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  1. Coppelia in Munich April 22nd, 2022 Staatsballett Munich currently performs Coppelia by Roland Petit with three different casts in the main roles, and I went to see Ksenia Ryshkova as Swanilda, Shale Wagman as Franz and Javier Amo as Dr. Coppelius (he dances this role in all performances). Petit's choreography is a colorful and "bonbon-rose" version of this ballet. And especially when the corps dances I was under the impression that we see a revue rather than a ballet with a story to tell. Somehow it felt that the extended corps parts were made to give the 3 main characters time to catch their breath backstage. And for no other purpose 😀. It sounds a bit mean but it really didn't add to the story at all. As for the story, it was pure entertainment and fun to watch. Mostly, and I have to focus now on the main reason why I travelled to Munich again - because of the witty, defiant, proud, brilliant performance Shale Wagman delivered as Franz. It was his first main role in a full length ballet in Munich as soloist (which in Munich means "demi-soloist"), alongside principal dancer Ksenia Ryshkova as a lovely, charming and graceful Swanilda, who was also very good in acting as poor Swanilda, trying frantically to get her Franz. She delivered beautiful clean solo parts especially with her fouettes. Shale's technical and acting skills met the funny, mischevious and proud character of Franz perfectly. High jumps (one to the back of the stage made me literally gasp), beautiful tours en l'air, wonderful manege jumps, his "trademark" flexibility and a charming partnering for Ksenia as well as duets with Coppelius were just so delightful to watch. His expressive face (eyes!) and body language for the pantomime parts were so funny, the audience chuckled along and gave applause during his gorgeous solo parts. I know I am biased but when he's onstage, his presence and fun to dance is palpable and striking. Thunderous applause, bravi and many curtain calls for Franz and Swanilda were highly deserved. Munich is one lucky city to have him. His next main role (according to the recent Staatsballett's press release) will be "Puck" in Neumeier's Midsummernights Dream. Link to my Instagram with my Video: https://www.instagram.com/p/Ccqs6SoIS-Z/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
  2. **February special classes** I am a former First Soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet with 20 years teaching experience. I love that I teach so many different people from young to adults, from vocational to recreational. This time, I am delighted to announce my special Zoom classes for February for adults: 1) Coppelia February Special classes: Every Wednesday for 3 weeks, we will explore sections of the ballet Coppelia. This online course is suitable for adults of all levels, so please share! Wednesdays 2rd, 9th, 16thFebruary 1:45pm - 3:15pm (UK) (8:45am - 10:15am New York) 3 days for ÂŁ36 On Zoom or on Demand. **Recordings of live sessions, which have been very popular, are also available if you can't make it. 2) Bluebird Variation from Sleeping Beauty: In my regular Thursday adult Repertoire class, for February, we will explore the beautiful variation of Princess Florine from the Bluebird pas de Deux. This class happens every Thursday 10am - 11:30 am, where we cover sections and variations from classical ballets, ranging from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, and many more. ÂŁ14 per class - or ÂŁ72 for 6 classes **Recordings of live sessions are also available. For more information on any classes, please contact me on: lklosardo@hotmail.com Instagram:laetitialosardo www.laetitialosardoballet.com Image: Laetitia Lo Sardo in Coppelia taken by Steve Hanson #coppelia #bluebirdvariation #balletclass #balletforall #balletforadults #professionaldancer #adultballet #adultballetcommunity #iloveballet #specialclass
  3. Due to an upgrade I am selling SCS D4 for this performance. DM me if interested.
  4. If anybody has any Stalls Circle tickets for CoppĂ©lia on the 10th December I would be very grateful 😊
  5. Hi, Anybody got any tickets for Coppelia 10th December @ 7:30pm?
  6. Hello, would love to hear from anyone who has been involved with an EYB Coppelia production. Can see from previous posts that Swanhilda’s Friends are in 3 acts but can anyone tell me what the role entails for the Coppelia doll? Many thanks.
  7. The Bolshoi's season of live cinema transmissions started today with Le Corsaire. Please use this thread to discuss the performances. I have to say, I thought the production looked stunning on screen, and that the dancers were generally framed pretty well - no parts of bodies escaping the frame during the dancing. I was a little surprised to find two dancers being interviewed about the roles of Conrad and Medora and then two completely different dancers performing the roles, though! Oh, and I still covet those beautiful white tutus from the Jardin Anime scene, even more so having seen them up close
  8. Birmingham Royal Ballet gave 4 performances of Coppelia in Sunderland and I was very happy to be there. I saw 3 of the performances and I have to say that they all sparkled! SPW's production of Coppelia is just gorgeous with its sumptuous sets and costumes and its attention to detail. On Thursday evening Miki Mizutani was just sublime as Swanilda with Tzu-Chao Chou as her "cheeky chappy" Franz. Her dancing was glorious and her depth of characterisation was beautiful to watch. The role of Franz fits Tzu-Chao like a glove. The incomparable Michael O'Hare gave a performance full of fun and pathos as Dr Coppelius. Friday afternoon was a treat with a sparky Maureya Lebowitz as Swanilda and Lachlan Monaghan as her exuberant Franz. I had a huge grin on my face throughout the whole performance! On Friday evening Arancha Baselga was a fun-loving Swanilda with Max Maslen hitting just the right note of cheekiness as Franz. The whole performance was just lovely. At all 3 performances I saw Celine Gittens was radiant as Dawn and Brooke Ray performed Prayer beautifully. Yasuo Atsuji and Miles Gilliver shared the honours in leading the Call to Arms. Yasuo was particularly exuberant. I suspect that not all of the company was present as most of the corps roles were danced by the same performers at every performance (presumably the rest of the company are preparing for Virginia and Japan) but it mattered not a jot!
