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    Long time ballet fan and former modern dance administrator
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  1. This thread has been of great interest. We had seating restrictions in the summer, but that's all over now. No masks, no tests, no proof of vaccination required at ROH, though they do provide hand sanitizer. Some of us do wear masks. By us I mean the older audience members only. Meanwhile infections and hospitalizations are on the rise. Morocco has today banned all flights from the UK. I expect other countries to follow suit.
  2. Oddly enough I've just finished reading a book on woman composers called Sounds and Sweet Airs by Anna Beer. Most names in the book were familiar to me though their stories were not. I particularly admire Barbara Strozzi and Marianna Martines. Lots of Strozzi's works on discs, but sadly little of Martines.
  3. The Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis has died at the age of ninety six. An iconic figure in his native Greece he fought with the partisans in WWII and was imprisoned in the 1960's for his opposition to the military junta. Perhaps he is most famous for his score for the film Zorba the Greek. The scene in which the two leading actors dance the sirtaki on the beach is for me one of the most memorable dance sequences on film, encapsulating the life affirming and healing qualities of dance. May he rest in peace.
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    Natalia Osipova

    Should add very difficult to fly to Russia at the moment due to the ban on flying across Belarus. All countries have different entry rules right now. The current stress of travelling makes you wonder if it's worth the bother.
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    Natalia Osipova

    With Covid raging out of control in Russia mainly due to low vaccine take up., she's right to stay put. Also if she went almost anywhere abroad right now she faces ten days of quarantine on return. He should show more understanding.
  6. Saw the opening programme on Tuesday. A dismal affair, I would have thought a more upbeat selection of works would have been more appropriate.
  7. I notice it was Holten, not Hubbe who delivered the killer blow. The former opera supremo in London who would have been aware of Scarlett's RB troubles. As someone else has pointed out, Danes as a rule are not subject to sexual hysteria and didn't Mr Hubbe himself experience problems with young dancers? Not sexual I hasten to add. It would be a double tragedy were Scarlett's ballets to die with him. I very much hope there is a chance of a couple of the best ones such as Asphodel Meadows and Symphonic Dances finding an appreciative audience elsewhere. His Hansel and Gretel was superb in my view though very much tailored to the acting skills of the original RB dancers.
  8. As someone who's been watching ballet for over 60 years I miss waists. Compare the figures of Fonteyn and Shearer to the dancers of today and you'll see what I mean. I wonder if they wore corsets off stage? I seem to remember nearly all British women doing so up until the 1960's. I'm afraid I find most female ballet bodies of today ugly in the extreme. If, as Volcanohunter points out, they had stamina and musicality I'm sure I could tolerate them, but far too many haven't. I doubt there is a dancer anywhere in the world to compare with Lynn Seymour. She had a body that would mean rejection today, but such artistry comes once in a generation. The thought that there may be gifted dancers out there discarded because they don't conform to the current fad for emaciation troubles me greatly.
  9. Domingo is currently fully employed in Europe, his most recent performance was in Florence.
  10. Nudity is viewed differently by different societies. I think English speaking people are less happy about it than some others. Continental Europe has a very different view. Like the time I was delighted to discover I had a huge top floor terrace in a hotel in Greece, less than thrilled to discover a naked man stretched out next door. In Britain that is indecent exposure and a criminal offence. We didn't stay long in a room where we were forced to keep both doors and curtains closed. I have occasionally seen nudity in dance, but usually fail to appreciate the choreographers point. I'm strictly in the same camp as Robert Helpmann when it comes to dance nudity.
  11. Some information about Montes here: http://www.roh.org.uk/people/erico-montes I believe he teaches and choreographs outside the company, perhaps he sees that as his future.
  12. Andrew Lloyd Webber has volunteered to test the vaccine being developed at Oxford University. Picture of him being injected on Facebook yesterday. As the owner of seven London theatres be must be feeling desperate, There is also a vaccine being developed at Imperial College in London. The hope is that one or the other will be ready next spring.
  13. One of my favourite cold war ballet books is The Bolshoi Ballet by Yuri Slonimsky (1960). In the chapter Our Point of View he states the following. "the absence of heroes in capitalist society has become an almost insurmountable obstacle on the path of choreographic development. Many French, British and American ballets of today simply do without a hero, The characters of such ballets are deprived of moral ideals since the authors cannot find any in the morals of the ruling classes." That's telling us!
  14. What is this lady's actual link to the ballet world? A google search brought up nothing.
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