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  1. Very cheering indeed and Steven McRae's sheer bravery is quite remarkable. It is also uplifting to reflect on the amazing treatment, care and support injured dancers get nowadays, for such long periods of time- and the whole team who helped Steven deserve a clap too.
  2. Speaking of injury- wishing Mr McRae good luck tonight...
  3. Very interesting, yes. I note Gerald Dowler's point that the choreography does not follow the music - they were separate creative processes, apparently. Is that really so in this case? I think it has always been my reservation about McGregor's work that his dance rarely seems to be made to the music- in contrast to the choreographers I most admire - it usually seems to use the music, or the sound, more as a backdrop.
  4. It is a great shame. Perhaps not surprising that people are not booking, given nerves, and given an unknown piece- surely this is the time for the well-loved classics- and many people will want to see the company they know and were not able to see, after all, for so long. It doesn't sound that good for the BRB dancers either...
  5. Good tip, thank you. Shame the website does not seem to be working at all at the moment.....
  6. Yes indeed......................... I am so much looking forward to some 'beautiful'.....'pure' and classical' ballets....which I would much prefer to see at the moment than any amount of powerful, passionate, heart-breaking, anguished, angst-ridden,emotional dramas.... Maybe I am alone in that but still.
  7. Now I think you're being unfair here...I am sure I remember there being a dining chair- or was it a table?? on stage at one point.........đŸ˜€
  8. I just had a few days away which involved taking the train to London Blackfriars and then walking to Waterloo- ( good way of avoiding the tube) When I got off, and saw St Paul's over the river, I burst into tears, which was v embarrassing and awkward in a mask: what a twit! I am a native Londoner and it has been so strange and sad to have had 14 months without going there. Like others posting here I now wonder why I didn't let myself have more of a life, but - who knows, it has been a difficult call.
  9. It's marvellous to be reading actual reviews of actual live performances again - even though I wasn't there: it feels like a big shift - thank you both!
  10. I don't think it means Katherine really hated the excellent Robertson Davies. The point is, I think, that in her professional search for the typical, the average, the representative Canadian language, his work was not helpful- as he is too original. I am sure she would in fact have very much appreciated his special genius. Such a sad loss to the forum.
  11. Exactly.....I do feel, it's important that I go on helping out now, if I want to look forward to a future for ballet. Possibly I am a pessimist, but there are so many problems for all the country's ballet companies in the future months- and years? - that I have my eye on the longer term rather than on getting what I want now ( which I haven't got....who has?)
  12. Many thanks indeed. Yes, it feels like more of a planning operation this time, and slightly worrying..-I am torn between nerves and excitement! Do you know if there will be intervals? I recall there not being any last summer, but that might have been my imagination...
  13. Feeling out of practice..does anyone know roughly the length of the programmes, and will there be intervals?
  14. Some of this makes me feel very uncomfortable. I rather wish many of the obituaries and articles, social media comments and so on, which comment very freely on matters not really in the public domain, stating 'facts' and opining on things they surely can't know the truth about, and which must be causing horrible pain to Scarlett's partner, friends and family, had followed the rules so clearly and wisely laid down by Sim at the head of this thread. Maybe there will come a time to discuss it but the time is not now. So Mods, feel free to delete this comment.....
  15. I will remember him talking about Swan Lake before it opened: he evidently really loved the ballet and everything about it. So much talent, so much love of ballet - gone. A sad and horrible loss in a very black time for ballet indeed. He achieved a lot for one so young.
  16. Did you enjoy the ice dance Dawnstar? I really did, and the winners certainly had a lovely flowing quality.... but as usual found myself going back to youtube to watch the performances of days gone by before it all got quite so frantic....
  17. I do so agree. it was a lot more artistic. It was also very pleasing to note the spirit of courtesy and sportsmanlike behaviour among the competitors. A real pleasure to watch.
  18. Precisely what I was thinking. It really wasn't attractive to watch Trusova at all, (I am sure a nice and certainly a VERY talented girl ) as opposed to the Austrian's fluid and graceful performance= for example.. I wish they properly valued the 'cohesive' quality Robin Cousins keeps talking about- which is meant to define the event: that is, the way all the elements, the music, costume, choreography, style and the technical elements can all work together to make a satisfying whole -and that should be the no 1 concern! not just: whizz round and round, bang, crash, wallop .. crash!- on your bum, jump up, whizz again etc. .. So even the Swedish 'joker'- not at all to my taste stylistically- seemed to me to score more highly than Trusova in doing what the event asks for. Some of the music was just wince-makingly awful. It was particularly sad to see the Russians so out of touch with their ballet heritage, and musical heritage. I still enjoyed the evening though! (lying on the sofa with a bag of mini eggs and a glass of wine, being self righteous....)
  19. Yes I know....not new, just much worse this year!
  20. Yes I agree..almost every time, you start to get into a performance, it gets interrupted in this jarring way and the commentators cries of 'Oh that's it. ouch' etc. But I think we're watching it as performance art when in fact it is sport I suppose. I really felt for the skaters this time with all the difficulties they have had to overcome. As Robin said- in a true under-statement- the world field was hardly a level playing field either : UK skaters as usual getting the worst of it with no facilities for months etc. as we seem unable to value and look after our talented people. Despite all that I still enjoyed it...the more artistic couples still thrilled me,- the Hungarians, the Canadians and the Chinese. Some of the musical choices beggar belief don't they. I put the Americans who butchered Rachmaninov straight in at no 20 and that Ave Maria...well.. ...and of course we always have to have a James Bond theme... Look forward to some more tomorrow. I can't watch ballet online but this is less serious to me and it's just fun really. Agree it would be even better if they would even out the technical standard and allow each couple to just perform. Wasn't the medals ceremony bizarre.
  21. I'm enjoying it very much- thanks again, I wouldn't even have known it was on!
  22. Thanks so much Dawnstar for alerting me- I had no idea this was on. However having struggled for half an hour with the zapper I can't get iplayer to show me anything..doesn't it start tomorrow? (not very good with these things)
  23. Reading the long, complicated and involved synopsis on wikipedia of this protracted saga, with numerous characters and endless twists and turns, I did chuckle at the thought of the likely bafflement of the audience.....and at the idea of another conflagration ending- (Frankenstein 2?) It seems a rather strange choice. But, it could be good, who knows. So much depends on the music.
  24. First time I go back I know I shall weep- all tips for how to cry safely in a mask welcome... Any Ashton gets my vote and Symphony in C to round off would be like a dream come true..
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