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On ‎19‎/‎02‎/‎2019 at 07:19, Richard LH said:

 

I don't know about that rehearsal Jenny but as well as Avis playing Lorenzo, I think there were one or two differences from your list of ladies/men groups when the Takada/Campbell cast played on Saturday.   Anyway this is the main cast list for tonight, as now displayed on the ROH website. I don't think they will publish any more details about the groups, so that will be an observational test. 

On Saturday Lara Turk was the lucky tavern girl who becomes   Gamache's final bride choice, as well as Dulcinea.

 

Cast

DON QUIXOTE CHRISTOPHER SAUNDERS
SANCHO PANZA PHILIP MOSLEY
LORENZO GARY AVIS
KITRI AKANE TAKADA
BASILIO ALEXANDER CAMPBELL
GAMACHE THOMAS WHITEHEAD
ESPADA VALENTINO ZUCCHETTI
MERCEDES MAYARA MAGRI
KITRI’S FRIENDS YUHUI CHOE, BEATRIZ STIX-BRUNELL
TWO MATADORS NICOL EDMONDS, BENJAMIN ELLA
GYPSY COUPLE ITZIAR MENDIZABAL, TOMAS MOCK
THE QUEEN OF THE DRYADS FUMI KANEKO
AMOUR ANNA ROSE O’SULLIVAN
DULCINEA LARA TURK
FANDANGO COUPLE GINA STORM-JENSEN, NICOL EDMONDS
TOWNSPEOPLE, MATADORS, ARTISTS OF THE ROYAL BALLET,
GYPSIES, DRYADS STUDENTS AND JUNIOR ASSOCIATES OF THE ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL

I'm surprised no one has commented on the brevity of the cinema cast list and the omission of both Gary Avis and Thomas Whitehead from it.  This really irritated me because I knew who they were, but obviously many in the audience didn't.  I also found myself distracted by trying to spot who all the matadors were, because I could see they were very different from the rehearsal cast, and that distracted me from the overall dancing. I didn't recognise Tomas Mock (also not listed) but thought he was brilliant and was frustrated to have to wait right to the end of the broadcast to discover who he was. 

There's been some fuss on Twitter on this, with some comments now deleted. I really can't see why it has to be so minimal. They are missing the opportunity to publicise the RB dancers to a worldwide audience. 

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1 hour ago, JennyTaylor said:

I'm surprised no one has commented on the brevity of the cinema cast list and the omission of both Gary Avis and Thomas Whitehead from it.  This really irritated me because I knew who they were, but obviously many in the audience didn't.  I also found myself distracted by trying to spot who all the matadors were, because I could see they were very different from the rehearsal cast, and that distracted me from the overall dancing. I didn't recognise Tomas Mock (also not listed) but thought he was brilliant and was frustrated to have to wait right to the end of the broadcast to discover who he was. 

There's been some fuss on Twitter on this, with some comments now deleted. I really can't see why it has to be so minimal. They are missing the opportunity to publicise the RB dancers to a worldwide audience. 

 

It just no longer surprised me that the cast sheet was so poor. Both in the omission of Lorenzo and Gamache although they were mentioned in the synopsis, and in the fact that Espada, Mercedes and Amour WERE listed and yet NOT mentioned in the synopsis. There was space for the synopsis to be slightly longer; there was plenty of space to list GA and TW. I'm afraid I just put it down to yet more daftness from the ROH. I kind of expect it now. Which is sad.

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5 hours ago, JennyTaylor said:

I'm surprised no one has commented on the brevity of the cinema cast list and the omission of both Gary Avis and Thomas Whitehead from it.  This really irritated me because I knew who they were, but obviously many in the audience didn't.  I also found myself distracted by trying to spot who all the matadors were, because I could see they were very different from the rehearsal cast, and that distracted me from the overall dancing. I didn't recognise Tomas Mock (also not listed) but thought he was brilliant and was frustrated to have to wait right to the end of the broadcast to discover who he was. 

