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  1. WoodlandGladeFairy

    The Royal Ballet: Mayerling, Autumn 2018

    Just got back from my local cinema live broadcast of the Royal Ballet in Mayerling with Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae and wow what a intense ballet swept up by the music of Liszt. Impressions Steven McRae was good as Crown Prince Rudolf, partnered Sarah Lamb brilliantly, made the PDD's look effortless. Loved the four Hungarian officers (Reece Clark, Tomas Mock, Calvin Richardson and Marcelino Sambé) their leaps were amazing, the heights of them during the tavern scene in Act 2. Laura Morea was perfect as Countess Marie Larisch, equal parts conniving and at the same time you can tell she cares for the Crown Prince in her own way. James Hay made for a delightful Bratfisch, not too showy but full of light and fun, felt bad for him at the end that not even his japes could lift the mood. I love this ballet as it ticks lots of my boxes - great music, fantastic costumes, history, dance and drama (I have always found the Hapsburgs interesting and one of my favourite books I read growing up was "The Habsburgs: Embodying Empire" by Andrew Wheatcroft) And finally the strength and depth of the Royal Ballet really shone through, just giving it 100% and beyond. Time just flew in the cinema. My one wish is that they record the entire orchestrated score, because I adore the music and I like have had a go at making my own playlist on Spotify by looking up the pieces used but it's not really the same.
  2. Finally seen The Royal Ballet's new production of 'Swan Lake', went to an encore screening at the Trowbridge Odeon and it blew me away, amazing dancing, beautiful costumes and set and fantastic music, I think Scarlett and RB should be very happy with the end result! Highlights for me include Vadim Muntagirov and Marianela Nuñez in the Black Swan PDD, just firework dancing and just exquisite, really superb dancing, such a superstar pairing, Vadream indeed!!!!! Francesca Hayward, Alexander Campbell and Akane Takada were delightful in their dances as well. Sumptuous Act III, the ballroom set was just gorgeous and the tutus of the Princesses were stunning. Love hearing the old music in Act IV, just worked better dramatically. And so, so glad to see the swan maidens in tutus again, just so much more aesthetically pleasing! I like how more narratively cohesive it was, plus the sets and costumes are so much more cleaner and crisper, love the decluttering, a traditional production but with a modern sensibility. My only quibble is that I felt Prince Siegfried and Odette should of self sacrificed together, because it fits the music better, triumph over evil etc. and the Neapolitan dance, I felt it could of been quicker but those are minor things because everything else was on point (no pun intended) in this production.
  3. Lovely reading so many positive reviews on the Royal Ballet's new production of 'Swan Lake' and I am so happy it went well for the company, all that hardwork paying off! I am looking forward to seeing Vadim Muntagirov and Marianela Nuñez in a encore screening of the cinema relay of 'Swan Lake' on 17th June, as I'm sure it will be in rotation for years so I hope to catch it live next time. Gorgeous photos by David Morgan, really shows off how beautiful and opulent the tutus are (and can I say I am thrilled the swan maidens are back in tutus, just so much more aesthetically pleasing to me).
  4. Just got back from the encore screening of Vadim Muntagirov and Sarah Lamb in 'Manon' at the Trowbridge Odeon, thorough enjoyed it and was as good as when I saw them live back in 2014! Special mention for Ryoichi Hirano as Lescaut, great acting, just the right amount of menace and the drunken pas de deux was funny and brilliantly danced with Itziar Mendizabal. After having seen Shklyarov and Ospiova live on 13th April it was lovely to compare the two casts and for me they were superb but in their own ways, like I got enjoyment from both. I must say how strong the Royal Ballet is these days and the deep bench of dancers they have now, really a dancer or dance pairing for everyone and really lots of future talent as well, can't wait to see where it all goes! Vadim Muntagirov continues to have the most beautiful lines in dancing today IMHO, Vadream indeed! He portrayed Des Grieux as a dreamy romantic poet and I felt really bad when he got strong armed by Ryoichi Hirano's Lescaut, like 'Don't beat up Vadim, he's so lovely!'. I also liked Sarah Lamb, she was really good in the role and every dance step and action was clear and full of emotion. And as usual the final pas de deux just gut punched me, everytime, combined with the soaring music. Hope they bring this out on blu-ray!
