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  1. I'm looking forward to seeing this later on today at the local Curzon. They didn't show the live screening "live". Is there a link anywhere to the cast list for the screening?
  2. I understand Jan McNulty's point, and to a large extent agree, even though I know who Nela and Vadream are. There is no harm in the occasional post, especially from a moderator, to remind posters not to use nicknames etc. exclusively. Not only may some readers be unfamiliar with them if they are not familiar with the ballet company, but it may make the forum look like an in-crowd, to whom unknowledgeable outsiders are not welcome. But that's all that's needed. Just one post as a reminder - no discussion, agreement or disagreement needed, otherwise indeed, too many posts are wasted on
  3. Look up this on YouTube: Carson Optical OperaView Binoculars HD I've no personal experience of these, but they look quite interesting.
  4. You remind me of the details of what actually happened in the scene. So that's why it didn't look to me like an attempt at rape. As you point out, it's not that Paris and Juliet were alone together. Her parents wished to marry Juliet to Paris - it doesn't follow that they intended him to rape her! However Mary and Candleque in their posts above say that MacMillan did intend a suggestion of assault, and Candleque connects this with an obsession of his about rape. If that is so, then that didn't come over clearly in the RB performance that was screened. Have they altered the MacMilla
  5. My comment about Paris was rather tongue-in-cheek. Perhaps I wasn't paying close enough attention, or didn't catch all the nuances, but in the "assault" scene, I didn't read it as an obvious attempt at rape, although it might have developed into one. I had some sympathy for Paris. It must be rather unpleasant if someone you touch shrinks away in disgust. I still think Paris' despatch was undeservedly perfunctory. However at that late stage in the ballet, it is probably artistically correct not to draw it out. As you say, Romeo can't know what we know, so his
  6. [Some kind poster somewhere on this forum posted in encouragement of less knowledgeable posters, that we need all reactions from WOW! to long erudite reviews. What you may not need is what I usually offer, which is long non-erudite “reviews”. However I do this partly to help me remember performances, and to examine my reasons for my reactions. I do not expect to enlighten anyone in a field in which I have as yet very little knowledge] My prediction as to how full my local Curzon might be for this proved correct; considerably fuller than for the recent modern trilogy, but not sold o
  7. Thank you Sim for your kind words, and thanks to Mary for her supportive comments. It is always nice to find that someone else has a similar reaction about a particular performance, as I am certainly not experienced enough in my knowledge and appreciation of ballet, to distinguish between the truly great and the merely good. However I wasn't being as humble in my review as might have appeared. Each person will have a slightly different aesthetic sensibility, and may thus be "blind" to what others find beautiful. An instance which occurs to me is the fact that Tchaikovsky intensely
  8. The local Curzon was only half-full for the live filming of this. How different from when one of the Classics is performed! I am a rather naïve and unsophisticated lover of ballet. As such, I myself am most fond of the Classics, and haven’t generally found “abstract” i.e. non-narrative ballet that interesting. So, looking at the descriptions of the three ballets being performed, I thought I would probably appreciate Medusa and Flight Pattern, but find Within The Golden Hour something of a challenge. I couldn’t have been more wrong in my prediction! I was bowled over by
  9. This has just appeared on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSGLGnHJDSQ "Artists of The Royal Ballet in Liam Scarlett's production of Swan Lake, which will be broadcast on Christmas Day 2018 on BBC Four. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk" Apologies if this is a duplication.
  10. The live transmission is over, but still can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj2I7TrWWNo
  11. Most of you probably know this already, but the Northern Ballet class is live on Youtube at present. Forgive me if this has been noted elsewhere. Moderators please cancel this post if that's the case.
  12. Which shows just how much in the appreciation of the arts depends on the subjective impressions of the viewer/listener. There was a discussion about "charisma" on another thread, in which this was brought up. One poster wrote to the effect that if someone didn't see such a quality in a performer who obviously had it, it reflected (by implication badly) on the viewer (I may be unfairly presenting the viewpoint, but that's what it read like to me). I differ, in that I believe it reflects both on the artist and the viewer/listener. There is certainly an objective dimension
  13. I think this points up the difference between a seasoned, knowledgeable ballet lover (you), and a novice (me). Although I don't know whether I will ever be able to advance to the stage of pure appreciation of dance technique, as that would probably require more intimate knowledge of dance than I could acquire.
  14. Let me make it quite clear that I meant absolutely no slight to Miss Naghdi in my comments! All I was doing was stating that in Miss Hayward's absence, other dancers will have more opportunities, including Miss Naghdi and Miss O'Sullivan (not in any way putting the latter at the same level as the former). I certainly did not mean to imply that Yasmine needs Francesca's absence to shine!!! That would clearly be nonsense. It's obvious from the tremendous appreciation that Yasmine's dancing receives from so many on this forum, and from many others, such as reviewers, that she is a da
  15. That's an approach which certainly makes the Sugar Plum Fairy/Prince prominence more understandable. Next time I watch this ballet, I'll try to see it with your interpretation in mind. Whatever the case, I agree that the Grand Pas de Deux is breathtaking, and that all the qualities you mention are expressed in it. Sir Peter Wright certainly tidied up the original ballet. However I still think The Nutcracker is basically a bit of a "mess" in a dramatic sense. One of the touring "Russian" companies, the "Moscow City Ballet", has a version of The Nutcracker, which does awa
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