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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. Duck, my thanks also for the review. The essence of R&J involves a handful of characters, so it's no surprise that a successful version of the story can be portrayed by a small company. Cathy Marston did it back in 2009 (inverting the title to J&R, by the way), whilst AD in Bern, with just 11 dancers, and I'm sure there must have been others elsewhere. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_p60al8GsM
  2. Elmhurst young dancers audition

    Missy, welcome to the forum. I've moved your questions to the area from which answers are most likely to come.
  3. I may have mentioned this before in a similar context. Away back in the time of the ROH's 12-strong Opera Ballet, it was decided that the dancers should have acting lessons. So they duly turned up in the Crush Bar one morning to find that their tutor was John Gielgud, and I hear it all went very well.
  4. I saw the streamed performance last night - as did Mrs M, who danced in two of them when with the Touring Company a year or two ago. The two extracts were a tad frustrating compared with the complete Laiderette. Janet does not recall House of Birds with great fervour and I've a suspicion that the extract may have sold it short. Now, can anyone tell me where, when, and by whom Laiderette was performed when new? I may be being stupid, but I can find no mention of it whatever in Alexander Bland's "The Royal Ballet: The first 50 years."
  5. Dave: It's been a change for me to see some colour in House of Birds, as all I've seen is a series of black and whites from a revival circa 1963. (I think it was exclusively a Touring Company work before falling out of the rep.)
  6. Dance links w/b Sunday April 15, 2018

    Links – Tuesday 17 April, 2018 Reviews – Royal Ballet, Obsidian Tear, Marguerite and Armand, Elite Syncopations, London: Jenny Gilbert, Arts Desk Louise Levene, Financial Times Debra Craine, The Times Graham Watts, Bachtrack Gerald Dowler, Classical Source Neil Norman, The Stage Vikki Jane Vile, BWW UK Reviews– English National Ballet, Voices of America Quad Bill, London: Jann Parry, DanceTabs Sanjoy Roy, NY Times Zoë Anderson, Independent Emma Byrne, Evening Standard Erin Whitcroft, Bachtrack Maggie Foyer, SeeingDance News – The Merce Cunningham Trust announces global Centennial plans, including the Royal Ballet: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times Feature/News – Planning New York City Ballet’s Next Season: Michael Cooper, NY Times Ryan McPhee, Playbill News – Reports of difficulties at Paris Opera Ballet: Henry Samuel, Telegraph Review – Houston Ballet, Don Quixote (Stevenson), Houston: Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle News – Maria Kochetkova to retire from San Francisco Ballet: Leba Hertz, SF Chronicle Review – Pacific Northwest Ballet, Little Mortal Jump, RAkU, Emergence, Seattle: Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times Review – Gandini Juggling/Alexander Whitley, Spring, London: Charlotte Kasner, SeeingDance Review – Holly Blakey & dancers, Cowpuncher, London: Donald Hutera, The Times Anna Winter, The Stage Preview – Ballet Revolución, Sydney: Steve Meacham, The Age
  7. Problems in Paris

    The first English-language report I've seen is by a Telegraph correspondent in Paris, though I doubt that it adds much to what's been reported above: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/16/paris-ballet-dancers-complain-bullying-sexual-harassment-poor/
  8. The Pita piece is, of course, just one of 12 in the Unbound season that's just days away now. The equivalent notes to Programs A, B and C are here: https://www.sfballet.org/explore/articles/Unbound-A-Program-Notes https://www.sfballet.org/explore/articles/Unbound-B-Program-Notes https://www.sfballet.org/explore/articles/Unbound-C-Program-Notes Of UK interest, Cathy Marston's Snowblind is in Program B. In many years of doing Links here and on ballet.co, I can't recall another company that has run such a season of new work. I've taken the liberty of altering the thread title accordingly.
  9. Dance links w/b Sunday April 15, 2018

    Links – Monday 16 April, 2018 Review – Royal Ballet, Obsidian Tears, Marguerite and Armand, Elite Syncopations, London: Vanessa Keys, Telegraph Gallery – Dave Morgan, DanceTabs Reviews – English National Ballet, Voices of America Quad Bill, London: Debra Craine, The Times Jeffery Taylor, Express Review – Carousel (Choreo, Justin Peck), New York: Marina Harss, DanceTabs Review – Holly Blakey & dancers, Cowpuncher, London: Judith Mackrell, Guardian Review – East London Dance/Tony Adigun, IDENTITY, London: Josephine Leask, DanceTabs Review – DeNada Dance Theatre, Toro: Beauty and the Bull, Leeds: Dawn Smallwood, Reviews Hub Review – Basil Twist, Symphonie Fantastique, New York: Martha Sherman, dancelog.nyc Diary – Los Angeles, this week: Matt Cooper, LA Times Preview – Ka-nei-see I Collective, Nevertheless, San Francisco: Leslie Katz, SF Examiner
  10. Ruth's question is visible now, but no sign of an answer that I can see: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/watch-live-kenneth-macmillan-steps-back-in-time-from-the-barbican-on-19-april-2018
  11. Links – Sunday 15 April, 2018 Reviews – English National Ballet, Voices of America Quad Bill, London: Louise Levene, Financial Times Vikki Jane Vile, BWW UK Stefan Kyriazis, Express Lise Smith, Londonist Maria Iu, Exeunt Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard Review – Royal Ballet, Manon – with Hayward, Osipova and Nuñez, London: Luke Jennings, Observer Review – Dorrance Dance, Jungle Blues, Three to One, Myelination, Vancouver: Janet Smith, Straight.com Review – Kristina Chan & Others, Mountain, Sydney: Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald Gallery – Gandini Juggling & Alexander Whitley, Spring, London: Lidia Crisafulli, DanceTabs Style Feature – Roberto Bolle: Stephen Doig, Telegraph News – Pittsburgh Dance Council 2018-19 Season: Staff, Tribune-Review News – An interesting potential development for ‘teachers’ in New Zealand: Staff, NZ Herald Opinion – Feminists don’t care about the gender gap in ballet. Why should we care about the one in tech? Madison Breshears, Washington Examiner
  12. An interesting potential development under discussion in the New Zealand Parliament: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12032863
  13. 5 very positive reviews, plus Dave Morgan's photo gallery, in today's Links!!