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Scrolling down the ROH website just now, I noticed that the new Cathy Marston ballet, now entitled 'The Cellist' , is to be shown with a revival of Robbins' Dances at a Gathering rather than the previously-scheduled but otherwise undefined Scarlett ballet. Does anyone have any further information regarding this change in scheduling and, for that matter, when the casting is likely to be released?

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See all changes - and there are a number - in the ROH News item on their website - including the cancellation for the 2019/20 season of Ratmansky's Preludes ....  (the pitch size by the way is that of the ROH's website preference ... copied as is):-

 

https://www.roh.org.uk/news/the-royal-ballet-announces-programmenews-for-the-royal-ballets-201920-season

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Crikey - that is very unusual. All the substitutes are pleasing from my perspective though :)

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Thank you all for the updates.

 

Bruce, I never bother to check the News section any more since there is so rarely anything that conforms to the definition of 'news'.

 

And, Lizbie, I tend to agree with your reaction to the changes.

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As I said - I’m not displeased about the changes, but having already booked for the Marston programme I wonder how long it will take them to notify me.

 

(One small negative for me is that I might now have to book for the Prodigal Son programme - April was already looking tricky enough!)

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16 minutes ago, Lizbie1 said:

 

As I said - I’m not displeased about the changes, but having already booked for the Marston programme I wonder how long it will take them to notify me.

 

 

Just had the email.

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Disappointed about the Scarlett, (as with others) Prodigal Son will probably mean that I now book for that programme after all and ecstatic that Preludes is replaced by Monotones.

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Along with Lizbie and BBB, I am now also likely to book for the Prodigal Son programme, having previously decided that I could give that one a miss.

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30 minutes ago, Scheherezade said:

Along with Lizbie and BBB, I am now also likely to book for the Prodigal Son programme, having previously decided that I could give that one a miss.

 

Yes - I've been waiting for this and the delicious casting that there could be!

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It is a shame that we won’t be seeing the new Scarlett and the re-worked Ratmansky - but how wonderful (and unexpected?) that we’re getting three copper-bottomed masterpieces instead!

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Extremely disappointed about the new Scarlett and revival of the Ratmansky. At least it mentions the Scarlett in a future season but with no such promise of the Ratmansky, so I hope it is still planned to schedule a revival. 

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Just seen the email from ROH. Thrilled as Dances at a Gathering on my hit list. Can’t wait!!!

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delighted at the prospect of Dances, so much so that I've just bought another package with an extra Onegin! There should be done super casts for Dances given the number of stellar dancers that we are blessed with these days. I have seen Prodigal Son and very powerful it is. So changes of programmes that suit me well!

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Love Dances at a Gathering so that programme looks great.

I am disappointed about the Ratmansky but Monotones is always a pleasing watch.

The other triple  programme I don't know ANY of the pieces so a long time before been in this position! 

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I fervently hope that Corybantic Games is not the middle piece in that triple bill.

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Disappointing about Prodigal Son (probably my least favourite Balanchine) completing that bill. I'm probably in the minority here, but I liked Live Fire Exercise, and apart from the ghastly costumes, liked Corybantic Games. Was hoping for a third piece to make it a grand triple for me

Disappointing about the Ratmansky

Monotones is fine, though seeing one half of it in the Linbury next month will be interesting to compare large vs small stages

Disappointing about Liam Scarlett's new work (hoping when it does arrive it is one of his abstract greats)

Dances at a Gathering always seems a bit too long, but none of the individual dances seems suitable to be cut out. A case of the sum being less than its parts, perhaps?

 

And have to say its rather an oddity, all these changes to the rep inside one season. Has so many changes ever been done before, so close to a season start? 

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4 minutes ago, Coated said:

I fervently hope that Corybantic Games is not the middle piece in that triple bill.

 

nah - probably be Live Fire Exercise...

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I'll give it Corybantic another go, but suspect that I won't want to see it more than once or twice unless something has significantly changed.

 

I join the slightly disappointed, was looking forward to a new Scarlett, especially after seeing Hummingbird earlier this year. I'm not convinced that people who booked for 2 new ballets will be thrilled with Dances at a Gathering. I don't mind it, but like Dave find it a little too long.

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When I saw "Dances" with original casts it was the exact opposite ....never wanted it to end!

 

I have seen it a couple of times since and definitely found it danced more blandly then but am hoping this time around there are enough dancers in the Company who can do it justice. Does anybody know who will rehearse the dancers?

