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Swan Lake - Birmingham Royal Ballet - on tour Spring 2020

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Thanks Shade, that’s what I was trying to say. I will still go and enjoy it as I like Celine Gittens very much, especially her partnership with Brandon Lawrence. 

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3 hours ago, Sim said:

I have therefore spent a shedload of money that I couldn't really spare on nice tickets and train fares to Birmingham especially to see them since they haven't danced together much in the past year or two.  Now Delia is replaced by Celine Gittens, with no explanation at all, save 'change to previously announced casting'.  No apology, no explanation, nothing.  That is very poor.  They really need to sort their casting information/communication out at that company. 

 

Both ballerinas are (or were, when I looked yesterday) still shown as dancing, which is what was so odd.  Not that I expect to be told the ins and outs of these things, and injuries, illness and indisposition obviously happen, but the courtesy of a notification would have been nice, rather than having it hidden away in the casting information.  Sim, presumably you can't get to the Tuesday "relaxed" matinee?  I think they were still shown as dancing that one.

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I agree some communication is just being polite to paying customers. 

The other night when I went to see Onegin Kevin O Hare himself came out before the performance to tell us about the cast change even though it had also been sent out by email.

We all appreciate dancers can be injured at the very last minute so it's not always possible to give much notice but I see no harm at all in saying something like Unfortunately X has sustained an injury ( or X is unwell) and cannot dance this evening ets etc.

O Hare in his announcement was very complimentary about Nunez agreeing to dance the performance and that she and Bolle  had danced to acclaim etc in this ballet.....so definitely no insult to replacement dancers. 

It may not always be possible for the Director him/herself to be able to announce this but these are nice touches by the Royal Ballet and I think especially in very last minute replacements there could be somebody else designated to do this if the Director can't etc. 

Companies do need to appreciate that of course we love all the dancers but we do have our favourites and may be prepared to spend more money to see them and luckily there is usually quite a large number of dancers who are favourites!! 

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5 hours ago, Sim said:

I am really, really disappointed about this.  Brandon Lawrence and Delia Mathews were scheduled to dance this together  as they didn't get a performance in S'ton.  I have therefore spent a shedload of money that I couldn't really spare on nice tickets and train fares to Birmingham especially to see them since they haven't danced together much in the past year or two.  Now Delia is replaced by Celine Gittens, with no explanation at all, save 'change to previously announced casting'.  No apology, no explanation, nothing.  That is very poor.  They really need to sort their casting information/communication out at that company. 


At tonight’s gala, the pas de deux from Far From the Madding Crowd due to be danced by Tyrone & Delia was substituted with a pdd from Cinderella rehearsed with only 2 days notice and danced by Tyrone & either Miki or Momoko due to Delia being injured. Hope this sheds some light on the cast changes. 

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At the ROH, in the old days before computers, social media and any kind of advance information, you didn’t know about a cast change until just before curtain-up, when the announcement quaintly said “so-and-so is indisposed...”.  I guess that covered every reason!  

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6 minutes ago, Sim said:

At the ROH, in the old days before computers, social media and any kind of advance information, you didn’t know about a cast change until just before curtain-up, when the announcement quaintly said “so-and-so is indisposed...”.  I guess that covered every reason!  

 

Yes, I well remember the occasion when someone came out front of curtain to announce that Sibley and Dowell (I think) would not be dancing "EEEEEEEEEEr moan, sigh!" and their places would be taken by Rudolf Nureyev and......... (name drowned in cheers and clapping).

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20 hours ago, capybara said:

 

Yes, I well remember the occasion when someone came out front of curtain to announce that Sibley and Dowell (I think) would not be dancing "EEEEEEEEEEr moan, sigh!" and their places would be taken by Rudolf Nureyev and......... (name drowned in cheers and clapping).


Those were the days, Capybara!

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Four hours’ driving there and three on the way back was a small price to pay to experience BRB’s exquisite ‘Swan Lake’ on their home stage on Friday.  Momoko Hirata and César Morales were every bit as captivating, technically excellent and emotionally eloquent as they had been during their haunting performance in Giselle last autumn.  I have never seen a dancing swan ‘fly’ so convincingly as Hirata, thanks in no small part to Morales’ outstanding partnering – she appeared utterly weightless. At one point my partner was laughing in silent disbelief.  At the interval he explained it was because he had become  convinced that if Siegfried let go of Odette during one of those magnificent high lifts, she would simply go on floating up to the rafters.  She was more like a single feather than a whole bird; her feet touched the floor soundlessly.  As the white swan she was heartbreaking, delicate, yearning; as the black swan she hardened to become flirtatious and exhibitionist.  Her 32 fouettés seemed effortless, although she did travel a lot – the only fault I could find with her the whole evening.  Morales was the epitome of a poet-prince, brooding, wistful, distracted – and then passionate.  The way he held his swan maiden gave an impression of genuine tenderness between them.  The word ‘chemistry’ is often used; here I would say it was something deeper, something beyond desire - true souls meeting and bonding.
 

The staging was really beautiful – the only thing I’d wish were different is that against the dark background, Morales’ dark costume didn’t show off his superb entrechats etc to full advantage.  With a couple of exceptions, the 40 year old costumes looked gorgeous.  The corps had a few ragged moments and were a little noisy, but were generally very lovely; I particularly enjoyed the four little swans who were well-drilled, harmonious and thankfully all the same height – I hate it when they don’t match.  The orchestra sounded rich and the overall experience was a complete delight from beginning to end.
 

My only regret is that I wasn’t organised enough to order flowers – they both deserved them! – and there were none at the final curtain call.  I tried to take photos but an official prevented me, even though it was right at the end of the applause.


I urge anyone who can to seize the opportunity to watch the Morales/Hirata partnership in any roles at all to see them while they are still dancing together; Morales is 41 and although he looks youthful and dances almost flawlessly, he can’t go on forever.

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Lovely review! 
It seems as though nowhere can you see curtain calls like the ROH. 
A shame you weren’t allowed to take a piccie if the dancing had ended... perhaps when they are of the standard of some people on this Forum say ...they are worried you might be going to try to sell them on!!😉 

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19 minutes ago, LinMM said:

Lovely review! 
It seems as though nowhere can you see curtain calls like the ROH. 
A shame you weren’t allowed to take a piccie if the dancing had ended... perhaps when they are of the standard of some people on this Forum say ...they are worried you might be going to try to sell them on!!😉 

 

The Hippodrome is always very strict on people taking photographs at curtain calls.  I can remember seeing an usher telling off the parent of a (now-ex) dancer for trying to take photos of her curtain calls on a special occasion.

 

The other British companies only seem to have flowers presented on stage for major debuts (although that does not mean that dancers have not had flowers delivered to their dressing rooms).

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