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  1. Logistics were a problem … the auditorium was not opened until 5 minutes before the actual time (presumably due to tech overruns). The Dress Circle bar area had become a crush zone. When the doors were opened, the ushers did not usher, so it took some back and forth to find seats. Consequently the show started very late … I didn’t bother to check … must have been over 20 minutes. This kind of thing happens regularly with one-off shows with limited access to the theatre for tech set-up and rehearsals. There were glitches with lighting and music in places too, and overall there wasn’t enough lighting on the dancers’ faces. It was rather odd to start a show based on male dancers with the curtain rising on a lone female … Fumi Kaneko in Spectre de La Rose! For me, Wheeldon’s ‘Us’ performed by Matthew Ball and Joe Sissens was the highlight of the evening. Well-rehearsed, beautifully danced by both, high on emotional content and interesting choreo. Other pieces worth seeing were Matthew Ball and Luca Acri in Bourne’s white swan duet, Vadim Muntagirov in Nureyev’s Swan Lake lament solo and Matteo Miccini in both his pieces by Clug and Goecke. Vadim’s second solo was a poor choreo imitation of Ashton’s divine ‘Blessed Spirits’, an Bach Adagio chore by by Miroshnichenko. He was dressed the same, also only in white tights. I would not have included it on the same programme. Ivan Putrov himself is in decent classical dancing shape … but the ‘Blessed Spirits’ solo that he performed would have been better by any of the names above. Nice to see him dancing though. Ditto Spectre de La Rose needs a special dancer. Ed Watson was entertaining in his drag queen solo by Arthur Pita. I didn’t find it sat well with an evening that was otherwise focussed on meaningful and serious pieces. Still … it lightened the mood and Ed does grab your attention, deservedly. The rest was a mixed bag. Some too long. Some too samey. It was good to see some younger dancers featured, three from Dutch National Ballet and also Jack Easton (graduate from RBS this summer, now at BRB) in his own interesting choreo. Biggest disappointment was Dmitri Zagrebin from Royal Swedish Ballet … he performed 3 pieces and they were all unmusical. The show ended with Zagrebin in the Lacrymosa solo which Luca Acri had performed so sensitively at the Putrov/Cojocaru Ukraine gala earlier this year. With 20 pieces it was a generous programme … I feel some could have been cut and certainly improved. The evening did feel disjointed, as most galas do. One theme was that more than half of the pieces were performed in tights or shorts … so there were plenty of sculpted torsos and expressive shoulders and arms to admire. Maybe that’s good enough.
  2. It’s here! 🇺🇦 Decided to post this while waiting for the performance. Feeling both excited (about the largely unknown programme) and emotional (about the reason for the gala) but grateful we can do something positive and productive to help. Looking forward to seeing the dancers from English National Ballet, Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Company Wayne McGregor, and Northern Ballet, and having great music from the ENO Orchestra, and pianists Sasha Grynyuk and Julia Richter. So far, we’ve been told that Don Quixote pas de deux and Tchaikovsky pas de deux may be in the programme, although with galas/live performance, it can be subject to changes of course. It promises to be a powerful evening for such an important cause (and one of the earliest and speediest fundraising benefits for Ukraine of this kind to be organised in Britain). With thanks to annamicro for alerting forum members, Alina and Ivan for organising it, and all the artists for their artistry and contributions. Awaiting members’ thoughts and reactions after (and maybe before) the show. ❤️
  3. 13 Mar 2012 – 15 Mar 2012 Now with Putrov and Polunin joint-headlining, and a different cast and programme http://www.sadlerswe...n-Men-in-Motion Lifted straight from the website: "Following the sell-out run of Ivan Putrov’s Men in Motion earlier this year, the former Royal Ballet Principal returns to Sadler’s Wells with an evening of works showcasing the athleticism and beauty of the male form in motion. For this exciting programme Putrov will be joined by some of the world’s finest dancers including Sergei Polunin (former Royal Ballet Principal), Tim Matiakis (Royal Ballet of Denmark), Clyde Archer and Isaac Montllor (Spain's Compañía Nacional de Danza). The evening will include Nacho Duato’s modern trio Remanso and a new piece choreographed by Polunin himself. Also on the bill will be Leon Jacobson’s Vestris – a solo originally choreographed in 1969 for a young Mikhail Baryshnikov after he won the International Ballet Competition in Moscow. Other highlights include one of the most famous works ever created for the male dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky’s L'après-midi d'un faune set to Debussy’s beautiful music." (which involves half-a-dozen women, or should do, of course) Edit: clashes with BRB at the Coliseum, but coincides with a couple of "dead" nights at the ROH.
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