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Jane Simpson

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Those of us over here who are suffering from Bournonville withdrawal symptoms after the Festival get another look at some of the company's top dancers next week when a group led by Thomas Lund appears at Sadler's Wells. We are promised 19 soloists and principals, and the programme is:

La Sylphide (divertissement)

Napoli Act 3

Le Conservatoire

Flower Festival in Genzano

La Ventana

Jockey Dance

Can't wait!

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I saw the opening night of this, when the cast was:

Le Conservatoire - Massot/Lindstrom/Bojesen

Flower Festival - Cavallo/Lund

La Ventana pas de trois - Cuni/Hojlund/Matiakis

Jockey Dance - Eggert/Hansen

La Sylphide pas de deux - Schandorff/Blangstrup

Napoli Act 3 - the solos were done by Lund/Eggert/Massot/Bojesen/Cavallo/Cuni/Hojlund

For the last 3 performances they were all due to swap round, with Cuni/Sakurai doing Flower Festival and Cavallo/Lund in La Sylphide.

The sad thing has been that the theatre has been nowhere near full - the good thing is that there are now hundreds of people who didn't know Bournonville at all and have now fallen under the spell.

La Sylphide suffered most from the bare stage and lack of attendant Sylphs - there were just the three leading ones, and Conservatoire had a cut-down but high-class corps de ballet. Some of the performances were less than ideal but the audience loved the whole thing and the reviews have been very good indeed.

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