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On ‎07‎/‎01‎/‎2019 at 20:48, Darlex said:

Not considered heresy by me! Arestis was far superior to Nunez in this role: she understood it better: the flow, the port de bras. She did dance it at her school performance (1995?), an advantage maybe. 

 

I think Watson did as well, presumably at the same time?

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Ballets I would love to see next season are as follows, in no particular order.   I realise I have listed far too many, but I would be happy with any of them (with the slight caveat that the six or seven full-lengths MUST include Onegin and Cinderella! J)

 

Full Lengths

 

Onegin

Cinderella (I'm at the stage that I really don't care whether it is re-designed or not – I just want it BACK).

Coppelia

Swan Lake

Giselle

Ondine

La Fille Mal Gardée

Manon

 

One-Act Ballets

 

Theme and Variations

Ballet Imperial (preferably without the wigs!)

Serenade

Les Rendezvous (without the spotty designs)

Rhapsody

Symphonic Variations

Façade **

Jazz Calendar**                            (** I've not seen any of these but would very much like to)

Macmillan's Four Seasons **

Requiem

Concerto

Sweet Violets

Symphonic Dances

24 Preludes   (Can't understand why this has never been brought back)

DGV

Dances at a gathering

In the Night

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12 minutes ago, ElleC said:

Ballets I would love to see next season are as follows, in no particular order.   I realise I have listed far too many, but I would be happy with any of them (with the slight caveat that the six or seven full-lengths MUST include Onegin and Cinderella! J)

 

Full Lengths

 

Onegin

Cinderella (I'm at the stage that I really don't care whether it is re-designed or not – I just want it BACK).

Coppelia

Swan Lake

Giselle

Ondine

La Fille Mal Gardée

Manon

 

One-Act Ballets

 

Theme and Variations

Ballet Imperial (preferably without the wigs!)

Serenade

Les Rendezvous (without the spotty designs)

Rhapsody

Symphonic Variations

Façade **

Jazz Calendar**                            (** I've not seen any of these but would very much like to)

Macmillan's Four Seasons **

Requiem

Concerto

Sweet Violets

Symphonic Dances

24 Preludes   (Can't understand why this has never been brought back)

DGV

Dances at a gathering

In the Night

Very nice choices. I would just add some Nijinska/Fokine/Massine

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ElleC  these look great choices - I had forgotten Rhapsody in the one-Act catergory. 

 

Out of interest I set out below the full-lengths, performed on the main stage, from 11/12 onwards.  My choices for 19/20 are in bold (as most recently performed) , plus Coppelia.

 

I left out Giselle and Manon, not because they would not be welcome,  but as I thought them likely non-starters  after their appearance early in 2018; having said that, I do note that Giselle was performed in early 2014, 2016 and 2018, so on that pattern it could be back early 2020.  For Manon the recent gaps were at least 3 years. 8 full-lengths would be unusual (see below) so it is likely at least one of yours would  have to go. I would not complain if that were the only change from your list !

 

11/12  Jewels, Manon, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Alice, La Fille, R & J, Prince of the Pagodas (8)

12/13  Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Alice, La Bayadere, Mayerling, Onegin (6)

13/14  Don Q, Jewels, Nutcracker, R & J, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Winter's Tale  (7)

14/15  Alice, Don Q, Manon, La FilleOnegin, Swan Lake, Woolf Works  (7)

15/16  Nutcracker, R & J, Frankenstein, Giselle, Winter's Tale (5)

16/17  Anastasia, La Fille, Nutcracker, Jewels, Mayerling, Sleeping BeautyWoolf Works (7)

17/18  Alice, Nutcracker, Sylvia, Giselle, Winter's Tale, Manon, new Swan Lake,  (7)

18/19  La Bayadere, Mayerling, Nutcracker, Don Q, Frankenstein, R & J (6).

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On ‎02‎/‎01‎/‎2019 at 23:40, Darlex said:

Wonderful post from Floss above and I echo the same wishes. 

 

Capriol Suite and Valses Nobles et Sentimentales were danced at the end of the 80s.

 

On ‎03‎/‎01‎/‎2019 at 00:07, Jeannette said:

Many of FLOSS’ Ashton wishes have been recently performed in the US, incl JAZZ CALENDAR (Sarasota, spring 2015) and CAPRIOL SUITE (NY Th. Ballet, 2016). In addition to APPARITIONS (March 2019), Sarasota is about to premiere its reconstruction of VARII CAPRICCI to the Walton score (late Jan 2019). 

 

Interestingly, I note that Valses Nobles et Sentimentales is being performed (along with MacMillan's House of Birds!) by Ballet Central on tour around the UK:

https://www.balletcentral.co.uk/ontourpage2.php 

It will be interesting to see how they do.

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1 hour ago, alison said:

 

 

Interestingly, I note that Valses Nobles et Sentimentales is being performed (along with MacMillan's House of Birds!) by Ballet Central on tour around the UK:

https://www.balletcentral.co.uk/ontourpage2.php 

It will be interesting to see how they do.

