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Lynette H

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  1. Interesting programme, none of the usual war horses trotted out, more imaginative than that. Osipova / McRae in Tchaikiovsky Pas de Deux, new Brandstrup pdd for Morera / Bonelli, the cards scene from Act 3 of Wheeldon's Alice for the corps, MacMillan's last choreography (If I loved you) for Carousel for Lamb / Acosta, Diamonds pdd for Nunez/ Soares, Ed Watson and Olivia Cowley in McGregor's Qualia pdd, new Scarlett pdd for Hamilton/ Golding, the Chance to Dance children in an except from Bintley's Still Life at the Penguin Cafe. Probably the most enthusiastically received item was the Grand Defile from the Royal Ballet School which rounded off the first half. I don't know if it's ever been presented outside of the Annual matinee performance before. It's always a thrill when they flood the stage at the end.
  2. Unfortunately Muntagirov did not appear so we didn't get to see "le beau gosse" from Le Train Bleu. I didn't get the slip that announced it, so don't know if he's injured or ill or what. The programme still gave details about the piece, saying that it hadn't been revived for more than 60 years before Oakland Ballet did it in 1989, and the work was taken to Paris in 1992 (but it doesn't say by who).
  3. I'm not sure that I really think of the Royal Ballet of Flanders as a "classical company". That's probably down to seeing them in Jan Fabre's version of Swan Lake at the Edinburgh Festival. It featured a live owl tethered to Rothbart's head, an unexplained dwarf twitching though the action and another figure with what looked like a TV aerial on his head wandering about at random. There were more of these characters, but I don't really want to remember much more. Granted, this was back in 2002. RBF did do a very fine version of Forsythe's Artifact in London in 2012.
  4. Vadim Muntagirov will be performing a solo from Le Train Bleu at a gala at the ROH later this month. Details here http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/a-gala-celebration-life-reimagined He has performed it previously, when with ENB.
  5. There's a lot of Forsythe about - it turns out that ENB are performing Vertiginous Thrill at Sadler's Wells at more or less exactly the same time (10 - 15th March). http://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2015/english-national-ballet/ I wonder how Forsythe gets to supervise all this.
  6. A further discussion of the article and current responses in the Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/jan/08/victim-art-dance-disability-interviews-candoco-dv8-fallen-angels
  7. I recently found a paperback copy of this on a second-hand bookstall. It was a really interesting read. (The section on London in the 1930s with Rambert was particularly interesting for me). She has a very direct, pithy and pungent style. She tells her story up the early 1950s. Did she write any further about her life? Or are there any biographies that you would recommend ?
  8. If you are in London in that period, you might want to think about seeing ENB's Nutcracker at the Coliseum. Alina Cojocaru and Tamara Rojo are both appearing in that period. Casting can be found at the ENB site at http://www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on/nutcracker-2014/ Their Swan Lake doesn't begin until 7 Jan.
  9. This is to be live streamed on 18 Dec. Via ROH web site. The production is completely sold out for its entire run. Not ballet, but ZooNation productions are very popular here in the UK, so just in case this is of interest.... http://www.roh.org.uk/news/the-mad-hatters-tea-party-to-be-live-streamed-for-free-on-18-december-2014
  10. There is a review of the book associated with this exhibition in the Times Literary Supplement web site http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1488181.ece
  11. Just to clarify, Hayward and Muntagirov have not yet danced together in Manon, or, so far as I can remember, anything else. In Manon, Hayward was partnered by Ed Watson. Muntagirov appeared with Sarah Lamb, stepping in for an injured Lauren Cuthbertson. Probably sensible to have an experienced partner for a debut performance. Hayward & Muntagirov are scheduled to appear together in Alice In Wonderland in December and January.
  12. The Royal has more sessions scheduled in "Ballet Evolved" in early November, so keep an eye out for further items becoming available.
  13. On Sunday 12th October at 6pm, this will be livestreamed from the ROH. Domingo is in conversation with Antomio Pappano, the Royal Opera's music Director. Details are on the ROH web site at http://www.roh.org.uk/insights/insights-in-conversation-with-placido-domingo I don't know if this will be available worldwide or only in the UK.
