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  1. Scenes de Ballet/Winter Dreams/Sinfonietta

    I am also looking forward to this triple bill - Winter Dreams is a favourite of mine and I loved it with Bussell, Mukhamedov and Dowell some years ago. Scenes de Ballet I don't know but it sounds interesting. It is also repeated later in the season in a triple bill which includes 'Song of the Earth' and a new ballet by David Bintley. I have a copy of Sinfonietta on tape, with NDT, it's theme is, I think, a 'longing for the homeland'. It has haunting music and flowing choreography - though maybe a bit repetitive. Having said that, a live performance is very different. I particularly remember Les Noces being difficult to watch on video, but was stunning in an actual performance and quite mesmeric.
  2. Wind in the Willows

    I do agree with all you have said. It was a lovely evening - I only wished my grandson had been old enough for me to have taken him - at 2 and half, just a bit young! All the cast were superb, espcially Luke Heydon, now retired - what a loss!
  3. Siblings in the same company

    Also in the UK, Michael and Kevin O'Hare who belong to Birmingham Royal Ballet - both principals
  4. First contact with ballet

    I have been a ballet fan for over 50 years. My introduction was aged 7 when my mother took me to a performance of The Sleeping Beauty. I am not sure which company it was, but we did see the International Ballet and the then Sadlers Wells Ballet - we lived in the UK in the midlands. I had never seen anything like it before and was really hooked and went to classes on and off for many years. In the years since then I have seen many performances and many dancers and companies. One memorable occasion was a performance of Marguerite and Armand in 1965 with Fonteyn and Nureyev which was wonderful. Only this year I was lucky enough to see a superb debut - Alina Cojocaru in Giselle. I am now looking forward to seeing her in other roles.