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  1. Daphnis and Chloe, The Firebird, Raymonda, Cinderella (Prokofiev) are all first thoughts for me. If this is a list of music written for ballet (as opposed to things like Theme and Variations which are adapted from concert works) two of my favourites as being created scores which are excellent for their intend purpose I would list Paul Reade's music for Hobson's Choice and Far From the Madding Crowd. It was a real loss to the world of ballet music that he died so young.
  2. The Farmer designs were all in Autumnal colours but the big giveaway that it is Sir Peter's production is the photo of the two side boys in the Act I pas de six. The Bintley/Samsova one only has the regular pas de deux.
  3. It would appear Iain Webb had the sense to acquire the SPW production with designs by Peter Farmer rather than the Bintley/ Samsova later one as designed by Haydn Griffin. BRB will be using the latter next season.
  4. I can't see Carlos putting up with antics of some of the other judges. He would take the whole thing seriously which is not want the BBC seems to want these days.
  5. Karen Hardy would be a very good suggestion but she might be too much competition for Shirley thingy. Whoever it is I really hope the slide from ballroom to more or less being shoved aside in favour of Latin is halted or even reversed.
  6. The Arlene Phillips suggestion recurs every time a judge's place becomes available. I cannot see the BBC revisiting that one. 'Cheryl' please God no!!! I think we can be pretty safe that it won't be a white, middle aged man - sorry Anton, you're too popular. I can see Ore Oduba getting the gig. Lots of boxes ticked, but the BBC appears to promoting only women at the moment. I take it Fiona Bruce is too busy.
  7. Darcey has always put 'bums on seats' and I suspect she is now well know enough to pull in the punters, despite the literary quality (or lack of it) of the most recent book. She has had a very interesting life and I am sure a lot of people would wish to hear her be interviewed. She will be far more upbeat and positive than several more authors.
  8. Northstar, please do NOT miss Hobson's Choice, either at the Hippodrome or Sadler's Wells. It is David Bintley's finest work and a joy from start to finish. With the Changing of the Guard we may not have the chance to see it again for a very long time, if ever.
  9. I did see Makarova and Schaufuss in the 80s 'revival'. Everything was very exaggerated, even Makarova's frock was much more elaborate than the original design. I am far too young to have ever seen the original but I knew several people who had and there was this massive wince all round. The critics were less than complimentary and Jean Bedells who was supposed to be assisting with the revival absolutely insisted on having her name removed from the credits. Yes, it was that bad.
  10. When I started ballet going exactly 40 years ago I was hugely jealous of old fans who had seen Fonteyn, Shearer, Markova and Ulanova. My grandmother saw Pavlova but. Oddly enough, I didn't feel envious about that. Had it been Karsavina I might well have seethed but I reserved that emotion for the fact that she had seen Gertrude Lawrence and Noel Coward in 'Private Lives'. I take great pleasure that I did see Fonteyn (but only when she was 60) and Sibley when she came out of retirement. I still regard the two performances of Cinderella with Dowell as among the very best highlights of my ballet going years.
  11. One of my great ballet wishes is that some kind body would release a DVD of the televised programme for, I think, Sir Fred's 70th birthday. It was shown on BBC 2 and I remember my mother and I being absolutely riveted to it all, but especially Seymour and Dowell in Month in the Country. Although that was both the climax, I will always remember Sir Fred coming on and repeating Dowell's final act of kissing the long ribbons of her frock, there were other performances I have cherished. Marion Tait and David Ashmole with SWRB in Les Rendezvous (in the proper designs without a spot or ghastly washing up gloves to be seen). After that we had Monotones and then Lesley Collier as Alice with Wayne Sleep and Graham Fletcher as Tweedledumb and Tweedledee. Proper Ashton performed by proper Ashton dancers supervised by the Great Man himself.
  12. I know that Australia had a brief interval when Damehood and such honours were reuntroduced but that has ended. The introduction of the Order of Australia in 1975 meant a decline in the old Imperial awards.
  13. Just as long as she comes back to BRB. What a good job she is Mrs Holder. You're completely right George. Actually, terrific opportunity for her and I am sure she will want to work with Senor Acosta. I can just see her having fun as Kitri.
  14. Happy Birthday to a great ballerina. I only saw her dance a very few times but you can see from the works created for her just how special she was. I have seen on this forum before that as Lynn is Canadian she cannot be offered or accept a Damehood from the UK government. I gather a similar situation applies to Australians.
  15. No, not at all. The only critic I can remember who was married to a dancer was Nicholas Dromgoole who was married to the wonderful Lesley Collier. Mr Christiansen is of a different persuasion.
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