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  1. Shiryaev wrote an extended memoir, mostly about the period before the revolution, ie his work as a dancer and assistant to Petipa during the glory days of the Imperial Ballet. Nadine Meisner refers to this rare document in her recent biography of Petipa. The book was finished but never issued: it was prepared for publication in 1941 but the whole edition was destroyed in the siege of Leningrad. Luckily a single advance copy survived in the Russian National Library (Meisner used a photocopy). It was eventually published in full in 2004 in a Russian film journal, after which it was translated into English and published in 2009 as part of the book "Alexander Shiryaev: Master of Movement". This excellent English-language publication is hard but not impossible to find. One can try writing to the Italian publishers, who offer the book for sale (there is also currently one copy available from a reseller on Italian Amazon). Although the British Library do not hold a copy, nor does the BFI Library, there is a copy in the library of the University of Bristol. The memoir is well worth seeking out by anyone interested in learning more about Shiryaev and Petipa's era at the Mariinsky. We know - direct from Petipa - that Shiryaev had an excellent memory, so this may be a more reliable account than most, with stories about Pavlova, Kschessinskaya, Marie Petipa and other stars of the period.
  2. By the way, I see some people spell his name Shirayev (perhaps this helps those doing internet searches)
  3. For those with an interest in ballet history, here is a truly extraordinary film (it dates back a few years but has not been, so far as I can see, mentioned anywhere on this Forum): https://vimeo.com/50213327 This is a documentary compilation of the pre-WWI films of Alexander Shiryaev, Petipa's assistant. Many treasures to enjoy on a bank holiday.
  4. As posted elsewhere, ROH Fille du régiment is not nearly sold out this Thursday, despite the presence of the new super tenor, Javier Camarena. However the slips are pretty much sold and I happen to have the best of the Upper Slips, DD1/2, £11 each, but can sadly no longer attend. Etickets therefore easy to send. Anyone interested please send me a PM as well as posting here
  5. The opera Fille du régiment is not nearly sold out this Thursday, despite the presence of the new super tenor, Javier Camarena. However the slips are pretty much sold and I happen to have the best of the Upper Slips, DD1/2, £11 each, but can sadly no longer attend. Etickets therefore easy to send. Anyone interested please send me a PM as well as posting here.
  6. Apologies if this information has already appeared elsewhere on the Forum but the discovery is perhaps important enough to warrant its own topic. Drawings of Sleeping Beauty Act III PDD by the first Prince Désiré, Pavel Gerdt, were discovered in Moscow in 2018. Some of the drawings have since started to come into circulation as they were recently used by Ratmansky for the latest revival of his Sleeping Beauty reconstruction for ABT. Thanks to others I have found a few links which show a little of this new found treasure: https://tinyurl.com/yxdvku3o https://petipasociety.com/2018/12/16/sketches-by-pavel-gerdt-released-by-the-bolshoi-theatre-museum/?fbclid=IwAR1hn4B3T_1tvEUnCE5fLLVoPUksOqCm0gw9FvIbvWorrEiPzoOxTEGdL_I http://oteatre.info/petipa-ps/ It would be great if the full set of drawings was properly online somewhere, does anyone know if this has been done? The last link (the Russian one) apparently credits one snapshot to otzyv.ru but that doesn't seem to lead anywhere (however I may well have misunderstood) Any further information very gratefully received. Short of a video from 1890 (!) this is as good and as early as has been discovered to date when it comes to at least one part of this ballet.
  7. Bumping this up as I am planning to return it to the Box Office on Tuesday (still sold out).
  8. Many thanks Michelle, I think my friend is still looking for a ticket (as at her limit with such bookings!) Will do what I can to get you a quick response!
  9. I have a spare ticket for the “full length” Fonteyn Insight (ie starting at 7.30pm) for this coming Thursday. Currently sold out: https://www.roh.org.uk/insights/insights-celebrating-fonteyn £17. Please PM as well as posting here if interested.
  10. This is very kind of you. Just sent you a PM.
  11. Here: https://www.balletcoforum.com/topic/19775-yorke-dance-project/
  12. The film has not disappeared, see this listing from the BFI’s catalogue: http://collections-search.bfi.org.uk/web/Details/ChoiceFilmWorks/150021215 However it is not clear from this information whether the BFI holds enough to project this in 3D, does anyone happen to know more?
  13. There is a little more here: www.dancing-times.co.uk/force-of-nature-natalia
  14. This is now available to buy as an e-book, for those who would like to read it on a tablet (hard copies appear not to be available until the end of next month): https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Nadine_Meisner_Marius_Petipa?id=qNmUDwAAQBAJ Currently at a discounted price of £14.94.
  15. These screenings in June might be of interest to people in London: https://www.curzoncinemas.com/mayfair/film-info/force-of-nature-natalia
  16. Further to this I have found some other Fonteyn / Aurora snippets online, also dated 1939 but apparently from an entirely different kind of recording (and maybe not from the Alexandra Palace BBC performances): https://youtu.be/SXnRxAO15gI Does anyone know any more about this?
  17. Wonder if anyone can help. I am looking for an article in the summer 1976 issue of “On Point” (vol.2, no. 1). This periodical was published from 1975 by the American Ballet Theatre, New York, but it does not seem any libraries in the UK carry a run of it. The RAD has a few issues of the magazine but sadly not the one I am looking for. I would be most grateful for further information as to where one might find a copy.
  18. Many thanks Bluebird. Just wondering, have people with experience of Chrome had bad experiences with it (away from ROH I mean)? I don't have Chrome yet after having been repeatedly warned that it is some form of devilish invention (eg making Google even more obviously intrusive and creepy)? This may be unnecessary techno-anxiety but the advice was widespread when Chrome was new so I'd be glad of any informed comments.
  19. Always willing to try things out. My tablet is an Ipad, which uses Safari. Does anyone have a similar fix for this set up (I have no three dots)?
  20. For those who have not yet caught up with the ROH “punch-up” story: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6830481/Oxford-educated-lawyer-42-punched-fellow-classical-music-fan-picked-wifes-coat.html
  21. Thanks for letting us know Ulla. I have just sent you a private message via the Forum’s messaging service,
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