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Given that two of the ballets have been on my wishlist for possibly the last decade or longer, I can hardly complain, although I suppose it means I'm going to have to go to the Corybantic Games bill now.  Hoping there are no particularly adverse reasons for the changes, although I wonder how long it will be before Ratmansky has a sufficient gap in his schedule to rework Preludes (which I had been looking forward to seeing again).

 

I had hoped to see DAAG again before some of the more senior dancers departed - I seem to remember it being said that it tended to suit more mature artists better.  I suppose we won't get Cuthbertson in it because she'll be in the Marston, which is a shame.  Mind you, I can already visualise some of the younger dancers in the company doing great things in it.

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I hope that the casting for Dances at a Gathering will work out in conjunction with The Cellist in the same way that the new Scarlett was supposed to. As in, I've booked 2 performances with the aim of seeing both casts of each piece so I hope the Dances at a Gathering casts are arranged so I end up seeing different casts each time rather than the seeing same cast twice & missing another cast (I'm assuming there will be at least 2 casts). As I know nothing about any of either the substituted or substituting pieces I can't comment on them, except to say that no matter how good the Balanchine piece is I don't think anything will make me sit through Corybantic Games based on the reviews & production pics from the previous run.

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5 hours ago, Lizbie1 said:

It is a shame that we won’t be seeing the new Scarlett

 

I fervently hope that being relieved of creating-new-ballet duty frees Scarlett up to spend more time working on revising his Swan Lake. There was enough dodgy and/or non-existent stagecraft in that show, despite gorgeous designs, to warrant taking a good hard look at the production before throwing it back on to the stage. 

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15 minutes ago, Geoff said:

 

I fervently hope that being relieved of creating-new-ballet duty frees Scarlett up to spend more time working on revising his Swan Lake. There was enough dodgy and/or non-existent stagecraft in that show, despite gorgeous designs, to warrant taking a good hard look at the production before throwing it back on to the stage. 

I'd happily watch his Swan Lake as it is, but it would be lovely if someone could persuade him to tighten up and revise a little - particularly Benno, of whom I'd like to see significantly less, or at a more interesting solo if he must have that much stage time. 

 

Does Scarlett revise his work much? It seems to me that he hasn't made significant changes to the second outings of his pieces (that I've seen.)

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Booking was nice and easy this morning, the only time I didn't get exactly the seat I wanted was for the Osipova/Muntagirov Onegin, The Cellist is going to be interesting as cellists usually sit still a lot, but perhaps it will show what she is dreaming as she plays :) The replacement I'm most happy about is Prodigal Son, any Balanchine is welcome but this will be good to see again.    

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I would love to see Prodigal Son again, but only if it's on first in the triple.  Nothing would ever induce me to sit through Live Fire Exercise again...that's 40 minutes of my life that I would never get back.  I would rather not sit through CGs again either, but it's preferable to the other one.  So....I will wait and see. 

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Based on this thread there may be some fluctuation in seat occupancy for the Corybantic Games programme (I know I’m half-planning to duck out early / show up late as well).

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I am thinking that our late and much-missed friend and fellow mod John Mallinson is sitting up there with the gods of ballet and blessing us with Dances at a Gathering.  Some of you may remember that about ten years ago he and I started a campaign on this forum saying that at the end of the season we would chain ourselves to a tree or a railing outside the ROH and stay there until Dances was brought back into the rep of the RB.  Lo and behold, it was so....and he and I always laughed about it being thanks entirely to us !!  :lol:

 

So I will be attending, for my own pleasure but mostly in honour and memory of John, who would have loved to see this piece again. 

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1 hour ago, Beryl H said:

The Cellist is going to be interesting as cellists usually sit still a lot, but perhaps it will show what she is dreaming as she plays :) 

 

I'm reminded of that ballet that the RBS did excerpts from at some of their 2018(?) end-of-year performances, with the dancers "playing" other dancers as musical instruments.  I loved it - really imaginative. I'm sure somebody will remind me what it was!

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7 minutes ago, RuthE said:

 

I'm reminded of that ballet that the RBS did excerpts from at some of their 2018(?) end-of-year performances, with the dancers "playing" other dancers as musical instruments.  I loved it - really imaginative. I'm sure somebody will remind me what it was!

 

Multiplicity by Nacho Duato. I loathed it - to me it reeked of misogyny and abuse. Though I fully accept others will have received it very differently.

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