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  1. Thank you for the detailed response. Is it also because the American ballerinas don't have the same reputation as the Russian ones?
  2. Hi I've always wondered why the NYCB/ABC companies never visit London? I'm sure a lot of people would love to see them perform. Any answers?
  3. Dont know if it should have its own thread but saw The Mother on Friday and it was so powerful. Osipova is such a great actress too in addition to her exquisite dancing!
  4. Just bought a ticket for The Mother on Fri 21st! Can't wait. Quick question: where is the stage door in the QE Hall/Southbank Centre?
  5. I also am looking forward to the ballets the documentary spent good time on especially, 'The Mother'. (A quick related question: what's the difference between regular and VIP tickets at the Southbank Centre's QE Hall?)
  6. I saw the documentary at the Curzon in Mayfair and Osipova and the director were on stage afterwards fielding a Q&A session. It was fascinating being so close to her and seeing her in normal clothes and not on stage! She was very gracious but also looked so tiny -- it was hard to believe she is 32! The doc itself is brilliantly cinematographed and I'd give it 4/5 -- I wish, like the doc on Polunin---that it had also talked about her personal life as she's had three high profile relationships with Vasiliev, Polunin and now -- a total surprise to me! -- Kittelberger! Afterwards I bumped into Melvyn Bragg in the men's loo (!) and Osipova walked off arm in arm with her fiancé into the tempting streets of London. She's a star but definitely not a diva!
  7. I saw this last Wednesday with Osipova in A Month in the Country. I really enjoyed it although it was different to the kind of ballets I’ve seen before — my first Ashton. Hallberg and Natalia were great! I also enjoyed some of the Firebird which preceded it. But I left after the second interval when the curtain calls for David and Natalia died down because I had a train to catch. I made a night of it though as I dined in the splendid Paul Hamlyn Balconies Restaurant beforehand. A memorable night. Osipova and Hallberg make a great couple!
  8. I am hoping (desperate!) to be able to get a ticket to see Osipova dance in Romeo and Juliet on Sat. June 1st 2019. I won't be in the UK for dates before then so it's the only one I can make of that ballet. I am willing to pay quite a bit extra!!
  9. Are the castings for Balanchine's Symphony in C out yet? I couldn't find them on the ROH website yet. I'm trying desperately to book to see Osipova!
  10. I saw this on Friday at my local Odeon and I really enjoyed it too. The acting and cinematography were both superb and the main actor played Nureyev very well. It is definitely the best film about ballet I've ever seen--I only wish it had covered his whole life and not just up to his defection. Hopefully someone will make a sequel covering the second half of his life too. 4/5
  11. I just saw the trailer and it looks great. I can't wait to see it when it opens on 22nd March on general release in the UK.
  12. Since this topic is related to meeting dancers after their performances does anyone know which nearby cocktail bars/pubs/wine bars/restaurants/cafe's (have I covered everything?!) the dancers hang out at?
  13. Thanks for the help Amelia. Unfortunately my visit to Russia didn't happen but it is still useful to know for future trips. Talking of stage doors has anyone ever had a bad experience there as in you've waited to meet a famous ballet dancer or ballerina and they've been really obnoxious?!
  14. I enjoyed the shows I saw but was saddened by missing out on seeing Lopatkina and now I've read online she has retired She was perfect as a dancer -- though not as ravishingly beautiful as Zakharova -- I think she was more refined and a better dancer, just. When a ballerina retires does that mean she stops performing entirely or do they still do the odd gala here and there? Yes, Baden-Baden is a sumptuous town and I hope to see the Mariinsky there in December but I have to be honest most of the big names at the moment are in the Bolshoi... though I prefer the Mariinsky's more refined style. Anyone know of any up and coming future stars at the Vaganova academy?
  15. Has anyone waited at the stage door for Osipova since she's joined RB? Also -- since I might be going to Moscow/St. Petersburg for business --is it possible to go to the stage door at the Bolshoi and Mariinsky? Thanks in advance. (I hope to meet Vishneva and Skorik too during the Mariinsky's London season in July/August.) A question about bouquets: I don't want to be holding a bouquet (or single rose!) during the performances so what is the etiquette? Do I give them to reception and ask them to give them back to me after the performance so i can give them at the stage door?)
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