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  1. I’ve been having a huge crush on Christopher Gable since I saw pictures of him dancing in Sylvia, 2 Pigeons and Les Sylphides... In Ballet Association’s News on 2011-05-03, I saw this: The distinguished ballet, theatre and documentary photographer Keith Money has made his 279 page book available for free download in pdf format. In the author's words: "The major portion of this volume comprises a photographic essay which focusses on the complex art of balletic partnership, as exemplified by one particular dancer, Christopher Gable, whose brief yet extraordinary dancing career, principally in the early sixties, brought fresh emphasis to the nuances inherent in ballet double work…" Unfortunate the link doesn’t work anymore. I’m wondering if anyone who has downloaded it could kindly share it with me? Much appreciated!
  2. I agree completely with HappyTurk on Naghdi's Juliet. I don't seem to get Ball's Romeo, either. He dances a lot of Romeo's steps with such a princely manner that they have become quite out of context. I don't think MacMillan intended Romeo to be a typical princely character as Albrecht in Giselle. The close-ups in cinema broadcast also didn't do him favour, because clearly he didn't know what kind of expressions he should put on under certain circumstances such as Mercucio's death. His partnering was exceptionally good, though.
  3. Yes. Lynn said that in the documentary Deborah Bull made about choreographers. Three years ago I knew nothing of this ballet when I first saw clips of the revival broadcast. I didn't like Lauren Cuthbertson in it -- She didn't seem to move her upper body enough as suggested by the music. She's a very good dancer actress, and I liked her in roles like Juliet, Marguerite, Manon and Mary Vetsera, but her dancing doesn't have that liveliness required by TP. Later I found a recording of dress rehearsal with Seymour and Gable in the NYPL Digital Collection (Gable is also marvelous in it) https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/3c8814e0-f87e-0130-4822-3c075448cc4b I believe the short clip on YT below is from this recording. It is available for access onsite at NYPL for Performing Arts at the Lincoln Center in New York if anyone's interested.
  4. Thanks, Rob! Unfortunately I live in the U.S. so I have to rely on the online ship most of the times I'd like to get a DVD of Royal Ballet. Fortunately I had just ordered most of those from the online shop the day before the new version went live, but I do wonder if ROH has decided to remove them from the online shop permanently 🤔
  5. I'm also wondering whether anyone has noticed that they took down a lot of ballet DVD classics from the online shop. To name a few, I can't find any of these: Fonteyn's Sleeping Beauty Fonteyn's Cinderella Dowell&Penney's Manon Irek&Vivianna's Mayerling Alina's Giselle The MacMillan Classics Collection with The Prince of Pagodas DVD which contains a wonderful documentary on Kenneth MacMillan I'm wondering if ROH has decided to not sell ballet DVD classics any more or it's just a technical glitch with the new version of the website. If it's the former, I'm wondering what made them think that these DVDs are not in demand anymore...
  6. @ArucariaBallerina If you take a look at the DVDs released by ICAClassics (Nedia Nerina's Giselle, for one), it is clear that dancers of their times were not in any way less technically advanced than dancers nowadays. Take the ending of Giselle's variation in Act 1 for instance, I've never seen anyone respond to the music like Nadia did here: https://vimeo.com/138445109. It is jaw-dropping. I was as stunned as the time when I saw Fonteyn hopping in arabesque on pointe in the Sleeping Beauty Act 3 coda.
  7. Does RB make most money by cinema broadcasts and the DVDs they sell? If that is not the case, IMHO who gets relayed in cinema should be decided based on artistic merit instead of popularity, because it is also the company's responsibility to promote the best of the British ballet school, which in turn will produce more stars at RB and benefit the company financially in the long run. P.S. Instead of a Mayerling broadcast I would rather get a Winter Dreams one which hasn't been broadcasted for more than two decades if I remember correctly, but that is another question of course
  8. My friend and I are going to London for a treat of Mayerling marathon in Oct but failed to get seats we want for the performance on Oct 15. We will be beyond happy if anybody has two tickets in Amphitheatre center for sale. Thanks a lot!
  9. I personally like the 1968 BBC broadcast best because of two reasons: 1. It doesn't have a lot of close-ups and allows us to see the full picture all the time, which I think is really important for Ashton's choreography. (But of course it is lovely to see close-ups too because their gazes at each other are also so intriguing. ) 2. The musicality is better and the movements are more fluid. I had thought that the Ed Sullivan recording was the best reconciliation pdd ever, but after watching the BBC recording and thinking of Ashton's coaching, I realised that the latter is even better. I remember two things especially: that most difficult movement of Sibley folding and unfolding under Dowell's arms looks more natural and at ease, and the way that Sibley was able to quickly arrive at this position and hold (which Ashton explicitly pointed out in his coaching) also matches the music perfectly. Judging from the fact that the Ed Sullivan show as in 1966(?) and the BBC broadcast was in 1968, I think their interpretations grew more mature and natural over the years in practices and performances. I doubt I can take to anyone else as Titania after watching Sibley. The way that Sibley moves every part of her body to incorporate the role and the aura of magic and dream it produces are simply incomparable. I did see both recordings of the RB performance with Park at the Met and the ABT performance of Ferri. I would say that the RB performance is way better and more true to the spirit of the ballet. Park was very good, (perhaps because she was also coached by Ashton?) and that RB recording still remains the best full performance of The Dream we can see today on the Internet.
  10. Oh and how can I have forgot to mention that they also have the full recording of a dress rehearsal of The Two pigeons with Lynn Seymour and Christopher Gable: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/3c8814e0-f87e-0130-4822-3c075448cc4b I spent that whole afternoon indulging myself in watching it again and again... I can't even imagine that such cuteness existed...
  11. I usually don't post on the forum but feel that I have to rely to this one to share information about these recordings. The 1968 recording of the original cast of The Dream is preserved by the Jerome Robbins Dance division at the Library of Performing Arts (LPA) of New York Public Library at Lincoln Center, New York. It's not digitalised yet and I had to seek LPA staff's help in finding the recording and playing it. The tape can only be watched once at one time, because to watch it again it has to be rewound by the staff and the rewinding usually takes 15 to 20 minutes. The performance was inexplicably beautiful, almost magical. Sibley and Dowell were so wonderful together. I have to say nobody can ever hold a candle to them in these two roles. And I think they also have the recording of Symphonic Variations here: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/87437fd0-4b52-0133-4044-60f81dd2b63c . It's been digitalised, so one doesn't need the staff's help to watch it. However it can only be viewed onsite on one of the computers at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of LPA. I haven't checked it out yet but judging from the cast information listed on the page, it is the recording you mentioned. I'm now living in New York. Since discovering the archive that LPA had a couple of months ago I have paid several visits to it and had the chance to find a few hidden gems there: Act IV of La Bayadere by Fonteyn and Nureyev, Clips of Giselle by Fonteyn and Nureyev with Sibley and Shaw dancing the Peasant PDD, Sibley&Dowell&Seymour&Nureyev in balcony PDD in a promotion video of Romeo&Juliet, etc. There is a lot more to explore and I'm so grateful that NYPL has made an effort in preserving these recordings. I hope one day they will be able to digitalise all of them (right now they're short of funds as far as I know, so the digitalisation has been very slow).
  12. Agreed! Sorry to veer off the topic a bit. Speaking of footage, do you know if there is any chance I can find a recording of the 1969 BBC broadcast of Sibley and Dowell's Sleeping Beauty anywhere? I've been desperate to find one...
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