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capybara

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  1. Mask to non mask ratio was better 'upstairs' than below last night at the ROH. Looking from above, vast areas of whole faces could be seen in the stalls with an odd covering here and there only.
  2. I have been to the ROH for several performances this season and have not yet had my ticket checked. So some doors which were previously attended no longer are. A ticket-zapper mentioning mask wearing in a pleasant manner could be an added layer of persuasion. (PS Most taxi drivers are maskless but behind a screen.)
  3. I found the same. Interesting. Thank you DanJL for starting a separate thread on this subject. I know they wear masks in R&J but the overall balance of that thread had become a bit distorted. I have now taken to coming in by taxi of some sort or another for evening performances as the tube feels far too risky for my liking. I just don’t ‘get’ why the majority of travellers resist wearing a mask. Surely immunity applies to a relatively small minority? And, unfortunately, the news on the COVID front is sounding increasingly worrying.
  4. Jamiel, I think a lot of ballet enthusiasts on this forum would love to come to your show but you chose a very heavy weekend ballet-wise, with 4 performances of Romeo and Juliet at the ROH in the space of just over 40 hours - and that's just a start. Also, now that the nights are drawing in, it is more difficult for some people to contemplate going to a new venue in an unfamiliar part of London, especially where a bit of a walk from the station is involved for anyone on their own. Good luck with your venture. I will make a real effort to get there in the future.
  5. Jurgita Dronina is no longer with ENB either (she has returned to Canada). The 'newest' ballerina at ENB is Maria Kochetcova who was with the Company for a few years up to 2007 but has now returned to them from San Francisco via Finland and international guesting.
  6. Of course, Alina Cojocaru left ENB around this time last year. I agree that she is the best Manon ever (with ENB as well as with the RB).
  7. From what I have gathered, Carlos Acosta has a very strong Executive Director supporting him. Every incoming Artistic Director feels a need to make changes. Kevin O'Hare, for example, could see (and nurture) the very considerable talent already within the RB and has been able to respond to 'overtures' from individual dancers. Tamara Rojo wanted to shake things up more (although departures forced her hand in some respects). I suppose that Carlos's motivation, after nearly two fractured years in post, is to build a company to deliver the kind of rep. he has in mind. Wanting more Principals and Soloists doesn't mean that he doesn't value the ones he's got. He also needs to 'succession plan'.
  8. Their script caused them to claim 5 hours but it was 30 minutes short. I didn't see any Dante.
  9. I believe that ENB has invited ‘expressions of interest’ in the past and has certainly ‘gone fishing’. But this overture from BRB feels on a different scale and must surely represent a wish to ‘refresh’ and expand the upper echelons of the Company in a way which makes it Carlos’s own. The ‘invitation’ comes as a result of applications and videos being reviewed by Carlos as a first step. Whatever the outcome, it will be interesting, of that there can be no doubt.
  10. As published by The Royal Ballet School. The Royal Ballet five hour livestream begins at 11am BST and will include: Interview with Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare Principal Dancer Fumi Kaneko and First Soloist William Bracewell in rehearsal for Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet Stage and piano rehearsal for Wayne McGregor’s new ballet The Dante Project, featuring short interviews with Principal Dancers Sarah Lamb and Ed Watson Rehearsal for new piece by choreographer Mikaela Polley Principal Dancer Marianela Nuñez rehearsed by Former Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason Rehearsal for Soloist Benjamin Ella’s Draft Works piece, featuring Aud Jebsen Young Dancer Daichi Ikarashi, Royal Ballet Soloist Isabella Gasparini and Prix De Lausanne Dancer Marco Masciari Rehearsal for Aud Jebsen Young Dancer Denilson Almeida’s Draft Works piece, with Aud Jebsen Young Dancer Ava May Llewellyn and Artist of The Royal Ballet Joonhyuk Jun Film by The Royal Ballet’s Emerging Choreographer Joseph Toonga featuring Principal Dancer Natalia Osipova Full corps de ballet rehearsal for Peter Wright’s Giselle A compilation featuring some of the best Jump for Joy clips, submitted by #WorldBalletDay viewers.
  11. The Prince Charles story is a hoot. The briefings the Royal Family receive would normally tell them such things as Sergei’s country of origin. But believing he is Russian is a very common mistake.
  12. I would not be concerned to post a view which is at variance with other people's and one of the good things about BCF is that its ethos enables that. However, out of respect for the dancer(s), I think I might hold back on here from making comments which lean towards the negative more than just the once.
  13. What a pity that The Times has Edward Watson celebrating his 25 years with the RB when he's been there since 1994. Interesting, also, that Bonelli looks in fine form at aged 43 and will return to Romeo in the New Year. He's been with the RB since 2003, apparently - how time flies.
  14. The rumours suggest Nunez will be the first night Myrthe.
  15. More than a few "normally the opera but we do like ballet" patrons (lower case p ) around me too this afternoon. Precisely - thank you reminding us. I enjoyed Dante, especially the first act which seemed more 'polished' in concept and delivery than the other two - maybe because, following its showing in Los Angeles in 2019, it has had time to simmer in MacGregor's mind and blossom in the performer's bodies............... But, overall, the extended MacGregor dance vocabulary is a simply terrific vehicle for showing off an amazing ballet company, an opportunity which, unfortunately, ENB missed with its recent, somewhat repetitive Creature from Akram Khan.
  16. The opinions on the forum are simply individual opinions with which I, for one, happen to disagree in relation to Naghdi/Muntagirov. I love to know what other people think but also to make up my own mind.
  17. I was in the Ladies when I heard Kevin’s announcement for the first time and my reaction was, “Oh noooooo! Not a big cast change?” Edited to add that Kevin himself came out of the Stage Door last night fully masked.
  18. The debutante tonight was, I think (and surprisingly, really) Claire Calvert as the Lead Harlot.
  19. Monks? What monks? (Joking aside, I think that, on Saturday, I might have been too wrapped up in the story to notice anything other than R&J.)
  20. It was there - I could tell you the colour of their pants 😫
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