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  1. Vadim Muntagirov certainly stole last night's show as far as I was concerned, he looked happy and relaxed and danced and partnered like a dream again, and deservedly got the most applause of the evening after his solo, thought the audience a little muted overall. Lauren Cuthbertson was my favourite Sylvia of the three, with two outstanding Aminta's from Reece Clarke and Vadim Muntagirov, they both transformed a role that hasn't always been highly thought of. Really glad now that I braved the weather and travel warnings yesterday, didn't want to miss Sylvia!
  2. Saw last night's show, agree with Mummykool that it was so much more enjoyable overall and better produced than Men in Motion, a real pleasure to see the full-length Scriabiana, recognised a couple of the solo dances from DVDs, the problem for me was the low level lighting, plus not being able to use my opera glasses due to a Coliseum obstruction in my sightline and a high vantage point, I didn't know who the dancers were apart from a Polunin and Osipova pdd which perhaps was better lit, the funniest moment came at the last powerful solo when I thought it was Valentino Zucchetti and at the very end he was lit up to reveal Sergei Polunin Hope to see some photos to clarify but reading this thread perhaps not. Satori was better lit, in fact the visual aspect was superb, designs, lighting, and projections, it looked and felt rather like a Dali landscape, and gave a sense of being in a dream, nice choreography I thought too ,plus a really good little boy dancer, I was pleasantly surprised!
  3. Many thanks for the photos, especially Lauren Cuthbertson and Reece Clarke, I think I was on such a high after seeing them on Wednesday that I didn't appreciate Friday's as much as I should have, although Vadim Muntagirov's dancing was heavenly as always, still have next week and Natalia Osipova/Federico Bonelli to go. I was thinking that I would love to see Yuhui Choe and Yasmine Naghdi as Sylvia also! Didn't catch the cast changes on Friday, think they were small roles at the end including Fumi Kaneko.
  4. I copied the Canadian version from TV onto VHS tape at the time, rusty old aerial, mono, analogue, dreadful picture and sound, and then copied it to DVD, and finally now if I play it back through a Blu-Ray I think it does look better, so there must be proper technical ways.
  5. Sylvia always makes me feel very sentimental, I saw it at the ROH in 1965 on my second trip to the ballet, and was enchanted by it and have been ever since, I was very happy with last night's performance, I have booked for all 3 casts but if I could only have gone once it would have been to this one, the first time I have seen Lauren Cuthbertson as Sylvia and thought she was beautiful in the role, Reece Clarke gave an outstanding debut, hope there are some photos of them. In fact everyone seemed to be dancing well and enjoying themselves and Nehemiah Kish was back as Orion!
  6. Christmas television?

    La Boheme is good news, I saw this performance at the cinema and loved it!
  7. Yes, I bought a Balcony ticket fairly near the start too, but then they must have stopped selling them, last night was about half full at most, the 2 outer blocks and back rows were empty, I presumed it was so popular it had sold out, but obviously not. The Svetlana Zakharova is easier to understand, the Balcony was not on sale until almost the last minute.
  8. Just my own personal feelings, the first thing to strike me was how empty the Balcony was, as no tickets had been on sale I assumed it had sold out, another of the Coliseum's strange policies and guaranteed to anger anyone who wanted to sit there, as indeed the sudden decision to sell the Balcony for Svetlana Zakharova has angered me after I reluctantly bought an upper circle one! Just before the performance began, a man dressed as a rather camp Adolf Hitler(Daniel Proietto) entered in front of the curtain and started to rant, I thought it was just a warm-up joke but it went on and on, 20 minutes or more and was the first item on the programme, followed by an orchestral interlude, the music from Sleeping Beauty that Rudolf Nureyev used as a long solo for the Prince in the Vision Scene, so for the first 30 or so minutes there was no dancing at all, people were growing restless and as soon as the curtain went up everyone applauded in anticipation, and the real evening began. My favourites were Marian Walter who bravely danced the first ballet called Berlin, to Max Richter music and good choreography by Ludovic Ondiviela, Afterlight danced by Daniel Proietto who got an ovation, Petruschka danced by Anton Lukovkin although it was totally wrong for the occasion, Mathieu Ganio dancing Nureyev's solo for Siegfried act 1, System/A.1 which was a strange but thought provoking pdd for Matthew Ball and Ivan Putrov about what I presumed was a man with a new male Doll, and the Proust pdd for Marian Walter again with Alessandro Staiano. Although I was looking forward to Irek Mukhamedov I couldn't honestly say I enjoyed the final ballet, instead of the 9.30pm finish it was 10.20pm.
