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  1. I didn't notice it on their website. It appears to be similar to the British Council. https://www.nehrucentre.org.uk
  2. Not ballet of course, but there may be some enthusiasts on here.. Mrs Q and I went to see two performances from the Darbar Festival at Sadler's Wells last week. The festival was curated by Akram Khan, giving it a strong element of dance as well as the usual classical Indian music, which was what attracted us. Akram himself gave a performance n Thursday of X, which is in effect a preview of a longer piece called Xenos, which he said will be his last solo work. The dance was kathak style, with some contemporary overtones, and was excellent, as was the accompanying music, with Western instruments on one side of the stage and Indian on the other. It was followed by what I can only describe as a drum battle, though it's probably known as a tala, with three different sorts of tabla going hell for leather for about 70 minutes - even Spinal Tap would have baulked at that! Bamboo flute and tabla pieces concluded a very long but enjoyable evening. The other performance we saw had two dance works sandwiching a highly virtuosic sitar and tabla raga. The first dance was a bharata natyam piece with Mavin Khoo, playing a female role. It was a remarkable performance full of emotion and contrasts - I particularly like the high energy, angular passages which remind me of karate kata. The final dance by was Aditi Mandalgas, a renowned kathak practitioner - again, wonderful stylised acting surrounding frenzies of foot-stamping , ankle-bell clashing and whirling.. Got a deserved standing ovation from the whole house. I haven't seen this kind of thing advertised much so went looking - and have discovered the Nehru Centre in Mayfair, who seem to put on regular classical dance performances. I just booked one for free in December, so worth checking out if you fancy something different!
  3. There's a blurred line between supportive and creepy. I guess the new stage door for many is social media, and during the #metoo campaign one of the RB dancers published a message she'd had from some stranger saying he was well off and wanted to meet ballerinas, so where did they hang out.. I left a couple of Facebook ballet fan groups when I thought some of the pictures and comments were heading in the wrong direction. Stage door, flowers, social media comments - all minefields, and particularly for a man, less is definitely more..
  4. Yes on reflection you’re right. More programme notes would have been useful for me in making the roles clearer,though given the programme was free I can hardly complain.. It would be interesting to hear how the company dancers found the whole experience too.
  5. Really enjoyed this last night, and having Mara Galeazzi and Tim Podesta stay on for Q&A afterwards was a great bonus. Ballet Cymru danced their socks off - in particular Beth Meadway, who is a recent recruit and not a very experienced dancer, took a lead role and shone in it. The choreography started off being rather derivative of McGregor but then developed more of its own voice, and there were some very effective passages. I thought for a small company, they were generally punching above their weight - the presence of a heavy hitter must have been very beneficial (Tim said he told them "she's really good - if you don't give it everything she'll make you look like students"). Dare I say it, and it may well be down to the assigned choreography rather than the dancers, but there were times when I preferred the young dancers' performances to Mara's, where I thought there was some initial stiffness around the head and neck - again that may well have been interpretation rather than limitation. Anyway, an evening that delivered beyond expectation and I hope this collaboration continues.
  6. Ditto. I saw Ballet Cymru there with Cerys Matthews, which was excellent, and have never seen Mara Galeazzi, so very much looking forward to it.
  7. Yes, we went tonight with friends. There were some empty seats in the second circle, which surprised us, given that this is prime seasonal fare and deserved to be sold out. We all thoroughly enjoyed it - it's obviously lightweight, fun stuff but spectacularly staged and thoroughly well danced. The flying ducks had me laughing out loud.
  8. Hamilton/ Rojo casts. T63 upper amphi restricted view/tall seat. Face value £6; happy to take a fiver. Paper ticket so would need to pick up from my office reception in Broadgate Circle. PM if interested.
  9. Giotto's Judas is going in for the lips, not just betrayal but caddish etiquette too! I am probably in a small minority in having preferred The Judas Tree to Lied. It's a painful watch and must be even tougher to dance, particularly for the Mary dancer, but it is thought provoking and engaging. I find Lauren Cuthbertson generally rather cool and was slightly disappointed when I saw the casting, but in the event I enjoyed her performance. I'd like to see someone like Semionova in that role. For the Mahler, I have to admit that I struggled with the singing - to my uneducated ears it all sounded rather uniformly ominous. The dancing was impressively executed (aside a couple of slips) but for the most part didn't really engage me. By the lengthy Song 6 I was yawning, as were the students next to me. Sorry Gustav, it's me, not you... I've got another cheapo ticket for next Tues; I'm undecided as to whether to go and see just Judas Tree again - I don't think I could take another Lied.
  10. That's why Mozart's follow-up, Le Pizze di Figaro, sank like a stone.
  11. Just been catching up on the RB Youtube. There's something very hypnotic about watching class - I sometimes go to watch the ENB do class, and it's almost as good as a performance. It's that mix of virtuosity and the occasional touches of human frailty... Enjoyed it all, with the Francesca Hayward and Beatriz Stix-Brunell segments my highlights. Having discovered BS-B's sense of humour on her Instagram however, I now find it difficult to watch her without expecting one of her sardonic commentaries!
  12. For those of us who have to go to work this is sheer torture!!!
  13. Not ballet, but a notable premiere tonight at Sadlers.. I have a 50% hit rate with Mr McGregor's creations, but this was definitely one of the ones that worked for me (though not my neighbours, who slipped out). The music was performed live, though backstage, as far as I could tell from the back of the second circle. It's by Jlin, who creates striking electro music, sometimes industrial and rhythmic, sometimes more lyrical. The dancing was quite virtuosic and mostly high energy - I'm amazed at the stamina of this company and not surprised they all look like walking anatomy diagrams. It was in a very different style to his trademark angular ballet repertoire (though I did spot a couple of those leg shakes, like a dog leaving a lamppost), with elements of street dance and even some moves reminiscent of kung fu techniques. I don't know if there's a hierarchy in this company but the dancer who always catches my eye is Fukiko Takase, who is extraordinarily compelling. I didn't get a programme so I have no clue what was supposed to be going on - I expect it was something about DNA and quantum physics - I just sat back and enjoyed the dancing!
  14. Room 101

    They go into a different inbox. In Messages there's a 'filtered messages' button (or similar) - if you turn that off it shows your messages from non-friends. When I discovered it the messages in there were already a year old!
  15. Room 101

    Political conferences. I don't get paid to take a week out to lounge around listening to nonsensical rants, so why should our MPs?