)

July 17:

Cinderella, eve. 8 p.m.:

Tamara Rojo, Inaki Urlezaga

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I don't know if it's already been mentioned here, but a sharp-eyed ballet.co poster has pointed out an addition to the RB's programme on July 13th:

TBA - Sibley, Dowell

A nice treat for some lucky people!

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Sibley and Dowell are supposed to be there on the 15th, too...I hope so, because I'll be there. :rolleyes: There are two dancers I am not familiar with: Mara Galeazzi and Marianela Nunez---some background, please.

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Because of the time difference, Jane (or others who watch the Royal regularly) might not see this for awhile. I remember Galeazzi as a very funny, scrappy Lise in "La Fille Mal Gardee" when the company was here a few years ago. Not an "ideal" Lise, but genuinely funny, and I believe she's noted as a dramatic ballerina. I haven't Nunez in a major role so I can't help there.

Here's a link to the Royal Ballet's page of principal dancers. There's a full list of roles and photos for each:

http://info.royaloperahouse.org/ballet/index.cfm?ccs=247

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Galeazzi has been in the company since 1992 and has been a principal for a couple of years. As Alexandra says, she's a strong dramatic dancer - Tatiana in Onegin suits her very well and she's also got very good reports for two different roles in Mayerling. I didn't see her Lise but heard enthusiastic descriptions from friends, but she's not cast for it this time round.

Nunez is much younger - in fact she's younger than Cojocaru, though I doubt you'd guess that. She danced in Buenos Aires before coming to the Royal Ballet School for a year; she'd been in the corps de ballet for a season or so when Anthony Dowell suddenly promoted her by 3 levels. As an Ashton dancer she's almost an unknown quantity - but she gets Sylvia next season and also the first night of Fille (with Acosta) . She's technically strong and does things on a big scale - she made a lovely debut as Nikiya last season, confounding those who thought she ought to stick to Gamzatti. In the right role she's gorgeous.

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Anthony Dowell was cast as Armand's father last night, and received a huge ovation upon setting foot on stage. Alas, there was no Sibley sighting.

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