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  1. Wait, Hayward and Campbell are still dancing Clara and the Nutcracker? The Knave casting for Alice is interesting--I had thought it would be Ball and/or Clarke appearing, not Ball, Campbell, and Sambe.
  2. He presented the Giselle Insight last year, although that one wasn't streamed.
  3. I see I got some predictions correct: Alice, Elite Syncopations, Giselle, Manon. Admittedly, I expected either Giselle or Manon, not both, and not quite so much in the way of Elite Syncopations. Or of Swan Lake, for that matter. More surprised by the lack of Forsythe, if only because they were staging him this year--hasn't it been forever since RB did In the Middle?--and by no Les Patineurs.
  4. This point comes across frequently in biographies of choreographers-turned-directors. Agnes de Mille, Gower Champion, and Jerome Robbins, for example, not only expected actors to obey orders like the dancers, but also to move precisely as directed. The actors, meanwhile, expected far more control over their physicality. Something had to give--usually the chastened director-choreographer!
  5. Ironically enough, probably Orlando. One of the reasons I found the "Becomings" act so frustrating when I saw it during the first run was that it missed just about all of the novel's lightness and humor.
  6. Yes, in a short-lived exchange program that had seemed to puzzle people more than anything else, thanks to the casting.
  7. If you go to the end of the comments, the ROH has plans to release this year's Nutcracker livestream on DVD.
  8. In all the photographs I've seen of them in close proximity, there doesn't seem to be any appreciable height difference that isn't down to Campbell's springier hair FLOSS pointed out last year that Campbell had clearly hit his ballerina height limit in Nutcracker when partnering Morera, who is not tall.
  9. The only additional change I spotted is that Howells is no longer listed as a soloist.
  10. The Problem of the Journal is partly a source issue, because the Creature doesn't mention it at all until he describes learning how to read. He really was just lugging it about in Victor's stolen coat. Unfortunately, there's probably no good way to convey that the Creature was reading Goethe, Plutarch, and Milton...
  11. It's not really the appropriate repertory for most of them, though, is it? Golding, Kish, Soares, and Watson aren't going to dance Colas. Nor are Golding, Kish, and Soares the types of male dancer that McGregor appears to prefer, which is either short and fast or tall and hyperextended. Muntagirov also has other announced commitments during this time frame.
  12. I suspect that seeing the ballet in the theatre vs. watching it on video will also affect one's response. Mayerling, which I've seen only on DVD, felt interminable, but I can certainly see that it might be profoundly moving when watched live. On the flip side, Wheeldon's Alice struck me as better in the cinema than when I saw it danced by the NBoC, and not just because there were some noticeable differences in the execution: the camera angles and closeups concealed spots in the choreography that, in the theatre, had no real focus.
  13. They were, but they weren't announced to the public until after the tour was finished.
  14. The decision to show the 2009 broadcast predated the various and sundry cast changes. It's certainly not the sort of thing that is going to build a US audience for these showings.
  15. My first thought, after being surprised--he's had some very good roles lately--was that Kevin O'Hare was now wailing to himself, "give me strength, I've got to convince someone else to learn how to tap..."