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Jan McNulty

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  1. Links - Tuesday 18 February, 2020 Review - American Ballet Theatre, Giselle, Washington: Oksana Khadarina, DanceTabs Reviews - San Francisco Ballet, The Big Hunger, The Infinite Ocean, Etudes, San Francisco Ballet: Janice Berman, SF Classical Voice Terez Rose, Bachtrack Preview Feature - Royal Ballet, The Cellist, London: Julie Etchingham, ITV News Gallery - Royal Ballet, Dances at a Gathering, The Cellist, London: Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs Review - Joffrey Ballet, Mixed 5-bill, Chicago: Hedy Weiss, WTTW Gallery - Acosta Danza, Up Close, London: Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs Review - Pam Tanowitz & collaborators, Four Quartets, Los Angeles: Mark Swed, LA Times Preview Featurette - Rambert, Rouge, Edinburgh: Kelly Apter, The List Preview - Phoenix Dance Theatre, Black Waters, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Review - Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Russe, Milwaukee: John Schneider, Shepherd Express Review - Kansas City Ballet, Swan Lake, Kansas City: Hilary Stroh, Bachtrack Feature - Melody Mennite (Houston Ballet) on performing Carabosse: Margaret Downing, Houston Press Review - Ballet Biarritz, Estro, Nocturnes, Bolero, Michigan: Staff, Encore
  2. Julie Etchingham has published a feature on the ITV News website and at the end mentions her report will be on News at Ten tonight for anyone who isn't at the premiere. https://www.itv.com/news/2020-02-17/jacqueline-du-pre-life-new-production-royal-ballet-the-cellist-multiple-sclerosis/
  3. Northern Ballet has issued a gallery of rehearsal photographs: https://northernballet.com/geisha/rehearsal-photos
  4. I've put the link on the Ticket Exchange Special Offers subform.
  5. https://www.lastminute.com/tickets/london-theatre/dance/alina-cojocaru
  6. English National Ballet School’s 2020 Summer Performance The Peacock Theatre 18 & 19 July 2020 peacocktheatre.com “A terrific show with some fine dancing and some excellent new choreography” Dance Europe on English National Ballet School’s Winter Showcase. On the 18 and 19 July, English National Ballet School presents its Summer Performances at the West End’s Peacock Theatre, showcasing the students’ versatility on a major stage in front of a live audience. In the first Summer Performances under the direction of internationally celebrated dancer Viviana Durante, students will perform new classical choreography by Andrew McNicol, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Memorias del Dorado and excerpts from some of the great classical ballets. Alongside this is a new contemporary work created especially for English National Ballet School by renowned choreographer Didy Veldman, as well as a presentation developed through a series of workshops with Akram Khan Company. One of the world’s leading ballet schools, English National Ballet School prepares the finest young dancers for a lifetime of achievement, equipping students with the confidence, creativity and skills for a career as a professional dancer with major international ballet companies. In Spring 2020 English National Ballet School will move into its new home at London City Island in East London, joining English National Ballet for the first time in 25 years. This transformational move will provide the School with state-of-the-art gym and rehab facilities, three stage sized studios, a dance lab lecture theatre, and common room spaces. Being under the same roof as English National Ballet will allow students the opportunity to increase interaction with and be inspired by the professional dancers in the Company. Notes to Editors About English National Ballet School English National Ballet School prepares the finest young ballet dancers for a lifetime of achievement. Our state-of-the-art facilities are matched by world-class training, education, pastoral care and performance opportunities. We provide our students with the confidence, creativity and skills for a career as a professional dancer with the major international companies, and for a future beyond performing. We aspire to be the school of choice for the next generation of ballet artists and to pioneer the future of dance education. www.enbschool.org.uk
  7. Perhaps nobody had put it on there! A lot of people seem to use the ticket exchange more than anything else when they are looking for tickets so unless an offer has been posted there they may not think to look in other areas of the forum.
