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  1. I just read Ballet News' Cupcakes and Conversations with Fumi Kaneko and apparently she only found out on the day she would be dancing aurora and hadnt practised the role in a month (excerpt and link below) !! Quite extraordinary to rewatch the SB broadcast with that in mind. Loved watching: -Mayara Magri, Anna Rose Osullivan and Yuhui Choe again in the prologue -The rapport between Fumi Kaneko and her princes in the rose adagio, and seeing how pleased the whole company were for Kaneko (Hannah Gremmell looked like she about to burst into tears and so was I) - Bonelli in his solo and his PDD with Kaneko in the vision scene... Made me pine for what would have been their Swan Lake! Watching this made me wonder who would have been made a principal at the end of this season: Kaneko, O'Sullivan and perhaps Magri surely all candidates depending on how SL had gone... “Which role has tested you the most & how ? The cinema relay of The Sleeping Beauty in January was an experience that I‘d never had before …. I was told to do Aurora on the same day, which I hadn’t done for more than a month.. I couldn’t have done it without my friends and colleagues support. I could enjoy the performance and live in the present on stage.“ http://www.balletnews.co.uk/cupcakes-conversation-with-fumi-kaneko-first-soloist-the-royal-ballet/
  2. A last rehearsal. On a beach at dusk. As the world was about to go into lockdown and go dark... This is going to be incredibly poignant and bittersweet given that their world tour was postponed... Can't wait!
  3. This week Sander will be interviewing: Alexander Campbell RB (Monday 😎 Leanne Cope, formerly RB and An American in Paris (Wednesday 10) Camille Bracher, formerly RB and now Wayne Mcgregor Company (Friday 12)
  4. It is indeed! My empathising with ROH staff (and anyone who is having to deal with knock on effects of covid on top of their day job for that matter which often means many people are working dawn until dusk so perhaps don't always have the time to respond to the additional email traffic promptly and shouldn't be judged harshly for it) doesn't mean I can't also empathise with your completely valid concerns Ninamargaret about when (or indeed if!) you will receive your refund It sounds from the other posters that your intuition that everything is being refunded by date of performance is correct so am crossing fingers for you that you won't be left out of pocket for too long given the number of tickets you have purchased!
  5. 100pc agree, they're doing a stellar job given the circumstances and the sheer volume of multiple requests.
  6. Alison you'll be able to see the Sian Murphy interview the moment Sander posts it on his IGTV tab on Instagram. It will be available indefinitely.
  7. Because of changes to some of Instagram's features, in conversation interviews will no longer be available for 24 hours through the live function, but instead will be made available indefinitely through Sander's IGTV (Instagram TV). In the app on a phone or tablet, the IGTV is the middle tab.
  8. I found James Hay's thoughts on Rhapsody and dancing works choreographed on other dancers, and finding a way as a dancer to make something your own while ensuring the integrity of the piece remains, particularly insightful and illuminating. What a lovely person, as well as delightful dancer. Great interview!
  9. The best User Experience interface is definitely: 1. downloading the instagram app on your phone or tablet; or 2. Using chrome browser on your PC but is slightly more clunky than 1. above. I've not had any issues with watching any of Sander's classes or interviews and I mostly use option 1. (The reason for this is that instagram is deliberately designed to engage people from their phones and more "authentic" photo and video content not from computers where you might have retouched photographs etc)
  10. This may have been posted elsewhere on the forum already but former Royal Ballet First Artist Sander Blommaert is holding 1 hour long in conversation instagram live sessions with guests from the ballet world on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays every week at 7pm. You can access this through his Instagram page by clicking the "Live" button and these are saved for 24 hours on his page if you can't make it for 7pm. Viewers can submit questions in advance for any of the interviewees on Sander's Instagram post announcing his guests. This week will feature James Hay, Leanne Benjamin and Sian Murphy. Ive posted his Instagram handle and relevant post for information below:
  11. Selling x 1 ticket for pina bausch on sat 15 Feb, A10 second circle. Sadlers Wells Bought for £39 will sell for £30 ono.
  12. Hello everyone Selling x 2 tickets for Onegin on 12 February. 21A and 24B in the Balcony (restricted view) £39 each Hard copy tickets which I can send first class tomorrow.
  13. I'm loving how much all the RB dancers are cheering on Fumi Kaneko in their Instagram feeds. May she and Bonelli have a wonderful performance, and wishing Lauren Cuthbertson a speedy recovery for the Cellist.
  14. Thanks Sim and Bridiem, that makes sense and I now understand your respective perspective about Mcgregor. I found Woolf Works to be the absolute highlight of the decade, in terms of new work seen on the RB stage, and completely agree with Bridiem that it was utterly thrilling. I understand why some audience members find some of Mcgregor's dance vocabulary challenging or unappealing, and some of his works haven't been my cup of tea at all which definitely made me want to up and leave (eg. Live Fire) but I wonder if Mcgregor hadn't been given such prominence, whether WW would have seen the light of the day? I'm glad it did in any event, and I'll take the dust to get to this particular diamond which has moved me as much as the RJs/Manons/SLs etc. The fact that he has been capable of a diverse dance vocabulary is also interesting, and hopefully means he can produce more work in the future that is as breathtaking as WW. Who knows unless he is given a chance? Bring on the next decade to see what he and other choreographers have in store!
  15. Bridiem, I absolutely love your list, what a way to remember the decade! I'm a bit confused though about a lowlight being the prominence of Mcgregor when the first ballet you put as a decade highlight is Woolf Works?
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