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14 minutes ago, Rob S said:

Yasmine Naghdi has just announced she’s debuting in Golden Hour this evening. ‘Third pdd couple’ presumably means she’s replacing Takada  

 

Yes, this was on the ROH website (but not announced with fanfare) yesterday and discussed elsewhere on this site.

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I was just chucking out some papers in the office earlier when I came across the casting printout I'd used when Spring public booking opened.  I'd actually commented that the ROH website at the time was showing Osipova as dancing tonight too.

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Gorecki third Symphony would still be extremely moving and emotional if Chubby Checker danced the twist to it. I have had the CD with Dawn Upshaw for years and seen it live with Gorecki present in the audience, but wrongly bought the DVD, which is horrific. I thought I strength for anything until I watched that.

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What an interesting evening. First time viewing of all the pieces for me and I think I really need a second one!

The music and singing were excellent. Loved the ballerina’s costumes for the first two but think the men were hard done by.

The dancing was great though.

i admire Hirano’s pure strength  I didn’t see a single tremble in the “leg lift” in Medusa, he was menacing too. Have to say I hoped there wasn’t going to be any damage to the dancers from the scarf wrapping and kicks. Osipova really went for it.

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Gorecki and Flight Pattern lingered in my consciousness all day.. And the music for Medusa was enchanting. Simplicity and starling-like murmations of dancers in Flight Pattern resonated with the musical canons. Marvellous...

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OK. Head above parapet: I really liked Medusa. I read the synopsis. No problem following the flow. And flow it did. The 40 minutes flowed by. I liked the distance. I liked the tableaux feel. I liked the music. And the mix. The costumes were superb as was the set. Perhaps the wig.... No, but not a no no. The pdd between Poseidon and Medusa was breathtaking. The relationship and dance between Athena and Medusa icily fascinating. The pdd between Medusa and Perseus disturbing - the decapitation stunning. The final solo a triumph. Some things could be reduced, some things expanded. I liked the restraint and will try to see the live relay. Would love to see Takada in the role. 

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Vanartus I agree with all that!

But I would add that the whole work is held together by Medusa herself and Natalia Osipova did that brilliantly. I would also love to see what Takada makes of the role and really hope she will recover from being unwell in time to perform it this run.

I particularly loved Within the Golden Hour in this triple bill...such beautiful lightning, music, and costumes, stylish choreography and glorious dancing. And so good to see Ms Hayward back! Lovely dancing from her, along with Yuhui Choe and Yasmine Nagdhi, who was a wonderful short notice replacement for Takada.

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PS I thought Emma Byrne’s review in the Evening Standard was shockingly self-indulgent, amateurish and I really question why she was appointed. Her reviews are consistently below standard.

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2 hours ago, Vanartus said:

PS I thought Emma Byrne’s review in the Evening Standard was shockingly self-indulgent, amateurish and I really question why she was appointed. Her reviews are consistently below standard.

Even below the standard of the Evening Standard? Must be quite shocking because their previous critic was pretty poor... sub-standard, you might say! 

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Having read all the links today (except the FT because of the paywall), the critics are pretty unanimous.....lukewarm reviews of Medusa, brilliant reviews of WGH and Flight Pattern.  For once, I agree with them!!

 

Can anyone report on the second cast for WGH last night?  

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1 hour ago, Sim said:

 

Can anyone report on the second cast for WGH last night?  

 

Both Francesca Hayward and Yasmine Naghdi were luminous (in the Cuthbertson and Lamb roles respectively) in their dancing. An utter joy to watch 🙂

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Now even more jealous!  

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Teo Dubreuil and David Donnelly were superb in the men’s duet 

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38 minutes ago, mart said:

Teo Dubreuil and David Donnelly were superb in the men’s duet 

 

They were in the last run.

