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  1. 1) As his mimed dialogue with the Lilac Fairy relays, he has never been in love. 2) No idea. Distant cousins? 3) Bluebeard + 1 (always strikes me as a bad omen for a wedding, cf. the opera by Bartok), Goldilocks + 1, Beauty and the Beast.
  2. Yes! Exactly my thought. 👍🏼 I thought the slightly more junior pas de quatre line-up on Friday (which also included Hay and Richardson) worked better.
  3. The Spring 2020 edition of ROH magazine announces a gala to support the ROH Covent Garden Foundation on Wednesday 20 May 2020, comprising a programme of opera and ballet on the main stage. There’s the option of dinner with the performers and ROH staff afterwards. Full details will be shared in the Summer 2020 magazine (out in January).
  4. Thank you very much Naomi for posting the links to this very interesting film. One thing that struck me about the final exam was the complete absence of partnering which is, as mentioned several times in the documentary, an essential skill for a professional dancer. Has the Mariinsky hired any Bolshoi Academy graduates? Or is it strictly one-way traffic from St Petersburg to Moscow?
  5. Completely agree! I noticed Sophie too and thought she performed extremely well. Kevin O’Hare seems to make good choices with his lateral hires.
  6. So which of the men is Elgar and which is Barenboim? Any guesses?
  7. I think it’s hilarious that the LA Times reviewer believes that McGregor choreographed Inferno between the first public performance of the music in May and the ballet premiere in July 🤣 https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-ades-mcgregor-laphil-review-20190714-story.html
  8. Yes, he stages The Nutcracker and various Ashton ballets. He staged La Valse for the Royal Ballet School’s summer performances just now. His rehearsals are my favourites! So much energy & nothing escapes his eagle eye.
  9. The title of Senior Ballet Mistress is new, as far as I’m aware, but Christopher Saunders was Senior Ballet Master before his promotion to Rehearsal Director.
  10. Jürgen Rose, who is 81!, says in the interview that the workshops still look the same as 50-60 years ago when he started working with Cranko.
  11. That’s Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød http://www.roh.org.uk/people/lukas-bjrneboe-brndsrd
  12. Also in the News section of the ROH website: the Genée will be renamed the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition from next year in honour of Dame Margot’s centenary. The competition will be hosted at the ROH in September 2020. https://www.roh.org.uk/news/royal-opera-house-to-host-royal-academy-of-dances-prestigious-ballet-competition-in-september-2020
  13. Beauty at £145?!? Just as well I don’t particularly like that ballet. Presumably Swan Lake will be the same, or even higher.
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