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Jane S

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  1. Dutch National Ballet has just announced that it will present an expanded (2 act) version of Broken Wings next season. https://www.operaballet.nl/en/ballet/2019-2020/show/frida
  2. I also enjoyed the Takada/Hay last night - much more to my taste. And I loved Asphodel Meadows - good to see Nunez and Morera, of course, but what really excited me was the way Scarlett handles the corps de ballet - choosing to use a corps of 7 couples means he can't 'rest' on symmetry and the inventiveness of what he does instead is just so clever! - I'd watch it again with great pleasure no matter who was dancing the leads. It also reminds me of how little stage-time non-narrative 'traditional' ballet gets at the RB these days - I guess KOH doesn't love it like I do.
  3. I realise I may get excommunicated for this, but I was disappointed by both Naghdi and Campbell last night. In the first scene I thought she was trying hard but not getting it yet, whilst he was trying much too hard and seriously overplaying. They were much better in the final scene but if they didn't make you care at the beginning it's much harder to care at the end. And I still thought he was overdoing it - his remorse would have done credit to Albrecht. Looking forward to tonight's cast , though.
  4. I think #5 could be R&J and #s 4, 6, 9 are Requiem (with Reid Anderson and Egon Madsen?) And #3 definitely Dances - other photos show the stitiching on Dowell's sleeves And the lowest one in #1 looks like Madsen/Cragun/Haydee in Song of the Earth (sigh).
  5. But Polunin also came to a strange country and had to learn a new language, didn't he? (And he was 20 when he was made a principal.)
  6. So Le Parc gets to the ROH at last! (for newer readers, Ross Stretton announced Le Parc for his second season at the RB but when he left suddenly, Monica Mason cancelled it - I've always wished she hadn't.)
  7. I remember going with Bruce to see John in his studio, maybe 20 years ago - he seemed such a friendly and helpful man and one of the photos he showed us, of the RB corps de ballet in Bayadere, still sticks in my mind as one of the most striking I've ever seen. It's a long time since I last saw him but I'm sad to hear of his death.
  8. Gartside in the last run - outstandingly good, I thought.
  9. So, as I read this, on the opening night Bracewell is dancing a role done at other performances by Osipova or Cuthbertson?
  10. It would be an excellent opportunity for the RB to have a rummage round in their Old Movies cupboard and find Fonteyn's appearances in the 1970 Ashton Gala - Nocturne, The Wise Virgins, Apparitions, M&A, and the finale of Daphnis and Chloe, I believe. Also there's an extraordinary rehearsal of her doing the flute dance from Daphnis and Chloe - it was in one of the obtiruary programmes about her on television - quite different from anything else I've seen of her, and reportedly described by Mark Morris as the most wonderful thing he'd ever seen. Actually I think they should incorporate some film into the actual gala.
  11. From today's Times: "Beige is now the epitome of chic. Forget its boring, bland and basic reputation... in 2019, beige is businesslike, even brave." So the ROH was ahead of the curve.* Actually, on my first proper sight of the new areas yesterday, I thought it was all far less dreary than I'd picked up from the comments here. I didn't think the new chairs and tables in the Floral Hall were right - they looked somehow temporary, as if they'd been fetched in from somewhere else for some event, but I liked the dark wood furniture in the cafe area and we had good coffee and pastries at what I'd have thought was a standard sort of price for central London these days. I realise we probably saw it at it's best, but really, anyone who thinks that's a 'rubbishy cafeteria' must have led a rather sheltered life. Though they're presumably nothing to do with the refit, what I liked - loved, indeed - most in the shop were the wonderful b&w photos of the Principal dancers! * - though admittedly this was talking about womens' fashion.
  12. I was getting all cross about that but just checked on the NPG site and it does actually say 'British male Principal'.
  13. I agree it's a pity they seem to have dropped the Gorey designs for The Concert (which, for anyone who doesn't remember them, were done specially for the RB's first performances in the 1980s) - they switched to the Steinberg (the original NYCB designs) several revivals ago: no reason given so far as I remember but one always suspects it's the Robbins Foundation's decision.
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