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Well Sim put it so well l don't know what else I can add! The whole evening was sparkling and such impressive debuts from Yasmine and Marcellino. They owned the stage from the moment they arrived and the final pas de deux was sensational. I was very close to the stage and could clearly see the interplay in looks and gestures between them. There was a lot of chemistry between them and they seemed to be having a great time which meant the audience had a great time too. Matthew Ball was terrific as Espada and Romany Padjak was also terrific as lead gypsy at short notice. Why isn't she used more? 

Spoke to Magri at the stage door afterwards and she seemed OK so fingers crossed for her Kitri. 

 

 

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Lovely to read all these reviews of last night’s performance - many thanks to all.  From the truncated General Rehearsal I’m not in the least surprised - if just a little green.

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1 hour ago, Sim said:

Why not?  After all their hard work and the pleasure they give us in the roles the audience should have a chance to thank them and show their appreciation.  There is nothing wrong in my view  in just bringing the four of them out for a curtain call. 

Sim IMO curtain calls part way through disrupt the whole sense  of a narrative ballet, particularly if all take part as I have seen with the Russians. And if it were only just for selected dancers who are not the leads and  won't be there at the end, I think it would look incongruous and  somewhat embarrassing, in highlighting they have no further part to play...sort of " Sorry, we are just off, so can we take a curtain call now, please, before everyone else.......hope you enjoy the last Act"!.....

Such dancers  get their usual deserved applause immediately after their solos or PDDs without too much interruption of the flow of the performance.

 

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2 hours ago, jmhopton said:

Romany Padjak was also terrific as lead gypsy at short notice. Why isn't she used more? 

I wonder that as well, and why she hasn't had further promotion. A lovely dancer and true stalwart of the RB over a good few years.

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26 minutes ago, Richard LH said:

Sim IMO curtain calls part way through disrupt the whole sense  of a narrative ballet, particularly if all take part as I have seen with the Russians. And if it were only just for selected dancers who are not the leads and  won't be there at the end, I think it would look incongruous and  somewhat embarrassing, in highlighting they have no further part to play...sort of " Sorry, we are just off, so can we take a curtain call now, please, before everyone else.......hope you enjoy the last Act"!.....

Such dancers  get their usual deserved applause immediately after their solos or PDDs without too much interruption of the flow of the performance.

 

 

The thing is, I don't think there's much "sense of a narrative ballet" to interrupt in Don Q.

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32 minutes ago, Lizbie1 said:

 

The thing is, I don't think there's much "sense of a narrative ballet" to interrupt in Don Q.

Really? I would have thought it clearly a "narrative" ballet in the accepted understanding of the term, with an understandable  story, recognisable settings  and characters, and a conventional time line. I see no reason to exclude Don Q from the normal conventions we have here about taking all curtain calls at the end.

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I meant that the story is pretty much incidental to the dancing.

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I agree with Richard.  I’ve been much more taken with DonQ in this run in part because I’ve found DonQ and Sancho Panza shaping the narrative and not being a bit of an irritant, preventing the dancing from flowing.  Perhaps I’m finding more to admire in DonQ’s good natured whimsy and how he deserves his vision of the Dryads, particularly when performed by Anna-Rose, Fumi et al.  And at the end of the day his interventions have proved effective, despite his occasional tilting at windmills.

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3 hours ago, Richard LH said:

Sim IMO curtain calls part way through disrupt the whole sense  of a narrative ballet, particularly if all take part as I have seen with the Russians. And if it were only just for selected dancers who are not the leads and  won't be there at the end, I think it would look incongruous and  somewhat embarrassing, in highlighting they have no further part to play...sort of " Sorry, we are just off, so can we take a curtain call now, please, before everyone else.......hope you enjoy the last Act"!.....

Such dancers  get their usual deserved applause immediately after their solos or PDDs without too much interruption of the flow of the performance.

 

Well the lead dancers also get applause after their solos, but then they also get to have applause at the end, be given flowers, etc.  I don't see why it's embarrassing to highlight that they have no further part to play.  It's the story, they play their part, it finishes, and perhaps they should be given the chance to be appreciated by us.  Whoever doesn't want to do this can rush out to the bar, rather like many people rush out at the end when the curtain calls start.  

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3 hours ago, Richard LH said:

I wonder that as well, and why she hasn't had further promotion. A lovely dancer and true stalwart of the RB over a good few years.

 

I also have wondered that over the years. I remember first spotting her when she won the silver medal in the Genee competition when it was held in Birmingham (this was the year in which Joe Caley and Alex Campbell won bronze medals). I thought then what a beautiful quality her dancing had, very understated but more impressive to me than the showy dancing of some of the other candidates. I have always been disappointed that she just disappeared into the ranks with just the occasional featured role.

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37 minutes ago, Sim said:

Well the lead dancers also get applause after their solos, but then they also get to have applause at the end, be given flowers, etc.  I don't see why it's embarrassing to highlight that they have no further part to play.  It's the story, they play their part, it finishes, and perhaps they should be given the chance to be appreciated by us.  Whoever doesn't want to do this can rush out to the bar, rather like many people rush out at the end when the curtain calls start.  

