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  1. There is a nice little anecdote that gives some irony to earlier comments about Darcey Bussell’s name. Sir Peter Wright, in his autobiography, comments that early on in her career when she joined Sadler Wells, he advised her to change her name from Darcey Bussell, only to later decide “it is the perfect name for a ballerina.”
  2. I don’t believe there is a recording available of the original Royal Ballet cast, but I would be very happy if someone can prove me wrong. I think availability is the key- who knows what has been recorded over the years for use by the Royal Ballet.
  3. Ann Jenner would qualify under this criterion too. How I wish there was a recording of her as Lise. One bonus is she appears in the recording of Enigma Variations as Antoinette Sibley was indisposed. There are two recording of her in Symphonic Variations, but the version available is very grainy,There is a later recording but I have only seen snippets which have been shown in documentaries.
  4. I note the casting has now disappeared. Does this mean there is likely to be a change?
  5. I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing John personally but he sounds a dedicated and lovely man. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
  6. The NEC logo on the structure suggests it may have been a gala/ concert at the National Exhibition Centre. I did a quick search and there is mention of a Prince’s Trust concert featuring dancers from the Portuguese ballet but Diana is wearing a different gown. But there may have been another gala there in other years.
  7. I share Janet’s endorsement of Sir Peter Wright's production ( not forgetting the contribution made by Galina Samsova). Not only is it beautiful to look at, but the narrative is told simply with the prologue showing the funeral of Siegfried’s father both an imperative reason that he marry and an explanation for his restless, melancholy. I had seen several productions prior to this, and quite a few since, but it does stand out for it’s all round qualities. Fortunately, BRB have had, and continue to have, dancers who can transform the production into a memorable ballet going experience.
  8. Difficult to see what is the motivation for the more established female first soloists this season.
  9. Is there any news about the last two performances in Los Angeles, and in particular, Inferno, the first part of the new McGregor?Surprisingly, nothing on Ballet Alert either.
  10. Yes you are right although I think it may refer to the theatre as well. Sadly I haven’t the books to be able to check.
  11. Those of us who are old enough will also recall a certain children's ballet series by Lorna Hill with titles like No Castanets at the Wells and Jane Leaves the Wells - references to the old shortened name for Sadler Wells.
  12. Yes, I had worked this out too - not least because of the length and quality of comment from at least one of the members
  13. So pleased for Brandon Lawrence and that this came under David Bintley’s tenure- a lovely final flourish.
  14. Thank you for posting this. I heard that they had made an appearance as part of Stormzy’s set and that it was much appreciated by the crowd. I can remember ENB performed at Glastonbury a few years ago but I think it was as an independent ‘act’ and not on the Pyramid stage, but perhaps someone else can put me right.
  15. Brilliant to hear that a copy has been uncovered. It would be wonderful if it were possible to share this. Thanks in anticipation!
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