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  1. I didn't see it, Spartacus is the type of ballet, IMHO, that only needs to be seen once, but it's available via the catch up facility on Sky.
  2. I have to agree. I loved their score for Three Musketeers and still listen to it.
  3. This is tragic. He was so young, so talented. I feel for his family and loved ones.
  4. Watching programmes about Covid isn't exactly fun but I believe in being well-informed so I watched BBC2's Pandemic 2020 on Thursday night and was rewarded with clips of Ivan Vassiliev and Maria Vinogradova rehearsing and performing Don Q. I loved watching her rehearse in the kitchen of their 'dacha', triumphantly producing a tub of ice cream at the climax of her solo, perfectly in synchronicity with the music. Then Ivan executing wonderful jeteés round the rain-soaked roundabout outside their home. (I always thought a dacha was a country house but theirs seemed to be in a typical nice suburb outside a city - could have been Kenley or Bushey Park). Finally a glimpse of the finished performance with the Bolshoi: highly enjoyable. As Vassiliev said: 'in times like this people need art'.
  5. Actually, this isn't the same series but an earlier one about musicals in the theatre. Still, an excellent programme - well worth your time. Linda
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. Thanks to everyone for their contributions. Linda
  9. 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
  10. 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 (source of the above) and switch to The Sun for serious reading? We are certainly living in interesting times*. Linda * Ancient Chinese curse; 'may you live in interesting times'.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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 with half his ear hanging off, bloodied but unbowed. His whole attitude said ' you should see the other guy'. He lived a long time but we had to let him go when he was 18 years old and had succumbed to kidney disease. I still miss him. Linda
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