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Loved the RB corps ladies' run through of the whole Shades entrance sequence  from La B. Such a test of graceful coordination. Several new artists seen.

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2 hours ago, RuthE said:

Looks like Romany Pajdak has been deemed “most likely to be able to do ALL the arabesques” in the upcoming Bayadère revival!

How fantastic was she?! I was struck by just how serene and calm her expression was - she was just beautiful. I hope she is given further opportunities.

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Does anyone know what was the thinking behind the decision to restrict live coverage to Facebook, rather than also stream through YouTube? 

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15 minutes ago, capybara said:

This is the 5th WBD and the most infuriating of the lot. The ROH should be hanging its head in shame.

I think that's a bit harsh. I thought the RB had by far the best  presentations and I saw fewer technical glitches during these  than in other sections. 

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Is anyone else unable to watch the RB segment now up on YouTube? Everything else is playing fine so it’s not my broadband or anything.

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26 minutes ago, Odyssey said:

Does anyone know what was the thinking behind the decision to restrict live coverage to Facebook, rather than also stream through YouTube? 

 

You may have seen the multiple uses of the phrase We've taken the decision to share the stream on Facebook in order to reach as many people as possible, on the ROH website.....every year I watch the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Youtube or Facebook (they use both) on the days that I don't go to the event in person, it works well for hours and hours a a time and throughout the day links on their FB page which followers will also pick up on their newsfeed so clips of interesting incidents which also serve as reminders that this event is on to see.

I have no idea why the ROH can't do the same or very similar unless it's down to Youtube fees

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8 minutes ago, Balletfanp said:

Is anyone else unable to watch the RB segment now up on YouTube? Everything else is playing fine so it’s not my broadband or anything.

 

 I subscribe to the ROH youtube channel and the most recent content on there that I can see is the Unknown Soldier Insight

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I had an email alerting me that it was up and it’s in my list of notifications - but won’t play! It almost looks as though it has been made private rather than public - but then I wouldn’t expect it to show at all. I can’t post a link as it won’t let me have one - it’s a ghost video!

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24 minutes ago, Rob S said:

 

 I subscribe to the ROH youtube channel and the most recent content on there that I can see is the Unknown Soldier Insight

Same here. 

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58 minutes ago, Balletfanp said:

I had an email alerting me that it was up and it’s in my list of notifications - but won’t play! It almost looks as though it has been made private rather than public - but then I wouldn’t expect it to show at all. I can’t post a link as it won’t let me have one - it’s a ghost video!

 

its on YouTube now - it properly starts 5-6mins in (i.e. the 'coming up' notice lasts 5-6mins)

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Yep, just checked (for the squilionth time) and all 5 hours of it is up in one video...cheekily they claim it was uploaded 2 hours ago :lol:

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5 hours ago, Fiz said:

I’ve given up trying to watch. It’s very disappointing. 

I gave up too. I'd been looking forward to that for a long time. 

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Have just started to watch the Royal Ballet section and have paused it following the segment about David Bintley. What a lovely tribute and so pleased it was included in the main feed.

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11 minutes ago, Rob S said:

Yep, just checked (for the squilionth time) and all 5 hours of it is up in one video...cheekily they claim it was uploaded 2 hours ago :lol:

 

Well it was, only you couldn’t watch it! 😁

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3 hours ago, Richard LH said:

I think that's a bit harsh. I thought the RB had by far the best  presentations and I saw fewer technical glitches during these  than in other sections. 

 

I'm glad for you Richard. But I had a rotten experience.

Anyway, there's YouTube now as consolation.

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I have to say that I enjoyed this year's World Ballet Day.   I started watching at about 04:30 when there may still have been a few wilis about on Saddleworth Moor and watched one delightful performance after another almost continuously well until the evening.  

The highlight for me this year (as it had been last year) was the Dutch National Ballet's rehearsal of La Dame aux Camelias with two remarkable pas de deux - one by Daniel Camargo and Igone de Jongh and the other by James Stout and Anna Tsygankova.  The second of those two was danced with remarkable passion.   

Unfortunately, it clashed with Northern Ballet's performance though I did flip between tabs to catch the odd bit of action in Leeds when not much seemed to be happening in Amsterdam.  I am looking forward to seeing the whole contribution on YouTube over the next few days.

The only other disappointment was that the sound cut out during Birmingham Royal Ballet's presentation.  I could see David Bintley, Ruth Brill and others but could not hear what they had  to say.

There were some unexpected treats.   Just as I was about to leave for my own ballet class in Manchester I spotted the Paris Opera House's ballet's Dame aux Camelias with Mathieu Ganio as Armand.  Having seen him on Christmas Day last year in Don Quixote I could not resist watching him again.  The result was that I left it too late to set off for the Dancehouse.   I liked the Houston Ballet's new Swan Lake.  I was very impressed by the Ural Ballet of Ekaterinburg the existence of which I had not previously been aware.

 

It took me weeks to get through last year's offering and I suspect I will spend a long time watching the bits I missed today.

Despite the annoying technical problems I think I enjoyed this year's offerings more than those of previous years.   I am sorry that others were less satisfied.

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7 hours ago, Balletfanp said:

Cuthbertson was definitely in class so I guess we must just assume there was a change of plan.

 

She was indeed (she was standing at the back somewhere).

 

The class was mainly filled with Corps de ballet dancers, some soloists and a few first soloists.

Of all the Principals in the RB Company I only spotted four: Kish, Cuthbertson, Nunez and Naghdi and only Marianella Nunez and Yasmine Naghdi carried on throughout the whole class. I would have loved to see some more principals at work in class. 

 

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8 hours ago, capybara said:

 

I'm glad for you Richard. But I had a rotten experience.

