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  1. Wendy Whelan -- Into The Future

    That is horrible.
  2. Akram Khan's Giselle/Cinema

    Could a moderator please change the heading to correct the spelling of Akram Khan's name?
  3. Royal Ballet Giselle

    I saw last night's performance with Hayward/Campbell and this afternoon's with Naghdi/Ball. I found the performance of both leading couples overwhelming. Not only glorious dancing but they all inhabited the roles and gave them an emotional depth that had me reduced to sobbing out loud. I think the RB has found 2 exceptional partnerships - let's hope these partnerships are nurtured and allowed to grow...
  4. Royal Ballet Giselle

    I have been following his career since he joined BRB from RBS! I managed to get a ticket for Friday evening's performance when the cast change was announced and am so over-excited it is ridiculous!
  5. ENB's "Lest We Forget"

    I would endorse California's recommendation - it's a wonderful programme (and dropping Firebird makes it a more manageable length for travellers - I missed my train home after the matinee at the Barbican!).
  6. No, it dates from 1987 and I gather that over the years the set (particularly in Act 3) has been tweaked to make it even more fussy. The reviews showing up on Google from the 2015 performances are not good. http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/swan-lake-by-anthony-dowell
  7. I agree with Mashinka re the Dowell production. I saw it on 15th April 1989 and have never wanted to see it again! (So I haven't).
  8. Resigning under such circumstances would, in the UK, probably be deemed "constructive dismissal".
  9. This is, FAB-U-LOUS! I too hope that Chase Johnsey can find a new artistic home.
  10. Workplace Problems at ENB

    The link is a shoddy rehash of the original article in The Times - they can't even spell principal properly!
  11. And of course the most important thing about Mr Ball is that he is from Liverpool!
  12. He has already partnered Osipova at the opening of the New Theatre gala in Hull (I think in the R&J balcony duet).
  13. I should point out that Sir Frederick Ashton became Director when Madam retired. She died at the grand old age of 102 in 2001. Sir Frederick Ashton died in 1988. Yes, I agree with you about a choreographing director knowing his own dancers and being able to meld the company to his vision.
  14. I am not based in the US and I am not saying that any of the events talked about above are acceptable but... I know someone who at 17 started dating a man of 33. I actually told her that she was a "bloody fool" when she told me. But 40-odd years later they are still totally bound up in each other and very happily married.