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  1. I was also disappointed to find Anxiety in the middle, had been hoping to leave early, quite a struggle to keep going actually, especially with 30 minute intervals, even after a 19 minute ballet. Nice to see some colour in the Yugen costumes, although red does seem to crop up a lot these days, lyrical slow dancing, but not sure what is was about (programme not helpful, more about the music than the dance). Anxiety looks fabulous and that's it, no real dancing until Tristan Dyer's solo at the end. Glad I stayed because I loved Corybantic Games, whatever it means, there was an Ancient Greek feel to it evoking the Olympic Games, Tierney Heap had a marvellous solo, costumes look both ancient and modern, except for the black ribbons flying about, lighting evocative, look forward to seeing this one again but it's quite a boring evening overall!
  2. Great pictures, apart from the first curtain call, I had to dash out to catch the 10.30pm train and then spent 20 minutes fuming as it was delayed! All 3 performances I saw of Giselle were very special ones, the Albrecht's were new and the only Giselle I had seen before was Natalia Osipova, I thought we had seen enough of Giselle recently but how wrong I was! Friday had the best pas de six of them all too, especially Yuhui Choe and James Hay.
  3. I noticed Alexander Campbell discarded the skirt before his solo, good idea, liked his punchy dancing, I was really disappointed not to see Akane Takada though, as I had seen Francesca Hayward last time, wished I had gone looking for a cast change sheet so I was prepared! Fumi Kaneko danced beautifully, she has such a fluid style, Federico Bonelli was a little muted at first but much more expressive from then on, the final act was moving, good partnership too. Lukas BB was Polixenes, yet another exciting young male dancer, and was glad to see Tierney Heap for the first time as Paulina, Beatriz Stix- Brunell and Benjamin Ella danced the other couple, so another good night and cast!
  4. The Sunday Times has a review of the Naghdi/Ball and Hayward/Campbell Giselle today, plus the first night of Winter's Tale, all very favourable to Matthew Ball
  5. Enjoyed last night's Winter's Tale more than I did last time round, although it's not my favourite ballet, possibly due to the music, but it seemed tighter last night and had a marvellous cast, Ryoichi Hirano's less overtly expressive Leontes worked for me, and Claire Calvert was serene as Hermione. The second Act was a real joy, Francesca Hayward and James Hay, and Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Benjamin Ella were thrilling couples, and good to see Reece Clarke as Polixenes but he did seem a bit young for the role. Sitting high up made me appreciate the scenery and the special effects more, which probably is the reason the ballet is so popular. Looking forward to Fumi Kaneko and Federico Bonelli, and I think I'll book for the cinema now, the chance to see Ryoichi Hirano again and Vadim Muntagirov is enticing!
  6. Agree with all comments, thought I was seeing Alina again, Giselle suits Francesca Hayward perfectly, and have never seen such an emotional Alexander Campbell who looked close to tears throughout Act 2, also sensational Myrtha from Mayara Magri, such strong footwork and huge jetes yet all her dancing was soundless and soft, I applauded 3 times during her opening solo, my new favourite Myrtha! Nice to see the very fluid Fumi Kaneko in the peasant pdd too. Looking forward to seeing the photo's now.
  7. Yes, I was always slightly on the left and never did see the Sylphide disappear up the chimney or from the chair! I thought of upgrading but decided to stick with my £12 seats, the front row of the Balcony gives an amazing view, compared to the ROH amphi ticket which cost £35 and felt much further away from the stage!
  8. I was at the Saturday matinee and there appeared to be more ballet fans about, good atmosphere and more applause than at some of the other performances I had been to, nice way to end this mini season, I saw 5 La Sylphides in total, the McWhinney/Arrieta cast twice, thought they were slightly better on Saturday. My favourite cast was the Takahashi/Tamayo/Kloborg one, it seemed more in the Danish spirit somehow, probably due to Eva Kloborg, I found the other Madges not quite as dramatic Cesar Corrales was as amazing and intense as Ivan Vasiliev in Jeunne Homme, whereas Isaac Hernandez was softer, but just as anguished, not a bad thing, missed seeing Joseph Caley. Although I always sat high up and missed some of the scenery, The Times review confirmed that the flashing Citreon sign was missing, wonder why. Shame there were so many empty seats, out of the 5 performances I was able to sit in the seat I had booked three times, the other 2 times I was moved to the Upper Circle, ENB don't seem to have a regular audience for the cheaper seats although the Stalls and Dress Circle always seemed full.
  9. The Bolshoi website has put up some really fascinating photos of the new Nureyev ballet, via Theatre/Press Office/Photos.
  10. An absolutely beautiful performance last night from Akane Takada and Benjamin Ella, a perfect partnership in every way, couldn't believe it was his debut, plus finally got to see Claire Calvert's Myrtha, one of those very special Covent Garden nights!!!
  11. Just a brief word because I'm going again tomorrow, thrilled by Tamara Rojo and Ivan Vasiliev in the Petit, although obviously slightly less high-powered, the Begona Cao and Isaac Hernandez debuts were exciting too, looking forward to Cesar Corrales tomorrow ! Lovely performances in La Sylphide both nights especially by Rina Kanehara who was enchanting, Henry Dowden is looking very good, saw him both nights as Gurn, will say more after seeing tomorrow's, a little confused by all the different names at the moment whilst juggling cast sheets, especially as one of them says Song of the Earth when it was Jeunne Homme!
