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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. The RB's insight event into Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein is being live-streamed tonight (April 7) from 7.15 BST. Link here.
  16. I am undecided about whether or not to go to this next month. There are some good seats remaining for the Sat mat and I am tempted due to the opportunity to see Zenaida Yanowsky. And yet... while I have liked some of his work,I am not a huge fan of Wheeldon and I fear a whole afternoon might be too lacking in variety. For me anyway. There seem to be quite a lot of tickets left in general. Of course the decision to go or not to go is down to me. I just wondered if anyone could give their opinion of what's on offer?
  17. The latest Royal Ballet mixed bill opened tonight, with Viscera, Afternoon of a Faun, Tchaikovsky pdd and the new Carmen (from Carlos Acosta). Was at the dress rehearsals last week, to put together a gallery of the opening night cast: Viscera - Nehemiah Kish, Leticia Stock © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Carmen - Marianela Nunez © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Carmen - Marianela Nunez, Carlos Acosta © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: RB - Carmen, Viscera, etc mix bill Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr By kind permission of the Royal Opera House
  18. A world premiere of Akram Khan's Giselle at English National Ballet next season, Reimagining Giselle as part of Draft Works at the Royal Opera House in April 2016, Jerome Bel's production Tombe, which is inspired by Giselle, currently at Paris Opera Ballet. What makes Giselle so attractive to create modern versions of it? Or just pure coincidence? Apologies if this is an odd question!
  19. This came up on my Twitter feed: it's really interesting. http://www.roh.org.uk/news/watch-how-morning-ballet-class-has-changed-over-the-last-200-years
  20. Just quickly, as I want to get back to take it all in, the RB's winter casting (not included in the ROH Magazine) is now on the ROH website, although one has to search under each production. The repertoire in question is, of course: Giselle, the Wheeldon Triple Bill, and Rhapsody/Two Pigeons Some delights in store.
  21. I was in attendance at the dress rehearsals, armed with the camera. So here are some photos :-) The Two Pigeons - Vadim Muntagirov, Lauren Cuthbertson © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Monotones I - Yasmine Naghdi, Tristan Dyer, Emma Maguire © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Monotones II - Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez, Valeri Hristov © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: RB - Monotones I & II, Two Pigeons Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr By kind permission of the Royal Opera House
  22. Just thought I would start the new feed as this season's Nutcracker is about to begin! Just from rehearsal videos and photos, there is something that seems so different & special about this years run. Whether it is because there seems to be such a large amount of promising young talent throughout the ranks, as I personally would be happy to see any cast. Or maybe it is because there was no Royal Ballet Nutcracker last year? Also I saw a small clip of McRae and Salenko's rehearsals yesterday, and her Sugar Plum looks divine! Their partnership does seem to be quite special!
  23. What a splendid start to the season! Superlative! ***** Five stars! It doesn't get any better! Well done! Steven McRae, Sarah Lamb and the whole company! The cinema audiences are in for a treat on Tuesday!
  24. Just seen this on my Twitter feed http://www.roh.org.uk/news/roberta-marquez-to-leave-the-royal-ballet It does not say that she is retiring, only leaving. But she is to return in the 2016/17 season for a farewell performance.
  25. It strikes me that neither Royal Ballet company shows as much enthusiasm for programming the works of their founder choreographer as you might expect given the quality of his ballets, Is it a feeling of ambivalence akin to that experienced,at one time, by the Danes towards their Buornonville legacy that is the root cause of the comparative neglect of Ashton's works?
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