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  1. My deepest condolescences to his family, he will be remembered as a very talented choreographer; many danish spectators truly enjoyed his " Queen of Spades" created for the RDB and hoped to see his " Frankenstein" on the stage in Copenhagen the next season (unfortunately that plan was cancelled recently).
  2. A film about Kizzi Matiakis will be streamed online on April, 25th: https://cphdox.dk/film/a-dancer-dies-twice/
  3. It's possible to see " Alice in the Wonderland" performed by RDB here: https://www.dr.dk/drtv/program/alice-i-eventyrland-_-ballet-fra-det-kgl-teater_225477
  4. I've seen the last "La Sylphide" with Wilma Giglio and Andreas Kaas and, though they both left a good impression, something seemed to be missing from the performance. Wilma Giglio seemed to me to be too tragical in her role, too cautious, not quite enjoying her life as sylph and Andreas Kaas is probably still on the way to complete recovery and retraining after his injury, some jumps looked a bit unsteady. Stephanie Chen Gundorf was Effy in this performance and was very touching but Nico Janssen as Gurn looked much too young and wasn't as impressive as Benjamin Buza in the same role. Madge ( Esther Lee Wilkinson) was superb. So, out of the three casts I saw, I prefer the one with Ida Praetorius and Jon Axel Fransson, the one we all can luckily watch as a film.
  5. I'm actually on my way to Copenhagen to watch the last performance of "La Sylphide". I saw already two performances this November, one - with Ida Praetorius/ Jon Axel Fransson and another - with Caroline Baldwin/ Jonathan Chmelensky" . The one with Ida Praetorius/ Jon Axel Fransson ( and Kizzy Matiakis as Madge) was fabulous, Ida so ethereal, the true creature of the other world! Jon Axel was excellent as James, and Kizzy was superb as always! She will have a baby in some months ( it's quite visible by now) and I was wondering, would she be able to create the image of a true Evil? Yes, she could and did it admiringly well. Also, there was a nice Effy ( Stephanie Chen Gundorf), very impressive Gurn ( Benjamin Buza) and a beautiful first Sylph - Astrid Elbo.The second performance somehow didn't impress me; maybe because Caroline Baldwin looked a bit more "down to earth", too flourishing to me; and Jonathan Chmelensky looked too noble, almost Albrecht-kind. But they too danced very well. They had the same Gurn, who again was excellent but different Effy - this time it was Camilla Ruelykke Holst, and I liked her performance more, than Stephanie's. The first Sylph was Eleonora Morris, but personally I liked Astrid's performance more.All in all, a beautiful performance and tonight I expect to see the third cast of performers: Wilma Giglio and Andreas Kaas.
  6. Right now there are again some tickets on sale - also for La Sylphide, including the farewell performance for Kizzy Matiakis on the 14th of November. I've been in the theatre a couple of times in September and everything seem to be well under control: they check the tickets outside, every second seat is blocked, the bars are closed ( bottled water provided free during the breaks). So I look forward to the next visits to the Royal Danish Theatre.
  7. Quite an interesting story about the ballet dancer's moving from one company to another during corona times: https://blog.staatsoper.de/en/post/news/melissa-chapski-joins-the-bsb.html?tx_news_pi1[action]=detail&cHash=3975c2f42d806fbdc30fb44aab885cbb
  8. Here one can find the personal blog of Holly Jean Dorger, the principal dancer of the Royal Danish ballet: http://turnedoutpointeofview.com/ Hopefully it will be interesting for many ballet lovers. I wonder if some other leading dancers have similar blogs?
  9. I myself liked it enormously, so nice to know the others also enjoyed it! 🤗
  10. This year we'll celebrate the 100th anniversary of the rejoining of Southern Jutland and Denmark. On the 10th of January in the Royal theatre there was a Gala performance dedicated to that event where it was possible to see the new pdd of John Neumeier to Beethoven's music " Persistent persuasion" , created especially for this event, danced by our leading ballerina Ida Praetorius and Alexandr Trusch from Hamburg ballet (approx.10th minute of the recording) as well as Pas de sept, from Bournonville's "Folkesagn" , danced by Caroline Baldwin, Kizzi Matiakis, Holly Jean Dorger, Emma Riis-Kofoed, Gregory Dean, Jon Axel Fransson and Jonathan Chmelensky, all them, but Emma are leading dancers of the company and Emma is considered to be a new rising star ( approx. 59th minute of the recording). Unfortunately I can't say, how long will be this kept on the Danish tv site: https://www.dr.dk/drtv/program/genforenings-galla_162378
  11. I'd like to tell about my experience of the trip to Russia to see ballets in Moscow and St.Petersburg in the end of November of 2019. I wanted to do this trip for quite some time and for a few months ago one of my friends persuaded me to go ahead with it. So first of all I looked at the web sites of the main theatres of Moscow and St.Petersburg and found out that in one week of the end of November I have the possibility to see 5 different ballets in 3 theatres ( later I dropped one ballet because of practical reasons). So, I was aiming to see the new Ratmansky's version of "Giselle" in Bolshoi, "The fountain of Bakhchisarai" and "Don Quixote" in Mariinsky and "Cinderella" in Mikhailovsky theatres. I could in principle also see "Giselle" in Mariinsky and "The Nutcracker"of Jakobson theatre but decided against it because of budget limitations. Actually I was pleasantly surprised that evidently it's no problem for Mariinsky theater to switch from one production to another EVERY day! So, when I decided what performances I would like to see, I started to buy the tickets - actually, I bought the tickets ( online, of course) to "Giselle" and "Don Quixote" as I prefer good seats and even 3 months ahead there weren't plenty of those. Then of course I had to think about visa. My friend who visited Russia earlier this year, gave me the contact information of the travel agency in Russia issuing tourist vouchers. I paid 10 euro to