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  1. Just a note to say that I see the casting for the Bolshoi season at the ROH has now been (quietly) updated given Lantratov's sad departure from the roster. Vasiliev is out of the first Don Q ... indeed will not appear in that production now at all ... but holds to three of his four previously noted performances. There are a number of shifts in other listings and so if you bought a ticket to see a particular dancer it might be wise to take another peek. I should perhaps note - in light of the thunder thigh debate - that Alexander Campbell does not - with regret - appear in any of the re-arrangements.
  2. Actually I think he, like Muntagirov, Sambe and Ball are ones that could well - even now - do both Lensky and Oneign with commanding justice. Ball truly has shown himself a principal for all and ever more varied seasons. Certainly I think ever rising artistes such as Naghdi, O'Sullivan and Hayward could certainly enact and dance both Olga and Titania with richly unique results. SUCH great assets. I would love to see Sissens, Hay and, perhaps, Dixon and Donnelly (given the number of performances) be given a crack at Lensky. On the cusp - and depending on his partnering stealth - I'd love to see Węgrzyn be given a Lensky shake. So much to look forward to. After what I think is a break-out season for him I would love to see Edmunds be given a chance at the title role perhaps aside (after her fine Juliet and Girl in Two Pigeons) Stix-Brunnell. I have a feeling he might well succeed in this. His partnering acuity has garnered considerable stealth recently.
  3. Ivy Lin, I am inclined to agree with you. That said the majority of people on this particular board will not have had the advantage of seeing those performances - be they in R&J or otherwise. Both had feet in their relative balletic youth that not only danced this and other roles but taught them for a hungry audience. Those studded depictions - as you suggest - in the fulfilling finery of their once exquisitely focused instruments - are now ultimately rooted in terms of ultimate precision = in past memories of those privileged to hold them. Elements survive, of course, for those who - having the luxury of past experience - can be sentimental over such. For others I fear - especially in the case of Hallberg - that is .. or, perhaps more aptly, will be ... in large part impossible. Both - again as you suggest - have grabbed onto other elements as a stand unto which to toss their compensatory hats. That is understandable. It is just, I fear, not the same be it in R&J or anything else. Apart from the other night in the MacMillan I saw them recently in Munich in Cranko's Oneign and felt very much the same way. I fear Hallberg was - and please forgive me - simply far too effete. I don't know how else to put it. In Cranko's last act - while it was certainly attacked with an overweening sincerity - he appeared as a kind of over-milked and toasted Anthony Eden. Not my idea of an Oneign. As I noted elsewhere Osipova appeared much better off - and danced with much more communicating assurance - aside Catasaro's (ex-NYCB) Gremin. Their conversation = for that is what I believe a PDD to be - certainly had much more abiding clarity of character. Personally I just hope that when it comes to the casting of next season's RB Oneign that Osipova dances with a dedicated Royal Ballet Company member. There are SUCH fine ones. I would love to see her dance with someone who could challenge her in (what I perceive to be) a rightful manner and I (as a historic fan) believe she (as much as the Company and its dedicated audience) fully deserves. She made a far greater fist of it with Matthew Golding. If she MUST have a guest partner perhaps they could bring him back ... or Jason Reilly as I've already suggested here. Sadly I just don't think Hallberg is justified at this point in time - and I say that having once admired him as Romeo and in other roles. When making these decisions surely O'Hare has to look at/balance the Company as a whole and not just the placation of but a very few. He is, as we all know, so strong in so many other areas.
  4. Think you mean, Colas, Yumiko. Ricardo was a very good one as I recall and he and Morera were always a truly delightful combo ...
  5. Agree vis a vis Macfarlane and Muntagirov - Also pleased to see Anna Laudere receive the recognition she certainly deserves.
  6. Highly speculative, of course. There are so many talents that deserve recognition. I would imagine that Sambe, O'Sullivan and Sissens must be high on any promotion list. It will be interesting to see what the situation with Corrales is. Were it not for his unfortunate injury I would have definitely added Bracewell to the list. He has done stellar work this season.
  7. If anyone has a single standing place for the final mixed bill performance at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, 21st May I'd love to buy it from you. Please PM me and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Much thanks for your kind consideration.
