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    Long time ballet fan and former modern dance administrator
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  1. "Sylvia": Saturday 16: Osipova/Muntagirov.

    Yes Franz was danced by a woman, however Amyntas (sic) was not, but Eros was danced by a girl. Ashton has stayed faithful to the original libretto, the entire ballet follows Merante's original. Osipova is for me the glory of the Royal Ballet, I saw her dance Sylvia on Monday, Cubanmiamiboy is in for a rare treat.
  2. I too was annoyed that it purports to be a review and is actually noting of the kind, but Ismene Brown never misses an opportunity to rubbish all things Russian.
  3. "Sylvia": Saturday 16: Osipova/Muntagirov.

    It's a lightweight role, it was created for Michael Somes who wasn't exactly a virtuoso. Aminta is absent for the second act, curiously like Franz in Delibes other well known ballet.
  4. Is Alyona Kovalyova "Zvezda" material ??

    You are treading on thin ice here, without specific examples of disgusting behaviour I don't see how you can make such accusations against POB and RDB. The rules of this site do not permit stories that are unverified but a lot of people in the ballet world are aware of problems unique to Russian companies. Some things cannot be dismissed as simply gossip, not when the same stories get back to you again and again each time from a reliable source. Remember actual criminal activity takes place in Russian companies and doesn't elsewhere. perhaps casting couch revelations will soon be exposed in the world of dance but I believe that is universal.
  5. Is Alyona Kovalyova "Zvezda" material ??

    Admiration for the Bolshoi and its traditions extends far further than Moscow, far more ballet goers care than you assume. To see the Bolshoi style dismantled in favour of the contortionists will be a tragedy.
  6. Sadly not new Tito Beltran http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7241667.stm Robert King http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-23248200
  7. Is Alyona Kovalyova "Zvezda" material ??

    She was indeed fantastic, though her contemporary, Deanne Bergsma, was also sensational in the role, perhaps because of her jaw dropping pas de bouree which remains unrivalled. Sadly the Royal Ballet no longer has a half way decent Myrtha, perhaps due to the refusal to cast a principal in the role. Sorry to hear Vaziev is still promoting over-extended dancers, I have been hoping that style would be quietly dropped. I'm still in shock at Alexandrova's demotion.
  8. Royal Ballet 2016-17 Season

    The Royal Ballet organization has existed for getting on for a century now and has always concerned itself with new work along with the classics, the back catalogue is huge and everyone has opinions on what should and shouldn't be revived. I personally am very happy about the current revival of Sylvia for example, but if 'foundation works' means the classics, they are absolutely not ignored. Worth remembering that repertoire is often dependant on works that fully exist, it's not unusual to discover sets and costumes for a significant work out of the rep for a long time moth infested and nibbled by rats. Or worse, the notations are missing and no one remembers the choreography. All dancers love having new work created on them and the bottom line is that the Royal Ballet has always been a hive of creativity and I hope it stays that way.
  9. Royal Ballet "Sylvia" Osipova-Bonelli Thu 30 Nov.

    I'd be more impressed if you'd seen Tereshkina.
  10. Royal Ballet "Sylvia" Osipova-Bonelli Thu 30 Nov.

    I thought the story line was very clear and not so very dissimilar to Daphnis and Chloe, it's an excellent ballerina role, I'm seeing Osipova later in the run and I've a feeling the role will suit her.
  11. Royal Ballet 2016-17 Season

    Unfortunately when a new work is commissioned there is no guarantee that it will be successful and I'm not sure that it is fair to criticize Kevin O'Hare for persisting in encouraging creativity as that is the life blood of every company. He has presided over spectacular hits such as Wolff Works and dismal misses such as Strapless. He has also embarked on a programme of furthering the careers of young dancers reversing the casting policy that under the last two directors was too reliant on casting according to seniority rather than suitability. Ms Yanowsky is over forty now but her career is not entirely over as I understand she will continue giving occasional performances. Ms Nunez is massively popular with the London public and her technique has always been impressive however a small cabal of RB fans tend to be very vocal in support of personal favourites and frequently embarrass themselves by airing their prejudices against those they dislike, often performers of outstanding abilities. Favouritism dressed up as measured criticism has always existed but social media etc. can give a platform to ugly prejudices. As far as Mr O'Hare is concerned he appears to be doing a very good job, certainly my own outings to see the RB have increased under his tenure,
  12. 2017-18 Bolshoi cinema season

    Adyrkhaeva has been a senior ballet mistress for a very long time, I saw her give company classes on tour when Ratmansky was in charge, I would have thought her prominence has more to do with her effectiveness than the fact she hails from North Ossetia. Dancers change their personal coaches throughout their careers, I don't see anything sinister in that.
  13. Devastated. Jose Carreras survived that horrible disease and I was full of hope Hvorostovsky would too. A sad day.
  14. With respect, I don't think the Guardian story is relevant to this discussion as it is an out and out example of the often appalling racism in sport that is present in eastern Europe. Not just against African teams as the England and France teams are very diverse racially and have reported similar abuse when they play in eastern Europe. A small fine is usually imposed when far tougher measures such as an outright ban from competing in international matches could in theory be imposed. A better example where malice is not intended but jars with modern sensibilities would be the Dutch tradition of 'Black Pete'. This character dates back centuries and hands out sweets to children in Christmas parades usually dressed in a medieval style, nowadays there are a lot of people that want this practice dropped. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/11996588/Dutch-Black-Pete-makes-annual-arrival-to-howls-of-protest.html