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  1. Did anyone attend the rehearsal today and if so are they willing/able to comment on any notable changes to Raven Girl? Or indeed Connectome. (Sorry not sure of the ettique re being able or not to comment on rehearsals before the actual production run -apologies if this is not the done thing!) I know Raven Girl was not all that popular last time around but I have to confess to really liking it and thinking it had great promise as a modern fairytale about transformation and longing to belong. On a practical note too I was wondering about the order in which the ballets will be shown an when the interval falls -i.e. in the midst of Raven Girl or between Connectome and Raven Girl.
  2. Well, the summer booking brochure lets slip the fact (owing to a big screen showing in September) that the RB's next season will begin with Romeo & Juliet. More than that, I don't know. When is the season being announced? It surely can't be long now. (And does that mean there's a Ring Cycle for the RO?)
  3. Disappointed to see so few appearances for Edward Watson in the forthcoming season. Whilst it is pleasing to have the return of Winter's Tale and I have just managed to get a ticket for Osipova in Romeo and Juliet, I don't want to see Raven Girl (once was more than enough) and Flight of a Faun left me cold last time. Poor Edward.
  4. Was at the dress rehearsal at ROH for the final Royal Ballet mixed bill of the season, featuring 'Afternoon of a Faun' and 'In the Night' both by Jerome Robbins, along with Kenneth MacMillan's masterpiece, 'Song of the Earth'. The season seems to have flashed by! anyhoo, here are a few photos: Afternoon of a Faun: Sarah Lamb, Federico Bonelli © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr In the Night: Thiago Soares, Marianela Nunez, Emma Maguire, Alexander Campbell, Zenaida Yanowsky, Nehemiah Kish © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Song of the Earth: Ryoichi Hirano, Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: Royal Ballet - mixed bill Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr By kind permission of the Royal Opera House
  5. Just noticed that casting is up..! http://www.roh.org.uk/mixed-programmes/afternoon-of-a-faun-in-the-night-song-of-the-earth Afternoon of a Faun 29 May: Bonelli, Lamb 30 May: Muntagirov, Hamilton 1 Jun: Muntagirov, Hamilton 4 Jun: Bonelli, Lamb In the Night 29 may: Maguire, Campbell, Yanowsky, Kish, Nunez, Soares 30 May: Lamb, Bonelli, Kobayashi, Hristov, Marques, Pennefather 1 Jun: Lamb, Bonelli, Kobayashi, Hristov, Marques, Pennefather 4 Jun: Maguire, Campbell, Yanowsky, Kish, Nunez, Soares Song of the Earth 29 may: Cuthbertson, Pennefather, Watson 30 May: Morera, Kish, McRae 1 Jun: Nunez, Acosta, Soares 4 Jun: Cuthbertson, Pennefather, Watson
  6. here is the details Autumn Season Deloitte Ignite 2014 Free opening festival curated by The Royal Ballet and Minna Moore Ede. Throughout September BalletBoyz theTALENT (Linbury Studio Theatre) Former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt and their award-winning troupe come to the Linbury Studio Theatre for the first time, with an all-new programme. 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 September at 7.45pm Manon By Kenneth MacMillan Music: Jules Massenet, orchestrated by Martin Yates Kenneth MacMillan’s acclaimed tragic ballet is a modern masterpiece. 26 September at 7.30pm; 27 September at 12.30pm; 30 September at 1pm 1 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 13 | 15 | 16† | 25 | 29 October at 7.30pm; 4 October at 2pm and 7pm; 5 October at 12 noon; 11 October at 12.30pm 1 November at 7pm † Live cinema relay Scènes de ballet / Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan / Symphonic Variations / A Month in the Country By Frederick Ashton Music: Igor Stravinsky / Johannes Brahms / Cèsar Franck / Fryderyk Chopin The Royal Ballet celebrates its Founder Choreographer, Frederick Ashton, with a mixed programme of some of his finest works. 