  8. Sadler's Wells Wednesday, May 29, 2019 – 7:30 pm Program A Shostakovich Trilogy Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky Music: Dmitri Shostakovich Conductor: Martin West Symphony #9 Jennifer Stahl, Aaron Robison Dores Andre, Joseph Walsh Wei Wang Chamber Symphony Ulrik Birkkjer Sasha De Sola Mathilde Froustey Yuan Yuan Tan Piano Concerto No. 1 Sofiane Sylve, Carlo Di Lanno Wona Park, Angelo Greco Learn More Buy Tickets Thursday, May 30, 2019 – 7:30 pm Program A Shostakovich Trilogy Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky Music: Dmitri Shostakovich Conductor: Martin West Symphony #9 Mathilde Froustey, Luke Ingham Sasha De Sola, Esteban Hernandez Hansuke Yamamoto Chamber Symphony Aaron Robison Jahna Frantziskonis Dores Andre Jennifer Stahl Piano Concerto No. 1 Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets Isabella DeVivo, Vitor Luiz Learn More Buy Tickets Friday, May 31, 2019 – 7:30 pm Program B Conductor: Martin West The Infinite Ocean Choreography: Edwaard Liang Music: Oliver Davis Violinist: Cordula Merks Sofiane Sylve, Tiit Helimets Yuan Yuan Tan, Vitor Luiz Snowblind Choreography: Cathy Marston Music: Amy Beach, Philip Feeney, Arthur Foote, and Arvo Pärt Piano: Mungunchimeg Buriad Ethan Frome: Ulrik Birkkjaer Zeena Frome: Jennifer Stahl Mattie Silver: Mathilde Froustey Björk Ballet Choreography: Arthur Pita Music: Björk Gudmundsdottir, Alejandro Ghersi, and Sjón Carmela Mayo Dores Andre Elizabeth Powell Joseph Walsh Luke Ingham Ulrik Birkkjaer Learn More Buy Tickets Saturday, June 1, 2019 – 2:30 pm Program B The Infinite Ocean Choreography: Edwaard Liang Music: Oliver Davis Conductor: Martin West Violinist: Cordula Merks Sofiane Sylve, Tiit Helimets Yuan Yuan Tan, Vitor Luiz Snowblind Choreography: Cathy Marston Music: Amy Beach, Philip Feeney, Arthur Foote, and Arvo Pärt Conductor: Ming Luke Piano: Mungunchimeg Buriad Ethan Frome: Ulrik Birkkjaer Zeena Frome: Jennifer Stahl Mattie Silver: Mathilde Froustey Björk Ballet Choreography: Arthur Pita Music: Björk Gudmundsdottir, Alejandro Ghersi, and Sjón Conductor: Ming Luke Miranda Silveira Dores Andre Elizabeth Powell Joseph Walsh Luke Ingham Ulrik Birkkjaer Learn More Buy Tickets Saturday, June 1, 2019 – 7:30 pm Program B Conductor: Martin West The Infinite Ocean Choreography: Edwaard Liang Music: Oliver Davis Violinist: Cordula Merks Sofiane Sylve, Tiit Helimets Yuan Yuan Tan, Vitor Luiz Snowblind Choreography: Cathy Marston Music: Amy Beach, Philip Feeney, Arthur Foote, and Arvo Pärt Piano: Mungunchimeg Buriad Ethan Frome: Ulrik Birkkjaer Zeena Frome: Jennifer Stahl Mattie Silver: Mathilde Froustey Björk Ballet Choreography: Arthur Pita Music: Björk Gudmundsdottir, Alejandro Ghersi, and Sjón Carmela Mayo Dores Andre Elizabeth Powell Wei Wang Luke Ingham Ulrik Birkkjaer Learn More Buy Tickets Sunday, June 2, 2019 – 4:00 pm Program A Shostakovich Trilogy Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky Music: Dmitri Shostakovich Conductor: Martin West Symphony #9 Jennifer Stahl, Aaron Robison Dores Andre, Max Cauthorn Lonnie Weeks Chamber Symphony Joseph Walsh Isabella DeVivo Elizabeth Powell Sasha De Sola Piano Concerto No. 1 WanTing Zhao, Vladislav Kozlov Wona Park, Angelo Greco Learn More Buy Tickets Wednesday, June 5, 2019 – 7:30 pm Program C Bespoke Choreography: Stanton Welch Music: J.S. Bach Conductor: Martin West Violinist: Cordula Merks Mathilde Froustey, Sasha De Sola, Jennifer Stahl Wona Park, Isabella DeVivo, Ellen Rose Hummel Angelo Greco, Carlo Di Lanno, Jaime Garcia Castilla Esteban Hernandez, Alexandre Cagnat, Lonnie Weeks Hummingbird Choreography: Liam Scarlett Music: