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  1. David

    Upcoming DVD/Blu-ray Releases

    I'm assuming the reasons for the delay will be either financial or technical. I suspect the latter - I didn't notice it so much in the cinema but the TV relay was quite dark in places and I'm wondering if they are having difficulties in creating an adequate copy? My memory is that it was originally slated for release last Sept so it is very overdue but I continue to hope that it will surface eventually.
  2. David

    Upcoming DVD/Blu-ray Releases

    Have just seen that The Little Mermaid with the Czech National Ballet is listed for release on 6th July 2018 on the Euroarts label. According to the blurb: “This new ballet production of Czech National Ballet, based on the famous fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen is, delivered by the National Theatre Orchestra, choreographed by Jan Kodet and directed by the acclaimed SKUTR tandem (Martin Kukučka and Lukáš Trpišovský) - who won numerous awards, including the Grand Prix and the Audience Prize at the FIST international festival in Belgrade – with a new composition by Czech contemporary composer Zbyněk Matějů.”. I don't know how this compares with other versions and I haven't been able to find any reviews so would be grateful for any comments/advice.
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  6. David

    Upcoming DVD/Blu-ray Releases

    I see Opus Arte are releasing Northern Ballet’s '1984' on 27th April – with Martha Leebolt, Tobias Batley et al – on both DVD and Blu-ray.
  7. I accept your point completely which makes it all the more important that others should speak up for them. But not through anonymous, unattributed and unsupported comments in a forum such as this. Is it suggested that the anonymity of the various contributors to this thread conceals the identity of dancers within the ENB who are speaking from personal experience? Their agents? Their families?If so, then even greater the concern. But many contributors to the forum speak with great expertise and I have always assumed must hold significant positions in the ballet world. At this point in time in particular with such an emphasis on the need to treat people with respect there are surely many both in this forum and in the wider ballet community in a position to take up the dancers' case if it is so dire as is being suggested? Why is this not happening? By any external analysis the ENB shows no sign of an organisation in crisis - indeed the opposite.The article in the Times will have triggered discussion, not only in the ENB but also amongst their sponsors and the Arts Council. Warranted or not, these allegations in The Times will have consequences! If they prove to be substantiated it is obviously a matter of great concern for us all. If unwarranted they do great damage to Ms Rojo herself and either way it all poses a significant threat to the future of the Company and her attempts to turn it into a world class company!
  8. What I am saying is that contributors on this forum are making or implying all sorts of very serious and damaging allegations. I don't know who they are but they are doing so anonymously and based on unattributed comment.
  9. Yes but I try hard to stick to known facts avoid negative comment about individuals. I do understand the difficulties but one can't have it both ways.
  10. Yes - it happened under Wayne Eagling's watch and he was clearly aware of it.
  11. Like Bruce Wall I am very unhappy with the way this discussion has developed. The analogy with Deep Throat is not helpful – the ENB is not the US Presidency. But what we have learnt over the past few years is that where there has been abuse it has been widely known but that those who had knowledge have turned a blind eye. I do not know the facts in this matter and therefore cannot comment. Equally I have no way of knowing whether those who are commenting so freely on this forum under the cloak of anonymnity are speaking from personal knowledge of the facts or or merely “re-tweeting”. But it is a very serious situation when the character/management of one of our leading and most successful ballet figures is being questioned. If there is or has been abuse of power then those who have knowledge of it are collusive if they fail to communicate that information to the relevant authorities. Anonymous allegations in forums such as this are no substitute. We had clear evidence of abuse in the ENB under Wayne Eagling’s watch in BBC documentaries a few years back and it was clear then that this had been widely known and ignored by many people over a long time. I would have expected that the ENB Board would have learnt the lesson and be on the alert for any suspicion of mismanagement. Ms Rojo has made no secret of her determination to achieve change in the ENB and turn it into a world class Company. Presumably that’s why she was appointed. I have seen no evidence of favouritism – indeed the opposite. Inevitably there will be dissatisfaction as she carries out her brief but I have seen nothing to suggest that she has crossed the line from a proper if ruthless exercise of power to achieve those ends to an abuse of that power. So far all we have is a form of character assassination by anonymous, unattributed comments. It’s not good enough and if people are not prepared to put up, they should shut up!