  5. I meant to add to my original post but I also felt that the Royal Opera House orchestra played Massenet's music so romantically, I love the various pieces used for the ballet score and in the second act the music was so dramatic, by the time Lescaut got shot it was heart in mouth stuff, I could feel the panic and 'OMG' moment in the music connect with the performance on the stage from Avis, Osipova, Sambe and Shklyarov. Was pleased to get a nice curtain call photo (see below), at least for me of Osipova, Sambe and Shklyarov as well, a treasured memory. I do have a weakness for like the period the ballet is set in and just love the costumes and I really like the second act, the Brothel scene is fine for me, I like the busyness and well as I mentioned previously when Shklyarov danced his solo I just could feel so much pain and despair at his character having seen a lady he is very much in love with be a totally different person, like she had moved on but he hadn't. Yasmine Naghdi was great as Lescaut's Mistress, wanted to like know more about her character's story, she was so convincing and made the dancing look effortless, she is one of my favourite dancers, such star quality. And well by Act III I was a bit teary, gets me everytime. Am seeing an Encore screening with my sister and mum of Lamb/Muntagirov in Manon on 6th May which I cannot wait for as I saw them in a matinee in 2014 and just fell in love with Muntagirov, who was very much more a dreamy romantic Des Grieux compared to Shklyarov more earnest interpretation (which I also liked!), I hope that comes out on blu-ray, because it needs to go into my Muntagirov blu-ray collection!
  6. Absolutely loved last night's performance of Manon by Shklyarov, Osipova, Naghdi and Sambé, full of drama and pain. Especially loved the second act, incredibly dramatic acting & dancing, Shklyarov really wore his emotions, felt like you could see his heart breaking And Osipova, wow such star quality dancing, I haven't always liked her in certain roles but as Manon she was spectacular Yasmine Naghdi was great as Lescsuts Mistress, really made the character her own Marcelino Sambé danced Lescaut well but just needed more presence, but he did come alive in the second act. Love the ballet, love the music and costumes and left the ROH a very happy person!!!
  7. Wonderful reading so many lovely reviews of Osipova/Shkylarov, I will be seeing this pairing on 13th April and it has made me super excited!!!!! Shkylarov is not a dancer I know much of but thanks to the balletco forum discussion I feel I have a good idea and can't wait to see him live. I'll never forget seeing Manon with Vadim Muntagirov as Des Grieux in 2014, such beautiful lines and really good with Sarah Lamb (so you can imagine I was delighted that they will be the pair performing for the Royal Ballet cinema relay, I booked encore tickets for that, so will be fun also to compare casts etc.)
  8. Lovely photos, so much looking forward to seeing Manon on 13th April with Natalia Osipova and Vladimir Shklyarov, not familiar with Vladimir Shklyarov as a dancer but should be an exciting evening plus it has Yasmine Naghdi, Marcelino Sambé and Gary Avis!!!! Last time I saw Manon was 2014 with Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov and that was a magical matinee performance (really glad they have been paired together again for this run, have also booked in for the cinema encore viewing of the ballet on 6th May). Its one of my favourite ballets, love the costumes and I adore the music, am counting down the days.
  9. WoodlandGladeFairy

