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  1. Nooo.. to me the Shades scene is the greatest white act in the ballet canon. Seen live it has me on the edge of my seat. Even the music gives me goosebumps. Agree though best seen live. I have never forgotten the first time I saw it - performed years ago by the Kirov. So beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. I do love all the white acts though it took me many years to come to love Giselle.
  2. Thanks Annamk I thought of going but having read about it wasn’t sure that I could cope with the sound of infant crying for that length of time! Probably best not viewed by expectant or new mothers I think.
  3. Well it was one if those wonderful performances where everything was exceptional and thrilling - not only the principals but the whole cast, orchestra etc. Bayadère is my favourite ballet and I have seen many performances. I was really surprised by both Osipova and Nuñez - didn’t expect Nuñez to be such an imperious Gamzatti and Osipova to be such a soulful Nikyia. The fight scene was really dramatic and convincing. Muntagirov was his usual superlative self. I count myself so lucky to have been there. It made up somewhat for the fact that I was too ill to go to the opening night and had to hand back my ticket! However I can at least buy the DVD.
  4. Thanks JohnS for the reminder- will be watching
  5. Was there with husband last night. We loved the Firebird - the music, costumes and dance. Thrilling and so glad that Kish’ retirement was properly marked. it was the first time my husband has seen Month and he liked it least. We both admired the dancers- Anna Rose O Sullivan was charming and very fleet of foot. Muntagirov was a bit of a lad - flirting with all the ladies! Cuthbertson very moving. It felt more Edwardian England than Russia to me. we both loved Symphony in C - terrific but I thought Magri was not the right match for Sambé- his jumps were so light. great end to the season and the company is full of talented dancers at all levels right now- lucky us!
  6. I agree more about her start and training would have made a more balanced production
  7. For those who like tea a visit to Mariage Frere in King Street is a real treat but not inexpensive. I had the “gold cake” and it was delicious. Also by the ROH you can watch the chefs make the Portugese custard tarts and buy them fresh from the oven.
  8. Yes Rob that would be great - if only! Then we could have endless debates about which way round we preferred!
  9. It sound very exciting and hope that everyone has a wonderful evening and I look forward to reading the reports.
  10. I am planning to go as we have Tate membership and I like to get my money’s worth!
  11. Yes I went. I enjoyed both the film and Q & A. I really liked the Bayadere coaching, Makarova, saying that Osipova went to ‘ a quite good school’. However, the majority of the film was about the creation of the modern pieces so quite light on classical ballet. I personally would have preferred it the other way round ( i would guess so would others in the audience). However, it was interesting to see the creative process and that is clearly what Ms Osipova enjoys. Ms Osipova was funny and intelligent in the Q & A session, switching easily between Russian and English. There were no difficult questions although someone asked if she had faced challenges when in Russia if her physique was not the current Ideal (or something like that)! I had assumed that the questions would be ‘planned’ rather than spontaneous but not sure now.
  12. I am very excited for Bayadere - is it Nuñez as Nikyia- as that was the one I missed due to illness?
  13. I am enjoying these reviews as I won’t be going until the final show. I am very much looking forward to it.
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