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Drat, totally forgot about those :(  I shall blame the new website :( 

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16 hours ago, Odyssey said:

Did anyone attend the Insight event last night, Romeo and Juliet and Me? The various people listed as contributors suggested that it would be a very interesting event.

 

Yes, I did and, sad to say (despite it showing as SOLD OUT), there were several empty seats.Do people buy these up and then not bother to attend? If so, shame on them!

 

Dame Monica Mason (creator of the Lead Harlot), Wayne Eagling (seen on a film clip dancing Romeo to Alessandra Ferri's Juliet) and Melissa Hamilton (a current Juliet) spoke entertainingly about the ballet, their interpretations, and related experiences. I believe that there are similar events on the 22nd and 23rd May. Grab a ticket if you can - £10.

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43 minutes ago, capybara said:

Yes, I did and, sad to say (despite it showing as SOLD OUT), there were several empty seats.Do people buy these up and then not bother to attend? If so, shame on them!

 

This is ALWAYS the case at "sold out" Insights, and it's very annoying. I very much doubt the empty seats are the result of individual purchasers not returning their tickets.  I imagine it's a case of ticket allocations being made to certain groups and/or company staff & VIPs and then somebody not keeping tabs on whether those allocations are being fully used and ensuring that they are returned to public sale where available.  But I could be wrong.

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1 hour ago, RuthE said:

 

This is ALWAYS the case at "sold out" Insights, and it's very annoying. I very much doubt the empty seats are the result of individual purchasers not returning their tickets.  I imagine it's a case of ticket allocations being made to certain groups and/or company staff & VIPs and then somebody not keeping tabs on whether those allocations are being fully used and ensuring that they are returned to public sale where available.  But I could be wrong.

 

If it’s any mitigation on the one such event I attended I earwigged on Kevin O’Hare (sitting behind me) saying how much it annoyed him when that happened - I think he tended towards RuthE’s theory.

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19 hours ago, Odyssey said:

Did anyone attend the Insight event last night, Romeo and Juliet and Me? The various people listed as contributors suggested that it would be a very interesting event.

 

When did they list the contributors, Odyssey?  I see the other talks don't as yet list who's involved (there are currently a couple of tickets left for the 22nd).

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As stated above the website said it was sold out but as I was attending the evening performance I decided to arrive early and to  go to the Box Office to see if there were any returns. I was in luck and purchased my ticket at 5.45pm which gave me long enough to get up to The Clore in time for the 6pm start!

They do not usually list the contributors to these events. I found out once I arrived and received the programme from the ushers. Occasionally dancers say on their social media sites that they are participating.

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I suppose that with a 6 pm start no returns will be showing on the website past 4 pm.  May be a good idea to check in advance if you're going to the performance anyway.

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4 hours ago, alison said:

 

When did they list the contributors, Odyssey?  I see the other talks don't as yet list who's involved (there are currently a couple of tickets left for the 22nd).

Unusually, Dame Monica Mason and Wayne Eagling were listed in the events details on the ROH website.  Melissa Hamilton wasn’t , but she had posted that she was taking part on her Instagram page.

 

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[Coppelia insight, 12th November 2019]

 

It was Magri and Corrales, both solos and pas de deux, coached by Benjamin. Also interviews with all of them, Stephen Wicks and the head of costumes (sorry can't remember her name). I thought it was brilliant. Leanne Benjamin is a terrific coach - sees everything, very demanding, and gives them so much to take on board but also plenty of praise and encouragement. And I thought Leanne Cope was an excellent presenter. Really enjoyable. (Though I did think a quick resumé of the plot at the beginning would have been a good idea, and then saying exactly how what they were rehearsing fitted in.)

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16 minutes ago, bridiem said:

It was Magri and Corrales, both solos and pas de deux, coached by Benjamin. Also interviews with all of them, Stephen Wicks and the head of costumes (sorry can't remember her name). I thought it was brilliant. Leanne Benjamin is a terrific coach - sees everything, very demanding, and gives them so much to take on board but also plenty of praise and encouragement. And I thought Leanne Cope was an excellent presenter. Really enjoyable. (Though I did think a quick resumé of the plot at the beginning would have been a good idea, and then saying exactly how what they were rehearsing fitted in.)

Absolutely - certainly one of the best insights I have seen (and that’s even watching on my phone in my hotel room!) 

 

I don’t think I’ve seen Leanne Cope presenting before- she was excellent 

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40 minutes ago, MJW said:

 

I don’t think I’ve seen Leanne Cope presenting before- she was excellent 

 

She has done some before now - and you're right, she's wonderful

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1 hour ago, bridiem said:

It was Magri and Corrales, both solos and pas de deux, coached by Benjamin. Also interviews with all of them, Stephen Wicks and the head of costumes (sorry can't remember her name). I thought it was brilliant. Leanne Benjamin is a terrific coach - sees everything, very demanding, and gives them so much to take on board but also plenty of praise and encouragement. And I thought Leanne Cope was an excellent presenter. Really enjoyable. (Though I did think a quick resumé of the plot at the beginning would have been a good idea, and then saying exactly how what they were rehearsing fitted in.)

 

Agree with all of the above - fantastic Insight. 

 

I particularly liked Magri sharing what Coppelia means to her - it was a variation from Coppelia she danced at the Prix de Lausanne, which is how she ended up at the Royal Ballet! And Stephen Wicks talking about the importance of mime, with Benjamin stresses how Coppelia is a ballet that speaks directly to and involves the audience. I also really appreciate Benjamin really stating how important it is to be 'on' the music - so many ballerinas dance beautifully, but for me it always feels a bit off if they are not on the music, so I'm glad this is of vital importance to Benjamin! 

