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  1. Well, today's matinee certainly worked for me. This is the second time I've seen it and I found a lot more to enjoy and think it is a fantastic piece. However, the third act could do with some fine tuning - it lacks any dramatic narrative or cohesion which means the ballet ends on a downer rather than the reflective mood which I think they are aiming at. Act 1 belonged to Matthew Ball. I was blown away by the expressive warmth of his movements, as were my neighbours. I am not so sure about Hirano in this piece but perhaps it was just that Ball was so drop-dead fantastic. Naghdi also absolutely in a class of her own. This was evident even though I didn't realise it was her at first. This is a difficulty with Woolf Works - it really is hard to sort out who is dancing. Act 2 was Campbell's moment and indeed all the cast were fabulous. However, I couldn't help remembering Osipova and Macrae in this piece who again were at another level. All in all a fabulous afternoon with the exception of the ROH cloakroom arrangements which are now beyond parody.
  2. http://www.roh.org.uk/news/watch-rehearsals-for-the-royal-ballets-symphonic-dances (from around 15 minutes in)
  3. We have had the casting discussions elsewhere, but the performances start today so all views to be posted here, please. Do let us know what you think!
  4. Was at the rehearsal on Tuesday evening, with the opening night cast, of Liam Scarlett's world premiere of 'Frankenstein', based on the Mary Shelley gothic classic. Here are a few photos: Federico Bonelli © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Federico Bonelli, Laura Morera © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Steven McRae, Federico Bonelli © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: RB - Frankenstein Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr By kind permission of the Royal Opera House
  5. Foteini Christofilopoulou was at the rehearsal for the Royal Ballet's 'The Sleeping Beauty', which opens at ROH on the 21st Dec. The photo call was of Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov in the Act 3 grand pdd. The performances opened now (from 21st Dec) Vadim Muntagirov, Sarah Lamb © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Vadim Muntagirov, Sarah Lamb © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: RB - The Sleeping Beauty (Act 3 gpdd) Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr By kind permission of the Royal Opera House
  6. As part of a series "Philip Glass at 80," the Barbican's 2015-17 Programme includes 3 performances of his dance/opera Les Enfants Terribles to be presented by the Royal Ballet, with choreography by Xavier De Frutos. The dates are 27/28/29 January 2017. Some background to the piece, for four singers and three pianos, based on a Cocteau novel and originally choreographed by Susan Marshall, can be found here: http://www.philipglass.com/music/recordings/enfants_terribles.php Bonne chance!
  7. I didn't realise that we hadn't got an overarching thread for next season's cinema broadcasts, so I'll start this one off with a quote from Duck's posts in the thread on next year's French season:
  8. In celebration of Peter Wright's 90th birthday, The Royal Ballet present his 'Nutcracker' for the festive season (opening late November and running through to mid January). I was at one of the dress rehearsals, featuring the debut of Francesca Hayward, as SPF. Here are a few photos: Anna Rose O'Sullivan © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Yasmine Naghdi © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Francesca Hayward © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: RB - Nutcracker 2016 Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr By kind permission of the Royal Opera House
  9. Apologies if this has been posted before - couldn't see it anywhere. Below is a cut and paste from the ROH news: (http://www.roh.org.uk/news/bbc-to-broadcast-behind-the-scenes-nutcracker-documentary-during-christmas-2016) BBC Two will broadcast a special 90-minute documentary following the process of staging The Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker on Christmas Day 2016 at 4pm. The Company allowed the BBC access behind-the-scenes to follow preparations of Peter Wright’s classic ballet, which has returned to Covent Garden to delight audiences once again this Season. The documentary focuses on the debuts of many young dancers from the Royal Ballet School who make up a troupe of toy soldiers, as well as dancers recently promoted to the Company’s highest rank of Principal, including those preparing to dance the iconic role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The part, performed by some of the Company’s most famous former Principals, Margot Fonteyn and Darcey Bussell, is one of the most technically challenging roles in the repertory. The documentary filmmakers followed The Royal Ballet and The Royal Ballet School closely for three months, capturing a wonderful glimpse into the classic production. Broadcast details will be released shortly. Follow our Twitter account and check this page for updates. The Royal Opera House and the BBC are partners.
