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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. This looks like a lovely event for anyone in the Orlando area. Some tickets available. Thanks to Mayara for mentioning it on her Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/CYpN-OtN_mX/?utm_medium=copy_link https://www.drphillipscenter.org/events/tickets/2022/royal-ballet-royal-phil/ Dr. Phillips Center Presents The Royal Ballet & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra January 19, 2022 | Steinmetz Hall | 7:30 p.m. Part of our Grand Celebration Season—when we welcome the world’s greatest artists to one of the world’s greatest theaters, our new Steinmetz Hall. Principal dancers from The Royal Ballet Covent Garden and Brooklyn Mack join The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra—performing together for the very first time as Steinmetz Hall becomes a gathering place for the world’s greatest artists. This all-Tchaikovsky evening includes pas de deux, codas and solos from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, along with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Seats will fill up fast. Get tickets now and be one of the first to see Steinmetz Hall in action with this exceptional performance. Royal Ballet Dancers Sarah Lamb Ryoichi Hirano Mayara Magri Matthew Ball Charlotte Tonkinson Francisco Serrano Join us in DeVos Family Room before the show for a full bar, hors d'oeuvres, chef stations, desserts and live entertainment. The Royal Ballet For 90 years, The Royal Ballet has united tradition and innovation through world-class performances at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, under the patronage of Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrating 75 years as one of the world’s greatest orchestras, The Royal Philharmonic will take the Steinmetz Hall stage for one-of-a-kind collaborations during their 10-day Dr. Phillips Center residency. Barry Wordsworth Serving as Principal Guest Conductor of The Royal Ballet, Barry Wordsworth is also Conductor Laureate of the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Brighton Philharmonic, as well as Music Director Laureate of Birmingham Royal Ballet. He has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, both in the UK and across the globe.
  3. Two dancers in Brazil have called on Brazilian dancers worldwide to take part in an online ballet gala to be broadcast on Saturday 20 June 2020 at 7pm Brazilian time (11pm UK time so it will be a late night!). Brazil is one of the worst affected countries in the Covid-19 pandemic and this gala will aid those most in need in the country. So far, the dancers participating represent thirty companies worldwide and a highlight will be Mayara Magri and Matthew Ball dancing the balcony pas de deux from MacMillan's "Romeo and Juliet". Other names familiar to UK audiences are Fernanda Oliveira of English National Ballet and twins Vitor and Guilherme Menezes, both now with Royal Danish Ballet. The excerpts have been filmed wherever the dancers have found space to dance and have been filmed according to social distancing requirements in each country, not all by professional cameramen. The organisers are asking for donations starting at R$25 (equivalent to approximately £3). After donating, you will receive a link with a password to enable you to watch the gala via Youtube. The link for donating is: https://www.vakinha.com.br/r/1067494/4845086. The first credit card I used was not accepted but my donation went through when I tried a different card. The donation form strangely asks for your date of birth and a "Document". I just typed "passport" in here but was not asked to attach it so this is probably a standard form for other things. Information about the gala, who will benefit and the donation process can be found on Instagram: Galaballetonlinebrasil.
  4. Tried to buy this today and it is already sold out (sad face). Just putting this wish out there on the chance someone with higher status has a ticket they are no longer able to use. Insights: In Conversation with Matthew Ball 30 May 2019 Clore Studio (Wish they would put the popular Insights in the Linbury Theatre)
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