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5 minutes ago, Lindsay said:

Not obvious, no but Takada looked less secure than she usually does (which is to say she was still very good but not as flawless as I have seen her on previous occasions).  They restarted with the Lilac Fairy taking the prince in his boat and Takada stayed to do the awakening scene.  Then Yasmine Naghdi danced Act 3.  The pas de deux was a bit cautious as you would expect but no major mishaps, extremely professionally done and they were both calm and smiling throughout - and their individual variations were lovely.  

 

Thanks for updating us, Lindsay. I hope they had a chance to have a quick run through of the fish dives at least! Must have been quite a performance.

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Lindsay, or anyone else, was it definitely Akane in the awakening scene? I wasn't sure...but then I was confused as I was expecting to see Yasmine and not Akane at that point...all I knew that it wasn't Yasmine .....

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1 hour ago, LinMM said:

A friend is there tonight who particularly likes Takada so she will be disappointed....but understanding!

Hope it's not anything too serious. 

That may have been the enthusiastic lady who gave Takada a standing ovation after the rose adagio  🌹 

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I thought it was Akane but my eyesight isn’t perfect - would make sense though as there is no real dancing or pointe work required and she was already in the costume....

 

Poor thing - what terrible luck

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19 minutes ago, Lindsay said:

Not obvious, no but Takada looked less secure than she usually does (which is to say she was still very good but not as flawless as I have seen her on previous occasions).  They restarted with the Lilac Fairy taking the prince in his boat and Takada stayed to do the awakening scene.  Then Yasmine Naghdi danced Act 3.  The pas de deux was a bit cautious as you would expect but no major mishaps, extremely professionally done and they were both calm and smiling throughout - and their individual variations were lovely.  

 

I may be mistaken but I don’t think that was Takada...perhaps Sae Maeda? Someone Japanese/Asian, certainly not Naghdi! 

 

Considering how disappointed and upset Takada must have been not to be able to continue (and presumably in some pain) I would expect her to be immediately assessed by a doctor and able to go home, rather than hanging about for 45 minutes! 

 

Takada was beautiful in Act 1, certainly did not look like she was injured so hopefully not serious. Massive appreciation to Naghdi (and Campbell of course!) for the last minute substitution. 

 

Hope both Hirano and Takada recover soon. 

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I defer to you JNC - I wasn’t that close so you will almost certainly know better.  I was however close enough to see and be amused by the corps men coming out as “trees” for Red Riding Hood.  I assume they sent the kids home since it was getting so late.

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I'm actually surprised that they didn't use Fumi and Reece for Acts 2 and 3 as they were both on earlier.

Did anyone see anything happen to poor Akane? I agree, she has been a really beautiful Aurora in previous runs.

Who was the Lilac Fairy tonight, please?

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I wondered about that too capybara but they were only in the prologue so could have left by the end of Act 1

 

Lilac Fairy was Mendizabal.  And other than Fumi in the prologue none of the “other” Auroras were on tonight.

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25 minutes ago, capybara said:

I'm actually surprised that they didn't use Fumi and Reece for Acts 2 and 3 as they were both on earlier.

Did anyone see anything happen to poor Akane? I agree, she has been a really beautiful Aurora in previous runs.

Who was the Lilac Fairy tonight, please?

 

Rumour had it they originally were trying to get in touch with Fumi to continue as Aurora. She was a fairy in the prologue so presumably was on the way home and uncontactable. Reece was also in the prologue but it would have been harsh to stand down Campbell! Also considering Fumi has only danced the role once I feel it would have been a lot of pressure to do it again, so soon, with a partner she is not familiar with. 

 

I thought they were going to try for Hayward because she’s scheduled to dance alongside Campbell but either she was indisposed (and to be fair she did only dance on Saturday!) or they decided to go for Naghdi. 

 

Lilac fairy was Mendizibal. 

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So Alex Campbell was standing in for Ryo Hirano, who was standing in for Steven McRae. He would not have had much rehearsal time with Akane Takada.  Halfway through, he then has to dance with Yasmine Naghdi with whom he has never danced in nor rehearsed the ballet.  What a pro he is.  Huge kudos to him and to Miss Naghdi who dashed in from home and helped save the night in a big way. 👏👏👏

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Another evening of high drama at the ROH! Wishing both Ryo and Akane swift and full recovery from their injuries. As of now it’s anybody’s guess who will take the stage on Friday evening ......🤔

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10 minutes ago, Sim said:

So Alex Campbell was standing in for Ryo Hirano, who was standing in for Steven McRae. He would not have had much rehearsal time with Akane Takada.  Halfway through, he then has to dance with Yasmine Naghdi with whom he has never danced in nor rehearsed the ballet.  What a pro he is.  Huge kudos to him and to Miss Naghdi who dashed in from home and helped save the night in a big way. 👏👏👏

Not to take anything away from anyone, but did he not dance it with Naghdi during the last run when Hayward was unwell for her second show? I can't quite remember now. Campbell is certainly an assured partner whoever he dances with.

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59 minutes ago, capybara said:

Did anyone see anything happen to poor Akane? 

