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Royal Ballet Japan tour June 2019

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I wonder if KOH is silently cursing Cats which seems to have caused him a great deal of trouble, both directly and indirectly.

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Just read these words from KOH in The Japan Times :

 

Ryoichi has taken on the mantle from Edward Watson as the dramatic dancer of the company. 

 

Is this a joke ? 😕

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Not for me he hasn’t.  Indeed, with the possible exception of Macrae, it is hard to think of two more different dancers.

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If that's what Kevin O'Hare believes, that would explain a lot :( (and needless to say, I'd heartily disagree with him).  Or perhaps he just means Hirano's been cast in a number of Ed's roles.

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Isn’t this more a case of addressing a particular audience - a few words that play well with the home supporters, a bit like the football manager of an English team highlighting the Spanish star when playing in Madrid?

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23 minutes ago, JohnS said:

Isn’t this more a case of addressing a particular audience - a few words that play well with the home supporters, a bit like the football manager of an English team highlighting the Spanish star when playing in Madrid?

 

I thought the same.

IIRC, a similar approach was evident from the RB/Kevin O'Hare when the Royal Ballet  was in Australia two years ago. It is also the case that Hirano does not have the main role in Don Q, so a bit of bigging up Espada doesn't come amiss. [He might have Vershinin, though????]

I am hoping that KO'H doesn''t start to believe what he is saying, because, good though Hirano is in certain roles (and he has developed further since becoming a Principal), he has not convinced (me) in some major roles. It is understandable that every Director has a particular fondness for the Principals he/she has created but that needs to be tempered with objectivity.

 

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Exactly, capybara.  And of course I realise the importance of "bigging up" the home dancers, but really, it does seem disrespectful to Watson, as well.

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Well said,Capybara.  And I say that not just as a fan of Ed Watson but as a realist.  Ryochi is a great dancer.  He has a physicality that appeals and a strong technique, but he is many moons away from being a dramatic artist.  To compare him and EW does them both a disservice.

 

i enjoy seeing Ryochi but his Mayerling was, for me, borderline unacceptable and it will be a long time before I book to see him in a dramatic lead role.  I am a huge fan of KOH but if he really believes Hirano is the new Watson, then He knows even less about ballet than I do.  He’ll be telling us Golding was the new Muntagirov next.

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4 minutes ago, penelopesimpson said:

Well said,Capybara.  And I say that not just as a fan of Ed Watson but as a realist.  Ryochi is a great dancer.  He has a physicality that appeals and a strong technique, but he is many moons away from being a dramatic artist.  To compare him and EW does them both a disservice.

 

i enjoy seeing Ryochi but his Mayerling was, for me, borderline unacceptable and it will be a long time before I book to see him in a dramatic lead role.  I am a huge fan of KOH but if he really believes Hirano is the new Watson, then He knows even less about ballet than I do.  He’ll be telling us Golding was the new Muntagirov next.

 

I think Hirano is a great dancer AND a dramatic artist (though still developing as the latter); but he's not remotely like Edward Watson. In fact they couldn't be more unalike.

 

Your last two sentences did make me laugh, penelopesimpson!

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Casting of Japan Tour, Gala Program

https://www.nbs.or.jp/publish/news/2019/06/post-803.html

 

Winter Dreams (in Full)

6/29 Lamb, Muntagirov, Naghdi, Mendizabal 

6/30 Morera, Hirano, Naghdi, Calvert

 

A tribute to Margot Fonteyn (both dates)

Sleeping Beauty Rose Adagio

Nunez

Avis, Kish, Whitehead, Edmonds

 

Manon Bedroom Pas de duex

6/29 Morera, Hirano

6/30 Cuthbertson, Muntagirov

 

Ondine (both dates)

Hayward, Watson

 

Romeo and Juliet act 1 pas de deux (both dates)

Osipova, Corrales

 

Symphony in C

6/29 Kaneko, Nunez, Choe, Naghdi,  Ball, Hirano, Campbell, Zuchetti

6/30 Kaneko, Lamb, Magri, Heyward, Ball, Clarke, Sambe, Acri

 

Sorry if there are any spelling mistakes. 

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Why Corrales and not Sambé with Osipova ?  now that he is a principal...

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FYI: Sambe  will only become a principal at the start of Season 2019-2020.

As for now he remains a first soloist.

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What a shame the R&J pdd isn't Corrales with Hayward.....they were just magical together.

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Naomi - I hope you are going and will be able to report back to us. 

 

Wow - I would really like to see that R & J pdd and Muntagirov in Winter Dreams - what a treat ! 

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The Fonteyn element in this programme is quite small really. Or am I missing something? (It's still a great programme!).

