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Is it just the Cellist they will be doing?  No chance of Dances at a Gathering as well, I suppose?

 

Delighted that Fille will be shown.  A small crumb of comfort, I suppose.  

 

Edited to add, I know Fille is actually a very large slice of delight, but I still yearn for a bit more from the classical rep.  

 

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Just watched the livestream of The Cellist having missed it when it was on at the cinema. As a result my only experience of it had been from the front row of the Amphitheatre, and seeing it close up was a revelation. By the end I'm afraid I was in floods for various reasons - because of the beauty of the music, the tragedy of the story and the sensitive way in which the story was told, and the sorrow that we likely won't see these gifted dancers again for some time yet. It was the last thing I saw at the ROH before the lockdown and I'm missing the place very, very much.

 

P.S. What I missed from up high was the fact that you see from the LP cover that the recording that inspires Jackie is Paul Tortelier's Elgar recording. That is such a wonderful detail and gave me an added frisson because one of my earliest classical musical memories is seeing Paul Tortelier perform the Elgar with, I think, the Hallé sometime in the mid 60s in Chester Cathedral. I would only have been about 10 at the time but I remember it vividly. 

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I just experienced The Cellist. What an extraordinary piece of theatre! So touching. Beautiful performances by Lauren Cuthbertson (cellist ), Marcellino Sambe (cello) and Matthew Ball (husband). The life of DuPre encapsulated in one hour. I found it to be an overall more effective and fulfilling piece by Cathy Marston than the evening/l-o-n-g Jane Eyre at ABT last year. In this new piece, the pantomime/modern movement is so effective that it blends seamlessly with the few truly balletic  moments...and what a grand moment is that final extended pdd of the dying cellist and her cello!

 

p.s. Has Cuthbertson ever looked lovelier? Not just her movement...blonde becomes her.

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If you look further down the list of subjects in this part of the forum you will find a fascinating interview with Cathy Marston posted up today by ToThePointe magazine.   Marston talks about the making of Cellist.  

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I agree with previous posters. I saw this at ROH in February and enjoyed it then - but was completely blown away watching it again tonight. The piece really benefits from being seen close up and I thought the filming was particularly good. Lauren Cuthbertson is, I think, one of the best dance actors at ROH and she completely inhabited this role to devastating effect. Matthew Ball and Marcelino Sambe are also very strong dramatically, as well as being powerful and compelling dancers, and I thought the combination of the three of them was just stunning. I too was in pieces by the end.

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Tonight just reminded me how much I miss the RB. The Elgar cello concerto was already burned in my heart having seen du Pre and Barbarolli  with the Halle  perform it wonderfully,  now in a different genre,  hearing it again within a backdrop of her relationship with Barenboin and others in her life and the illness leading to her death was beautifully portrayed by Lauren,  Matty, Marci with an exceptional support cast and orchestra. Very moving; beautifully and lovingly choreographed by Cathy Marston; a total, total joy.  DVD please.

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Just watchediThe Cellist again, for the first time since the Premiere.  I can only say that it appears to have grown in intensity since then - a thoroughly satisfying piece of dance theatre, remarkably interpreted by all involved.    

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11 hours ago, Ian Macmillan said:

Just watchediThe Cellist again, for the first time since the Premiere.  I can only say that it appears to have grown in intensity since then - a thoroughly satisfying piece of dance theatre, remarkably interpreted by all involved.    

 

I completely agree about the fact that it was dance theatre, Ian - it was certainly that, and it was very intense. But  at the risk of being controversial, I had the same reaction last night as I did the first time I saw it  - the dancing just didn't move me. There was so much lifting/swirling etc and to my mind little actual dance. Any emotion I felt came from the music, and the knowledge that it was a real loss of such great talent so young, not from the dancing itself. That's not to criticise any of the performances - the three leads were outstanding. But when I saw the double bill in the ROH (it seems so long ago now!) , DAAG had me in floods of tears it was so beautiful, and I had the same reaction to R.B.M.E. when that was streamed from Stuttgart recently. But maybe I'm just looking for something different from my ballet-going - Matthew Bourne's productions don't really move me either, probably for the same reason. But for example, Lensky's solo before the duel always  has me in tears, and the emotion in that is equally intense but it has beauty too. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned!

 

I don't usually post longer opinions, and it's probably because I have time on my hands. But thank goodness for the chance to see these productions at home - like Sim, I'm finding it hard not to be able to be in a theatre - any theatre really!

 

(I meant to say that I'm not totally old-fashioned - I loved Woolf Works, much to my surprise, and Akram Khan's Giselle was mind-blowing)

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I was quite entertained that the Royal Opera House's email advertising The Cellist also had this. In what way is Beatrix Potter in any way "related" to The Cellist (other than being performed by the Royal Ballet)!!

