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  1. I see that Francesca Hayward has lead roles in Manon and Alice. Very exciting for her.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 !
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Time Out ticket offer for the Brandstrup/Scarlett/Wheeldon triple.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. We can see here Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in “Swan Lake” with Kremlin Ballet in Moscow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwGWqAI4z9s
  11. Just time before I go out to set up a new thread for the run of Jewels starting this evening. Please post your thoughts here.
  12. The Royal Ballet sets off on tour tomorrow, first stop Moscow. Here's a Bolshoi promotional video (complete with busbies): Here's their full schedule. The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, June 17-22 TETRACTYS 17, 18 June - Federico Bonelli, Lauren Cuthbertson, Nicol Edmonds, Paul Kay, Sarah Lamb, Steven McRae, Marianela Nuñez, Natalia Osipova, Thiago Soares, Akane Takada, Eric Underwood, Edward Watson RHAPSODY 17 June - Laura Morera, Steven McRae 18 June - Yuhui Choe, Valentino Zucchetti DGV: DANSE À GRANDE VITESSE 17 June - Zenaida Yanowsky, Natalia Osipova, Marianela Nuñez, Natalia Osipova, Thiago Soares, Akane Takada, Eric Underwood, Edward Watson 18 June - Tierney Heap, Akane Takada, Melissa Hamilton, Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Ryoichi Hirano, Tristan Dyer, Matthew Golding, Valentino Zucchetti MANON 20 June - Manon, Marianela Nuñez; Des Grieux, Federico Bonelli 21 June (mat) - Lauren Cuthbertson & Matthew Golding 21 June - Sarah Lamb & Steven McRae 22 June - Natalia Osipova & Carlos Acosta National Theatre, Taipei, June 27-29 ROMEO AND JULIET 27 June - Romeo, Federico Bonelli; Juliet, Lauren Cuthbertson 28 June - Thiago Soares & Marianela Nuñez 29 June (mat) - Edward Watson & Melissa Hamilton 29 June - Valeri Hristov & Sarah Lamb Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai, July 3-5 DON QUIXOTE 3, 5 July - Basilio, Thiago Soares; Kitri, Marianela Nuñez 4 July - Federico Bonelli & Sarah Lamb 5 July (mat) - Matthew Golding & Akane Takada ROH press release
  13. Is there already a thread for this? I couldn't see one. I saw Draft Works in the Linbury last night and enjoyed it such a lot. The pieces were all really interesting. Some I liked more than others and I don't have time for many thoughts right now, but would like to say before I forget to post it that I thought Erico Montes' piece was just gorgeous. I also thought the one that used the sound of pointe shoes on the floor as part of the music (I forget whose that was now without the programme in front of me) was great and such an interesting idea. Most of the time in ballet the dancers are trying to make their pointe shoes silent and in the audience you get used to tuning out the sound of them, so I really liked the idea of using the sound they make (such a universal part of the pointe shoes experience!) as part of the piece.
  14. Since nobody seems to have started one yet, here's a thread for discussing the new run of RB performances of Sleeping Beauty, which starts today.
  15. The casting for The Sleeping Beauty is now up on the ROH website. http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/the-sleeping-beauty-by-marius-petipa I've pasted it below but had a bit of a problem with the format. Apologies for the strange layout in places. Saturday 22 February 2014, 1.30pm ·Cuthbertson ·Pennefather Saturday 22 February 2014, 7.00pm ·Lamb ·McRae Wednesday 26 February 2014, 7.30pm ·Choe ·Hirano Thursday 27 February 2014, 7.30pm ·Cuthbertson ·Pennefather Thursday 13 March 2014, 1.30pm ·Choe ·Hirano Thursday 13 March 2014, 7.30pm ·Lamb ·McRae Saturday 15 March 2014, 12.30pm ·Cuthbertson ·Pennefather Wednesday 19 March 2014, 7.30pm ·Lamb ·McRae Friday 21 March 2014, 7.30pm ·Kobayashi ·Bonelli Saturday 22 March 2014, 1.30pm ·Nuñez ·Soares Saturday 22 March 2014, 7.30pm ·Marquez ·Kish Tuesday 25 March 2014, 7.30pm ·Takada ·Trzensimiech Thursday 27 March 2014, 7.30pm ·Osipova ·Golding Friday 28 March 2014, 7.30pm ·Nuñez ·Soares Monday 31 March 2014, 7.30pm ·Kobayashi ·Bonelli Tuesday 1 April 2014, 7.30pm ·Nuñez ·Soares Saturday 5 April 2014, 7.30pm ·Osipova ·Golding Tuesday 8 April 2014, 7.30pm ·Marquez ·Kish Wednesday 9 April 2014, 7.30pm ·Osipova ·Golding