18 October at 7pm; 22 | 28 October at 7.30pm 4 | 5 | 11 | 12 November at 7.30pm Ceremony of Innocence / The Age of Anxiety / Aeternum By Kim Brandstrup / NEW Liam Scarlett / Christopher Wheeldon Music: Benjamin Britten / Leonard Bernstein / Benjamin Britten A Scarlett world premiere and two recent works by Brandstrup and Wheeldon: contemporary ballet at its finest. 7 | 13 | 14 | 17 November at 7.30pm; 8 November at 2pm and 7pm Cassandra NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre) By Ludovic Ondiviela Music: Ana Silvera Choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela and singer songwriter Ana Silvera present a poignant exploration of what it is to be described as mad. 30 | 31 October at 7.45pm 1 November at 2pm Mapping / Document / Christopher Bruce (Linbury Studio Theatre) By Darshan Singh Bhuller / Ivgi & Greben / NEW Christopher Bruce Phoenix Dance Theatre Phoenix Dance Theatre presents a mixed programme including a Christopher Bruce premiere and works by Darshan Singh Bhuller and the choreographic duo Ivgi & Grebem. 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 November at 7.45pm Don Quixote By Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa Music: Ludwig Minkus, arranged and orchestrated by Martin Yates Carlos Acosta’s exuberant production of this classic tale of friendship, love and loyalty is bursting with joie de vivre. 25 | 27 | 28 November at 7.30pm 12 | 15 December at 7.30pm; 20 December at 1.30pm and 7pm; 29 December at 7pm; 30 December at 12.30pm 3 January at 1.30pm and 7pm; 5 | 7 | 8 | 14 | 19 | 21 | 22 January at 7.30pm Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland By Christopher Wheeldon Music: Joby Talbot, orchestrated by Christopher Austin and Joby Talbot Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s thrillingly entertaining ballet. 6 December at 1.30pm and 7pm; 10 | 16† December at 7.30pm; 19 December at 2pm and 7.30pm; 22 December at 12.30pm; 23 December at 1.30pm and 7pm; 24 December at 12 noon; 27 December at 1.30pm and 7pm; 31 December at 12 noon and 5pm 10 January at 7pm; 12 | 15 | 16 January at 7.30pm Welcome Performance for Families on 10 January at 1.30pm † Live cinema relay The Mad Hatter’s T Party NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre) ZooNation ZooNation burst onto the stage with their family Christmas show, a wonderfully wacky take on the madcap characters of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Previews: 6 December at 12.30pm and 5pm; 8 December at 7pm 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 December at 7pm; 13 | 20 | 22 | 23 | 27 December at 12.30pm and 5pm; 24 | 31 December at 12.30pm; 28 December at 2pm; 29 | 30 December at 5pm 2 | 3 January at 12.30pm and 5pm Winter Season Onegin By John Cranko Music: Kurt-Heinz Stolze after Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky John Cranko’s adaptation of Pushkin’s verse-novel, set to music by Tchaikovsky, trembles with emotional charge. 24 January at 2pm and 7pm; 27 | 28 | 30 January at 7.30pm; 31 January at 12.30pm 2 | 4 February at 7.30pm; 7 February at 12.30pm; 11 February at 2.30pm and 7.30pm; 16 | 18 February at 7.30pm; 27 February at 2.30pm and 7.30pm Swan Lake By Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, additional choreography by Frederick Ashton and David Bintley Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky Anthony Dowell’s production of the greatest romantic ballet draws upon the opulence of 1890s Russia. 10 | 13 February at 7.30pm; 14 February at 7pm; 19 February at 2pm and 7.30pm; 21 February at 1.30pm and 7pm 13 | 16 | 17† | 18 | 19 | 25 | 26 March at 7.30pm; 14 March at 12.30pm; 21 March at 1.30pm and 7pm 2 | 7 | 9 April at 7.30pm † Live cinema relay London International Mime Festival (Linbury Studio Theatre) The acclaimed annual festival returns to the Linbury Studio Theatre. TBC January Murmur / Inked (Linbury Studio Theatre) By Aakash Odedra Aakash Odedra dances an exhilarating mixed programme, created in collaboration with choreographers Lewis Major and Damien Jalet. 23 | 24 January at 7.45pm Draft Works (Linbury Studio Theatre) By The Royal Ballet Dancers from within the ranks of The Royal Ballet create and perform experimental new works. 24 | 26 February at 7.45pm Ballet Black (Linbury Studio Theatre) The award-winning company presents a dynamic mixed programme from leading choreographers. 