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Alice Shortcake

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  • Birthday 05/02/1960

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  1. More info here: http://www.russian-national-ballet.com
  2. Watched once - just not my cup of tea. £16 including postage and packing.
  3. Have there been any alterations to the reanimation scene, in which Victor made the monster from spare parts in about 90 seconds?
  4. I'm baffled by Amazon's claim that the recently released 'Onegin' is Region 1 and therefore unsuitable for most DVD players in the UK, yet according to C Major's website the DVD is Region O. Has anyone here bought a copy from Amazon UK?
  5. I've brought Cheryl's misleading comments to the attention of the Royal Ballet. More info if and when I get a response.
  6. Does anyone remember a 1980s BBC show, the title of which I've forgotten, that was presented as the dance equivalent of the Cardiff Singer of the World competition? I vaguely remember that the programme featured young people performing ballet and contemporary dance, but I can't remember if it was a series or a one-off. As for Cheryl Cole, it's worth bearing in mind that anyone can edit a Wikipedia article...
  7. I can't remember a thing about the Schaufuss Nutcracker other than that it involved a Sea of Lemonade and nutcracker dolls of various sizes. On the night I saw it at the Royal Festival Hall there were no programnes, and I had absolutely no idea what was happening on stage!
  8. Also forthcoming from C Major, Christian Spuck's reworking of 'The Nutcracker' for Zurich Ballet: https://www.cmajor-entertainment.com/movie/the-nutcracker-9533/
  9. More info here: https://www.cmajor-entertainment.com/movie/john-crankos-onegin-a05050527/
  10. Probably the greatest-ever response to a noisy audience member: Jon Vickers, as Tristan, is as mad as hell and he isn't going to take the coughing any more!
  11. My viewing of "Swan Lake" at the local Picturehouse was somewhat marred by the smelly feet of a woman sitting near me, who kept taking her shoes off every few minutes.
  12. I saw the production at York Picturehouse and also thought that the lighting was inadequate. And it's very annoying that after thirty years of complaints about Siegfried's dark tights making him blend into the background the new production makes exactly the same mistake! Otherwise I enjoyed the production tremendously, with a few reservations: 1) Too much Benno, not enough Siegfried. I found myself wondering if the prominence of the prince's personable young friend at court was the real reason why the queen was so anxious to marry her son off to the first available princess. 2) Glitter. Did we really need quite so much? Surely the queen has enough on her mind without risking a Glitter Gap between her own country and the adjoining fairytale nations. 3) Rothbart's costume. Tatty wings, mangled head, exposed ribs...this is what happens when a large bird smashes into a speeding car (or would be if birds had ribs instead of wishbones). The word "roadkill" crossed my mind every time Rothbart appeared in his part-time sorceror outfit. I've never understood why, if Odette can appear in swan form without the aid of wings and a prosthetic beak, Rothbart has to be lumbered with avian - usually owl-like - characteristics. The result is invariably ludicrous, and a bit pointless if Rothbart already looks like Vladimir Putin's even more evil twin. On the whole, though, I thought the production was a vast improvement on the previous one. It's a relief to know that Siegfried's old tutor is now serving a lengthy prison sentence, or at least enrolled with Alcoholics Anonymous, and that Uncle Fester's pink opera cape is unlikely to be seen outside the walls of the Addams family mansion.
  13. Slightly OTT, but am I right in thinking that there were two versions of the pre-Dowell Swan Lake? The choreography may have been identical but, according to a notebook in which I recorded my visits to the theatre in the early 80s, there were two sets of designs by Leslie Hurry, one of them darker and and more medieval than the other. All this talk of princesses in tutus reminds me of a fairly recent German Swan Lake set in the late 19th century, in which Rothbart was the Prime Minister with marital designs on the widowed Queen and the princesses wore tutus with their family coats of arms embroidered on the skirt.
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