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Beryl H

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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. The Bolshoi website has put up some really fascinating photos of the new Nureyev ballet, via Theatre/Press Office/Photos.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Enjoyed last night's performance, it gave me a chance to see different casts plus Alexander Campbell who replaced Valentino Zuchetti as Hans-Peter, I hadn't seen any cast change lists so I was very surprised to see him, he has made this role his own and partnered Meaghan Grace Hinkis well at presumably short notice. I particularly liked Matthew Ball and Joseph Sissens in the Chinese, Tierney Heap in the Arabian, and Melissa Hamilton as the Rose Fairy, think she would be a lovely Aurora! Akane Takada and Ryoichi Hirano looked very elegant in the grand pdd and Akane Takada was so exquisite and ideal for this role.
  17. Bolshoi Nureyev

    Many thanks for the video, I want to see this more and more now, I'm hoping there could be an extra cinema relay, or possibly a short season at the Coliseum!
  18. 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!
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. Christmas television?

    La Boheme is good news, I saw this performance at the cinema and loved it!
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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