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 February at 7.45pm Spring Season The Bayadère Project (Linbury Studio Theatre) By Shobana Jeyasingh Music: Gabriel Prokofiev In a new Royal Opera House commission Shobana Jeyasingh reimagines Marius Petipa’s India-set classical ballet. 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 March at 7.45pm The Four Temperaments / Hofesh Shechter / Song of the Earth By George Balanchine / NEW Hofesh Shechter / Kenneth MacMillan Music: Paul Hindemith / TBC / Gustav Mahler Masterpieces by Balanchine and MacMillan frame a world premiere from Hofesh Shechter in The Royal Ballet’s thrilling mixed programme. 27 | 30 March at 7.30pm 8 | 10 | 14 April at 7.30pm La Fille mal gardèe By Frederick Ashton Music: Ferdinand Hérold, arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery Frederick Ashton’s joyful ballet contains some of his most brilliant choreography. 16 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 28 | 29 April at 7.30pm; 26 April at 3pm 2 May at 2pm and 7pm; 5† May at 7.30pm † Live cinema relay Summer Season Woolf Works NEW By Wayne McGregor Music: Max Richter Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor presents his first full-length ballet for the Company. 11 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 20 | 21 | 26 May at 7.30pm; 23 May at 12 noon Afternoon of a Faun / In the Night / Song of the Earth By Jerome Robbins / Kenneth MacMillan Music: Claude Debussy / Fryderyk Chopin / Gustav Mahler The Royal Ballet’s mixed programme brings together two of Jerome Robbins’s masterpieces with MacMillan’s powerful depiction of love and loss. 29 May at 7.30pm; 30 May at 12.30pm 1 | 4 June at 7.30pm Welcome Performance for Families on 29 May at 1.30pm The Architect / mixed programme (Linbury Studio Theatre) By Kenneth MacMillan / NEW TBC Northern Ballet One of the UK’s leading touring companies visits the Linbury Studio Theatre with a mixed programme. The Elves and the Shoemaker By Daniel de Andrade Northern Ballet presents new children’s ballet from its award-winning series Short Ballets for Small People. TBC May Springboard (Linbury Studio Theatre) Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance; Verve; Ballet Central; Dutch National Ballet 1 | 2 | 3 | 5 | 6 June at 7.45pm The Royal Ballet School Summer Performances 12 July at 12 noon (main stage) | TBC July (Linbury Studio Theatre)
  7. This brand new mixed bill by The Royal Ballet, opened this evening for 4 performances only: Machina: Carlos Acosta and Leanne Benjamin © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Trespass - Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Diana and Actaeon - Marianela Nunez as Diana © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set on Flickr - RB's new Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr
  8. Well, Picturehouse Cinemas are quick off the mark with announcing the Royal Ballet (and Opera) screenings for next season: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/News/item/Royal_Opera_House_2014_15_Season_Now_On_Sale/ I've just lifted the ballet-related text from the webpage. Thursday 16 October, 7.15 Manon (Live) Ballet in three acts. 2 hrs 35 mins approx. The duets that MacMillan created for Manon and Des Grieux are among the most emotionally intense and erotically charged ever choreographed. Tuesday 16 December, 7.15 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Live) Ballet in three acts. 2 hrs 55 mins approx. Christopher Wheeldon, composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley have created a genuine family ballet in the spirit of Lewis Carroll’s much-loved children’s classic. Tuesday 17 March, 7.15 Swan Lake (Live) Ballet in four acts. 3 hrs approx. Yolanda Sonnabend’s designs are an inspired blend of historical accuracy and Gothic fantasy, drawing on the opulent style of Carl Fabergé. Tuesday 5 May, 7.15 La Fille Mal Gardée (Live) Ballet in two acts. 2 hrs 15 mins approx. Frederick Ashton's final full-length ballet is one of his most joyous creations, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside.
