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I've been to a couple of daytime events in the Floral Hall recently - one of the Month of Sundays mornings and today the Ballet Studio Live:Class, and I thought both were well run events and a good use of the space to generate additional revenue.  Today apparently sold out quite early, and seems set to become a regular feature.

 

Today's dancers were mostly from the Aub Jebsen programme , which I hadn't been aware of before. Several were quite impressive, so fingers crossed for them getting full contracts in due course.   Taisuko Nakao had some serious height in his jumps, and of the girls Katherina Nikelski and  Yu Hang looked very neat and accomplished, while Lania Atkins was also both graceful and striking.

 

More of this kind of thing!

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Yes, indeed.  I'd have appreciated a list of all the dancers somewhere after the class: I recognised quite a few faces, but can't necessarily put names to them as yet.

 

This was followed by the first rehearsal: Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares being coached in Winter Dreams by no less than Irek Mukhamedov and Darcey Bussell - we were spoiled!

 

Someone else will have to report on the second rehearsal, I'm afraid.

 

Overall, it went well, although they need to do something about the sound system - unless the acoustics of the Floral Hall make it impossible to do so. I think there were some feedback forms at the end, but I didn't get handed one.

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1 hour ago, Quintus said:

 

Today's dancers were mostly from the Aub Jebsen programme , which I hadn't been aware of before. Several were quite impressive, so fingers crossed for them getting full contracts in due course.   Taisuko Nakao had some serious height in his jumps, and of the girls Katherina Nikelski and  Yu Hang looked very neat and accomplished, while Lania Atkins was also both graceful and striking.

 

More of this kind of thing!

 

Most impressive of all was 1st soloist William Bracewell, what great control he has. 

 

The second rehearsal was the Nutcracker pdd : Fumi Kaneko and William Bracewell coached by Lesley Collier and Gary Avis. 

 

It was a terrific event although I agree with Alison about the acoustics. 

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Just now, annamk said:

 

The second rehearsal was the Nutcracker pdd : Fumi Kaneko and William Bracewell coached by Lesley Collier and Gary Avis. 

 

 

I would like to have seen that for sure.

I'd seen this events listed, so was curious about them. Not knowing what you'll get put me off a little though - and all 3 events through the morning into the afternoon works out a little expensive for me sadly. I'm one for seeing the lot (for fear of missing out the best bit) - or grinning and bearing and not seeing anything (and so feeling sick with envy when missing out on something as good as the above!)

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Yes, that's why I only booked for 2 - and restricted view, at that!

 

I omitted to say that class was taken by Matz Skoog - looked like a nice one - and good to see him including chassés, as we know dancers don't really seem to know how to do them these days.  Wouldn't have minded doing it myself if I were anywhere near that level :)  Would anyone like to have a go at listing all the dancers involved?

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I’d no idea that this was happening and don’t understand how I missed it. Does one now need to trawl through every single day on the ROH website or is there a special page for ‘pop up ‘ events that I haven’t discovered?

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2 hours ago, alison said:

Yes, that's why I only booked for 2 - and restricted view, at that!

 

I omitted to say that class was taken by Matz Skoog - looked like a nice one - and good to see him including chassés, as we know dancers don't really seem to know how to do them these days.  Wouldn't have minded doing it myself if I were anywhere near that level :)  Would anyone like to have a go at listing all the dancers involved?

 

In addition to those already mentioned I think 

 

Harrison Lee

Harris Bell 

Stanislaw Wegrzyn

Aiden O’Brien

Joshua Junker 

Davide Lorricho

Joonhyuk Jun 

Taisuke Nakao 

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21 minutes ago, capybara said:

I’d no idea that this was happening and don’t understand how I missed it. Does one now need to trawl through every single day on the ROH website or is there a special page for ‘pop up ‘ events that I haven’t discovered?

I know what you mean- I am getting confused ( getting??) and finding it hard to keep up.

I just had a good look round the website:

If you go to the main What's On page and scroll down, there are columns for each type of event- on the right hand side there are the ballet studio live events under 'Functions' ( odd word.)

They are all booked up- I am not sure when booking opened for these- was it at the same time as Insights?

 

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I remember seeing the class being advertised but not the rehearsals. Happened to be looking for what was on today and kept an eye out for returns on the 1.35 rehearsal. Was thrilled to get a place at 11am! The next one is on 11 Jan- appears sold out though. 

 

What fascinated me about this rehearsal of the grand pas was realising I should keep my eyes on William Bracewell as much as Fumi Kaneko. I love the lifts and the holds, but watching Bracewell I noticed how hard he had to work but how easy he made it look. Obviously a lot of training goes in from muscle building to no doubt practicing the lifts, but there must be so much trust involved. I would love to have a bit more insight into the preparation of these big lifts from what they learn in pdd in school through to soloist/principal roles. 

 

Really enjoyed the thoughtful and very detailed coaching from Gary Avis and Lesley Collier (the first Sugar Plum Fairy I saw on VHS courtesy of my grandma). 

 

 

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And now I see from Valentino Zuchetti's Facebook page that there was a Draft Works on last night which I didn't spot either. Grrrh!!!

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4 hours ago, capybara said:

I’d no idea that this was happening and don’t understand how I missed it. Does one now need to trawl through every single day on the ROH website or is there a special page for ‘pop up ‘ events that I haven’t discovered?

 

I did flag it on here somewhere ...

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I received an email highlighting the studio rehearsals, and foolishly only booked one which was today with Nunez and Soares (as mentioned above) and I could not have been happier.  I was on the balcony, £8 of any one's money (pre-Brexit, post-Brexit I'll turn up!).   I would say that some of the acoustics or audio mics needed a little improvement or perhaps I need to see a specialist.  

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11 hours ago, capybara said:

And now I see from Valentino Zuchetti's Facebook page that there was a Draft Works on last night which I didn't spot either. Grrrh!!!

 

You didn’t miss spotting it; like last year it wasn’t available for public booking. :(

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1 hour ago, bangorballetboy said:

 

You didn’t miss spotting it; like last year it wasn’t available for public booking. :(

 

So who were the lucky ones, then?

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9 minutes ago, capybara said:

 

So who were the lucky ones, then?

 

No idea.  Not me (though I had thought about calling the development office and offering them money...).  Wouldn't have been able to go anyway as work got in the way.

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