  16. CARLOS ACOSTA BRINGS WORLD PREMIERES OF SIZZLING CUBAN DANCE DIRECT FROM HAVANA TO THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE MAIN STAGE THIS SUMMER CUBANĺA 21 to 23 July Royal Ballet Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta curates and stars in Cubanía, an exciting mixed programme of vibrant Cuban dance inspired by his homeland this July at the Royal Opera House, with world premieres and award-winning contemporary dance accompanied by a live onstage Cuban house band. Uniting dancers and choreographers from The Royal Ballet, Rambert, Cuban National Ballet and Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Acosta will dance in a new piece by Cuban choreographer Miguel Altunaga, and partners Royal Ballet principal Zenaida Yanowsky in Edwaard Liang's poignant and heartfelt duet Sight Unseen. The evening is curated by Acosta and will include: · Tocororo Suite, a semi-autobiographical piece set in the streets of Havana choreographed by Acosta, re-invented and expanded by him to appear for the first time on the Royal Opera House main stage · Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, the national contemporary dance company of Cuba, return to the UK for their debut appearance on the Royal Opera House main stage · Two world premieres by Cuban choreographers Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, the national contemporary dance company of Cuba, perform the high-speed and energetic La Ecuación by Cuban dance star, and Olivier nominee, George Céspedes, and will also premiere a new Afro-Cuban piece. Completing a line-up of stellar Cuban talent, dancer Alexander Varona performs contemporary choreographer Russell Maliphant's striking male dance solo Flux. In the second half of the evening Acosta presents his Tocororo Suite, a selection of highlights from his hugely popular 2003 dance work completely re-imagined by Acosta for the Royal Opera House main stage. Acosta is joined by members of Danza Contemporánea, and Veronica Corveas, principal with the Cuban National Ballet, as he weaves a partly autobiographical narrative told through classical, contemporary and Afro-Cuban dance set on the streets of Havana – all to the accompaniment of a live onstage house band. --- ENDS --- NOTES TO EDITORS: CUBANĺA 21, 22, 23 July 2014 at 7.30pm The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London BOX OFFICE Telephone - 02097 304 4000 or book online www.roh.org.uk PROGRAMME · Danza Contemporánea de Cuba perform La Ecuación choreographed by George Céspedes, and will premiere a new piece · Alexander Varona performs Flux choreographed by Russell Maliphant · Carlos Acosta and Royal Ballet principal Zenaida Yanowsky perform Sight Unseen choreographed by Edwaard Liang set to music by Arvo Pärt · Acosta will perform a new piece by choreographer Miguel Altunaga · Carlos Acosta choreographs Tocororo Suite, which he will perform in with Danza Contemporánea de Cuba Carlos Acosta was born in Havana. He trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba and won the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne (1990). He was a principal with ENB (1991–2), danced with National Ballet of Cuba under Alicia Alonso (1992–3) and was a principal with Houston Ballet under Ben Stevenson (1993–8). He joined The Royal Ballet in 1998 and became a Principal Guest Artist in 2003. He won the 2007 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for his performances in Tocororo – a Cuban Tale. He recently created a new production of Don Quixote for The Royal Ballet which premiered in October 2013. Miguel Altunaga trained at National School of Art, Havana, and joined Rambert in 2007 after six years with the National Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba where he performed as a principal dancer. An up-and-coming choreographer, Miguel has created work for the National School of Ballet, for bands Simply Red and The Zutons, for Carlos Acosta at the London Coliseum and for Rambert's Evening of new choreography. He created the original role in Acosta’s Tocororo: A Cuban Tale when it was first performed in 2004. George Céspedes studied dance and choreography at the National School of Dance. He joined Danza Contemporanea de Cuba as a dancer in 1998 when he graduated, and as a principal dancer has performed in more than 19 works in the company’s repertoire. He is also a choreographer creating many works for Danza Contemporanea and for Ballet Naçional de Cuba, the national Ballet School and the National School of Dance. Russell Maliphant trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet before leaving to pursue a career in independent dance. He formed Russell Maliphant Company in 1996 and has also worked with renowned companies and artists including Sylvie Guillem, Robert Lepage, Isaac Julian, Balletboyz and Lyon Opera Ballet. He became an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells in 2005.
