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    Squadron Associations connected with my years as a RAF Navigator; choral singing; and ballet and dance after meeting the lady, now my wife, who had been a dancer with the Royal Ballet's Touring Company, and who still teaches and examines in the discipline. (Edited to say that in mid-2014 she resigned from examining after some 40+ years.)

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  1. Alison, and anyone else seeking reviews - the Unbound season reviews started in Links, week of 22 April this year. And look out for more after San Francisco Ballet open a tour in Washington DC later this month (25 October).
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    The Royal Ballet: Mayerling, Autumn 2018

    A nearly full house in Cambridge Arts Picturehouse for the streaming. It served as a reminder of the very considerable physical task faced by anyone dancing Rudolf, and Steven McCrae did exceedingly well. Sarah Lamb is equally to be commended, but I thought there was something just a bit special in Laura Morera's Larisch, augmented by some of the close-ups, I'd say. Kristen McNally, despite a valiant effort, seemed just too young for the Empress - perhaps I've become too used to her cheery, cheeky self when presenting World Ballet Day and the like. Or perhaps it's simply that she's not Mme Yanowsky. But a good show overall. And I think we saw BBB on a couple of occasions passing through the Floral Hall (if that's what it's still called).
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    The Royal Ballet: Mayerling, Autumn 2018

    I''d discount Ms Mackrell going to NY Times. My understanding is that her decision was made to permit her more time to devote to writing books, but with occasional articles for the Guardian. And if I recall correctly, there was a considerable fuss at the time of Mr Macaulay's appointment about his coming from the UK when suitable US alternatives were available, and there are certainly a number of those around right now. Re Mayerling, I spent last week waiting for a Guardian review for our daily Links. The lack of one still strikes me as very odd indeed.
  4. We're getting a little heavy on the irony here, folks. We Mods have just had a difficult few days elsewhere on the Forum and could do without complaints here. Just a word to the wise, eh - your point has been adequately made.
  5. Links – Sunday 14 October, 2018 Review – Royal Ballet, Mayerlin (Hirano/Osipova), London: Luke Jennings, The Observer Review , London: David Dougill, Sunday Times - Royal Ballet, Mayerling (Hirano, Osipova) - William Forsythe, A Quiet Evening of Dance News – New York City Ballet replenishes its ranks: Michael Cooper, NY Times News - Scottish Ballet 50th Anniversary Launch: David Mead, SeeingDance Gallery - Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs Review – Trisha Brown Dance Company, Ballet, Pamplona Stones, Working Title, New York: Gay Morris, Danceviewtimes Review – Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Kronos Quartet, Handel, Common Ground, San Francisco: Janice Berman, SF Classical Voice Review – Royal New Zealand Ballet, Classical & Contemporary Favourites, Nelson: Gail Tresidder, Theatreview Feature – Dimitria Papaioannou, Choreographer: Sarah Crompton, Sunday Times Review – Julie Cunningham, Botis Seva, Alessandra Seutin, “Reckonings” Triple Bill, London: Vera Liber, BTG - Gallery: Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs Review – Neon Dance, Puzzle Creature, London: Richard Maguire, Reviews Hub A happy event – Crows Feet Dance Collective, Farewell Mona Lisa! Palmerston North: John C Ross, Theatreview And what looks like slightly early News: UK Theatre Award Winners (incl Dance & Touring): Giverny Masso, The Stage
  6. Try this for that 2010 Times article: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/good-riddance-to-the-uk-film-council-z7v8nf9q6g2?shareToken=b32c8ef9c8485100d9a2f29825ea7600
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    Dance links w/b Sunday October 7, 2018

    Links – Saturday 13 October, 2018 Feature – Sliding towards Tap and Taking Risks at ABT: Brian Seibert, NY Times Review – Pennsylvania Ballet, Romeo and Juliet (MacMillan), Philadelphia: Ellen Dunkel, The Inquirer Review – Birmingham Royal Ballet, La Fille Mal Gardée, Plymouth: Helen Tope, Reviews Hub Review – Rambert, Life Is a Dream, Salford: David Cunningham, BTG Reviews – Julie Cunningham, Botis Seva, Alessandra Seutin, “Reckonings” Triple Bill, London: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Richard Maguire, Reviews Hub Anna Winter, The Stage Reviews – Clod Ensemble, Palcebo, Salford: Peter Jacobs, Reviews Hub David Cunningham, BTG Review – Lucy Guerin/Lilian Steiner & Melanie Lane, Split, New York: Brian Seibert, NY Times Video Preview – Arthur Pita/James Whiteside & Others, The Tenant, New York: Staff, BWW Review – Oregon Ballet Theatre, Napoli, Portland: Rita Felciano, Danceviewtimes Review – Sarasota Contemporary Dance, “Rooted” Mixed Bill, Sarasota: Carrie Seidman, Herald-Tribune Review – Canberra Dance Theatre, MIST, Canberra: Michelle Potter, ... on dancing
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    Dance links w/b Sunday October 7, 2018