 

Just for clarity, Ballet Central will perform excerpts from both these ballets. Will be good to see!

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Presumably we shall know all soon. I wonder if anyone knows/feels able to say the date of the press conference when the 2019/20 season is to be announced. I think it was on the 20th March last year so I assume the date of this year's announcement is already in the public domain and that it will be some time this month?    

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18 minutes ago, David said:

 I assume the date of this year's announcement is already in the public domain    

 

It’s not.

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I think that I have heard that the season announcement is likely to be later than usual this year so we might be running ahead of ourselves here.

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I would love to see about anything in the ROH, but my major wish is to plan the ballets in such a way that one could watch different ballets  in one weekend ( or several days). This season I was lucky enough to be able to see the triple bill and " The Nutcracker" ( plus Matthew Bourne's " Swan lake") during one long weekend and am looking forward to the end of March when I should see both " Frankenstein", " Don Quichote" and " Victoria" by NB ( but actually it could have been " Romeo and Juliet" instead of " Victoria" - only having to choose, I preferred to see "Romeo and Juliet" in June, with Osipova and Hallberg). Also, I really want to see " Victoria".

   That is, it would be lovely to take into consideration those of us who live far away from London and would like to enjoy the beauty and ability of RB during the few days we can manage to spend here!

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11 hours ago, capybara said:

 

I think that I have heard that the season announcement is likely to be later than usual this year so we might be running ahead of ourselves here.

 

A recent Friends email said that brochures would be sent out in May; the announcement is usually very early April or thereabouts with the brochures coming out shortly afterwards, so the implication is indeed that the announcement is later than usual.

 

This could prove something of an inconvenience, given that I renew my Friends membership (i.e. decide which level to renew at) only once I have seen the contents of next season.  I may have to tell them not to renew it automatically so I still have that choice.

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49 minutes ago, Estreiiita said:

I would love to see about anything in the ROH, but my major wish is to plan the ballets in such a way that one could watch different ballets  in one weekend ( or several days).

 

Unfortunately, that may not always be practical, scheduling and rehearsal-wise, so you'd have to bank on overlap with ENB/Sadler's Wells.  (But why on earth the San Francisco Ballet season at Sadler's Wells hasn't been arranged like that I do not know.  They presumably could have arranged the 4 different programmes Friday-Sunday, as I believe they have done in the past, really making it worth people's while to make a long journey, rather than having two consecutive performances of the same ballet)

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2 hours ago, RuthE said:

This could prove something of an inconvenience, given that I renew my Friends membership (i.e. decide which level to renew at) only once I have seen the contents of next season.  I may have to tell them not to renew it automatically so I still have that choice.

 

Ruth just bear in mind that if you don't renew the Friends Membership when it is due, but later, the starting date will be put back to when it would have renewed, and not the date you take it out afresh.  

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Just now, Richard LH said:

 

Ruth just bear in mind that if you don't renew the Membership when it is due, but later, the starting date will be put back to when it would have renewed, and not the date you take it out afresh.  

 

I'm aware of that, having done similar in the past.  However, ultimately it's immaterial as long as it covers four booking periods.

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2 hours ago, RuthE said:

A recent Friends email said that brochures would be sent out in May

 

Yes, the message was " We look forward to sharing details of our 2019/20 Season productions with you when they are released. You will receive this information in your annual Season Guide which will be sent alongside the next issue of your magazine in May".

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Just checked last year's bank statements and I should be OK anyway, as my Direct Debit goes out pretty late in May...

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Now that the announcement is closer I have been thinking about this and came up with this ...Wonder how much will come true?  Time will tell.

Oneign (or it will be out of the rep), Swan Lake, (possibly Sleeping Beauty), a newly designed Ashton Cinderella, New full length – Christopher Wheldon with Talbot; New full length McGregor – having started in part during ’19 LA tour, Alice, Wind, Scarlett’s Symphonic Dances; (please not Multiverse), Symphonic Variations (should be on every season methinks), Lilac Garden – would also love to see them do something like Lifar’s Suite en Blanc ... and possibly a new one act from Cathy Marsden to help celebrate diversity.  Obviously there MUST be some MacMillan – Perhaps drawn from such as Las Hermanas, Right of Spring, Dances Concertantes, Le Baiser de la Fee, Divertmento, La Fin du Jour, one act Anastasia, etc???

Would like to see some – even one - established major balletic work/s from late 20th or early 21st century by leading choreographers being brought in for the Company (e.g., Ratmansky, Peck, etc.) but don’t think that will happen as – by the Director’s own acknowledgement – it’s not his priority.  Would be nice to see a new (to the Company) Balanchine – [the European debut of Vienna Waltzes would be a feather in their cap] - or certainly a revival (Agon, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Ballet Imperial, etc.)  Some will have had a VERY long wait. 

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I've been wondering whether any of Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Nutcracker (and probably Alice, now you mention it) were going to be shoehorned in to offset the poor takings this spring.  I mean, the market surely can't bear any more Romeo & Juliets on top of the 26 currently scheduled (and I notice the majority of them are still quite a way from being sold out yet).

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