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  2. Les Noces - corps patterns in final movement. MacMillan's Requiem - close of In Paradisum, but also many memorable visual elements throughout this work. Giselle raising Albrecht's arm as she returns him to life. Brandstrup's Ceremony of Innocence - a haunting visual exploration of the power of memory throughout this work. Royal Ballet Nutcracker - dance of the Snowflakes.
  3. Mentions of Fonteyn reminds me of another golden moment. As she walked off the stage, arm in arm with Ashton, at the end of Salut d'Amour she turned and looked at the audience. Her charisma just rebounded round the auditorium. Added to that two other items which have been mentioned above. The end of The Firebird and the start of Act 3 of Onegin.
  4. Oh no. Loved the 2014 movie. Condolences & RIP
  5. I thought so Quintus. Interesting in view of the BBC Watchdog investigation into Coffee Shops!
  6. Supermarket staff rummaging in the baked goods with bare hands. I had just bagged a couple of pains au chocolat in my local mini-Sainsbury, using the tongs, when a bakery staff member wandered over to the racks and started rearranging all the croissants etc with his bare hands. Subsequent customers would of course be oblivious of this. I pointed out to him that this was not very hygienic, and asked whether he should not be wearing gloves. This took some explanation as he did not speak much English, but the gist of his response was that it was Ok as he'd washed his hands. Is that really the standard? Isn't the expectation nowadays that unwrapped goods are all handled using plastic gloves, or implements?
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  8. Very sad news indeed. Condolences to his family and friends at this sad time. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jun/28/paddington-bear-author-michael-bond-dies-aged-91
  9. Sad to read that the author Michael Bond has died. He reached a grand age. His Paddington books always made me chuckle.
  10. My memory is of Fonteyn's perfect arabesque on her entrance in Sleeping Beauty. No one else has ever made such an entrance!
  11. It takes 8 minutes for the light of the sun to reach the earth. Stunning visuals. Great pictures, John.
  12. I really wouldn't know how to answer that except to say everywhere!!
  13. Thank you! I have friends about an hour away from the area so I'm not too worried about the dark day, but I'm quite happy to give Bradford a try too. Since it's so finely balanced I suppose another question is, where would NB appreciate my presence more?
  14. Mariinsky - I remember being utterly thrilled by it!
  15. The only thing about the trip to Leeds is that I think that there is a "dark day" in between the final Jane Eyre and the Macmillan programme. I prefer the Alhambra in Bradford but Leeds as a city to visit. There may be something on at WYP to fill the "dark day". (Of course, if you have any spare time Saltaire is just down the road from Bradford - very easily reached by bus or train from the interchange.)
  16. They fit nice in the arch under the foot, but the toes have a few slight wrinkles. I was wondering if I got them wet if they might snug up even more? (I'll get a pic later to show you)
  17. Despite being a ballet I'm not particularly keen on, there are some wonderful colours in Scherezade. And I can't remember whether in was the a Bolshoi or the Maryinsky in Le Corsaire when it looked as though there was a real fountain in Le Jardin Anime.
  18. I was - naively in retrospect - very surprised to find no tickets for Jeux and Sea of Troubles. V disappointing. Hope some will come up in due course as would love to see both. On another note, the flip side to all this wonderful talent in the company means my bank account is taking a terrible hammering. Can't resist trying to see lots of dancers doing lots of things!
  19. Just about to send PM. Thank you.
  20. We have moved from the idea of a static 'picture' to moving ones which means that I can add another of mine. Previous contributors have mentioned the Christmas tree and the appearance of King Rat in Wright's Nutcracker but,much as I love both ,the moment that really gets to me is when,almost without noticing it we are suddenly in a winter wonderland .I can't even begin to work out how many Nutcrackers I have seen but the end of Act One as Clara is whisked off as the snow falls still ALWAYS brings a lump to my throat. i am often asked what is my greatest memory of ballet and it goes back well over 60 years when I first saw the flickering entrance across the stage of Fonteyn's Firebird. I have seen many other dancers in this role but have never since felt the same impact. It was like receiving an electric shock.
  21. Really looking forward to seeing Jane Eyre: it's great that it's touring so widely. It does leave me with a dilemma though: whether to travel to Leeds for a few days and combine it with the Macmillan programme, or head to Bradford for Macmillan and catch JE in London or Cardiff. I don't know the Bradford or Leeds theatres: is there a preference?
  22. I'd love to go to this but I have issues kennelling Chip during the school summer holidays. I would love to hear reports if anyone is able to go.
  23. I'm thrilled to see that Jane Eyre is going on main scale tour next year. I can't wait to see it again! As it was designed for a smaller group of dancers going to smaller theatres, I wonder if it will be tweaked?
