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  1. Agree. One silver lining of Covid that I hope will last is the increased empathy we feel towards each other. In truth, many people are alone for Christmas every year. Maybe it is a blessing not to take anything for granted, including the comfort of being with loved ones. Merry Christmas to everyone and I hope the new year brings us health and joy ✨✨🎄✨✨
  2. I know that the Sugar Plum is a major career milestone for any ballerina, but I agree with the sentiment of the reviewer quoted here. Clara is the better part in my eyes, as it is all her story. And it must be so fun to dance. I'd rather see Francesca Hayward as Clara again than SPF, for example. Just my view. And I'd love to see Mayara Magri as both. What a shame she isn't doing either. Ah well, the Royal Ballet is spoiled for talent, especially the women ✨ ✨ ✨ ps: Also HATE the wigs.
  3. Hi all, I am looking for a ticket for any of the dates below at the ROH. To buy or to swap for my Orchestra Stalls seat on 12 Dec, 2pm. Thanks in advance 🎄 Friday 11 December 2020, 2pm or Saturday 19 December 2020, 2pm or Tuesday 22 December 2020, 2pm or Thursday 24 December 2020. 12pm or Wednesday 30 December 2020, 2pm or Thursday 31 December 2020, 2pm or Friday 1 January 2021, 2pm
  4. So happy for both these couples making their debuts ✨ ✨ ✨ (But sad for myself, as I had already booked blind and won't get to see them)
  5. Me too. Although I was assuming they would mix it up more in the selection of pas de deux. For Swan Lake, any chance we'd get to see Frankie as Odile instead of Odette? /wishful thinking
  6. For a second, I thought Sarah's mask was on purpose. Sort of a simpatico nod to the 'costume' we were all wearing in the audience 😆 😷 😆 One of my accolades for the night is that the dancing made me totally forget I was wearing a mask. A new measurement of being transported to a happier place. Big fan of the gala format as a way to see many different dancers. And glimpses at ballets like Rhapsody which I have yet to see. Would have loved more pieces that included the corps, but I know that is much harder to bubble wrap. Le Corsaire was my personal fave. Hoping this somehow sneaks into the sh
  7. Watching now. Lovely example really about what World Ballet Day is all about — insights into the art and closer looks at the stars of tomorrow.
  8. So fun to watch the company class. Especially to get better acquainted with the corps. A dancer I didn't recognise really stood out for me. Think the teacher called him Stanislaw, so I'm guessing Stanislaw Wegrzyn. Some experts here might know?
  9. She was cheering them on from the audience. I would have have loved Darcey as the moderator. Surprised she wasn't asked tbh, as she does the live cinema relays. Am rewatching the show, and just fast forwarding past the presenter. One niggle for me (and I love The Dream) was that Alexander Campbell and Claire Calvert didn’t get to dance together. You could see how special it was for the other real life couples to be on stage together. I wonder why their bubble got left out? Wishful thinking — Alex could have done two parts (like Akane did) and danced something fun with Claire,
  10. Apologies to all having issues with the stream. OMG, Mayara Magri and Matthew Ball in Carousel. Steaming. 💐 💐 💐 Am loving the gala format which shows us pieces like this that I hadn't seen before. Also reminds me of the incredible talent of the RB, who don't all get the attention they deserve, like Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano (gorgeous in Diamonds) and Akane Takada and Federico Bonelli (so moving in Swan Lake). So grateful to be watching them all.
  11. Totally agree. It was a forgettable piece I don't think would make the stage in normal times. Of all the dance we missed due to lockdown, I too mourn missing this couple debut in Swan Lake. Happy to pay my £4.99 for Vadim, but I hope the ROH up the game on what they offer ballet fans going forward.
  12. This is so good. Thanks @WoodlandGladeFairy Noticed that Fernando Bujones was given a wreath during the curtain call. Have never seen that before, but love that the male dancer got a tribute as well when the ballerina got the expected flowers. Did that happen regularly back then, and now is out of style? In the future, I'm wondering if fans might give favourite dancers a taxi voucher, rather than a bouquet. A bit of help to keep them off a crowded Tube.
  13. Agree. Concerto DSCH has been my streaming highlight. Had never seen it before and now I just want to see it again and again. So good. (Someone posted the recording here btw. I'll watch then make a contribution to NYCB as tribute.) Dare I ever hope the Royal Ballet does DSCH? Similar to Dances at a Gathering, I bet the dancers just love performing this ballet. It looks like pure joy.
  14. Agree. To me, it is almost a different work (which means I have to admit the tortured emotional twisting of Act I isn't my taste in ballet)
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