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  1. I am traveling and don’t have my notes with me, but I believe I saw Storm-Jensen do Lilac once in the last run and 4 or 5 times this season, and each time, her variation was far from well -executed. Lilac Fairy requires more than a statuesque build and a pretty face. In a company with the depth of talent the RB currently possesses, I find it incomprehensible that a dancer who cannot execute the choreography is continually cast in the role.
  2. And, unfortunately, Sunday’s performance of Raymonda has Indeed been canceled. So sorry for Muntagirov and all the disappointed ticket holders.
  3. Yes, Muntagirov is scheduled for the 22nd. BUT it looks extremely unlikely: the current version of the rolling warning of possible cancellations issued by the Opera runs through that date, and they’ve stopped selling tickets for the performance. I had originally booked for 6 & 19 December, but when I read about the forthcoming “unlimited” strike to begin on 5 December, I switched my first ticket from the 6th to the 3rd, and am very glad to have done so! I feel very lucky to have been able to see that performance.
  4. IIRC, she was scheduled to dance it, but was injured or ill and did not. (I remember sitting through a performance feeling very disappointed.)
  5. I think there's been some confusion here, to which I did not intend to contribute. I don't believe Friedemann Vogel was ever listed for the London gala; the list in my earlier post is from the FB page of Daniele Cipriani, the producer of the Etoiles gala in ROME. Here's the cast list for the ROME gala as shown on the ROME theatre's website (https://en.auditorium.com/evento/les_etoiles-20147.html😞😞 Elisa Badenes (Balletto di Stoccarda)Sergio Bernal (Balletto Nazionale di Spagna)Young Gyu Choi (Dutch National Ballet)Aurélie Dupont (Opéra di Parigi) 25-26 genRobert Fairchild (già New York City Ballet)Vadim Muntagirov (The Royal Ballet di Londra)Marianela Nuñez (The Royal Ballet di Londra)Yanela Piñera (Queensland Ballet di Brisbane)Denis Rodkin (Teatro Bolshoi di Mosca)Luis Valle (Balletto dell'Opera di Nizza)Friedemann Vogel (Balletto di Stoccarda)ed altre stelle dal mondo As I said earlier, I've seen a description of the Rome gala listing Novikova (plus Sarafanov, Alexandrova and Lantratov) that turns up on Internet searches that I believe describes the last gala (i.e., in January 2019).
  6. Don Q Fan, where did you see Novikova listed for the 2020 Rome gala? I have seen a listing for the 2019 gala floating around the Internet, which includes her name, but here's the 2020 roster from the producer's Facebook page: 24 - 25 - 26 gennaio - MARIANELA NUNEZ | Royal Ballet di Londra24 - 25 - 26 gennaio - FRIEDEMANN VOGEL | Stuttgart Ballet24 - 25 - 26 gennaio - ELISA BADENES | Stuttgart Ballet24 - 25 - 26 gennaio - YANELA PINERA | Queensland Ballet24 - 25 - 26 gennaio - VADIM MUNTAGIROV | Royal Ballet24 - 25 - 26 gennaio - LUIS VALLE | Opéra de Nice24 - 25 - 26 gennaio - SERGIO BERNAL ALONSO | Ballet Nacional de España25 e 26 gennaio - AURELIE DUPONT | Opéra de Paris24 - 25 - 26 gennaio - DENIS RODKIN | Teatro Bolshoi di Mosca24 - 25 - 26 gennaio - ELEONORA SEVENARD | Teatro Bolshoi di Mosca24 - 25 - 26 gennaio - ROBERT FAIRCHILD | già New York City Ballet24 - 25 - 26 gennaio - YOUNG GYU CHOI | Dutch National Ballet24 - 25 - 26 gennaio - OLEG IVENKO | Compagnia di Stato di Opera e Balletto di Kazan As for Ballet Icons, while the list may look similar to the list for the last gala, that actual performance featured very few of the dancers originally promised. I hope the audience has better luck in January.
  7. If anyone has an extra seat with a decent view of the stage, please!
  8. For sale: SCS D9 for Coppelia (Magri, Corrales) on 30 December at 2 pm, 10GBP. If interested, please post here AND send PM.
  9. I saw nearly the original NYCB cast of DAAG (everyone except for Jonathan Prinz) several times, and then over the years with some additional changes but several of the core dancers remaining, and always loved it. As I did some subsequent performances with wonders like the young Gelsey Kirkland. And I saw nearly the original RB cast (everyone except, I think, for Jonathan Kelly), and time stood still. What a glorious performance! If I could magically go back in time and see again only five of the thousands of performances I've seen, that would be one of them. So I greatly anticipated the RB's revival, but I found the two performances I saw in the first cycle disappointing and flat. (To be fair, I've seen many other DAAG performances by other companies, including NYCB, in the last two decades or so that featured individual performances of brilliance, but were in their entirety unsatisfying.) I had been planning to skip the Marston/Scarlett program. There are a number of RB dancers, though, that I'd love to see in DAAG, and I suspect many of them will be cast, although not necessarily in the roles I would choose for them. (Casting may well be subject to the wishes of the Robbins Trust stagers.) So I think I will wait until casting is announced, and then if scheduling works and decent tickets are available, give it another chance.
  10. I travel independently to Moscow several times a year, and do not find it difficult. My Russian speaking is quite limited, but I do read Cyrillic. The Bolshoi Theatre puts tickets on sale roughly 3 months before the performance. Under the system initiated last season to solve the scalping problem, buyers purchasing during the first two weeks the performance is on sale are required to submit passport details, and a certificate, rather than the ticket itself, is issued, which must then be exchanged by the purchaser, who is asked to present passport and credit card, at one of the theatre's box offices, for the ticket. It's an extra step, but not very cumbersome.
  11. DQF, if I recall correctly, the Esmeralda performed by the Staatsballett Berlin was an abridged, 2-act version of the Bolshoi's 3-act version. Both productions were the work of Yuri Burlaka and Vasily Medvedev. Esmeralda has been out of the Bolshoi rep since Burlaka's tenure, and I fear that it will not be performed there again in my lifetime.
  12. I am selling the following SCS tickets for the Bolshoi engagement at the ROH: 13/8: Swan Lake SC D-15 16/8: Don Quixote SC D-9 Each ticket is 15 GBP. If interested, please post here and PM me.
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