  14. A biography of the skater John Curry is published on 31 July. Alone: The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry by Bill Jones. There was a review in the Sunday Times, but it's behind a paywall. A sad story.
  15. ENB have announced promotions and new joiners http://blog.ballet.org.uk/english-national-ballet-announces-promotions-new-joiners/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=english-national-ballet-announces-promotions-new-joiners Yonah Acosta to Principal Alejandro Virelles from Boston Ballet joins as Principal Shiori Kase and Junor Souza to First Soloist. Among the new joiners is Precious Adams, who trained at the Bolshoi school.
  16. Live broadcast to cinema is also increasingly important in the theatre in the UK. The NT Live programme doesn't just cover plays at the National Theatre. It also includes some broadcasts from theatres in London's West End. Currently on the list for example is David Hare's Skylight, which is playing at Wyndham's. (Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, international transmission 23 Oct.) So they must have worked out how to run the technology from outside their NT base. DV8's new dance theatre piece coming this autumn at the NT is also scheduled for broadcast. It seems the expertise is available - potentially.
  17. Ticket sales for the Mariinsky engagement at the ROH seem surprisingly slow. The Firebird mixed bill is close to sold out as are a couple of the Swan Lakes, but there is still good availability for a number of performances (more than 100 seats available showing on the web site for many dates at present). This is quite a surprise, unlike previous visits.
  18. In the UK, the Arts Council recently announced its funding plans for the next three years (2015-18) and produced a detailed report on opera and ballet funding. One thing that caught my eye, buried in the report was that companies would be required to include screenings of opera and ballet as part of the "success measures" within their business plans for the period. The Royal already have an established plan for ballet screenings, but some of the other companies supported do not. Perhaps this might make more productions more widely available. The report is at http:/www.artscouncil.org.uk/media/uploads/Report-on-analysis-of-Opera-and-Ballet.pdf (It's an interesting read. Heartening to see that the audience for ballet in the period examined - 2008/9 to 2011/12 - seemed to grow substantially).
  19. Maybe the absence of Winter's Tale from both the Royal and NBOC's schedule for next season is related to Wheeldon's other activities. He will be very busy creating an American in Paris this autumn (in Paris). It then goes to New York sometime in the new year, I think. Perhaps working on or setting Winter's Tale in the same season was too much to contemplate.
  20. The official announcement from the ROH is here http:/www.roh.org.uk/news/promotions-joiners-and-leavers-at-the-royal-ballet
  21. I've just been looking at the casting on the ROH web site. I had been convinced that Vishneva was down to appear in Marguerite and Armand on 11 Aug in the original announcement, but it seems that casting for this work is currently listed as TBA. (Vishneva is still listed for R&J).
  22. Shiori Kase is currently a soloist at ENB, which she joined from the Royal Ballet School in 2009. She gets the opening night of Coppelia in ENB's performances in London next month. If ENB's production of Corsaire makes it to DVD as planned, you might be able to see her. I think she was Gulnare (Cojocaru was Medora) in the performance that was supposed to be filmed.
  23. Wheeldon's Winter's Tale is a co production between the Royal Ballet and NBC. The premiere is this week. I thought it might have featured in the NBC 2014/5 season. But it doesn't appear to be there. Maybe the next season ?
  24. I am sorry - yes, it is at the ROH. My head knew that and then my fingers went and typed Coliseum. Oops. Can a moderator please correct the thread title to avoid confusing anyone else......
  25. Full details of the programmes for this are available from the Hochhauser web site http://www.victorhochhauser.co.uk/ In summary: Romeo & Juliet Swan Lake Cinderella (Ratmansky) Firebird / Marguerite & Armand / Concerto DCSH Apollo / Midsummer Nights Dream Casting is available on the ROH Web site. Start from here http://www.roh.org.uk/about/mariinsky - casting for each programme is then available if you click through. I was surprised Lopatkina does not get the opening night of Swan Lake.
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