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  1. It was intended as Hamlet or Elsinore but ended up as Misericordes. Yes, it was 2007.
  2. It is very difficult now to say a word or to make a step without offending someone. Oh!
  3. Bruce Wall wrote: "... the person you are really quoting vis a vis this 'perfect partnership' business - IS Osipova." It is not only Osipova, Bruce. For numerous those who saw Osipova and Hallberg together in "Giselle" and "R & J" it was unforgettable. They hugely complement each other. She inspires him in dramatic roles, while herself is especially feminine in his hands. There is also a winning contrast between them both physically as well as between his nobleness and her spontaneity and self-abandonment. I definitely will keep fingers crossed for their "R & J" in 2018/19".
  4. Film ‘Giselle’s Mania’, by A.Uchitel, 1995 (with English subtitles) September 29, 18:00 - 21:00 (with discussion) It is the real life drama of the great Russian ballerina Olga Spessivtseva. Sands Films Cinema, 82 St Marychurch Street, London, SE16 4HZ. Phone: 020 7231 2209. Website: http://www.sandsfilms.co.uk
  5. CHazell2, I heard that the right to tour "Onegin" belongs to the original company for whom it was created.
  6. Of course I would have loved to see Bolshoi's Raymonda, La fille du pharaoh and the Lost Illusions. However, in my view, all productions announced for London, are not just decent but first-class productions with excellent dancers and corps de ballet. By the way, in this link below there is a clip with bits and pieces of Bolshoi's recent performances in Milan: https://www.belviveremedia.com/amadeus/videoamadeus/dopo-undici-anni-di-assenza-il-balletto-bolsoj-torna-a-milano
  7. I remember that a number of Alexei Ratmansky’s works were brought to London: "The Bright Stream", "Anna Karenina", "Jeu de cartes" as well as his re-stagings of "The Flames of Paris" and "Le Corsaire" (with Yuri Burlaka). I think "The Russian Seasons" were also shown in London. I loved them all.
  8. Sergei Polunin is confirmed to perform as Jean de Brienne in Ray Barra's Raymonda on 6 October and 10 October 2018: https://www.staatsoper.de/en/your-visit/aktuelles/meldung/news/upcoming-performances-with-sergei-polunin-und-natalia-osipova.html?no_cache=1&cHash=671f6c0dedd863ed3c62c4bb762e6c8f
  9. It is quite intriguing that in the Amazon’s "Top customer reviews” the 5 stars given by the first reader/customer 10 days ago was followed today by a slashing review where one star is awarded reluctantly. Looks as a controversial book.
  10. It is not a secret at all. That is why I asked which LAW allows the Director to make the state-owned archives inaccessible? What a shame.
  11. Yes, I heard about this too. I wonder if a similar sort of prohibition exists anywhere in the world today where the Director can forbid the use of the state-owned archives and Music Library by researches, specialists and scholars? What kind of law allows this particular director to act like this?
  12. Literally a few days ago a new book has been published: Three Conversations with Marius Petipa, the Legat Brothers and Anna Pavlova Paperback – 20 Aug 2018 by Peter Koppers (Author) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Conversations-Marius-Petipa-Brothers-Pavlova/dp/9090311106/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1535567515&sr=8-1&keywords=petipa
  13. Yes, it was the ENO orchestra with a Russian conductor - Vadim Nikitin. http://seenandheard-international.com/2018/08/the-eyes-have-it-st-petersburg-ballet-theatres-irina-kolesnikova-dances-in-swan-lake/ It was excellent.
  14. October 20 and 21 at New York City Center K'Arts Ballet of Korea will present the American premiere of Song of the Mermaid, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid,” it will star Kimin Kim, principal dancer of Mariinsky Ballet. https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/KArts-Balllet-Presents-The-American-Premiere-Of-SONG-OF-THE-MERMAID-20180822
  15. The Row A in the Balcony was always at the same price as B, C, D, etc. Not much room for long legs but there is no bar in front of your eyes. It used to cost £15 in the past and last year I paid £25 for a seat there. It cost £40 this year. They are very clever now.