Not at all. It all seemed to be going so well for her...a beautiful Act 1.

  Of course she had to be  carried off at the end but only because she was "asleep" in the story.

 

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21 minutes ago, Darlex said:

Not to take anything away from anyone, but did he not dance it with Naghdi during the last run when Hayward was unwell for her second show? I can't quite remember now. Campbell is certainly an assured partner whoever he dances with.

No, Akane replaced Francesca and danced  with Alex.  A couple of days later Yasmine replaced Lauren Cuthbertson and famously danced Aurora three times in a week.  Some debut run!  😱💪

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Well I'm glad somebody gave Takada a standing ovation for her Rose Adagio  but don't think it was my friend  prs59 as she usually likes to keep a low profile! 

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It was a terrible shame.  I hope neither Takada nor Hirano are seriously injured, and that they recover quickly - heaven knows, the RB doesn't need to lose any more principals :(  I was disappointed to have to lose my favourite bit of the production, but I can see the logic in doing so, as it gave Naghdi more time to warm up/rehearse (and also kept the delay to something more manageable rather than going past 11 pm, which I suspect would have caused all sorts of problems).

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2 hours ago, Lindsay said:

Not obvious, no but Takada looked less secure than she usually does (which is to say she was still very good but not as flawless as I have seen her on previous occasions). 

 

My reaction too.

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Could someone who was at SB last night kindly put the cast list on here?

Thanks.

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10 hours ago, MargaretN7 said:

I read somewhere, forgotten where, that this electrical variation is celebrating the theatre where it was performed being newly lit by electricity.

 

Thank you MargaretN7. As I indicated in my original post, one does indeed read this all over the place, asserted as if it is established fact. I have tried to find proper sources - it is such a nice idea one wants it to be true - but without success.

 

One problem is that the dates don’t really fit. The Mariinsky Theatre was indeed electrified by 1890 but, contrary to some claims, electricity was not that season’s sensation. Electrification was completed some years before Sleeping Beauty and indeed Petipa and Vsevolozhsky had done a fair number of other ballets in the interim. So if the variation celebrates electricity - and as yet no document has emerged from Petipa’s papers to support this - it does not do so because the theatre had just fitted new lights. 

 

Incidentally, there are interesting differences as to where or how high this fairy points, depending on whose performance tradition is being followed. Perhaps Ratmansky has found a good source for this (the notation does not include arm movements). Sadly although Karsavina - when speaking to the Royal Ballet School in 1967 - did at one point refer to electricity in relation to Manzotti’s 1881 ballet Excelsior, she said nothing about Violente’s fingers or arms. 

 

One final tidbit. The original costume for this fairy - as designed by Vsevolozhsky - features a turquoise salamander over the dancer’s heart as well as a crown of flames, which might lead one into further speculation.

 

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If Akane Takada was nursing an injury from the outset, it would have been normal for there to be another Aurora on 'standby'. Sometimes, this arrangement applies until 'curtain up' only but, so far this season, there have been occasions when other dancers have been there and ready to take over throughout a ballet.

Very best wishes to Akane and Ryo for good recoveries.

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15 minutes ago, Lindy said:

Could someone who was at SB last night kindly put the cast list on here?

Thanks.

Yes it would be much appreciated if this could be done by some kind persons throughout the run. As has been noted before, there is very little information from the ROH.  I find I get most of my information from  dancers’ social media accounts. 

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30 minutes ago, Lindy said:

Could someone who was at SB last night kindly put the cast list on here?

Thanks.

It is such a long list, but here are the main ones: a good cast but obviously the whole thing felt flat after Akane's injury, despite the best efforts of Yasmine and Alexander.

King - Avis

Queen - Arestis

Aurora - Takada & Naghdi

Floirmund - Campbell

Catalabutte - Montes

Carabosse - McNally

Lilac - Mendizabal  (character reversal)!   with Clarke

 

Crystal Fountain - Pajdak with Dubreuil

Enchanted Garden - Hinkis with Ella

Woodland Glade  - Kaneko with Donnelly

Song bird - Gasparini with Lee

Golden Vine - Hamilton with Emerton

 

Florestan and sisters Edmonds Pajdak Hamilton

Puss and Cat  Dixon and Dean

RR Hood and Wolf Allnatt and Emerton

Florine and Bluebird Hinkis and Hay   (the latter surprisingly under-powered  for some reason last night  IMHO)

 

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Thanks Richard.  Looks like Carabosse has been forgotten again...😀

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Just now, Sim said:

Thanks Richard.  Looks like Carabosse has been forgotten again...😀

I did but then added in an edit if you look again !

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18 minutes ago, capybara said:

If Akane Takada was nursing an injury from the outset, it would have been normal for there to be another Aurora on 'standby'. Sometimes, this arrangement applies until 'curtain up' only but, so far this season, there have been occasions when other dancers have been there and ready to take over throughout a ballet.

Very best wishes to Akane and Ryo for good recoveries.

