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Jan McNulty

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  1. Hello Shellym and welcome to the Forum!
  2. Hello DancePants and welcome out of the lurking shadows!
  3. Hello Fairydust and welcome to the Forum!
  4. https://teatrwielki.pl/en/repertoire/the-201920-season/performances-201920/filter/0/2/ The list is in alphabetical rather than date order.
  5. I'm not being funny but how does it benefit the dancers? If that is necessary for them but it causes issues for a lot of the audience who would like to watch the performance but who have difficulties with the early start time then perhaps they should not do those matinees?
  6. Why on earth do they start matinees at noon? If it is supposed to help people in the provinces it most certainly doesn't!! A couple of years ago I booked for an early matinee ... there was a problem with the train and I STILL haven't seen After the Rain live!!! Since then, I have booked a hotel for the night before, which is an expense I can do without!! Such programming certainly doesn't cater for many people who live outside London.
  7. I saw both performances in Shrewsbury yesterday. I thought Seasons in our World was terrific. After 2 views I want to see it again! Although choreographed by 3 people (Laura Day, Lachlan Monaghan and Kit Holder) all three sections melded together to make a complete whole. The music was tuneful and appropriate with the odd nod to Vivaldi and what sounded like Eastern European folk music. The costumes were simple and effective and the lighting was superb. All three choreographers had created beautifully lyrical dance with a couple of beautiful duets for Samara Downs and Yasuo Atsugi and Alys Shea with Alexander Yap. Peter and the Wolf was a delight from start to finish and a perfect introduction for children going to the ballet for the first time. It was stylish and witty and the cast danced their hearts out. Ruth Brill has set the stage in an urban landscape but the story is the familiar one. Peter (Petra) is danced by Laura Day who is just perfect in the role. Mathias Dingman was a very threatening wolf indeed. Ruth had made some gorgeous fast, deft choreography for the bird as danced by the quicksilver Tzu Chao Chou. There was a fascinating talk with Ruth and Laura before the evening performance. Both pieces are around 35 minutes each so with the interval the programme is about 90 minutes long.
  8. Isabella Gasperini, who lights up the stage every time she walks on!
  9. Thanks for posting the casting in full Bluebird. I was away for the weekend and had very limited internet availability. This is the body of the press release that came with the casting: English National Ballet Cinderella in-the-round Royal Albert Hall Thursday 06 – Sunday 16 June 2019 Tickets: ballet.org.uk/cinderella / royalalberthall.com/cinderella / 0845 401 5045 This summer English National Ballet performs their biggest production to date, a new, in-the-round version, of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella at the Royal Albert Hall (06–16 June 2019.) Principal casting for the production is announced today and sees Lead Principals Alina Cojocaru and Isaac Hernández, Lead Principals Erina Takahashi and Joseph Caley, Lead Principal Jeffrey Cirio and Guest Artist Maria Kochetkova, and First Soloist Emma Hawes and Principal Francesco Gabriele Frola dance the roles of Cinderella and Prince Guillaume respectively. Kochetkova joins English National Ballet as Guest Artist for performances of Cinderella having previously danced the title role with San Francisco Ballet. Born in Moscow, the international ballet star trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School before going on to dance with companies across the world including The Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres, and English National Ballet (2003-2007). Also announced today are those dancing the role of Benjamin, the prince’s friend: Jeffrey Cirio, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Soloist Ken Saruhashi, and First Artist Barry Drummond. Co-produced by English National Ballet and the Royal Albert Hall, Wheeldon’s inventive staging, with over 130 dancers working on the production, combines magnificent sets and costumes, theatrical surprises, and lively choreography set to Prokofiev’s famous score performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic, in what promises to be the ballet spectacular of 2019. Working from the darkly intriguing Brothers Grimm version of the story, Wheeldon originally created Cinderella to great acclaim for Dutch National Ballet and San Francisco Ballet: he and his creative team now reunite for the re-staging of this sparkling ballet. The production includes striking set design by Julian Crouch – founder of the influential theatre company, Improbable – puppetry from Basil Twist (whose credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and projection from Daniel Brodie. English National Ballet has presented grand-scale in-the-round productions at the Royal Albert Hall since 1997, including Swan Lake – with its record-breaking 60 swans – and re-workings of Romeo & Juliet and Sleeping Beauty.
  10. Links - Friday 17 May, 2019 Review - New York City Ballet, Judah, Dances at a Gathering, Stars and Stripes, New York: Ivy Lin, Bachtrack Review - American Ballet Theatre, Harlequinade, New York: Mary Cargill, Danceview Times Review - Rambert, Presentient, Rouge, In Your Rooms, London: Louise Levine, FT Review - Mark Morris Dance Group, Pepperland, New York: Joel Benjamin, Theater Scene News - ROH commissions Cathy Marston to celebrate the live of Jacqueline du Pré: Sarah Kirkup, Gramophone Feature - Darcey Bussell: Tahira Yaqoob, The National Diary - 8 dance performances to see in New York this weekend: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Feature - Eve McConnachie, Scottish Ballet’s in-house film maker: Kelly Apter, The List Review - Shaun Keylock Company, mixed programme, Portland: Elizabeth Whelan, Oregon Arts Watch Preview Feature - Heidi Lastsky Dance, On Display/Reston, Washington: Celia Wren, Washington Post Film News - Force of Nature Natalia (about Osipova) to preview at Curzon in London: News Desk, Broadway World Film Reviews - And then we danced: Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
  11. This news will be in the Links when they are published tomorrow morning: Film News - Force of Nature Natalia (about Osipova) to preview at Curzon in London: News Desk, Broadway World And Amelia had started a specific thread with more information here:
  12. I felt as though I was sitting next to you (and all my other friends) in the cinema tonight!! I loved (again) everything about Within the Golden Hour. The whole cast was excellent. In the preamble it was described as an abstract piece but I felt waves of emotional connection between Sarah Lamb and Alex Campbell. I thought they looked fabulous together and I hope they are paired together in the future. Having read so many comments I was unsure about how I was going to feel about Medusa. I enjoyed it more than I expected to. I thought Ryoichi Hirano was absolutely magisterial and Olivia Cowley was sublime. Natalia Osipova was just stunning as Medusa, what an incredibly powerful performance. I loved her connection on stage with Matthew Ball and I thought some of his close-up expressions were absolutely stunning. @Sharon and I were sat next to each other in the cinema - she thought Matthew looked at Natalia, I thought he avoided looking at her. You pays your money and you makes your choice! I was completely, utterly and totally blown away by Flight Pattern. I found it incredibly moving. I particularly enjoyed the interval interview with Jonathan Lo talking about the music used for Flight Pattern. I am really looking forward to seeing this programme on Tuesday evening.
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