  17. Saturday Telegraph magazine 5th April Page 30 Sarah Crompton article on Wheeldon's much anticipated The Winter's Tale with rehearsal photos of the cast ...worth a read and should be online too
  18. DANCER IN THE FAST LANE NEW BOOK REVEALS AN INSIGHT INTO THE WORLD OF ROYAL BALLET PRINCIPAL STEVEN McRAE Steven McRae: Dancer in the Fast Lane is a revealing insight into the world of Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae. Photographed over the last 12 months by Andrej Uspenski, this book offers a glimpse into the fast-paced life of one of The Royal Ballet’s leading Principals. The book features more than 70 colour images taken from the wings, in rehearsal and during performances at the Royal Opera House. Born and raised in Australia Steven was brought up in a world of drag car racing and speed. At the age of seven his life took on a whole new direction when he embarked on a career as a dancer, swapping the fast lane of the drag strip to the fast lane of the dance world. Steven joined The Royal Ballet in 2003 and was promoted to Principal in 2009. He has danced with some of the world’s leading ballerinas including Alina Cojocaru, Sarah Lamb, Evgenia Obraztsova Natalia Osipova and Iana Salenko who all feature in the book. Published by Oberon Books in June 2014 this photographic record includes an introduction by Steven and features scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Jewels, Don Quixote and The Sleeping Beauty. Royal Ballet dancer Andrej Uspenski’s passion for photography began as a child when he would spend hours in his father’s photographic studio. A love for photography flourished in parallel with his dancing career and over the last three years he has been taking photographs of Royal Ballet dancers in rehearsal and on stage. His previous books include: Dancers – Behind the Scenes at The Royal Ballet and Natalia Osipova - Becoming a Swan. Ends NOTES TO EDITORSSteven McRae: Dancer in the Fast Lane Photographs by Andrej Uspenski Published by Oberon Books Publication Date June 2014 Price £14.99 ISBN Paperback, 112 pages Steven McRae biography Steven McRae joined The Royal Ballet School on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship in 2003. He graduated into The Royal Ballet in 2004 and was promoted to Principal in 2009. His classical and dramatic roles with the Company include Romeo, Des Grieux (Manon), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Prince (The Nutcracker and Cinderella), the Chosen One (The Rite of Spring) and Colas (La Fille mal gardée). McRae has also created roles for Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, Alastair Marriott and Kim Brandstrup, among others. Steven was born in Sydney. His father was a drag racer and McRae retains a strong interest in motor racing. He began dancing at the age of seven after becoming interested in his older sister's dance classes. McRae studied tap alongside ballet, and this training has often been used by choreographers creating new works on him, such as the role of the Mad Hatter in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He trained with Hilary Kaplan and then at The Royal Ballet School (2003–4). Prizes include the 2002 Adeline Genée Gold Medal, the 2003 Prix de Lausanne, the 2007 Emerging Male Artist (Classical) and the 2012 Best Male Dancer Awards at the Critics' Circle Dance Awards, and in 2014 he was named Young Australian Achiever in the UK by the Australia Day Foundation. He has performed as a guest artist with ballet companies all over the world, including the American Ballet Theater, National Ballet of Canada, the Australian Ballet, Tokyo Ballet and numerous international galas. He is co-curator of the Japanese Manga cartoon Ballet Hero Fantasy and last year Steven graduated from the Open University with a degree in Business Management and Leadership. He is married to Royal Ballet Soloist Elizabeth Harrod. Andrej Uspenski biography Andrej Uspenski is a First Artist with The Royal Ballet and was born in St Petersburg and trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and subsequently in Dresden and Berlin. He has been a member of The Royal Ballet for 12 years. He won second prize at the Rieti International Ballet Competition, 1998, and second prize at the Yalta International Ballet Competition,1999. He joined Royal Danish Ballet in 1999, then The Royal Ballet in 2002 and was promoted to First Artist in 2004. His photographs can be seen in Royal Opera House programmes as well as national magazines and newspapers. His first photographic book DANCERS – Behind the Scenes with The Royal Ballet was published by Oberon in April 2013 and Natalia Osipova: Becoming a Swan was published by Oberon in September 2013. Oberon Books Oberon Books is the UK's most exciting independent publisher specialising in drama and the performing arts. Oberon Book’s has a backlist of over 1000 titles including the latest modern plays and classics from some of the world's leading dramatists as well as a wide range of handsomely produced publications covering the theatre, opera, dance, biography, performance studies, monologues, practical guides and fiction. www.oberonbooks.com
  19. Bolshoi next season cinema dates have been announced. I didn't know if I should start a new thread but thought it seemed a bit premature as the first performance isn't until October. October 20th Spartacus November 17th le Corsaire (repeat) December 22nd Sleeping Beauty (repeat) January 19th Jewels February 2nd Lost Illusions March 30 Golden Age Link http://www.pathelive.com/fr/news It is in French but Google will translate. Like the Royal they've had to start repeating. I wish they'd repeated Bright Stream. I'd love to see it again. Also apparently the Bolshoi are acquiring Pierre Lacotte's Marco Spada next season which I really enjoyed seeing on the Nureyev dvd. Some good male dancing in it. It seems ironic they've acquired both this and Onegin after Vasiliev has left. I'm sure he'd love to dance both roles.