  9. The swans are back in town this week, opening on Tuesday 10th Feb, with Sarah Lamb as Odette/Odile and Carlos Acosta her Prince Siegfried. Here are a few photos from the dress rehearsal last week: Swan Lake - Swans (Anna Rose O’Sullivan) © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Swan Lake - Carlos Acosta and Sarah Lamb © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Swan Lake - Carlos Acosta and Sarah Lamb © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: The Royal Ballet - Swan Lake Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr By kind permission of the Royal Opera House
  10. Nowadays the casting for the next booking period is usually on the website by the time I get my ROH Magazine but doesn't seem to be this time, so here it is: The Four Temperaments/New Hofesh Shechter/Song of the Earth: March 27th: McRae*, Osipova*, Bonelli*, Watson, Yanowsky*/The Company/Nunez, Soares*, Acosta March 30th: Muntagirov*, Osipova, Bonelli, Underwood*, Heap*/The Company/Morera, Kish, McRae* April 8th and 10th: McRae, Lamb*, Golding*, Watson, Yanowsky/The Company/Nunez, Soares, Acosta April 14th: Muntagirov, Lamb, Golding, Underwood, Heap/The Company/Morera, Kish, McRae La Fille mal gardee: April 16th, 24th: Morera, Muntagirov* April 21st, May 2nd mat: Marquez, Zucchetti* April 22nd, 28th: Nunez, Acosta April 23rd, 29th, May 5th live relay: Osipova*, McRae April 26th mat, May 2nd eve: Choe, Campbell*
  11. Carlos Acosta's production of Don Quixote for the Royal Ballet opens its Christmas/New Year run on Tuesday (25th November) at the Royal Opera House. Here are a few photos from the dress rehearsal last week. Jolly good fun it was too! Marianela Nunez, Carlos Acosta © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Tristan Dyer, Claire Calvert © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Thomas Whitehead, Kristen McNally © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs - Royal Ballet ‘Don Quixote’ Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr By kind permission of the Royal Opera House
  12. The Royal Ballet's latest mixed bill, featuring new commission from Hofesh Shechter, opens tonight (March 27th, 2015). Alongside this new work, 'Untouchable' are masterworks from Balanchine ('The Four Temperaments') and MacMillan (the mighty 'Song of the Earth'). Was at the Friends general rehearsal, so here are a few photos: The Four Temperaments - Lara Turk, Nathalie Harrison, Edward Watson, Annette Buvoli, Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Untouchable - Hannah Grenell, Isabella Gasparini © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Song of the Earth - Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nunez, Thiago Soares © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: RB mix bill (Four Temperaments etc) Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr By kind permission of the Royal Opera House
