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  1. I agree all the performances you mentioned were superb and I enjoyed them. And I have to agree that some of the performances were less than great, having too much artistic directors and not active dancers included. I think this gala would be more enjoyable if the program was one hour shorter, especially given the severe heat this summer. Today was the final gala and Olesya Novikova in Swan Lake was such a stunner with beautiful lyrical lines. It is a pity she is not coming to the Mariinsky Ballet Japan tour this November-December. Other highlights were Lamb and Gomes in Romeo and Juliet Balcony, Eichwald and Bolle in Petit's Thais, Gilbert and Heymann in Grand Pas Clasique and Ganio and Bolle in Proust, Alexandrova and Lantratov in Laurencia, Ferri and Bonelli in Woolf Works. Legends Ananiashivili and Lopatkina were in the audience. And of course the Funny gala was hilarious and worth the price of the ticket. (you can see glimpses of that in the instagrams of the participating dancers)
  2. It was broadcasted in Japan in 2012. But it might be very difficult to broadcast a gala to the international market because of copyright issues. This time there were many Balanchine and Cranko works which are difficult to broadcast (the 2012 broadcast omitted all works by those two choreographers as well as Ratmansky) There are official curtain call videos here on the channel of NBS. https://www.youtube.com/user/2009NBS such as
  3. I don't have enough time to report about the World Ballet Festival at the moment, but I did see 2 performances each of the programs A and B and tomorrow I will go to the final gala. Each gala is about 4 and a half hours long, performed every day from Wednesday to Sunday, very short intermissions (10 or 15 minutes) and people rushing to the bathroom. It is even exhausting to the audience given the current extreme heat in Tokyo. But it is of course enjoyable with such stars gathered together, and there is no gala like this I think. For me the highlight of the performances was a heartbreaking dramatic performance of Onegin with Alseesandra Ferri and Marcelo Gomes, and the performances given by Alexandre Riabko, Silvia Azzoni and Maria Eichwald. (I hope to report more later when I have time) NBS the impresario for this event also started their own Instagram account so you can see glimpses of the gala and its backstage. https://www.instagram.com/nbs_japan/
  4. The official press release from Boston Ballet https://p.widencdn.net/eewsjb/Press_Release_Boston_Ballet_2018-19_Roster-Announcement?
  5. I love this Greame Murphy version on Nutcracker, the story of Clara, they brought it to Japan several years ago. A touching epic story of old Clara who was a dancer at the Ballet Russes in her youth. There is also a DVD of this lovely production.
  6. Naomi M

    Vaganova Academy Graduates 2018

    The source of the above information is from here I believe. http://melmoth.blog/post/175587494998/whos-going-where-update-2
  7. Please don't hesitate to ask me if you have any questions. I write press releases for those cinema relays. If you can watch NHK BS (satellite TV), there is a broadcast of Batsheva Dance Company's Last Work and Royal Ballet's Frankenstein next Sunday late night. http://www4.nhk.or.jp/premium/
  8. We do have the ROH cinema relay here in Japan, and it usually runs for a week! Although it arrives late (Swan Lake will be in cinemas from August 24th) better than nothing. http://tohotowa.co.jp/roh/ (in Japanese) And we also have some broadcasts of ballet such as Woolf Works, Akram Khan's Giselle occasionally.
  9. And information of the program of World Ballet Festival in English. Some more dancers are added. https://www.nbs.or.jp/english/stages/2018/wbf/program.html Tokyo does have a lot of ballet performances in the summer indeed, and the program for A Night of Royal Elegance is fabulous too. But please note it is really so hot and humid here if you plan a visit!
  10. What lovely memories of her and Errol Pickford & Kevin O! Thank you for sharing.
  11. Here is the press release in English on the appointment of Miyako Yoshida. http://www.nntt.jac.go.jp/english/news/detail/detail_012653.html
  12. She is still dancing as a freelance dancer, she danced Flowers of the Forest by David Bintley in a gala this April which was broadcasted here. Also she will be dancing 3rd Act of Raymonda this August. She was still in top form when I saw her in Bintley in April. Also, she has been assistant to Peter Wright when Hungarian National Ballet danced his Sleeping Beauty.
  13. Former Royal Ballet Principal Miyako Yoshida was announced to take over National Ballet of Japan from 2020/21 Season. (effective 2020/09) Her contract will be until 2024/08. Great news. http://www.nntt.jac.go.jp/release/detail/23_012652.html (Japanese) Currently National Ballet of Japan is lead by former Scottish Ballet principal Noriko Ohara.
  14. Japanese audiences also tend to prefer famous international guest over company principals (at least the impresarios think so) so for the recent BRB tour, They brought guests Mathias Heymann and Alina Cojocaru. (Nao Sakuma wasn't given a leading role even though it was her last tour with the company, until another dancer was injured and she jumped in as Aurora)
  15. Bolshoi Ballet has announced their 2018/2019 season. https://www.bolshoi.ru/upload/medialibrary/725/72599b4c8a3b4ea2d93a70ad6cdb64bf.pdf Their tours, La Scala in Milan, Riga Latvia, Brisbane Australia and London. London tour is 25 JULY – 17 AUGUST 2019 Royal Opera House and repertoire is TBA.