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  1. Here's a thread to discuss the current run of La Fille Mal Gardée, which opened tonight, with Laura Morera and Vadim Muntagirov, making his debut, in the leading roles.
  2. 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?
  3. According to the Daily Telegraph article provided in today's Links http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/bbc/12009837/Male-ballet-dancers-are-now-centre-stage-says-Darcey-Bussell.html, "The programme [Darcey's Ballet Heroes] is intended to be broadcast at the end of the BBC's Year of Song and Dance, and will be joined by documentaries about Nureyev, Acosta, and Pina Bausch." Can't say I'd been particularly aware of the "Year of Song and Dance", but there you are.
  4. I thought this [the Imagine programme on Carlos Acosta] was a very enjoyable and detailed documentary. Some interesting archive footage and very interesting to hear Carlos talk about his exciting project in Cuba.
  5. 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!
  6. Does anyone have any idea of the castings for Romeo and Juliet yet? I am going to the Bristol performances and am dying to know. I cannot understand why the ENB leave it so late to announce casting.
  7. 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
  8. I saw both performances in Birmingham yesterday, where The King Dances is replaced by Kin. I adore Theme and Variations and last night Momoko Hirata was just took my breath away with her speed and precision. She filled the stage with her presence and her partnership with Joe Caley continues to grow. I love Kin and we saw mostly the same dancers in both performances. In the afternoon the leading couple was Elisha Willis and Joe Caley. Elisha has a sublime limpid quality that beautifully suits her opening solo and the duet with Joe. Delia Matthews and William Bracewell led the evenin
  9. Enjoyed Akimov's class this morning before I had to go to a meeting. Very disappointing from Bolshoi since I returned over an hour ago - lots of recorded interviews and short "no attention span" clips.
  10. 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.
  11. I think this may be the wrong place to post this but as this is up and running I will just show you some pictures from yesterday evening's rehearsal. First night is tonight and I will leave comments to the critics, just to say that all three ballets were very dark. Liam Scarlett's No Man's Land Russell Maliphant's - Second Breath Akram Khan's - Dust More pictures on www.johnrossballetgallery.co.uk
  12. Saw the Bayadere tonight and got on much better with that than their Swan Lake. Denis Rodkin is a marvel to behold in the flesh and gets enough to do as Solor, the company gets into the spirit of Bayadere with some delightfully hammy acting (particularly enjoyed the flouncy, cross Brahmin) and I quite liked Gamzatti as well. Kolesnikova's arm were beautiful and I felt she was more suited to Nikiya than O/O. The shades were a bit shady at times and as in Swan Lake, there were no real stand-out dancers. I think it's a shame that the company seems to have focussed on one dancer as t
  13. Foteini Christofilopoulou was at the dress rehearsal for 'Car Man' at Sadlers Wells. Here are a few photos: Marcelo Gomes, Ashley Shaw © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Zizi Strallen, Chris Trenfield © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Kate Lyons, Liam Mower © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: Matthew Bourne's 'The Car Man' Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr
  14. I attended the matinee yesterday, of a quadruple bill, on a day trip via Eurostar. The choreography was all by Ailey and three of the pieces were based on music by Duke Ellington, in one case, The River, created specifically for the ballet through a direct collaboration between these two iconic African-Americans. The most balletic of all the pieces, The River, was commissioned by ABT and includes a pas de deux created on Erik Bruhn and Natatlia Makarova. I recall seeing it when ABT visited London in the early 70s. This version was later revised by Ailey for his own company, removing the po
  15. It all seems so real now! DD's audition date for the dance course has arrived. 3rd November. Now I am already feeling more stressed than I was before. Goodness knows how bad it will be on the actual audition day!
  16. Just to say that the Elmhurst audition dates etc are now on the website !
  17. 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
  18. Foteini Christofilopoulou was at the dress rehearsal at Sadlers Wells, for Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. Here are a few photos: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch - Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr
  19. After quite a few booking day meltdowns and fiascos it appears this morning's booking also had problems - HOWEVER it was to do with something which caused the whole building to be evacuated. I was told this by booking office staff when picking tickets up just now - they were surprised I had been able to book them without trouble so early into the booking process this am. I thought I would post this in case others had problems and perhaps to reduce complaints which of course in the past have been more than justified. Seems this may not have been anything to do with the 'system'. ROH seemingly a
  20. BRB has started its latest run of Coppelia in Edinburgh at the Festival Theatre. I missed the opening night but reports claim that Elisha Willis, Joe Caley and Michael O'Hare surpassed themselves. The Thursday matinee was notable for finally giving Samara Downs her first leading role, as Swanilda- previously she's always been a Friend, never the lead. Her dancing was confident and her interpretation impressive. Jamie Bond was a convincing Franz and Rory Mackay a touching Dr Coppelius: modern British productions underplay the sinister elements of Hoffman's eccentric scientist but within th
  21. 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).
  22. Hi there! I'm new here and joined with the purpose of asking this question I'm a male dancer, just turned 18 and am on a dance course with my local college where I study contemporary and ballet with a mixture of Jazz and more commercial dance styles, and the odd urban/street things (an all rounded course really). I was late getting into dance, at about 15 I joined my first Ballet class and that's where my passion lies...I can get into urban and street style dance if needed for college but I much rather doing contemporary or ballet specifically. I wanted to dance all my life, but finan
  23. Royal Ballet School audition dates for 2015 entry have been published on their website: http://www.royalballetschool.org.uk/training/auditions/audition-dates/
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