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  1. London: Given the developing situation with the COVID-19 virus, the Royal Opera House is currently closed
  2. Eagling said at the Ashton Foundation event that his most favourite of the entire ballet repertoire is Symphonic Variations - though he didn't much enjoy dancing it. He also recalled being told by Michael Somes one day to go into the studio as Ashton was rehearsing and wanted him to stand in for Nureyev - with Fonteyn - so I guess Ashton did like him!
  3. Kaas is recovering from an injury and has not been on stage for some months.
  4. Robert Cohan actually is given a knighthood, isn't he?
  5. All the casting for the first part of the season is now on the RB site. The Sleeping Beauty run starts with four 'young' Auroras but Nunez and Cuthbertson as well as Ospiova and Lamb, each get at least 2 performances later on!
  6. It was the production, entirely - Schaufuss had made a cut-down version to tour in small theatres round the country and he brought it to the Coliseum, one of London's largest theatres - I think he had about 12 dancers in all so he'd cut the mandolin dance completely and some nights he didn't have anyone to play the nurse's page and so on.... I though it was a travesty of a lovely ballet. The good bits were that it showed Alban Lendorf (as Mercutio) in London for the first time and Osipova's Juliet came good in the second half and was really touching. But there must be hundreds of people who saw it and think that's what Ashton's like. I should think it might look really good on the Sarasota company - though I do wish they could use Prokofiev's lighter version of the score - the one Mark Morris used: it would suit this version very well, I think. It does need looking after, though - when Schaufuss acquired it for English National Ballet in the 1980s the first cast, coached by Ashton himself, was lovely but later casts quickly lost much of the detail and at a revival a few years later I actually left after the first act as I couldn't bear to watch what they had let it become.
  7. August 14th, I think. By the way I see there's a week in April when you can see 3 of the programmes in 4 days - Blixen, Ballet de Luxe and Mahler 3.
  8. It was announced in Denmark this morning as part of the Royal Danish Theatre's plans for next season, but I also saw it here earlier in the week.
  9. Also SFB is taking Romeo and Juliet to the Opera House in Copenhagen for 4 performances Oct 30/31 and Nov 1/2 2019. Nice hometown opportunity for Birkkjaer perhaps?
  10. Next season's repertoire for the RDB was announced this morning: Queen of Spades (Scarlett) Blixen (new full length by Gregory Dean) Nutcracker (Balanchine) Ballet de Luxe - Act 3 of Raymonda/Ballo della Regina-/August 2.0 ("a respectful nod to August Bournonville, bringing the master's choreography into the 21st century" - arranged by Dinna Bjørn and Nikolaj Hubbe) Mahler's 3rd Symphony (Neumeier) Come fly away (Twyla Tharp) A Folk Tale (Bournonville) ... plus a number of smaller scale works and collaborations Full programme
  11. Dutch National Ballet has just announced an expanded version of this piece for next season https://www.operaballet.nl/en/ballet/2019-2020/show/frida
  12. I happened to see Sibley as Lise a couple of weeks after her debut, and I noted at the time that 'at the beginning of the ballet, though her dancing was exquisite, occasionally she seemed to be forcing the humour, and she smiled too brightly and too often... but in the last act she was marvellous... she danced the lovely pas de deux with melting lyricism and a touching sense of quiet rapture'. It does sound rather like Naghdi's problems with Pigeons. (Though shouldn't a coach be pointing a debutante in the right direction?)
  13. Wishful thinking, Mary - it was nearer 45 years ago!
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