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  1. Odd not to have seen any postings yet on tonight's premiere: presumably somebody went? I know ENB first nights do have a tendency to overrun, but ...
  2. This evening I saw Tamara Rojo’s last performance. It was in Akram Khan’s Giselle, in Paris, at the Theatre des Champs Elysees, the theatre where Stravinsky’s and Nijinsky’s Rite of Spring caused a riot at the premiere, over 100 years ago. Partnering her was her life partner, Isaac Hernandez, guesting from their new company, San Francisco Ballet. The other main roles were taken by Ken Saruhashi and Stina Quagebeur, in the Myrthe type role she created in Khan’s version. The theatre was unbearably hot, which affected one’s concentration, and the stage was even darker than ever- I couldn’t clearly see Tamara’s face, even though I had an excellent seat, and even when I tried my opera glasses. Watching a dancer’s expression is important in a dramatic piece, no matter how expressive their dancing. Despite these minor reservations the performance was a triumph. The pas de deux in the second act was performed with special tenderness by Tamara and Isaac and the entire cast gave an inspired performance. The audience had watched in quiet concentration throughout and erupted with wild applause at the end, especially for Tamara and Stina, presumably it was her last performance too. There was a show of flowers, not I think a flower throw, as they seemed to come from above the stage. And it was moving when Isaac brought their toddler on to the stage, who loved running to the front of the stage to join his mum and applauded enthusiastically. Who knows what his future might be!
  3. "Three iconic stories and three bold works on and by women. Broken Wings Iconic painter Frida Kahlo is the heroine of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings, a colourful ballet full of warmth and passion. Based on Kahlo’s life and art, it is “a marvellous image of creativity and power” (The Independent). Nora Stina Quagebeur, First Artist of the Company, choreographs her first work for the main stage. Nora is inspired by the lead character in Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, a woman on the path to independence. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) Pina Bausch’s unforgettable production features 13 male and 13 female dancers on a stage covered in soil. Dancing the selection and sacrifice of a terrified victim, it is as gut-wrenching and galvanising as Stravinsky’s score, performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Le Sacre du printemps returns following sold out performances in 2017". Out of interest I emailed ENB to ask if Francesca Velicu will be reprising her award-winning role as the Chosen One in Le Sacre du printemps, and if so on what dates. I had a very speedy reply, albeit of limited assistance, since historically it seems the way it works with the Pina Bausch Foundation is that the role of the Chosen One is never announced in advance, and is decided upon shortly before curtain-up; whilst it is hoped that Francesca Velicu will repeat her role they cannot be specific about which dates she will appear. I suppose there is some sort of dramatic logic in having the dancer playing the sacrificial "Chosen One" chosen herself, at short notice, in this way! But it does not help booking choices for anyone wanting to see a particular dancer...
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