  13. http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/swan-lake-by-anthony-dowell http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/onegin-by-john-cranko ONEGIN Saturday 24 January 2015, 2pm | Cuthbertson Stix-Brunell Kish Edmonds Stepanek · Saturday 24 January 2015, 7pm Nuñez Soares Takada Muntagirov Hirano Tuesday 27 January 2015, 7.30pm Lamb Hristov Hinkis Zucchetti Whitehead · Wednesday 28 January 2015, 7.30pm Nuñez Soares Takada Muntagirov Hirano · Friday 30 January 2015, 7.30pm Osipova Golding Naghdi Ball Gartside · Saturday 31 January 2015, 12.30pm Lamb Hristov Hinkis Zucchetti Whitehead · Monday 2 February 2015, 7.30pm Cuthbertson Stix-Brunell Kish Edmonds Stepanek · Wednesday 4 February 2015, 7.30pm Nuñez Soares Takada Muntagirov Hirano · Saturday 7 February 2015, 12.30pm Osipova Golding Naghdi Ball Gartside · Wednesday 11 February 2015, 2.30pm Morera Choe Bonelli Thom Avis · Wednesday 11 February 2015, 7.30pm Cuthbertson Stix-Brunell Kish Edmonds Stepanek · Monday 16 February 2015, 7.30pm Osipova Golding Naghdi Ball Gartside · Wednesday 18 February 2015, 7.30pm Morera Choe Bonelli Thom Avis · Friday 27 February 2015, 2.30pm Lamb Hristov Hinkis Zucchetti Whitehead · Friday 27 February 2015, 7.30pm Morera Choe Bonelli Thom Avis SWAN LAKE · Tuesday 10 February 2015, 7.30pm Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Lamb Acosta TBC · Friday 13 February 2015, 7.30pm Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Yanowsky Kish TBC · Saturday 14 February 2015, 1.30pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Nuñez Pennefather TBC · Saturday 14 February 2015, 7pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Lamb Acosta TBC · Thursday 19 February 2015, 2pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Nuñez Soares TBC · Thursday 19 February 2015, 7.30pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Lamb Acosta TBC · Saturday 21 February 2015, 1.30pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Yanowsky Kish TBC · Saturday 21 February 2015, 7pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Osipova Golding TBC · Friday 13 March 2015, 7.30pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Osipova Golding TBC · Saturday 14 March 2015, 12.30pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Nuñez Soares TBC · Monday 16 March 2015, 7.30pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Obraztsova McRae TBC · Tuesday 17 March 2015, 7.30pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Osipova Golding TBC · Wednesday 18 March 2015, 7.30pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Nuñez Soares TBC · Thursday 19 March 2015, 7.30pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Takada Bonelli TBC · Saturday 21 March 2015, 1.30pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Obraztsova McRae TBC · Saturday 21 March 2015, 7pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Marquez Pennefather TBC · Wednesday 25 March 2015, 7.30pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Obraztsova McRae TBC · Thursday 26 March 2015, 7.30pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Cuthbertson Muntagirov TBC · Thursday 2 April 2015, 7.30pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Cuthbertson Muntagirov TBC · Tuesday 7 April 2015, 7.30pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Takada Bonelli TBC · Thursday 9 April 2015, 7.30pm | Main Stage Gruzin Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Cuthbertson Muntagirov TBC Edited to paste in casting from ROH website. I've tried, unsuccessfully, to tidy up the format. Maybe an administrator can improve on it as my time for editing is running out.