them and got the invitation to visit Russia as tourist. Then I looked at the site of Russian consulate and learned about other documents I had to show in order to get visa. The application form was very simple, just two pages, no tricky questions. Then I had to present a medical insurance covering Russia - I had to call my insurance company and they sent me the required document by e-mail (actually on the consulate site it's said you have to give in the originals but in my case the prints from e-mail were OK as well). Two color photos were of no problem, of course, actually mine weren't even of the best quality. Then I reserved the time for the visit to the visa center. I did it slightly less than 3 months ahead of my trip, just to have enough time, and I believe, it should be done not less than 1 month ahead of the trip. As I understood, the normal processing time is two weeks. After that I bought the other theatre tickets, looked about possible accommodation solutions ( many offers on Booking.com) and when I got visa ( the visa fee was about 60-65 euro), I bought the airplane tickets from Aeroflot company. I flew to Moscow on the 22nd of November staying there in the B&B (a room in the plain apartment in the center with a shared bathroom and kitchen). The host also lived there, a nice elderly lady with fine knowledge of English. I saw "Giselle" next day, the morning performance, and liked it enormously, I'll try to write some comments about it in the corresponding topic. It was a pleasure to do sightseeing in the center of Moscow, not too many tourists this time of the year, and the weather was sunny and dry, though a bit cold (around zero degree). On Monday, 25th, I went to see Galina Ulanova's memorial apartment, also in the center, with a beautiful view over Moscow river and Kremlin. It was a great experience, just to see the place where one of the greatest ballet dancers lived. I was the only visitor ( you should book the visit by phone, but the lady responsible for booking spoke English, so it wasn't a problem). It made me wonder if there are other memorial apartments like this anywhere in the world? The same evening, 25th of November I took the night train to St.Petersburg ( I bought the train tickets online already being in Russia - the B& B had wifi- I don't know why, but I couldn't do that from Denmark). The train was fine, there were a great many of chinese tourists in it, almost the whole train. You have to show your passport and ticket when entering the carriage, but otherwise everything is normal. Actually everywhere in the metro or railway stations there were a lot of security guards as well as scanners to check the luggage or even bags ( also in the theatres). St. Petersburg is just marvelous place to visit, even now when it's getting dark already at 3 pm. Mariinsky theater is a paradise for a ballet lover. "The fountain of Bakhchisarai" is a beautiful ballet with a lot of dances ( especially polish and eastern), and I was lucky to have Olesya Novikova and Ekaterina Kondaurova as main protagonists. The two principal male dancers were Andrei Ermakov and Roman Belyakov. Everything was just superb! The next day I saw "Don Quixote" with great - can't find another word - Victoria Tereshkina and brilliant Kimin Kim. Pure joy from any point of view! Other performers were also fine - Oksana Skorik as the Dryade Queen, Ekaterina Chebykina as the Street Dancer and Anastasia Petushkova as Mercedes. Finally on Thursday, 28th of November I went to Mikhailovsky theater to see "Cinderella" with Ella Persson ( very nice young dancer from Sweden) and Ivan Zaytsev. An interesting performance, also because of the clever use of projection mapping. In St.Petersburg I also stayed at B & B. I came back to Moscow by day train Sapsan ( 4 hours travel), quite comfortable. I should add that there were a lot of signs in English in the metro and other public transport, some places they even announce the stops in English. It was easy to make purchases ( credit cards accepted most places) and pay for cafe/restaurant. I came back wishing to repeat my trip next year- should keep an eye on Mariinsky, etc. playbill!
  12. I watched this ballet last Saturday and my thought was that "Emeralds" and "Rubies" parts were performed better by RB and RDB. In "Emeralds" we saw Elisa Carrillo Cabrera and Cameron Hunter in the 1st PDD, and they were splendid, as well as Jenni Schaferhoff and Alexei Orlenco in the 2nd PDD, pas de trois' performers were Alexander Bird, Cecile Kaltenbach and Luciana Voltolini and somehow I wasn't impressed by them or by the rest of ensemble. In "Rubies" there were the same performers as in the ballet seen by Don Q Fan, and I pretty much agree with her opinion about the performers, I missed the precision, sharpness and jolliness of the movements. Sara Brodbeck, to my mind , is a dancer of too majestic proportions to perform solo in "Rubies". Dino Tamazlacaru was, however, absolutely charming! But "Diamonds", performed by Polina Semionova and Alejandro Virelles were superb! Absolutely enjoyable from all points of view, perfect partnership indeed! So I'm very glad that I could see this performance!
  13. I'm going to see it but not before February. However here's a review by Eva Kistrup : https://danceviewtimes.typepad.com/eva_kistrup/2019/11/without-words-.html#more
  14. I saw ballet for the first time in my life in Cuba in 60s, it's quite possible that it was one with Alicia Alonso in leading part, the only reminder of the performance is my own drawing ( and I was 5-6 years at that time), so it looks like it made quite an impression on me. Then I took my kids to the ballet in Cuba - and it was superb, though again I don't remember exactly if Alicia was dancing. What I do remember is her appearance on the stage after "Don Quichote" performance for some years ago in Paris - what a noble and great lady - even if she needed assistance to come to the stage! Thank you, Alicia, for everything you've done for the ballet in general and for Cuban ballet as well and particularly for me: my love for the ballet comes from that first performance in 60s, in GranTeatro de La Habana!
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