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Richard LH

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  1. Sorry I didn't notice that limitation! The Dream then...
  2. Yes, more uplifting Ashton please....La Fille, The Dream, Rhapsody, Meditation from Thais....favourites on disc but none of which I have yet to see the RB perform live in full.
  3. Brilliant news! A perfect couple...best wishes for their future together...
  4. I am not sure if this has been flagged up yet, but another RB offering coming shortly is: The Dream (2017) (Takada /McRae) https://stream.roh.org.uk/products/the-dream-2017 "Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream interpreted by Frederick Ashton is a classic of The Royal Ballet’s repertory. Available to watch or share for £3....from 19 March until 18 April 2021" ...although elsewhere the website also says "from 26 March"
  5. I agree, I felt rather disappointed with the limited details so far, and that the first programme was WTGH (I like it, but again?) and two new works by Pite !
  6. https://www.roh.org.uk/news/royal-opera-house-to-open-its-doors-to-audiences-for-first-time-since-november Today the Royal Opera House is excited to announce that it will once again open its doors to audiences on 17 May 2021, with a packed schedule of in-person performances from both The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, brand new work available to stream online, and the world’s first opera in hyper-reality. This suite of activity will take place on our beautiful and historic Main Stage, in our state-of-the-art Linbury Theatre, or streamed online as part of our hugely popular #OurHouseToYourHouse programme. More details, including casting and booking dates, will be announced on 13 April 2021. The Royal Ballet is thrilled to return to live performances with three programmes of works ranging from Crystal Pite to Marius Petipa. Opening in May with a programme of 21st Century works, including Christopher Wheeldon’s shimmering ballet Within the Golden Hour and two works new to The Royal Ballet by Crystal Pite. Pite’s extraordinary ability to speak meaningfully about the human condition through dance was captured in The Royal Ballet’s 2017 Olivier-award-winning commission Flight Pattern, and the opportunity for audiences and performers to engage with her work again comes at no better time after this enforced period of absence from the stage. The Company also presents a series of digital content, including Meet the Young Dancers on 19 March, a streamed Insight event introducing this Season’s Aud Jebsen Young Dancers and the 2020/21 Prix de Lausanne Dancer. Rising choreographic talent will also be featured with an online premiere in early May of Draft Works, The Royal Ballet’s showcase of new ideas and creativity in dance from within the Company. The Royal Opera will bring together an international group of distinguished singers to perform Mozart’s opera seria, La clemenza di Tito, in a new production directed by Richard Jones, beautifully designed by Olivier-award winning Ultz to meet the requirements of staging a show in the current public health environment, and performed under the baton of conductor Mark Wigglesworth. Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, said: “It is incredibly exciting that we will soon be opening our doors and welcoming audiences back to our beautiful Covent Garden home. We can’t wait to bring life back to our stages and the joy of live performance back to our audiences, and I am delighted that we can go back to doing what we do best: performing the world’s best ballet and opera to audiences at home and around the globe.” The ROH also announces the re-opening of the world’s first opera in hyper reality: Current, Rising, a unique collaboration between the Royal Opera House’s innovation programme, Audience Labs, award-winning Figment Productions and Royal Holloway, University of London. Developed by a female-led creative team, the 15-minute hyper-reality opera experience combines virtual reality with a multisensory set, inviting audiences to step into a bespoke ‘Opera Tardis’ and experience a dream-like journey carried musically by a poem layered in song. Before booking opens for these exciting works on 13 April, The Royal Opera is delighted to reveal that on Friday 9 April it will be live streaming its first fully staged production since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic with a brand-new double bill of Bertolt Brecht’s and Kurt Weill’s, The Seven Deadly Sins and Mahagonny Songspiel. Directed by British director Isabelle Kettle, soloists of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme will perform Weill’s satirical double-bill under the baton of British-Cypriot conductor Michael Papadopoulos and with choreography from Julia Cheng. This production will be available to online audiences only. We look forward to announcing more details, including casting and booking dates, for La clemenza de Tito; Current, Rising and The Royal Ballet’s Spring and Summer mixed programmes on 13 April. For both La clemenza de Tito and The Royal Ballet’s mixed programmes, audiences will be able to buy tickets for a socially-distanced live experience, or buy an online ticket to watch online wherever they are in the world. More details on The Royal Opera’s The Seven Deadly Sins and Mahagonny Songspiel double bill will be announced on 29 March.
  7. Mods, maybe we could have a new thread for The Royal Ballet’s Spring and Summer programmes 2021?
  8. Presumably the thinking at the ROH is that in April it will be possible for proper rehearsals to resume, in time for the performances from 17 May.
  9. ...looks like an announcement will be made next month....!
  10. Will they be able to extend performances into the Summer...? I would imagine the dancers would prefer to be performing as much as possible after this long enforced break, and certainly we devotees will wish to see them ...
  11. I guess I am certainly in the running for her biggest fan on here! Thanks for your lovely review Naomi - very pleased for you, but pretty jealous at the same time ! The little snippets of the rehearsals that appeared on social media were fascinating, and it seems to have all built up to into a wonderful performance of an exciting premiere. I am delighted for Akane of course, but also for Johan Kobborg and all the NBA dancers and backstage people involved. May we all get to see live ballet again soon!
  12. There are various messages on social media including from https://www.instagram.com/johankobborg/?hl=en indciating that yesterday's premiere was excellent, but does anyone on here have any more feedback about it ?
  13. Also taking part are Chisato Katsura from the RB, and Ruth Brill, Laura Day and Lachlan Monaghan from the BRB.
  14. I would love to see "The Dream" live at the ROH - putting it on at Midsummer would be fine, but I hope for other performances before then!
  15. World premiere of the new work "Cinderella" by former British Royal Ballet principal Johan Kobborg.Akane Takada, the principal of the Royal Ballet in the UK, will appear as a guest in the role of Cinderella! (February 6th) * February 7th Cinderella: Nao Nokubo https://www.nbaballet.org/performance/2020/cinderella/ Forum Members based in Japan may be particularly interested - good to see there is at least some live ballet elsewhere! Very pleased for Akane too....
  16. The RB's "The Cellist & Dances at a Gathering" is available to pre-order, out 22 January. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cellist-Dances-Gathering-Blu-ray/dp/B0892J1HKQ/ref=tmm_blu_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1609862916&sr=8-1
  17. The RB's "The Cellist & Dances at a Gathering" is available to pre-order, out 22 January. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cellist-Dances-Gathering-Blu-ray/dp/B0892J1HKQ/ref=tmm_blu_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1609862916&sr=8-1
  18. Lovely review of this weird ballet year, thanks Jan.
  19. Thank you Sim for your uplifting message, and thanks again to you and the other moderators for everything you do for this Forum. Happy New Year to all!
  20. ....to everyone on the Ballet Forum! Thank you all for keeping me relatively sane this year. I am so looking forward to the time we can share our joy of live ballet performances again...
  21. Any live ballet at present is to be welcomed, so well done BRB. Like others I thought the lack of applause was sad, given that there was some beautiful dancing on show. I was disappointed about the missing dances already mentioned, also that the SPF solo finished without her last fast section, and there was no Coda with the Prince, they just went straight into the finale. Is that normal for the BRB version?
  22. The discussions between Carlos and the artist were interesting, but personally I found the latter's line drawing style a little "samey" and limited in depth. I would have liked to see a painting of Carlos by either of the other two finalists.
  23. A group of super dancers who have contributed greatly to the RB over the years, and I wish them all the best in their future ventures.
  24. Interval QUEUES.....I really must take more care when posting!
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