  8. This is the thread I was thinking about although the DD is a bit younger than yours:
  9. Hello Mammabear and welcome to the Forum! Gosh, that was a bit of a bombshell. I think we had a parent with a similar problem recently. It may be worth looking back through the old threads.
  10. It's very sad news indeed.
  11. That's brilliant Janite! Thanks for sharing.
  12. I was at Symphony Hall on Friday evening and it was a truly magnificent occasion! The musical selections were more "easy listening" than usual but none the less enjoyable and, of course, (the augmented) Royal Ballet Sinfonia sounded wonderful in this superb concert hall. Nick Owen introduced Carlos Acosta (who was greeted with cheers by the audience) and asked him a few questions. Carlos spoke with enthusiasm about how much he admired Birmingham and what a wonderful company he had taken over and how he was looking forward to introducing new work and taking the company's profile even higher. For the rest of the evening Nick Owen was at the side of the stage announcing the danced items. He was a competent announcer but I did miss David Bintley's fund of personal anecdotes. As for the danced sections... Samara Downs and Yasuo Atsuji were a delight in the Act 2 duet from Swan Lake. In a concert hall setting with no scenery and totally out of context it must be hard to make the danced sections more than a technical exercise but Samara and Yasuo took us straight into the world at the Lake. It was a gloriously nuanced performance and bodes very well for the full production. Every tiny move that Samara made (and on the very close front row I could see them all) breathed life into the tragic Odette. Sadly an announcement was then made that due to injury (presumably to Delia Matthews) Miki Mizutani and Tyrone Singleton would be dancing (at very short notice) the ballroom duet from Cinderella. What can I say other than that they were utterly sublime. I love this duet from SDB's Cinderella and I can't wait to see the whole ballet again next spring. This was followed by the orchestra playing with gusto the previously announced waltz and midnight from Cinderella. The first half ended with Maureya Lebowitz and Max Maslen absolutely divine in the reconciliation duet from The Two Pigeons. A lot of people around me (and of course me too) seemed to be having bad attacks of hay fever. Max Maslen proved to be a master pigeon wrangler. The second pigeon landed on him rather than the chair initially but all was well that ended well but the pigeons then got confused because they could not be collected behind a theatre curtain and it looked as though they were going to end up in our laps before one of them flew off and hit Max in the face. He expertly caught it, calmed it and carried it off. I cannot say how wonderful Maureya and Max were in this duet and we really need to see them in the whole ballet ... as soon as possible please BRB! The first danced piece after the interval was the world premiere of Kit Holder's The Breath We Took to the second movement of Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor Op 16. BRB are so lucky to have Jonathan Higgins as the company pianist and the music was just beautiful. The piece is for 6 dancers - 3 men and 3 women. Celine Gittens and Brandon Lawrence danced the duet and the other 2 women (Alys Shee and Rosanna Ely) and (Alexander Yap and Haoliang Feng) mirrored their movements. It was fluid and it was languid and it was gorgeous. I loved it! Celine and Brandon really are very special together and the other dancers were beautiful too. I hope we get to see this lovely piece as part of a mixed programme. Yaoqian Shang and Cesar Morales were sublimely romantic in the Romeo and Juliet balcony duet. There were several moments when their passion came across so strongly that there were shivers running down my spine. They looked fabulous together. The gpdd from Carlos' Don Quixote ended the evening and oh how it ended the evening. Momoko Hirata and Mathias Dingman could only be described as SENSATIONAL!!! They brought the house down!!! What was really good though that they did not only do the pyrotechnics they acted the roles. Momoko was so flirtatious and teasing and Mathias was ardent. They were perfect foils for each other. What a wonderful ending to a brilliant evening.
  13. YES I AM SPEAKING LOUDLY. Please read the linked post on Locked/hidden threads. I have just hidden yet another post that breaches the instruction in that thread. If any more posts are made that mention the host school/studios or a full list of winners (google is your friend if you want to find out) then we WILL lock this thread.
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