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  1. There's a piece of that name by Mats Ek - could be that? **** simultaneous post
  2. There were cast changes from quite early on but I don't think there was ever a performance with no-one from the first cast. From the listings in the RB 50 Years book, this is how many the first cast danced (1970 - 1976): Sibley 40 Seymour 38 Mason 39 Jenner 45 Connor 51 Nureyev 33 Dowell 53 Wall 56 Coleman 59 J Kelly 15 Others who were in the cast: Marguerite Porter Alfreda Thorogood Lesely Collier Jennifer Penney Merle Park Georgina Parkinson Natalia Makarova Carl Myers David Ashmole Donald Macleary (who I think was meant to be in the first cast but was injured/ill) Wayne Eagling Julian Hosking Wayne Sleep Ross McGibbon A few of these came close to the originals but I don't remember anyone actually improving on the 7 main members of the first cast. But I only saw it 20 times. (And an extra one at Snape Maltings)
  3. Brendan Keaney, chief executive of Dance East, gets an OBE.
  4. Please could we have some explanation of your new system? - bit of a surprise to wake up to find I'm a Newbie. (Apologies if I've missed an anouncement and also for posting this in the wrong place originally.)
  5. Please could we have some explanation of your new system? - bit of a surprise to lsign in and find I'm a Newbie! (apologies if I've missed an announcement)
  6. Could it be Avril Bergen? (don't know if she was still in the company in 1969, though)
  7. Lucette Aldous was born in New Zealand but her family moved to Australia soon after her birth. She came to London as a teenager and joined the Royal Ballet School, then danced with Ballet Rambert and the touring section of the Royal Ballet from the late 1950s till around 1970, when she returned to Australia. As Sim says, she was a lovely dancer, quite small but with a strong character. With the RB she danced Giselle, Aurora, Odette/Odile the Girl in Two Pigeons etc, but she's probably best known now (in this country) through the films she was cast in: Nureyev's Don Quixote with Australian Ballet, La Sylphide with Rambert and the tiny but spirited Lilac Fairy in a TV Sleeping Beauty with Fonteyn as Aurora. Here's a bit of LaSylphide, with Flemming Flindt as James
  8. How about this, then? (Just came across it in one of my old scrapbooks - it's talking about a TV performance in 1960) "But it is in the transformation scenes that televison really comes into its own. In the stage version the Fairy Godmother throws a pumpkin into the wings and out rolls the coach. ... But this time the pumpkin appears to grow in size, becoming bigger and bigger until it bursts into a 10-ft-high tinsel-encrusted coach, lined with nylon fur and sprinkled with stardust, ready to take Cinderella to the ball." That's more like it. Especially the nylon fur.
  9. I think the role only lasted one season - and wasn't there a dance for the soldiers at the beginning of Act 3, maybe cut at the same time?
  10. It was Collier! As far as I remember his original interpretation was so deep and revealing that all he could do was make it even more so! ( I found inside my programme Clement Crisp's review of the evening and I hope it's included in the new book - one of the warmest and most appreciative pieces he ever wrote!)
  11. Well, I certainly saw David Wall in the first performance of Mayerling and in his farewell in the same role - but I expect lots of other people did, too.
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