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  1. A lot of praise already for last night's performance of Corsair. I will just add that for me it was unremitting pleasure: wonderful dancing from the leads, all of whom showed all their tricks and more, and a company dancing with total commitment. Well done ENB!
  2. I would be very grateful if anyone has one ticket for sale for the matinee of Coppelia tomorrow, Saturday, 4 January 2020. Thank you!
  3. My highlight: Friedemann Vogel as Rudolf in the brilliant Stuttgart production of Mayerling: sublime.
  4. I have 1 standing place in SC for tonight's triple bill. Sadly, I cannot now go so am happy to give this ticket away if you PM me asap with an email address.
  5. Yes JM- it's a valid point. This issue has been mentioned before and I am not sure it has yet had is own thread. I probably said it in an earlier debate - I think guest artists can enhance a company and add interest in their own right. I read an exchange on our French counterpart Dansomanie recently lamenting that company's "failure" to invite any guests to dance with them. Interestingly, no sooner had that view been expressed than Vadim's name appeared in the forthcoming Raymonda casting.. So, overall I think a judiciously chosen invitation can be mutually beneficial, and really does befit a leading company like the Royal Ballet.
  6. So far, I have not enjoyed Hallberg as Romeo or des Grieux although I did feel he danced better in Month than I had anticipated. I do expect him to be better suited to the danseur noble roles in Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. I have also wondered if Hallberg might not do better with another partner from the company and I think potentially it could work well with Cuthbertson as suggested in posts above, although that does not seem to be on the horizon at this point. I would much prefer to see Osipova with Ball or Muntagirov - or Corrales, who I think are a better match for her dramatically and who partner her more securely. I don't think the "fire and ice" trope, which seems to be the recurring theme of the way Osipova and Hallberg have chosen to be presented in the media here, actually works in MacMillan - or does not for me, anyway. (I am still non-plussed at the failure to invite Shkylarov back for Manon with Osipova - if a guest was to be invited for those performances surely he was the one, but I am at risk of repeating myself so will end on that note!)
  7. Polunin played Yuri Soloviev. He dyed his hair blond for the role. He did not feature very much in the film, which rightly belonged to Ivenko and the other leads.
  8. Ruth I have sent you a PM. I would be happy to take this ticket if possible.
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