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  1. The conversation above inspired me to ask some of these questions on the Open Barre podcast. @FLOSS I hope you don't mind, but I name dropped you when speaking about Frederick Ashton...! Hopefully the conversation is insightful! You can access the podcast via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts! You can also listen via the links below... https://open.spotify.com/episode/7dTPPZPjVsaz2AS4TCRIxm https://podtail.com/en/podcast/open-barre/
  2. Hi everyone - another exciting episode today! No guests, just Brandon and me, but I was very influenced by the Forum in some of my questioning.... You can access the podcast via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts! You can also listen via the links below... https://open.spotify.com/episode/7dTPPZPjVsaz2AS4TCRIxm https://podtail.com/en/podcast/open-barre/
  3. I recently spoke with Ashley Dean and Annette Buvoli from The Royal Ballet to discuss their passion for drawing and painting. They were insightful conversations that I've recorded in the below article. https://tothepointemagazine.wixsite.com/tothepointemagazine/single-post/the-ballerinas-swapping-pointes-for-paints It's great to hear of dancers seeking artistic expression in other forms, especially during the pandemic...
  4. Episode 4 of Season 3 is now live. We speak with Romany Pajdak about dancing with The Royal Ballet. A rare opportunity to hear from this beautiful dancer! Link below to listen or you can download on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your playlists. Enjoy! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/open-barre/id1521293558?uo=4
  5. I couldn't agree more with this. I think that Scherzo by Valentino Zucchetti was one of the best new works of contemporary ballet that I've seen for a while and I would love to see it live. Although it was short and sweet, I think it really demonstrated Zucchetti's talent for choreography and I would like to see more from him over the next few years on the main stage.
  6. This too was my immediate first reaction to the announcement Don Q Fan! I am really excited by the season as getting all of these big full length works back on stage in just one season will definitely fulfil those of us who have felt starved of ballet for so long! However - I wish they would open with Fille or something bright to welcome us all back into the House. It's been a crazy and depressing time and I think something bouncy and happy would have really helped. Instead, we're being given Dante..not exactly a barrel of laughs. I'm looking forward to that and the new Wheeldon nonetheless.
  7. Thank you for all of your kind messages! Episode 3 of Season 3 is now live...we speak to former Royal Ballet dancer Nathalie Harrison and Mathias Dingman, current Principal dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet. The episode focuses around what it's like to balance parenthood with a busy working ballet schedule! Enjoy!
  8. I've done a bit of digging and found some of the other ballet episodes for those who are interested. I haven't included the more recent ones eg Tamara Rojo as they are easier to find. Looking forward to listening to these over the next few days Nadia Nerina: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009y3wb Sir Robert Helpman: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009my5c David Wall: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009myx2 Wayne Sleep: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009mz77 Merle Park: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programm
  9. I'm a huge fan of Desert Island Discs and have been exploring some of the back log episodes as most are available online. I was really happy to stumble across this episode with Margot but unfortunately it's only a five minute clip as the BBC seem to have lost a lot of the original sound clips. What a shame! Anyway, I'm putting on here for those, like me, who have never heard this before. I especially love how she says she likes dancing in 'the new Romeo & Juliet'...! https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p009y468
  10. Hi everyone! The latest episode of Open Barre is out now, starring special guest David Peden. Thanks to BalletCoForum member 'Odyssey' for inspiring us with this episode ...and of course to the rest of the Balletcoforum members for all of their support x You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Spreaker. Apple works best on your phone via the app and I would recommend Spreaker and Spotify if listening on a computer. Links below (just put us in the search bar for Spotify) https://www.spreaker.com/show/open-barre-season
  11. This is by no means a 'lovey dovey' ballet, and depending on the interpretation, I'm not even sure if the love is reciprocated, but I'm currently listening to the music from Manon and I think that first pas de deux between Manon and Des Grieux has some of the most beautiful music that depicts love. Similarly to the balcony music in R&J, here, thanks to those horns and brass in the background, you know it's isn't going to end well, but it tells the story of the two protagonists going for it anyway. Sigh! I love the choreography too!
  12. Actually I also always dread the Lilac Fairy's solo too - it's so difficult and is rarely made to look easy!
  13. This is slightly off topic, but I have always hated the solo for the musical fairy (both the music and the choreography). The only dancer I've seen change my mind on this was Sae Maeda, whose beauty and elegance completely took away from what I usually find so irritating about it!
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