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  1. Had a very good experience booking tickets this morning to see Yasmine Naghdi and Vadim Muntagirov in Romeo and Juliet, even got our usual seats. This will be my second time seeing it live, saw it with Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli in 2015, so it is nice to revisit it and looking at the cast sheet from then, Yasmine Naghdi was one of Juliet's friends. Be lovely to go watch live ballet again, was all set to see Swan Lake last year and then the pandemic intervened, so fingers crossed all goes well this autumn.
  2. This came up on my YouTube feed as I subscribe to DW's YouTube Channel, its a compilation of past Bolshoi performances, it provides an interesting window of the Bolshoi Ballet and some great vintage excerpts
  3. 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
  4. 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,'
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Teatro Colón have put up their 2018 recording of MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet on YouTube, starring Lauren Cuthbertson and Iñaki Urlezaga
  8. 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"
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. Perm Opera Ballet have an stream of their performance of Balanchine's Serenade and Ballet Imperial
  12. The Teatro Municipal de Santiago has a stream up on OperaVision of their production of Swan Lake
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. Just finished watching Stuttgart Ballet in MacMillan's "Mayerling" and I really liked it, it's one of my favourite ballets, love the music score as well, wish a CD of the Orchestrated Liszt music would be released. Friedemann Vogel and Elisa Badenes were excellent as Crown Prince Rudolf and Baroness Mary Vestera, very emotionally intense and great chemistry, and the final PDD at the end was gut wrenching. Diana Ionescu really portrayed the terrified Crown Princess Stephanie well, proper fear, made me think of Jane Burn's performance on my 1994 DVD of the Royal Ballet in Mayerling (with the great Irek Mukamedov) Also loved the costumes and sets, made for a modern, dynamic flow, don't get me wrong I love the original costumes of course as worn by the Royal Ballet but it felt like Stuttgart Ballet made the ballet their own, like going from sepia tone to digital is the best way I can express it. The four Hungarian officers were really good looking, I do like it when they are all the same height, plus nice jumps. Time just flew by, really glad to of got to watch an another companies interpretation of the ballet.
  16. Perm Opera Ballet have a performance of Robbins' "The Four Seasons" and "The Concert" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2foDsIg-hvg&t=1012s Teatro Colón in "Swan Lake" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2foDsIg-hvg&t=1012s So much ballet about, making the lockdown bearable
  17. Perm Opera Ballet have another ballet up on their YouTube channel "The Bluebird and Princess Florine"
  18. Its certainly a boon time for Ballet companies putting up on the internet past performances of their ballets, below are a three Stuttgart Ballet's "The Sleeping Beauty" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GDNAN6x-C4 Teatro San Carlo The Nutcracker (with Vadim Muntagirov and Lauren Cuthbertson) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBVTr1oxbFs&t=14s Cinderella Act 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DauSAFpSApI Act 2 and 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgEHoSIALYU&t=9s We all need a bit of light in such trying times
  19. Staatsballett Berlin via Staatsoper Unter den Linden YouTube channel has put up their 1999 recording of Patrice Bart's "Swan Lake", costumes by Luisa Spinatelli starring Steffi Scherzer and Oliver Matz, plus its conducted by Daniel Barenboim https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2E2d1nW1T8&t=6004s Its only up for 24hrs
  20. Absolutely wonderful performance of Onegin tonight from The Royal Ballet, Yasmine Naghdi and Federico Bonelli were emotionally devastating in the final act. Anna Rose O'Sullivan was perfect as Olga, beautiful jumps and pure joy. Joseph Sissens was lovely as Lensky, not forgetting Bennet Gartside as Prince Gremin, dignified and honourable. A truly wonderful evening at the Royal Opera House, adore the music of Tchaikovsky so much, one of my favourite ballets as well. This was a lovely birthday treat from my sister and it seemed apt that the two lead female characters in the story are sisters too!
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