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  1. I have written (twice) to the ROH about how difficult (if not downright impossible) it is to work out triple bill casts on the ROH website. I have just received the following reply... "Apologies for the difficulties you are experienced with our website, and for the delay in our sending you a response. We have been working to resolve the problem and now have a fully tested solution. We will publish an update to the live website when we next have an opportunity to release the code and should be displaying error-free casting on our mixed programmes next week. Best wishes Ellen" Watch this space...
  2. This is a question that has fascinated me for years but I think after 30 years I have finally figured it out! When they come off the ramp one dancer takes three steps forward and the one behind takes four so they are then on alternate legs. (It took me years to figure that the dancers also change legs when they turn at the end of a 'row' by only taking three steps instead of four). The whole thing is so clever and totally magical, especially when it is performed as well as our excellent ladies of the RB corps have done this run.
  3. From 4.05 onwards is no longer performed. It was cut in the last run of Bayadere also.
  4. He certainly is John. He is also a wonderful actor and his attention detail is always meticulous. I absolutely love watching him.
  5. The Hirano we saw last night was nothing like the Hirano we saw in opening night and who garnered such tepid reviews. It has been interesting to watch how his characterisation has grown and how the whole cast seem to have gelled together.
  6. There was a question and answer session afterwards with Tory Drobin. He was saying how he regarded the British audiences (and critics) as very special as we all really appreciate his company. His parting shot was that he would (hopefully) see us all again in three years' time.
  7. The Trocks were sheer delight last night. The Millenium Centre is quite large but there was a decent sized audience. When I booked tickets they had only opened the stalls but obviously there was quite a bit of interest as the circle was also almost full. For Les Sylphides we had Joshua Thake, Alberto Pretto, Carlos Hopuy and a very vacant Haojun Xie. After the interval we were treated to the Harliquinade pdd superbly danced by Long Zou and Takaomi Yoshino. The Trovatiara was the same cast we saw in London headed by Joshua Thake. Robert Carter once again executed his Dying Swan with panache. The audience had been pretty quiet up to this point but he really brought them to life. Headed up by the amazing Carlos Hopuy (partnered by Giovanni Ravelo), Paquita was simply wonderful. There were a couple of slips from the soloists (on the same patch of the stage) but, being Trocks, they made a thing out of it and carried on. If anything the standard of dancing was even better than when we saw them in London. Needless to say we loved every minute of it. Judging by the cheers, and quite a few of the audience in the stalls standing in their applause, so did everyone else. 2021 seems a very long time to have to wait to see them again.
  8. He certainly was, Mary. I also thought Anna Rose O'Sullivan was excellent as Princess Louise
  9. Can't wait to see them (again) in Cardiff next week. It will prove welcome light relief after all these Mayerlings!
  10. It's not so much the tardiness of Luke Jennings review of Monday's performance as the inaccuracies within it. According to his review, the opening of Act 1 portrays Rudolph's engagement to Sophie. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Rudolph had just married Princess Stephanie, not got engaged to his grandmother!
  11. It would still be branded an 'elitist' shopping mall unless they replaced the voice in the lift with this... served.mp3
  12. The husband managed a curtain call photo and Osipova looks happy enough to me. Shortly after this, she curtsied to Hirano and Sarah Lamb followed suit. If anyone had trouble smiling at the end, it was Hirano........ Probably overwhelmed by the whole experience. Incidentally I can't remember Osipova giving flowers to her partners...not even her beloved Hallberg. I don't want to comment too much on the performance as I think the cast will grow together and I would rather wait until Saturday to pass comment. I will say that the husband needed a cold shower at the end of Act 2 and that Osipova, Haywood and Lamb were outstanding! Have to disagree with Bruce about the orchestra though as we thought they had some pretty ropey moments and the tempo seemed quite slow at times. Still thoroughly enjoyed the evening though and very much looking forward to a double helping on Saturday.
  13. I totally agree, Serenade. No Man's Land reduced me to tears (again) but although the husband loves the Maliphant piece, I just don't get it. Dust was as fabulous as ever. It was wonderful to be able to take our eldest son to a matinee that featured the divine Alina, Isaac Hernandez and Tamara. James Streeter and the rest of the company were all marvellous too! If you want to catch the screening of Giselle, I've come across the following link on the ENB website: https://www.ballet.org.uk/onscreen/akram-khan-giselle/ Excited to see a screening near Bristol and have booked our tickets for November. It hasn't been well advertised so I think a lot of people may have missed it, but there are several theatres showing Giselle between now and next February.
  14. And Jason Kittelberger lifted her up and carried to the front of the stage for another curtain call! Loved it.