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  1. Sad news from the Royal Opera House. I wish Beatriz good luck in the groves of academe - I think it'll suit someone of her obvious intellect but I'm sure we'll miss her. FIRST SOLOIST BEATRIZ STIX-BRUNELL TO LEAVE THE ROYAL BALLET ‘I found my home on this stage and will hold its memories tightly as I enter an exciting new chapter in my life. To have danced with this Company, amongst these dancers, for this audience, and in this city has been my greatest honour. I am filled with pride and gratitude.’ - Beatriz Stix-Brunell. First Soloist Beatriz Stix-Brunell is to leave the Company after 11 years. In a move that was deferred due to the global pandemic, she leaves at the end of the Season to begin her academic career at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. After studying at the School of American Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet School and with Fabrice Herrault in New York, Beatriz entered Christopher Wheeldon’s company Morphoses at age 14. She joined The Royal Ballet as an Artist in 2010, was promoted to Soloist in 2012 and to First Soloist in 2016.  During that time her performances with The Royal Ballet have spanned the great breadth of the Company’s repertory, from the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker to the Young Girl in Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons. Last year she performed the title role in Cathy Marston’s The Cellist. Her last performance will be in the Beauty Mixed Programme. ‘Beatriz has had a wonderful dance career and made an indelible contribution to the life and spirit of The Royal Ballet,’ said Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet. ‘She can be very proud of her part in shaping the Company’s recent history, working with some of the world’s leading choreographic lights including Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor and Cathy Marston. We congratulate her on her distinguished academic admission and look forward to her final performances on the Royal Opera House stage in our final mixed programme of the Season.’  We’re sure you would like to join us in wishing Beatriz well in her academic endeavours.
  2. Wonderful performances by all concerned (though Vadim needs to brush up on his walking backwards technique!)
  3. As a Disney+ subscriber (mainly for Star Wars/Marvel/Pixar!) I can confirm that it isn't on the service yet. However, it looks like it will be from December 18th https://whatsondisneyplus.com/on-point-coming-soon-to-disney/
  4. I agree! It's wonderful how she seems to have come into her own over the last year or so
  5. And here's the curtain call for Will Tuckett's visually stunning new work, Lazuli Sky, set to John Adams' Shaker Loops, expertly played by members of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia's string section.
  6. Just got back from my first live ballet since March, a wonderfully eclectic mixed bill at the Birmingham Rep theatre with a socially distanced audience of, I'm guessing, around 200. Here's a picture of the curtain call for the first piece, Vicente Nebrada's ultra-romantic Our Waltzes. So great to be back!
  7. I've just had an email from the Royal Albert Hall that December's BRB performances of Nutcracker ARE going ahead, albeit with a socially distanced audience. Ticket holders are being asked if they want to hang on to their tickets, donate the money, or get a voucher or refund. As the tickets were originally sold for a normal audience I guess this is how they will get the audience numbers down to the numbers required for social distancing. Those keeping their tickets will be informed later this month of any required seat changes. Baby steps, but more good news.
  8. I see that whilst the version of 'Essential Royal Ballet' broadcast at Christmas was an hour long, the DVD is 1 hour 45 minutes long, so there must be extra ballet excerpts and/or extra interview footage. Might make it worth a punt!
  9. I don't think anyone's shared this yet - a typically quirky piece of lockdown choreography from Sophie Laplane for Scottish Ballet set to music from The Magic Flute:
  10. This must be the money I'd heard rumours of a week or so ago. If it truly is new money and not existing money relabelled then it is excellent news, and I think we must give huge thanks to Tamara Rojo and her fellow taskforce members for fighting our corner so ably.
  11. I agree - I'm assuming it was the arrangement by Arnold Schoenberg who did chamber versions of a number of Mahler's works. I also agree with the comments about Dame Sarah, who seems to have come through her health problems with her wonderful voice completely intact.
  12. Here are details of the ballet element of the show on June 27th, as just emailed: Saturday 27 June, 7:30pm BST Ballet First Soloists of The Royal Ballet Fumi Kaneko and Reece Clarke will perform the lyrical central pas de deux from Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto. Created in 1966, Concerto is set to Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto no. 2 in F. Royal Ballet pianist Kate Shipway will accompany the dancers, together with soloists of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Principal Matthew Ball and First Soloist Mayara Magri will perform a pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour. First created for San Francisco Ballet, Within the Golden Hour has been part of The Royal Ballet’s repertory since 2016. Music Director of The Royal Ballet Koen Kessels will be conducting.
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