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  1. This is really bad Bluebird. Might I suggest you send you a quick email to the new and supposedly wonderful Customer Services E-Mail (customerservices@roh.org.uk)? Just a link to your comment should be enough to make the point. As you probably know there is another thread on here for feeding back what - if anything - you get by way of response and action:
  2. Might it be relevant to point out that anything Osipova does is bound to be interesting?
  3. For anyone who didn’t get tickets for the long-sold-out Insight on the new Forza, new seats for sale just popped up on the website. Currently four available.
  4. Today's review: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/sep/19/royal-opera-house-linbury-theatre-open-up-stanton-williams Has anyone been inside yet?
  5. On Wednesday 6 March Alex Beard, Chief Executive of The Royal Opera House, is the guest speaker at a meeting of the Ballet Association in London. He will be answering questions, which need to be submitted in advance. 6 March should leave enough time for anyone not already a member of this excellent organisation to join.
  6. Just to say, a few tickets for this just popped up on the website
  7. Geoff

    David McVicar's Adriana

    This is still online, for those who want to see for themselves: https://youtu.be/NnT4QTdzP_I
  8. I was just asking about the Festival in general terms. Sometimes shows are streamed,, sometimes not, and perhaps someone knows if there are any plans. It would be good to be forewarned.
  9. No chance this might be streamed internationally, I suppose?
  10. Just in case anyone wandered in here thinking this might be a historical discussion about great dancers, this thread (slightly oddly titled, maybe a mod could adjust?) is concerned with an allegedly popular BBC television series called “The Greatest Dancer”. As I am currently out of the UK I had to look this up to work out what people are talking about.
  11. The Daily Telegraph reports on events coming up in 2019 at ROH:- https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/25/royal-opera-house-join-metoo-era-challenges-misogyny-stage-asking/
  12. This BBC4 film about circus (available on IPlayer for another fortnight) has a sequence with Gandini juggling: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001jfn The relevance for the Forum is that Gandini - who I first became aware of as the best part of the recent ENO production of Akhnaten - collaborate with choreographers. From the lively and enjoyable snatches of work shown in this film, there are a couple of current RB choreographers who could usefully benefit from considering joining this trend.
  13. Geoff

    Mime in Swan Lake

    Well the pictures come up fine on my IPad, just needed a bit of patience. Great details, eg the mime for “lake”. Many thanks DQFan!
  14. I have hugely enjoyed the first two episodes of this well-made series (last one coming up on Friday). McRae can certainly tap dance but it struck me that his style is quite a long way from what Astaire did (never mind his use of what looked like heavy off-the-peg shoes) so I would be interested to hear from someone who knows about the history of tap. Are the differences a function, for example, of where one learns, or from whom, or the era, or simply personal style?
  15. Any chance of a live stream or whatever, for us elsewhere?
  16. Geoff

    Simon Boccanegra

    Wonderful first night last night, it felt like the "old days" (ie real voices, the orchestra playing like they meant it and had rehearsed). At the curtain calls the audience kept the cast rather longer than usual as well: everyone knew that things had gone really well. I will be going back at least twice.
  17. A bit more here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b088n7s9 Looks good: Neil Brand’s previous series have been authoritative and interesting.
  18. Geoff

    New ROH cast sheets

    Unless you have a better email suggestion Bluebird, this address is probably the best we’ve got. All I said is that this should get the information to the right person (I assume it will be passed on and by someone sympathetic to access issues at that!)
  19. Geoff

    New ROH cast sheets

    Coated, this is really very useful. I believe ROH - given its various commitments to the Arts Council - could benefit from what you say. Might you like to contact them, just forwarding your post to them should be enough? The email address which appears repeatedly throughout the ROH website is boxoffice.access@roh.org.uk This should ensure your information reaches the right person.
  20. Do you mean for a particular performance, as previously announced, or do you mean Osipova has withdrawn from all performances Shade? The website is currently showing her dancing on three nights.
  21. Any chance of a step by step guide? I am on a laptop, and have now spent some time inside YouTube (and have tried Googling how to do this) but all I can find are ways to add captions one writes oneself. Help!
  22. Many thanks John, you must be right and my memory (as usual) at fault! Apologies.
  23. For this beginner, there remains something which is not quite sorted out: the Shades alternate (every other one does the arabesque on the right leg, interwoven with all the others on their left) How does that work, why is it done and what is the impact (visually as well as physically)? Here is a relevant link to another part of the ROH website (haven’t found the clip you mentioned, Fonty, can you help with this as well?:- https://www.roh.org.uk/news/behind-the-scenes-rehearsing-la-bayaderes-kingdom-of-the-shades
  24. The series is affectionately remembered under the title ‘The House’ but your version is what appears on screen. One important correction: the person you are recalling was the then ROH boss, Sir Jeremy Isaacs. Here’s a link: https://youtu.be/2_-HRQ2YaQw