  9. I haven't read any of today's press comments yet, looking forward to Clement Crisp, but my views are probably close to others, firstly I have never particularly been impressed by Twyla Tharp's works, although I haven't seen many, but was expecting to like Farewell ,the most I can say is that it was a pleasure to see Sarah Lamb back and dancing with Steven McRae in the sort of ballet that they do so well, i.e. those with an extrovert showbiz character, didn't like the drab costumes or lighting, and wasn't really keen on the choreography especially all the sliding, Joseph Sissens was notable though. I will read the programme before I go again next week, especially with reference to the music. I liked The Wind, actually wished it had been longer as it could have been a much better work, Edward Watson was the highlight for me, I took him to personify the wind itself, and also a ghost of the past presiding over his former land, he was quite spooky. It was similar in style to other Arthur Pita works in that it had a very black sense of humour, and unreality. Those were the best aspects, the wind machines themselves made me smile, and the idea of nearly blowing the dancers off the stage struck me as rather stupid, especially the pdd where Natalia Osipova has to hang on to her huge wedding veil as she is lifted by Thiago Soares, noticed them smiling as they fought with the wind! Credit to the dancers for bringing drama to their parts in these circumstances! Although the second interval had been shortened to 25 minutes I still couldn't bear the thought of sitting through it for Untouchable, I don't like these similar dark lighting modern ballets together in one evening, not a well balanced triple bill, but worth the £14 ticket for sure!
  10. I saw Friday's performance too, although I missed Penguin Café which was already not due to end until 10.25pm, SW is becoming less enjoyable for me to go to these days, the heat in the second circle whilst waiting for ages to go into the auditorium was unbearable, still I'm glad I did go as I enjoyed the first two ballets very much, Celine Gittens and Brandon Lawrence were the main dancers in Arcadia, couldn't quite work out the scenario but just enjoyed the dancers, music and scenery, would have liked the lights up a bit more. A strange coincidence seeing two versions of Baiser after such a long gap, I think the Macmillan choreography was better, although Lachlan Monaghan had a great solo in Michael Corder's, in both ballets the Young Man seemed the main character.
  11. Oh dear, just read The Times 2 star review!
  12. I would have liked to see Aladdin but decided that SW twice in one week wasn't a good idea, am going tomorrow, have just checked TFL website and the buses seem to be okay again southward from SW to Victoria and Waterloo.
  13. I've noticed that the 7.15pm starts don't apply to triple bills which have 30 minute intervals and finish at 10.30pm, wonder why, I had a horrible rush on Thursday, just hope that Untouchable is the last ballet and I can choose to give it a miss! The casting for the new ballets looks exciting!
  14. Sea of Troubles was another treat last night, although I didn't get many Hamlet references, I really enjoyed the choreography which was more balletic than I had imagined, especially for the 3 girls, it consisted of many short episodes over the 35 minutes, and very intense performance from the 6 dancers, a hit! Gloria has always been a favourite of mine, good to see it again after what seems a long time, a perfect ballet. I thought Judas Tree got a great performance too and was more impressed with the ballet than I can remember, I haven't seen it many times, only watched it on DVD's, but in the theatre it does have huge impact , from high above the staging and choreography looked splendid actually(although I couldn't see Canary Wharf at all) Bennet Gartside was much nastier than I imagined he would be, and a marvellous performance from Melissa Hamilton, everyone was totally committed. I always thought what an amazing ballet it was for a man in his sixties to create. Think I was getting tired by Elite and the long intervals didn't help, liked the guest performances the most, especially Maureya Lebowitz and Mathias Dingman in The Golden Hours, and Kevin Poeung in Friday Night, good contrast with the other ballets though, the 2 tickets only cost me £22 so a bargain night!
  15. Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at the V&A

    I went on Saturday, before seeing Alice, glad someone else had problems with the headphones, I hate them but was told "all you have to do is press start as you enter the exhibition", that wasn't true, as usual I had problems, besides which I can't really listen to music and concentrate on texts and looking at exhibits, so I gave up, felt much more relaxed anyway. It is probably more enjoyable if you know more than me about opera, but it is very well presented and theatrical, loved all the costumes, the Venetian glass at the beginning, the London stage set (think I got the right music for that), Mozart's piano, lots of interesting maps of the cities too, has made me want to know more about the history of opera. Once you get underground you have no idea of space, it didn't seem as big as I though it would be, but the staircases up and down are very interesting modern architecture.