  10. I have just realised that there is a performance of Anastasia on the saturday evening that I'm going to be in London in November - it's with Cuthbertson, Lamb and Macrae. They have some really good tickets still available and if I were on my own I'd have gone like a shot, but I'm going to be with my husband who is not a ballet buff. The last time I saw it was with Lynn Seymour (yes that long ago) and I can't decide what to do. I'd be grateful for some opinions on it - has anyone seen it lately or remembers it better than I do??????
  11. Although from 2010, I am posting this as a new topic, following some discussion within the McGregor mixed bill thread. Here is a clip of Kim Brandstrup talking about his intentions in creating this work, with glimpses of Leanne Benjamin and Edward Watson in rehearsal: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zw9MZceVa1E I thought that this work had been created on Benjamin and Watson, but would be interested to know if Brandstrup originally made this on other dancers, as he did in part with Ceremony of Innocence before it was staged at the ROH.
  12. I was just wondering why this doesn't seem to be booking terribly well when compared with Anastasia and the Triple Bill. I know there are a lot of performances but even the ones with Osipova still have a lot of seats left. It will be my first time for this particular ballet so I was interested in people's thoughts.
  13. Booking for the Winter season at the Royal Opera House opens to the general public tomorrow - I grabbed my tickets this morning thanks to student booking. Booked The Sleeping Beauty, Woolf Works, and a mixed bill with a Wheeldon piece in. Must say I'm most looking forward to Woolf Works; though I heard mixed reviews when it premiered it's a concept I'm really interested in. I'm sure everyone else is probably a Friend and got their tickets much earlier, but I thought I'd remind everyone just in case! What's everyone else most looking forward to? http://www.roh.org.uk/seasons/2016-17/winter
  14. A DAY OF CONTRAST BETWEEN TWO NUTCRACKERS On Sunday 11th December UKMASTERCLASS has organised a day of contrast between two NUTCRACKERS. This intensive day consists of masterclasses taught by Royal Ballet dancers: VALERI HRISTOV & ITZIAR MENDIZABAL and a three hour workshop with two ​dancers from RE:BOURNE, Matthew Bourne's dance company, New Adventures. On this day you will have a taste of the repertoire from The Royal Ballet's Nutcracker, and in the afternoon, a taste of Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker. Time: 10:00am - 5:30pm Level: Intermediate/Advanced (min. 3 ballet classes p/w) Age: 14 - 18 years Girls & Boys Venue: Rambert Dance Studio, 99 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PP Early Bird booking 10% discount (till 21st October) There will also be a chance to win a scholarship for one of UKMasterclass future events! More info and to book online please visit: www.ukmasterclass.co.uk
  15. I have pencilled in that, in the normal way of things, we could be receiving casting details for the Winter season in a couple of week's time, including of course the Xmas performances of Sleeping Beauty. However given the delays in casting announcements that seem to be becoming the norm, I fear that's probably overly optimistic? General Booking for the Autumn season doesn't open till the 19th July, so, although they overlap in December, I suppose any announcement re the Winter Season will await that and probably beyond! Unfortunately unlike the Ballet World, the rest of the performing arts are now booking 12-18 months ahead and one can't afford to wait. One can only hope that with the recent promotions, Mr O'Hare et al now feel they know their dancers' strengths well enough to make earlier commitments to the programme they have announced! EDIT: My apologies for there not actually being any casting information in this thread as yet, but the Autumn thread was starting to run into Winter too, and I thought it better to start a separate thread. Alison
