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Lynette H

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  1. The companies "will collaborate on a unique immersive performance" of Robert Binet's The Dreamers Ever Leave You at a venue in London this October. http://www.roh.org.uk/news/the-royal-ballet-and-national-ballet-of-canada-to-stage-immersive-production-at-londons-printworks-in-october-2017
  2. Some tickets (not many) are made available each Friday for the following week http://www.roh.org.uk/help/friday-rush-faqs But I would just keep scanning the site, as sometimes odd seats get returned and pop up.
  3. Birmingham Royal Ballet are putting on further performances of The Moor's Pavane - details here https://www.brb.org.uk/whats-on/event/south-tour-2017#overview
  4. The BBC screened a documentary "Giselle: Belle of the Ballet" recently, presented by Tamara Rojo, and featuring extracts from English National Ballet's two versions of the work, by Skeaping and Akram Khan. There's quite a bit of footage of Cojocaru in this. Details are here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08l6nr6 It's still available on iPlayer, if you have a UK TV license. If it turns up on one of your TV stations sometimes, it's very much worth a look. There's a lot packed into an hour.
  5. I rather liked that version too. I thought the final detail (Romeo realises after he has drunk the poison that Juliet is stirring after all) was very touching. A few more for the list, seen here in London Mark Morris for his own company (a female Mercutio, I think) Ratmansksy for National Ballet of Canada Mats Ek for Swedish National Ballet (decidedly odd. Best thing in it was Ana Laguna as the Nurse). There was a production which was allegedly of the Ashton version at the Coilseum produced by Schaufuss with Osipova and Vasiliev a couple of years ago, with just a handful of dancers. I didn't get to see Cathy Marston's Juliet and Romeo for Bern Ballet when it came here but there's a clue in the title that it wasn't a conventional approach.
  6. Dawson must be a busy man right now. The Royal are reviving his recent The Human Seasons which is part of the triple bill opening on 16th March. http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/the-human-seasons-by-david-dawson I wonder how he manages to keep an eye on both PNB and the RB ?
  7. I'm a little surprised that this is described as Corrales's "Professional debut". He joined English National Ballet in 2014 and is now a first soloist there. Earlier this month he was the Outstanding Male performance (classical) at the National Dance Awards here in the UK. Perhaps it is intended to indicate that it his first professional appearance in the US ?
  8. Interesting to hear that. She's bringing her company to Sadler's Wells next July.
  9. I hope you get the chance to see it live sometime. Really fine performances from the kathak dancer Vidya Patel and a very courtly Liam Riddick.
  10. Birmingham Royal Ballet are performing The Moor's Pavane this summer in Birmingham as part of a Shakespeare themed bill. https://www.brb.org.uk/whats-on/event/shakespeare-triple-bill#overview It also tours the UK in May (mid scale tour) as part of another programme https://www.brb.org.uk/whats-on/event/shakespeare-midscale-tour#overview
  11. Arthur Miller's works have always been very popular and frequently produced in the UK. His centenary was celebrated recently by the BBC . There's a piece from various actors and directors analysing why here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34538558 There was a collection of programmes on BBC Radio 3 and 4 to commemorate the centenary. Details are here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03425n9 12 programmes in all including new productions of two plays and some short stories. All still available I think via the BBC web site (if you can access these - if not geo-blocked)
  12. Scottish Ballet has put up its pre recorded session of David Dawson rehearsing principal dancers in his new version of Swan Lake for the company. It premieres next year. Link here I recall that there are some of you out there with an interest in Dawson. It was quite an intense few minutes, he works the dancers quite hard.
  13. There is a very readable biography of Joseph Grimaldi by Andrew McConnell Scott. Highly recommended, very vivid. I think it has quite a detailed bibliography of sources too (can't lay hands on my copy at the moment).
