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  1. SwissBalletFan

    Swan Lake - World Cup!

    As fifa is based in Switzerland. Viktorina Kapitonova and Elena Vostrotina featured in their magazine. Great photos of ‘Footballet’ https://www.fifa.com/mm/Document/AF-Magazine/FIFA1904/02/92/46/23/12_EN_2017_LowRES_12_Neutral.pdf
  2. A friendly reminder that this is a thread about Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
  3. The whole thread agrees that people have their favorite dancers and people can wax lyrical about their favorite dancers, I don’t mind at all. That you go from a lighthearted moo to worrying about freedom of expression is a bit of a stretch. Everyone is free to go crazy about their favorite dancers, but they also need to be balanced about replying if people do not share their own views. It is actually usually those who have these ‘sacred cows’ that complain and act so defensively if people don’t share their views as I expressed in my first paragraph. Edited to add: also reacted so strongly to light -hearted comments. I could have cried Xenophopia about being a Swiss cow-lover, but I take it with a sense of fun.
  4. One of the downsides of contemplating sharing any thoughts on this forum are the strong reactions when any poster mentions a favorite dancer of other members (sacred cow) in anything but the most glowing of terms. However, since reading this thread, I love the term sacred cow, and when I read any of the many gushing fan posts, I now automatically ‘moo’ in my mind.
  5. Sorry for stating the obvious I wasn’t aware of the significance of the term I will stay away from any comment about the UK government. The partnership description seems like something an arts council or government would be responsible for anyway, so I hope it is successful in reaching more of a diverse group of fans. I am not sure how many of the original diverse inhabitants still live in East London after the redevelopment for the Olympics etc.. but hopefully it seems that there will be some television/cinema screenings to reach such a larger number of people and benefit everyone.
  6. You are all majority shareholders of the company, as the UK government still has a roughly 70% stake in RBS.
  7. About the typo, probably just someone forgetting to change the letters after an update of the brochure from last year. A very common human error. even google Translate would know this, which is actually very sophisticated these days. however the link seems to not work when I last checked
  8. The reason I mention about the quote is that it was only for ‘definitely’ which implies the other part not in quotation marks must have been the question. As in: q) do you think that this could cause political resentment in Russia? a) definitely and I totally agree, this isn’t really anywhere near an important issue as others. as others have said, other dancers have gotten visas ok, and the immigration department has said that it was due to an incorrect visa application. i would also add that the quality of dance ‘journalism’ in the dance magazine websites etc is really poor, just promoting the headline and sentiment without even looking into the facts at all.
  9. indeed Bruce, and could just be a matter that the visa IS for groups of entertainers and in the past they have been a bit more easy-going with it. Seems like they just made a mistake with the visa, and it's very much a mountain out of nothing at all. 'Definitely' it could create political resentment in russia. So pretty much a loaded question already was posed. Seems the writer already had the direction of the article in mind. 'They didn't say anything last time', or 'i got away with it before' isn't really an excuse to expect a visa permitted in the wrong category. Case closed I think.
  10. To me it seems like assoluta knows....and is keeping us guessing.... no clues???
  11. SwissBalletFan

    Are 32 fouettés necessary?

    I meant more about these modern times. Technique has of course developed, and so it is more usual to see fouettés as a basic technical need now, and an expectation to dance the role. I think it is less of an ask to see 32 fouettés, than to see an artistic display as Plisetskaya. When I write expectation I mean as a spectator who has bought a ticket to watch a Swan Lake performance in any part of the world.
  12. SwissBalletFan

    Are 32 fouettés necessary?

    I am not sure why you feel the need to capitalize, seems a bit passive aggressive. The 32 fouettés are the steps of the choreography, any departure from this is a distraction of the intention of the piece. Only completing 32 fouettés should not be a challenge to a Principal dancer of any company. Doubles and triples can be added if wished by the artist, however you describing any dancer completing 32 as superlative technicians is not correct, it is a basic requirement. Any my artists that cannot complete the choreography as required on a regular basis (96 in training would ensure this), simply is not suitable for the role. There are many other ballets and roles that a dancer can show off their artistic skills, without changing the choreography. There are many more challenging requirements above the basic steps to be a wonderful Swan, and these are the aspects that raise some performances of ballerinas way above others. Ballerinas should be looking at the highest level of the artistic elements of the role in fragility, and playing the two roles, rather than excusing their lack of technique, or most likely application to training, to complete the basic 32 fouettés.
  13. SwissBalletFan

    Are 32 fouettés necessary?

    Many of the best dancers treat 32 fouettés as a basic, doubles and triples can be thrown in as a sign of virtuosity, which is really a norm of dancers in good companies selected to perform the role. of course those talented and virtuous enough to complete this task also have been trained to ensure that their entire performance is dramatic and emotional enough to make the company proud. In Zürich, not a well known company, dancers complete doubles and triples on their way to 32 as they wish. It should not trouble a ballerina at the height of her powers. If it does then there are many roles for each style of dancer, not everyone is chosen as a leading dancer for Don Q, Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty or Balanchine etc., but each to their strengths compared to the other dancers in the company.
  14. It seems they will be demonstrating until 31st March due to a dispute regarding cleaning staff at ROH. http://internationaltimes.it/caiwu-demonstrating-at-royal-opera-house/
  15. Sorry to all, It was me who misread Angela’s post. Wow these are just the premieres, then it looks very exciting if there are some usual repertoire classics.