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The Royal Ballet Tour 2018 to Madrid

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The debuts, planned and unplanned, which took place during the initial run of Scarlett's Swan Lake  showed considerable promise for the future. Management made the sensible decision that dancers making their debuts in the lead roles would do so with seasoned and experienced partners supporting them. This prompted a great deal of wailing from a number of dance fans who bemoaned the fact that management had not arranged for Naghdi and Ball to make a joint debut in the new production. They seemed to be blissfully unaware that unlike the prince in Sleeping Beauty who only turns up in the second act Swan Lake's Siegfried has rather a lot to do as he appears in every act.There will be many people in London who will envy the Madrid audience on the 19th July.

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Having seen Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball dance together several times and seen their separate Swan Lakes, I will most definitely be envious of the Madrid audience on the 19th July!

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6 hours ago, Ashton Fan said:

The debuts, planned and unplanned, which took place during the initial run of Scarlett's Swan Lake  showed considerable promise for the future. Management made the sensible decision that dancers making their debuts in the lead roles would do so with seasoned and experienced partners supporting them. This prompted a great deal of wailing from a number of dance fans who bemoaned the fact that management had not arranged for Naghdi and Ball to make a joint debut in the new production. They seemed to be blissfully unaware that unlike the prince in Sleeping Beauty who only turns up in the second act Swan Lake's Siegfried has rather a lot to do as he appears in every act.

Or they were aware and thought he could handle it. They may or may not have been right about that—I very much see the value of an Odette-Odile debutante having an experienced partner—but audiences can disagree with casting decisions without being at all "unaware" of a ballet's demands.

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