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  1. Neither can I! Seems that the ROH's perennial problems with booking have returned along with the live performances. You'd think they might have spent some of their down time working on the website.
  2. Has anyone else seen Neil Brand's excellent series about movie musicals? It's currently being repeated on BBC4 and the first episode included a long segment about Fred Astaire. Lovely to watch excerpts from classics like 'Top Hat' and even better to see Steven McRae reproducing some of his amazing tap sequences. Should still be on iPlayer if you missed it. Highly recommended! Linda
  3. Thanks to everyone for their contributions. Linda
  4. Reading the Times regular update on what arts to watch online, a reference to the ROH's streaming of Faust caught my eye: "a gleefully weird send-up of French romantic ballet as choreographed by Michael Keegan-Dolan". I've never heard of Mr Keegan-Dolan, probably because I don't have much enthusiasm for contemporary dance but can someone better-informed than I, tell me something about him and his works? Thanks Linda
  5. I think the press is trying to give us light-hearted items to read and cheer us up at present. Either that or the silly season is 4 months earlier than usual. For example, I read that: 1) The Duchess of Cornwall has taken up ballet at the grand old age of 72 and is asking Darcey Bussell for advice 2) Police called to a disturbance in someone's garden found the cause to be randy hedgehogs having an orgy 3) Colin Firth claims that his wet shirt scene in Pride & Prejudice blighted his career Is the whole world going crazy or should I stop reading The Times
  6. Is this game based on the sci-fi novels by Anne McCaffrey? I read them years ago and they were fairly lightweight but fun. They featured dragons and their riders who shared a telepathic bond - not sure how that could be conveyed through dance but maybe....? I understand that Sambé portrayed a totally believable cello at the ROH lately. After that a dragon should be child's play. Linda
  7. I've just come across a lovely photo (by the late, great, John Ross) of Melissa Hamilton as the Dying Swan. It's mounted on a lightweight polystyrene backing and I would like to pass it on to anyone interested. Send me a p.m. and I'll put it in the post. Linda
  8. Funny how cats stick in your memory and dreams. When I was growing up we had a black & white moggie prosaically called Smudge because of the black patch on his otherwise white face. I still dream of him sometimes, heaven knows why - he was the most aggresive animal on four legs since the days of the velociraptor. Although a 'retired gentleman cat' and supposed to be placid, at night he would roam over nearby Coulsdon Common looking for a fight. I suspect the foxes were scared stiff of him but one night he went too far and got on the nerves of a badger. In the morning he limped home wi
  9. I have decided that I must de-clutter my overcrowded flat which means that more than 20 years of ballet magazines, programmes, photos & recordings have to go. In these uncertain times I would like to pass them all on to fellow ballet-lovers who might enjoy them, rather than leave them to be dumped in landfill when I'm not around anymore. I don't mean to sound morbid but none of us can foresee the future and there's lots of stuff here which I'm sure others might want to see and hopefully get as much pleasure from it as I have done. If you're interested generally or have a spec
  10. Just received an email from the BFI and they are opening their archive now. It's free to view so look at their website: www.bfi.org.uk/ Linda
  11. I thought the BFI was saving some TV programmes which were considered worthy of preservation? Possibly it would be worth finding out what ballet and dance-related stuff they are keeping. Bluebird posted about their viewing booth on the South Bank some time ago. Obviously we can't visit it now but perhaps it might consider putting something online? Linda
  12. Apologies to those who don't have Sky but for us fortunate enough to get Sky Arts there's a lot of dance-related material available on their Catch-up option. I particularly liked the Top Dance Scenes from the Movies which was more than just the usual catalogue-type programme usually seen on Channel 5. There's genuinely interesting debate about the choices which include a sizeable clip from The Red Shoes, one of my all-time favourites and worth a dozen Black Swans. There are also plenty of performances of the classic ballets too (plus dance-drama from Matthew Bourne) and you can download
  13. I do remember reading in the press that Kobborg was really let down by the Royal Opera , not the ballet company. He was announced as providing the choregraphy for a new opera production, then suddenly there was a change of heart at the top and a different choreographer was picked. I believe he may have felt that the RB should have fought harder for him. After his retirement Anthony Dowell said he had regrets at not fighting harder for the ballet company when he was AD but the opera always came first at the ROH. The politics at the Opera House is hard for outsiders to understand
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