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  1. This is truly awful news. Heartbreaking for his family and friends and so sad for those of us who loved his work.
  2. Since Month in the Country, Cinderella and Giselle (all of which would be very high on my list!) have all already been ‘taken’, I’m going for La Bayadere (sorry Capybara - I know I’ve sneakily managed a few choices!! 😊)
  3. Oh fabulous!!!!!! I've been waiting to hear that William was back, and keeping everything firmly crossed. I'm going tonight and now even more excited. Thank you, Jan, for being the bearer of such glad tidings! Also, presumably looking good for Coppelia too - again keeping everything crossable crossed!
  4. Thanks very much, Jenny. I can also be a bit iffy about choreography that’s too modern, but was impressed by the bit of rehearsal of The Cellist that was streamed on World Ballet Live. Also, for me, music is absolutely key and, from what you say, this sounds as though, musically, it will be right up my street. I’ve booked both casts and am now very much looking forward to it. Also very interested to hear that a large-ish cast will be involved as well as the obviously impressive casting of main roles!
  5. So maybe Sambe with Hayward and James Hay with O’Sullivan? I’d be very happy with this scenario (I’ve booked for both these casts).
  6. Yes - the gala that was arranged at very short notice in order to raise funds following the Tsunami in 2004. This remains the best gala I've been to. It had a wonderful mix of many favourites from both opera and ballet, as well as some very poignant pieces/films, and the general overall feeling that we were all there (both performers and audience), very much pulling together, to try to help a little in such a disastrous situation. (Otherwise, like you, I never feel that the balance is right and they never quite work - although I keep going in the hope that "this one" might be different).
  7. Extremely disappointed about the new Scarlett and revival of the Ratmansky. At least it mentions the Scarlett in a future season but with no such promise of the Ratmansky, so I hope it is still planned to schedule a revival.
  8. I've been meaning to add to this topic all summer, so here's my twopence worth before the new season starts: Highlights 1. Matthew Ball's Prince Rudolph (astounding). 2. La Bayadere (all casts wonderful, but particularly Takada/Naghdi/McRae – and the corps de ballet was stunning). 3. Unknown Soldier – very moving – the two main partnerships in particular. 4. Symphony in C - cannot get enough of this ballet! 5. Don Q – love it. Pure joy. 6. Asphodel Meado
  9. That's really odd because I couldn't get any of the insights - all showing as "sold out" and I was online and through the "queue" within 2 minutes - all very frustrating. And it seems ludicrous that these are sold out at your level of booking, BBB - just who DOES manage to get all these seats, then??? Equally, when I have managed to get a ticket, there are so often a lot of empty seats (on average around 10-15 each time) dotted around, which I find absolutely infuriating … Feeling very grumpy about the whole thing, I'm afraid. :-(
  10. Hayward is a natural "left turner". Therefore, it must be SO difficult for her to dance this since all the turns are to the right, and she obviously has to turn the same way as everyone else. I thought she was fabulous last night - at very high speed, as has been pointed out!!
  11. Gosh - so much to digest. Really pleased to see Luca Acri getting an opportunity at a lead role in Coppélia and with Yuhui!!! Also he should make a terrific Lescaut if his Mercutio is anything to go by. And it’s wonderful to see Hayward’s name well and truly back - really looking forward to seeing lots of her - another must-see Coppélia.
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