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  1. I thought that came across in the Dance Magazine interview where he made his comments about class with lady dancers.
  2. Chase Johnsey has a big following among ballet fans in the UK. I sincerely hope Chase can make a career here and we get more more opportunities to see him dance. I was interested in his experience of working with ladies "en pointe" in the Dance Magazine article. He's just about the best fouetté-er I have seen! Interesting that Tamara Rojo gave him the opportunity but actually did not capitalise on it at all.
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    Speaking of hops on pointe...

    Thanks for sharing Cristian.
  4. Neither the van nor the technical equipment has been retrieved so the money will be going towards that.
  5. BRB fans have known for some time that William Bracewell is pretty well unmissable! I remember seeing his Romeo at The Lowry a couple of years ago and immediately declaring that he was the best Romeo I had ever seen in that production!
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    Tampa performance

    I love the Cuban Giselle! Anette Delgado is one of my all time favourites in this role. Thanks for your report. (I saw 2 performances in Paris last year with hideously expensive tickets and recorded music!)
  7. Indeed. Hopefully the success of the television series will spark the interest of potential new audience members too! I was interested to see that the announcement was made on what would have been QV's 199th birthday.
  8. The costumes were found dumped in a garage in the area the van's tracker had last been logged. No further news on either the van or the equipment. The JustGiving campaign has raised just over half of the target amount. The tour has continued. https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2018/stolen-costumes-from-central-ballet-recovered/
  9. The company has also announced that Jenna Roberts is leaving. Her final performance will be as Juliet on Friday 29th June. https://www.brb.org.uk/post/news-dancer-departures-1718
  10. Northern Ballet commissioned Cathy Marston to create a production of Jane Eyre in 2016 to tour in smaller theatres. It was critically acclaimed, so much so that it has made up the bulk of the Spring tour this year. It sold to more or less full houses at Sadler's Wells last week. On Monday the Company announced that Cathy Marston has been invited to create a new ballet based on the life of Queen Victoria which will be premiered in March 2019 and will tour the UK extensively in the Spring. Details here: https://northernballet.com/media-releases/2018-05-24/world-premi-re-announced-for-2019
  11. The Insight evening is being live streamed via Facebook, starting in just over an hour. It will probably be available via YouTube at some time. https://www.facebook.com/royaloperahouse/?hc_ref=ARQFMqwzMe8tEGC8dnNGqnlM6PHTikGmw-MaAptQD80Uklz1O2NiGvTFrTopOA-XAiE
  12. Nao Sakuma has announced on her FB page that both she and Chi Cao are retiring from BRB this summer. Their final performances with the company will be in Romeo and Juliet on Saturday 30th June. They joined the company at the same time in 1995 in the season that David Bintley became director. They were frequently partnered together, especially in the classics but both dancers also enjoyed wonderful on stage partnerships with other dancers - Nao Sakuma notably with Robert Parker and Chi Cao notably with Ambra Vallo. They will both be hugely missed by their fans. I would like to wish both of them well for the future, whichever direction they both take. https://www.facebook.com/nao.sakuma.7792
  13. No Anette Delgado? She is one of my favourite Giselles ever and she was sublime in Paris last summer.
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    Who rules today?

    Who rules the world would be who you would make a special journey to see.
  15. I'm looking forward to seeing 2 performances next month - should have been one but Mr Campbell is now dancing Des Grieux so I have managed to get a restricted view ticket (hopefully not too restricted!). I'm afraid I prefer the English more subtle style and the Danish to Russian bravura. Which does not mean to say that there are not wonderful dancers from all over the world and with all different training backgrounds.