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8 minutes ago, David said:

 

My first reaction was that allow the entire programme to go up hours before the official press conference, particularly since it is being widely shared across social media, was breathtakingly incompetent. Now I'm thinking that perhaps it shows a more relaxed approach. If so, I welcome it. After all, this is supposed to be an age of transparency.

 

That’s a very generous interpretation :)

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Very pleased to be able to see, for my first time,  the RB perform Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia, also Onegin. 

Perfectly happy with the return of Manon and Swan Lake (surely now a debut for Hayward?) given the beautiful productions last time round.

These are going to be expensive, though (see above).

 

Would have been happy with Woolf Works but instead we have a new W McG full length.

 

As others, I am disappointed about virtual absence of Ashton... I would have liked La Fille, and  The Dream

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16 minutes ago, Richard LH said:

Some price indications are now visible....

Manon up to £110

Sleeping Beauty up to £145

 

 

Shocking.  I guess that means I've no chance of being able to get a seat for Beauty :(  And at those prices they're obviously not concerned about whether they get full houses for Manon - it struggled to sell last time, at rather lower ones.

 

I think I called all the full-lengthers right (no Woolf Works - pooh - but at least I have a DVD of sorts).  As usual, I'm disappointed with all the items on my "short-length" wishlist that haven't been put on, but then I'm used to that by now, and it's clearly never going to change with KOH in charge :( .  The Ratmansky Preludes was the only thing I'd been waiting to see back for some years.  And only last week I was thinking that we'd managed to escape a repeat of Live Fire Exercise :(  (but at least it and Corybantic Games are on the same bill.  I hope it concides with something interesting from ENB and/or at Sadler's Wells)

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I don't think putting Fille and Coppelia on in the same season would be (perceived as?) a terribly viable option, though.

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25 minutes ago, Ian Macmillan said:

With the Press Embargo and the ROH website seemingly at odds with one another, might there be scope for the recruitment of a Right and Left Hand Coordinator?

LOL!!

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2 minutes ago, penelopesimpson said:

Why no Woolf Works?  It is a winner and sold well both seasons.  Wanted to see Watson and Ball together again.  Sigh.

 

probably because McGregor doing a new full length evening of Dante's Inferno. Which may be hell for some....

(also Live Fire Exercise is on too)

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So, 24 Beauty's and 25 Swan Lakes (including some school and welcome matinees admittedly) plus 17 Coppelias around the festive season, all at near top dollar - looks a bit like a coffers refilling exercise after Frankenstein's student giveaway 🙂

 

 

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Just now, zxDaveM said:

 

probably because McGregor doing a new full length evening of Dante's Inferno. Which may be hell for some....

(also Live Fire Exercise is on too)

 

Presumably  Live Fire Exercise is a warm-up for Dante's Inferno? 

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Does anyone know roughly when casting is announced? It would make sense that they should announce before Friends booking so can we presume Autumn casting to be announced late June?

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2 hours ago, Bruce Wall said:

Wonder if that (e.g., Manon) might mark Watson's farewell?  

 

I'm hoping not - I've had him pencilled in for something later on in the season for months.

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26 minutes ago, David said:

 

My first reaction was that allow the entire programme to go up hours before the official press conference, particularly since it is being widely shared across social media, was breathtakingly incompetent. Now I'm thinking that perhaps it shows a more relaxed approach. If so, I welcome it. After all, this is supposed to be an age of transparency.

 

That interpretation doesn't fit very easily with the press 'embargo' until 11am.

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14 minutes ago, penelopesimpson said:

Why no Woolf Works?  It is a winner and sold well both seasons.  Wanted to see Watson and Ball together again.  Sigh.

 

We have known for some time that there would be a new full length McGregor in the 19/20 season (an extract is being performed by the RB on tour in LA this July).   I really don't think there's room in the RB season for two McGregor full length pieces.

