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  1. Awww. thank you Odyssey! That's my dear little Sandra Madgwick. We saw that very cast. It doesn't seem so very long ago....
  2. @capybara thank you for the link to the interview with Christopher Carr. Wow, Hayward did well coping with her debut after so little opportunity to practice! But I loved this more than anything: 'Vadim is a fantastic technician, a beautiful dancer, and he has the most incredible jump. Also, he is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life. When I did The Two Pigeons, which was the very first time I worked with him, we were about two weeks into the rehearsals when I said to him, Vadim, are you really as nice a person as you seem? Nobody is as nice as that. And you know what? He is! There’s not a bit of venom or malice or anything in his body at all. He is goodness beyond belief and a fantastic dancer.' I've never met Muntagirov but I had a strong feeling that he was a really lovely chap. It's funny how you can gauge a certain amount about dancers' personalities just from the way they present themselves and relate to others on stage. We are so lucky to have him dancing here.
  3. I had the same qualms as you, @jm365, similarly quashed. I went to the live Nunez/Muntagirov performance expecting Nunez to be brilliant, which she was. I've never seen Muntagirov dance less than beautifully but wasn't sure how he'd fit the role of a humorous peasant. He exceeded my expectations with his comedic skill. They are a wonderful pairing. (My second choice would've been Hayward/Campbell but I didn't want to go to two performances although now I wish I had seen them too. I'm not a fan of Campbell in princely roles but knew he'd be great in this, which by all accounts he certainly was. And Hayward is always gorgeous.)
  4. It's interesting to see that ballet is being linked to high fashion in two Coliseum programmes in quick succession. I bought tickets for 'Chanel' but was too ill to go. The McGregor-Mugler thing didn't appeal from the start so I didn't even get as far as booking for that. From our forumites' reports, it sounds as though the contrast between the two was of exquisite taste vs no taste. I gather 'Chanel' had a lot of empty seats. What was the take-up of tickets for this Thrilling event?
  5. Although I've seen this ballet numerous times, it especially struck me this time (although it's true of other productions) that at the point where the village boys 'tease' Dr C so that he drops his key, in real life that would be an attack, a mugging! So maybe Avis feels he has to avoid being too sympathetic a character in order to avoid the audience recoiling from what happens to him, even though it's all happily made up in the end with the remedial bag of coins.
  6. Maybe for very popular performances, the ROH could put on a 'relaxed' matinee for all the people who want to make noises or move around. Then other audience members would at least be pre-warned this might happen. I've been lucky in that I have been amazed at how well-behaved the kids have been within my own audience experience, but maybe I'm just not noticing because once I'm drawn into a performance I do tend to shut out everything except the stage from my consciousness, and in VERY good performances I don't even notice things at the periphery of the stage - I seem to almost become part of the ballet in spirit. My partner on the other hand is very observant of all details from audience to auditorium to scenery and minor characters. It's interesting how different minds work. I also find if I am reading a book, once really into it I don't hear noise in the room - and almost have to be awakened from a trance-like state to be spoken to! Does anyone else experience that?
  7. I do agree with you on this, which is why I didn't mention them favourably in my mini review earlier in the thread!
  8. Thank you all for the lovely reviews. I'm so glad it went well after Hay's unfortunate incapacitation. I wonder how many of those enraptured children will become dancers themselves, one future day? It is this kind of wonderful experience that will hopefully inspire some of them.
  9. I have a kind of admiration for Osipova's insistence on having Hallberg as partner. Maybe I'm just being sentimental, but I feel she has done it for his sake as much as for hers, and I am sure she had long been aware of his limitations.
  10. It's possible to differentiate to an extent but not so accurately as if you are a trained dancer. I've been watching ballet for decades and feel I can quickly sum up if a dancer is 'good' or not, and in what way, but I have never danced myself and if I go with a trained friend they point out things I'd not have noticed, which are immediately apparent to them. We can all kid ourselves we are excellent critics but that in itself is a variable thing. I don't consider Naghdi's technique to be 'exceptional' - good, yes, but I've seen quite a few faults/mistakes/wobbles from her although that is forgivable. I agree that Hayward does have a special gift and just hope she amends her technique so that it equals her beauty. I certainly wouldn't have been knowledgeable enough to make the points that some of the expert members of this forum explain so well, and for that I thank them very much.
  11. https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/sarahlamb/ https://www.instagram.com/lambmcrae/?hl=en Maybe others have set up accounts for these two then.
  12. All RB principals have Instagram accounts but some seem to be more enthusiastic than others at keeping them up to date. By far the largest following for a dancer on our shores is that of Marianela Nunez (321K), but her following is dwarfed by that of Roberto Bolle (663K) which in turn is but a fraction of the queen of ballet Instagram, Misty Copeland who has no fewer than 1.7 MILLION followers. You may be interested to note that the only other RB principal to have followers in treble figures is Steven McRae with 186K. Osipova, surprisingly, has only 44.7K followers but she's well worth watching as she does post some delightful pictures and it gives an insight to her unusual but charming personality. Personally I follow Svetlana Zakharova (along with 121K other people) because she has a habit of posting a short video of herself being driven to work, with her eclectic choice of music in the background, usually in a woolly hat in winter but still looking perfect, and the way she glances into the camera and blows a kiss melts my heart Thus Instagram does seem to lead to fame to an extent, although it is not always a guide to 'quality'.
  13. Ah! That explains what I have been noticing; that some, often older, dancers have shapely but slender legs without over-developed muscles (similar to Fonteyn's), and others (especially younger generation RB) have very noticeable calf-muscles. I had imagined it to be some kind of exercise routine they were given in the gym but it must be the way they are dancing. I do hope they correct any mistakes before it is too late
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