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Beryl H

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  1. Indeed, as a bird lover I wonder if I should object to any adverse parrot comments
  2. Yes, I saw him dance with Akane Takada last time, it was only his second performance and he had to dance with a different partner as Sarah Lamb was suddenly injured, even in those difficult circumstances it was an incredibly exciting performance. I've booked to see them again this time!
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    Upcoming DVD/Blu-ray Releases

    I have the Ashton Blu-Ray and think it is a particularly good recording, Symphonic Variations was very brightly lit anyway, but the other two ballets look exceptionally clear too, I can also hear the girls' pointe shoes in The Dream too which is unusual these days, and is like actually being at the ballet. I must have watched SV almost every night since I bought it, making up for lost time, I particularly like watching Yuhui Choe in this ballet!
  4. I've always wanted to dance Odette's second act 2 solo, Ashton's Aurora vision scene solo, and Nikiya's first act 1 solo in particular, they look particularly beautiful, and Myrthe's dances in act 2 Giselle, so strong and exhilarating. My two favourite heroines are Giselle and Nikiya.
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    FAVOURITE

    I'm with you on La Bayadere (the Russian and Nureyev productions rather than the RB one) also Giselle (the ENB Mary Skeaping version).
  6. Beryl H

    Rain - at last!

    My garden is full of pale young sparrows, they seem to have formed groups and yesterday I counted at least 20 at the same time (very difficult as they move so quickly) one poor little thing has no tail feathers but he is very agile. There are also parent sparrows feeding babies. It rained and thundered last night but today has been fine again although windy, hoping for more rain as the ground is still rock hard and cracked.
  7. I don't really like football, but I think there is a similarity between serious football fans and ballet fans, I often smile whilst travelling back on the train on a football night, they are discussing the performance of their team as we would discuss a ballet performance
  8. What a lovely surprise, many congratulations to them!
  9. Beryl H

    Upcoming DVD/Blu-ray Releases

    I've just seen on Amazon that on 27 July a DVD/Blu-Ray of Ashton ballets will be released, I was thinking please let it be Daphnis and Chloe, but it's still pretty good, M and A with Yanovsky/Bolle, and The Dream and Symphonic Variations!
  10. I agree with serenade, although unfortunately I had to miss the last ballet, loved the first two though. In the Middle has always been a favourite, and enjoyed seeing some very lyrical choreography in Neue Suite, the 8 pas de deux passed too quickly, would have liked more! Although I bought a programme I can't really identify any female dancers yet, will take another look at the photos above, Houston Thomas was the man I remember the most, he did some very fast and exciting dancing and had a happy personality! Hope they come back, I have always wanted to see the complete Impressing the Czar ballet.
  11. After seeing the perfect Cojocaru/Caley first night I was prepared to be less enthralled yesterday although I cheered up after reading Isaac Hernandez would be dancing, in the event I agree with bridiem that it was strange, although I thought Maria Alexandrova was just as I remembered her, warm and gracious in both her dancing and acting (although like most Russian ballerina's she doesn't let go of the Princes' hands to balance, just quickly shifts to the next hand), but she suffered from the completely wrong partner again. Isaac Hernandez only really looked happy dancing the Act 3 solo, nothing went wrong but it just looked uncomfortable at times like the fish dives, it was still a huge pleasure to see her again and they both did well in the circumstances. I was lucky to see Rina Kanehara and Daniel McCormick dance the Bluebirds again, and Junor Souza looked so happy dancing in the Rose Adagio with Maria, hint ?
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    Audience Behaviour