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7 minutes ago, Vanartus said:

Has anyone found a link to actual ROH press release? I can’t find one...

 

It hasn't been released yet!  😂

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19 minutes ago, Lizbie1 said:

 

That’s a very generous interpretation :)

Continuing in the same generous spirit, I'm also beginning to think that the extended delay in releasing the programme might be due to an effort to loosen Kasper Holten's death grip on future planning. There are a couple of unexpected things/changes on the opera side that the rumour mill wasn't expecting. Butyou're right Lizbie1 - I'm probably just kidding myself.

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18 minutes ago, Richard LH said:

As others, I am disappointed about virtual absence of Ashton... I would have liked La Fille, and  The Dream

So would I.....those are two ballets I could happily see every year.   I am also very surprised that we get less than two hours' worth of Ashton ballets the whole season.  His ballets always sell well, so I wonder why their Founder Choreographer is being ignored?  I mean, much as I love Manon, we have only just had it.  Why put it on again so soon when it didn't even sell that well last time around??   Why couldn't we at least get Rhapsody or Symphonic Variations as part of a triple bill???  

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Bit of a mixed bag for me overall - I will no doubt see my fair share of Beauty's and Swan Lakes (casting dependent), a few Coppelias (again, depending on the casts), but won't be going overboard on these. Probably be at a good few Manon and Onegins, and will initially go to a good few of the new McGregor - unless its awful after first couple of viewings when I'd sell any (but hoping that's not the case!). Of the mixed bills, the first one has one of my favourite MacMillans in Concerto, one of my least fave Ashton's in Enigma, and the marvellous Raymonda (act 3). The double of new ones from Scarlett and Marston a must, as is the Tombeaux/Sym Dances/Preludes. The final mixed in April (Live Fire etc) I'm probably in a minority as I quite like. 

I make that only 11 different evenings, rather than the usual 12 - am I missing something? Or, are they counting the Linbury shows as part of the scene?

In the Linbury, hope to catch the mixed bill with MonotonesII (though I always preferred MonotonesI), Northern Ballet even though it clashes so horribly with the main stage, and the International Draft Works (which seems expanded this year) out of curiosity if nothing else, as didn't enjoy it much this year. I'm sure there is more to come from this location - and the Clore of course.

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14 minutes ago, Richard LH said:

 

Presumably  Live Fire Exercise is a warm-up for Dante's Inferno? 

 

the pilot light, as it were

 

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2 minutes ago, Sim said:

I mean, much as I love Manon, we have only just had it.  Why put it on again so soon when it didn't even sell that well last time around??   Why couldn't we at least get Rhapsody or Symphonic Variations as part of a triple bill???  

 

and quite a few shows too (14 I think) - perhaps Kevin trying to get those dancers who missed out last time, a go at it...

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Do they release a simple list of all the productions coming up for the new season, or do we have to look at it month by month??

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The following is in the press release:  

 

"The Royal Ballet joins forces with Birmingham Royal Ballet in a Heritage programme capturing the unique history of the Company and the extraordinary choreographic creativity of Ninette de Valois, Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan." 

 

Has anyone seen any details of this 'Heritage' programme?  I've not been able to find it.

 

Edited to add that they might be referring to the Concerto/Enigma Variations/Raymonda Act III mixed bill but that bill doesn't have any Ninette de Valois choreography.

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9 minutes ago, Bluebird said:

The following is in the press release:  

 

"The Royal Ballet joins forces with Birmingham Royal Ballet in a Heritage programme capturing the unique history of the Company and the extraordinary choreographic creativity of Ninette de Valois, Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan." 

 

Has anyone seen any details of this 'Heritage' programme?  I've not been able to find it.

 

Edited to add that they might be referring to the Concerto/Enigma Variations/Raymonda Act III mixed bill but that bill doesn't have any Ninette de Valois choreography.

 

perhaps that's my missing 12th programme. Perhaps they are doing in Birmingham? (high level of speculation there)

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