  9. Hi my DD is doing CoppĂ©lia with EYB at Rickmansworth and the casting audition is on Tuesday. Does anyone know what to expect as she’s quite nervous. Also do any of you know what parts she may get? She just turned 15, is on pointe and she’s 5’3/5’4. Thanks! Xx
  10. Something to look forward to, depending of course on which cinemas are taking part: three Australian Ballet productions will be broadcast to 500 cinemas worldwide in October. The ballets are Ratmansky's redesigned Cinderella, David McAllister's jaw-droppingly lavish Sleeping Beauty and Peggy van Praagh's much-loved Coppelia. http://www.screendaily.com/news/cinemalive-partners-with-australian-ballet-on-trilogy-of-productions/5104519.article I'd happily pay to see all of them! I was on the verge of booking to see Cinderella at the London Coliseum next month when fate decreed that I'll be moving house on the only day I could have gone...
  11. It was a privilege and a pleasure to witness David Hallberg's return to the stage last night at the Sydney Opera House. Franz in Coppelia is a role he had never danced before and he danced it with his customary generosity, expansiveness and warmth. His time at the Bolshoi shows in his presentation and in the development of his musicality and phrasing. Not ideal casting but no one cared. A wonderfully attentive but earnest partner for the delightful Swanilda of Amber Scott, he was only limited by the tiny stage - one leap and he is in the wings. Clearly the rehabilitation has been long but successful and we can only hope that he can return to his former roles at both ABT and Bolshoi. Some excellent work from the men and women of the corps de ballet showing a unanimity of style often lacking in more important companies. Bravo David Hallberg!
  12. Well, for anyone just back from the AB cinema broadcasts, here's your chance to discuss it. I wondered how Sleeping Beauty was going to come in at 2 1/2 hours - significant cuts to Acts II and III is the answer. The credits rolled through so quickly that I couldn't spot who all the dancers were, and there were no casts sheets: can anyone tell me who were Bluebird and Florine? I can probably guess if I go and haul this summer's programme out. And I'm guessing the fairy of musicality would have been the canary one?
  13. 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 that approach Rory's sensitive and detailed characterisation is very effective. In the evening Momoko Hirata's dancing was technically assured and elegant and Cesar Morales's Franz a sympathetic chancer, danced with his usual stylistic aplomb, and Jonathan Payn an effective conventional Coppelius.The Act 3 solos were well done in both performances; Jenna Roberts danced Prayer sensitively in both performances- it's a difficult solo to pull off but she had the necessary gravity and control. As Dawn, Karla Doorbar and Yvette Knight, very different dancers in physique and style, were equally good. In Act 1, Daria Stanciulescu, a dancer new to me, and Maureya Lebowitz, again very different dancers, were sultry Gypsies. On Friday BRB premiered First Steps: a Child's Coppelia. I was unable to see it but it sounds an interesting variation on the child-friendly performances that British companies have been introducing. It was the Festival Theatre iwho suggested it, professional dancers will be performing and talking about their roles and the orchestra will be playing so it will be quite a full scale introduction.
  14. So the RSB is coming to Belfast and Mommy got me and her tickets to go see them in January, seeing La Fille mal Gardee. I see there Giselle and it was pretty good, they are a small company so it wasn't going to be mind blowing but their Swan Lake is one of the best I've seen. It blew me away. Tatianna (Bolotova??) was an amazing Giselle. Anyway, does anyone know how I can find out who is dancing in La Fille? As I would simply love to meet the company. The Grand Opera house have told me to send in a request through them and they'll see what they can do but does anyone else have any other ideas or suggestions.
  15. A performance of rare artistry from Elena Glurdjidze as Swanilda yesterday afternoon in Oxford. She connected with the audience immediately she came on stage and carried them with her every step of the way. Her comic timing was a delight and the softness and phrasing of her dancing was beautiful throughout. Mention has been made elsewhere on the Forum of the frequent emphasis given to steps over interpretation nowadays. Elena knows how to deliver 'the complete package' and show the soul of her character. The near to full theatre had a lot of very happy punters indeed and, unusually for a regional audience, there was a massive, cheering ovation at the end. So well-deserved. Elena has one more Swanilda - in Bristol on the evening of 7th November. Catch her while you can. She is a unique artiste.
