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  1. But three new Albrechts! Very exciting. I wish Anna-Rose was making her Giselle debut though...
  2. Does anyone have any notable stories of seeing a dancer's debut in a role and then seeing them perform the same role as their final performance? And how did the interpretations change?
  3. I think final performances are just as special as debuts and would be gutted to miss out on any final performances ...whenever they should happen! This is quite possibly the start of a different thread...but does anyone have any notable stories of seeing a dancer's debut in a role and then seeing them perform the same role as their final performance? And how did the interpretations change?
  4. When I spoke with Mayara she told me how much she wanted to dance Juliet - a role that I look forward to seeing her perform one day...
  5. I agree that we haven't seen a 'star' for sometime, but that's what makes stars so special. They should be once in a generation. I think it will be a long time until we see a Johan/Alina partnership, or the stage presence of someone like Polunin. That's not to say unbelievable talent doesn't exist at The Royal Ballet - I think as a whole they are in the best shape they've been in for years and a lot of that has to do with the ranking system. It's rare now for dancers to be made Principals at 20, instead they seem to rise up through the ranks which I would argue has given them time to nurture their talent and gain more experience. I am over the moon for all those who received promotions this year. In particular, I'm very happy about Leticia Dias, who I think has all the makings of being a great MacMillan dancer one day...
  6. Happy International Dance Day 2021! I thought it might be nice to have a bit of fun with this and ask: -If you could have dinner with any dancer, dead or alive, to celebrate International Dance Day, who would it be? -Where would you be having dinner? (Let's pretend Covid rules don't apply) -What questions would you ask them? What would you want to know?
  7. Thank you all for your lovely comments and Capybara so glad you were able to listen in the end! Any ideas for future episode themes or guests for season 4 - please send them my way! x
  8. The season 3 finale of Open Barre is now live! We are honoured to be joined by Yasmine Naghdi, Principal ballerina with The Royal Ballet. To have a listen, click on any of the following links. Alternatively, you can find us on phone apps such as Spotify, Apple or wherever you get your podcasts! https://www.spreaker.com/user/openbarre/season-3-episode-6 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s306-what-tools-do-dancers-need-to-develop-their-technique/id1521293558?i=1000518319416 https://open.spotify.com/episode/0lJkyr1IEZjptZ6H7bfQlX
  9. Thank you @FLOSS for your in depth responses! Fascinating as usual! xxx
  10. 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/
  11. 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/
  12. 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...
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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. What excites me about SL, Giselle, R&J and Nut is the casting. Although the big names will be needed to draw in the finances I guess, I'll be holding my breath for some exciting debuts...
  16. 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!
  17. 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/programmes/p009mt4c Natalia Makarova: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p009mhcq Lynn Seymour: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009n10z Kenneth MacMillan: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009mjwc Sir Frederick Ashton: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009mv6f Patricia Ruanne: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009mv92
  18. 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
  19. 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-one https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/open-barre/id1521293558?fbclid=IwAR3MNC3G_A3YjeJ39-IrQ_PatqO7i6STbL3_m_NlM-HtC9LqU5xMiZrek3w
  20. 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!
  21. Actually I also always dread the Lilac Fairy's solo too - it's so difficult and is rarely made to look easy!
  22. 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!
  23. Well Marcelino playing 'the cello' is what inspired me to choose Brandon to play 'the Titanic' - so seems fitting!
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