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  1. Well, I thought it was great! So exciting for Francesca Hayward to have a lead role, and she looks wonderful in it. I haven't seen the Twitter comments, but I couldn't care less about some people who maybe feel they must put everything down and deride it. Roll on December 20th when (I believe) "CATS" opens in the cinemas!
  2. I believe this is the exemplary Royal Ballet training showing on both dancers. They have both been right through White Lodge (for ages 11 to 15, I think), and then the Upper School. (Lauren Cuthbertson was a Junior Associate even, before White Lodge, and quite possible Matthew Ball too.
  3. I enjoyed it tremendously. Please do continue on this excellent forum to give us a 'heads up' when these rehearsals take place. I am sure that there are a lot of us who otherwise would not know about them.
  4. I saw Manon originally in 2000, and the next time in 2014 at the cinema. I was amazed at how the Gaoler's actions were way, way more pronounced and displayed than originally in 2000. So that scene must have been changed from the top, to fit in with the 'current climate'? Maybe Lady MacMillan? I would think that she has the last word with any change or 'enhancement'?
  5. I believe I read (from Ismene Brown?) that she felt that single pirouettes performed by Odile were more like a whip lash and therefore more in character than inserting doubles and triples. The music is also much more suitable to single pirouettes with the definite 'one two' beat and persistent rhythm.
  6. Congratulations Darcey Bussell on being made a Dame. This is wonderful news and so well-deserved!
  7. Has the Nunez 'Manon' failed to be released as a DVD?
  8. For those of you who saw and enjoyed the lovely Nutcracker programme on TV at Christmas about Francesca Hayward's Sugar Plum Fairy debut, Nadia Mullova-Barley who was chosen as a final year student from the RBS Upper School to perform as a Snowflake, Angel, etc. and was featured in the programme, is joining the RB with the Aud Jebsen group. I am so happy for her!
  9. Perhaps Sir Frederick Ashton stipulated that Titania HAS to be blonde? (Like the young boy in "Month in the Country"?) I would imagine that he wanted it this way. (Although I agree that many dancers are not enhanced by the wig at all.)
  10. I am so glad they presented the programme about Darcey Bussell's career through the eyes of the BBC. (I just wished each excerpt had been longer!) I have a lot of the footage on Video Cassettes, however my poor video player broke down some time ago, so this programme is a very welcome replacement. So many memories of her beautiful dancing, and Winter Dreams and Song of the Earth certainly portrayed to me a vast amount of emotion, to name but two. In my eyes she deserves every amount of success that she has enjoyed.
  11. I enjoyed the Darcey Bussell "Fonteyn" programme very much indeed. It is well produced and presented, and I am delighted that there are a few TV shows this Christmas about ballet on the mainstream channels. Long may it continue. Regarding Panama etc, I had hoped before that they would show footage of it, and the ending was very touching. Definitely worth watching, and Ms Bussell is doing a lot to bring ballet and dance to the general public, which should make ballet enthusiasts very glad!
  12. Is anyone else surprised that Zenaida Yanowsky is not cast in Rubies in Jewels? Or has she said previously that she will not dance it any more? I am delighted that Heap, Hamilton and Storm-Jensen are cast in the role though. It's great to see them given a chance.
  13. I have not seen the Russian lady or the Bolshoi broadcasts, but I did see the Manon broadcast last Sunday mattinee, and I enjoyed Darcey Bussell's presentation. Her two interviews with Lady MacMillan and Kevin O'Hare were extremely interesting, especially as Miss Bussell worked with MacMillan on various roles, including Manon, which was fascinating to hear about. In my book, that makes for a good Presenter, and I would wish for no other!
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