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  1. I doubt that TAB will be coming certainly to London again in the foreseeable future as we haven't (short of the Russians) had a major ballet company visit since they themselves appeared at the Coliseum. [I don't include a commercial package such as the St. Petersburg Ballet Company in that mix.] That said Les Etes de la Danse will be presenting both The Australian Ballet and Hong Kong Ballet next summer and the enticing combination of Dutch National Ballet and our own ENB during a similar sojourn in 2020 in Paris at Le Siene Musicale. (This marks a definite move away from the American companies which has been a Les Etes de la Danse tradition since its creation.) Perhaps TAB will bring The Merry Widow as part of their programme there for you to sample different casts. That would be brilliant, Joan. That said I have a feeling they may decide otherwise as they will probably want to showcase more recent creations/productions. Still it is a popular title ... and the producers might be attracted by that. I very much enjoyed seeing Least We Forget again this evening - but realised just how squished some elements of these fine works were at Sadler's Wells when compared with the larger Barbican stage they premiered on. That largess will be restored should they wish to do this programme in Paris as part of their rep. I hope they do. It is - in SO many ways - stunning and certainly shows off the 'Company that Tamara Built' very well indeed. James Streeter in Dust was mesmeric and Cojocaru glistened in both of the first two ballets. Looking forward to seeing it again.
  2. Has anyone heard tell of the ticket price scales for any the Winter Linbury dance performances?
  3. I agree wholeheartedly with Alison. The performance was a pass to forget all other travails for the bat of some delightfully frivolous eyelashes and to simply have a grand time. A heady restorative. For a while the world smiled inclusively as the boys went to bat in rapturous tow. There can be no question but that this is 'a prescriptive product' ... but it is a decidedly happy one. Those I fear can sometimes be in rather rare supply. Long may it occasionally continue to stock our selves.
  4. Bruce Wall

    Arthur Mitchell RIP

    A gentle giant amongst generations of dancing men; many whose life paths are today reshaped in a positive way entirely due to the courage and grace of Arthur Mitchell's example. How lucky we were to be able to share in it. Rest in much deserved peace.
  5. To be complete, there is now a supplemental summons here. It is marked as 'processed'.
  6. And how wonderful she was when being seen for the first time in London with the LFB (now ENB) under Schaufuss' direction in the reconstruction of Ashton's enchanting take on R&J. Stunning.
  7. Again for the record, Amar Ramasar has further commented as he had promised here. The actual civil case filed can be found here. (I'll refrain from commenting on the literate style employed therein. It speaks for itself I think.)
  8. I agree, BeauxArts, that any British company employing such tactics today would certainly be seriously challenged as well they might be. That said, I won't be at all surprised to see the Bolshoi continue with their traditional practices given past precedent. Your discomfort was felt and remarked upon by a goodly number hereabouts the last time the Bolshoi presented this production in London as well as on the occasion of its intervening cinematic presentation.
  9. Why do I think they will? They always have before.
  10. I recall seeing Haydee and Cragan in Cranko's R&J in 1984 during one of their final complete outings together in those roles. They were far from being teenagers. (She had after all originated Juliet in that production in 1962 when she was 25.) Still their youthful ardour somehow remains unsurpassed in the etchings of my memory even now.
  11. Bless you, Ian. That's fantastic. Now what, I wonder, would it look like in 'text-speak'? As with the RAF - so much - including those training sessions - will have changed forever I'm sure There's still part of me that is very glad to have been born when I was.
  12. I see, Janet. It's not up to me .... What do I know. I attached it to see if others - such as your good self - might feel the same. Thanks so, as ever, for your kind response As ever it means so much not just to me but to all. Bless you.
  13. Forgive me, bangorballetboy, but to me it looks like a statement, e.g., - 'I'm very surprised that ... ' I would have thought that implies that I believe they should. .... Still this is all semantics. Not to worry. Have a great day.
  14. Didn't I say that, Janet???? .... "I am very surprised that the NYCB Board ... have not insisted that the following film segment .... on 'The Men at NYCB' be taken down.' ..... I realise of course that the interim clauses makes the actual statement itself convoluted. Blame it on a 'Latinate' education
  15. I am very surprised that the NYCB Board (who are themselves currently responsible for NYCB hiring and firing as opposed to the 'interim artistic team') have not insisted that the following film segment - [initiated by Sarah Jessica Parker - currently a Vice Chairman of that august body - and who is, of course, best known for the television series 'Sex and the City'] - on 'The Men at NYCB' be taken down. Many of the words spoken now sound distinctly and certainly ironically sour. Let this be a warning that this kind of film - however well made in and of itself - can come back to bite if not specifically framed and pertinent to a specific artistic/creative work. Megan Fairchild's facial response in light of the comments of her now ex-husband's comments herein sums it up for me. Well done girl. Moreover Peter Martins' words at the tail end in an advertising excerpt for 'the next episode' now sound hugely prophetic - OR CERTAINLY SHOULD - given the intervening suggested occurrences.