  14. Following reports in a number of newspapers that the current run of the Royal Ballet's Dowell production of Swan Lake is to be its last, this is your opportunity to discuss a potential new production. The thread wasn't actually started by FLOSS, but by Alison to concentrate all the discussion in one place. FLOSS commented: I know quite a few people who, like me, have loathed the current Swan Lake since its first performance.It is not the basic choreography that is the problem, but it would be nice to have the opportunity to see the Ashton Act 4 and his waltz rather than Bintley's contribution to Act 1.The old production got by quite comfortably without the need for extra characters such as the chaperones who behave as if they think that they are playing procuresses and a tutor who clearly should be of concern to those engaged in child protection. This is after all a nineteenth century classical ballet not an exercise in social realism. I can't wait to see the back of the drunken officers; the flouncing princesses; all those ghastly Act 3 guests; Von Rothbart's entourage of grotesques and all that bling. But they say that there is only one thing worse than not getting what you want and that is getting it. Who is likely to stage the new production? It will almost certainly be an "insider", by which I mean someone who knows the history of the ballet as performed by the company.No one will want to repeat the Markarova Soviet style Sleeping Beauty fiasco.It does not have to be a choreographer who does it, but the chances are that it will be and the obvious candidate is Wheeldon and his tinkering with the Sleeping Beauty ( two dud Garland dances )does not exactly inspire confidence. I know that he has staged some of the classics abroad but I do not recall any one saying that they were particularly good. Then there is the question of design. Putting it mildly in the last thirty years the Royal Ballet has been incredibly unfortunate when it comes to designing non abstract works. It is as if there is no one in the company who knows or cares about what productions look like on stage. Perhaps the truth is that in this country, at least, there are,at present, no stage designers who know or care about ballet design. Good stage design gives the audience a sense of the time and place in which a narrative ballet is set and helps create the atmosphere and mood for the dancers's performances.Inept designs require dancers to work twice as hard as they would have to if the designs were doing their job.Bad designs can virtually kill a ballet, even one which which has been successful in earlier designs.The decision to abandon the Craxton designs for Daphnis and Chloe nearly did for that ballet;the new designs for Les Rendezvous which set the ballet in the wrong period and make a nonsense of the choreography and the floor plan are almost as bad, Then of course there the company's Don Q with designs which according to Clement Crisp make it look as if the ballet is set in sunny Frinton.I would ask anyone who thinks that I am being unfair to take a look at the Dutch National Ballet's Don Q to see what good design and a real understanding of how a ballet should be staged can do for a piece as lame and unamusing as Don Q.
  15. To get the ball rolling on this production, the cast for the General Rehearsal today was: Osipova; Golding; Naghdi; Ball and Gartside. Their first of three shows is, of course, next Friday (30th).
  16. The synopsis for The Winter's Tale is on the ROH website under News, looks good.
  17. I see that Francesca Hayward has lead roles in Manon and Alice. Very exciting for her.
  18. Mr. Kekhman breaks the news: The Principal of Mikhailovsky Theatre in St.Petersburg Natalya Osipova has become also a Principal of the Royal Ballet in Great Britain. The ‘Izvestiya’ newspaper was informed about it by the Director General of the Mikhailovsky Theatre Vladimir Kekhman. According to him, the official announcement will be made soon by the management of the Royal Ballet. At the same time Natalya Osipova will remain a Principal of the Mikhailovsky and will continue dancing on its stage in the earlier scheduled repertoire. http://izvestia.ru/news/548185#ixzz2Ps3pPK62 Edited to remove Russian script.
  19. Behind the Times paywall, so not captured for this morning's Links - a near full-page feature, plus a 3rd Leader, on the possibility of senior chaps at the RB receiving bouquets at curtain calls. Xander Parish is heavily quoted as saying he has become used to this in St Petersburg, and it is claimed that the RB "has signalled that it is sympathetic to calls from male ballet stars that they should be allowed to get a bouquet of flowers too." Steven McCrae is said to be in favour.
  20. The Friends General rehearsal today was Lamb & Pennefather. I know we don't generally comment on rehearsals but given the slow ticket sales for this run, I want to say that they were terrific and there are plenty of tickets left for the matinee on Saturday at, I believe, discounted prices. Grab a bargain !
  21. I know that one shouldn't comment on rehearsals but I just wanted to say how lovely it was to have Lauren dancing Giselle today.
