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On 11/05/2017 at 17:57, Jane S said:

There are already stories appearing in the press about Polunin's decision and I'm really puzzled that several repeat the claim that he was the RB's youngest ever principal, being promoted at 19. But his date of birth is widely given as November 1989 and he was promoted in the summer of 2010, which surely made him 20? - and weren't both Cojocaru and Nunez  younger than him when they were made principal,? But I'd agree he was the youngest ever male principal (of the Covent Garden company, that is).

That is a meteoric rise. How old was he when he joined the company, and had he been with the company long before being promoted to principal?

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1 hour ago, taxi4ballet said:

That is a meteoric rise. How old was he when he joined the company, and had he been with the company long before being promoted to principal?

 

He joined in 2007 when he was 17 so he was in the RB for 3 years before he became a Principal.

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On 5/11/2017 at 16:39, Lizbie1 said:

 

Do we have any real evidence to believe that RB management are deliberately pushing Hayward......

 

I think that all Directors 'back' the people they have promoted, not least because they want to secure the succession at the top. Kevin O'Hare is also giving Takada many opportunities.

 

Both ballerinas seemed to have blossomed even more since they became Principals. Great for us!

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On 5/13/2017 at 12:15, Bruce Wall said:

In what I know - indeed I'm sure - is a fantasy world just now I would love to see Anna Rose O'Sullivan dance with McRae in The Dream.  Her dramatic etching of the small role of Princess Louise in Mayerling (nowhere approaching the same thing as an Ashton Titania I realise) was entirely thrilling and the magic of her balletic artistry - be it as a vivacious Florine or anything else - has sparkled throughout this fine RB season.  

 

Such a performance could well be a landmark in what I'm sure is a brilliant career to come.  I would so love to see such celebrated in cinemas as well.  What are stars after all unless they are built and there is no doubt in my mind but that this very talented young lady is world class.  

 

I agree that Anna Rose O'Sullivan could make a wonderful Titania. She has really stood out for me this season too. Can't wait to see her in bigger roles.

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15 minutes ago, penelopesimpson said:

A pity about all the Programmes!

 

I have a feeling they don't print the cast list until the day of the performance or the day before. The reason I think this is that when Olivia replaced Sarah in Mayerling the other day it was Olivia's name that appeared in the cast list not Sarah's, not even a change sheet was needed.

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I don't suppose it matters about the cast sheets as they aren't printed too far in advance. However Polunins'  bio and picture were in the recent programme I bought.

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SPD44.....I believe Penelope is referring to the glossy programmes which list all the season's dancers.  I don't know how far in advance they are printed as they don't list the casts.  

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The Mayerling programme is certainly newly printed as it contains Polunin but omits Hayley Forskitt who seems recently to have left ...

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1 hour ago, Sim said:

SPD44.....I believe Penelope is referring to the glossy programmes which list all the season's dancers.  I don't know how far in advance they are printed as they don't list the casts.  

Yes, I do mean the glossy programmes. Noticed Sergei was included.  As the Artists are alphabetical, will mean several pages have to be re-done.  Poor old RB - They certainly don't deserve this.  Sadly, I think they will be well advised to loose Mr. Polunin's telephone number, at least for a number of years.

 

 

i found an interesting Spectator piece this morning, written possibly a couple of years ago by an interviewer with an open mind.  Sergei comes across as a nice guy but one who is obsessed with money, status and being in Hollywood films.  Nothing particularly wrong with that, but he doesn't seem to realise that you also have to put the hard graft in.  Seems he could have had it all but, despite his talent, his temperament let's him down.  It will be difficult for him to keep playing ballet's bad boy when he hits thirty.

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5 hours ago, Jamesrhblack said:

The Mayerling programme is certainly newly printed as it contains Polunin but omits Hayley Forskitt who seems recently to have left ...

 

Forskitt left during the run of Sleeping Beauty. Picture

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7 hours ago, penelopesimpson said:

 

i found an interesting Spectator piece this morning, written possibly a couple of years ago by an interviewer with an open mind.  Sergei comes across as a nice guy but one who is obsessed with money, status and being in Hollywood films.  Nothing particularly wrong with that, but he doesn't seem to realise that you also have to put the hard graft in.  Seems he could have had it all but, despite his talent, his temperament let's him down.  It will be difficult for him to keep playing ballet's bad boy when he hits thirty.

Reminds me of a documentary many years ago on tv about a drama school in London, where they were interviewing potential entrants and one lad, when asked why he wanted to be an actor replied ' because I 'll earn lots of money and won't have to do any work!' He wasn't accepted.

