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  1. I was devastated not to have been able to get a ticket for last night and was delighted to hear that Yasmine Naghdi's O/O was wonderful, especially in combination with Bonelli. Along with Bluebird, I noticed with hope the intention of the Dancing Times to cover various performances in its July edition. [I also noticed expectantly that the publicity for the R&J screening features Naghdi and Ball.] As far as performances, cinema screenings and DVDs are concerned, the leads I most want to see now (in alphabetical order) are: Ball, Bracewell, Corrales, Clarke, Hayward, Muntagirov, Naghdi and Takada plus Bonelli for Mayerling (although we know that that isn't going to happen).
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    RB Promotions for 2018/19?

    OK I'm going to stick my neck out: Artists to First Artists: Teo Dubreuil, Ashley Dean, Joseph Sissens First Artists to Soloists: Isabella Gasparini, Calvin Richardson Soloists to First Soloists: William Bracewell, Reece Clarke, Fumi Kaneko, Mayara Magri First Soloist to Principal: Matthew Ball Some of this may not come to pass as the First Soloist level would be getting very crowded. There are, of course, other very worthy candidates for promotion (e.g. Anna Rose O'Sullivan) who might need to wait another year or so.
  3. The Sadlers Wells audience seems different from those at the ROH and the Coli: younger, more likely to be in work or full-time study, more tuned-in to various genres of dance, less focused on a particular company etc etc. ENB cleverly takes its more eclectic fare to SW while performing more traditional ballet at the Coli but, even so, there were empty patches for Voices of America.
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    Audience Behaviour

    My cinema encore viewing of Swan Lake today was accompanied by a strong smell of BO laced with the wine and other smellies people brought to their seats. And only 4 people stayed for the curtain calls. [Just had to get that off my chest!]
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    Queen's Birthday Honours 2018

    I think that, if Zenaida Yanowsky was going to get a gong for her dancing to date, it would have come last year. Whereas Principals once had OBEs or CBEs, Edward Watson received an MBE. Maybe those on here who have ambitions for Zenaida will have to be content with Sir Simon and Lady Keenlyside - unless, that is, she adds significantly to her CV in the arts world or in terms of charity.
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    Audience Behaviour

    However, Stina Quagebeur last night and Shevelle Dynot today also got some cheers - and rightly so.
  7. This afternoon (16th June) was Shiori Kase's debut as Aurora and Ken Saruhashi's debut as Prince Desiree. Both acted their roles really well and their dancing was lovely. Shiori showed us both the young girl and the more confident 'bride'' : her interpretation blossomed and her dancing flowed as she immersed herself in the story. Ken was very princely in his manner (I thought more so than ENB's other leads) and gave us believable characterisation throughout. His soliloquy was heartfelt and his Act 3 variation was exhuberant. Shevelle Dynot was a very effective Carabosse, although Stina Quagebeur's beautiful but evil persona the previous evening edged it for me (in fact, I can't remember a better Carabosse - anywhere). And I liked Sarah Kundi as The Queen very much indeed. She didn't have a great deal to do but she shared her thoughts with her eyes. Other stand outs were Francesc Velicu as a Bluebird and Katja Kaniukova as Diamond. Francesca in particular has had a phenominally busy couple of weeks, in at least seven different roles, I think, plus her Emerging Dancer pieces, but she has shone brightly at all times. Along with Rina Kanehara, both Katja and Francesca are surely Auroras in waiting. I've seen five shows altogether and there were more people standing up to cheer today than at other times. It's so nice when fine performances are matched with real appreciation.
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    Queen's Birthday Honours 2018

    Pleeeeeease don't offer us titillating hints like this BBB.
  9. Finally - Gary Avis properly morphed from one Von Rothbart to another this afternoon. When Siegfried ordered him away in Act !, he didn't just turn and flee, he fled and flew with his arms as he did so.
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    Audience Behaviour

    It's a busy week for the boo-ers as there is Carabosse at the Coli this week, also.
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    Audience Behaviour

    I think, particularly when a dancer is making a debut, the applause when they come on makes them feel surrounded by warmth and goodwill. I have occasionally asked them about this and the response has always been an appreciative one. Getting the red run curtain calls 'right' is also an aspect which concerns dancers, especially those who haven't yet got used to it. There seems to be an inbuilt, and very understandable, fear of staying out too long.
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    RB Promotions for 2018/19?

    We all abandoned this thread in March because it seemed too soon to offer predictions and, recently, there has been discussion of promotions around the theme of a principal pipeline. But I'm bumping this up now because the RB is coming to the end of its home season and an announcement of joiners, leavers and promotions cannot be far away. Moreover, having had Manon, the last triple bill and Swan Lake in quick succession, the RB's amazing talent has really been set out before us. [I wonder what people's thoughts are about promotions in other companies as well although we've already had Northern's.]
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    Audience Behaviour

    I feel that it's OK to shout out when dancers are taking their bows during, or at the end of, classical pas de deux. Indeed, I do so. However, there has been a recent spate of calls and wolf whistles before the end of a section and, noticeably, during Manon and Marguerite and Armand and I find this intrusive, especially at key dramatic moments in the story. P.S. I do clap dancers on. I think they like it.
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