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  1. Oh never mind! I found it! www.arirang.co.kr :blush:
  2. i can't find the arts section? I tried to search for Korean National Ballet... with no result. Just out of curiousity, why would a non-US site be loeaded with spyware?
  3. No she shouldn't be an exception. Seriously, I don't care about Katharine Hepburns personal love affairs. Either you like her as an actress or not. Of course it would be interesting to know her story briefly, but not the details. Why do we have to dig ourselves in other people's misery? THAT is what has made paparazzi so lucrative. So IMHO it all begins with ourselves, as long as we, the public, don't show an interest, then it wouldn't be lucrative. Personally I don't think that will add anything to ballet history at all unless the person in question chooses to tell her story herself (as with Gelsey Kirkland). This portrait was mostly about how evil Ms Fonteyns husband was, told by a third party. I seriously don't have any interest in knowing HOW evil he was. It is quite sufficient to know that the marriage might not have been the ideal one. (It is like the difference between a serious newspaper and tabloids)
  4. I understand how beloved Margot Fonteyn is, but I don't think that ignoring anything remotely negative in her personal life is going to her any favors. No perhaps not, but why do we need to know all those "juicy details"?? Does that make her a greater artist? Does that change the way she danced? Why does her personal life have to become exposed to us after all these years? No matter if those things said in the film were true or not.
  5. I was rather surprised by it, first its length and its content as well. It was rather clear where the sympathies of the filmmaker was. I had expected it to be more of a documentrary about her as an artist, rather than her private affairs. But the of course, perhaps many films have already been made on that subject of Fonteyn. I saw the DVD at HMV when I visited Aberdeen 6 months ago, and thought of buying it. In retrorespect, I am glad I didn't. Funny to hear that I am not the only one who finds a striking resemblance between Fonteyn and Audrey Hepburn though .
  6. Question is if it is a danish dancer? She looks like Kirsten Simone... My Webpage
  7. I just found an old tin box that has once has contained Danish Butter Cookies. The box in question is red with a ballerina dressed in a white romantic tutu (not sure if it is supposed to be La Sylphide or not). The text on it reads: Danish Ballet, Imported Butter Cookies, Product of Denmark. It was packed for Intergoods ltd, Horsens, Denmark. I think the box if from late 70's or early 80's. So I just got curious if anyone knows who the ballerina is?
  8. As far as I know, the only ballet performed in the new Opera house's big stage is Neumeier's "The little Mermaid". I suppose because it is a new production which is made for a bigger stage. Otherwise, it has been operas on that stage. Just keep your eyes and ears open
  9. Marwellous! The "preparing for Swan Lake" almost looks like an impressionistic painting
  10. I foun this site (in Danish ) that might help with the plot. Description It is however from a play so the ballet might be different. "Peer Gynt is a young man with three faults: he lies, brags and dreams in other words: he lacks connection with reality. The play is about his life. About how he goes from one adventure to another and how he lies and runs away from resposibility and also about how he is fooled by others. When he as a 70 year old comes back home and finds out that he has spent his life badly it is Solveig's love and faithfulness that saves him." But yeah, if you have to buy flight tickets, hotel and a theatre ticket... If you want classical ballet, based on the only two ballets I've seen of Neumeier (The little Mermaid and Romeo & Juliet) I wouldn't advice you to go. I was bored to death (I like romantic and classical ballets)! So your decision to save up the money sounds wise. Wait for La Bayadère instead (Which is cheapest for you? To go to Stockhom or Copenhagen? Generally, I think the Royal Danish is considered a "better" company than the Royal Swedish...)
  11. Rosie, if you don't know what modern dance is or have never seen Neumeier I think you should see it. Just to see if you like it or not. There is no way of anybody to tell you what you would like or dislike. Otherwise it would be just like that story I was told as a child: A little horse was afraid of crossing a river: he asked a cow if it is deep, then she replied no. Then he asked a squirrel who of course said it was deep. He found out that the only way to know was to try it himself Just take any chance to see dance, then you will eventually find out what your taste in dance is and what choreographers you like or dislike, regardless of the label people put on the style (classical, neoclassical, modern, street, funk et cetera) :party-smiley-017:
  12. I have a feeling I'm the "friend" being referred to here For clarification: The Queen was there with his son Joachim and one of her grandsons Nikolaj... (she is after all a very big fan of ballet. We regularly goes to the ballet with her sister and as many of you knoe: she has also made the costumes for one of the company's ballets.) And there weren't exactly MANY families, but there were much MORE of them than on a regular performance. It also depends on the time of the day of course: matinés are aimed towards children, while evening performances are more for the adults. IMHO, the dancer's Caroline Cavallo and Thomas Lund did great! I usually don't care much for Cavallo, but I think a pdd like the Nut suits her. Thomas Lund was receiving applauses that would never end! Bill- Generally people aren't that dressed up here in Scandinavia compared with for example London. I have a feeling that performances of "the Nut" are rather crowded in general since it is the one year event that people bring their families to. There are also many tourists arriving to Copenhagen during winter to do some Christmas shopping. Consequently I think there were a fair amount of foreigners in the theatre. (People were more dressed up than on a regular performance ) Edit: Thank you balletmor...it was a slip of my mind with my English that's the danger of copying and pasting
  13. Oh, I love your review of the Kermessen i Brügge! I completely agree with you! And about the read headed woman, I found out it was the 19-year old Maria Bernholdt, which was credited as "Contessa" in the programme.
  14. Ok, I have read most of your reviews. Seems as most of you liked the production which really astonish me. I have watched the DVD a couple of times and I have really really tried to like it and take it onto my heart. The only thing I find it is that the production is too dark so I actually have fallen asleep several times watching it . I find the same phenomenon with the other Sir Peter Wright production of Swan Lake with the Royal Swedish Ballet DVD. The settings and the dancers, costumes melt together into one big orangey background and you are constantly waiting for something for the foreground. (In the Swan Lake DVD, it was a big grey background instead of orange though ) The funny thing is that the live-stage version of Swan Lake was very very beautiful (it literally took my breath away when I saw it) so I would expect that it is the same phenomenon with the Sleeping Beauty. I just had a very hard time neglecting the whole oreangey-mass and concentrate on the dancing... I definitely agree with those who didn't like the gown of the lilac fairy. I think those long sheets on her arms made her look like a scarecrow (forcing her to have har arms right out from the body all the time) more than a graceful and yet powerful fairy. Also, I suppose I have a different picture of the lilac fairy in my mind: a mild and kind fairy rather than a fairy with power. I was actually more content with the extra material featuring an interview with Ms Sylve. Sometimes the reality doesn't meet up with expectations I suppose and in this case I had set too high expectations
  15. This is a somewhat strange question. I have a problem I need help with. I have been to the Old scene at the Kongelige Teater three times. Every time I have had a boring time. I really used to enjoy ballet back in Stockholm when I watched the Royal Swedish ballet perform. When I had watched Swan Lake I got a really happy feeling as well as after Onegin sitting far back at the "parkett". At the Kongelige I have seen Abdallah and Napoli once in the first row of the balcony (Beside the Royal loge) and at the 2 etage. I also watched an oprera at "parkett" row 3. The problem is that there is always someone in front of me preventing me from seeing everything on stage or I just feel it is plain dull!!! At the beginning I thought that there was something wrong with the ballets that perhaps didn't appeal to me, but the more I think about it the more I think it is my seats that have been wrong. I feel that I am not captivated by the performances. This is strange as you would think the construction of the theater in Copenhagen would be similar to the one in Stockholm as they look similar and are from the same time-period. So does anyone have any tips on where to sit in Copenhagen when you are short??
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