    I've always found this to be true, especially in the Dress and Upper Circles, and booking for the Balcony is always subject to it being shut down on the night, love the theatre but not the sightlines! Last night and last week I paid more than was sensible just to see the ballet without the hassle for a change and found row A of the Upper Circle right on the side to give a good view, and it had more leg room those than in the centre which can feel crippling.
  13. Bruce Wall has said it much better than I could, a marvellous evening indeed, so glad I splashed out on a better seat for a change, more than worth it, Alina Cojocaru gave a superb musical and technical Rose Adagio with absolutely perfect balances, wonderful dancing and partnering from Joseph Caley, and then what joyous dancing from Rina Kanehara and Daniel McCormick in the Bluebird pdd, so well matched, both adorable! Liked James Streeter's Carabosse too, like a crazy Queen Elizabeth the First. Really looking forward to Maria Alexandrova next week!
  14. Got my first sight of this production last night, lovely to see Akane Takada dancing so beautifully again with William Bracewell as Siegfried, and a wonderful pas de trois from Marcelino Sambe, Fumi Kaneko and Anna Rose O'Sullivan. Benno doesn't really seem to count as an important character though, likewise the sisters, liked their period costumes which surprisingly looked okay with the classical choreography. In fact Act 1 was superb with such rich realistic designs, very military feel though and I thought the Rothbart character looked a bit OTT. Act 3 also has a fabulous set and costumes although I didn't like the quartet of Princesses at the beginning in short tutu's. Very good new choreography for the Spanish and Czardas dances in particular, they were more exciting than the usual ones, but Ashton's Neapolitan was still the best of them all, danced by Isabella Gasparini and James Hay! I didn't like the swan acts designs so much, rather gloomy, and I wasn't keen on the opening corps scene of the last act, it looked "dancing by numbers", I am very biased on this though, I did like the new pas de deux, but afraid the final scene had an unfortunate effect from row S of the amphi in that I only saw a pair of legs dangling from above, this really does need adjusting, I'd like to see a photo of how it should look! One image stays with me in particular, the ending of the second act pdd, Odette's position as she leans across looked exquisite with Takada and Bracewell, much prefer this to the arabesque.
  15. There's a very good review of Margarita Shrainer's debut in April as Swanhilda in the new Dance Europe, I was going to give the cinema a miss but not sure now!
  16. I like soft tutu's too in any ballet but particularly Swan Lake, in fact I was fond of the soft long ones in the old production, I will also miss Ivanov's fourth act very much so I wonder what I'll make of this one, the first and third act costumes certainly look very stylish, I'm looking forward to seeing it for myself next week, and seeing Akane Takada!
  17. I noticed this in today's Times, there's another photo, looks very interesting, have we had a Victoria and Albert pas de deux yet?
  18. It all sounds wonderful, looking forward to seeing photos of the scenery in detail, can't see any mention of this but there's so much to read, does Siegfried have a solo in Act 1, or the new Act 4 ?
  19. A great performance of the last act pdd last night, after already seeing Alexander Campbell, last night Reece Clarke acted his heart out too, as well as partnering faultlessly, they took Des Grieux to new heights for me! Although Reece Clarke is not as experienced as Lauren Cuthbertson, there's no doubt there is something special and exciting about them as a couple, it was a lovely way to end this run!
  20. A beautiful performance from Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov, such elegance and emotion combined, no wonder they looked overjoyed at the curtain calls, lots of hugs and kisses! Ryoichi Hirano was surprisingly funny as Lescaut, fantastic timing too, I enjoyed the drunken pdd with Itziar Mendizabal much more than usual. Hope a DVD will be issued soon. Funny how quickly the intervals pass when there are interviews which I thought were interesting, although I'm not sure I like all the musical changes, the new interlude before the gaoler scene is very sad though.
  21. So pleased I made it to Manon last night, I was expecting Akane Takada to be marvellous after her incredible Mayerling debut, but was still amazed by her performance, what a star, Manon suits her delicacy to perfection, she looked like a frail broken bird in the final act but made such beautiful shapes, aided of course by Alexander Campbell, who also surpassed any expectations I had that he might be good! He danced beautifully and put so much emotion into it, the final desperate pdd was one of the best I have ever seen from them both, great performance too from James Hay! Akane Takada's performances in Giselle, Mayerling and Manon may well be my highlights of this Season.
  22. Very much enjoyed most of last night's triple bill, part of the pleasure was seeing Alina Cojocaru dancing again, also Junor Souza who I haven't seen for a long time, Approximate Sonata was easily the best ballet for me and the one I wish I could see again, all 4 couples were marvellous and the music was mesmeric. Fantastic Beings had some great moments too but suffered from being too dark, both lighting and costumes, Isaac Hernandez was superb and I could certainly pick him out by his dancing! I have always wanted to see The Cage and was looking forward to it, but strangely I found it dated and lacking in drama, I thought The Queen would be the main role but it was Jurgita Dronina as The Novice who made the biggest impression, didn't find the music very powerful either, and it was rather short, so a disappointment all round, but the evening ended with Playlist which was joyous, especially the second half. Nice not to have the evening dragged out by long intervals for a change, much appreciated!
  23. I'm always surprised too when watching even the best Russian companies at how bored the "onlookers" seem.
  24. I enjoyed this triple bill more at the cinema than I did at the ROH, probably because there was something to watch during the long intervals, picture and sound quality was better than usual too ,and I did get some insights about Bernstein's music lending itself to dance. There was some wonderful choreography for Calvin Richardson in Yugen, also Joseph Sissens, which were the best parts, I don't like McGregor's work for the ensemble so much, where everyone is doing something different. The Age of Anxiety looked better on screen but there isn't enough dancing for me. The costumes for Corybantic Games did look odder closer up but this is my favourite of the three, shame the dance for Mayara Magri and Marcelino Sambe is so short, was able to see the ending properly last night, not seen by people sitting on the left. I generally prefer Wheeldon's abstract ballets, the choreography always seems more inventive than his narrative ones, glad to hear Within the Golden Hour will be back soon.
  25. 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!
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