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Ingrid

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  1. Thoughts on the cinema relay: About the production, I think I liked it better now than the other version I’ve seen from 10+ years ago. I agree 100% about what was said regarding the lighting and the buildings occupying too much space on stage. I hope the RB plan on a future revamp on this ballet cause I think there is space for that to happen ( both in narrative/story, as in dance and production design). I do like all the costumes for the show, I think they changed Franz last costume in act 3 which I liked, but I wouldn’t mind seeing them change a bit. Overall I find this staging a wonderful opportunity for the women of the company, and the decision to put for this cinema relay new faces in all kinds of roles was a great one. As Swanilda, Marianela Nunez was captivating and funny! I thought her mime and acting was fabulous just as her interaction with Vadim’s Franz. Was surprised with how much I loved Vadim in this role, not for the dancing ( I knew he would be spectacular) but for his acting. Bravo for both. Avis is also a treasure! So lucky to have him still with the company and hopefully for many more years to come. In act one the dancers that caught my attention were Teo Dubreil and Romany Padjak. As some have said before, Mayara Magri does make the most of the roles given to her, as soon as she entered the stage as Peasant Girl it was like she was a ray of sunshine and she completely dominated the place with her personality. Definitely elevated the ending of act 1. Can not wait to hear about her Swanilda debut here on the forum!! In act 3 we had more ”new” faces. The dancers who caught my attention here were Leticia Dias, Yu Hang, Sae Maeda, Sumina Sasaki, Nadia Mullova-Barley, Amelia Townsend and Charlotte Tonkinson. I loved Claire Calvert as Dawn. Beautiful feet and lines. She looks much better in this than she ever felt ( to me) as the lilac fairy, where it looks like she is doing more of a series of steps - where you “feel” the difficulty of the steps when you shouldn’t. About Annette Buvoli, She is a lovely dancer and I hope we get to see more of her in the future, was very happy she got this chance to dance Prayer. She had the loveliest hands through out the performance and such a serene look to her eyes. Brava. Great pas de deux to close act 3 by Vadim and Nunez. Showing great technique and security in all the steps. Agree with everyone that pointed it out Vadim’s black leggings and how that wasn’t favoured by the camera. If I remember anything else I will add it later.
  2. I don’t mind the self promotion of professional dancers tbh (to a point ) so in that regard I haven’t actually unfollowed anyone I was already following before. I do have a problem with this image certain dancers ( professionals and/or amateurs) try to send of ballet and how “great” you are in it as something that is reduced to the number of pirouettes one can make and also how it affects the younger and infinitely more impressionable generation of dancers. Especially because all that is being posted goes through a lot of editing, meaning vast majority don’t post how many times they tried something before achieving it on film. I do think it’s a problem when young dancers watching those videos ( or trying to partake in it ) think that is what will make them become or be admired as a great dancer.
  3. @bridiem I don't know the film's schedule but I don't think it is going to be too time consuming given that the movie is being shot since August and he's in the cast sheet since then.
  4. More than I year I think. Hopefully she comes back and doesn't have to go through another injury like that till the rest of her career.
  5. You can find all the news regarding the movie Olga ( Olga Spessivtseva) here: http://films.gielgud.com/news/ and also on the imdb page here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9437334/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1 Xander Parish and Wayne Sleep are also attached to the movie.
  6. The school is a very prestigious one in Rio de Janeiro. As Mayara has explained in interviews she gained a scholarship to study there through a social project the school holds. Ballet is quite expensive here in Brazil so for her that support and later guidance of teachers made a lot of difference in her life. We have amazing dancers here but it’s usually through competition that they have any chance to be part of a big company, that’s why many are prepared to participate in such events, in the hopes of a scholarship to schools like the RBS or an offer of contract. There are exceptions of course but usually our dancers have some connections to competitions like the YAPG or Prix, Mayara Magri being the first brazilian one to win the later. Petite Danse has another former student in the RBS ( maybe a future company member?) his name is Denilson Almeida and you can catch him in this years World Ballet Day rehearsing the 2nd Movement. He also appeared last year during the streaming.
  7. I love this pic ( and costume) of Laura Morera as the fairy of the Golden Vine.
  8. I don’t know about twice bigger on stage but on the picture @Rob S posted she doesn’t look that way, even Calvert whose had 10 years for us (me) to get used to wearing that costume I still find it an odd design. The Woodland Glade and Enchanted Garden one are not far behind as the worse costumes of this production. To your point, Magri did look more slender on the Princess Florine costume yesterday though and I think that’s because the waist has a simpler design and not full of ( unnecessary) big petals crossing the torso like the Lilac has. But to be honest I don’t like any of the main fairies “new” costumes. The old version ones were superior in my opinion. I hope they do a redesign of the costumes in the years to come.