  22. So just as Charlie and I had met, we were joined by Alex Beard, who I interviewed for the London Ballet Circle recently, who gave us a mini tour of the ROH redevelopment plans exhibition - well worth seeing in my opinion. Then up to the Clore where Kim Brandstrup was rehearsing Deirdre Chapman and Bennet Gartside in Ceremony of Innocence. Although I've already seen it performed in Snape and Copenhagen, Kim used this opportunity to amend and fine tune this work. Although there is no narrative as such, this scene was inspired by a memory from Benn's character's childhood when a day at the beach was marred by getting separated from his mother. Years later his mother still remembers being frantic with worry and it appears the experience scarred her for life, still worrying about him as a grown man. Liam Scarlett's work Age of Anxiety is still in development. Based on the book, the first section that was rehearsed saw Matthew Ball and Natalie Harrison as the young couple very much in love in a late night bar. Liam's ability to articulate every facet of the characters helped his dancers find their unique interpretation. It was great fun to watch the development of that section. The evening concluded with Liam rehearsing Tristan Dyer's solo which was a masterclass in the eloquence of the smallest of movements. Many thanks once again Charlie for the opportunity to sit in on the rehearsal this evening. Kind regards Allison
  23. Time Out ticket offer for the Brandstrup/Scarlett/Wheeldon triple.
  24. GLOBAL FIRST: FIVE WORLD-CLASS BALLET COMPANIES, ONE DAY OF LIVE STREAMING ON WEDNESDAY 1 OCTOBER www.roh.org.uk/worldballetday Australian Ballet | Bolshoi Ballet | The Royal Ballet | The National Ballet of Canada | San Francisco Ballet The first ever World Ballet Day will see an unprecedented collaboration between five of the world’s leading ballet companies. This online event will take place on Wednesday 1 October when each of the companies will stream live behind the scenes action from their rehearsal studios. Starting at the beginning of the dancers’ day, each of the five ballet companies – Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet – will take the lead for a four hour period streaming live from their headquarters starting with the Australian Ballet in Melbourne. The live link then passes across time zones and cultures from Melbourne to Moscow to London to Toronto to San Francisco. The live streaming will take viewers on a journey into the rarely seen backstage lives of ballet dancers. This unusual access will throw a spot light on the differences in style between the five companies as they follow a very similar routine but approach choreography and performance in the ways that have made them unique on the world stage. Starting with morning class to warm up the body with different exercises, moving on to rehearsals for their upcoming performances the day will be a celebration of dance; the athleticism and unparalleled dedication of all those involved in creating a world-class ballet company. Viewers will be able to engage and interact with dancers, choreographers and coaches who live and breathe ballet every day of their working lives, asking questions throughout the day as well as having the opportunity to contribute by submitting a film of themselves doing a pirouette wherever they are in the world. These will be edited into a film celebrating the worldwide appeal of dance. The day’s streaming will be repeated on YouTube in full so that viewers around the world can catch up on any parts of the day they missed. Edited highlights will then be made available for further viewing. World Ballet Day is a development from Royal Ballet Live which was a nine-hour live streaming via YouTube and The Guardian website in March 2012. This unique event achieved 200,000 views of the live stream and repeat broadcast and a total of 2.5 million views of YouTube Royal Ballet Live material to date. It is, however, the first time that four of the five ballet companies are taking the cameras backstage to reveal the sweat and determination of these talented dancers. In another first, this collaboration is the first time that YouTube has streamed live more than nine hours of content. Full details of the unique day’s activities will be available in due course. Highlights from The Royal Ballet will include Principals Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli rehearsing for their performances of Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece ballet Manon which opens at Covent Garden on Friday 26 September and is screened live into cinemas across the world on Thursday 16 October. --- ENDS--- NOTES TO EDITORS: Bolshoi Ballet Bolshoi Ballet is a magic word for many ballet lovers all around the world. It is the largest company in the world consisting of 220 dancers, most of who have graduated from the Moscow Academy of Classic Ballet - one of the oldest and most prominent ballet schools in Russia. The Bolshoi is renowned for its unique style which combines true virtuosity with incredible stage presence. It has an illustrious heritage with dancers such as Galina Ulanova, Vladimir Vassiliev and Maya Plisetskaya, Ekaterina Maximova and Nikolay Fadeechev, Natalia Bessmertnova, Maris Liepa, Liudmila