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  1. I thought I'd start a thread for this as I'll be making the pilgrimage over to Ghent on 11th October to watch Nancy Osbaldeston performing as Olga. I'm making a bit of a holiday out of it, seeing Ghent for two days and Bruges for two. Very exciting! If anyone is also thinking of making the trip (or is already in Belgium), let me know if you fancy meeting up for a Kwak! Otherwise, I'll be back in a couple of weeks with my thoughts.
  2. 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 !
  3. I thought someone had started a thread for this during Friends' booking but can't see one, so here we go: Well, despite Terfel, Callega, Stemme, Kaufmann and more on the opera side, this seemed to go pretty well this morning. Not that there was much in the way of seats available, so I've only bought a grand total of 3 Swan Lakes and 3 Onegins, and may top up later if possible. Standing tickets were available - I got a good one, surprisingly, for an Osipova Onegin - but only in the Balcony, and that was the only one I managed to lay my hands on. Very little in the way of cheap side amphi seats. Nunez' Onegins selling pretty well, at least among the (presumably) more impecunious members of the audience. I was camping on the Onegin insight page before booking opened, and kept refreshing it, but it went instantly from Not on Sale to Sold Out! Then, less than 10 minutes after that, there were seats available, so I grabbed one while the going was good. Anyone else?
  4. Really surprised people aren't talking about this live event - it's a wonderful thing that the companies are giving folks such an inside view. At the moment it's live from the Bolshoi and wonderful to see the dancers getting their bodies around Jean-Christophe Maillot's Taming of the Shrew with the man himself giving directions in English and French. At the moment they are with Urin the Bolshoi General Director. I'm watching on this YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojWqPQE1Qn8 More Details about the event in this news thread: http://www.balletcoforum.com/index.php?/topic/7755-world-ballet-day-october-1-2014/
  5. Northern Ballet are performing David Nixon's Dracula at the wonderful West Yorkshire Playhouse in September. The Company is currently in rehearsal and tweeted this picture today. It reveals 3 Draculas to whet our appetite - Toby Batley, Javier Torres and Giuliano Contadini
  6. Good news on Dancing Times http://www.dancing-times.co.uk/news/item/1384-maryinsky_ballet_london_2014
  7. From the list in the Linbury performances programme: Reece Clarke The Royal Ballet Calvin Richardson The Royal Ballet Gina Storm-Jensen The Royal Ballet Grace Blundell The Royal Ballet Young Dancer Programme Grace Horler The Royal Ballet Young Dancer Programme Alexander Bird Birmingham Royal Ballet Edivaldo Souza da Silva Birmingham Royal Ballet Maud-Hélène Treille Bavarian State Ballet, Munich Adam Russell-Jones Stuttgart Ballet Drew Nelson Royal Danish Ballet Samuel Rees ` Royal Danish Ballet Mica Bradbury Royal Ballet of Flanders Fiona McGee Royal Ballet of Flanders Minoru Kaneko Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse Madeleine Dowdney Zürich Ballet Kieran Brooks Zürich Ballet Giordana Gallo National Romanian Ballet Alessandro Audisio National Romanian Ballet Ross McCaw National Romanian Ballet Barnaby Rook Bishop National Romanian Ballet Giorgio Garrett National Ballet of Canada Hannah Bettes (2nd Yr) Boston Ballet Samuel Zaldivar Boston Ballet Lily Howes Sarasota Ballet Barny Sharratt Sarasota Ballet Erin Holloway National Ballet of Uruguay Dianyu Wu Singapore Dance Theatre Apologies for the format. I've pasted it in from a Word document but the spacing seems to have gone awry!
  8. 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
  9. Foteini Christofilopoulou was at the afternoon rehearsal with Daria Klimentová & Vadim Muntagirov cast. Here are a couple of photos to remind us of how glorious Daria is, for her retirement performances: Daria Klimentová as Juliet © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Daria Klimentová & Vadim Muntagirov © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: ENB - Romeo & Juliet (Daria Klimentová cast) Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr
  10. Just watching the ice-skating and wondering how long before Ballet becomes an Olympic sport marked on 'technical' and 'artistic merit' ratings. It's already happening in competitions, so why not? Oh how I long for the days when ballet really was an art and no-one was judged on how high their leg is or how high they can jump.
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