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  1. Well she was on stage as a bona fide dancer so she is up for discussion as far as her talents are concerned.
  2. @FionaE this sounds absolutely magical and I am jealous! Have a wonderful time and please do give us a detailed description afterwards
  3. I saw this a couple of months ago and agree with SusanR. There were a number of moments which were unintentionally risible IMO. It isn't a matter of being prudish but rather of taste. L'apres Midi is one of my favourite ballets and I find its sensuality completely appropriate. Not so Victoria. Also some of Victoria's steps made her seem rather comical. I enjoyed some of the ballet but certainly wouldn't see it again, and was surprised at its having so many excellent reviews.
  4. ... Also a lovely report of this triple bill in Dance Europe, where Robert Penman's description of 'Symphony in C' as an 'applause machine' made me smile. It's a glowing review though, especially of Vadmin Muntagirov (whom I didn't see on this occasion).
  5. There is a good review of Rasputin in this month's 'Dance Europe'. Mike Dixon writes of Polunin's 'ferocity and passion that defines this as one of the greatest moments of dance seen on any stage this year.' I'm pleased to see he was also as impressed with the teenage Djordje Kalenic as I was.
  6. Sorry to be corny, but I'd like Swan Lake. Also L'Apres Midi. Others would be once every two, three, five years or more according to my fondness for them
  7. The RAH has put up some photos of the production: https://www.royalalberthall.com/about-the-hall/news/2019/june/cinderella-in-the-round-at-the-royal-albert-hall-the-reviews-are-in/?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=postshow&utm_term=2019-cinderella&utm_content=version_A&emailsource=44975
  8. We went to see the triple bill this afternoon and loved every minute. Never have three hours flown by so fast. Others have given super descriptions (thank you all!) so I’ll just add a few comments. Firebird: There is so much to love about this ballet, and Magri danced very well. Just imagine how stunning it must have seemed when it first appeared in 1910! The music, as well as the dancing, was magical and compelling. Month in the Country: I didn’t remember how funny this is, in spite of the underlying sadness. There were a couple of laugh out loud moments (such as when Vera and Natalia were having a jealous spat over Beliaev). Hallberg looked handsome enough to be a convincing lady-magnet, and came across as a bit of a bounder until the moving closing scene. Osipova was perfect for the role IMO. Visually the ballet was a delight, except for the butler’s coat which for some reason was an over-strident shade of blue. Luca Acri managed to convey a childlike charm but this was belied by his large size – which spoiled my suspension of disbelief somewhat. The pianist, Kate Shipway, deserves a mention as this beautiful music is very demanding. Symphony in C - Fumi Kaneko’s mishap right at the beginning caused me to feel anxious for the rest of that movement (hoping she hadn’t hurt herself). After that I relaxed and was carried away on a wave of exquisite music and movement. This is a great showcase for the company and made me feel so proud of them. In the third movement Alexander Campbell was admirable and I could see no affectation so maybe he reads this forum and has amended his habits I did wish though that the female dancers weren’t of such varied heights because it distracted from the desired uniformity of some groupings. It’s worth noting that the student Bizet was only seventeen when he composed this symphony. Clever, eh? Afterwards we got on a riverboat to see an exhibition of the work of Firebird’s designer, Natalia Goncharova, at Tate Modern – well worth a visit! https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/natalia-goncharova And the film ‘Force of Nature Natalia’ has just come out: https://www.curzoncinemas.com/film-info/force-of-nature-natalia
  9. I just got an email saying they will announce plans tonight: https://northernballet.com/50years/live?utm_source=Northern+Ballet+newsletter&utm_campaign=c6de27eb40-Livestream+email+Golden+Announcement&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3c3bebf4a1-c6de27eb40-202426841
  10. No, the only Marston ballet I've seen is 'Victoria'. I'll look out for Jane Eyre if it appears within reach.
  11. To be fair, redshoesgirl2, the programme made it perfectly clear which medals Elena had or had not won. The fact she was in the winning Olympic team surely entitles her to be called a champion? I feel there was no excess boast or untruth intended. But as I indicated in my review, that doesn't make her a great dancer!
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