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  1. There is a shop on Manchester Road in Altrincham called Fit to Dance, that’s quite a bit nearer than Warrington 😊 They have a website if you’d like to check them out
  2. Thank you Sim for sharing such wonderful memories. I’m very sad to hear this news. I vividly remember Kevin as Tybalt (and Koen as Mercutio) at a performance of R and J at the Leeds Grand in October 1986. Utterly thrilling! After the performance I *had* to see it again and bought a balcony ticket for £1 for the Saturday matinee. I saw him in the years following in various roles including in the incomparable Swansong. A special dancer and clearly a special person, I am very sorry for your loss.
  3. Thanks for this warmly enthusiastic review Odyssey- I’m on my way to Birmingham to see it, and this has given me a taster of what to look out for. It’s been a long time since I saw BRB and I’m very excited!
  4. There was indeed a biography and photo of Mr Camargo in the red programme. It’s on the page before the bio of KOH, with the bios of creatives. I’ve tried to upload a pic but it’s too large!
  5. I’ve just got home from today’s matinee, a really joyous afternoon. There was so much to enjoy, a number of strong performances. I thought Kaneko and Camargo were a delightful pairing, with plenty of chemistry. They thoroughly deserved the loud cheers at the curtain calls.
  6. I’m going to the Bromley performance- this press release has certainly whetted my appetite! So Ballet Boyz will be on this week’s ‘Greatest Dancer’, following Rambert last Saturday - I’ll be watching with interest
  7. Once I got to the virtual queue it moved rapidly...although I managed to accidentally exit and ended up re-queueing 🙁 hope people have managed to get the tickets they wanted
  8. I shall be at the Birmingham performance on March 2nd, a thoughtful Christmas gift, and very much looking forward to seeing it
  9. I had to finish my comment this morning somewhat abruptly as I was going out for the day. I wanted to reiterate how much I enjoyed and appreciated ENB’s Manon, and that I think, like other posters above, that the partnership of Frola and McWhinney was something special. I’ve now seen Frola in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Manon, and his dancing moved me deeply every time.
  10. Irmgard, your long review above did exactly that for me when I read it yesterday morning and it really whetted my appetite for yesterday’s matinee, different cast notwithstanding. I’d like to echo the thanks of other posters for your deeply insightful responses. I was profoundly moved yesterday afternoon by the performance of Frola and McWhinney; the thunderous applause they received was richly deserved. They had total chemistry as a partnership, the first bedroom pd2 in particular was just everything I want to feel when I go to the ballet.
  11. Thanks JohnS, I hadn’t yet looked at all the TV and radio links so was not aware of this programme (I have the Radio Times double issue too, and have barely opened it!) I will listen to the programme this afternoon.
  12. Link to article mentioned above https://www.theguardian.com/music/2011/dec/16/tchaikovksy-nutcracker-ballet
  13. I attended the evening performance on December 20th with my daughters. We usually go to a matinee between Christmas and New Year, so it was interesting to note the different response from an evening pre-Christmas audience- it was noisier but in a very appreciative way. I saw the same main cast that Irmgard mentions above, and I would echo her comments about both Shiori Kase and Francesco Gabriele Frola. Shiori Kase was utterly beguiling from her first entrance and I was very moved by her pas de deux with the injured Nutcracker. Daniel McCormack was also excellent here, and I look forward to seeing more of his dancing. The grand pdd in Act 2 was another highlight for me, Frola dancing with great power and charisma and Shiori also dazzling. My daughters were extremely impressed with Sophie Carter as young Clara, her dancing was assured and enchanting. I have mixed feelings about the character dances in Act 2, but I was riveted by Fernanda Carratalá Coloma in the Spanish, and excited to see one of my favourite ENB dancers, Rina Kanehara, in the Chinese dance. The music, as ever, was wonderful. May I take this opportunity to highlight a wonderful piece from the Guardian, written seven years ago, but still available to read online, written by Gavin Plumley, about Tchaikovsky’s music for the Nutcracker. It perfectly explained for me why aspects of the music never fail to have me in tears! I’ll try to get a link to the article. So - overall, a lovely evening and I’m greatly looking forward to Swan Lake on the 11th Jan. Happy New Year to all.
  14. I booked (at different times) for all three ENB ballets at the Coliseum, and it looks like I have a Frola hat trick! I’m very excited about seeing him dance.
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