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Sorry - reply to Dave didn’t make sense with the page break so redone below - perhaps Mods could delete this post.

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Well metamorphosis is a slow process.

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7 minutes ago, zxDaveM said:

Perhaps Mr Cockup has come to town...

 

Only the one Cockup - surely not?

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Hmmm I have always wanted to replace myself with....myself!  

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It's now 'correct' (as far as we know!). 

 

As initially assumed, Kaneko/Clarke will be dancing Friday night. 

 

Oh no wait...it's literally changed before my eyes...back to Takada/Takada and Hirano/Hirano...

 

Still Takada/Hirano for the 23rd. 

 

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Well it's still a bit confusing who is turning into who right now!

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7 minutes ago, JNC said:

It's now 'correct' (as far as we know!). 

 

As initially assumed, Kaneko/Clarke will be dancing Friday night. 

 

Oh no wait...it's literally changed before my eyes...back to Takada/Takada and Hirano/Hirano...

 

Still Takada/Hirano for the 23rd. 

 

 

Perhaps there's a mole at the ROH following this forum and giving us some entertainment. Only possible explanation really.

 

P.S. I couldn't resist checking again and, as for JNC, first it was correct and then it literally changed before my eyes to T/T and H/H. It's a good thing I know I haven't been drinking...

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4 minutes ago, bridiem said:

 

Perhaps there's a mole at the ROH following this forum and giving us some entertainment. Only possible explanation really.

 

Yes...I really do hope they don't have people manually working on this at this time! Hopefully it will all be resolved tomorrow morning! 

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It's very confusing....clearly a new feature, the  red 'cast change' link but have they worked out how they want to use it?  In my opinion the front page should always say who is currently scheduled to dance on the day....if you want to add a cast change button/notification for information then surely when pressed it should state who WAS dancing but they are now replaced by the people listed on the front page.   If Kaneko is dancing it should say that on the front page and if you press the cast change button it should say Takada is replaced by Kaneko

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I remember sending a bunch of suggestions to the ROH website team months ago.

One of the suggestions was related to the announcements of the shows ( or things related to cast change for example) as a pop up in the inferior corner of the page that you could either minimize or close. The other one was putting a head shot of the dancers with their names on the page destined to the dancers ( like  literally all the other companies do). Another thing is that since they changed the websote I have no idea how to naturally get to said page ( unless I look up for it specifically on google).

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It now has the correct details about who is replacing whom; but the headline cast is incorrect. As Rob S said, the actual cast should always be the one at the top. It does say 'cast change' at the top, but you would assume that the cast showing is the new one not the old one.

 

Why are these obvious/simple things so difficult for the ROH???

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10 hours ago, JohnS said:

 

Only the one Cockup - surely not?

 

No, Mr Cockup wreaking his havoc, wherever he lays his hands

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2 hours ago, zxDaveM said:

 

No, Mr Cockup wreaking his havoc, wherever he lays his hands

 

Due to a repetitive use injury Mr Cockup has been replaced by Mr Xxxxup 

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I see that the front page now has Kaneko and Clarke and the ‘cast change button’ has disappeared 

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Having just read all of last week's Opening Night rave reviews I cannot recall the last time Sleeping Beauty was awarded multiple 5 stars by the dance critics (usually the critics are not all that enthusiastic about The Royal Ballet's Sleeping Beauty). 

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3 minutes ago, Xandra Newman said:

Having just read all of last week's Opening Night rave reviews I cannot recall the last time Sleeping Beauty was awarded multiple 5 stars by the dance critics (usually the critics are not all that enthusiastic about The Royal Ballet's Sleeping Beauty). 

You beat me to it, Xandra.  I am so pleased about this.  Maybe it's a slow burn for the critics as it was for me;  I never liked it much, then all of a sudden I seem to have seen the light, and this run and the one before have really changed my mind.  Maybe it's because of the universally high level of talent throughout the company at the moment;  they make it a different prospect for me.  I even enjoy the Prologue, whereas in years past I used to kick myself for not spending it in the pub having a glass of something nice!!

 

I was also very pleased to see universal praise for Yasmine Naghdi's gorgeous Aurora, as this was a first first night for her and finally the critics got to report on her in a full three act ballet. 

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19 hours ago, JNC said:

It's now 'correct' (as far as we know!). 

 

As initially assumed, Kaneko/Clarke will be dancing Friday night. 

 

Oh no wait...it's literally changed before my eyes...back to Takada/Takada and Hirano/Hirano...

 

Still Takada/Hirano for the 23rd. 

 

 

I suppose this is the "self-partnering" I keep reading about?