  16. http://www.roh.org.uk/news/promotions-and-joiners-at-the-royal-ballet-for-201617 "Promotions and joiners have been announced for the 2016/17 Season. Director Kevin O’Hare has made the following promotions for the forthcoming Season: Alexander Campbell, Francesca Hayward, Ryoichi Hirano and Akane Takada have been promoted to Principal, the Company’s highest rank. Claire Calvert, Yasmine Naghdi and Beatriz Stix-Brunell are promoted to First Soloists.Matthew Ball and Mayara Magri are promoted to Soloists. Tierney Heap was promoted to First Artist mid-season and is also now promoted to Soloist. Reece Clarke, David Donnelly, Benjamin Ella, Isabella Gasparini, Anna Rose O’Sullivanand Demelza Parish are promoted to First Artist. Joining the Company at the start of the Season will be Joseph Sissens from The Royal Ballet School. All the 2015/16 Aud Jebsen Young Dancers - Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, Harry Churches, Leo Dixon, Isabel Lubach and Julia Roscoe - will join the Company from The Royal Ballet School on permanent contracts as Artists. The Royal Ballet welcomes seven dancers to the Company for the 2016/17 Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme. The programme provides an opportunity for recently graduated dancers to receive a year’s contract to work alongside the corps de ballet of The Royal Ballet. In addition the dancers are offered mentoring and coaching and have the opportunity to perform with the Company. Next Season’s Aud Jebsen Young Dancers are Joseph Aumeer, Estelle Bovay, Maria Luisa Castillo Yoshida, Arianna Maldini, Giacomo Rovero, Francisco Serrano and Charlotte Tonkinson, all from The Royal Ballet School. Vincenzo Di Primo joins the Company as Prix de Lausanne dancer. Charlotte Edmonds will continue with The Royal Ballet for the 2016/17 Season for a second year on The Royal Ballet Young Choreographer Programme mentored by Kevin O’Hare and Wayne McGregor. The Young Choreographer Programme is a position for an emerging choreographer to shadow Royal Ballet and visiting choreographers and utilize the Company resources to create work." Very well deserved promotions. Congratulations to them all!
  17. I can't see that we have a thread already going for this, but someone please let me know if there is one and I'll merge them. Mixed feelings about today's experience, really. Despite the ROH website informing me that there would be a queue operating from 8.55 am, and despite my refreshing the page numerous times from that time onwards, I didn't get put into the queue until 9 am, by which time there were some 750 people ahead of me Not hugely successful, but I've known worse. Have had to go for a few rear amphi standings, which is not normal. (If anyone has any inexpensive Nunez/Muntagirov Filles or Osipova Anastasias - but not the cinema one - going spare, please bear me in mind ) I gave up in the end: it's too hot to bother. Internet Explorer was only giving me the "best available" option at times, and of course the ROH website and I don't agree on what's "best", so I gave up and used Firefox, which wasn't, although that tended to hang annoyingly. NB: there is far better availability for Les Enfants Terribles on the Barbican website - although there *is* a booking fee to be contended with there.
