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    Long time ballet fan and former modern dance administrator
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    Sergei Polunin

    Seems that his long time supporter. Igor Zelensky has issued a press release that appears to support Polunin and confirms his upcoming performances in Munich will go ahead. How the dancers will feel about this I don't know, I imagine German audiences are too good mannered to boo him but although he has taken down the highly offensive posts there is still no sign of an apology.
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    Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

    Very much a snapshot of the London blitz, perhaps too English for export? It goes down extremely well on Bourne's home turf.
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    Yulia Stepanova

    What's with the furniture? Has an amateurish look to me.
  4. Not discordant at all, that is a very valid point of view. The first thing to bear in mind is that we don't know the names of the other applicants for the job, it could be that Acosta was head and shoulders above the others in terms of his suitability. Carlos Acosta first set foot on the ROH stage at the tender age of eighteen, dancing a jazz number at a charity gala and shortly after he went to English National Ballet before eventually joining the RB, so he has been dancing in Britain for well over twenty years. He has danced Ashton and MacMillan, still the bedrock of the two RB companies, he has also worked with the contemporary choreographers here. In addition he now has family ties to the UK. So in terms of his career he is hardly an outsider. I take your point about the ballet In Cuba, but over the years there have been a number of high profile Cuban dancers, surely at least one might have directorial abilities.
  5. Might that be because although a fine dancer, he didn't enjoy an international career nor have a second career as a writer of note? I've finally got around to reading Acosta's novel, Pigs Foot, and it certainly deserved all the plaudits. Having a high profile personality in charge will do the company no harm at all.
  6. Delighted with this news, when it comes to classicism he keeps the faith.
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    Sergei Polunin

    I understand the UK gutter press has picked up on his antics, I'll be interested to see how the more responsible areas of the media here treat the story.
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    Sergei Polunin

    It will be interesting to see if his London project gets dropped too. I understand that he has made tweets encouraging his followers "to slap" fat people. In a strict reading of the law that can be construed as Incitement to Violence, it is sufficient reason to revoke his visa.
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    Bolshoi La Bayadere in Cinema January 2018

    Goldman Sachs is an investment bank, to the best of my knowledge it has nothing whatsoever to do with the media.
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    Sergei Polunin

    He seems to be buying into the rather worrying form of nationalism that has taken root in Russia and seems to be fostered by both the present government and the church, it is virulently homophobic and misogynistic. The tattoo of Putin is another clue that he supports that ideology. I hear he has something planned at the London Palladium this year, I fear if these views get into the mainstream media he may well struggle to attract an audience.
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    Bolshoi La Bayadere in Cinema January 2018

    Bussell was a mere 23 years when MacMillan died and although his early interest catapulted her into the spotlight, she employed other means to stay there. I can't think of any current UK dancer that courts the media, it seems the situation in Russia is very different.
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    Bolshoi La Bayadere in Cinema January 2018

    I find all this talk about 'media operations' extraordinary, should propaganda methods be deployed in an artistic organization? It can work of course, here in the UK the career of Darcey Bussell was entirely media driven, much to the irritation of the fans. However it is Stepanova whose name comes up ad nauseam on social media, not Smirnova's. I've always, perhaps naively, believed that in a ballet company a spirit of camaraderie should exist, all this rubbish about 'assolutas' I find frankly ludicrous. Ultimately it is the public that decides, usually at the end of a career, not at the beginning.
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    Bolshoi La Bayadere in Cinema January 2018

    Achieving an international following is a hard ask, the aesthetics currently in vogue in Moscow cut less ice outside of Russia. I'm seriously thinking of missing this year's London Bolshoi season if it's to be led by those two indifferent 'talents' as neither covered herself in glory on the last London outing. The Royal Ballet has far superior dancers at present, so unless some young unfamiliar dancer is pulled out of the hat to delight us I'm predicting a falling out of love with the company.
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    Best and Worst Ballet of 2018

    Best Cesar Corrales in Le Jeune Homme et la Mort with ENB Francesca Hayward in MacMillan's Laidrette with RB and Ballet Black Revival of ENB's Lest We Forget programme Worst RB's new Swan Lake The lack of any acknowledgement of the 80th anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev's birth which was also the 25th anniversary of his death. Absolutely shameful in light of everything he did for RB. Outside of London Shechter's The Art of not Looking Back at POB was one of the worst ballets I've ever seen, let alone this year. Not exactly just ballet, but Covent Garden's new look has appalled everyone and now it seems it must be paid for in increased ticket prices. Heads should role over this, but of course they won't.
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    Bolshoi La Bayadere in Cinema January 2018

    Or perhaps management has woken up to the fact that Stepanova isn't actually that good?