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About WoodlandGladeFairy

  • Birthday 25/01/1986

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  1. I had a pretty okay booking experience, got the tickets (balcony) I wanted for the triple bill on 5th June, have not seen The Firebird or A Month In The Country before so that's exciting, and the ticket prices were within my budget
  2. Just got back from my local cinema's encore screening of 'The Nutcracker' (Shown live on Monday night) a magnificent production and performance from The Royal Ballet, superb dancing from Vadim Muntagirov and Marianela Nuñez as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, just a magical performance from two dancers at the top of their game and they look so good together, the whole cinema went really quiet during the PDD, spellbinding. Marcelino Sambé and Anna Rose O’Sullivan were delightful as Hans-Peter and Clara, joyous dancing and Gary Avis was as always excellent as Herr Drosselmeyer, one of the best interpreters of the role today IMHO The corps de ballet were great as the snowflakes, lots of flurries. Melissa Hamilton was slinky in the Arabian dance, draping over the shoulders of the men and moving like liquid, channelling the music so well. Fumi Kaneko was a pretty Rose Fairy and I just love the Waltz of the Flowers. The music was gorgeous, such a genius ballet score from Tchaikovsky, Christmas has got dialled up to 11. I'm not familiar with lots of Nutcracker productions, I've only ever seen the Bolshoi's and Birmingham Royal Ballet's (on DVD with the divine Irek Mukhamedov and Miyako Yoshida) and I like all 3 for different reasons but Sir Peter Wright's productions (both RB and BRB) just gets the magical essence of The Nutcracker.
  3. Just got back from a encore screening of The Royal Ballet of "La Bayadère" and I have to say WOW. The dancing from the three leads - Natalia Osipova, Vadim Muntagirov and Marianela Núñez was supernova, just sublime. I am hot and cold on Natalia Osipova, sometimes I like her performance, other times I am like not sure, but on this time she pulled out all the stops as Gamzatti, real powerful force which made a nice comparison to the purity of Marianela Núñez as Nikiya, you really felt emotionally invested in all three leads and it transcended what yes is a hokey story but by god such a quality performance! And the corps de ballet were stunning in the Kingdom of the Shades, precise, in time and just beautiful pure dancing, just impressive strength and depth. Special mention for Yasmine Naghdi and Akane Takada in their roles as shades 2 and 3, the variations were exquisite, it made for a wonderful Act 2, just again excellent quality. And I finally got Act III with the destruction of the temple, usually I didn't get why this was added but now I do and I have to say the orchestra sounded positively Wagnerian playing the final section of Minkus music as Solor and Nikiya ascend to the afterlife, it had me in tears. So yeah a 10/10 performance, so going to buy this when it comes out on Blu-ray, got to keep adding to my Vadim Muntagirov collection.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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!!!
  10. 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.)
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Also v happy experience with the ROH website, got tickets to see Osipova and Hallberg on 13th April in Manon
  15. 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.
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