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Ian Macmillan

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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. Eugene Onegin

    There will be a full cast in this Cambridge performance on Saturday: https://www.cam-phil.org.uk/posters/2017-12-16.pdf
  2. From what I recall, that looks like a fairly extensive updating.
  3. "Filming" ballet

    Winelake: I was rather surprised to see the West Road Concert Hall figure here and I've never seen so much unused space there for a performance. I'm there on a number of occasions each year with the Cambridge Phil chorus when, with a rather larger orchestra plus a 90-100 strong chorus, space is at a premium. I suspect you may be right that the best angles for filming may be found from the balconies on either side of the fairly steeply-raked centre seating.
  4. Audience Behaviour

    A West End theatre group has apparently started to limit/eliminate scrunchy packaging ....... https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/it-s-crunch-time-for-noisy-eaters-at-west-end-shows-x6vglc8gf?shareToken=2ab618ad2394b9ec918cb1ea199744a4 ... thus eliciting an Editorial reaction: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scrrunch-poor-yorick-kg2z52ghm?shareToken=c288e068c0001aae261ee5c5b06c3c4f
  5. The Spectator piece was, however, in a 'Life' section and not in the Dance section and written by one of their knowledgeable contributing critics.
  6. New Topic Test

    Text Text Text Edit: It's taken now after all! Another edit: I now see it took on each attempt, despite the error messages. Duplicates deleted!
  7. Links – Sunday 3 December, 2017 Reviews – Royal Ballet, Sylvia (Various Casts) London: David Dougill, Sunday Times (+ Ivan Putrov, Men in Motion) Jeffery Taylor, Sunday Express Review – Teac Damsa, Swan Lake/Loch na hEala, London: Graham Watts, DanceTabs Review – Vincent Dance Theatre, Shut Down, London: Luke Jennings, The Observer Feature – Royal Ballet’s Yasmine Naghdi, Francesca Hayward, Melissa Hamilton: Emma Byrne, Spectator Feature – Scottish Ballet's Barnaby Rook Bishop & Sophie Martin: Barry Didcock, Sunday Heraldh Feature – Australian Ballet’s Sharni Spencer, Valerie Tereshchenko, Isobelle Dashwood: Laura House, Daily Mail Australia News – Dancer exodus puts spotlight on Royal New Zealand Ballet boss: Kelvin Texeira & Dani Macdonald, Dominion Post Review – Sarasota Ballet, ‘Metropolitan’ Triple Bill, Sarasota: Carrie Seidman, Herald-Tribune Review – Liz Gerring Dance Company, Horizon, New York: Marina Harss, DanceTabs Feature – The Rhythm of Colombia’s Salsa Capital: Monica Castillo & Rose Marie Cromwell, NY Times Review – Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Reiner, Tesseract, Los Angeles: Laura Bleiberg, LA Times Review – Sydney Dance Company, ‘New Breed’ Mixed Bill, Sydney: Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald
  8. Dance links w/b Sunday November 26, 2017

    Links – Saturday 2 December, 2017 Reviews – Royal Ballet, Sylvia (Various Casts), London: Clement Crisp, Financial Times Judith Mackrell, Guardian Reviews – Wendy Whelan & Brian Brooks, Some of a Thousand Words, San Francisco: Heather Desaulniers, DanceTabs Janice Berman, SF Classical Voice Feature – Trisha Brown Dance Company: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Review – Vincent Dance Theatre, Shut Down, London: Graham Watts, Bachtrack Review – Teac Damsa, Swan Lake/Loch na hEala, London: Vera Liber, BTG Feature – Abigail Prudames & Northern Ballet’s Little Mermaid: Sarah Freeman, Yorkshire Evening Post Review – Ballet X, Beautiful Decay, Philadelphia: Hilary Stroh, Bachtrack Review – Sarasota Contemporary Dance, ‘Voices’ Mixed Bill, Sarasota: Carrie Seidman, Herald-Tribune Diary – UK Christmas Dance Shows: Judith Mackrell, Guardian Review – Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts, Six Degrees of Freedom, San Francisco: Steven Winn, SF Chronicle Review – BodyVox, Lexicon, Portland: Heather Wisner, Oregon Artswatch Review – Megan Rhyme & Tanniqua-Kay Buchanan, ‘In the Presence of Chasms’ Mixed Bill, Chicago: Lauren Warnecke, Chicago Tribune Gallery – 32 Australian Dance Images from the 1920s and onwards: Brisbane Times
  9. Folks: However it may often seem, not all Forum members are familiar with the Royal Ballet's personnel and it would be helpful, even polite, if we did not use unexplained initials or other abbreviated forms in reporting on dancers' performances.
  10. Dance links w/b Sunday November 26, 2017

