Royal Ballet 2007-8 Season
Posted 20 March 2007 - 06:14 PM
When does it usually get announced?
I'm getting a London yen.
Posted 20 March 2007 - 06:32 PM
Posted 21 March 2007 - 02:09 AM
Now that I've calmed down a bit....
I believe it's usually announced sometime in April... I think Period 1 booking usually opens in June... and there would need to be time before that for Friends booking, etc....
As for Jewels... well, for whatever you think of the RB in Balanchine, there are some folks I'd love to see dance this... I hope I'll be in the country for it!
Posted 21 March 2007 - 02:13 AM
Posted 21 March 2007 - 02:56 AM
From somewhere (someone talking about the opera company's plans, perhaps?) we've already heard that we get Bayadere and R&J near the start of the season.
Posted 04 April 2007 - 03:32 AM
Romeo and Juliet
Les Patineurs / Tales of Beatrix Potter
Chroma / Different Drummer / Rite of Spring
New Wheeldon / Afternoon of a Faun / A Month in the Country
Draft Works (in the Clore)
Serenade / New Brandstrup / Homage to the Queen
New Works (in the Linbury)
The Dream / Dances at a Gathering
Posted 04 April 2007 - 05:11 AM
From a traveler's perspective: Jewels is over Thanksgiving weekend.
Here's an immodest proposal:
POB School performance on April 20
Nureyev/Balanchine/Forsythe on April 21
Schlepping Beauty on April 22
Serenade/new Brandstrup/Homage to the Queen April 23
Who's up for "Ballet Talk: London-Paris?"
Posted 04 April 2007 - 03:36 PM
The POB mixed bill looks too good to pass up - classical to neoclassical to neo-neoclassical. I wish, somehow, the RB Jewels and the POB bill were timed closer together, but the RB Serenade/ Brandstrup/ Homage to the Queen is interesting as well.
There's plenty worth looking at in the Royal season; so many performances of Sleeping Beauty and R&J! The casting looks fun in Jewels, though I must admit I thought Rojo would have been a natural in Rubies, but she's in Emeralds instead. I'm glad Nunez is in Diamonds - thought she would have gotten Emeralds. I'm also curious how they'll pull off Dances at a Gathering.
Posted 05 April 2007 - 02:30 AM
The casting looks fun in Jewels, though I must admit I thought Rojo would have been a natural in Rubies, but she's in Emeralds instead. I'm glad Nunez is in Diamonds - thought she would have gotten Emeralds. I'm also curious how they'll pull off Dances at a Gathering.
The casting for Jewels looks downright strange to me, rather as if whoever selected the dancers doesnít have any real knowledge of the ballet. Instead of naming the casts this early I would have thought the RB management could have waited and let whoever is mounting the ballet be allowed to choose the dancers. Agree about Roja and Nunez.
I have mixed feelings about the revival of Dances at a Gathering; itís one of my favourite ballets of all time and the original RB cast was so amazing that it might prove too hard an act to follow. It might be possible to scrape a good first cast together, but I doubt if there is a second cast out there. If I remember rightly that cast was:
My suggestions for the revival would be:
Leanne Benjamin (Jenner)
Lauren Cuthbertson (Seymour)
Sarah Lamb (Sibley)
Marianela Nunez (Connor)
Tamara Roja (Mason)
Carlos Acosta (Nureyev)
Johan Kobborg (Dowell)
Steven McRae (Coleman)
Rupert Penneyfather (Kelly)
Ivan Putrov (Wall)
A couple of others would be good too, but I canít think of another ten dancers of the right personality and level of technique (in certain of the roles) to name a full second cast. If anyone has other suggestions to make, please go ahead.
Posted 05 April 2007 - 03:12 AM
I'm going to have to think about this casting quite a bit!
Posted 10 April 2007 - 01:00 PM
Posted 12 April 2007 - 04:02 AM
But it's going to be hard for any cast, as cargill says, to compete with the memory of the RB originals - one of the greatest things the company has ever done, in my experience. Also, I don't think we can assume that people who haven't seen it before will automatically adore it on first sight - I know people who saw it for the first time when NYCB brought it to Edinburgh a few years ago and who just loathed it, and couldn't begin to understand why so many people remember it so fondly. I think it's a piece that looks much better on dancers you know.
Posted 12 April 2007 - 06:32 AM
The problem is, I only know those roles by color. Can someone translate for the RB?
Posted 12 April 2007 - 07:05 AM
Seymour - green
Mason - apricot
Connor - blue
Jenner - pink
Nureyev - brown
Dowell - gold
Wall - green
Coleman - salmon
Kelly - mauve
Though by the end of the season the programme says Nureyev was in blue. Anyway, he was the man who comes on right at the beginning; but when he wasn't dancing, so far as I remember Dowell did that role but still wore his gold costume. Lynn Seymour definitely did the Verdy solo.
Jonathan Kelly, incidentally, was a late replacement for Donald Macleary, who did the role later on.
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