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  1. Obviously a strictly personal list, and Royal Ballet focused just because I see RB most frequently. Also mainly within the context of memories of being profoundly moved. Both Roberta Marquez and Lauren Cuthbertson as Giselle. Also Polina Semionova as Giselle outside of Royal Ballet. Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet. Bennet Gartside as both Rudolf and Leontes. Marianela Nunez as Hermione. Mara Galeazzi as Tatiana. Laura Morera as Anastasia/Anna Anderson. Sarah Lamb and Rupert Pennefather as Manon and Des Grieux. Leanne Benjamin in Requiem. Emma Maguire as Clara. Leanne Benjamin and Edward Watson in Invitus Invitam. Deirdre Chapman and Bennet Gartside in Ceremony of Innocence.
  2. Ballet on BBC Radio 3

    MacMillan celebration featuring Dame Monica Mason and Edward Watson, Sound of Dance Sat 9th December at 3pm. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09j0rg4
  3. Royal Ballet in Queensland 2017

    Film of QPAC Creative Insight event from July 2017 with Akane Takada, Alexander Campbell and Claire Calvert rehearsing excerpts from The Winter's Tale.
  4. The link is here: http://rohcollections.org.uk/production.aspx?production=1470&row=0
  5. Ballet on BBC Radio 3

    Zenaida Yanowsky will feature in R3's Music Matters on Saturday 18th Nov at 12.15pm. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09g3btg
  6. I agree with bridiem, JohnS and annamk on The Illustrated 'Farewell'. It's uplifting and energizing, and beguiling in its choreographic invention. For me personally McRae's bravura style was a little too dominating for the flow of the work. But I look forward to a second viewing. I agree with annamk on The Wind. High hopes for this were quickly dashed despite deeply committed performances. I didn't mind the 'caricatures' as it seemed that the stock type characters were all part of the intention to create the effect of a silent movie onstage. I did mind the extravagant set and effects which for me detracted from the dancing far too much (as JohnS says) and also exposed the many inadequacies in the choreography and concept. In dance terms it felt like a work still very much in progress. I assume that the woman in danger scenario was derived from the silent movie source or novel. I haven't read programme notes. But I agree absolutely with annamk's last sentence. My heart sank as this scene unfolded. If Pita's main aim was to transform a silent movie into dance there is a wealth of choice and he could easily have found one with a different dramatic focus.
  7. The lectures are open to anyone. I believe they are usually live-streamed as well. More information here: http://www.str.org.uk/events/lectures/index.html
  8. Giselle will be the subject of the STR lecture on Thu 11th Jan 2018 at 7.30pm. http://www.str.org.uk/news/latest/?p=1389
  9. Deborah Bull's essay on Nijinsky will be broadcast on Wed 8th Nov at 10.45pm. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09d41qw
  10. Laura Morera is no longer included in the list of dancers in the third paragraph here: https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/event/kenneth-macmillan-steps-back-in-time
  11. Thank you very much for this information. My apologies - I should have read the listing more carefully. A relief not to have to choose between conflicting shows!
  12. Laura Morera is mentioned in the Barbican's performance overview, but presumably will not dance at all performances as due to dance Manon at ROH on Thursday 19 April: http://www.roh.org.uk/events/9vxlq
  13. I can only guess at what MacMillan wanted this ballet to be, but in my view the structure of the piece clearly signals no intention to tell a story. It's interesting though to speculate on potential revisions, if MacMillan had lived to see it revived.
  14. Wanted! Triple bill 26/10!!

    I've just messaged you.
  15. MacMillan's work is discussed in BBC Radio 3's Music Matters, to be repeated this eve, Mon 23rd Oct at 22.00. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b099wlhp
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