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  1. I noticed in an article in Broadway World that Alston has accepted a position as Resident Choreographer for the next two seasons at New York Theatre Ballet. I'm glad to hear that he will still be creating work, but sorry from my point of view that it's the other side of the Atlantic.
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    Royal Ballet 2018-19 season

    I I am similarly puzzled. There is a comprehensive listing of fifteen reviews of this programme on the Ballet Association web site. http://www.balletassociation.co.uk/Pages/news.html#Unknown I can't see in any of those one which lauds Unknown Soldier and dismisses Symphony in C as a tutu ballet and without any mention of its cast.
  3. Rambert (formerly Rambert Dance Company, formerly Ballet Rambert) has put its complete performance archive online, for everything they have ever done since the beginning back in the 1930s. http://www.rambert.org.uk/performance-database/ It is searchable by various criteria, so if you have the urge to see, for example, all works Ashton or Tudor created for the company, or which Cunningham works have been in the rep, you can search for them and details of performances. There is also a very handy timeline with links to each work. I only wish other companies had something so comprehensive.
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    SFB in London 2019

    Very pleased to see that SFB will be at Sadler's Wells in 2019 with a generous four programmes, 29 May to 8 June. https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2019/san-francisco-ballet/ They haven't been here since 2012 though they were frequent visitors before then.
  5. Some more info on this in a shared article in the Times "Still, he accepts that “change is very much in the air and inevitably it’s the turn of other, younger talents, but older artists are a hugely important part of the dance ecology and the Arts Council doesn’t know what to do with us. There’s also a very unhealthy pressure for all organisations — even the big ballet companies — to reinvent themselves all the time and roll over backwards to do something new.” " https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-last-dance-for-richard-alston-73zk6kwh3?shareToken=bd5031f7b2f00a317f12c87a2998c74e
  6. Details here in this article in the NYT https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/08/arts/dance/richard-alston-dance.html This came as a surprise. He is still very active in creating work.
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    Paul Taylor 1930-2018 (merged)

    I was quite surprised to read this, at least in so far as it relates to Britain. I don't recall Taylor being reviewed on visits over here in any negative way, rather the complete opposite, with great enthusiasm. Rambert used to have a few of his works in their rep (Airs was on the bill when Sadler's Wells reopened after the rebuild). Rambert also used to do Roses. I remember that being reviewed more enthusiastically than other new works on the bill. However, that was last done here n 2011/12. Rambert have headed more towards the search for new choreographers in recent years (though still producing some Cunningham pieces). Other companies also brought his works on visits to Britain (ABT, Alvin Ailey). But I don't think any UK ballet company took up any of his work in the last 15 years or so. Maybe that's part of the decline of the triple bill in general. I do wish the Taylor company had toured more frequently here. They certainly used to but in the last ten years or so it did fall away. I would love to see that madcap Rite of Spring again. I had assumed that the absence of the company might have had more to do with the costs of touring the UK that seems to limit the number of companies that we get to see here these days rather than any lack of enthusiasm for Taylor's work.
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    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    I see from the Royal Ballet School list of graduate contracts this year that one is headed to the ABT Studio company - Eli Gruska. He's the only one headed to any company the US this year.
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    2017-18 season

    Frame by Frame is evidently headed to Sadler's Wells in London at some point. Maybe next year ? Their (Sadler's) schedule for the rest of 2018 is already fixed. I wonder if there will be any tinkering with the production before then. It seems likely - Lepage tweaked the dance production he did with Guillem / Maliphant quite considerably in the course of its life. If the company is visiting. is it likely that they would bring any other productions ?
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    Great Masters of Dance

    At the Royal Ballet, the wigs have gone for Marguerite and Armand. People had been saying for some time that they just didn't work.
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    Royal Ballet 2017-18 season

    There's quite a few insight events programmed around the new Swan Lake Production. There is one on 10 May, a week before the opening with Scarlett and the designer John MacFarlane. http://www.roh.org.uk/insights/insights-swan-lake It's showing as being filmed. Many previous events in the Clore have been live streamed, so it's possible that this one might be, or be made available later.
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    Chase Johnsey leaves Trocks; Joins ENB

    Judith Mackrell did brief interviews with previous award winners at Monday's National Dance Awards in London before this years awards began. One of these was was Chase Johnsey, who won best male dancer the previous year. Chase was very upbeat and sounded very happy about the doors that had opened and opportunities that were being discussed as a result,. These included appearing as a ballerina with classical companies. It was very brief and no names or details given, but the awards ceremony was live streamed on facebook if you want to look for it.
  13. This was recorded in Liverpool last year and will be shown in cinemas in the UK in April / May this year. Details (including casting )here https://www.ballet.org.uk/cinema/akram-khan-giselle/ It is the original cast apart from Jeffrey Cirio as Hilarion.
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    Snow Maiden

    The Stanislavsky Ballet brought The Snow Maiden to London in 2001, to the Royal Festival Hall, when that was still regularly used for ballet at Christmas. I remember taking children along to it. To my surprise there is still the odd review available online. https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2001/dec/22/dance.artsfeatures I remember thinking that it was pleasant to have a different choice for a Christmas work.
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    Fall 2017 Season

    Cirio made his debut as Hilarion in Khan's Giselle for ENB on Thursday afternoon. He repeats the role on Saturday I think. It's a bigger role than in more traditional stagings, and he certainly threw himself into it with admirable energy and comittment. I don't think casting details for the other ENB productions are available yet.