  9. Good Call @capybara! From everything I've heard he had a fabulous debut as Rudolph, and I think he even said in interview that that's his favourite role. So I'm sure he would be up for he challenge. Since I've only had access to DVD's in relation to Mayerling, my top 2 would be Ed Watson and Irek Mukhamedov.
  10. I was reading an article about the premiere of the movie in San Francisco and after the screening they had a Q&A with the director Michael Nunn where he said that “he and Trevitt envisaged shooting other ballets in this style. The idea, he explained, is to have a MacMillan Trilogy, with Manon and Mayerling as candidates for next instalments. Both seem perfect choices. Let’s hope Ed Watson is still around and dancing Prince Rudolph then.” Here is to hoping. link of the article for anyone interested in reading the whole piece: http://www.theballetbag.com/2019/11/15/week-of-dance-movies-in-san-francisco/
  11. You beat me to it @Toria. Like you I was more offended with The Observer thinking that this the kind of writing that will attract more people our age to read their paper.
  12. I remember sending a bunch of suggestions to the ROH website team months ago. One of the suggestions was related to the announcements of the shows ( or things related to cast change for example) as a pop up in the inferior corner of the page that you could either minimize or close. The other one was putting a head shot of the dancers with their names on the page destined to the dancers ( like literally all the other companies do). Another thing is that since they changed the websote I have no idea how to naturally get to said page ( unless I look up for it specifically on google).
  13. They usually just stay up there @JNC. I don't remember they ever removing an insight video. So be sure you'll be able to check it out later 😉. One of my favourite parts of WBD was Magri's rehearsal of Coppelia. In specific Swanilda's awakening scene (her eyes looked so alive and wondrous, quite lovely) and when she did the slow penché ( she even got an wow from Stephen Wicks ). My other favourite part was definitely all the music played during the warm up class, and getting a sneak peak on Ferri ( who I assume is there for The Dante Project, though nothing has been confirmed). I hope we see others too. I believe she said they would be rehearsing the wedding pas de deux but also solos. So it could be more than them.
  14. @Dawnstar I have noticed how this weekend a bunch of RB dancers have congratulated the company as a whole on social media for going through this crazy week and basically making it work. And I get it that their schedule is crazy right now but I do think certain roles should be announced together with the leading couple, i.e. Lilac Fairy and Carabosse.
  15. Great interview! Mayara is one of my top favourite dancers at the RB ( I like them all but have a few favourite ones ). I’m very happy that she will be dancing Swanilda and Odile/Odette, and I hope I’m available to travel to go watch her debut in Swan Lake 🤗.
  16. From her social media it seems like Hayley was rehearsing for this role before Olivia’s injury so I would say they are unrelated. Her name is on the programme from the photo @Dawnstar posted here ( it’s her maiden name - Forskitt) for tonight performance with Hayward and Campbell.
  17. I guess people will be rewarded with another Hayward/Campbell/Magri/Corrales performance. 🤗
  18. Hayley Forskitt is a former RB dancer, she is married to Brian Maloney, who is a class teacher with the Royal Ballet and former soloist. There is an interview with her where she talks about deciding to retire to raise her kids. I believe her last role before retiring was Carabosse. https://tothepointemagazine.wixsite.com/tothepointemagazine/single-post/2017/06/26/To-The-Pointe-Meets-Hayley-Maloney-Forskitt
  19. Isn't that the reason (meaning the diversity of roles and repertoire) why so many principal dancers in smaller companies later join a bigger company ( like William Bracewell did ) or in the case of the Vaganova school students some prefer the Bolshoi over the Mariinksy? It would be great if the dancers had on average 3 performances to find and develop their roles but I understand that KOH tries his best to give his dancers oportunities, and many dancers have said in interviews ( in english and others in their native language) how much they appreciate his efforts to do so.
  20. Apparently Magri and O’Sullivan were also Florestan sisters ( with Hay as Florestan).
  21. I’m gonna write my thoughts on the triple bill over the weekend but couldn’t pass up saying that I wish Magri was up for variation 4 on the cinema relay after all the rave reviews she received. From what I read in pretty much all the reviews is that she was the one who was really swinging and going for it.
  22. It's sad that they don't do that anymore (unless it's for the cinema relay).
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