There's been some fuss on Twitter on this, with some comments now deleted. I really can't see why it has to be so minimal. They are missing the opportunity to publicise the RB dancers to a worldwide audience. 

 

I'm afraid that's the way it usually is with the cinema cast sheets: I guess someone thinks that the cinemagoers are just casual visitors who couldn't care less about the more minor characters (and even some of the major ones, in this case) :(  Did they not put a full cast sheet on the website this time?  (And was there an e-programme?)

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2 hours ago, alison said:

 

I'm afraid that's the way it usually is with the cinema cast sheets: I guess someone thinks that the cinemagoers are just casual visitors who couldn't care less about the more minor characters (and even some of the major ones, in this case) :(  Did they not put a full cast sheet on the website this time?  (And was there an e-programme?)

No. After much effort on the new website (as it now appears not to show past performances as it used to do) I found the PDF and its glaring omissions of two characters without whom the whole story of Kitri and Basilio becomes meaningless.

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I also bemoan the disappearance of the digital programme which used to be free to download at the time of the screening.

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15 minutes ago, capybara said:

Can't wait to hear views on last night (Cuthbertson/Ball etc)

Me too. I've just got home from work, sat down in my kitchen with a hot chocolate, eager to read all the reports....and nothing. Oh well will have to wait till this afternoon now when I wake up 😏

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Yes i was hoping to read some thoughts over breakfast....

Come on- someone is slacking!😄

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Well I wasn't going to write anything but since no one else has yet I will.

 

First off I have to say this is only Acts 1 & 2 as I'm suffering with the cold that half of London seems to have and I just ran out of energy. 

 

I went with lowish expectations for enjoyment because I really didn't like the production last time but I have to say in this respect I was pleasantly surprised. My friends felt the same and we wondered why, perhaps the standard of dancing was better ? Certainly it felt as though the company were more committed, there was a lot of energy on stage without which Don Q can be a big flop, the "oles" sounded less forced and even the musicians were bearable. I agree with others who have commented that all the constant movement on the periphery of the stage while there are principals or soloists dancing is very distracting.

 

So to the dancing. I feel that Kitri has to work incredibly hard to make an impact on her entrance because she runs on to stage with no musical accompaniment which means we're not expecting her ? Lauren Cuthbertson certainly made an exuberant entrance and this set the tone for her Act 1. I personally thought she was terrific, she's looking better than ever and she threw herself into Kitri: confident, fun characterisation accompanied by excellent dancing. I'm afraid that I felt Matthew Ball rather paled by comparison. I'm not sure Basil is a role that plays to his strengths,  I found his dancing under powered, for me Basil has to be spectacular and he just wasn't.  Ball's partnering was in the fine category, he needs to work on supported pirouettes but the one handed lifts both happened and the second one was held for ages. 

 

Mayara Magri gave a great account of Mercedes in Act 1 - she's grown hugely in stage presence and is always notable. As for Ryo Hirano !  I never would have thought he could make such an impact, he smouldered ! And good lord what charisma,, Ball could have done with some of it and Hirano certainly had more than enough for two ! 

 

I loved the Avis, Yudes combo of the Don and Sancho Panza. 

 

I enjoyed Act 2. Yuhui Choe was the Queen of the Dryads, she danced with precision although maybe she was slightly small scale. The performance of the corps was well rehearsed. The stage scenery here gives a more modern feeling to the ballet. 

 

Anyway, that was it for me but I'm looking forward to lasting for all three Acts this afternoon. 

 

 

 

 

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Dear all of you, I've just arrived in London last night, and am lucky enough to have got a ticket for DQ this evening (Saturday). Am sooooo excited. Will anyone else be there and would you like to meet at one of the intermissions? 

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I'm there this evening & had been wondering if anyone else from here would also be there & interested in meeting up. However as I haven't seen much ballet I'm not sure if I'd be able to say anything interesting enough on the subject to make it worth anyone's while meeting me.

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11 minutes ago, Dawnstar said:

I'm there this evening & had been wondering if anyone else from here would also be there & interested in meeting up. However as I haven't seen much ballet I'm not sure if I'd be able to say anything interesting enough on the subject to make it worth anyone's while meeting me.