Philip Glass Conductor: Martin West Piano: Natasha Feygina Sasha De Sola, Angelo Greco Yuan Yuan Tan, Luke Ingham Dores Andre, Joseph Walsh Hurry Up, We're Dreaming Choreography: Justin Peck Music: M83 Dores Andre, Joseph Walsh Elizabeth Powell, Luke Ingham Gabriela Gonzalez, Ulrik Birkkjaer Learn More Buy Tickets Thursday, June 6, 2019 – 7:30 pm Program D Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem Choreography: Trey McIntyre Music: Chris Garneau Benjamin Freemantle Isabella DeVivo, Sasha De Sola, Jennifer Stahl Steven Morse, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Alexandre Cagnat, Esteban Hernandez, Lonnie Weeks Bound To Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon Music: Keaton Henson Conductor: Martin West Dores Andre, Jennifer Stahl, Yuan Yuan Tan, Sasha De Sola, Isabella DeVivo Jaime Garcia Castilla, Lonnie Weeks, Carlo Di Lanno, Angelo Greco, Benjamin Freemantle Anima Animus Choreography: David Dawson Music: Ezio Bosso Conductor: Martin West Violinist: Cordula Merks Wona Park, Sofiane Sylve Joseph Walsh, Carlo Di Lanno, Luke Ingham, Wei Wang Elizabeth Powell, Skyla Schreter, Kamryn Baldwin, Elizabeth Mateer Learn More Buy Tickets Friday, June 7, 2019 – 7:30 pm Program D Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem Choreography: Trey McIntyre Music: Chris Garneau Benjamin Freemantle Isabella DeVivo, Sasha De Sola, Jennifer Stahl Steven Morse, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Alexandre Cagnat, Esteban Hernandez, Lonnie Weeks Bound To Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon Music: Keaton Henson Conductor: Martin West Dores Andre, Jennifer Stahl, Yuan Yuan Tan, Sasha De Sola, Isabella DeVivo Jaime Garcia Castilla, Lonnie Weeks, Carlo Di Lanno, Angelo Greco, Benjamin Freemantle Anima Animus Choreography: David Dawson Music: Ezio Bosso Conductor: Martin West Violinist: Cordula Merks Wona Park, Sofiane Sylve Joseph Walsh, Carlo Di Lanno, Luke Ingham, Wei Wang Elizabeth Powell, Skyla Schreter, Kamryn Baldwin, Elizabeth Mateer Learn More Buy Tickets Saturday, June 8, 2019 – 2:00 pm Program C Bespoke Choreography: Stanton Welch Music: J.S. Bach Conductor: Ming Luke Violinist: Cordula Merks WanTing Zhao, Sasha De Sola, Jennifer Stahl Wona Park, Thamires Chuvas, Ellen Rose Hummel Esteban Hernandez, Steven Morse, Jaime Garcia Castilla Wei Wang, Alexandre Cagnat, Lonnie Weeks Hummingbird Choreography: Liam Scarlett Music: Philip Glass Conductor: Ming Luke Piano: Natasha Feygina Jasmine Jimison, Steven Morse Lauren Strongin,Vitor Luiz Isabella DeVivo, Jaime Garcia Castilla Hurry Up, We're Dreaming Choreography: Justin Peck Music: M83 Ellen Rose Hummel, Wei Wang Isabella DeVivo, Henry Sidford Norika Matsuyama, Hansuke Yamamoto Learn More Buy Tickets Saturday, June 8, 2019 – 7:30 pm Program C Bespoke Choreography: Stanton Welch Music: J.S. Bach Conductor: Ming Luke Violinist: Cordula Merks Mathilde Froustey, Sasha De Sola, Jennifer Stahl Wona Park, Isabella DeVivo, Ellen Rose Hummel Angelo Greco, Carlo Di Lanno, Jaime Garcia Castilla Esteban Hernandez, Alexandre Cagnat, Lonnie Weeks Hummingbird Choreography: Liam Scarlett Music: Philip Glass Conductor: Ming Luke Piano: Natasha Feygina Sasha De Sola, Angelo Greco Yuan Yuan Tan, Luke Ingham Dores Andre, Joseph Walsh Hurry Up, We're Dreaming Choreography: Justin Peck Music: M83 Dores Andre, Joseph Walsh Elizabeth Powell, Luke Ingham Gabriela Gonzalez, Ulrik Birkkjaer
