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  1. As the mixed bill starts on this coming Saturday (it is usual to start with a matinee?) I thought I would start this new topic. There is also a filmed Insight this evening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMZuoPEYNBs Very much looking forward to these performances - and am booked for this coming Saturday matinee and the evening on the 30th. Might book for Monday 2nd May as well if I can cope with trains on a Bank Holiday!
  2. Just booked tickets for this at ROH. Never heard of any of the Three ballets before. Obviously know and love Stravinsky, but this is a new one for me. Anyone know it? What's it like? Will the choreography be super modern?
  3. Sarasota Ballet have announced a true 'Heritage' programme for their upcoming Autumn digital season and for which you can buy tickets to watch. I have a feeling that many hereabouts may want to do so as it features some true Ashton gems that we don't oft get to see hereabouts nowadays. PURITY IN MOTION (Program 1) 23 – 25 October 2020 FSU Center for the Performing Arts George Balanchine's Donizetti Variations Ricardo Graziano's Amorosa Paul Taylor's Company B BEYOND EXPRESSION (Program 2) 20 – 21 November 2020 Sarasota Opera House Sir Frederick Ashton's Birthday Offering Sir Frederick Ashton's Dante Sonata Sir David Bintley's The Spider's Feast ROMEO & JULIET (Program 3) 18 – 19 December 2020 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Sir Frederick Ashton's Romeo & Juliet Composed by Sergei Prokofiev
  4. If I could justify the ticket price and train fare I'd be all over these: Sunday 27 October 2019 - Foyer de danse (1932) with Christopher Newton and Ursula Hageli and Le Papillon variation (1975) with Wayne EaglingSunday 23 February 2020 - Voices of Spring (1977) with Merle Park and Wayne Eagling Link: http://www.frederickashton.org.uk/news.html#forthcoming
  5. No comment on the dress rehearsal today, for the usual reasons, but did anyone happen to catch the pre-show announcement about two (I think) cast changes? I missed this as my neighbour arrived rather noisily at exactly that moment and so I am puzzling as to who we saw who isn't on the cast list.
  6. This truly 'mixed bill' starts tonight and, on the basis of yesterday's rehearsal (where there were additional cast changes!), it's going to be a terrific end to a wonderful Royal Ballet Season.
  7. This opens tonight, so all reports/reviews/discussions here please. I can't believe that there is only one week to go until the end of the RB season....where has it all gone??!!
  8. Birmingham Royal Ballet's Autumn season started in their home venue last week with the sunniest of ballets, La Fille Mal Gardée. I was very fortunate to see the 2 performances on Thursday. At the matinee Miki Mizutani made her debut as Lise and was a total delight! It was very hard to believe that this was her debut as she was a total delight from start to finish. I thought she absolutely inhabited the role and her footwork could only be described as dazzling. Her Colas was Lachlan Monaghan, who had made his debut in Bristol in July. I thought it then and confirmed my thoughts on Thursday afternoon that he was just born to dance the role of Colas! They were a delight together. The Fanny Elssler pdd was so sublime that I had an unexpected attack of hay fever by the end of it. James Barton danced Widow Simone in the afternoon and he has really made the role his own. He was the the loving mother determined to try and do the best for his daughter, without realising that the best would be letting her marry her true love. James is one of the best actors in the Company, he is so subtle but even the tiniest gestures have meaning behind them. His rapport with Miki was meltingly gorgeous. Tzu-Chao Chou was excellent as Alain. What a performance to savour!! Thursday evening provided another cornucopia of delight with Celine Gittens and Tyrone Singleton in the leading roles. What can I say - both these dancers, they breathe and all is well with the world! Rory Mackay gave us a broader brush interpretation of the Widow. Kit Holder is one of my favourite Alains. He beautifully brings out all the pathos of a gauche young man who is not used to company and doesn't quite know how to behave. His final scene when he retrieves his beloved umbrella was very moving. So it was a day of contrast in performance styles, Miki and Lachlan danced with the verve and exuberance of youth where Celine and Tyrone were more polished but nevertheless still brought out very strongly a feeling of youngsters in love. I thought it was interesting that Jonathan Lo conducted the superb BRB Sinfonia at both performances but in the afternoon the orchestra played a lot faster. Thinking about it ... Celine and Tyrone are taller than Miki and Lachlan so perhaps needed more time for their longer limbs to fit the steps in. What a wonderful way to spend a day watching 2 such glorious performances. I'd love to hear what other people thought (and I know a number of forum members were there...).
  9. Tonight was the first night of the Royal Ballet's last triple bill of the season. I'm afraid I didn't make it through to the end, but would be glad to hear from those who did!
  10. 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.
  11. BRB's Ashton double bill opens on Wednesday. Please use this thread for your thoughts. To start us off, BRB have issued a rehearsal video of The Dream from the last run: https://www.brb.org.uk/post/studio-rehearsals-for-the-dream
  12. From an email which I received yesterday from Dance Books: "Dance Books is delighted to announce publication of Geraldine Morris's 'Frederick Ashton’s Ballets: Style, Performance, Choreography'. The author, a former member of the Royal Ballet, has produced a ground-breaking study of six of Ashton's ballets, using them as examples to discuss the nature of Ashton's style and its relationship to early twentieth century dance training in Britain. She discusses the problems of performing Ashton's work in a stylistically correct manner, and suggests how some present day defects might be remedied. The result is exhilarating and enlightening but also controversial." http://www.dancebooks.co.uk/frederick-ashtons-ballets-style-performance-choreography-p-337.html?sesid=vvo124l1v7bfcgqv67rjqa6v60
  13. 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
  14. 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?
  15. Lucky Sarasota (as usual): http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2014-04-25/section/ashton-time/ I was wondering whether anyone was lucky enough to be going to this, and whether, if so, they could report back from us? If only Star Trek's transporter really existed ...
  16. I've just spotted Brendan McCarthy on Twitter announcing the launch of an official Frederick Ashton website: http://www.frederickashton.org.uk/index.html The section on the Ballets themselves which will presumably become the heart of the site - as on the MacMillan one - has still to be developed, I see. And whilst the photographs used thus far all look fairly current rather than historical, it looks as if it should become a useful research site.
  17. 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.
  18. From this week's links, some news, among other things, of Sarasota's Ashton season, which sounds highly tempting: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/08/arts/dance/british-ingenuity-delivered-by-americans.html?_r=1&
  19. Since nobody else has started one yet, a thread for discussing the Royal Ballet's new Ashton bill: La Valse, Thais pdd, Voices of Spring pdd, Monotones (both parts) and Marguerite and Armand.
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