 

Yep that sums me up too....I'll be there this evening and available to say things like 'wasn't it great when the main woman did that...thing'

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Welcome to London SMBallet!  I hope you enjoy the show tonight.  I also hope you all manage to meet up.  

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55 minutes ago, Rob S said:

 

Yep that sums me up too....I'll be there this evening and available to say things like 'wasn't it great when the main woman did that...thing'

I used to think I could reliably identify 2 ballet moves: jetes & pirouettes. Then I saw the RB Swan Lake cinecast last summer & discovered I can't tell the difference between fouettes & pirouettes!

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I also can't spell fouttes.

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4 hours ago, annamk said:

As for Ryo Hirano !  I never would have thought he could make such an impact, he smouldered ! And good lord what charisma,, Ball could have done with some of it and Hirano certainly had more than enough for two ! 

 

Apparently Matthew Ball has been spotted 'smouldering' as Espada too. It is a role which, I think, requires a bit of height to succeed and both Hirano and Ball have that advantage.

 

Why aren't people rushing to post about the Cuthbertson/Ball performance? Maybe too busy being at two more Don Qs today?

 

 

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2 hours ago, capybara said:

 

Because because it was disappointing, I’m afraid that this pairing does not really work. In act 1 Matthew postured a lot but in act 3 in white tights his poor feet and lack of leg line were cruelly exposed , Lauren I feel came out of it better . Early days let’s see other performances,perhaps coaching to put them in the right direction 

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I’ve just got home from today’s matinee, a really joyous afternoon. There was so much to enjoy, a number of strong performances. I thought Kaneko and Camargo were a delightful pairing, with plenty of chemistry. They thoroughly deserved the loud cheers at the curtain calls.

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Brief thoughts from the matinee. 

 

Fumi Kaneko was a pitch perfect Kitri. In every respect hers was a performance worthy of an experienced principal. Absolutely dazzling. 

 

Camargo has a warm stage presence and was a generous partner, although his performance in the solos was not particularly a virtuoso one. 

 

Nicol Edmonds made a creditable debut as Espada, but smoulder a la Hirano he did not. 

 

Individually, I admire Anna Rose O'Sullivan and Isabella Gasparini but although they look right together as Kitri's friends, they often seem to hear the music differently. 

 

For me, Act 3 is the weak link in this production. As far the setting is concerned whilst I appreciate why Acosta didn't want a grand palace style, it's too ordinary and the stage looks cramped. With regard to the choreography I just wish he had left it as the Russian companies dance it, because the changes he has made take the spectacular out of the grand pas and solos. In general I don't find his choreographic contribution an enhancement, there are several lifts in various places that just look awkward, and although the idea of the Act 2 opening pdd to "Bayadere" music is a nice idea, the ordinary choreography makes it a lost opportunity.

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I'd love to know what the ROH consider to be important cast changes. I've just had the following approximate conversation with a programme seller.

Me: That's a lot of changes.

Her: Yes but not important ones.

Me: I thought Laura Morera was dancing the second most important female role?

Her: But Nunez & Muntagirov are on.

 

So do the ROH only consider the lead couple to be important? If so then I disagree with them.

 

If anyone wants the details of the cast changes:

Mendizabal replacing Morera (Mercedes)

Moseley replacing Yudes (Sancho Panza)

O'Sullivan replacing Stix-Brunnell (Friend)

Magri replacing Kaneko (Q of Dryads)

Edmonds replacing Zuchetti (Fandango)

Padjak & Braendsrood replacing Mendizabal & Zuchetti (Gypsy couple)

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1 hour ago, Dawnstar said:

I'd love to know what the ROH consider to be important cast changes. I've just had the following approximate conversation with a programme seller.

Me: That's a lot of changes.

Her: Yes but not important ones.

Me: I thought Laura Morera was dancing the second most important female role?

Her: But Nunez & Muntagirov are on.

 

So do the ROH only consider the lead couple to be important? If so then I disagree with them.