 

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So according to a couple of the critics, this is a 'MeToo Medusa'.  Hey, you know what, fictional females (and real ones) have been taking revenge on men for a long time before MeToo came along (sorry, my hashtag is broken).  Women were empowered before three years ago!  I don't think MeToo has anything to do with it;  these stories have been around for thousands of years....

 

I guess next time Giselle is shown it will of course have to be a 'MeToo Myrtha'.  

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Within The Golden Hour triple bill Thursday 9th May

Mandy Kent

 

Thursday's cast consisted of Yuhui Choe with James Hay, Francesca Hayward with Valentino Zucchetti and Yasmine Naghdi with Tristan Dyer. 

The four girls were Grace Blundell, Ashley Dean, Isabella Gasparini and Romany Padjak, the four men were Leo Dixon, David Donnelly, Teo Dubreil and David Yudes. 

 

I found Within The Golden Hour to be just as delicious with the second cast as on the first night. Yuhui Choe and James Hay had a wonderful rapport in those delightful opening waltzing moments, all smiles and blushing charm from Choe and gallant partnering from Hay. Hayward reprised Cuthbertson's role with those tricky 'one foot held' leaning forward arabesques to the point where you felt she might end on her nose but of course her partner Zucchetti  was 'strong and stable' and the beautiful slow duet was accomplished with grace and great aplomb.  Naghdi partnered by Dyer were also 'charmant'. I love this ballet , it makes you feel happy and content to bask in the glorious sunset glow. As I was sitting close to the stage I particularly noticed Leo Dixon amongst the four men as he has great ability and a lovely line in arabesque . The duo of Dixon and Donnelly partnering each other with Wheeldon's bold and characterful movements was super and well received by the audience. 

 

My second viewing of Medusa made me feel even more than on the first night that some judicious pruning, not only of Medusa's head but of her loooong final solo would have made the piece 10 minutes shorter and more impactful. Surely it should end at the death of Medusa? I do like the sinuous movements and the girls' costumes. As I said before the men's costumes are unflattering and they don't look like soldiers, they look like janitors or detectives at a crime scene in protective body suits.  However I do like the choreography of Medusa with the soldiers, how she 'kick's a*s' and how they coil and squirm around her. Some fabulous lifts from Lukas BB who seemed to have all the more complex lifts of Osipova, and he achieved these very well. 

I think the lighting, sets and theme could work better if revised, so hopefully SLC will regard this as a 'work in progress', I hear he often works this way....

 

Finally, the stunning Flight Pattern. Because I knew what to expect having watched it on Wednesday I was not quite the emotional wreck that the first viewing created. Watching it from nearer also made a difference, I could see the dancers faces and that meant the characterisation was more compelling. Solos by Calvin Richardson, Benjamin Ella with Ashley Dean, Isabella Gasparini and Joseph Sissens punctuated the group movements. towards the end the group look like a flock of birds, trying to fly to freedom, its a beautiful moment.

The sheer emotion between McNally and Sambe had you on the edge of your seat...so sad and so brave. 

The finale, with Sambe writhing and hurting, was painful but essential to watch. 

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3 hours ago, mart said:

Teo Dubreuil and David Donnelly were superb in the men’s duet 

Was Leo Dixon and David Donnelly I believe.....

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7 minutes ago, Sim said:

So according to a couple of the critics, this is a 'MeToo Medusa'.  Hey, you know what, fictional females (and real ones) have been taking revenge on men for a long time before MeToo came along (sorry, my hashtag is broken).  Women were empowered before three years ago!  I don't think MeToo has anything to do with it;  these stories have been around for thousands of years....

 

I was watching an episode of Endeavour last weekend in which I picked up really early that there was a "Biblical/Apocryphal women's revenge" theme going on that was going to turn out to be the key to the murders, and it was.  I got there WAY before Morse did...

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22 minutes ago, Sim said:

So according to a couple of the critics, this is a 'MeToo Medusa'. 

Yes and fortunately of course it is  totally "relevant" because so many women nowadays are abused by the gods and turned into snake-headed monsters....

