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Are ROH cinema relays subsequently shown on TV? ... I'm hoping that this quad bill may he shown on TV in the future seeing as it's been recorded for the cinema relay.

I've heard talk of an Acosta fest coming to the BBC...let's see!

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Wasn't Monica Mason in charge of the Royal Ballet when Cojarcaru and Kobborg left?

Do you mean Cojocaru? :-) Anyway,no.

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I saw the cinema relay encore yesterday for me the best piece was Afternoon of a Faun - I thought Lamb and Muntagirov were great together.  I was disappointed with Tchaikovsky pdd as it lacked the spark and wow factor that it had when I saw it danced by McRae and Osipova earlier this year at the gala - and it was originally meant to have been danced with Osipova here...Viscera was OK I agree it had Balanchine similarities and Carmen was OK but I won't rush to see it again if at all.  I did feel it was acase of the Emperor's new clothes in some of the interviews. Now the burning question is this - in the interviews we saw Bonelli in a wonderful red and black beaded toreador's jacket and muc as I waited and waited it never appeared in the show - I can only assume he got too hot to wear the jacket?!!

It was lovely to be able to see Carlos Acosta's farewell.  

I much preferred Fiona Bruce's compering to Darcey Bussell she was so much more competent and able to ad lib without note cards.  I wonder if this was a one off (it being Carlos' farewell) or to be regular?

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We discussed the non-appearance of the toreador outfit earlier in the thread, without coming to any real conclusions, I think.  I don't find the shirt, tie and trousers an improvement.  The first (and only) time I noticed the chance, I wondered if there'd been some last-minute problem with the costume and Matthew Ball had simply been sent on in whatever was to hand!

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I saw the cinema relay encore yesterday for me the best piece was Afternoon of a Faun - I thought Lamb and Muntagirov were great together.  

Lucky you DonQFan. At Cinelux in Bristol we lost the feed at the end of Viscera and sat in total blackout of both sound and vision for the interval and the start of Faun. About halfway through Faun (having made several unsuccessful attempts) they managed to give us sound but still no pictures. We were told it was a nationwide problem with the feed from the ROH which is clearly not the case. Our screen finally leapt into life just after the start of the Tchaikovsky pdd. We have all been given a ticket for use another time but that doesn't replace our missing one of the four ballets. As we were only there because our local Vue did not have the encore screening, we would have much preferred  a refund.

 

The rest of your post echoes my feelings exactly though we possibly enjoyed Viscera a tad more and Carmen a tad less!. 

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I much preferred Fiona Bruce's compering to Darcey Bussell she was so much more competent and able to ad lib without note cards.  I wonder if this was a one off (it being Carlos' farewell) or to be regular?

 

I agree...I like Darcey but I do find her a bit hard work when it comes to the live feeds!

 

As for the show...I saw it at the cinema- some of the ballets weren't my favourites but I still really enjoyed the show as a whole.  Viscera was danced really well but not really my cup of tea- it was still interesting to watch though.  Afternoon of a Faun is one I really just don't like- of course it was danced very well but it just doesn't do it for me at all.  Tchaikovsky pas de deux is one of my absolute favourites so it's always a pleasure to see it performed!  As for Carmen, I actually thoroughly enjoyed it...I don't think it was anything earth shattering but I thought it was a real treat to watch.  It was really nice to see Carlos' last performance.  All in all, a good ballet night!  :)

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What a shame the feed cut out for some people - we had a minute hiccup/pixilation but it soon recovered - touch wood The Light in New Brighton is OK!!

 

I think with Viscera it really helped me to hear Liam Scarlett explain what he was trying to achieve and that he wanted the dancers to move like a "mumeration of starlings" (my words paraphrasing what he said - Chris Packham has a lot to answer for LOL!)

 

Overall I enjoyed the screening.

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Hmm - does this mean this mixed bill is coming out on DVD? I don't remember any announcements about it - but maybe I'm wrong.

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Certainly looks like it, doesn't it?  Must admit I'm surprised, because I never thought the Balanchine and Robbins trustees would have approved it, as I've said before.

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