 

If anyone wants the details of the cast changes:

Mendizabal replacing Morera (Mercedes)

Moseley replacing Yudes (Sancho Panza)

O'Sullivan replacing Stix-Brunnell (Friend)

Magri replacing Kaneko (Q of Dryads)

Edmonds replacing Zuchetti (Fandango)

Padjak & Braendsrood replacing Mendizabal & Zuchetti (Gypsy couple)

 

I wonder if the RB/the dancers know that the ROH staff are being told to say this? Who IS telling them to say this?

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Tell Gary Avis!! 😀

 

Interesting situation shortly before the start, there I was innocently standing at my Stalls Circle Standing position when a couple walk up to me and say they have my position and the one next to it...then a man comes up and says he has the position next to me....we all have correctly dated email screens or print outs. A member of staff promptly appears and then goes off to find out what to do, the couple then get ‘upgraded’ to the rear seats of the Royal box ‘for the first act while they sort something out’.

 

Incidentally, Nuñez and Muntagirov were amazeballs in the first act 💃🙂

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4 minutes ago, Rob S said:

Tell Gary Avis!! 😀

 

Interesting situation shortly before the start, there I was innocently standing at my Stalls Circle Standing position when a couple walk up to me and say they have my position and the one next to it...then a man comes up and says he has the position next to me....we all have correctly dated email screens or print outs. A member of staff promptly appears and then goes off to find out what to do, the couple then get ‘upgraded’ to the rear seats of the Royal box ‘for the first act while they sort something out’.

 

Incidentally, Nuñez and Muntagirov were amazeballs in the first act 💃🙂

 

What a cliffhanger! Let us know what happens next...

 

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8 minutes ago, Rob S said:

Tell Gary Avis!! 😀

 

Interesting situation shortly before the start, there I was innocently standing at my Stalls Circle Standing position when a couple walk up to me and say they have my position and the one next to it...then a man comes up and says he has the position next to me....we all have correctly dated email screens or print outs. A member of staff promptly appears and then goes off to find out what to do, the couple then get ‘upgraded’ to the rear seats of the Royal box ‘for the first act while they sort something out’.

 

Incidentally, Nuñez and Muntagirov were amazeballs in the first act 💃🙂

Are you standing on the right? I'm sitting in B93 & could hear a ticket-related arguement going on somewhere to the left, though I thought it involved seats rather than standing places. As I exited for the interval I could hear 2 ushers discussing what sounded like more than one duplicate ticketing issue.

 

Yes, Nunez & Muntagirov are amazing thus far!

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I had this happen to me once. A man said he had my place. Our ticket numbers were the same!! But as I got there first I was not budging!! The usher took the man off and I don't know what happened to him after that....perhaps he got upgraded. 

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B93? Is that Stalls Circle standing? I always thought they were D  numbers.

Ah sorry just saw you said "sitting" not standing!

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Dawnstar says she is sitting....

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45 minutes ago, Lizbie1 said:

 

What a cliffhanger! Let us know what happens next...

 

 

They were still in the Royal box for Act 2....it’s not an important seat change Mr Usher 😀

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3 minutes ago, Rob S said:

I’m D4 

There must have been ticket kerfuffles on both sides of the auditorium then!

 

I don't do standing. I tried it once at the Globe, blacked out & had to go & lie down for the rest of Act 1. Admittedly it was 30 degrees but it's still put me off for life.

 

The set for the latter part of Act 2 looked like it has been designed by someone who was watching Waltz of the Flowers while on illegal substances! I liked it when first the Queen of the Dryads did a series of leaps & then Kitri followed doing even more: as I'm seeing Magri as Kitri later in the run it was rather amusing effectively seeing 2 Kritis together!

 

I enjoyed the gypsies, even if it felt a bit like Two Pigeons all over again! I was very impressed by the lead couple's final lift/throw.

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2 minutes ago, Dawnstar said:

 I was very impressed by the lead couple's final lift/throw.

 

Yes, me too, I wanted to rewind and watch that bit again! 

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