    Royal Ballet 2018/19 Season

    Have had a good look at the 18/19 season and it's pretty solid, with quite a few ballets off my personal wish list, chiefly 'Mayerling', 'La Bayadère', 'Symphony in C., 'The Concert' and 'The Firebird'. Also excited about 'Winter Dreams'. All I really need to do is win the lottery so I can buy all the ballet tickets, alas one must live with reality and there will be some serious decision making on what performances to see live at the ROH and what ones I will go see at the cinema.
  10. WoodlandGladeFairy

    Don Q DVD

    I don't know if it is the "definitive" (as that is always subjective) but my all time favourite performance of Don Quixote is American Ballet Theatre's recording from 1983 with the wonderful Cynthia Harvey and Mikhail Baryshnikov, it just captures the spirit of the ballet so well and always brings a big smile to my fave everytime I watch it and you can get it on DVD as well - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Don-Quixote-American-Ballet-Theatre/dp/B00005AR0N/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1521135786&sr=8-8&keywords=american+ballet+theatre
  11. WoodlandGladeFairy

    ROH/RB Spring General Booking Experience

    Also v happy experience with the ROH website, got tickets to see Osipova and Hallberg on 13th April in Manon
  12. I've got various Swan Lakes on blu-ray and of course the magic of YouTube has various snippets and clips of various productions of Swan Lake and time and time again I just feel the Royal Ballet's 1982 production (designs by Leslie Hurry) remain my favourite (it also has the most wonderful Ashton choreography in Act IV and a fabulous solo for Siegfried choreographed by Nureyev). I was and am still lukewarm on the Dowell 'Swan Lake', I didn't like it being updated to the 19th century, nor the Swan maidens not being in tutus, there is just something magical about the formations when done in tutus and that the production was just too busy. Also its a medieval fantasy tale, use medieval or cod-medieval designs and inspiration.
  13. My wish list for 18/19 Royal Ballet Onegin Les Sylphides In The Night The Concert Afternoon of a Faun Symphony in C Mayerling La Bayadére Études Suite en Blanc The Firebird Raymonda Act III Symphonic Variations Les Patineurs In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated And that's off the top of my head!
  14. I went to see The Royal Ballet in Balanchine's 'Jewels' last night (with my mum and sister) and it was a truly sparkling evening. Emeralds was nice and dreamy, Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball were really beautiful together and oh I how I adored the Fauré music. Rubies was really spectacular, Akane Takada was very slinky and just amazing, seeing her in a whole new light! Alexander Campbell was brilliant too, lots of fun and Tierney Heap was pure Las Vegas Showgirl/Hoofer, really channelling the Stravinksy (which again was played wonderfully by the Royal Opera House Orchestra). And finally Diamonds was truly majestic, Vadim Muntagirov and Lauren Cuthbertson (I would love to see them together in Swan Lake) were stunning together, being a plotless ballet with plain scenery you could really appreciate the choreography and the dancers themseleves, really showed off the Royal Ballet at their best and not forgetting the sublime Tchaikovsky score. We waiting outside the stage door afterwards and got signatures on our programmes from Alexander Campbell, Yasmine Nagdi, Matthew Ball, Akane Takada and Vadim Muntagirov (we hoped to get Lauren Cuthbertson's as well but it was not to be) Vadim Muntagirov was ever so nice and posed for a photo with me and my mum as well - https://twitter.com/Moonbootica/status/850849000207110144 This was my favourite pic I took of the curtain call - https://twitter.com/Moonbootica/status/850827953869082625 Really impressed by The Royal Ballet last night that's for sure
  15. Just got back from a encore showing at my local cinema of Marianela Núñez and Vadim Muntagirov in 'The Sleeping Beauty', just amazing dancing from everyone at the Royal Ballet. Marianela Núñez was wonderful during the Rose Adagio, her smile was just glorious like pure sunshine on stage. The vision scene was so romantic and the Wedding PDD in the final act was grand and gorgeous. Vadim Muntagirov was a dreamy handsome Prince and he danced his bits beautifully, he is such a very fine dancer. Claire Calvet was a wonderfully warm Lilac Fairy. Kristine McNally was a furiously scary Carabosse as well. After having seen it live last weekend I felt a deeper appreciation of the ballet, music and choreography today and to admire how pretty the costumes were! My mum thoroughly enjoyed it as well, she is a massive fan of Vadim Muntagirov as well So glad it's going to come out on blu-ray/DVD next year!