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  1. I am glad you enjoyed the Siberians, Don Q Fan. I have seen this company a number of times in recent years, and I am fairly certain that the dancers you saw as Odette/Odile and Siegfried are actually Anna Fedosova and Yury Kudryavtsev. Unfortunately, the company can be notoriously inaccurate in their cast sheets, if that's what you were going by.
  2. 2) Florestan is supposedly the "crown prince" (named after his father) and he is partnered by his and Aurora's younger sisters. I know - it doesn't make any sense as they are completely absent from Act 1, but they are an invention, I think, of Frederick Ashton's, for the 1946 Ninette de Valois production. Although de Valois drew fairly heavily on the 1921 Diaghilev production, the pas de quatre - in the Petipa original for the Gold, Silver, Sapphire and Diamond fairies - was, in 1921 a pas de quatre for a quartet of commedia dell-arte characters. 3) I believe this character is indeed Goldilocks, but not the one who had the close encounter with the three bears. She is the heroine of another fairy tale by the same Madame d'Aulnoy who was the source of the Bluebird and Florine story. In the original French she is La belle au cheveux d'or.
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  4. Alison, I think this may be the original casting (E & O E) Spartacus:- 29 July: Rodkin/ Sevenard/ Lantratov/ Zakharova 30 July: Tsvirko/ Nikulina/ Ovcharenko/ Smirnova 31 July: Lobukhin/ Vinogradova/ Belyakov/ Stepanova 1 August: Vasiliev/ Denisova/ Skvortsov/ Shipulina 9 August: Rodkin/ Sevenard/ Belyakov/ Zakharova 10 August, mat: Tsvirko/ Nikulina/ Skvortsov/ Krysanova 10 August, eve: Vasiliev/ Denisova/ Lantratov/ Smirnova Swan Lake:- 2 August: Smirnova/ Chudin 3 August, mat: Kovalyova/Tissi 3 August, eve: Zakharova/ Belyakov 5 August: Stepanova/ Ovcharenko 6 August: Nikulina/ Chudin 12 August: Stepanova/ Ovcharenko 13 August: Marchenkova/ Belyakov 14 August: Kovalyova/ Tissi The Bright Stream:- 7 August: Zhhiganshina/ Vasiliev/ Skvortsov/ Krysanova 8 August: Nikulina/ Lobukhin/ Lantratov/ Shipulina Don Quixote:- 15 August: Shrainer/ Vasiliev 16 August: Krysanova/ Lantratov 17 August, mat: Sevenard/ Tsvirko 17 August, eve: Stepanova/ Rodkin
  5. According to the website, Vasiliev is replaced by Denis Rodkin on 1st August, not by Mikhail Lobukhin.
  6. Justine was danced by Romany Pajdak and Henry by Valentino Zucchetti.
  7. Do you mean to say that they have a box office INSIDE the theatre building? What a novel idea! 🙃
  8. Jonathan Cope didn't wear a white wig when I saw this production in 2001. His wig may have been glittered, but it was certainly dark.
  9. Gary Avis has danced the Helpmann sister a number of times. I saw him in June 2010, with Phiip Mosley as the Ashton sister. Personally, I think it would be a mistake to cast former principals in these roles - it was not a great success when it was tried before. Benet Gartside would be brilliant alongside Gary Avis. Sorry, back to Nutcracker...
  10. FLOSS, it would appear that they were not quite so prim in 1877 as you have suggested. According to her memoirs, Ekaterina Vazem did indeed wear “harem pants” in the first production of La Bayadere. I hope it is in order to quote a couple of sentences:- “In the third scene the bayadere Nikiya performs a dance with a basket of flowers in a comparatively slow tempo. For this number they made me an oriental costume with flimsy trousers and bracelets on my legs. Petipa first composed this dance out of batteries – so called cabrioles – the throwing forward of one leg to meet the other. I pointed out to him that such steps were here in complete disagreement with the music and the costume. How, in fact, could one perform cabrioles in wide pants?”
  11. From the recording with Merle Park as Larisch, it is an ordinary pack of cards. It would make sense for the concealed card to be the Ace of Hearts as, apparently, that can signify a love letter as well as the start of a love affair. An early reviewer read the momentary expression of horror on Park's face as meaning that Mary's third card signified death - the Ace of Spades perhaps.
  12. At today’s Friends’ rehearsal, poor Gary Avis gave a speech before curtain up asking us to consider leaving money to the ROH in our wills. Seems as if they do need us regulars after all - but only once we are dead.
  13. Howard Goodall's Requiem, Eternal Light, was written for Ballet Rambert. I saw it at Snape Maltings, and very beautiful it was, too.
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