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About WoodlandGladeFairy

  • Birthday 25/01/1986

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  1. Really enjoyed the Royal Opera House livestream of the Royal Ballet in a Balanchine/Robbins' programme. Loved Apollo, Matthew Ball, Melissa Hamilton, Clare Calvert and Fumi Kaneko were marvellous, it was interesting to watch a different interpretation of the role of Apollo after having watched New York City Ballet's recording they put up on YouTube channel last year. Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov were just perfection in Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, so wonderful to watch them dancing again. Marianela Nuñez's smile is just pure sunshine matched by sparkling dancing and Vadim Muntagirov had as always incredibly beautiful lines and superb turning and jumping. Dances at a Gathering was lovely too, found myself humming to the music of Chopin and enjoying the delicate dancing from the entire cast, a magical way to end the week. I hope one day to get back to seeing The Royal Ballet live in person but for now this will do
  2. A interesting Vanity Fair YouTube video where Julie Kent, former ballet dancer turned Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet, reviews iconic ballet scenes from films including 'Black Swan,' 'Mao's Last Dancer,' 'The Game Plan,' 'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,' 'The Red Shoes,' 'The Turning Point,' 'Billy Elliot,' 'Center Stage,'
  3. I have really enjoyed watching the various streamed ballets, short and long during lockdown, been incredible to watch companies who I will probably not get a chance to see live like Perm Ballet or New York City Ballet plus is deepened my appreciation of choreographers for example Balanchine, I enjoy his ballets like Jewels or A Midsummer Night's Dream but it was a real treat to watch their upload of Apollo, a ballet I've only seen in clips and photos, same with works which were less well known to me. Was really cool to watch Dance Theatre of Harlem's vintage recording of Creole Giselle, another ballet I've read lots about. I would never of thought I'd get to watch Astana Opera Ballet in MacMillan's Manon, I could go on but I will keep it brief Ironically enough I've mostly been disappointed with the Royal Opera Houses output, but then that could be because when it comes to ballet I have them on blu-ray already, I wish they had shown their recent cinema broadcasts. I've also adjusted to not catching every stream, funnily enough if the US streams which fit most well as they are at silly o'clock our time, so I can watch them the next morning with a cup of coffee.
  4. San Francisco Ballet have up on YouTube their 2020 Opening Night Gala And Miami City Ballet have up on their YouTube site Twyla Tharp’s ballroom inspired Nine Sinatra Songs
  5. Teatro Colón have put up their 2018 recording of MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet on YouTube, starring Lauren Cuthbertson and Iñaki Urlezaga
  6. I am not sure if this has been shared elsewhere but Lincoln Centre YouTube channel has put up their "Live from Lincoln Centre" series, and this one is from 1978 with American Ballet Theatre in a selection of works from the repertory including Rebecca Wright, Marianna Tcherkassky and Ivan Nagy in Les Sylphides, Natalia Makarova and Fernando Bujones in the Act III Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote, Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov in Balanchine's "Theme and Variations" and to round off the show Cynthia Gregory and John Meehan in "The Firebird"
  7. Perm Opera Ballet have an upload of their production of Cinderella, having watched it I can recommend it, really lovely choreography and a good story!
  8. Finally got to watch John Neumeier's Illusions – like Swan Lake danced by Hamburg Ballet (thank you Video on Demand) and its really good, normally I am a bit wary of changing stuff in classics but I think Neumeier made it work , it had its own internal logic and did not go against the music score. I've only seen video clips and photos of it so it was nice to see it in full. I liked how it weaved the actual ballet in with the life of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and his retreat into fairy tales, Jirí Bubenícek was great as the lead character, danced very sensitively. I am not familiar with the choreography of Neumeier, he seems much more big in Europe but his choreography is very dramatic and intense. Just had to articulate my thoughts about it.
  9. Perm Opera Ballet have an stream of their performance of Balanchine's Serenade and Ballet Imperial
  10. The Teatro Municipal de Santiago has a stream up on OperaVision of their production of Swan Lake
  11. Absolutely loved the Mariinsky Ballet's Giselle, top quality dancing by Diana Vishneva, Mathieu Ganio and the entire company, my join favourite production of the ballet along with Sir Peter Wright's for The Royal Ballet, so glad they put up a 2016 performance of it on their YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XJZTf4zHlA It was nice to see it in HD quality as I only have on DVD a 1980s performance (with the amazing Galina Mezentseva, Konstantin Zaklinsky and Tatyana Terekhova) so like the costumes looked faded but in the 2016 version you could see all the pretty detailing in the costumes and the scenery as well. Not familiar with Diana Vishneva but she was wonderful as Giselle, conveyed innocence and happiness in the first act and then was very ethereal in the second act and Mathieu Ganio was extremely elegant as Albrecht Yekaterina Ivannikova as Myrtha was also good, all business and pretty unforgiving plus excellent dancing.
  12. Perm Opera Ballet have another performance up on their YouTube channel of Swan Lake - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EktVGi57Hw&t=2514s Rome Opera Ballet have The Sleeping Beauty with Marianela Núñez and Vladislav Lantratov - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFd1ZwgubAI&t=880s
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