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JMcN

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  1. JMcN

    Akram Khan's Giselle/Cinema

    I saw one preview and the official world premiere as well as a couple of other performances in Manchester and Liverpool. I must admit to being a huge fan of Akram Khan and I was totally blown away by this production. I saw 3 casts and they were all tremendous but, for me, James Streeter was truly outstanding as Albrecht. Overall the production was very well received - in Liverpool it got standing ovations at all the performances I saw (a near miracle in Liverpool) but I think it could be a bit marmite. One friend refuses to even mention it and another walked out at the first interval. Everyone else I know who saw it had the same reaction as me. BTW, it seemed to be only one chain of cinemas (Vue) that showed the cinecast in the UK and I couldn't get to any of them near-ish to me. I hope people are able to get to Chicago in February and enjoy the production as much as I did.
  2. Link to Dance Spirit article about Jay Ledford: https://www.dancespirit.com/jay-ledford-transgender-ballerina-2584065372.html?utm_campaign=RebelMouse&socialux=facebook&share_id=3741869&utm_medium=social&utm_content=Dance+Spirit&utm_source=facebook
  3. It's great news about the promotions. Jenna Roberts had her valedictory performance as Juliet on 29th June 2018 with Tyrone Singleton has her Romeo. It was a glorious performance and she was just radiant during the curtain calls. David Bintley made a short speech before the performance started and there was a flower shower and bouquet presentation at the end. Nao Sakuma and Chi Cao had their joint valedictory performance on 30th June. I have followed both of them since the day they joined the company so it was a sad day for me. The performance was incredibly emotional and I felt privileged to have been there. Again David Bintley made a short speech and there was a flower shower and presentations. It was Chi's final performance with the company. Nao Sakuma performed Lise in Fille during the week in Bristol. Her final performance was the matinee on 7th July and what a very special performance it was too. Her husband Yasuo Atsuji danced the role of Colas, having made his debut in role (partnered by Nao) earlier in the week. It was a truly joyous occasion and the whole company rose to it. There were more bouquets at the end, including one presented by her 3 year old daughter - there was not a dry eye in the house. With Iain Mackay having retired earlier in the year it really was the end of an era. I am happy to say, however, that the company is in truly splendid form. Apart from the existing principals Brandon Lawrence, Lachlan Monaghan and Max Maslen have been making a splash all season and more than deserve their promotions. The ladies are also looking good with Yvette Knight, Maureya Lebowitz, Miki Mizutani and Yaoqian Shang consolidating their positions during the Spring tour and well deserving their promotions. There is oodles of talent bubbling under too.
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    RB promotions

    Congratulations to all the promotees!
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    Yasmine Naghdi, Principal, The Royal Ballet

    Matthew Ball will be on a short leave of absence to dance The Swan in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake during the Sadler's Wells season. https://new-adventures.net/news/full-casting-announced-for-matthew-bournes-swan-lake
  6. I thought that came across in the Dance Magazine interview where he made his comments about class with lady dancers.
  7. Chase Johnsey has a big following among ballet fans in the UK. I sincerely hope Chase can make a career here and we get more more opportunities to see him dance. I was interested in his experience of working with ladies "en pointe" in the Dance Magazine article. He's just about the best fouetté-er I have seen! Interesting that Tamara Rojo gave him the opportunity but actually did not capitalise on it at all.
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    Speaking of hops on pointe...

    Thanks for sharing Cristian.
  9. Neither the van nor the technical equipment has been retrieved so the money will be going towards that.
  10. BRB fans have known for some time that William Bracewell is pretty well unmissable! I remember seeing his Romeo at The Lowry a couple of years ago and immediately declaring that he was the best Romeo I had ever seen in that production!
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    Tampa performance

    I love the Cuban Giselle! Anette Delgado is one of my all time favourites in this role. Thanks for your report. (I saw 2 performances in Paris last year with hideously expensive tickets and recorded music!)
  12. Indeed. Hopefully the success of the television series will spark the interest of potential new audience members too! I was interested to see that the announcement was made on what would have been QV's 199th birthday.
  13. The costumes were found dumped in a garage in the area the van's tracker had last been logged. No further news on either the van or the equipment. The JustGiving campaign has raised just over half of the target amount. The tour has continued. https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2018/stolen-costumes-from-central-ballet-recovered/
  14. The company has also announced that Jenna Roberts is leaving. Her final performance will be as Juliet on Friday 29th June. https://www.brb.org.uk/post/news-dancer-departures-1718
  15. Northern Ballet commissioned Cathy Marston to create a production of Jane Eyre in 2016 to tour in smaller theatres. It was critically acclaimed, so much so that it has made up the bulk of the Spring tour this year. It sold to more or less full houses at Sadler's Wells last week. On Monday the Company announced that Cathy Marston has been invited to create a new ballet based on the life of Queen Victoria which will be premiered in March 2019 and will tour the UK extensively in the Spring. Details here: https://northernballet.com/media-releases/2018-05-24/world-premi-re-announced-for-2019
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