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  1. Totally agree with Bruce Wall about Khaniukova and Cirio tonight - a class act!
  2. I saw the Friday evening performance with Katja Khaniukova and Jeffrey Cirio in the main roles and Erik Woolhouse as a splendid Ali. I agree with Irmgard that there were many wow moments and Khaniukova's technique looked so effortless - I noticed too the balances with the leg coming in front at the end. She deserves to be nominated for best female dancer, not forgetting her acting as Frieda Kahlo earlier this year and she also merits principal status.
  3. Has the Bolshoi press release got their am and pm mixed up? - previously it was about 7am UK time (which is 9am Moscow time?)
  4. It is only about 5 minutes from Canning Town station - you have to get the right exit signed London City island and then a lift. And its just over the red coloured bridge. There is a place called The Grocer just a bit further along the development which is somewhere for a meal, drink or coffee rather than being a deli - but I think ENB might open their little bar area in the reception to encourage people to go inside.
  5. Thanks, Sim Will try and get there - ROH won't quite seem the same.
  6. The only use of Sadlers should be references to Walsall's football team.
  7. Full information gets released on 20 August but it looks like the following ballet connected venues will take part: Clifton Lodge and Violet Needham Chapel, St Margarets nr Twickenham Home of Rambert School 21 and 22nd pre book tours 1300-1600 and performances 21st at 1430 and 1600 English National Ballet, London City Island pre book tours 21 and 22nd to be confirmed Here East, Olympic Park 21st tours 1000-1700 to include Studio Wayne McGregor and other studios? LAMDA, 155 Talgarth Road (Royal Ballet School 1947-2003) 21st pre book tours 1000-1600 Rambert, South Bank 21st tours 1100-1500 The White House, Park View Road, Ealing 21 and 22nd 1000-1600 Ballet performance TBC at 1400 both days in reimagined Polish palace Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Pavlova connections 21 and 22nd pre book tours pre booked events get heavily contested as soon as website opens www.openhouselondon.org.uk
  8. The 19 isn't changing and all that is happening to the 341 is that it will go via Farringdon rather than Chancery Lane so probably useful for Sadlers Wells.
  9. There are a great many bus changes in central London the weekend after next. I have some sympathy for the Mayor (not that I live in London) in that the large central Government grant was withdrawn - maybe it might not have happened with a Tory Mayor - the Mayor committed to a fares freeze, so he has little options but to juggle services. He was also banking on lots of extra money from Crossrail and that isnt happening for a while. I think in the case of the RV1 it was set up through partnerships redeveloping the south bank and eventually the money runs out. Because TfL stopped proper maps, you could buy one of the independent little maps produced by a brilliant guy called Mike Harris costing £2 from a few outlets such as the LT museum shop or his Greater London Bus Map website - I gather a new edition about 15 June. - but get some good glasses to read it. PS - route 4 wont go near Covent Garden/Aldwych either.
  10. Hi You can sit with me in back row Stalls , lots of leg room. Can meet you there?
  11. Nora is Stina Quagebeur's first piece on the main stage and having seen some of rehearsal process I was nervous about how the Wells stage would be filled with only 3 characters and 5 "voices" floating in and out expressing Nora's inner thoughts and conflicts. It must be difficult to work in a small studio at close quarters and yet create something that can engage in a large space where most of the audience see it from above in varying degrees. My doubts were of course entirely unfounded and I thought the compressed drama and story telling worked extremely well from all angles. Part of this is down to a triangular floor covering and the minimal but effective use of 3 frames to suggest the house but also create some perspective and diagonal. Also the choice of the Glass Tirol concerto was inspired. Stina has said that she is trying to steer a course between classical and contemporary - pointe shoes but not perfect arabesques etc - to make it more approachable. I think she has been influenced enormously by Akram Khan from helping create his Giselle. Credit also ought to go to Crystal Costa who seems to understand what Stina is looking for and works incredibly hard to achieve it. One advantages of choreography by a company member and they have worked together before. I can see why some of the audience might have thought it was a love triangle but I agree with other comments that sometimes less is more. When I first saw Romeo and Juliet I couldn't work out why Juliet woke up after taking her drug but didn't hang around to see if Romeo would do the same! Why did the prince fall in love with a white swan and then turn up with a black swan in tow? More research needed... For me Stina is a huge talent as choreographer, character artist and dancer and deserves more chances. She embodies the Belgian qualities of the thought of Hercule Poirot, the adventure of Tintin and the musicality of Jacques Brel.
  12. The ones furthest away from the stage are good but are priced more than the others where you will probably have to lean forward.
  13. Viviana Durante Company will be performing McMillan's The Seven Deadly Sins at Wilton's Music Hall 8-18 May with Weimar specialist Meow Meow and RB Principal Laura Morera. Cast will also include other dancers and guest RB principals. https://www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/522-?dm_i=1EXC,63M8B,7B2O6O,NYJY9,1
  14. Thank you Bruce - hope to see you there
  15. After some looking, we managed to get a programme at the end of the performance. The full credits are: 1. Gyorgy Ligeti : Musica Ricercata no1 2. Flair : Choreography - Demis Volpi ; Music - Gyorgy Ligeti : Musica Ricercata no2 3. Philip Glass : Etude no2 4. Momentum : Choreography - Herman Cornejo ; Music - Philip Glass : Etude no16 5. Domenico Scarlatti : Sonata in A minor K54 6. Witness : Choreography - Wayne McGregor ; Music - Nils Frahm : Immerse! 7. Erik Satie : Gnossienne no4 8. JS Bach : Arrangement for piano by Alexander Siloti : Prelude in B minor 9. Senza Tempo : Choreography - Fang-Yi Sheu ; Music - JS Bach Gottes Zeit ist die Allerbeste Zeit 10. Philip Glass : Etudes nos 5+6 11. Entwine : Choreography - Russell Maliphant ; Music - Philip Glass : Metamorphosis Two 12. Frederic Chopin : Nocturne in B flat minor no1 op9 13 from Le Parc : Choreography - Angelin Preljocaj ; Music - WA Mozart : Adagio from Concerto no 23 in A major K488 In the Q&A afterwards they said they might change the incidental music if the mood took them!
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