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  1. 1 minute ago, Fonty said:

    When did Rojo make a speech?  Was it just Friday night?  After the photos on here, I was waiting for her to step on stage after Etudes finished at the matinee performance, but the curtains closed, the lights came up, and we all filed out.


    She did on Friday night. I don't know about Saturday night. To be honest, I would have thought that she should have done this after each performance even if some of the content may have been a bit different (various 'luminaries' came on stage on Friday night who may not have been at all the performances).

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  2. 8 minutes ago, Irmgard said:

    Witch Boy has been notated so could be revived.  Anastasia (Act III) was done by ENB in 1989 (I think with Lynn Seymour guesting).  If it was done with Echoing, that would have been a very heavy programme! 


    Anastasia Act III was in fact on a bill with Land (Christopher Bruce) in 1989 (finishing with Etudes!). (And the next week: Onegin!).

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  3. A thrilling and moving evening, constructed and delivered with real intelligence and panache. I loved the integration of the film and photos with the 'live action', and found the filmed contributions of Beryl Grey especially moving. What an achievement to have kept this company going, and going from strength to strength in often adverse circumstances, for 70 years!

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  4. 35 minutes ago, Jamesrhblack said:

    Gosh that was lovely. She was absolutely superb: I was hoping for a promotion to principal epilogue. Kudos also to Bonelli who danced out of his skin, elegant and charismatic 


    That was the performance not just of a principal but of a star. No wonder her prince was smitten.


    I just wish they had been matched by a more credible Lilac Fairy. I did think that Gina Storm Jensen danced the variation a lot better than when I've seen her before; but in a company chock full of wonderful dramatic dancers, it is really noticeable when someone isn't expressive especially in such a crucial role. A casting decision I really don't understand.


    Naghdi and Ball sensational. McNally a wonderful Carabosse. And Elizabeth McGorian the most gracious and beautiful Queen you could possibly imagine.

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  5. A slightly different issue: in the magazine a new Print on Demand service was advertised for ROH posters, directing those interested to the shop on the website. I went to the shop on the website but no matter how hard I looked I couldn't find anything about it. Eventually I emailed the shop and received a (prompt) reply saying that the service had been delayed and would be available at the end of January. So there does seem to be a bit of a disconnect between advertising in the magazine and immediate availability of details/products on the website.

  6. Agree with all the comments above! A magnificent, supremely authoritative performance from Nunez and Muntagirov and the most beautiful, luminous Lilac Fairy from Kaneko. The company as a whole on great form, and a hugely involved and responsive audience; I've never before heard such an audible gasp go round the auditorium when the King decreed that the women with the needles should lose their heads! So the audience became part of the drama - an essential element of a great performance.

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  7. 13 minutes ago, capybara said:

    I did not want to become caught up in this discussion and certainly not on a thread which should be celebrating Reece Clarke's promotion - which I think is terrific.

    However, since this matter is simmering in two places on the forum.....................

    I happen to know that Vadim Muntagirov was not 'withdrawn' by the Cranko people or the RB. He is talking to The London Ballet Circle on the 20th January and it was necessary (yesterday) to ask him if he was prepared to say anything about this particular issue as it might otherwise be  "the elephant in the room". He gave me an explanation and said that he would be happy to answer the same question in that semi-public forum.

    I don't feel that I should be reporting what he said to me as it is better that it comes direct from him.

    I do, however, wish that the ROH announcement could have provided some detail.


    Thank you, capybara; that's very reassuring. My primary 100% concern is for dancers (though audiences are also not unimportant) and I think that the ROH announcement did, perhaps unnecessarily, raise some legitimate questions on behalf of both.


    And yes, I am very much looking forward to seeing Reece Clarke in Onegin, and apologies for my part in this thread getting diverted.

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  8. 5 minutes ago, alison said:

    In that case - or any other - the standard "casting is subject to change" statement applies.


    Yes, but it's disingenuous if the casting is known to be provisional from the outset, which doesn't apply to most casting. Would a big opera star be withdrawn with no explanation? (Btw I'm sorry this discussion is happening on the Reece Clarke promotion thread - his promotion is entirely welcome and deserved whatever the reason that prompted it!).

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  9. 50 minutes ago, FLOSS said:

    I am not at all put out by the revised casting. Casting according to type has its advantages and its disadvantages as does casting against type which does not always pay of.Much as I admire Muntagirov as a dancer the announcement that he was to appear as Onegin intrigued me but also left me feeling that with his boyish charm it was unlikely to prove to be an inspired decision to cast against type which might give new insights into Onegin's character and was much more likely to turn out to be a serious miscalculation which would not work in performance.


    Well we won't know now, will we? Having seen him in Winter Dreams, I think he's a lot more versatile and mature in his acting than he's sometimes given credit for. And the biggest issue is that he was announced as performing the role and then the casting changed with no explanation very shortly before his début. I know casting is always subject to change, but once announced it should really only be changed for injury/illness/unavailability. If it might be changed for some other reason that we don't know about but the company does, the casting should be shown as provisional/to be confirmed from the outset.

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  10. Yes - ENB tweeted a few days ago:

    • On Mon 13 Jan 7.30pm, Emma Hawes replaces Rina Kanehara in the role of Gulnare
    • Ken Saruhashi is replaced by Aitor Arrieta in the role of Lankendem on Fri 10 Jan 7.30pm and Tue 14 Jan 2pm. He is replaced in the role of Ali by Daniel McCormick on Thu 9 Jan 2pm
    • In the role of Birbanto, Fernando Bufalá is replaced by Miguel Angel Maidana on Fri 10 Jan 7.30pm, and Henry Dowden on Tue 14 Jan 2pm
    • On Wed 8 Jan 7.30pm due to illness, Erina Takahashi and Francesco Gabriele Frola replace Alina Cojocaru and Isaac Hernández in the roles of Medora and Conrad

    I didn't realise this info hadn't been posted here.

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  11. That sounds like a really good initiative, Blossom. I don't know what primary school assemblies are like nowadays, but I personally think that the information about any music chosen should generally be kept to a minimum so that the children can respond to it and think about it in their own way/s. And I think that the regular use of reflective music would be good, as a counter to the no doubt endless 'stimulation' that will follow during the day, although more upbeat music could be used too. And music that you might not expect to be appropriate; at my (Catholic) primary school in London in the late 1960s, music (chosen by the headmistress, a nun who was very cultured and musical) was played every day as we filed into the assembly hall, and a regular choice was the Sea Interludes from Britten's Peter Grimes. I had no idea what is was or what the context was, but it was hauntingly beautiful and it stayed with me into adulthood and for the rest of my life. So in general I would choose for the music rather than the context.

  12. 8 hours ago, Candleque said:

    Great pictures, thanks MJW. And interesting indeed.

    The shots of Reece Clarke and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal for Onegin were taken on December 12, 2019. Yet the Royal Ballet didn't tell ticket holders — and new buyers — about the cast change until today. Why the lag?

    Am a big fan, so psyched to see Reece in this, and delighted at his well deserved promotion. He is a beautiful dancer. But like many others I originally booked for Vadim Muntagirov, so wish RB were more upfront about 'planned in advance' cast changes. 


    Maybe Clarke was cover and so also rehearsing?

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