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  1. I was lucky enough to attend yesterday's performance having booked blind in terms of casting, but just hoping that the 1st performance would have Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer, without whom for me, no Nutcracker is complete. The bonus of Marianela and Vadim plus two of my favourite dancers, James Hay and Anna Rose O'Sullivan in the other main roles was too good to be true! For me, it was a magical afternoon. As the curtain opened on the opening scene of Drosselmeyer grieving for his nephew, emotions were at a very high point. My two favourite moments of the ballet - the growth of th
  2. I'd almost forgotten what it's like to see a live performance and now, here I am at home, after midnight, still buzzing after what was a fantastic night at the ROH. It was a Gala, not a performance. I loved it when Kevin O'Hare came on at the start and said - enjoy these 2 hours, and we will be back, because that summed it up. So lucky that I had chosen to book a ticket for tonight, rather than later in the run. I felt that I had to savour every single minute as precious, because who knows when I will get there again. Soon I hope, but who knows. I will keep those 2 hours in my head and go
  3. Me neither, and I'm thinking that one of the few bright spots to come from COVID is that we have had a chance to see Matthew Ball and Mayara Magri dance together. What a sparkling, vibrant partnership and one which would normally have been cast, I suspect.
  4. I too, went to Athelhampton yesterday and saw my first live ballet for over 6 months. I don't think I can add anything to the marvellous reviews already posted, but what a delight it was, and in a very beautiful setting. I am also the proud owner of a framed photo of William Bracewell dancing in Swan Lake which I won in the auction. Very special memories of seeing him dance Siegfried in Madrid, which was the first time I had ever seen him dance a principal role. He was utterly brilliant and I have been a big fan ever since. The programme yesterday contained a very good mix of all ballet styl
  5. I agree. Far, far better than the last 2 (Vadim excepted of course). What a relief to get a decent presenter and a much more diverse selection of performance pieces. I find watching enjoyable but also upsetting, I suppose because I have no idea when I will next get to see a live performance in the ROH. Have to be thankful that I have seen so many and have all the memories.
  6. We had the same problem and we are in self isolation for my husband so really didn't want to go anywhere near it. In the end we wrote to our Pharmacy and asked them to post it to us. That was 2 days ago, and today they delivered it by hand (not literally) which was really marvellous (Lloyds). In future, we are going on line with Echo.
  7. Bennet Gartside and Everybody Ballet did a Live Instagram class for beginners online last week (free). I came across it by accident and have now signed up for more beginners classes - being run via Zoom (very reasonable pricing). These classes are usually held in London at the ROH and another venue but the initiative has now been taken on line. I'm self isolating as my husband is at risk and can't see myself going out for weeks/months, and whilst I would normally have been too embarrassed to join a live class, not to mention being able to fit it into my work schedule,
  8. Thank you Bridiem was a wonderful description of last night's performance. I wish I could write like that! I've always loved watching Soares' interpretation of the dramatic roles and he didn't disappoint last night. I will so miss him in these ballets as I found watching his facial expressions and gestures almost mesmerising. I first saw him quite by chance as the prince in the Sleeping Beauty when he replaced I think Jonathan Cope, and although I had never heard of him at that point, was very much struck by his stage presence. I then looked for him subsequently and it wasn't long
  9. I'm looking round for "gangs" and it looks like the usual crowd to me. However, I'm reminded of a recent trip to Milan when our guide on a walking tour told us to beware of pick pockets who looked like very well dressed ladies - but they are not...……….
  10. Arrived this evening and had normal bag search and then was warned that there were a lot of pick pockets, working in gangs, so be very careful and keep my bag closed at all times!
  11. I went to the cinema last night and really enjoyed seeing both ballets again. I found I saw many things I had missed first time round. I love DAAG and the joy of seeing so many wonderful dancers on the stage at one time still makes me feel happy. I do love the close up viewing you are given at the cinema, so many close ups of the dancers faces. Hard to pick out individuals ...but I will. Will Bracewell was stand out for me, Marianela of course, Alex Campbell and the wonderful Laura Morera. Such pure dancing throughout.. I also found a lot more emotion in the Cellist 2nd time rou
  12. I went to see Thiago Soares and Itziar Mendizabal last night and loved it. I've seen Thiago in this role many times and he never fails to move me. It was also lovely to see Itziar being given a chance to shine in this major role. The last pdd was electric. I was interested to see the contrast between the Roberto Bolle and Thiago's characterization of Onegin. Bolle was far nastier, condescending. With Thiago there's a much finer line between the pleasant and the unpleasant, which makes it easier to believe why Tatiana still loves him at the end, despite everything that has happened. His
  13. I felt exactly the same about Sambe, - in the end I couldn't take my eyes off him: an extraordinary performance. For me, that was the most emotional part of the ballet's experience. I had expected to feel more emotion, but it didn't really take off for me, even though I really wanted it to. Probably need to see it again.
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