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James Wilkie

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  1. Thank you ver much to everybody who sent me congratulations. As somebody mentioned Jonathan has started with BRB and I just heard from Guy the he has been offered a contract with The Royal Danish Ballet also he has been offred something in America but I am not quite sure as I dont know if he is back from the US yet. Once again many thanks James
  2. I have recently bought Maurice Bejarts The Nutcracker and it is fantastic. It is not like the original it is more of of a biographical account of Bejarts childhood. I highly recommend it! Also The Kirovs 'Le Corsaire is fantastic on DVD the quality is amazing!
  3. Why do I like ballet? How does one sum it up in words! It is all I have wanted to do at first it was because I wanted to be able to 'fly' in the air like Nureyev after watching a video, but then reality set in that I do not 'fly' in the same manner because of very different styles, body types to name but a few. Although this has not put me off. I think now as I have read more seen so much and I know this will sound odd but i like its simplisity. The moving with the music creating beautiful shapes and for a split second being something different. Also the grandness of it all, going to the ballet, taking part in the ballet just involoved is so special to me. I have had some wonderful oppourtunities and I hope to continue the way I am going, but at the same time to continue learning about other asppects of the dance world, theatre and the real world as well.
  4. I saw Rojo and Acosta dance the pas de deux at the Anthony Dowell Gala and all I can say is that it was incredible. They really play on one anothers energy. For me I felt that Rojo shone more than Acosta as she pulled off some amazing pirrouettes that had both company members and students gasping in the wings. It was an amazing night! I hope to go and see their Swan Lake next week. :rolleyes:
  5. Thanks to everyone and sorry I haven't posted for a while but I am preparing for the school's performance. To add to your list Alexandra,Ashton also choreographed the the Pas de Deux that Dowell and Sibley did at the Dowell gala I am unsure as to what it was called I think 'Soupirs' I can't find it in the casting. Sorry!
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    Ashton

    Jeannie I have to agree with you I think Birthday Offering is fantastic. It's Ashtons use of the upper body that really appeals to me. For example La Valse has to be the most tiring ballet going as its use of the upper body and port de bras is massive.
  7. Jeannie I have to agree with you I think Birthday Offering is fantastic. It's Ashtons use of the upper body that really appeals to me. For example La Valse has to be the most tiring ballet going as its use of the upper body and port de bras is massive.
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    Ashton

    I am very interested in Ashton's choreography as I think it is very beautiful and sometimes relatively simple, but as one of my teachers says 'Less is more'. I not sure if something like this has been posted before but I shall go ahead. As a British student dancer I am very keen to dance what I feel is my heritage. With Balanchine and Tudor there estates are looked after in Trusts and if the ballets are not up to scratch then the ballets are not performed. I feel therfore that there should be a trust for Ashton to aim to preserve his work. Now on a lighter note I would like to know what peoples favourite Ashton works are and who they liked dancing them or who the would like to see them danced by. My list: 'The Dream' with Sarah Wildor as Titania and Johann Kobborg as Oberon. 'Symphonic Variations' but I do not have a favourite in the role. I also like the choroegraphy that Ashton did for Swan Lake particularly the slow adage solos that put in for Dowell. Did anyone see the documentry of Dowell on BBC Knowledge as it had some wonderful footage of Dowell dancing in some of Ashtons greats.
  9. I am very interested in Ashton's choreography as I think it is very beautiful and sometimes relatively simple, but as one of my teachers says 'Less is more'. I not sure if something like this has been posted before but I shall go ahead. As a British student dancer I am very keen to dance what I feel is my heritage. With Balanchine and Tudor there estates are looked after in Trusts and if the ballets are not up to scratch then the ballets are not performed. I feel therfore that there should be a trust for Ashton to aim to preserve his work. Now on a lighter note I would like to know what peoples favourite Ashton works are and who they liked dancing them or who the would like to see them danced by. My list: 'The Dream' with Sarah Wildor as Titania and Johann Kobborg as Oberon. 'Symphonic Variations' but I do not have a favourite in the role. I also like the choroegraphy that Ashton did for Swan Lake particularly the slow adage solos that put in for Dowell. Did anyone see the documentry of Dowell on BBC Knowledge as it had some wonderful footage of Dowell dancing in some of Ashtons greats.
  10. Alexandra I would also be very interested to see the solo that Ashton did for Somes. Do you know of a video recording of it? I also have a copy of the SB with Zolymosi I shall also have a look.
  11. Thank you Alexandra I shall let you know if I have any luck. James
  12. I was wondering if anyone could help me in finding a video copy Anthony Dowell in Ashton's 1964 production of The Sleeping Beauty. As there is a wonderful solo that Ashton created for Dowell that I would like to learn.
  13. Dale Thank you for giving me that insite to Zakharovas Aurora. I am looking forward to it. I am not sure as to whether I will like it because of her high extensions and I am not sure as to whether they are suited to the role of Aurora she has an incredible body that can do so much but I have my reservations, we shall what and see. I shall report back later!
  14. Dale Thank you for giving me that insite to Zakharovas Aurora. I am looking forward to it. I am not sure as to whether I will like it because of her high extensions and I am not sure as to whether they are suited to the role of Aurora she has an incredible body that can do so much but I have my reservations, we shall what and see. I shall report back later!
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