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  1. Here are three links (all already discussed here but so far as I am aware not yet brought together in one place) They go some way to provide a range of opinion: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/dance/what-to-see/swan-lake-review-royal-ballet-covent-garden-staging-yet-spread/ https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/may/27/rambert-life-is-dream-kim-brandstrup-royal-ballet-swan-lake-liam-scarlett-review (followed by some helpful below-the-line comments) and this thread https://balletalert.invisionzone.com/topic/43862-new-royal-ballet-swan-lake/
  2. Geoff

    ENO / The Guardian

    Only just seen this piece about the troubles of the ENO: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/29/eno-quentin-tarantino-powerhouse-opera-financial-crisis? Unusually interesting comments afterwards.
  3. Do you mean during the show or at the curtain calls MAB (I was not at Glyndebourne so am not clear what happened)? If it was at the end one could imagine alcohol consumed during the long interval may have played a part.
  4. It's all politics. To unpick the history of the recent appointments in Vienna would take pages but, suffice to say, it's not about the work, the dancers or the audience.
  5. Bumping this up as it's on soon. Happy to reduce the price for the same reason!
  6. Many thanks Jan (I don't have Facebook). Is the first half of the show up as well?
  7. I'm being thick and can't find the link to the recording. Can someone help?
  8. Quick shout out to two of the Emerging Dancer candidates who did well on Friday night: Daniel McCormick's Bluebird was greatly appreciated by the crowd (even better on the first night, I felt, but strong nonetheless) and Connie Vowles' White Cat offered a most appealing alternative to the usual gentlemen-prefer-blondes characterisation. Good luck tomorrow!
  9. At the risk of being repetitive, have you tried Googling Wayne Sleep + Neapolitan? That brings up a famous recording showing one way this can go.
  10. Sadly can't now use my ticket for Sleeping Beauty this coming Wednesday 13th (Takahashi). Aisle seat in the balcony £14. Able to meet before the performance. Please PM as well as posting here.
  11. Thanks capybara. Has anyone got a list of all the pieces and performers, for the benefit of those of us who couldn't be there?
  12. Yes Barry was (mostly) on tv. Here is a little more on Neil (no relation I think), assuming we can trust Wikipedia that is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Norman
  13. We were given a public update tonight during the Backstage Insight event. The stage management team said that, although they knew in advance that Osipova would make her Act III variation entrance (the "fouetté" entrance) from the opposite side of the stage to the other Odiles, they had no prior knowledge of what she would do next, ie the turns round the stage. With, if I understood correctly, the result that the follow spots weren't ready or able to follow her. That was a perhaps comical side note. Less amusing was a hint of what some have feared, that the fouettés were abandoned because of a "possible injury". Or so they told us. I hope she's ok. Fouettés or no fouettés, injury or no injury, it was, as others have said, a stunning performance.
  14. Wasn't Neil Norman a film critic when he was younger?