  16. The long awaited production of Ronald Hynd's Coppelia opens tonight at the Coliseum. The leads at the general rehearsal were Shiori Kase as Swanilda and Yonah Acosta as Franz, supported by a very happy looking company. Here are pictures from the three acts. Swanilda - Shiori Kase and Franz - Yonah Acosta in act 1 Shiori Kase - Swanilda as doll and Michael Coleman - Dr Coppelius in act 2 Crystal Costa as Dawn and bridesmaids in act 3 More pictures on www.johnrossballetgallery.co.uk
  17. English Youth Ballet is looking for a total of 100 young dancers to perform corps de ballet and soloist roles in our acclaimed production of CoppĂ©lia that will be presented at The Hawth Theatre from 24 - 25th October 2014. Please find an audition registration pack if you are interested in the audition. Auditions on Tuesday 24th June in the Studio at The Hawth Theatre, Hawth Ave, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ. 4.30pm - audition for younger dancers (aged 8 ­ 11). 6.45pm - audition for older dancers (aged 12 ­ 18). Each audition is a 1.5hrs ballet class on the stage and is an experience in itself. There is a ÂŁ12.50 audition fee. It is possible to register on the audition day (but please arrive approximately 30 minutes early if possible). For more information contact Miss Lewis on 01689 856747 or misslewis@englishyouthballet.co.uk Click to see video footage of EYB’s production CoppĂ©lia. Rehearsals for the ballet will take place on Tues 9th Sept (after school), Sat 27th & Sun 28th Sept, Sat 4th & Sun 5th Oct, Fri 10th, Sat 11th & Sun 11th Oct, Fri 17th, Sat 18th & Sun 19th Oct. ­ Rehearsals on school days will take place after school and Saturday rehearsals start at 2pm to minimise disruption to normal dance classes.
  18. Coming away from yesterday's general rehearsal and walking up Kingsway, a stream of Little Princesses were descending on the Peacock Theatre to see ENB and ENB Ballet School's, My First Ballet: Coppelia. Narrated this time by Dr Coppelius the little ones should be following the story of Coppelia. Here is a picture from the rehearsal. Archie Sullivan - Franz, Olivia Lindon - Swanilda and Friends More pictures on www.johnrossballetgallery.co.uk
  19. On the first Christmas after the death of my late spouse, my former ward (the nearest I have to a daughter) went into hospital and gave birth to a beautiful little boy whom she called Vladimir. Despite his Slavonic name little Vladimir is entirely African, his mum being Sierra Leonean and his dad Ghanaian. He has a beautifully expressive face and in his play I have seen him balance on one leg one arm outstretched before him the other to his side and his other leg off the ground almost in line with his body. Nobody told him how to do that trick. Now his mum says that all kids can do that. As she sees far more children of that age than I do I am sure she is right. But it is also possible that the little lad has a taste and perhaps even a talent for ballet so I am taking him and his mum to see "My First Ballet: Coppélia" at The Peacock on 13 April 2014 at 15:00. That ballet is aimed at children aged 3 and over so he is just old enough to see it. English National Ballet's website has lots of resources. Vlad's mum is already a balletomane (how could she not be with me as her guardian) but she is very level headed and unlikely to be a tiger mum even if her boy does have talent. The ballet is to open in Shrewsbury on 5 April and then proceed to London, Manchester and various theatres in the home counties, I should be interested to hear from anybody who sees the show before I do. It is of course possible that Vlad does not take to ballet. If that's the case, that's fine too.I have lots of other interests including sport - especially cricket which I love at least as much as ballet.
  20. I was in Sunderland for the first three performances of Coppelia. Sir Peter Wright's 1995 production is handsome and very traditional and still looks as fresh as a daisy. Opening night honours went to Elisha Willis and Matthew Lawrence. Elisha is terrific as Swanilda - her outrage at Franz' flirting is a joy to behold and she is very deft of foot in Act 2. Matthew Lawrence "acts big" and Franz suits him. He's a terrific partner. On Thursday evening we were treated to a delightful performance from Laetitia Lo Sardo and Joe Caley. Laetitia is sublime as Swanilda; she is totally subsumed into the role. I adore Joe as Franz - he really is a cheeky chappy with just the right amount of frivolous flirting and enormous energy in his perfomance. The highlight for me was the schools' matinee on Thursday afternoon. The children present were, without exception, wonderfully behaved and created a very enthusiastic and enjoyable atmosphere in the audience. They were treated to a dazzling virtuoso performance from Nao Sakuma and Chi Cao. The roles fitted them like gloves and they brought just the right amount of humour, flirting and pathos to their sparkling, fizzing performance. Bravi to them! The whole company were on joyous form. I particularly enjoyed Callie Roberts as Dawn at one performance and we had three terrific "Call to Arms" leaders in Tyrone Singleton, Matthias Dingman and Tzu-Chao Chou. Jonathan Payn, Rory Mackay and Valentin Olovyannikov are all notable and enjoyable as Doctor Coppelius. Coppelia is at the Coliseum at the end of the week - I do hope you can all get along to see a performance and record your thoughts here!
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