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The Takada / Hirano Insight has been advertised from the outset as a special event for Japanese speakers.

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Makes me appreciate how good it is that there’s no need for surtitles in Ballet - not that I was going to 会話中 Kaiwa-chū (if my translator works).

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54 minutes ago, bangorballetboy said:

 

I'm off to Inala instead...

Good decision!!

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Did any one attend the following events and, if so, of what did they consist and who took part, please:

 

Romeo and Juliet and Me: 23rd May

Romeo and Juliet and Me: 29th May

The Royal Ballet in Rehearsal: 31st May

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Yes did May 23rd will report back later ....great Eve...my comments  are hidden away on the R and J thread but can do again as just dashing up to London!!

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I attended the rehearsal last night. It was Dame Monica rehearsing Mendizabal and Kish in Firebird, with Alexander Campbell presenting.

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4 hours ago, capybara said:

Romeo and Juliet and Me: 29th May

This was Deborah MacMillan, Yasmine Naghdi, and Gary Avis (the latter already in Lord Capulet make up). A good discussion with some interesting Q and As at the end (particularly my own of course)!

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On the 23rd it was Sambe and O'Sullivan and Ross McGibbon...who was very amusing ....who makes ballet films but used to be a dancer in the Nureyev era!....and told an amusing and telling anecdote about Nureyev when performing Romeo who liked to practice on stage right to the very last minute before curtain up! 

The two current dancers talked about their debuts and what the ballet meant to them and what was inspirational to the roles for them. 

They were both very engaging and explained how it was easier to dance together because they were good friends for such a long time and so can anticipate how the other may respond to certain things. Ross Mc gibbon talked a little about the technicalities of filming dancers and bállets and getting the framing right etc.

Then there was Q and A in which one interesting question was about the music and conductor and the different speeds they may take certain numbers and how the dancers coped with this another quite amusing part. 

It was a very enjoyable hour or so well worth attending.

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I think that Sambe, O'Sullivan and Ross McGibbon were on the 22nd but thank you, LinMM.

Mystery still surrounds the 23rd. Was anyone there?

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26 minutes ago, capybara said:

I think that Sambe, O'Sullivan and Ross McGibbon were on the 22nd but thank you, LinMM.

Mystery still surrounds the 23rd. Was anyone there?

 

Was that the session with two guests - James Hay and Ross McGibbon???

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Sorry Capybara you are quite right.....I was there on the Wednesday evening which was the 22nd!

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4 hours ago, Bruce Wall said:

 

Was that the session with two guests - James Hay and Ross McGibbon???

 

James Hay was with Chris Saunders on the 23rd

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Thank you LinMM, BruceWall and zxDaveM - I knew that the information I sought was buried in BCF somewhere.

Although none of us can get to everything, it's really nice to know who did what.

I wonder what treats will be in store within the Fonteyn and Me sessions.......................

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On Wednesday I saw Monica Mason Margaret Barbieri and Marienula Nunez.

The former were recalling their experiences of performing and travelling with Fonteyn and Nunez was more saying why she had been an inspiration to her as a child etc. 

There were lots of lovely memories and Monica Mason in particular was very amusing actually recalling stage moments eg in Giselle where Fonteyn was so imploring her (as Queen of the Wilis) to save Albrecht that she started to doubt how she could be so mean not to want to save him!  I also got the impression that as Fonteyn became more famous she may have been rather lonely with people not daring to sit next to her at meals etc.....Fonteyn insisted that Mason and Barbieri came over to join her on one occasion. This was a different era I suppose where hierarchy was more prevalent than today. 

Actually this reminded me that Monica Mason was one of the best Queen of the Wilis I've seen over the years and some friends at this Insight with me were daring me to go up and ask her if she could remember the night she broke her ankle mid performance in this role....I remember it well.....but I didn't dare in the end....she might not have been too happy to remember it!! 

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