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  1. Well Leonid, it seems we will have to agree to disagree on a few things! I just wanted to clarify a couple of things. I did not mean to imply the wedding was 'theatrical' in any negative sense - quite the opposite. And I was really referring to the event as a whole - as experienced by the vast majority in London - rather than the actual service itself. I just meant the whole event was staged, choreographed, elabourate, people were playing roles, there were fly pasts etc. As I mentioned later in my comment I actually think we could do with more truly 'theatrical' occasions in the cultural c
  2. I'm glad I'm not the only one to have picked up on these issues. See my earlier comment (no. 7 I think). I'm not sure it is technically possible for any of us to judge the level of support for the wedding (or the royal family itself) given that (1) the mainstream media was 'heroically' biased in favour of the event and (2) many dissenters or even 'questioners' and 'free thought provokers' were silenced in pre crime (thought crime) arrests the day before. Had the royal wedding been given about the same amount of build up and coverage as, say, the London marathon I doubt very much there would
  3. Anyone else notice how Harry and William shuffled to the altar like young upstarts in hoodies hanging out round the back of a shopping centre (mall)? Talk about seriously un-regal posture... it was borderline homo sapiens! The dress was spot on. Hats were extremely silly. Indoor trees were a nice touch. The BBC coverage went beyond their normal obsequiousness and became simply absurd. Especially when they started talking about social networking enhancing the royal family's fan base among 'young people' and bizarrely comparing this it to the liberating effects of social media to help young pe
  4. I just noticed it is up on youtube. Just do a search for 'the royal ballet infra'. It is in three parts.
  5. Sorry to be picky but that was Rebeccadb not me.
  6. First of all just to clear up any confusion due to unclear quoting. Rebeccadb has quoted a paragraph of mine (at the start of her post) but without a quote box or quotation marks - these were actually my words: Moderator's interjection: I repaired the unmarked quote in post #12. I am not sure if leonid has responded to that paragraph as if they were Rebeccadb's words or mine. His points are still a perfectly valid though and I admit my dance history is a little patchy! The truth is I don't really know what to call works like 'Infra'! Maybe I feel reluctant to call it 'modern balle
  7. I'm afraid I would describe Roslyn Sulcasi's review more as a 'pathologically rave review' rather than mere 'rave review' ... or even 'good review' ... certainly it is not an 'accurate and well observed review'. Review link: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/29/arts/dan....html?ref=dance If this is true then it is in my opinion a very, very depressing thought, not least because what 'ballet' the choreography does contain tends to be of the all too familiar subverted, deconstructed kind we see so often in modern dance/ modern ballet works. Much of the sense and look of 'ballet' in both works
  8. Talking of Guillem, when her latest collaboration with Maliphant ('Push') premiered in London last year she danced wearing a very short wig. Naturally, she left it on for the special post performance talk session which directly followed the perfomance (with Guillem and Maliphant coming back onto the stage) and of course being Guillem she enjoyed refusing to confirm or deny whether she had actually cut her hair cut short or not. There was some mild speculation for a day or two afterwards.
  9. I think Manon's short hair is because she is a convict rather than being unhealthy (although she is that, too) and as such has had it cut that way prior to being put on the boat. Perhaps partly as a health consideration considering the (presumably) cramped and dirty conditions on board the boat. All the women convicts have had their hair cut that way. I think the ballet is all the better for it as it is only increases the contrast to the Manon of the previous two acts. She is almost unrecognizable and that is precisely the point IMHO. Of all the dancers I've seen take on this role (most nota
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