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Not quite sure how the Manon pdd fits with Fonteyn?  But lovely that the Ondine pdd, which was so beautifully danced by Hayward last Saturday, will get two more showings.

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More like pas de one-and-a-half, really :) 

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This kind of programme format could well feature occasionally at the ROH.

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On 13/06/2019 at 04:04, Naomi M said:

Casting of Japan Tour, Gala Program

https://www.nbs.or.jp/publish/news/2019/06/post-803.html

 

Winter Dreams (in Full)

6/29 Lamb, Muntagirov, Naghdi, Mendizabal 

6/30 Morera, Hirano, Naghdi, Calvert

 

A tribute to Margot Fonteyn (both dates)

Sleeping Beauty Rose Adagio

Nunez

Avis, Kish, Whitehead, Edmonds

 

Manon Bedroom Pas de duex

6/29 Morera, Hirano

6/30 Cuthbertson, Muntagirov

 

Ondine (both dates)

Hayward, Watson

 

Romeo and Juliet act 1 pas de deux (both dates)

Osipova, Corrales

 

Symphony in C

6/29 Kaneko, Nunez, Choe, Naghdi,  Ball, Hirano, Campbell, Zuchetti

6/30 Kaneko, Lamb, Magri, Heyward, Ball, Clarke, Sambe, Acri

 

Sorry if there are any spelling mistakes. 

Thanks Naomi! The tickets I managed to get are for Sunday 6/30 performance.

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I would love to see Osipova and Corrales in Balcony PDD (not to mention the full R&J).  

 

Ondine is not one of my favorite ballets, but Hayward dancing the title-role would justify a revival.  

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In what way is the ‘Manon’ PDD a tribute to Fonteyn?  Why not something from ‘Cinderella’ or ‘Giselle’ which were some of the roles that Fonteyn was renowned for?  But ‘Manon’ ??? A PDD that she never danced...it really gives the wrong impression of Fonteyn’s career.

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2 minutes ago, Springbourne3 said:

In what way is the ‘Manon’ PDD a tribute to Fonteyn?  Why not something from ‘Cinderella’ or ‘Giselle’ which were some of the roles that Fonteyn was renowned for?  But ‘Manon’ ??? A PDD that she never danced...it really gives the wrong impression of Fonteyn’s career.

 

Yes, I thought that was odd.

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I mean how glorious is this? Personally I see Hayward or Stix-Brunell in this - sorry to deviate but I couldn’t resist...

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Wonderful! I watched without sound because I'm in a cafe, but her dancing was so musical that I didn't need the sound. So lyrical and harmonious, and incredibly moving. Thanks very much for posting it, Springbourne3.

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1 hour ago, Springbourne3 said:

In what way is the ‘Manon’ PDD a tribute to Fonteyn?  Why not something from ‘Cinderella’ or ‘Giselle’ which were some of the roles that Fonteyn was renowned for?  But ‘Manon’ ??? A PDD that she never danced...it really gives the wrong impression of Fonteyn’s career.

 

It's all down to available rehearsal time. The company was exceptionally busy over the last few weeks, performing a Triple Bill, Romeo&Juliet, Fonteyn Gala at ROH and preparing for everything they are due to perform in Japan. There's a limit to what they can do or squeeze into their rehearsal and performance schedule, and....they also need to be able to rest! 

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1 hour ago, Xandra Newman said:

 

It's all down to available rehearsal time. The company was exceptionally busy over the last few weeks, performing a Triple Bill, Romeo&Juliet, Fonteyn Gala at ROH and preparing for everything they are due to perform in Japan. There's a limit to what they can do or squeeze into their rehearsal and performance schedule, and....they also need to be able to rest! 

 

But could they not have done e.g. a pdd from Birthday Offering or Swan Lake? At least something that Fonteyn actually danced!

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How do the company justify this competely irrelevant inclusion, I wonder? Maybe they know something we don't know - Fonteyn always longed to do Manon, perhaps? 'We're awfully busy' would sound a bit feeble.

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The pieces supposed to be performed have changed a lot, at first it was supposed to include works by McGregor and Scarlett.  This program has only just been announced with the casting on June 13th. 

(by the way, Birthday Offering will be danced at Miyako Yoshida's farewell gala in August, and Yoshida will dance the Fonteyn part with Bonelli. But the tickets got sold out in a blink of an eye) 

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40 minutes ago, Naomi M said:

The pieces supposed to be performed have changed a lot, at first it was supposed to include works by McGregor and Scarlett.  This program has only just been announced with the casting on June 13th. 

 

Fonteyn and McGregor?! 🤔

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