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  1. At the risk of repeating myself, I was talking about the cinema streaming for the 2019/20 season, and whether it's a repeat or not - Cuthbertson is still appearing in 3 of them. And as someone who can't get to the ROH often, the cinema stream is my opportunity to see the company and as many principals as possible. Btw I totally agree about Morera, she is a wonderful dancer and I can't wait to see her in Manon in October.
  2. Like others above have wrote, my strongest memories are from when she danced with SWRB - she was always a delight. I'm so glad I was fortunate to see her perform many times in lots of ballets whilst touring with SWRB.
  3. @Anna C ok let me rephrase - of the '4 big classics' of the RB's 2019/20 Cinema broadcast - Lauren Cuthbertson is dancing 3 of them!
  4. I'm probably a bit slow in mentioning this, so please excuse me if I'm repeating. But, can someone please tell me why RB management thought it a good idea to cast Lauren Cuthbertson in ALL the big classics in the live Cinema relays?? A repeat of Nutcracker in December. Sleeping Beauty in January. Swan Lake in April. I like Cuthbertson - but this is hardly fair to the other 7 principals. And to actually repeat her 2016 performance? And we have also seen her Sleeping Beauty broadcast live before too. As someone who cannot get to London frequently to see the RB, I really appreciate the live Cinema relays. But I don't want to see the same ballerina everytime I go. You'd think there was only one ballerina capable of dancing the big one's from this casting, and we know that's not true. Is it so difficult to share the roles so those of us outside London get to see the remarkable variety and talent within the company.
  5. R.I.P John and condolences to his family πŸ™
  6. @Irmgard thank you for this lovely tribute to Bergona Cao. Such a beautiful ballerina - in every performance over all the years I've had the pleasure to watch her perform I have known I was watching a wonderful artist. I especially loved watching her close-up while performing with Carlos Acosta in Apollo & Afternoon' at the Lowry. That ENB have apparently not awarded her nothing more than a one sentence farewell is a disgrace! Surely a farewell performance could of been arranged - and even if (!?πŸ™„) it couldn't be arranged, there's NO excuse to not awarding this beautiful, dedicated, long standing member of the company a fitting written tribute! What the heck is going on at ENB that everyone/anyone thought that this was acceptable? Shame on them!
  7. I've booked for Morera/Bonelli as they are both exceptional dramatically, and I have missed seeing Bonelli SO much this past season. My 2nd - impulse buy - is the Nunez/ Bolle show. It's been a while since I've seen Bolle live. I don't like M&A so I didn't go down to London to see him when he was last here. I decided to watch it at the cinema. As I'm sure most of you know Bolle recently gave his farewell performance in Manon at ABT. I know nothing has been announced if this is his last performance with RB - but you never know???
  8. Very sad to hear of the death of Julia Farron. I am sure the RB/RBS will hold a heartfelt memorial, to this very important figure in the history of the the Royal Ballet. R.I.P πŸ™
  9. Thank you for pointing out my terrible typo - what can I say? Mistakes happen & I will have to double check before I post in future. And please, don't be offended again if I wonder why a faun apparently masturbating on a nymphs clothing is so much more acceptable than Victoria & Albert's pdd? Is it because the former is a mythical story, about a creature not a man therefore not real - but the sexual relationship between Victoria & Albert was very real? In any case, my amusement in the comparison was not intended to hurt your feelings.
  10. I was also late - having to jump up quickly and escape when Toy Story 2 started! And yes I agree with your point about the 'explicit' 😁 pdd Alison.
  11. It wasn't shown 'live' anywhere - Pippa Moore told us it was filmed when they were at Sadlers Wells...
  12. I have always enjoyed Cathy Marsden's ballets, I love her narrative approach and I find her choreography highly inventive and individual. This was displayed especially in the Victoria/Albert pdd and the pas de trois in act 1. Some of the lifts were amazing. Someone wrote that they found the pdd embarrassing?? I found it to be 'real'. But that comment made me laugh -remembering the outraged audience in Paris when they saw Nijinsky's Faune humping the nymphs shawl. 1912 -2019, some things never change.πŸ˜‚ The alarm went off during the film and the lights came on, before any of us had the chance to moan, a woman announced that we had Beatrice in the audience. Then Pippa Moore introduced herself, explaining since she was from Liverpool she had decided to watch the film -for the first time, here with us. We then had a spontaneous question/answer session with her. As usual she was delightful and answered all questions and even explained the storyline to those who were confused. I was greatly relieved when she told us she is in fact remaining with the company to coach and pass on her roles to the younger company members. If that's what happens when the film is interrupted - I'm ok with that! Thank you Pippa. Was this the best ballet I've ever seen by Cathy Marsden? No. I've enjoyed her others more. But there were undeniable moments of pure brilliance and creative ability that is astounding. Which is why I will always go to see any/all of her ballet's and I eagerly await the next one!
  13. Oh yes it's glorious - as was she. Thank you for posting this, it made me smile.....
  14. Yasmine's shoes were indeed clean - at the beginning of the pdd - just not by the end of the fairly vigorous dance.
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