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  1. Looking forward to members’ reviews of ENB’s newish full length production of Raymonda by Tamara Rojo which premiered this January and tours to Bristol and Southampton, beginning tomorrow night. NB Erina Takahashi is no longer dancing Raymonda at the Thursday 24 Nov matinee and Saturday 26 Nov evening performance. Raymonda will be danced by soloist Julia Conway, who had been a memorable Henriette in the January run (a shortened and delayed run due to Omicron variant Covid sweeping the casts and crews of theatres and concert halls nationwide). Lorenzo Trossello and Daniel McCormick are still scheduled to dance John (Trossello’s debut in the role) and Abdur respectively at the Thursday matinee and Saturday evening show. (I can attest that McCormick is excellent as Abdur!) Takahashi is still (currently) listed to dance Raymonda in Southampton next week. Toi toi toi to all!
  2. Casting for Bristol and Southampton appears to be up (though you might have trouble getting the page to load correctly, as I did). https://www.ballet.org.uk/production/raymonda/#cast-section
  3. headline is 15% off all upcoming productions: Triple Bill, Raymonda, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Creature plus generous discounts on digital platform services. https://www.ballet.org.uk/blog-detail/world-ballet-day-2022/?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MAR_GP_WorldBalletDay_221102&utm_content=version_B
  4. Two interesting observations. First, Olga Smirnova was apparently very well received. Second, this Raymonda has a significant change in plot. Raymonda falls in love with Abderakhman. Here's a quick preview featuring Principal Dancer, Maia Makhateli, who debuted the work and can be seen with the complete work in May on an internet broadcast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdgNplp8JQM (Thanks to Sophia at Dansomanie) Here's a description of Olga Smirnova's reception from an unofficial review. "By the end, everyone in the hall was delighted. In the course of the action, shouts of "Bravo!" were constantly heard. - both to Olga, and to Victor Caixeta, and to Konstantin Allen and to the soloists of individual episodes. The performance ended with thunderous applause. The performers of the main roles were presented with huge bouquets and both young people gave their bouquets to Olga, who, it seems to me, was very touched by the reception of the public. "In my opinion, Olga is treated very well in the troupe and I hope she will take root there." Here's a look back from the Mariinsky archives. https://www.mariinsky.ru/about/exhibitions/petipa200/raimonda/ Google translator: https://translate.google.com
  5. 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 due to the very dark set. The third act is quite different in many respects from the Raymonda Act III which the Royal Ballet are currently performing, in particular due to the lack of solos for the supporting dancers - presumably these were given earlier in the ballet, perhaps in the bits I was unable to view. Certainly, the only additional solo was for either Clémence or Henriette, which I thought was a bit odd - I did entertain the thought that one of the dancers might have injured herself and so her solo was simply omitted without comment. It has to be said that it looks a lot more expansive on the Bolshoi's far more spacious stage.
  6. Long ago I planned a lovely long weekend in Paris to see Raymonda, Le Parc and the Ballet School. I am none the wiser in respect of these performances as having negotiated a seat on a train not cancelled by Eurostar I arrived in Paris to daily messages saying my booked performances were cancelled. Cancellations are only announced on the day itself as the strikers have until a few hours before curtain up to declare themselves. The public transport strike is said to be rolling up until Christmas with a risk that performances will continue to be cancelled. Notwithstanding my disappointment re the above, Paris is brimming with things to do and wandering around is awesome at this time of year. It really is a City of Light and the French know how to do Christmas 🎄🎄🎄
  7. The RB gave us Act III of Raymonda relatively recently (just looked it up and it was last on Christmas 2012/13, how time flies). What's the rest like, indeed what was the reason for dropping the first two acts? Most grateful for some background on this.
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