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49 minutes ago, Mandy Kent said:

Was Leo Dixon and David Donnelly I believe.....

 

It was definitely Teo Dubrueil and David Donnelly. They were great.

 

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I definitely think the soldier outfits need some work....the Unknown Soldier outfits were similarly thin weren't they?

 

Percy

 

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Gorgeous as he is, this is just so wrong.  Like Speedos, no-one can look good in this costume!  

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5 hours ago, mart said:

Teo Dubreuil and David Donnelly were superb in the men’s duet 

 

1 hour ago, Mandy Kent said:

Was Leo Dixon and David Donnelly I believe.....

 

24 minutes ago, Thalia said:

 

It was definitely Teo Dubrueil and David Donnelly. They were great.

 

 

There are two men's duets.  In some casts they have both been danced by the same two dancers.  However, if I remember correctly, last night Leo Dixon and David Yudes danced the opening duet and Téo Dubreuil and David Donnelly danced the later one.

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4 minutes ago, Sim said:

Gorgeous as he is, this is just so wrong.  Like Speedos, no-one can look good in this costume!  

 

I thought he did  - look good in this costume, that is. But I do agree that the see-through look is somehow wrong.

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On 09/05/2019 at 15:32, RuthE said:

 

That's a tricky question. It's been a while since I last saw a ballet with vocal music accompaniment, but I've always had a big mental-processing problem with it in principle.  My main interest is vocal music (ingrained since childhood) and I find it impossible to concentrate on the dancing because the voices draw my attention.  I even at one point last night realized I'd closed my eyes to listen to the singing, and forgotten that I was at a ballet and therefore supposed to be watching the stage.  So I'm really not the best person to ask - I could tell you what the singing was like, but the ballet that was going on at the same time has virtually evaporated from my memory!  The only reason it's "virtually" and not "completely" is that the Purcell songs were alternated with passages of electronic instrumental music which snapped my concentration back onto the stage.  The visual image that really stuck in my mind - it happened as one of the Purcell songs ended and the electronic music came back - was the "leg lift" with Hirano lying on the ground and suspending (and turning) Osipova in the air with his lower legs.

 

Assigning the very distinctive bass aria "What power art thou" to countertenor gave it a totally new and almost unrecognisable character, which I would say was "right" in the context of the character of this ballet score (due to the intensity created by the higher voice as it climbs to the top of the scale), but sounded totally wrong to my ear (indeed, the song is currently on a TV ad for PurpleBricks.com, so I imagine much of the audience would have vaguely recognized it as something meant for a bass).

 

I was also suddenly jerked out of concentrating on anything at the very end of the ballet as I seem to remember the final section and playout of The Plaint were cut, and the curtain suddenly descended when I assumed we were still in the middle of something.

 

Thanks - I hope to see the cinema broadcast next week and look forward to hearing it for myself!

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1 hour ago, capybara said:

 

I thought he did  - look good in this costume, that is. But I do agree that the see-through look is somehow wrong.

mr Ball would look good in anything I think but I just thought those costumes were such a disappointment. The ballerinas costumes were beautiful. It was interesting to read the Vogue article- apparently Medusa had a full mask/snakes head but of course then the face was obscured so it was changed to a headpiece. I wonder if the men’s headgear should also have been changed. I prefer to see faces myself.

who was Athene last night please?

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8 minutes ago, Shade said:

mr Ball would look good in anything I think but I just thought those costumes were such a disappointment. The ballerinas costumes were beautiful. It was interesting to read the Vogue article- apparently Medusa had a full mask/snakes head but of course then the face was obscured so it was changed to a headpiece. I wonder if the men’s headgear should also have been changed. I prefer to see faces myself.

who was Athene last night please?

 

Fumi Kaneko

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7 minutes ago, Richard LH said:

And didn't she look striking!

 

Ummm....yes, I have to say I wasn't a big  fan of the look really, I think it was the hair

 

Ath

 

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