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  1. This struck me as pragmatism more than anything else, much like Steven McRae making a point of getting a degree in Business Management (which Campbell said in his Dance Europe interview that he's also doing), Elizabeth Harrod earning nutritionist qualifications, Eric Underwood and various other dancers developing modeling and clothing design sidelines, and so forth.
  2. Mimi

    Alice in Wonderland insight

    McRae described the process as Wheeldon coming up with the sounds, while he provided the steps to match them. Sissens, I thought, already had a much better-defined sense of characterization than Richardson, although the latter's tap technique was cleaner. It's hard to tell what will travel over from a rehearsal, though. Incidentally, Campbell mentioned on his Instagram feed that he's no longer dancing this role.
  3. They're shown in a mix of chains and independents. Our major local indie, for example, picked up the opera broadcasts after the chain dropped them. The indie actually promotes the operas, whereas the chain did zip.
  4. Our city lost all the RB transmissions for just this reason. There were no promotions of any sort for the RB, so you had to already know that they existed. The tickets were inexpensive, but without ads, nobody came to the theatre. I have vague hopes that the local art-house cinema may have picked up the ballet season to go along with the operas, but I suspect not.
  5. Dancers like Akane Takada have explained that they were informed about promotions during their individual season-end conferences with the AD.
  6. Wait, Hayward and Campbell are still dancing Clara and the Nutcracker? The Knave casting for Alice is interesting--I had thought it would be Ball and/or Clarke appearing, not Ball, Campbell, and Sambe.
  7. He presented the Giselle Insight last year, although that one wasn't streamed.
  8. I see I got some predictions correct: Alice, Elite Syncopations, Giselle, Manon. Admittedly, I expected either Giselle or Manon, not both, and not quite so much in the way of Elite Syncopations. Or of Swan Lake, for that matter. More surprised by the lack of Forsythe, if only because they were staging him this year--hasn't it been forever since RB did In the Middle?--and by no Les Patineurs.
  9. This point comes across frequently in biographies of choreographers-turned-directors. Agnes de Mille, Gower Champion, and Jerome Robbins, for example, not only expected actors to obey orders like the dancers, but also to move precisely as directed. The actors, meanwhile, expected far more control over their physicality. Something had to give--usually the chastened director-choreographer!
  10. Ironically enough, probably Orlando. One of the reasons I found the "Becomings" act so frustrating when I saw it during the first run was that it missed just about all of the novel's lightness and humor.
  11. Yes, in a short-lived exchange program that had seemed to puzzle people more than anything else, thanks to the casting.
  12. If you go to the end of the comments, the ROH has plans to release this year's Nutcracker livestream on DVD.
  13. In all the photographs I've seen of them in close proximity, there doesn't seem to be any appreciable height difference that isn't down to Campbell's springier hair FLOSS pointed out last year that Campbell had clearly hit his ballerina height limit in Nutcracker when partnering Morera, who is not tall.
  14. The only additional change I spotted is that Howells is no longer listed as a soloist.
  15. The Problem of the Journal is partly a source issue, because the Creature doesn't mention it at all until he describes learning how to read. He really was just lugging it about in Victor's stolen coat. Unfortunately, there's probably no good way to convey that the Creature was reading Goethe, Plutarch, and Milton...