  9. Cast for The Royal Ballet's Mayerling: https://www.musiccenter.org/tickets/events-by-the-music-center/Glorya-Kaufman-Dance/1819-season/royal-ballet/ July 5 Cast Ryoichi Hirano, Natalia Osipova, Sarah Lamb, Kristen McNally, Francesca Hayward, Marianela Nuñez, Alexander Campbell, Christopher Saunders, Gary Avis July 6 Cast Matthew Ball, Sarah Lamb, Laura Morera, Itziar Mendizabal, Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Mayara Magri, James Hay, Gary Avis, Nehemiah Kish July 7 Cast Thiago Soares, Lauren Cuthbertson, Itziar Mendizabal, Lara Turk, Anna Rose O’Sullivan, Claire Calvert, Paul Kay, Alastair Marriott, Gary Avis
  10. Nice breakdown of the Kennedy Center 2019/20 season here. Another poster has elsewhere kindly listed the Hong Kong Ballet 2019/20 season (via her own website) but will also post the Company announcement here as it falls under this strand's jurisdiction. Interesting brand pictures can additionally be seen here.
  11. Also teo dubreuil and David Donnelly were stunning as the male soloist double in Hour - replacing Nichol Edmunds and Tomas Monk - who last night were equally thrilling. Edmunds was replaced by Ella as a soldier in Medusa. .... Oh, dear ... a multitude writing at the same time it seems ...
  12. I just spotted this too, Angela. Surprised in a way there hadn't been more outrage in London on the occasion of the Palladium programme. Still, perhaps - in that instance - (e.g., a - and please forgive the pun - straight commercial rental) - it may well provide the very best defence to let this barking dog lie. Seems he - more often than not - is all too good at (metaphysically speaking) hanging himself - or at very least tightening his own noose.
  13. Cesar Corrales was back confidently fighting fit as Romeo tonight. His hair - rather than cut I think - was parted differently (e.g., down the centre) and that allowed the fringe - like theatrical curtains - to be pulled aside to reveal all of his (on this occasion) fuller glory. He filled each and every moment with ardent precision and piercing theatricality. You could sense his increased confidence. It purred; it howled; it cajoled. It could be felt wrangling through the brilliantine nash of his summoning smile. I loved in the marriage sequence - as Juliet was pulled away by her nurse - how he violently snatched her back only to toy her up again in his own spontaneous trajectory. That t'was a fervent balcony of his own imagining. Like his Juliet, we too could but gaze agog at the intense zeal of his own desires. Ball was - as ever - brilliant - but it seems someone on staff has talked him out of the root of the wit of his caustically smiling genius of a Tybalt. Here he played - stunningly it has to be said - much more to convention. I so hope in time he can bring a bit more of his own back a la last Sat's Mat. It was - at least IMHO - truly magnificent. The ever clever Hay and that embodiment of charisma Sambe again glittered as Benvolio and Mercutio respectively. The thud of latter's death thrall was truly deadening. Even the dust rose in respect. Still for me the outstanding performance this evening - and perhaps some will laugh - will have been Joe Sissens leading the Mandolin Dance. Those crystal sharp feet of his entwined their merry selves in the mesh of his audience's rapture. We all saw pink I think in the midst of his rapid slices. What a buoyant thrill that was - and we can all rest assured that there is oh, so much more to look forward to from this quarter. Hayward really had to do nothing but respond - (and that's meant as a considerable compliment) - and that she pliantly did with a dewy wisdom and wide eyed grace. Hers was an incarnadine mystique. Indeed - in part as in whole - t'was another for the legend books ... Bring on the third.
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