 

All looks to be an absolutely fantastic ballet. Corrales was on excellent form, as was Magri, and if this is their first rehearsal together for that pdd, with Benjamin coaching it'll be absolutely wonderful come show time! 

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Corrales didn't reveal that he'd danced Franz with ENB - different version of course but it has doubtless helped him to get into the role with the RB.

As usual, what is lovely about using Soloists for these Insights is that they get 'introduced' to a worldwide audience who wouldn't know otherwise who they are.

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I meant to say that several empty seats were obvious within the shots of the audience. How can this be, time and time again?

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I agree with others - one of the best, an all round excellent insight. Terrific dancing from Magri and Corrales individually and together. Fascinating, insightful coaching from Leanne Benjamin and charmingly presented by Leanne Cope - who barely referred to her note cards. 
Such a pity there were empty seats - it was sold out in my booking but I was lucky to get a prime front row return the day before so it’s worth keeping looking. 

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Haven't seen Coppelia for more years than I can count, and this encouraged me to regard it with a little more respect! What an excellent coach Benjamin is and what good material she had to work on. I've enjoyed Magri since she showed up as being the most interesting performer in the Twyla Tharp ballet a couple of years ago. And Corrales always worth watching. Good to see something about the amazing,work out in by the costume dept.

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Must catch this on Youtube - it isn't a piece I know well, and wish I could have been there last night.  I saw the last ENB Coppelia with Rojo and Lendorf, and the Mikhailovsky(?) one with Polunin.  But both of those were quite a long time ago, the RB hasn't done Coppelia in the whole time I've been going to ballet, and the only tune I can ever bring to mind from the score is the Mazurka, because we used to play it in school orchestra (bearing in mind I left school 23 years ago...)

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I will definitely watch this on YouTube;  hopefully today in my lunch hour.  From a clip I saw on Instagram Corrales looked amazing.  I am sure Magri will be as well.  What a partnership these two will make! 

 

A real shame about the empty seats.  I wonder if people just don't turn up, or whether they aren't sold despite the event being marked as sold out?  Personally I don't go to these anymore because they cost more than my tickets to a full show. 

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19 minutes ago, Sim said:

Personally I don't go to these anymore because they cost more than my tickets to a full show. 

 

I'm with you, Sim.  I fear for these I too have been priced out in favour of the main event itself ... but am very grateful for the Youtube display. 

 

 

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Whilst I wasn't there last night (due to work commitments) and, therefore, don't know exactly where the empty seats were, it's worth remembering that the seats behind the static camera in the middle don't get sold as the camera is in the way!

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23 minutes ago, Bruce Wall said:

 

I'm with you, Sim.  I fear for these I too have been priced out in favour of the main event itself ... but am very grateful for the Youtube display. 

 

 

 

I definitely prefer going to a live ballet performance as opposed to a cinema screening. But for Insights I have to say I prefer watching at home at my own leisure - much more comfortable (and free!). 

 

I do think they are quite expensive, sometimes I’m tempted to go but then I consider the cost of transportation there, plus the cost of the insight and I just think you know what...I’ll watch it on YouTube! Really glad the ROH live streams this for those who aren’t in London/can’t justify the cost of attending (even if tickets are available which for this one they weren’t anyway!). 

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26 minutes ago, Bruce Wall said:

 ... but am very grateful for the Youtube display. 

 

Ooo so am I!! 

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A clip of this insight keeps coming onto my Facebook page from the ROH ...it’s the bit with Leanne Benjamin coaching Corrales ...terrific dancing from him...but is the whole insight on YouTube or on ROH website somewhere? Would like to see the bits with Magri as well... though will be lucky enough to see them both perform for real in January! 

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5 minutes ago, LinMM said:

A clip of this insight keeps coming onto my Facebook page from the ROH ...it’s the bit with Leanne Benjamin coaching Corrales ...terrific dancing from him...but is the whole insight on YouTube or on ROH website somewhere? Would like to see the bits with Magri as well... though will be lucky enough to see them both perform for real in January! 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, LinMM said:

A clip of this insight keeps coming onto my Facebook page from the ROH ...it’s the bit with Leanne Benjamin coaching Corrales ...terrific dancing from him...but is the whole insight on YouTube or on ROH website somewhere? Would like to see the bits with Magri as well... though will be lucky enough to see them both perform for real in January! 

Yes, the complete insight is on YouTube.

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3 hours ago, ninamargaret said:

Yes, the complete insight is on YouTube.

And well worth watching from start to finish!  

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Thanks for the full video BBB ...I see that Bruce put this up earlier but as it showed Anna Rose I didnt cotton on that it was the Magri/Corrales rehearsal. 

Yes very well worth watching a really good insight and thought Leanne was a great coach. 

 

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Just had a reminder on YouTube for the next Insight which is on Monday at 19:30 (I wasn't aware of this beforehand so would have missed it!) - oddly its for The Sleeping Beauty - I would have thought that they would have broadcast this before the current run, but there we are!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPSKJhC34Qw

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6 hours ago, MJW said:

oddly its for The Sleeping Beauty - I would have thought that they would have broadcast this before the current run, but there we are.

 

I don’t think it’s a standard “forthcoming production” insight: “Petipa’s timeless classic returns to the Main Stage this Season and Hélène Blackburn brings Les Beaux dormants (the sleeping beauties) to the Linbury Theatre. This Insight explores the world of The Sleeping Beauty and the ways it has been made into ballet.”

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