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  1. "What would the Company do without Miss Farron?" - asked The Times one day after Julia Farron had danced very different roles in each ballet of a triple bill.* She had a wonderful career with the Sadler's Wells/Royal Ballet, creating key roles for the company's choreographers and putting her own stamp on many inherited works. In her later years she was most often seen in character roles - the Queen in Sleeping Beauty, Lady Capulet in Macmillan's Romeo and Juliet (which she created), Bathilde in Giselle (still my benchmark for the role) - but earlier she had danced in most of the company's repertory: Lykanion in Daphnis and Chloe, the Betrayed Girl in the Rake's Progress, the Waltz and the Prelude in Les Sylphides - almost everything except for the great leading roles in the classical repertory. Some of her key roles were made for her by Ashton, from the little dog Pepe in A Wedding Bouquet (when she was only 14) through to Berta in Ondine, and - probably the one remembered with most affection - the Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake. She moved on to become a very widely respected and admired teacher, as I'm sure many of her former pupils will attest. * quoted by Cyril Swinson in Six Dancers of Sadler's Wells
  2. The Joyce Theatre in New York has just announced the details of the four programmes Kevin O'Hare has planned http://www.joyce.org/performances/ballet-festival
  3. Not necessarily the pieces I love most, but all with choreography of genius that will always delight me: Serenade Les Rendezvous Konservatoriet (Bournonville) Shades scene from La Bayadere Airs (Paul Taylor)
  4. Isn't it about time for the company to reconsider its 'everybody does everything, every time' policy? Seven casts for 14 public performances is ridiculous - think of the reharsal time!
  5. How do the company justify this competely irrelevant inclusion, I wonder? Maybe they know something we don't know - Fonteyn always longed to do Manon, perhaps? 'We're awfully busy' would sound a bit feeble.
  6. I use Firefox but I notice this problem only appears when I'm using a desktop, not on my (Android) tablet. I haven't particularly noticed it on other sites but will keep an eye open for other occurrences, which would point the finger at Firefox rather than the ROH.
  7. I realise this may be a problem with my browser, but if I go to the ROH website and select Menu - About - Royal Ballet - Dancers - Sambe (for instance), I then have to click the back button at least 4 times to get back to the Dancers page. Anyone else get this?
  8. Ria Peri did a Swan Lake in the 1970s but I can't remember if she was ever a principal.
  9. Interesting, though, that Gartside gets a debut * by his first Elgar of the run, and Avis doesn't.
  10. Replacements for the injured Takada and McRae just announced: https://www.nbs.or.jp/english/news/20190531-01.html
  11. ... and now he's just danced Armand on the opening night of the RDB's revival of Neumeier's Kameliadamen. Astonishing for someone only in his second year with the company. .
  12. Does anyone know if it is still the case that the Stuttgart people either do the casting or at least have a power of veto?
  13. The most famous occasion was when Nunez, and then Cojocaru were promoted 3 levels in one jump - artists to first soloists. Simultaneous posting - sorry!
  14. Neither did she join the Royal Ballet, did she? - I remember her being listed as a principal guest artist, which presumably left her free to dance elsewhere as she wished.
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