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Cast changes for the Strapless mixed bill just announced on the ROH website:

 

Reece Clarke will be replaced by Ryoichi Hirano as Dr Samuel-Jean Pozzi for performances of Strapless on 20, 24 and 25 May 2017.

 

http://www.roh.org.uk/news/cast-change-ryoichi-hirano-to-dance-in-strapless-on-20-24-and-25-may-2017

 

Due to injury, Sarah Lamb will be replaced by Beatriz Stix-Brunell for the performance of The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude on 18 May 2017. For the performances on 23 and 25 May, Lamb will be replaced by Mayara Magri.

Lauren Cuthbertson will be replaced by Akane Takada for the performances on 18, 23 and 25 May 2017.

 

http://www.roh.org.uk/news/cast-changes-the-vertiginous-thrill-of-exactitude-on-18-23-25-may-2017

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1 hour ago, Bluebird said:

Cast changes for the Strapless mixed bill just announced on the ROH website:

 

Reece Clarke will be replaced by Ryoichi Hirano as Dr Samuel-Jean Pozzi for performances of Strapless on 20, 24 and 25 May 2017.

 

http://www.roh.org.uk/news/cast-change-ryoichi-hirano-to-dance-in-strapless-on-20-24-and-25-may-2017

 

Due to injury, Sarah Lamb will be replaced by Beatriz Stix-Brunell for the performance of The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude on 18 May 2017. For the performances on 23 and 25 May, Lamb will be replaced by Mayara Magri.

Lauren Cuthbertson will be replaced by Akane Takada for the performances on 18, 23 and 25 May 2017.

 

http://www.roh.org.uk/news/cast-changes-the-vertiginous-thrill-of-exactitude-on-18-23-25-may-2017

Injury is cited for Lamb but not for Cuthbertson or Clarke so perhaps, conscious of its demands, they are being prioritised for Symphonic Variations ...

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Well I think we know who is gong to dance Armand now?

 

Edited to add that there are so many changes to Vertiginous as well, all of which, together with that in Strapless, must have a knock on effect on the remaining dancers. Not easy for anyone.

 

 

 

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Thanks for bumping this, Bluebird.  I was looking for the thread the other day to put in the changes to the Ashton bill, but couldn't find it because it hadn't been tagged.  I'll rectify that now.

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1 hour ago, capybara said:

Well I think we know who is gong to dance Armand now?

 

 

Hadn't interpreted it like that, although way back I had actually suggested this as a possible casting. Always interesting to speculate and cou;d be exciting in result....

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12 minutes ago, Vanartus said:

But isn't Reece dancing Symphonic on June 10? And that's an Osipova day....

 

Yes - I thought that I would take a turn at being a bit provocative!!!!

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I am so sorry for Sarah Lamb and will miss her.

 

However it looks as if I am getting my wish to see McRae and Takada together again sooner than I thought would happen! I think this will work beautifully.

 

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On 5/11/2017 at 14:46, capybara said:

Or 'super-sub' Takada? :D

 

I can't resist it.

Good wishes to Akane!

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Will miss Lamb too. Will be nice to see Takada though - she's doing the live cinema performance so everyone will be able to see her.

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20 hours ago, Bluebird said:

The replacement for Sarah Lamb in The Dream has  been announced:

Due to injury, Sarah Lamb will be replaced by Akane Takada in the role of Titania for performances of The Dream on 2 and 7 June 2017.

http://www.roh.org.uk/news/cast-change-akane-takada-to-dance-in-the-dream-on-2-and-7-june-2017

 

Some people cover many roles for years and never get to do a show, but Ms Takada seems to be benefitting very nicely from being a cover :).  I suppose there are times when it's easier just to drop someone into the role who wasn't originally cast, rather than move casts around.

 

Oh, and because I can't be bothered to look out the appropriate thread, there are currently some returns for most performances of the Ashton bill online, in case anyone's still looking.

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5 minutes ago, alison said:

 

Some people cover many roles for years and never get to do a show, but Ms Takada seems to be benefitting very nicely from being a cover :) I suppose there are times when it's easier just to drop someone into the role who wasn't originally cast, rather than move casts around.

 

Oh, and because I can't be bothered to look out the appropriate thread, there are currently some returns for most performances of the Ashton bill online, in case anyone's still looking.

 

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The ROH website is now showing that Shklyarov has been cast as Armand opposite Osipova's Marguerite.

 

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12 minutes ago, James said:

The ROH website is now showing that Shklyarov has been cast as Armand opposite Osipova's Marguerite.

 

Wow.  I thought they would go for one of their own

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