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Excellent- that really went down a treat with a smoked salmon sandwich in the interval. Well, I know- they are a bit expensive, but I thought

I 'd treat myself.

 

 

 

 

 

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Well something really special happened tonight and was the reason I chose to watch Casanova again rather than the RDB Napoli.

 

Tonight in Leeds should have been Hannah Bateman's valedictory performance after 18 years with the company.  

 

A very thoughtful lady organised (without Hannah knowing) a virtual flower shower for 19:30, which would have been curtain up.  Lots of us posted messages to Hannah with pictures of flowers.  Her husband Kenny made sure she was on line at the right time and judging by the couple of posts she made she was somewhat overwhelmed.  It was a lovely idea and the build up with the message group was actually quite exciting too!  Congratulations to Hannah on her glorious career.

 

I was fortunate that the usher (my dog Chip) let me start watching Casanova a minute or 2 later.  Watching it brought back many happy memories from 3 years ago not least because we were fortunate enough to see the performances that were filmed.  It was all done very last minute and a restricted number of tickets were made available to the public to book.  Filming took place in the Palace Theatre in Manchester and only the centre block of the stalls had been sold so we were a very select bunch.  (I was in Paris when the email came through about the performances and I was on the phone to my friend liaising about her getting us tickets!).  We were later told that the company that filmed the performance were new to filming ballet.  Well, IMHO, they did an excellent job as Casanova is great to look at on the small screen.

 

Hannah created the roll of Henriette, the love of Casanova's life.  I applauded her loudly at the curtain calls just now!

 

Well that turned out to be a lovely evening and I hope you all enjoyed your ballet-watching too!

 

Let's do it again next week.  (Thanks BBB2 for this great idea.)

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I didn’t manage to get involved this evening but would love to next time! Really lovely, creative idea, Bristol Billy Bob!

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Just to clarify, everyone - it's the 28th I'm proposing! That's next Saturday

 

Glad people have enjoyed a dry run though!! :)

 

Would an admin mind adding the date to the title, so people don't think they've missed out? 

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Thanks - glad to know I wasn't going mad :) 

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12 hours ago, Jan McNulty said:

Well something really special happened tonight and was the reason I chose to watch Casanova again rather than the RDB Napoli.

 

Tonight in Leeds should have been Hannah Bateman's valedictory performance after 18 years with the company.  

Hannah Bateman was in some of the earliest performances I saw by Northern Ballet and was a tremendous dancer. I would usually book plenty in advance and it was always her and Martha Leebolt I'd keep my fingers crossed for every rime. Do you know what she's going on to do next?

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2 hours ago, BristolBillyBob said:

Hannah Bateman was in some of the earliest performances I saw by NortDo you know what she's going on to do next?

 

Not sure for definite but she is one of the driving forces behind The Ballet Retreat which hold workshops for adult dancers.  She's also a Mum.

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Hi all. 

 

Don't forget, tomorrow is...

 

'A Night At The Ballet'

Special Performance for Our Honoured Guests From Balletcoforum by the 

Living Room Ballet Company

at the

Your Television Theatre

 

Hope to see lots of you there! :)  (and if you've no idea what I'm on about, do skip back to the first post in the thread for details!)

 

Don't forget: I'll start a NEW thread on the forum for the evening at 7.00 sharp tomorrow evening. If you can't see it on the site, I'll also post a link here. 

 

Looking forward to it immensely. Some people suggested a few of us could watch the same thing, so by all means do that if you'd like. I've just taken out a trial of Marquee TV (one month free) so will likely look for something on there, and had my eye on Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. I might be persuaded to something else that might also be of interest to my still relatively new-to-the-artform girlfriend. :D 

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I'd forgotten all about it, so thanks for the reminder!  Maybe I'll go for the RB Swan Lake - not sure I feel up to Mayerling at the moment.

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I hope everyone's looking forward to our virtual evening at the ballet!

 

What is everyone going to watch - at the moment my inclination is for Mayerling on the iPlayer.

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I've just been playing around with Marquee TV. Not a comprehensive offering on there from a dance perspective, but certainly plenty to be getting through in a 30 day trial. The quality seems pretty good. @Jan McNulty - I notice NB's 1984 is on there, which I'm particularly excited by! We're going for Alice's... tonight, but Northern Ballet is definitely my choice for next time (assuming it goes well!). 

 

 

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Well even if it's only us it's given me something to look forward to!

 

(I've got 1984 on DVD)

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4 minutes ago, Jan McNulty said:

Well even if it's only us it's given me something to look forward to!

 

(I've got 1984 on DVD)

Indeed! :D  We'l have a great time whatever happens. :) 

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Only just seen this.  Sadly, this evening my other half has other ideas as to what we shall be watching.  Unless I decide to watch something on Youtube alone.  In which case I made a suggestion on the other thread about what dance we might like to see on tv......

 

I might join you for a post production glass of something, though. 🙂 

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No.  The bar at Chateau Fonty has not got any wine. 😒

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12 minutes ago, Richard LH said:

Raising a glass to all Ballet Forum members as we await the opening of the ROH  auditorium for La Bayadere: looking forward to  a wonderful cast that includes Nunez, Osipova, Muntagirov, Whitehead, Campbell, Choe, Naghdi and Takada.

Cheers.jpg.85a3ff1d55317dc1b70b4df8fb3d0132.jpg...hoping everyone is keeping well and in good spirits..!

I've started an event thread over at https://www.balletcoforum.com/topic/22429-live-event-thread-balletcoforums-virtual-event-a-night-at-the-ballet-on-now/ :)

 

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So, are we going to do another one of these sometime?

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I'm watching The Bolshoi's Marco Spada on YouTube on the TV tonight. (Couldn't get DonQ from Dutch National Ballet in my TV so I'll watch on the computer.)   

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I’m doing a “ballet of the day” from my DVD collection. Yesterday was EXCELSIOR. Today it’s a deep dive into Yakobsen’s SHURALE...the 1980 Kirov film with Terekhova, then the recent-ish  Mariinsky revival with Obraztsova/Matvienko then, to cap things off,  this season’s Mezzo Live HD telecast from Kazan in Tatarstan...a somewhat shortened version (omitting dances for children) BUT gorgeously filmed, with bright designs. Why on earth doesn’t the Mariinsky tour this ballet internationally? It is my favorite ballet of the Soviet era, for music, designs, corps  & solo dancing, etc. The Kirov-Mariinsky’s secret gem.

 

 

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I did a double show yesterday. Manon matinee and Rhapsody/Two Pigeons in the evening. A breath of fresh air and Supper in between. Good value tickets and food too!!!!

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I’ve done La Bayadère, Marguerite & Armand and Act 1 of Two Pigeons so far. 👏🏻👏🏻

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Anyone want to do another Mayerling next Saturday :) ?

 

 

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Yes, I'm intending to!  See you there Alison...

 

Anyone else?

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No way would I miss this! Will go very nicely with a good glass of,wine and a little plate of salmon etc.

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