Anyway, there's YouTube now as consolation.

Sorry to hear this Capybara... as you say, everything from the RB's own 5 hours, at least,  appears to be working fine now on You Tube so I hope you can enjoy that.

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8 hours ago, capybara said:

 

I'm glad for you Richard. But I had a rotten experience.

Anyway, there's YouTube now as consolation.

 

Me too. My internet connection/speed is fine for everything else, so why not for FB videos??

 

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8 hours ago, Terpsichore said:

I have to say that I enjoyed this year's World Ballet Day.   I started watching at about 04:30 when there may still have been a few wilis about on Saddleworth Moor and watched one delightful performance after another almost continuously well until the evening.  

The highlight for me this year (as it had been last year) was the Dutch National Ballet's rehearsal of La Dame aux Camelias with two remarkable pas de deux - one by Daniel Camargo and Igone de Jongh and the other by James Stout and Anna Tsygankova.  The second of those two was danced with remarkable passion.   

Unfortunately, it clashed with Northern Ballet's performance though I did flip between tabs to catch the odd bit of action in Leeds when not much seemed to be happening in Amsterdam.  I am looking forward to seeing the whole contribution on YouTube over the next few days.

The only other disappointment was that the sound cut out during Birmingham Royal Ballet's presentation.  I could see David Bintley, Ruth Brill and others but could not hear what they had  to say.

There were some unexpected treats.   Just as I was about to leave for my own ballet class in Manchester I spotted the Paris Opera House's ballet's Dame aux Camelias with Mathieu Ganio as Armand.  Having seen him on Christmas Day last year in Don Quixote I could not resist watching him again.  The result was that I left it too late to set off for the Dancehouse.   I liked the Houston Ballet's new Swan Lake.  I was very impressed by the Ural Ballet of Ekaterinburg the existence of which I had not previously been aware.

 

It took me weeks to get through last year's offering and I suspect I will spend a long time watching the bits I missed today.

Despite the annoying technical problems I think I enjoyed this year's offerings more than those of previous years.   I am sorry that others were less satisfied.

I am so pleased you were impressed by the Ural Ballet in Ekaterinburg - they are an excellent troupe.  I will be going out next week to see the premiere of Slava Samodurov's latest full length ballet for the company, By Order of the King (part of the Petipa celebrations).  I am glad the company participated this year as they need to be known outside of Russia.  Slava has now been their Artistic Director for 7 seasons and the troupe has improved greatly over this period.  

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‘Slight’ difference in the coaching of the Engrance of the Shades from two ‘Bayadéres’ (Bolshoi/RB) - one was shouting criticism in a humiliating way and the other was full of praise and encouragement......It made rather uncomfortable viewing (Bolshoi).  I thought the RB Shades looked so serene and graceful - cant wait to see them soon and I noticed a quietly confident Sae Maeda in the front row - a future talent to watch out for I think.

 

What happened to Mayara Magri? 

 

 

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13 hours ago, Odyssey said:

Does anyone know what was the thinking behind the decision to restrict live coverage to Facebook, rather than also stream through YouTube? 

 

I think the ROH likes to alternate between the two, apparently to “please everyone”.  They said that when I asked why the lovely Cuthbertson/Ball rehearsal of Marguerite and Armand wasn’t on Youtube.  I did tell them then that Youtube is vastly more user-friendly but they weren’t really interested. 🙄

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6 hours ago, Xandra Newman said:

 

She was indeed (she was standing at the back somewhere).

 

The class was mainly filled with Corps de ballet dancers, some soloists and a few first soloists.

Of all the Principals in the RB Company I only spotted four: Kish, Cuthbertson, Nunez and Naghdi and only Marianella Nunez and Yasmine Naghdi carried on throughout the whole class. I would have loved to see some more principals at work in class. 

 

 

There never are a great number of Principals in class on WBD.  I’ve always assumed that they are involved in other rehearsals at the same time or which start halfway through class.

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16 hours ago, Bruce said:

Hopefully, all the vids will go on YouTube, where they can easily be consumed at leisure. It's paradoxical, but World Ballet Day is really best seen on any day but the day itself.

I think Bruce is right on the ball here. Even with the unavoidable problems, closer attention to what viewers actually need at worldballetday.com could have made things so much smoother. But for me it is actually working out better to enjoy World Ballet Week rather than to shoot for World Ballet Day. When I heard that all the content would be available after the event I decided to restrict myself to one sessions on the day itself, to experience the 'live' atmosphere - and the rest of the sessions as 'rewards' for reaching certain goals each day this week. I'm finding it really doesn't bother me that I have read here about what to expect - rather it adds to the anticipation. Still I'm curious about how other people feel about 'live' feeds versus post-event recordings. 

Yaffa

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6 hours ago, Xandra Newman said:

I would have loved to see some more principals at work in class. 

 

The WBD class that is filmed starts at 12.00 noon whereas the normal time for RB class is 10.30am with rehearsals commencing at 12.00noon. So it is highly probable that many Principals took the earlier class and then went to rehearsals just as the WBD session started. They are rehearsing quite a few ballets at the moment with a lot of Soloists as well as Principals involved!

 

In some years, it has been noticeable that Principals have joined half way through a class (i.e. after the barre work). But "the usual suspects" were missing this year :)

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I must admit, I was wondering what all the dancers had been doing to fill in the 1 1/2 hours before class, given the later start than normal!  I'd guess only half the company appeared, with the other half having done class at the usual time.

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I've collated all the video's from World Ballet Day barring the Bolshoi official feed as it's not yet posted (if you find it please let me know) For anyone who was unable to watch or keep up you can find all the links in this post.
 

 

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