    Links – Friday 1 December, 2017 Review – Lyon Opera Ballet, The Second Detail, Posé Arabesque etc, Set & Reset/Reset, Créteil: Laura Cappelle, Financial Times Review – Wendy Whelan & Brian Brooks, Some of a Thousand Words, San Francisco: Rachel Howard, SF Chronicle Review – Vincent Dance Theatre, Shut Down, London: Josephine Leask, DanceTabs News – Big dancer turnover at Royal New Zealand Ballet: Deborah Jones, FollowSpot Gallery – Teac Damsa, Swan Lake/Loch na hEala, London: Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs Diary – New York This Week: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Feature – Valentino Zucchetti & Satori: Rachel Nouchi, Londondance Review – Alberta Ballet, Dangerous Liaisons, Edmonton: Fawnda Mithrush, Dance Current Film – The Dancer (La Danseuse): Glenn Kenny, NY Times Gayle Macdonald, Globe and Mail News – Houston’s Wortham Center re-opening delayed: Margaret Downing, Houston Press News – Inaugural Adelaide Dance Festival, July 2018: Richard Watts, ArtsHub So, it’s December and in North America there’s probably a Nutcracker near you. Check here
  11. Dance links w/b Sunday November 26, 2017

    Links – Thursday 30 November, 2017 Review – Royal Danish Ballet, Raymonda (Hubbe), Copenhagen: Bruce Marriott, DanceTabs Review – Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Nutcracker (Wright), Birmingham: Sarah Probert, Birmingham Mail Reviews – Northern Ballet, The Little Mermaid, Sheffield: Velda Harris, BTG Claire Lewis, Sheffield Telegraph Alan Payne, Derbyshire Times Review – Joffrey Ballet, Quad Bill, Berkeley: Paul Parish, Bay Area Reporter Interview – Sergei Polunin: Celia Warden, Telegraph Interview – Alexander Campbell, Royal Ballet: Mark Bailey, Telegraph News – Company Wayne McGregor to open New York Joyce Theater season: Joshua Barone, NY Times Feature – Five of Alvin Ailey’s Star Performers: Lisa Jo Sagolla, Playbill News – Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker going on the road: Margaret Downing, Houston Press #Speaking in Dance – Yannick Lebrun, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Diaries: - New York, This Week: Martha Sherman, dancelog.nyc - Globally!! (Keep scrolling): Rebecca Schmid, NY Times - Around Boston: Karen Campbell, Boston Globe Review – Vincent Dance Theatre, Shut Down, London: Donald Hutera, The Times Preview – Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Dance Me, Montreal: Jim Burke, Montreal Gazette Preview – detour dance, Fugue, San Francisco: Leslie Katz, SF Examiner Preview – BodyVox Dance Company & Others, Mixed Programs, Portland: Jamuna Chiarini, Oregon Artswatch Film – SoKo, The Dancer (La Danseuse): Janet Smith, Straight.com Blog Diary – November 2017: Michelle Potter, ... on dancing News - How Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will be transformed Birmingham Post (What has this to do with ballet? The BRB are part of it. I suspect just storage but hopefully exhibition space.).
  12. Dance links w/b Sunday November 26, 2017

    Links – Wednesday 29 November, 2017 Review – Royal Ballet, Sylvia, London: Gerald Dowler, Classical Source Review – National Ballet of Canada, Nijinsky, Toronto, Denise Sum: Danceviewtimes Review – Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Nutcracker (Wright), Birmingham: Erin Whitcroft, Independent Interview – Tiler Peck, New York City Ballet, Ruthie Fierberg, Playbill Opinion – How we make excuses for violence against women on stage (not just in ballet), Martha Schabas, Globe and Mail Preview – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Shelter (Zollar), New York: Brian Seibert, NY Times Review – Alexander Whitley Dance Company, Noumena, London: Graham Watts, Bachtrack Preview – The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Miami: Diana Dunbar, Miami Herald Preview – Wendy Whelan & Brian Brooks, Some of a Thousand Words, San Francisco: Maxine Marshall, SF Chronicle Review – ZviDance, Like, New York: Joel Benjamin, TheaterScene
  13. Prince Harry engagement

    Is the social media aspect not very much a reflection of one's involvement there? For example, I have a very limited Twitter presence and rarely, if ever, see items that I read elsewhere as having "gone viral." Thus I would not be at all surprised to hear that the engagement was hugely covered elsewhere yesterday. And if today's Times coverage is any guide - half front page, 4 news pages, first Leader, plus Times 2 supplement cover and 4 more pages - today's tabloids will be full of it. BBC 1 rearranged its schedule last night around a 'special,' in addition to half of the One Show carrying Mishal Hussain's interview with the couple. And I've just heard on the 2pm News bulletin that more detail on the wedding is due later today. If there's limited interest amongst the public at large, the media have clearly misjudged things. However, and interestingly, I note that the announcement itself is not recorded in yesterday's Court Circular.
  14. Alison: Nicely tidied, thank you. I hadn't checked that far back!
  15. BBC Radio 4 has announced the usual eclectic mix of Guest Editors for the Today programme between Christmas and New Year, one of them being Tamara Rojo. She will be in Royal company, it seems, as Prince Harry is doing another day. Oh, and a robot is to do an interview spot ....... https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bbc-s-today-handed-over-to-automaton-john-humphrys-mishal-husain-nick-robinson-sarah-montague-and-justin-webb-gb275zmcw?shareToken=692e866d2fc49187248a39f33f9641c4