    Links – Friday 12 October, 2018 Reviews – Royal Ballet, Mayerling, London: Louise Levene, Financial Times (2 Casts) Jann Parry, DanceTabs (Hirano/Osipova) Joy Sable, Jewish Chronicle (Hirano/Osipova) Review – Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Kronos Quartet, Common Ground, Handel, San Francisco: Rachel Howard, Fjord Review On 11 October, Jerome Robbins would have been 100: Gallery – A century in pictures: The Guardian Video - BWW Feature- The Quintessential Jewish genius: Talya Zax, Forward Exhibition Video – Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York: Ruthie Fierberg, Playbill Biography Review – Jerome Robbins, A Life in Dance by Wendy Lesser: Joel Lobenthal, WSJ Review – Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas, Six Brandenburg Concertos, New York: Carol Pardo, Danceviewtimes Review – Rambert, Life is a Dream, Salford: Peter Jacobs, Reviews Hub Review – Sadler’s Wells Young Associates, Mixed Bill, London: Rachel Nouchi, BTG Diary – New York: Staff, NY Times Review – Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Stardust, Bach 25, Los Angeles: Qianqian Xing, BWW Review – Damaged Goods, Projecting [space[, Berlin: Katja Vaghi, Bachtrack Review – Beth Gill, Pitkin Grove, New York: Martha Sherman, Danceviewtimes Preview – Peter DiMuro & company, Dancing Through the Galleries, Boston: Karen Campbell, Boston Globe Review – Jan Bolwell & Mona Williams, Once Upon A Dance, Palmerston North: Tania Kopytko, Theatreview Archive (1993) Review – Sydney Dance Company, Gloria (Wright), The Protecting Veil (Murphy), Sydney: Michelle Potter, ... on dancing
  9. ... clearly taken from this : https://new-adventures.net/news/announcing-the-world-premiere-of-matthew-bournes-romeo-and-juliet I'd imagine that a Press Release will emerge ere long.
  10. I understand that Sir Matthew Bourne announced on TV earlier this morning that a version of Romeo and Juliet will be his next project: https://twitter.com/DanceTabs/status/1050294124094603264 Using the Prokofiev score? Presumably?
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    Dance links w/b Sunday October 7, 2018

    Links – Thursday 11 October, 2018 Reviews – Royal Ballet, Mayerling (Hirano, Osipova), London: Graham Watts, Bachtrack Gerald Dowler, Classical Source Vera Liber, BTG Laura Freeman, The Spectator Review – New York City Ballet, The Exchange, Judah, the Runaway, New York: Carla Escoda, Bachtrack Interview – Chris Hampson, on Scottish Ballet’s 50th and future plans: Bruce Marriott, DanceTabs - A new Crucible: Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman Review - Fall for Dance, Program #1, New York: Eric Taub, DanceTabs - Sara Mearns, Dances of Isadora Duncan – A Solo Tribute - Boston Ballet, Bach Cello Suites - Caleb Teicher & Company, Bzzz - Cie Hervé Koubi, The Barbarian Nights, or the First Dawns of the World Review – Fall for Dance, Program #2, New York: Carol Pardo, Danceviewtimes - Pam Tanowitz Dance, New Work for Goldberg Variations - Justin Peck & Patricia Delgado, Sleep Well Beast - Gemma Bond Dance, Inner Voices - Paul Taylor Dance Company, Promethean Fire Review – Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Kronos Quartet, Handel, Common Ground, San Francisco: Jaime Robles, Bachtrack - Postscript: Leah Garchik, SF Chronicle Interview – Akram Khan, on Xenos for N America: Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen Review – Mark Morris Dance Group, Layla and Majnun, Melbourne: Jordan Beth Vincent, The Age Review – Sadler’s Wells Young Associates, Mixed Bill, London: Maryam Philpott, Reviews Hub Review – The Trocks in Dublin: Sara Keating, Irish Times Diary Highlights: - New York: Martha Sherman, dancelog.nyc - Portland: Jamuna Chiarini, Oregon Artswatch - Alvin Ailey, Choreography Unlocked, New York: Ruthie Fierberg, Playbill And in History: Jerome Robbins and West Side Story: Angira Bharadwaj, Daily Telegraph
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    Dance links w/b Sunday October 7, 2018

    Links – Wednesday 10 October, 2018 Reviews – Royal Ballet, Mayerling (Hirano, Osipova), London: Debra Craine, The Times Zoë Anderson, Independent Mark Monahan, Telegraph Siobhan Murphy, TimeOut London Emma Byrne, Evening Standard Gallery – Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs Feature – Joaquin De Luz, on leaving New York City Ballet: Marina Harss, NY Times Review – New York City Ballet, Jewels; Gala Triple Bill, New York: Robert Greskovic, WSJ Fall for Dance, New York: Review – Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker/Rosas, Six Brandenburg Concertos (+ other incidental mentions): Robert Gottlieb, NY Observer Review – William Forsythe, A Quiet Evening of Dance, London: Sara Veale, Fjord Review Review – Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Kronos Quartet, Handel, Common Ground, San Francisco: Heather Desaulniers, DanceTabs Review – Martha Graham Dance Company, Several Programmes, Paris: Marisa Hayes, CultureVulture Preview – Gideon Obarzanek with Dancenorth, Beijing Dance Theatre & Audience, One Infinity, Melbourne: Hannah Francis, The Age Review – Queensland Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scarlett), Melbourne: Gracia Haby, Fjord Review Interview – Tere O’Connor & Lucy Guerin, A Two-Choreographer Support System: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Review – Germaine Acogny/Olivier Dubois, Mon Elue Noire: Sacre#2, Los Angeles: Victoria Looseleaf, Fjord Review News – Dance at The Bessies (New York Dance & Performance Awards): Siobhan Burke, NY Times Review – Fuora Dance Project, W-Hat, Touring Scotland: Kelly Apter, The List Review – Wang-Ramirez Company, Dystopian Dream, San Francisco: Janice Berman, SF Classical Voice Review – Kelly Nash & Douglas Wright, Between Two, Auckland: Jennifer Shennan, ... on dancing
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    The Royal Ballet: Mayerling, Autumn 2018

    A slightly odd Twitter exchange here between two critics. Is Luke Jennings suggesting that Ms Osipova had remained very much in character at the curtain, or that she appeared to be unhappy about some performance aspect or other? Suggestions from those who were there?
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