  18. As reported by Gramilano on his website:http://www.gramilano.com/2016/06/royal-ballet-autumn-season-full-dates-casts/ The Royal Ballet has released the casting for their Autumn Season, from September 2016 until January 2017. Roberta Marquez will return as Guest Artist to dance two farewell performances in one of her signature roles as the wayward daughter Lise in La fille mal gardée. LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE27 and 30 September at 7.30pm / 5, 6, 10, 13, 18, 21 and 22 October at 7.30pm/30 September at 2.30pm/15 October at 2pm and 7pm Roberta Marquez returns as Guest Artist to dance two farewell performances in one of her signature roles as the wayward daughter Lise. Francesca Hayward makes her debut as Lise and making their debuts Colas are Valentino Zucchetti and Marcelino Sambé. Choreography – Frederick Ashton Music – Ferdinand Hérold, arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery Conductor – Barry Wordsworth Scenario – Jean Dauberval Design – Osbert Lancaster Lighting design – John B Read CASTING 27 Sep / 30 Sep Laura Morera, Vadim Muntagirov 6 Oct Francesca Hayward*, Marcelino Sambé* 30 Sep (mat) / 15 Oct Yuhui Choe, Valentino Zucchetti* 5 Oct / 10 Oct / 18 Oct Natalia Osipova, Steven McRae 13 Oct / 21 Oct Marianela Nuñez, Vadim Muntagirov 15 Oct (mat) / 22 Oct Roberta Marquez, Alexander Campbell * Role debut ANASTASIA26, 28, 31 October at 7.30pm/ 29 October at 1.30pm and 7pm/2, 5, 8 November at 7.30pm/12 November at 1.30pm and 7pm ROH Live Cinema, Wednesday 2 November Last performed by the Company in 2004, Gary Harris will stage Anastasia having personally assisted MacMillan on many of his productions. Former Royal Ballet Principal Viviana Durante, who danced the title role in 1996, returns to coach a new generation of dramatic interpreters in this landmark revival. This production includes a number of exciting debut performances and is the first work to be screened as part of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2016/17 on Wednesday 2 November. Choreography – Kenneth MacMillan Music – Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky and Bohuslav Martinu Conductor – Simon Hewett Production realization – Deborah MacMillan Designer – Bob Crowley Lighting designer – John B Read CASTING Anastasia/Anna Anderson, Kschessinska, Her Partner, The Husband, Rasputin, Tsarina, Tsar 26 Oct / 29 Oct / 2 Nov† Natalia Osipova*, Marianela Nuñez*, Federico Bonelli, Edward Watson, Thiago Soares, Christina Arestis, Christopher Saunders 28 Oct / 31 Oct / 5 Nov / 12 Nov (mat) Lauren Cuthbertson*, Sarah Lamb*, Steven McRae*, Thomas Whitehead*, Nehemiah Kish*, Itziar Mendizabal*, Gary Avis 29 Oct / 8 Nov / 12 Nov Laura Morera*, Akane Takada*, James Hay*, Bennet Gartside*, Ryoichi Hirano*, Kristen McNally*, Gary Avis * Role debut CHROMA / NEW MCGREGOR / CARBON LIFE10, 14, 16, 17 & 19 November at 7.30pm The centrepiece of the McGregor celebration comprises a new commission with one of the world’s greatest living composers, Steve Reich, who this year celebrates his 80th birthday. Pakistani artist Rashid Rana joins the creative team as designer, alongside Lucy Carter as lighting designer. This mixed programme also includes the first revival of McGregor’s Carbon Life which premiered in 2012 and fuses the designs of Gareth Pugh with music by multiple Grammy Award winner Mark Ronson. CHROMA Choreography – Wayne McGregor Music – Joby Talbot and Jack White III Orchestration – Christopher Austin Conductor – Koen Kessels Set designer – John Pawson Costume designer – Moritz Junge Lighting designer – Lucy Carter NEW MCGREGOR Music – Steve Reich Conductor – Koen Kessels Designer – Rashid Rana Lighting designer – Lucy Carter CARBON LIFE Choreography – Wayne McGregor Music – Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt