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  1. I really enjoyed this - I hope they heard me clapping through my laptop!! Thrilled to see again the wonderful partnership of Momoko Hirata and Cesar Morales, who I loved so much in Giselle last year and who danced really beautifully tonight. The adapted production worked really well and was still so rich and magical. Jonathan Payn was a commanding Drosselmeyer and Karla Doorbar a sweet Clara. Brilliant. Also delighted that it was dedicated to Marion Tait (and there was a really good interval film about the production, including an interview with her).
  2. Am very keen to get a ticket for the Christmas Eve performance as it’s been a tradition for many years. Hopefully someone can help me... thanks
  3. Well, I'm afraid it wasn't a flawless broadcast of Raymonda today at the cinema I went to: in addition to numerous (and seemingly regular) gaps in the audio (and often video) of about one second, we had two long losses of picture and sound, one in each of the first two acts. One of them resulted in the screen becoming more horribly pixelated than anything I'd seen since the motherboard on my new laptop failed about a decade ago I hope others fared better. Technical issues apart, I'm afraid I found myself nodding off several times during Act I: not sure to what extent that was du
  4. I hope it's alright to post a review of this version of Nutcracker which I saw at Richmond's beautiful Frank Matcham theatre. It's a lovely venue if a little cramped in the leg room stakes. People obviously were shorter in 1899 I can only assume. The Nutcracker, as performed by Moscow City Ballet is a brilliant demonstration of good basic ballet technique on a shoestring budget. It was also a slightly unusual version of the story with some features I've not seen before https://moscowcityballet.com/the-nutcracker/ . This included the fact that Drosselmeyer turned h
  5. English National Ballet Nutcracker National Tour 27 November – 5 January 2020 Liverpool Empire and London Coliseum www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker As part of its 70th Anniversary Season English National Ballet is continuing its Christmas tradition of presenting a Nutcracker production each year since 1950. English National Ballet's Nutcracker returns this festive season with performances at the Liverpool Empire Theatre (27-30 November) and the London Coliseum (11 December-5 January) Principal casting for the performances is announced today and sees three debuts in
  6. Hi Birmingham Royal Ballet - The nutcracker is here. I went to see and photograph thier rehersal , and it was brilliant. I m a newbie and hopefully I can give you all more comments when I have more experience in Ballet performance. https://www.brb.org.uk/whats-on/event/nutcracker-2019 Choreography - Peter Wright, Lev Lvanov, Vincent Redmon Music - Pyotr Llyich Tchaikovsky Design - John F Macfarlane Lighting - David Finn I only posted a photo here b'cos I dont want to leak all the surprises and spoil the show.
  7. Quite an exciting, unique take on the Nutcracker Hats off to the principals especially, for their impeccable dancing in an incredibly intense pas de deux. A longer review may be found here. It seems fitting that where the Western version of the Nutcracker celebrates Christmas, the version by the National Ballet of China (NBC) is built around the equally festive Lunar New Year, a season that's all about family as well. I was extremely impressed by how cleverly the Lunar New Year theme was transposed onto the Nutcracker ballet, and the ingenious use of symbols of Chinese culture and
  8. The Nutcracker has been a huge part of half my life, but there are some interesting facts that I only just recently learned. So I decided to put together a quiz that includes questions about the history, music, and plot of the ballet. Hope you find it fun and perhaps educational, too!
  9. English National Ballet Manon National Tour 17 October 2018 - 20 January 2019 www.ballet.org.uk/manon Continuing its commitment to UK touring and presenting world-class ballet to the widest possible audience, Autumn 2018 sees English National Ballet present Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon outside of London for only the second time in 30 years. English National Ballet will present Manon in Manchester (17-20 October), Milton Keynes (24-27 October) and Southampton (31 October–03 November) followed by performances at the London Coliseum (16-20 January 2019). English National Ballet, M
  10. Hiya! A tad early but looking for one cheap ticket for this sold out performance. PM if you are able to help! :) Thanks in advance, Linda.
  11. Hi, Not sure whether this should be in 'Doing Dance' or one of the other forums, but... I'm intrigued to know which school year groups dance which roles in The Nutcracker. I'm particularly interested in the Royal Ballet School and the Royal Ballet's production of the ballet, but am also interested in other companies and productions (particularly in the US). I believe that first and second years dance party guests and mice. What about years 9, 10 and 11? Do they still appear? Then I guess upper school girls are drafted into the corps de ballet for snowflakes. I used
  12. Hi, Looking for tickets for ENB's Nutcracker. Two for either 4th, 5th or 6th January, one adult and one child, matinee or evening, and a single for evening of 6th. Anyone got anything available? Thanks.