Semeniaka and Irek Mukhamedov playing a vital role in its history and position on the world stage. For more the 30 years Yury Grigorovitch was a powerful leader of the Bolshoi ballet company. As a repertory company, each year Giselle, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Don Quixote and La Bayadère are performed alongside new work, keeping a fine balance between the historic legacy and new creations. Aleksey Ratmansky has created works including Bright stream, Bolt, Flames of Paris and Lost illusions. Under the leadership of Sergei Filin, the Bolshoi Ballet now has among its stars Svetlana Zakharova, David Hallberg, Maria Alexandrova, Semion Chudin, Olga Smirnova, Michail Lobukhin, Evgenia Obraztsova. In its 239th Season, the Bolshoi will perform two world premieres, Hamlet with music by Shostakovich and choreography by Radu Poklitaru, and a new ballet based on the Lermontov novel Hero of our time choreographed by Yury Posokhov and directed by Kirill Serebrianikov, with a new score commissioned from Ilya Demutski. The Royal Ballet Based at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, The Royal Ballet is Great Britain’s most prestigious ballet company and one of the great classical ballet companies of the world. Led by Director Kevin O’Hare, the Company has a wide-ranging repertory that showcases the great 19th century classics alongside heritage works including those of its two great 20th century choreographers Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan. In addition, The Royal Ballet performs new works by Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Royal Ballet Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, two of the foremost international choreographers of today. The Royal Ballet continues to create and encourage new choreography and appointed Liam Scarlett as Royal Ballet Artist in Residence in 2012. The National Ballet of CanadaOne of the top international ballet companies, The National Ballet of Canada was founded in 1951 by Celia Franca. A company of 70 dancers with its own orchestra, the National Ballet has been led by Artistic Director Karen Kain, one of the greatest ballerinas of her generation, since 2005. Renowned for its diverse repertoire, the company performs traditional full-length classics, embraces contemporary work and encourages the creation of new ballets as well as the development of Canadian choreographers. The company’s repertoire includes works by Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, Rudolf Nureyev, Glen Tetley, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, James Kudelka, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Crystal Pite and Aszure Barton. The National Ballet has toured in Canada, the US and internationally with recent appearances at Sadler’s Wells in London, England, The Music Center in Los Angeles and Lincoln Centre's David H. Koch Theater in New York City. San Francisco Ballet As America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppélia. San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States. Guided in its early years by American dance pioneers and brothers Lew, Willam and Harold Christensen, San Francisco Ballet currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the pre-eminent ballet companies in the world. In 2005, San Francisco Ballet won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Dance” and in 2006, it was the first non-European company elected “Company of the Year” in Dance Europe magazine’s annual readers’ poll. In 2008, the Company marked its 75th anniversary with a host of initiatives including an ambitious New Works Festival. In 2012, SF Ballet’s ambitious tour schedule included London and Washington, D.C., plus first-time visits to Hamburg, Moscow, and Sun Valley, Idaho. In October 2013, the Company performed at New York’s David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, where The New York Times declared SF Ballet “a national treasure.” In July 2014, the Company toured to Paris as part of Les Etés de la Danse Festival, marking the 10th anniversary of its inaugural engagement with the festival. At Théâtre du Châtelet, SF Ballet presented over 20 works by 15 choreographers over a gala evening and 17 performances. 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Helgi Tomasson’s tenure as artistic director of San Francisco Ballet.
  25. I'm trying to plan a trip to London in September 2015 and possibly June 2016. Frequent flyer seats for the trans-Atlantic flights get snapped up as soon as they are available 11 months ahead. I'm very eager to see Acosta's new Carmen in September and his retirement performances in 2016, if I can work that out. My question: does Royal Ballet follow essentially the same schedule each year? Can they be expected to post their new season schedule on or about 31 March 2015? Do they typically open their season on the fourth Friday of September (25 September, 2015)? Do they typically end the season the first week of June (27 May - 2 June, 2015)? I know there are no guarantees in this business, but if they follow a similar schedule each year, I'll chance it, in hopes of seeing Acosta before he retires from classical ballet. Thanks for your help!
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