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  1. meunier fan

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    Don't forget the Prince in Wheeldon's Cinderella - another classic - as well ... and appear in the fantastic Lest We Forget Triple Bill ... and maybe a featured role in Broken Dreams (such a stunning ballet) ... or in Stina Quagebeur's (such a talent) new work to premiered based in and around around Ibsen's A Doll's House .... etc., etc., .... With the new building I assume they will reinstate the glorious ENB Choreographics programme - and Cirio will definitely have an opportunity to not only choreograph there ... but to have his work meaningfully seen ... and meaningfully filmed for posterity. Not a bad move at all come to think of it. Also ENB in recent years has had significant international tours including both Chicago, Japan and Paris at the Palais Garnier. Has it been determined that Cirio WON'T any longer dance with ABT at all?
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    National Ballet of Canada 2018-19 season

    That is a great loss I think to the Canadian company. I found them more decidedly mixed than I had remembered (not having seen them since the Ratmansky R&J when it was performed in London). After seeing them dance Nijinsky in several performances in Paris there was no question but that Tedaldi was a definite standout. None. Frola was definitely another. I'm sure Kain will have some new very exciting additions to her roster to announce soon.
  3. Chase Johnsey is speaking to the London Ballet Circle (Civil Servants Club on Great Scotland Yard, 7.30 pm on 9th July) so that should I think prove interesting. It is only £8 for guests should anyone wish to attend.
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    National Ballet of Canada 2018-19 season

    with Frola now, Caley, Hernandez, Robison, the stunning young Mexican American, McCormick and the PdL winner Wagman to come Rojo seems to be again building a strong male stable for ENB - having lost Canadian/Cuban Corrales to the RB (much akin to Muntagirov previously). It enforces ENB's role as a significant training ground towards further glory much as it served for Canadian born Rojo herself in times past. The stealth of her arm (and taste) has continued to pay significant dividends. Long may it do so.
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    National Ballet of Canada 2018-19 season

    So pleased to hear about Frola. Saw him as Nijinsky in Paris and thought he was SPECTACULAR ...
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    Alina Cojocaru

    Saw Cojocaru dance Aurora again yesterday afternoon. NYSUSAN - that gold is still glittering ... Mightily so It was a privilege just to be there. Totally life enriching.
  7. meunier fan

    New Royal Ballet Swan Lake

    What a fantastic description, Drew. Truly mesmeric and apt. Bless you.
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    Petipa Gala

    I'm sorry, mnacenani, but I feel your comment about MATTHEW BALL in reference to the 'entrechats' is simply unfair. Of course blame a dancer if he is supposed to do 32 - or let's say 'a mass of' - entrechats ( and Sarafanov I agree can be totally brilliant at this) .... but NOT if the choreographer (here Sir Peter Wright) ONLY allows them (e.g., the dancers currently dancing Albrecht in THIS production as it currently stands) about 12 to a very explicit count BEFORE the variation is broken up. IF anything 'peters out' (and I agree with you - I feel that variation - as it currently stands - does) it is the CHOREOGRAPHER'S VARIATION. Whatever else it may be THAT IS NOT THE DANCER'S FAULT. Of course, I realise you may not be familiar with the production - and Wright has and will (he's in his 90's) continue to tinker with it ... Dancers will tell you he does this constantly. Just don't blame the messenger, mnacenani, in this regard. Matthew Ball is strong; VERY strong; he's also a fine musical actor which makes such a difference. He is young - there is oh, so much to come from this lad ... and he has come oh, such a distance. Please keep your eyes peeled. It will pay off heartily. Promise.
  9. meunier fan

    Royal Ballet Summer Season Swan Lake Casting !!

    You can scroll down here.
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    ABT Fall Season 2018

    I'm surprised that ABT has never revived the last ballet she did for them 'The Informer' - I would have thought that might have been a good candidate for a winter season outing ... and I realise this has not formally been announced in its entirety. Wondered too - with the current compilation of Robbins' musical works for NYCB - if there might not be coinage for ABT in doing something similar for DeMille and her bounteous Broadway choreographic repasts. (Just a suggestion.)
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    Bolshoi Ballet 2018/19 season

    So lovely to see that the glorious memory of Maximova on her 80th Anniversary is honoured with not only a gala but an exhibition and the Balanchine and Petit anniversaries (115th and 95th respectively) are honoured with both a production and a dedicated exhibition as well.
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    2018 Met Season

    I have come to the conclusion that with McGregor's work it is often best to take it at face value and trust your own judgement. Reading his programme notes ... or sometimes listening to the circulating hyperbole ... can - at least in my experience - be more frustrating than - in the end - it proves worth.
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    Roster Changes Announced Spring 2018

    Seems he is taking on a different - if perhaps not necessarily bigger - role. Good on him I say ... and good luck https://www.linkedin.com/in/cameron-dieck
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    "The great malaise of the Paris Opera Ballet" !!

    For me, Kim is the weak link in that list. Will give him one thing though - stylistically he is CONSISTENTLY inconsistent. You can count on that - and I've seen him any number of times. I'd take Louvet or even young Ball as Solor over him any day of the week. Can't wait to see Corrales in the role. The Parisians went ape for his Ali. Of that there can be no question ... though I realise that may not stand much truck with your good self, mnacenani - given your stated philosophy.
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    Francesca Hayward

    I applaud all the sentiments expressed by Ashton Fan above ... (happily all the performances noted I have seen) but simply wish to point out that Hayward was blistering as the second soloist in Emeralds - that solo being one of my favourites - and I felt actually made Pita's 'The Wind' a narrative piece rather than the summation of twists and turns (as interesting as they spasmodically were) at its premiere. Hayward is a gossamer daredevil; i.e., an infectious gift to be cherished.
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