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  1. I didn't see it in 2012, so perhaps I should have said the last time I saw it......
  2. Great idea. I loved it the last time I saw it. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to play the young girl as well. If my memory serves me correctly, last time it was Julia Roscoe, who is now in the company?
  3. The only reason I mentioned Fonteyn in the first place is because there is this idea that today's generation of dancers are so much better technically than those of Fonteyn's generation, an idea that the dancers themselves seem to uphold. If you look at some of the comments on the Youtube link above, and other links, the younger posters will comment on how rubbish she is - horrible feet, poor extensions, no turnout. Admittedly the style is different, but that has a lot to do with the pace of the music, I think. You can't extend your leg that high in the time available, unless you kick it up like a Tiller girl. Also, it wasn't just Fonteyn who danced at that speed, they all did. It just happens to be that there are a lot of clips of her available to view. There are very few, if any, of Sibley, Park, Seymour, Shearer, and the others of that generation. But I bet they all danced with that same verve.
  4. One of them, although that one misses out the balances at the end which is a pity. Haven't watched those clips for ages, but the first thing that strikes me is the speed of the music, which I believe is the correct tempo? The conductor doesn't hang around, she has to nail those balances spot on. I know exactly the move you mean. I have often thought of mentioning it myself. What is that move called? It is so exciting when she does it.
  5. I never saw her dance live either. My experience is based entirely on film and Youtube snippets. I don't think I have ever seen anyone match her for her ability to radiate joy.
  6. Sedate is a good word for it. I think I prefer it when Aurora is danced with the joy of a lovely young princess marrying the prince of her dreams, with emphasis on the youth. I know I always mention Fonteyn, but she managed to convey this perfectly. Some of the interpretations today are just a touch too regal and mature for my tastes.
  7. I can't see the interview anywhere, although I can see the comments beside it. One person posted that is not what he actually said. Can someone post a link to the interview itself, rather than someone's interpretation of it? Oh, and I often find that people use all sorts of negative descriptions of someone who either doesn't hold the same views as they do, or who questions the actual statement being made. I have been on the receiving end of this many times.
  8. The trouble is, the glass-half-full members are galloping along on pure bred horses, a breed which is gradually fading away, while the Arts Council introduce a new hybrid mount - able to cover many more terrains that the pure bred, but much less attractive. 🙂
  9. The only one of those I have seen was The Judas Tree. Thought it was an awful waste of Irek Mukhamedov and Leanne Benjamin (I think). Never willingly seen it since. You are not alone. The only one I can remember anything about is Woolf Works, and that is mainly because of the voice over. There was one other one with weird robotic figures going across a screen at the back, but I have no idea what it was called. Otherwise, just a blank as far as I am concerned.
  10. I thought the idea of any of these apps was to show that you had been within 2 metres of an infected person for over 15 or 20 minutes. I am vague about the time and distance, as it is a year now since I looked at the details, and obviously all parties have to be on Bluetooth. However, if people are being pinged while travelling in a car and stopping at traffic lights, then something has gone seriously wrong with the programme!
  11. Loved Pineapple Poll when I finally got a chance to see the BRB perform it. My first thought? "How come the RB doesn't perform this?" I don't mind reimagined versions of the classics, I just don't want to see classical ballet companies doing them in place of the original, or at the expense of their more traditional rep. I am a huge fan of Matthew Bourne's versions of the Tchaikovsky ballets. I was very amused to see his version of the Kingdom of the Sweets, and thought it was as good (if not better) than the classical one, but I have never really been a huge fan of the RB's Nutcracker, I have to admit. The final act of his Swan Lake never fails to move me. However, I have no desire to see the RB or any other classical company performing it.
  12. Talking of Cecchetti, I am abroad at the moment, and reluctant to stream any Youtube video, so I haven't played the link above. However, is it true that the Cecchetti method is not taught at the RB anymore? It was never the main method of training, I don't think, but it used to be taught one day a week years ago.
  13. I thought the last time I saw SB that the fish dives were a bit on the slow side, and consequently felt dull and almost clumsy. Why take them slower, can't the current crop of dancers manage the speed of the previous generations? Now that I find hard to believe!
  14. You've forgotten to add dancing in a Stygian gloom in nasty vest and pants outfits.
  15. I can't read the article unless I sign in, but what exactly does Mr Acosta mean? I assume he doesn't envisage ballets showing people queueing up for their Covid injections, or sitting on sofas watching tv and eating junk food? What are the issues that he wants reflected? Is he saying that anything dealing with the supernatural, or magic, or some imaginative fictional world, should be jettisoned in favour of gritty realism? I can guarantee that when he says the world as it is today, he is thinking of something dark and gloomy, as this is somehow perceived as being more meaningful However, if you think about it, something like La Fille, which deals with conflicting views between a mother and daughter as to a suitable husband, followed by a joyous wedding, are pretty relevant, aren't they?
  16. If I remember correctly, Lucette Aldous was less than 5 feet tall. She really was tiny. RIP.
  17. I found this fascinating piece on Youtube, with Patricia Neary talking about the staging of Balanchine ballets. I hope this doesn't break any rules by putting it here? Apparently one of the first things she does with any company is to speed up the tempo, because dancers like to dance slow. This sounds like a very familiar complaint in many a discussion on this forum. 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sczJRVQOU-8
  18. I had forgotten until I looked when the programmes were first mentioned, that Dances at a Gathering was by Robbins. Whenever I see his name, I instantly think of his film work, and start humming the music for the wonderful dance scenes from West Side Story. Now there is someone who was capable of doing both classical and contemporary (if that is the correct term for his choreography for stage and screen). 🙂 Just imagine if someone like him was to come along and start choreographing for the Royal Ballet.........
  19. So glad I watched it before it was deleted, then. 🙂 Strange the RB would alter that particular staging, it was magnificent.
  20. She is still quite young, isn't she? I am surprised she didn't put her academic career on hold until she was closer to the normal retirement age for a dancer.
  21. Strange that Wendy Ellis Somes should allow such overblown performances of the Ugly Sisters. She has impeccable credentials; Royal Ballet through and through. She inherited the rights to Cinderella from her Principal Royal Ballet dancer husband, who worked with Ashton for many years, danced with Margot Fonteyn, and was in the first cast for many of his ballets. If anyone should know what the original intention of the choreographer was, she should!
  22. I can't remember the last time I saw Cinderella, so I have no idea which designs I saw. I believe Yoshida was dancing the title role, which probably dates it a bit. I remember reading somewhere that Ashton's ballet was a tribute to late 19th Century ballet. Who was the Napoleon character supposed to be?
  23. Did the director say what was wrong with the current design? I am always very wary of redesigns. I still have spots in front of my eyes after looking at the recent photos of the updated dresses in Les Rendezvous.
  24. The only good thing about those ghastly baggy trousers the dancers are wearing in two of the pieces is at least it spares the audience a view of the veins and sinews in their legs, which are so prominently on display in the other ballets. 😦
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