Estelle, on Jun 3 2005, 12:32 PM, said:
Did some posters of this forum attend the performance when he was promoted ?
And, to the RB watchers here: what do you think of his promotion ?
I was there that night (visiting London for vacation), and it was a fine performance. He certainly had strong presence and danced the few solo passages very well, but I thought his acting was particularly strong as well. I suppose Palemon isn't the most noticeable role in he male repertoire, but it was nevertheless a solid performance. Nothing special occurred at curtain, and there were no anouncements made - the promotion must have been delivered backstage after the final curtain. I didn't hear about the promotion until reading the papers the next day!
Watson did make a pretty good impression as Oberon in "The Dream" (which I also saw on my trip). I saw his debut on May 17, and it certainly did not look like a debut. It was assured and I enjoyed it very much. He was also paired that evening with Leanne Benjamin - a fantastic Titania. So the whole thing just sparkled, with huge applause at the end of the pas de deux.
I haven't personally seen more of him than this, but based on these viewings the promotion seems worthy.