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  1. ...and clever lighting, and a screen, and/or a mirror, can make that effect rather than needing a projection
  2. As a rule of thumb for Swan Lake, most companies will do act 2 (the lakeside, white act) pretty much the same, but with maybe slightly different patterns for the corps, and 2 or 4 'big' swans, and the white costumes can vary (and everyone disagrees what are the best style of costumes! :-) ). Act 4 back at the lakeside, again usually similar, except whether they have 'happy' endings (whether Rothbart killed, or defeated by the lover's deaths). Act 1 varies most, but maintains some key elements in all, to setup the rest of the ballet and a wide split about the 'jester' - many loathe, many like. Act 3 (black act) can vary a lot outside the grande pas de deaux for the lead couple, in costumes and steps for the national dances. But whatver company you see, as long as its a competent orchestra, the music is always sublime!
  3. I was at the last photo call for this run for the London visit of the Mariinsky Ballet (at the Royal Opera House), Aug 2017, this time for Petipa's 'La Bayadere' Here are some photos: Kimin Kim, Viktoria Tereshkina © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Kimin Kim, Viktoria Tereshkina © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: Mariinsky Ballet - La Bayadere Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr
  4. I really enjoyed the Carmen - Diana Vishneva was scintillating. Loved the half-and-half costumes for the other cast members, and generally found the piece wizzed by. I liked the musid too - so memorably used by Mats Ek later on (and seen on the RB a few years back). Striking bull ring set, with dramatic lighting, and the afore mentioned Ms Vishneva scorching up the stage - a winner for me! Infra was very balletically danced, but lacked a little 'snap' we are used to with Wayne's work. Still enjoyed it though. Paquita was a classical joy. Tereshkina always a pleasure to watch I find, and a special mention for newbie May Nagahisa, who was light as a feather and impeccable (apart from a slight wobble in the final pirouettes). A future star for sure. Current star Ekaterina Kondaurova was imperious in her solo - I could watch that several times on the trot. Corps were lovely too. Amother winner for me. So overall, a very enjoyable triple bill - can't understand why it wasn't sold out!
  5. Foteini Christofilopoulou was at the Mariinsky rehearsal of Paquita grand pas (setups) taken from the mixed bill also including Infra and Carmen Suite, at the Royal Opera House, August 2017 Here are some sample photos... Viktoria Tereshkina, Vladimir Shklyarov © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Viktoria Tereshkina, Vladimir Shklyarov & artists of the company © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: Mariinsky Ballet: Grand Pas - Paquita Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr
  6. yes, I went to one show in a 800 seat screen (there are 2 large and 6 smaller screens in my local Vue) and there were 10 of us in there; though other screenings I've attended there were more like 80-100. Mind you, Croydon isn't exactly a centre of culture unless you count clubbing, drinking and street fighting...
  7. Girl from the North Country

    a slip of the keyboard...
  8. Yes. I stopped when it went over £15. Last time I went I think it was £13 (when a normal ticket was £8-11, depending what time you went). Normal tix now £9-12, so as it was £18 last time I enquired, and didn't bother going in, if its now over a score, I certainly will be giving it a miss. :-(
  9. Girl from the North Country

    The etc etc includes.... Rod Stewart, Bryan Ferry, Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, (Hootie and the Blowfish lifting a verse from Idiot Wind), Adele, The Animals, Jackson Browne, Melanie, Joni Mitchell (who classed herself as an anti-fan!), Elvis, Sheryl Crow, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Guns'n'Roses, Manfred Mann, Sandy Denny (and Fairport Convention), Billy Joel, Hollies, Pearl Jam, Joe Cocker, Glen Campbell, Tom Petty, Pete Seeger, Nina Simone, Neil Young, The Four Seasons, Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, The White Stripes, Emmylou Harris, and even The Beatles, have all covered at least one, often many, of Dylan's songs. Well, more especially the 60s/70s ones I often still prefer the original though! :-)
  10. Girl from the North Country

    Must try and see this!!!
  11. I was at the performance last night (with Viktoria Tereshkina and Xander Parish in the lead roles). Have to say, I was one that had no problem with the music; for me, it was in sync with the drama and i've certainly heard worse scores. Whilst I would love to have seen Vishneva (one of my fave dancers - note to self, should have booked both performances) having Tereshkina was still a pleasure. Parish danced well, but she danced superbly, but then, doesn't she always. Loved the costumes, the projected scenery was convenient in that it let the dancers get on with it, and enjoyed the choreography. So for me, it was a good night
  12. I was there too - so here are some more photos: Konstantin Zverev, Diana Vishneva (and artists of the company) © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Konstantin Zverev, Diana Vishneva © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Diana Vishneva © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: Mariinsky Ballet - Anna Karenina Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr
  13. Foteini Christofilopoulou was at the rehearsal of Romeo and Juliet from English National Ballet, which opened at London's Royal Festival Hall this week. Here are some sample photos... Isaac Hernández, Erina Takahashi © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Emilio Pavan & artists of the company © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: English National Ballet - Romeo & Juliet Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr
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