 

"Standby", as far as I know, applies to thirty minutes before curtain up so if Takada at 7pm confirmed she was fit to dance Aurora, available Auroras go home I assume. Who else would have been available? They couldn't ask first soloists O'Sullivan or Magri who are yet to dance their own debut and may not have sufficient experience to take over last minute with a partner they never rehearsed with (or in the case of Kaneko who is too tall to dance with Campbell). Clearly Mr O'Hare judged that Naghdi was the only possible last-minute replacement, even as she never rehearsed Aurora with Campbell (why didn't Hayward take over? She had all of Sunday to recover from her Saturday evening performance ). Since Naghdi has danced other roles with Campbell, and they are now seasoned and experienced Principals  (it's not the first time in her career Naghdi takes over a role at the very last minute), it seemingly was the only workable option.  

 

My very best wishes to Takada and Hirano for a speedy recovery!

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42 minutes ago, Xandra Newman said:

"Standby", as far as I know, applies to thirty minutes before curtain up so if Takada at 7pm confirmed she was fit to dance Aurora, available Auroras go home I assume. Who else would have been available? They couldn't ask first soloists O'Sullivan or Magri who are yet to dance their own debut and may not have sufficient experience to take over last minute with a partner they never rehearsed with (or in the case of Kaneko who is too tall to dance with Campbell). Clearly Mr O'Hare judged that Naghdi was the only possible last-minute replacement, even as she never rehearsed Aurora with Campbell (why didn't Hayward take over? She had all of Sunday to recover from her Saturday evening performance ). Since Naghdi has danced other roles with Campbell, and they are now seasoned and experienced Principals  (it's not the first time in her career Naghdi takes over a role at the very last minute), it seemingly was the only workable option.  

 

My very best wishes to Takada and Hirano for a speedy recovery!

 

Hayward may not have been contactable; presumably dancers aren't actually on a bleep-type system where they have to be always available even on nights off? (And if Kaneko had been contactable, would she have been too tall for Campbell? He's danced with Magri who looks tall to me.)

 

At any rate, it sounds as if a difficult situation was dealt with with great professionalism all round. I hope Takada (and Hirano of course) will soon be back.

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@Xandra Newman - Magri isn't down to debut as Aurora in this run, though I presume she will almost certainly be doing it next time, considering her sparkling Lilac Fairy! 

 

Also to note following Richard's cast list update, Hamilton posted on instagram that last night was her debut as Fairy of the Golden Vine. Not to repeat myself (and others) but really do wish ROH revert to marking this on the cast sheet! No idea if any of the other roles were debuts or not. 

 

@Richard LH - I have to agree that I found Hay a little underwhelming last night, glad it wasn't just me! After seeing Sissens's extraordinary performance on Saturday Hay's didn't quite reach the heights (literally) of that. Hay was very good, and I imagine if I hadn't seen Sissens I would have been very impressed. This is a problem of seeing a lot of ballet I suppose, inevitably you do end up comparing different casts...

 

I must mention Fumi Kaneko as the Fairy of the Woodland Glade - what a lovely variation. Incredibly precise, charming and musically attuned. And Reece Clark again, standing out in the short variation with the fairy attendants. It helps he is tall so perhaps draws the eye, but he fully delivers on that with excellent technique and lovely jumps (dare I say, reminds me a bit of Muntagirov!). He really must get a promotion next year. 

 

Finally, I think Allnatt is a very promising talent. Her Red Riding Hood was very well portrayed and danced, definitely one to watch for future performances. 

 

Takada was an enchanting Aurora who really understood the character for me - she came across as a lovely, kind but slightly naive 16 year old. The classical ballerina technique with excellent emoting to match, which felt very natural and not at all over the top. I would love to see her as Aurora in the future, and have booked to see her in Swan Lake next year which I imagine she'll be excellent in. Hopefully she is able to dance Coppelia/Onegin later this year, what bad luck for her as she missed a lot of the end of last season due to injury too. Must be devastating to come back and be out again so soon (like McRae also). Very best wishes to Takada, Hirano and McRae for smooth recoveries, they will be missed in the meantime! 

 

I wonder who will take over Takada (and potentially also Hirano's) performances? Although I'd like to see Takada on stage, and slightly hoping perhaps last night was overcautious withdrawal on part of O'Hare, but part of me perhaps feels it is better for her to take time off and recover fully (Aurora is after all, a very challenging role) so she is fighting fit for Coppelia. 

 

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54 minutes ago, Xandra Newman said:

"Standby", as far as I know, applies to thirty minutes before curtain up so if Takada at 7pm confirmed she was fit to dance Aurora, available Auroras go home I assume.

 

Exactly my point. However, as I also said, there have been occasions, when a dancer has indicated some doubt, when a standby has been 'in the wings', as it were.

In emergencies, I understand that the Director or his proxy (and not just at the RB) rings round to see who is contactable, with speed of return to the theatre being a key factor in his decision-making.

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9 minutes ago, JNC said:

Magri isn't down to debut as Aurora in this run, though I presume she will almost certainly be doing it next time, considering her sparkling Lilac Fairy! 

 

That raises an interesting question: I like Magri a lot - and have just booked an extra Coppelia on the back of her excellent recent performances - but I don’t see her as Aurora. As always, though, I’d be happy to be proved wrong.

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