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  1. I can think of quite a few male dancers who gave up dancing in SB but continued to dance happily in many other ballets. Let's face it, it's not the most exciting role for the man. Linda
  2. If that's the Boheme Jonathan Miller staged for the Florence Maggiore Festival in 1997, it's brilliant. I was working in Florence at the time and was lucky enough to attend the first night. I'm going to record it anyway - you can never have too much Puccini IMHO. Linda
  3. I decided rather late to treat myself to a ticket for Sleeping Beauty but nearly every performance was sold out. I ended up with the Lamb/Hirano cast which is fine but not my first choice so I wondered if anyone can tell me who else is cast. Bluebirds, Lilac Fairy, Florestan and his sisters, for example? Thanks Linda
  4. Thanks very much Alison. I wonder if naming a seat gives the donor any special privileges? Not that I have a thousand quid to spare, mind you. Linda
  5. Can anyone tell me about the changes to the Linbury & the Clore (if there were any) that were made as part of the 'Open Up' project? I'm particularly interested in the seating and the sightlines. Thanks Linda
  6. Is watching ballet recorded 'live' from the ROH stage vastly improved by the Blue-ray format? I assume that DVDs are on the way out and I need to buy new equipment anyway but I don't find HD makes a major diference so is it worth going to a new format? Linda
  7. This explains why it didn't contain all the info usually shown on the cast list. I wondered why there was no credit for staging or principal coaching. I did wonder if Anthony Dowell had coached Matthew Ball, given that it was his debut in the role and Dowell had created Des Grieux. Linda
  8. What worried me about the list (apart from the lack of Wheeldon and any other ballet) was the one described as 'painful to watch'. Really? Is that a criteria of something to be labelled as the best this century? Linda
  9. I'm not sre how to embed video but here's the link to the mambo in Damn Yankees: Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon in Damn Yankees - Who's Got the Pain Puts a grin on my face every time! Linda
  10. I saw this and found it completely absorbing, admittedly I'm a fan of US musicals and I've always loved watching both of them in their rare screen appearances. Fosse was amazing in Kiss Me Kate (1953) when he partnered Carol Haney in the last section of 'From this moment on" which he also choreographed. (just that section, Hermes Pan did the rest) And there's a rare number that Fosse & Verdon danced together in Damn Yankees: 'Who's got the pain when they do the mambo? This was shown in the TV series. Fosse also appeared in 'My Sister Eileen' & 'The Little Prince". Neither turn up on TV very often but they're available on DVD. And there are books too especially about him and Ethan Mordden's excellent series on the Broadway musical through the decades is full of interesting details. For those who missed it, all episodes were on iPlayer and you can still view or download every one. Linda Oh & Gwen Verdon was in a dramatic role in 'Cocoon' and it's sequel. Although not a musical there was a lovely moment when she took to the floor with Don Ameche.
  11. Deborah Bull can be seen in the MacMillan 'Prince of the Pagodas' DVD. She has a soloist role as a Cloud but also danced the role of Epine during that season. Linda
  12. Re Kobborg's exit, I believe he had been retained by the ROH management to choregraph a new opera production. Then, rather abruptly, a different choreographer was taken on for the opera and Kobborg was no longer mentioned in connection with it. No public explanation was given and his departure from the RB followed shortly afterwards. Linda
  13. I remember the Stretton year quite well and it featured strongly on the old forum. I'm carefully choosing my words but as far as I can remember, at lot of the ballet.co members were not very happy with his choice of repertoire: Bayley's Beyond Bach, Tudor's The Leaves are Falling and a rather threadbare version of DQ (maybe the Nureyev version?) were not very popular. A lot of people took issue with his casting choices too: as mentioned before, Cojocaru was first cast in practically everything and Sarah Wildor was ignored despite being one of the best interpreters of Ashton at that time. In a public masterclass, Kobborg bluntly stated that the company either needed to hire more dancers or reduce the number of different styles of choreography that was expected of them. The regular dance critics were equally unhappy with what they saw onstage. In the end he was taken out to lunch, never to return. It was, IMHO, an undeserved exit when the fault really lay with the ROH selection committee who simply chose an unsuitable person for the job, leaving him in an untenable position. Tragically he died of cancer a few years later and I wonder if the stress of working for the ROH contributed to his early death. Linda
  14. Thank you Jan. I switched to Safari and up came the photos. Lovely shots and they helped me sort out who was who! Linda
  15. I've tried but it makes no difference. I'm using Firefox on a MacBook Pro - should I be using a different browser? Linda
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