 

Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Mitzi Casper in Mayerling are the few roles appear at curtain call.

There could be more?

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32 minutes ago, yumiko said:

Mercutio in Romeo

Apologies I have misunderstood your post, but I can't agree that a dancer whose character has just been killed should be brought on for his own  curtain call part way through.

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11 minutes ago, Richard LH said:

Apologies I have misunderstood your post, but I can't agree that a dancer whose character has just been killed should be brought on for his own  curtain call part way through.

I shoudn’tve quoted Sim’s post.

I meant Mrcuitio and Mitzi Casper the ones appear at curtain call.

 

I also don’t agree with curtain call at each end of act. 

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1 minute ago, yumiko said:

I shoudn’tve quoted Sim’s post.

I meant Mrcuitio and Mitzi Casper the ones appear at curtain call.

 

I also don’t agree with curtain call at each end of act. 

Thanks yumiko, yes I did misunderstand you.

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10 hours ago, Richard LH said:

So it seems the RB is having to cope with Morera, Stix-Brunell, Magri and Heap all ill or injured at the moment ☹️

 

Also Corrales, Bracewell, ?Edmonds. ?Zuchetti. And Reece Clarke also seems to have 'disappeared' from the stage.

Morera is still listed for Frankenstein.

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2 hours ago, yumiko said:

 

I meant Mercutio and Mitzi Casper the ones appear at curtain call.

 

 

Mitzi Caspar is an 'optional' appearance, noticeably coinciding with filming!

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On 03/03/2019 at 22:30, capybara said:

 

Also Corrales, Bracewell, ?Edmonds. ?Zuchetti. And Reece Clarke also seems to have 'disappeared' from the stage.

Morera is still listed for Frankenstein.

 

Pleased to be able to report sightings of Zuchetti, Edmonds and Clarke at today's General Rehearsal, all of them looking on good form.

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Just reviving this thread as phase 2 of DQ has started.  

 

Did anyone see the Ball/Cuthbertson cast on Friday night?

 

 I just saw on Claire Calvert’s Instagram that she and Reece Clarke have an “unexpected “ performance of Mercedes and Espada tonight.  Can’t wait!  

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21 minutes ago, Sim said:

I just saw on Claire Calvert’s Instagram that she and Reece Clarke have an “unexpected “ performance of Mercedes and Espada tonight.  Can’t wait!  

 

Well Morera and, especially, Hirano have been rather busy of late and the latter is not only cast for Espada but also, now, for Romeo as well as Paris. And there could well be more changes afoot!

 

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Many thanks Capybara although a bit worried by your ‘more changes afoot’ note.  I do hope Laura Morera and Ryoichi Hirano make Saturday night as I think this might be Laura’s last Royal Ballet performance this season.  She is of course dancing ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ at Wilton’s.

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22 minutes ago, capybara said:

And there could well be more changes afoot!

 

 

Oh dear, I don't like the sound of that ...  Still, as long as it doesn't affect xxxxxx ...

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24 minutes ago, capybara said:

. And there could well be more changes afoot!

 

I meant with casting more generally, not re Don Q!

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15 minutes ago, JohnS said:

Many thanks Capybara although a bit worried by your ‘more changes afoot’ note.  I do hope Laura Morera and Ryoichi Hirano make Saturday night as I think this might be Laura’s last Royal Ballet performance this season.  She is of course dancing ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ at Wilton’s.

I am sad as I had booked for tonight's Don Q in part to see L Morera and R Hirano again. Maybe tonight's change of cast for the Mercedes/Espada partnership is the result of today's pre-general rehearsal of Romeo and Juliet, as mentioned by Beatriz Stix-Brunell in her (public) IG post:

 

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I am also very disappointed to be missing Laura and Ryo again....my favourite Mercedes/Espada pairing.  

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2 hours ago, Sim said:

Just reviving this thread as phase 2 of DQ has started.  

 

Did anyone see the Ball/Cuthbertson cast on Friday night?

 

 I just saw on Claire Calvert’s Instagram that she and Reece Clarke have an “unexpected “ performance of Mercedes and Espada tonight.  Can’t wait!  

The Don Quixote performance page on the ROH website does not yet show this cast change (as at midday on Mon 25 March). Very grateful for Instagram!

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It looks as though some nice, noble people have sucked up the ROH's £4 admin charge and returned some very cheap tickets for tonight's performance. 

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41 minutes ago, Josephine said:

The Don Quixote performance page on the ROH website does not yet show this cast change (as at midday on Mon 25 March). Very grateful for Instagram!

 

And why would it?  They're only "minor characters", don't forget!  Nobody needs to be told about those, do they? ;)  And yet the Romeo casting has already been changed.

 

Presumably Hirano is rehearsing for his now somewhat earlier-than-expected Romeo debut.  Sorry to miss Morera, though :( 

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Not strictly Royal Ballet news, but Osipova has pulled out of her DQ at the Mariinsky on Thursday.... to great consternation and disappointment.... so not only the RB afflicted by last minute changes...

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Well, since she's supposed to be dancing with the RB tonight ...

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I hope that she isn’t injured.

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