Conductor – Koen Kessels Designer – Gareth Pugh Lighting designer – Lucy Carter CASTING CHROMA 10 Nov / 14 Nov / 16 Nov/ 17 Nov / 19 Nov Lauren Cuthbertson, Sarah Lamb, Federico Bonelli, Steven McRae, Calvin Richardson* and dancers from the Alvin Ailey Company NEW MCGREGOR 10 Nov / 16 Nov / 19 Nov Lauren Cuthbertson*, Sarah Lamb*, Marianela Nuñez*, Francesca Hayward*, Olivia Cowley*, Myara Magri*, Anna Rose O’Sullivan*, Federico Bonelli*, Steven McRae*, Edward Watson*, Paul Kay*, Eric Underwood*, Matthew Ball*, Calvin Richardson* 14 Nov / 17 Nov Itziar Mendizabal*, Akane Takada*, Beatriz Stix-Brunell*, Yasmine Nagdhi, Fumi Kaneko*, Leticia Stock*, Ryoichi Hirano*, James Hay*, Nicol Edmonds*, Marcelino Sambé*, David Donnelly*, Luca Acri*, Tristan Dyer* CARBON LIFE 10 Nov / 16 Nov / 19 Nov Marianela Nuñez, Francesca Hayward*, Akane Takada*, Olivia Cowley, Beatriz Stix-Brunell*, Edward Watson, Ryoichi Hirano, Tristan Dyer, Paul Kay, Eric Underwood 14 Nov / 17 Nov Claire Calvert*, Anna Rose O’Sullivan*, Leticia Stock*, Yuhui Choe*, Mayara Magri*, Matthew Ball*, Reece Clarke*, Alexander Campbell*, Fernando Montaño*, Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød* * Role debut THE NUTCRACKER23, 25 November at 7.30pm/29 November at 1pm/1, 6, 8*, 15, 28 December at 7.30pm/19 December at 7pm/ 24 December at 12 noon/27 December at 2pm and 7pm/31 December at 12 noon and 5pm/2 January at 2pm and 7pm/4 and 9 January at 2.30pm and 7.30pm/5, 6, 10, 12 January at 7.30pm/7 January at 7pm † ROH Live Cinema, Thursday 8 December Returning to Covent Garden in Peter Wright’s 90th year, The Nutcracker will also be screened live in cinemas on Thursday 8 December and will feature a series of exciting debuts from across the Company. Choreography – Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov Original scenario – Marius Petipa Music – Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky Conductor – Boris Gruzin (to 28 December) / Dominic Grier (from 31 December) Designer – Julia Trevelyan Oman Production and scenario – Peter Wright Lighting designer – Mark Henderson Production consultant – Roland John Wiley CASTING Sugar Plum Fairy, the Prince Clara, Hans Peter, the Nutcracker, Drosselmeyer 23 Nov / 1 Dec / 8 Dec† Lauren Cuthbertson, Federico Bonelli, Francesca Hayward, Alexander Campbell, Gary Avis 25 Nov Marianela Nuñez, Vadim Muntagirov, Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Valentino Zucchetti, Christopher Saunders 29 Nov (mat) / 24 Dec (mat) Francesca Hayward*, Alexander Campbell, Anna Rose O’ Sullivan, James Hay, Thomas Whitehead 6 Dec Marianela Nuñez, Vadim Muntagirov, Emma Maguire, Luca Acri, Christopher Saunders 15 Dec Laura Morera, Federico Bonelli, Emma Maguire, Luca Acri, Christopher Saunders 19 Dec Laura Morera, Federico Bonelli, Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Valentino Zucchetti, Christopher Saunders 27 Dec (mat) Beatriz Stix- Brunell*, Nicol Edmonds*, Isabella Gasparini*, Benjamin Ella, Alastair Marriott 27 Dec (eve) Yasmine Naghdi*, Matthew Ball*, Leticia Stock, Marcelino Sambé, Bennet Gartside 28 Dec Hikaru Kobayshi, Ryoichi Hirano, Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Valentino Zucchetti, Alastair Marriott 31 Dec (mat) Claire Calvert*, Reece Clarke*, Isabella Gasparini*, Benjamin Ella, Thomas Whitehead 31 Dec (eve) Akane Takada, Valentino Zucchetti, Emma Maguire, Luca Acri, Christopher Saunders 2 Jan (mat) Fumi Kaneko, Nehemiah Kish, Leticia Stock, Marcelino Sambé, Alastair Marriott 2 Jan (eve) Akane Takada, Valentino Zucchetti, Emma Maguire, Luca Acri, Thomas Whitehead 4 Jan (mat) Hikaru Kobayshi, Ryoichi Hirano, Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Tristan Dyer, Bennet Gartside 4 Jan (eve) Fumi Kaneko, Nehemiah Kish, Anna Rose O’ Sullivan, James Hay, Gary Avis 5 Jan Yuhui Choe, Valeri Hristov, Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Tristan Dyer, Bennet Gartside 6 Jan Sarah Lamb, Matthew Golding*, Leticia Stock, Marcelino Sambé, Alastair Marriott 7 Jan / 10 Jan Iana Salenko, Steven McRae, Anna Rose O’ Sullivan, James Hay, Gary Avis 9 Jan (mat) Sarah Lamb, Matthew Golding, Leticia Stock, Marcelino Sambé, Thomas Whitehead 9 Jan (eve) Yuhui Choe, Valeri Hristov, Emma Maguire, Tristan Dyer, Bennet Gartside 12 Jan Sarah Lamb, Matthew Golding, Emma Maguire, Tristan Dyer, Bennet Gartside *Role Debut † ROH Live Cinema, Thursday 8 December