  20. Yasmine Naghdi is a First Artist and Marcelino Sambé is an Artist with The Royal Ballet. They are the two dancers featured in this year’s Pointe Shoe Appeal campaign.The Royal Opera House Pointe Shoes Appeal Competition entrants will be invited to guess how many shoes are contained within the tower to enter the chance to win a pair of tickets to a Royal Ballet in Rehearsal Insight Event on 24 April with tea and cake beforehand, and a backstage tour of the Royal Opera House. Designed by acrylic designers Talbot Designs, the tower will sit in the Royal Opera House until Thursday 17 April. Visitors will be invited to guess the number of shoes in the tower submitting their answers by posting a postcard into the tower, or Tweeting or Instagramming a photo of the tower with their guess using the hashtag #PointesWinPrizes For further information about the Pointe Shoe Appeal please visit: http://www.roh.org.uk/support/donations/fundraising-appeals/pointe-shoes-appeal Marcelino Sambe and Yasmine Naghdi launch the Pointe Shoes Appeal © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Yasmine Naghdi helps launch the Pointe Shoes Appeal - by finding one of her own old shoes © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: The Royal Ballet Pointe Shoe Appeal Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr By kind Permission of The Royal Ballet
  21. Loved Rhapsody. Thought McRae was awesome. Gloria is interesting but it dragged for me a bit. I won't mention what I thought of Tetractys as it will probably break some forum rule. Would be interesting to read what other people thought.
  22. I'm trying to retrieve the various details of ballets being shown in the cinema for this season, not totally successfully. If anyone can contribute links, please do. The Royal Ballet's performances, being few in number, are fairly easy to remember: 22nd March for Romeo & Juliet, and 16th May for La Fille Mal Gardée. Details here http://cinema.roh.org.uk/ (and perhaps one day the site will get its postcode search accurate: apparently, Piccadilly Circus is under 4 miles from where I live, Leicester Square nearly 8, and Covent Garden over 17 miles . For those not overly familiar with London geography, all 3 are well within a mile of each other). Also, according to the Period 3 brochure, the 16th July "Titian" performance will be shown on big screens across the UK. The cinema chains listed for the ROH broadcasts are Apollo, Empire, Cineworld, Vue, Odeon, Showcase and Picturehouse. The Odeon's cultural offerings are here: http://www.odeon.co....plus_09_07_2010 As for the Bolshoi, their performances are rather more numerous (Le Corsaire, The Bright Stream and Raymonda). The dates can be found here, among others: http://www.pictureho...Moscow_2011_12/
  23. I was fortunate to see the DQ rehearsal on Saturday and what a lavish production it was. Steven danced with Iana Salenko, and what a well matched pair they were. Steven's performance was a "knockout", he was jumping like I have never seen before, very agile and technically brilliant. Iana was so tiny, almost like a little doll, and made Steven look tall. They had matching red hair as well! They looked superb. All the dancers had upped their game and performed very well indeed. Carlos had coached them well. One lady to look out for in the future was Anna Rose O'Sullivan who featured as "Amour" in the dream sequence. She was stunningly good with great stage presence, charisma and technical skill. I believe she was a previous winner of the Young British Dancer of the Year. A young lady to watch. Thy Gypsy scene featured 4 acoustic guitar players around the camp fire which really set the scene brilliantly. With imaginative sets, wonderful costumes, and super dancing, I cannot wait to see this again! I would be interested in other comments after the gala performance this evening.
  24. I wasn't able to be at the first night of R&J tonight, but expect a lot of you were, so please post your thoughts here.
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