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Royal Ballet 2007-8 Season


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#1 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 20 March 2007 - 06:14 PM

Sorry - it's not up yet, but I am totally champing at the bit.

When does it usually get announced?

I'm getting a London yen.

#2 Dale

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Posted 20 March 2007 - 06:32 PM

A story in the New York Times said the Royal is supposed to do Jewels in 07-08. There's a little taste for you. Of course, it's the Royal in Balanchine. We know how you feel about that.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 02:09 AM

Goodness Leigh! I saw the title of this thread and thought WHAT? Did I miss the announcement?

!!!!!!!!

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!

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 02:13 AM

Actually, I just did a quick search, and last year it was announced on 28 March! Any day now Leigh, keep calm!

#5 Jane Simpson

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 02:56 AM

The press conference is scheduled for the first week in April, I believe.

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.

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 03:32 AM

It's on the website now!! Am excited beyond words!!

http://info.royalope...ex.cfm?ccs=1133

La Bayadere
Romeo and Juliet
Jewels
Nutcracker
Les Patineurs / Tales of Beatrix Potter
Sylvia
Chroma / Different Drummer / Rite of Spring
New Wheeldon / Afternoon of a Faun / A Month in the Country
Sleeping Beauty
Draft Works (in the Clore)
Serenade / New Brandstrup / Homage to the Queen
New Works (in the Linbury)
The Dream / Dances at a Gathering

#7 ami1436

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 03:59 AM

Here's more detail, including some casting...

Interesting casting for Jewels!!!!!!!!!

http://info.royalope.....llet20078.pdf

#8 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 05:11 AM

No Two Pigeons. I was hoping that rumor was true.

From a traveler's perspective: Jewels is over Thanksgiving weekend.

Here's an immodest proposal:

http://www.operadepa...rier.asp?Mois=4

POB School performance on April 20
Nureyev/Balanchine/Forsythe on April 21

http://info.royalope.....llet20078.pdf

Schlepping Beauty on April 22
Serenade/new Brandstrup/Homage to the Queen April 23

Who's up for "Ballet Talk: London-Paris?"

#9 art076

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 03:36 PM

How funny, Leigh - when I looked at the new RB season, I had the same travel thoughts for the April period! (though I didn't know the POB school would also be performing at the time).

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.

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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:

Laura Connor
Ann Jenner
Monica Mason
Lynn Seymour
Antoinette Sibley

Michael Coleman
Anthony Dowell
Jonathan Kelly
Rudolf Nureyev
David Wall

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.

#11 ami1436

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 03:12 AM

I was puzzled about Rojo as well. I had her down for Rubies ages ago.... That said, she can have a very round, womanly, romantic adagio quality about her.

I'm going to have to think about this casting quite a bit!

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 01:00 PM

I saw the original Royal Ballet cast, too, many times and it is one of my most wonderful ballet memories--so wonderful that it has eclipsed the many many NYCB performances I have seen over the years. The colors and roles in both versions differed quite a bit, so I wonder if the Royal Ballet will do its version, or the version that NYCB does. Mary

#13 Jane Simpson

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Posted 12 April 2007 - 04:02 AM

If I were casting Dancing at a Gathering I'd be looking above all for dancers who can look as if they are just being their natural selves on stage. I could suggest a couple of casts for the women from the RB but the men would be much more difficult. I have to say the only one of my choices which would coincide with Mashinka's would be Acosta in what we think of as the Nureyev role!

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.

#14 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 12 April 2007 - 06:32 AM

I never thought of it this way, Jane, but that's so true. Dances is so much about the personalities onstage and their interaction that it could be enigmatic (the Girl in Green is only the most obvious example) if you weren't familiar with those dancers.

The problem is, I only know those roles by color. Can someone translate for the RB?

#15 Jane Simpson

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Posted 12 April 2007 - 07:05 AM

Leigh, as cargill says I think they used different colours, and also allocated the dances slightly differently, in London and NY. If it helps, and maybe someone can translate it into NY colours, this was the original assignation in London:

Sibley- Mauve
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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