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  1. I think many of us are expressing much the same view of our delight in Clem's eloquence. If there was one thing better than a good review from him it was a report in his very idiosyncratic style of work he didn't like!
  2. Now available from Amazon at a cost of £20. Having spent £30 on my copy I am not sorry to have given my money to Waterstone's rather than the behemoth that is taking over the world.
  3. My copy has just arrived and I will be delving into over the next few days. However, there is one point I would like to praise from what I have seen so far. I think it is a universally acknowledged opinion that Clem is pre-eminent amongst ballet critics and his opinion is to be held in the highest esteem. Right at the end of the book he has a section discussing dancers he has loved. Amongst them are two great ballerinas who I feel are very underappreciated and effectively being airbrushed out of their place in Royal Ballet. The first is Lynn Seymour. I remain staggered that TV programmes discussing the life and work of Macmillan ignores any hope of a contribution from her in favour of younger dancers. The second, as this is sort of the crowning moment of the book, is Alicia Markova. Now, I am far too young to have ever seen her but whenever I see Fonteyn described as our first truly famous or internationally famous ballerina I want to scream 'but what about Markova?'. I mean absolutely no disrespect to Fonteyn by this but she just wasn't the first. Markova inspired Clem, he still treasures her memory and that is more than good enough for me.
  4. I have no skin in this game as I know very little about Liam Scarlett and have only seen his work on film. For as long as I can remember there have been stories about is problems with the RBS, although this is very far from the only school which has had issues. However, my main point is I found the article unbelievably sad. I make no comment on its veracity or otherwise.
  5. Waterstone's have confirmed they have taken my money so I am hoping it will arrive within a matter of days. I am really looking forward to receiving it. Clem is my hero!
  6. Many thanks for posting this extract Rina. I had forgotten how criminally difficult is the solo for the principal girl. Makes you appreciate how technically strong Markova was.
  7. Lovely dancing but - sorry, pet peeve- hideous set and costumes.
  8. I saw Nina at the Coliseum in 1999 too. I still regard that as the greatest individual classical performance in a full length I have ever seen in over 40 years of ballet going. Sylvie Guillem as Manon ran in as a close second.
  9. Good week coming up. Rhapsody and Two Pigeons on Thursday morning. But then, I would say that wouldn't I.
  10. Just ordered my copy too! Really looking forward to it.
  11. Thanks Janet. I will give it a go tomorrow.
  12. I have today received a glossy brochure from the Hippodrome announcing its reopening and listing forthcoming productions with the appropriate dates. The Nutcracker is listed but there is absolutely no indication that it isn't the usual version. If I can find e-mail contact details for Carlos Acosta or Fiona Allen I will notify them of my feelings.
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