  24. Northern Ballet announces spring 2018 season Jane Eyre – Leeds, Belfast, Sheffield, Cardiff, London & Salford A Celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Master Choreographer – Leeds The Little Mermaid – Edinburgh, Milton Keynes & Leicester Northern Ballet’s critically acclaimed Jane Eyre will return for a new UK tour in spring 2018. The Company announced details of its plans for the first half of 2018 which also includes further performances of A Celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Master Choreographer and the final performances in the world première tour of David Nixon OBE’s The Little Mermaid. Northern Ballet will open its spring 2018 season with Cathy Marston’s Jane Eyre at Leeds Grand Theatre in March. The first revival since its 2016 world première, Jane Eyre is the ultimate dramatic tale of romance and one woman’s indomitable spirit. This ballet is based on the famous novel by Charlotte Brontë and has been nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award this year. Jane Eyre will also tour to Belfast, Sheffield, Cardiff, London and Salford between April and June 2018. Also at Leeds Grand Theatre, Northern Ballet will perform A Celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Master Choreographer for three performances only from 16 – 17 March 2018. Featuring three works by the esteemed Kenneth MacMillan; Concerto, Las Hermanas and Gloria, this a rare opportunity for northern audiences to see these heritage works. With performances in Edinburgh, Milton Keynes and Leicester between March and May 2018, Northern Ballet will conclude the first national tour of its newest full-length ballet The Little Mermaid. Set in an ethereal underwater world of a young mermaid, the ballet is based on the original fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen and features an original score by Sally Beamish. The Little Mermaid is due to première later in 2017. For more information, on sale dates and booking details for performances until June 2018, see northernballet.com/whatson. -ENDS- Notes to Editors Spring 2018 Tour Dates Jane Eyre Leeds Grand Theatre 7 – 14 March 2018 Box Office 0844 848 2700* leedsgrandtheatre.com On general sale 12 July 2017 Belfast Grand Opera House 4 – 7 April 2018 Box Office 028 9024 1919 goh.co.uk On general sale September 2017 Sheffield Lyceum Theatre 10 – 14 April 2018 Box Office 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk On general sale September 2017 Cardiff New Theatre 24 – 28 April 2018 Box Office 029 2087 8889 newtheatrecardiff.co.uk On general sale September 2017 London Sadler’s Wells 15 – 19 May 2018 Box Office 020 7863 8000 sadlerswells.com On general sale 3 November 2017 Salford The Lowry 6 – 9 June 2018 Box Office 0843 208 6000 thelowry.com On general sale 7 July 2017 A Celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Master Choreographer Leeds Grand Theatre 16 – 17 March 2018 Box Office 0844 848 2700* leedsgrandtheatre.com On general sale 12 July 2017 The Little Mermaid Edinburgh Festival Theatre 22 – 24 March 2018 Box Office 0131 529 6000 edtheatres.com On general sale 5 July 2017 Milton Keynes Theatre 17 – 21 April 2018 Box Office 0844 871 7652* atgtickets.com/MiltonKeynes On general sale 12 July 2017 Leicester Curve 1 – 5 May 2018 Box Office 0116 242 3595 curveonline.co.uk On sale soon *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Northern Ballet Artistic Director – David Nixon OBE Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s leading ballet companies and the widest touring ballet company in the UK. Bold and innovative in its approach, Northern Ballet is prolific at creating new full-length work with a unique blend of strong classical technique and world-class storytelling. Northern Ballet’s repertoire embraces popular culture and takes inspiration from literature, legend, opera and the classics, pushing the boundaries of what stories can be told through dance. A champion for the cultural exports of the North, Leeds-based Northern Ballet is dedicated to bringing world-class story ballets to as many people and places as possible, under the leadership of Artistic Director David Nixon OBE. Northern Ballet’s Company of 47 dancers performs a combination of its full-length ballets and specially created ballets for children at almost 50 venues annually. Northern Ballet have been nominated in the Dance category at this year’s South Bank Sky Arts Awards for Jane Eyre. The Company were the winners of this category in 2016 for their ground-breaking adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984. For more details of Northern Ballet's tour, on sale dates and booking information, please visit northernballet.com/whatson National Tour Sponsor Main image: Javier Torres as Mr Rochester and Victoria Sibson as Bertha in Jane Eyre. Photo Emma Kauldhar. Other images: The Little Mermaid, photo Guy Farrow. A Celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, photo Guy Farrow.
  25. Once again Robert Robinson is organizing this performance for the island's hospice:
  26. ... and when all the RBS students run onto the stage at the end of the Grand Defile
  27. I've received an email from Ballet Black: Dear Janet I am thrilled to be able to tell you that it was announced yesterday that Ballet Black will be a new recipient of Arts Council NPO funding! To cut through a lot of funding jargon, this means that we will have regular funding for the next four years. We will still have to work really hard to raise all the money we need to achieve our goals each year, but this funding will allow us to plan ahead and most importantly, is recognition from the Arts Council of our 16 years of hard work in creating more diversity in ballet. Thank you very much for all your support of Ballet Black this season, and look out for a new email about next season soon! With best regards, Cassa & all at Ballet Black
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