  14. Wasn't Kevin O'Hare still dancing with Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2000 ? In spring and autumn that year BRB put on a couple of Ashton programmes which included Two Pigeons, Voices of Spring pdd, Walk to the Paradise Garden, Five Brahms Waltzes in the manner of Isadora Duncan and Tweedledum and Tweedledee. I remember going up to Birmingham to see it this though I can't recall many details of the casting right now without digging deep into my programme archive. (I think Bintley himself may have been in Tweedledum and Tweedledee.) But I would think it's quite unlikely that given that this was O'Hare's company around that time (where his brother is still performing) that he would be entirely unaware of their existence, even if he wasn't in the cast. Didn't Walk to the Paradise Garden also feature in the Gable memorial gala or am I misremembering ?
  15. If it affects your decision, the casting for the RB Nutcracker is already published on the ROH web site. The casting for the ENB version is not available yet. I suspect it might not be available for another few weeks at least. Both productions are open for booking now. The RB Nutcracker always sells very well. It's usually sold out before it opens, so if you opt for this then I wouldn't leave it too late to book. The Coliseum is bigger and doesn't sell out quite so quickly. You won't find panto on at central London theatres. It tends to be on the outskirts. The Hackney Empire productions are supposed to be very lively. The blurb for this years production promises "outlandish costumes, bonkers baddies, glittering goodies and full-on dance routines. Join us for loads of silliness, irresistible live music, eye-wateringly funny gags, and stacks of chances to boo, hiss and cheer." You could also look at what's on in Richmond or Wimbledon. Timings for panto tend to be early afternoon or early evening (often two shows a day). It would certainly be a very British experience.
  16. Rusell Maliphant has used Trois Gnossiennes. Details here http://www.russellmaliphant.com/work/afterlight/ It was inspired by some of the drawings Nijinsky made - lots of curves and circles.
  17. It's been reviewed in the FT. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/103d328c-311d-11e5-91ac-a5e17d9b4cff.html
  18. The RB do not usually publish corps casting at home either, at least for most of their repertoire. If it's a new work, we might get details of the corps - we did in Woolf Works I think. Sometimes for a Balanchine work (Symphony in C for example) the corps are listed in full, but that is quite unusual.
  19. There is currently a Hepburn exhibition on at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Details here http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/hepburn/home.php
  20. I note that in the list of graduate contracts in the Royal Ballet School programme from yesterday there is a graduate joining ABT - Kento Sumitani.
  21. I note that it is being reported that the tour is selling poorly and the consensus seems to be that it is repertoire and publicity (or lack thereof) which seems to blame. I don't think I have seen any mention of ticket prices as a possible disincentive. I would be interested to know how expensive the RB tickets are on this tour compared to other companies performing at the same time. Are they more expensive ? I'm also curious as to how that compares to what it costs to see them back here in the UK. The top prices here are quite steep (and worse next season) but the price spread is quite wide (even if the cheaper tickets have poor sight lines). Is there the same variety in the venues they have been performing at in the US ? Just for the record, when NYCB came to London (quite a few years ago now), I knew many people who were keen to see them but the prices at the time caused a sharp intake of breath. In terms of visiting companies here, the Dutch National Ballet is bringing Wheeldon's Cinderella to the Coliseum next month. Prices for that range from £80 in the stalls to £10 in the balcony - seems to be selling well.
  22. The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition starts very soon, with the first recitals for the Song Prize on 14 June. The BBC will be showing programmes 19th - 21st June on BBC4. There is quite a bit of material on its web site about this, including the biographies of a very eclectic bunch of competitors (from USA, Canada, Korea, Belarus, Democratic Republic of the Congo and various European countries). Home page for the competition is here http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/r2hzp6?lang=en I don't know how many of the actual broadcasts will be available via I player outside the UK but in the past there have been a number of excerpts available.
  23. There are details of the schools and companies chosen by the 2015 Lausanne Prize winners here http://www.prixdelausanne.org/schools-and-companies-chosen-by-the-2015-prix-de-lausanne-prize-winners/
  24. Wendy Whelan appears with Ed Watson at the Linbury Theatre at the ROH this July in a programme of new work. Public booking opens 31 March I think, but there may not be many tickets available. Details here http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/whelanwatson-other-stories-by-various
  25. No they didn't - Post no 2 gives a link to the ROH web site with details of a gala performance there that was supposed to include something from Le Train Bleu. We strayed a bit off topic, I'm afraid.
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