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41 minutes ago, Sim said:

You beat me to it, Xandra.  I am so pleased about this.  Maybe it's a slow burn for the critics as it was for me;  I never liked it much, then all of a sudden I seem to have seen the light, and this run and the one before have really changed my mind.  Maybe it's because of the universally high level of talent throughout the company at the moment;  they make it a different prospect for me.  I even enjoy the Prologue, whereas in years past I used to kick myself for not spending it in the pub having a glass of something nice!!

 

I was also very pleased to see universal praise for Yasmine Naghdi's gorgeous Aurora, as this was a first first night for her and finally the critics got to report on her in a full three act ballet. 

 

Same for me. When the current run of SB was announced last Season I really did not intend on seeing another SB but once the casting was announced I changed my mind.

Much praise for Mr.O'Hare for putting on his youngest principals Naghdi/Ball to dance the Opening Night, adding his best first soloists and soloists, their performance was unanimously praised by the critics (and I don't think they are biased .... :)). 

The dancers blew new life into this Sleeping Beauty and made it very exciting again to watch!  

So much so I have bought another ticket. 

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How interesting to read the views about SB the ballet. It is one I have always loved, some productions more than others. But it has wonderful music, costumes etc. With all the casts to savour it should be a great run an£ of course special to the RB.

 

in contrast it has taken me years to come to love Giselle.

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Tonight’s cast: 

 

King Florestan: Avis

Queen: Arestis 

Aurora: Hayward

Prince: Campbell

Catalabutte: Whitehead

Carabosse: Foskitt

Lilac Fairy: Calvert

 

Fairy of the:

Crystal Fountain: Pajdak Dubreuil 

Enchanted Garden: Magri Ella

Woodland Glade: Hang Mock

Songbird: Hinkis Dixon

Jeremy Vine: O’Sullivan Junker 

 

Lilac Fairy’s Cavalier: Clarke

English Prince: Gartside

French Prince: Richardson

Indian Prince: Dubreuil 

Russian Prince: Emerton

 

Aurora’s Friends: Buvoli Gasparini Grennell Hinkis Pajdak Stock Storm-Jensen Turk

 

Countess: Pajdak 

Gallison: Gartside

 

Florestan and sisters: Acri Hinkis Sasaki 

 

Puss/White Cat: Ella Allnatt 

Florine/Bluebird: Magri Corrales 

Red Riding Hood/Wolf: Gasparini Mock

Grand Pas de Duchy: Hayward Campbell 

 

 

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I didn't see the Naghdi/Ball cast so I can't comment on their performances but I think the RB has often fielded some gorgeous Aurora's : Cojocaru, Nunez,  Cuthbertson, Takada are just a few. For myself, what has made the huge difference in the performance I saw (Kaneko/Clarke) was the quality of all the soloist roles, in particular the fairies. The Prologue used to be an ordeal but in the cast I saw it was very far from that. 

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6 hours ago, Jamesrhblack said:

Gosh, they keep the lovely Miss Pajdak busy ....

And I am very glad they do!  

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Last night's performance was a delight all round.

As others have said, this run is seeing performances of real quality across the board - and that is no mean feat considering the number of solos etc the work contains.

Francesca Hayward was as light as thistledown as the young Aurora but managed to bloom radiantly as the bride in the arms of her very attentive and adoring Prince - a nicely judged portrayal from Alexander Campbell.

Claire Calvert was a properly authoritative Lilac Fairy, casting good over the proceedings.

I had not seen Hayley Forskitt's Carabosse before: she is beautifully evil and garnered huge cheers rather than the pantomime boos which have come to accompany that character's curtain calls of late.

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Greatly enjoyed last night's performance. It goes without saying that Hayward and Campbell were both lovely to watch, although i do sometimes wonder if Hayward  could project the character a little more. Carabosse always one of my favourite characters and I got the impression Forskitt really,enjoyed the role. Super Bluebirds from Magri /Corrales and a particularly pretty white cat from Sophie Allnatt. One small point about Corrales - his marvellous soft jumps were spoilt by quite noisy landings. Is this because of some technical problem, shoes, or what?

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Delighted to have got a return ticket for last night after Saturday evening’s first performance for this cast.  I thought the Prologue really fizzed, all very secure, great corps, and set up so well another fabulous Sleeping Beauty, with Francesca Hayward’s radiant Aurora and Alexander Campbell's immaculate Florimund.

 

I’ll look forward to reading more posts and feel very fortunate to have got a ticket for tonight’s performance - Yasmine Naghdi/Matthew Ball.

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