  12. I saw Saturday evening's performance and as on Wednesday I liked the way ENB danced Song of the Earth, it felt more lyrical and less full of gloom than usual, and it was great to see Tamara Rojo, wish she was dancing the Sylphide too. Liked the first Sylphide cast on Saturday, looking forward to seeing different ones this week, I'm not booked to see him but won't mind if Ciro Tamayo dances James again! Good to see the Balcony almost full again, hope ticket sales pick up this week.
  13. Went last night, although I was disappointed the Balcony had been closed, for once I had a comfortable seat and a good view in the Upper Circle, lots of others didn't as there was the usual musical chairs during the intervals. Although I'm never going to really like Song of the Earth I did quite enjoy last night, I felt it was lighter in mood than usual, for me a good thing though it probably shouldn't have been, looked out for Henry Dowden as I read he was born in Sussex (Haywards Heath), thought he gave an excellent debut as The Messenger, and saw Jurgita Dronina for the first time as The Woman, remember particularly also liking Tiffany Hedman and James Streeter together. It was La Sylphide I went to see and I was very happy with the production and the cast, Erina Takahashi was light and ethereal and ideal for the Sylphide, Ciro Tamayo was a revelation as James, and of course Eva Kloborg lived the role of Madge, was also very impressed with Daniel Kraus as Gurn and Francesca Velicu as Effie, glad I went last night, lots of new dancers to enjoy!
  14. ENB Coliseum Jan 2018

    Isn't it a shame that all those people who have packed the Coliseum for Nutcracker don't want to see something different this week with the same Company, can never understand it!
  15. I wonder if there's a printing error, there are so many £29 amphi seats, the same price to sit in the centre block from rows P-S and at the very ends of the rows doesn't make sense.
  16. I presume the ROH is trying to copy the National Theatre in opening the theatre all day, whether that encourages people to buy tickets for the evening I very much doubt, especially at the ROH prices, I like to wander around the National Theatre in the afternoon sometimes to look at the free exhibitions, at the shop, and just sit and relax, but never think to buy a ticket unless already planned
  17. There are no prices on the seating plan for normal performances either, although there are for the opera, something about seat allocations changing which probably means less cheaper seats, also in the future there won't even be a seating plan in the Friends Brochure, looks as if they are trying to force everyone to book online.
  18. What a lot of ballet in June, Swan Lake at the ROH, Sleeping Beauty at the Coliseum 6-16th, BRB at SW 12-16th, and now another Company which at least doesn't clash at 21-23rd June!
  19. I probably say the same ballets every year, but without having to think too hard: La Bayadere (either the full length or Nureyev's Shades act) Cinderella (at Christmas, perhaps instead of or as well as Nutcracker) Daphnis and Chloe Images of Love Les Biches Onegin Raymonda act 3
  20. I saw Thursday evening's performance, which had beautiful performances by everyone, but James Hay was extra special, such elegance, and the ending when he and Bennet Gartside hugged each other moved me more than ever before!
  21. The main reason for most people going to see these programmes will probably be La Sylphide which is a charming old Romantic ballet like Giselle in 2 acts of about 30 minutes each. Both of the other ballets make a great contrast, it's easy for me to choose because I like Le Jeunne Homme as much as I dislike Song of the Earth, although I am hoping to see both as the Sylphide casts are different. Song of the Earth takes an hour and Jeunne Homme only 20 minutes, I find the music for Song of the Earth quite morbid and heavy but many people would disagree! Jeunne Homme is a strange one, music by Bach and surreal, but fascinating and has one of the best transformation scenes in ballet and a great role for the male dancer. Hope this helps, am sure others will have different views.
  22. I'd be very surprised if Liam Scarlett didn't want to create entirely new choreography for act 4, although I've yet to see anything that is as lyrical as Ivanov's which mirrors act 2, these days everyone seems to want more drama and less dancing, since I also loved the soft longer swan tutu's of the previous version I'm not really looking forward to it, the only good things so far are that Rothbart will be a dancing role, and Ashton's Neapolitan Dance will remain!
  23. I was surprised how dark this Cinderella was, too dark for my taste, particularly Cinderella's pervert brother and some of the hospital scenes, and I agree that there was very little dance content, the best and longest was the bedroom pdd near the end of the second act, that was superb. The designs were marvellous however, especially the depiction of wartime London, and loved the Prince's journey through the Underground looking for Cinderella, think it must look and sound much better in the theatre, please tell us what you think when you see it pianolady. Thank goodness for Frederick Ashton's version, he seems the only person able to bring out the beauty of the music.
  24. The continual intrusion of Hans-Peter and Clara in the second act is the only quibble I have about this very popular Peter Wright production, the latest addition is to have them sitting each end of the stage watching the grand pdd, which looks odd and uncomfortable for them, didn't they use to have thrones at the side of the stage as honoured guests? I like watching the Collier/Dowell DVD for this reason, Hans-Peter and Clara don't get such a long pdd at the end of the second act but the Snowflakes Waltz looks beautiful and I believe contains more Ivanov choreography, likewise the Waltz of the Flowers.
  25. Upcoming DVD/Blu-ray Releases

    The Nunez/Muntagirov Sleeping Beauty is due for DVD and Blu-Ray release on 2 February, Claire Calvert is the Lilac Fairy, does anyone remember who the Bluebirds are, hopefully Hayward/Sambe.