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  1. 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
  2. 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 them to watch as many times as you like. Linda
  3. 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 as was mentioned in both in Jeremy Isaac's book about his time there ("Never mind the Moon") and Mary Allen's A House Divided. I'd quote from these but I gave them away as part of my de-cluttering project. Linda
  4. I liked the POB version of Jewels though I suppose the NYC version might be better (if it exists) Linda
  5. One of the funniest things I've seen for ages is on iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00td8g6/bbc-proms-2010-sondheims-80th-birthday-celebration It's the Sondheim Prom from 2010. I never realised Bryn Terfel can do a mean soft-shoe shuffle. There's also the John Williams Prom. BBC 4 broadcast both concerts last weekend, I hope they continue with these more lighthearted programmes. Linda PS Dame Judi Dench makes an unbilled appearance singing Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music.
  6. Yes that's the one. I'm glad she (Alina) has found a new home in ENB but I still think it's a great shame that she chose to follow him and leave the RB. Nothing wrong with ENB particularly under Rojo's re-vitalising leadership but it doesn't quite have the international reputation of the country's flagship company. But that's a bit academic at the moment.
  7. For white: Greco di Tufo or Falanghia Red: any Taurasi or Aglianico For the sweet-toothed Lacrima de Christi del Vesuvio Look for the Feudi di San Gregorio, a very reliable shipper. I always knew those long lazy lunches in Sorrento weren't wasted! Linda
  8. I saw it and it was enough to put them off Kobborg for life! He came across as a total bighead and hardly mentioned her except in reference to his own career. I ended up feeling sorry for her which I'm sure was not the original intention. Linda
  9. I believe there's a new streaming service starting soon that has old BBC & ITV programmes. Or it may be up & running already but I haven't noticed anything online. Wouldn't it be great if old ballet stuff was included? But I think there may be copyright issues with the orchestras involved. Linda
  10. But he still looks so young! Has he got a portrait aging in an attic somewhere? it's amazing how dancers manage to look so youthful when they have such a physically hard life. Or is that the reason? Linda
  11. Interesting. I never saw this on stage with McRae. When was it recorded and how was it? Much as I admire his technical skill and his on-stage ebullience (he was sensational in the Rubies section of Jewels) I can't imagine him as the diseased and despairing Crown Prince. And I was always thought Sarah Lamb was a natural for Larisch. I shall look forward to seeing this if only to be proved wrong. Linda
  12. Really enjoying this afternoon's Triple Bill but can someone help mw out with casting? I recognise most of the principals but not all of the others and Sky doesn't show the cast until right at the end (and then the picture is usually minimised to make room for trailers). Linda
  13. That's interesting. The Friday screening is on the screen guide but not on their website. In fact, there's very little on the website, apart from pictures. You'd think a media company would try a little harder to keep their customers informed. Linda
  14. Looking at the Sky website and the screen guide, the Ashton Triple is now scheduled for Sunday, 26th at 14:50. Linda
  15. Going through old copies of Dance & Dancers, I found this comment which struck a chord: " I get the impression that the [Royal] Opera House's ideal would be to play every night to an audience none of whom had ever been there before. They talk a lot about building up audiences, encouraging regular attendance via the Friends etc - but the way they actually behave would discourage any but the most dedicated from repeated visits." That's from a reader's comments in February 1989. Sound familiar? Linda
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