  13. Anyone with a spare RB Nutcracker for sat 30th evening please ?- stalls circle standing preferred or similar Thanks Jules
  14. Does anyone have a spare ticket? Can't pay too much and needs to be upstairs. Please PM me if you do. Thanks.
  15. I have the following tickets going spare for Nutcracker: Thursday 28th December 7pm Stalls Circle Standing D50 £10 Saturday 30th December 2.00pm Stalls Circle Standing D5 £8 Please PM me. I can send tickets by post.
  16. Saw this story on the BBC website and I was like couldn't quite believe it and just had to share it Russian region debates Nutcracker 'occult' row - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-38652926
  17. I was at the opening night of ENB's lovely Nutcracker by Wayne Eagling. I really rather like this production. The opening wintry scene with skaters in great coats is delightful and then the festivities inside the house with all the dance students is just lovely. The children were really good and a credit to Tring Park School. The "adult" role of Clara was played by Laurretta Summerscales partnered by Emilio Pavan as the Nephew and Junor Souza as the Nutcracker although they double up in parts. Best not to put too much store by that or it gets confusing! James Streeter was Herr Drosselmeye
  18. Apologies if this has been posted before - couldn't see it anywhere. Below is a cut and paste from the ROH news: (http://www.roh.org.uk/news/bbc-to-broadcast-behind-the-scenes-nutcracker-documentary-during-christmas-2016) BBC Two will broadcast a special 90-minute documentary following the process of staging The Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker on Christmas Day 2016 at 4pm. The Company allowed the BBC access behind-the-scenes to follow preparations of Peter Wright’s classic ballet, which has returned to Covent Garden to delight audiences once again this Season. The documentary
  19. Casting has just been posted on BRB website. 13 Sugar Plum Fairies.
  20. I’ve had a few too many Nuts in my life but I promised you to be on the lookout for Ksenia Ovsyanick who had her first appearance here and her debut as Clara yesterday so I went there and even splurged for a seat in the stalls. Staatsballett Berlin ditched their opulently furnished and outrageously expensive “Russian” Nutcracker (Medvedev / Burlaka) - which was only two years old - for the rehashed Duato (Michailovsky, 2013). All in all, it looked like a vegan diet after a luscious Christmas feast and I left with very mixed feelings. I like my first act to be very lively, a tad untidy,
  21. A DAY OF CONTRAST BETWEEN TWO NUTCRACKERS On Sunday 11th December UKMASTERCLASS has organised a day of contrast between two NUTCRACKERS. This intensive day consists of masterclasses taught by Royal Ballet dancers: VALERI HRISTOV & ITZIAR MENDIZABAL and a three hour workshop with two ​dancers from RE:BOURNE, Matthew Bourne's dance company, New Adventures. On this day you will have a taste of the repertoire from The Royal Ballet's Nutcracker, and in the afternoon, a taste of Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker. Time: 10:00am - 5:30pm Level: Intermediate/Advanced (min. 3 ballet classes p/w) Ag
  22. Just thought I would start the new feed as this season's Nutcracker is about to begin! Just from rehearsal videos and photos, there is something that seems so different & special about this years run. Whether it is because there seems to be such a large amount of promising young talent throughout the ranks, as I personally would be happy to see any cast. Or maybe it is because there was no Royal Ballet Nutcracker last year? Also I saw a small clip of McRae and Salenko's rehearsals yesterday, and her Sugar Plum looks divine! Their partnership does seem to be quite special!
  23. Swedish Royal Ballet – Nutcracker This “review” rather tells the story than comments on the dance as it is a little different to our usual Nutcrackers, but none the less enjoyable. Obviously being in Sweden it is a Scandinavian version by Par Isberg and revolves around 2 orphans Petter and Lotta (danced by Jens Rosen and Nicole Rhodes) who live with their 3 Aunts. Uncle Blue (Joakim Stephenson) is a family friend (read Drosselmeyer for him) and he steers the story. First off he takes the children to the woods to chop a Christmas tree down and they meet The Charcoal Burner (Dawid Kupinks
  24. http://www.standard.co.uk/esrewards/english-national-ballet-s-nutcracker-and-le-corsaire-at-the-london-coliseum-a3113696.html?&S2REF=47317
  25. Had hoped that somebody would post up on this 'cos its a terrific show.... I went up for the premiere a couple of weekends ago and had a great time - it's a version that concentrates on Clara and the children and has no odd physiological detailing or, to my mind, strange story twists. Just great dancing in fluid choreography (by founding artistic director Peter Darrell) and glorious costumes by Lez Brotherston whose brief was to re-imagine the originals by Philip Prowse. It's proved a good move and the ending is the best of any Nutcracker I've seen - but won't spoil for you.
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