  19. Well, it's already been talked about a lot, particularly here: http://www.balletcoforum.com/index.php?/topic/12514-obsidian-tear-new-mcgregor/ but tonight is the premiere of the new McGregor work, Obsidian Tear, along with a long-overdue revival of MacMillan's The Invitation, plus what should be a welcome re-viewing of Wheeldon's Within the Golden Hour. Thoughts here, please.
  20. Just wondering what people's predictions for promotions at the Royal Ballet might be? Carlos Acosta is about to retire soon, which leaves a gap in the principal ranks and Deirdre Chapman also retired this season, leaving a gap in the first soloists too! I personally think Matthew Ball, Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambe will promoted up the ranks. Also Akane Takada, seems a firm favourite at the Royal Ballet after her debut in Swan Lake, so she might be promoted to Principal alongside Alexander Campbell maybe? What are people's thoughts?
  21. Hello folks out there, I recorded the first programme, and just finished watching, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have a question for you. Can anyone tell me what the music is on the final credits? It's so familiar to me from my childhood, but I just can't identify it, hoping you can help? Thanks NL
  22. One of the Irish cinema chains is showing the Paris Opera Ballet's Balanchine/Millepied/Robbins evening live from Paris on 1st October so it clashes with the World Ballet Day livestream. Cinema details: http://moviesatdundrum.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=M-DUNDRUM&p=details&eventCode=20163 Performance Details: https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/season-15-16/ballet/balanchine-millepied-robbins Casting: https://www.operadeparis.fr/saison-15-16/ballet/balanchine-millepied-robbins/distribution It's also being shown in European cinemas (1 Oct.) and in US cinemas in January 2016.
  23. According to interview with O'Hare in Sunday Times today, to include: Revival of Carbon Life New McGregor to Steve Reich Revival of Strapless New Crystal Pite A main thread of the season is a celebration of McGregor's tenth anniversary as resident choreographer. Acosta's Carmen is not scheduled to return. Edit: the link to the official announcement is in post 48: http://www.balletcoforum.com/index.php?/topic/12179-royal-ballet-1617-season/?p=165589
  24. Rather to my surprise, casting for some of the final triple bill of the year has appeared on the ROH web site. Obsidian Tear (McGregor) The Invitation (MacMillan) Within the Golden hour (Wheeldon) Obsidian Tear (all male ?) http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/obsidian-tear-by-wayne-mcgregor Invitation - no details given at present http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/the-invitation-by-kenneth-macmillan Within the Golden Hour http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/within-the-golden-hour-by-christopher-wheeldon Casing here looks similar, but not the same as for Feb.
  25. If anyone hears who is dancing the Friends rehearsal on Friday 26th I'd be grateful if they could post. I assume it's most likely to be Salenko/McRae given the schedule for the various casts.
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