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Tales of Beatrix Potter

Join everyone's favourite mischievous rabbit and friends in Frederick Ashton's family ballet, based on Beatrix Potter's classic stories.

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My reservations about The Cellist still remain - too many people milling around almost detracted from the three leads. But it was certainly worth watching for those three! And the,DVD is a must for DAAG, which like,others,on the forum I found,far more emotionally moving. 

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On 29/05/2020 at 20:32, ChrisG said:

Just watched the livestream of The Cellist having missed it when it was on at the cinema. As a result my only experience of it had been from the front row of the Amphitheatre, and seeing it close up was a revelation. By the end I'm afraid I was in floods for various reasons - because of the beauty of the music, the tragedy of the story and the sensitive way in which the story was told, and the sorrow that we likely won't see these gifted dancers again for some time yet. It was the last thing I saw at the ROH before the lockdown and I'm missing the place very, very much.

 

P.S. What I missed from up high was the fact that you see from the LP cover that the recording that inspires Jackie is Paul Tortelier's Elgar recording. That is such a wonderful detail and gave me an added frisson because one of my earliest classical musical memories is seeing Paul Tortelier perform the Elgar with, I think, the Hallé sometime in the mid 60s in Chester Cathedral. I would only have been about 10 at the time but I remember it vividly. 

 

I remember that evening, what a fantastic, beautiful and moving  performance it was. Unlike you I had already seen the cinema screening and I remember at the time thinking that what I appreciated from front row amphitheatre  was being able to see the whole pattern of chorus and main story tellers, they worked together so well. I had also wondered having seen it up close in the cinema if the emotion would register all the way back and up in the amphitheatre and I felt it did.

Who knows when theatres will open again and like you ChrisG I long to be back . I felt in this last season that I was seeing a golden time for the royal ballet and how wonderful that was.

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Woolf Works has a special place in my heart for several reasons, but I have to say this is a wonderful filming of it that really highlights the expressive nature of the choreography and the performances. Whilst I prefer Acts I and III (just as I prefer Mrs Dalloway and The Waves to Orlando), the filming is so well done for Act II, I too was moved by it, much more so than I expected.

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I really enjoyed watching the R&J broadcast even though I’d seen it in the cinema in June last year.   I was able to appreciate it more this time without distraction of people around me.  Also I could get closer to the screen at home.
 

I wasn’t that convinced by Yasmine Naghdi in the earlier acts (Too careful?  Too may fluttering eyelashes)  but she was a tour de force in Act III and gave herself fully to the role.  Superb.  


Matthew Ball’s portrayal was lovely throughout ... those cinema close-ups are so revealing and he was in the role throughout.  I also notice how much his technique has improved since this performance last year ... more good stuff to come 🤞

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Am I the only one to have watched and thoroughly enjoyed Sleeping Beauty? I loved the rapport between Kaneko and Bonelli - they appeared to really enjoy dancing with each other. Bonelli's little skip when he took his solo curtain call suggested that he was pretty pleased with things! The actual filming seemed spot on, possibly focussing more on telling the story than the actual dancing but highly enjoyable. I think several other forum members commented favourably when this was shown in cinemas so I'm probably just a bit late to catch up with it. One small point about these transmissions - it would be good to have access to a cast list somewhere - the quick scroll down at the end is not enough, especially for a ballet like SB where there are many characters.

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24 minutes ago, ninamargaret said:

Am I the only one to have watched and thoroughly enjoyed Sleeping Beauty? I loved the rapport between Kaneko and Bonelli - they appeared to really enjoy dancing with each other. Bonelli's little skip when he took his solo curtain call suggested that he was pretty pleased with things! The actual filming seemed spot on, possibly focussing more on telling the story than the actual dancing but highly enjoyable. I think several other forum members commented favourably when this was shown in cinemas so I'm probably just a bit late to catch up with it. One small point about these transmissions - it would be good to have access to a cast list somewhere - the quick scroll down at the end is not enough, especially for a ballet like SB where there are many characters.

 

There's a link to the castlist on the YouTube page.  Here it is (scroll down for the full cast):

https://www.roh.org.uk/showings/the-sleeping-beauty-live-2020

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I just read Ballet News' Cupcakes and Conversations with Fumi Kaneko and apparently she only found out on the day she would be dancing aurora and hadnt practised the role in a month (excerpt and link below) !! Quite extraordinary to rewatch the SB broadcast with that in mind. Loved watching:

 

-Mayara Magri, Anna Rose Osullivan and Yuhui Choe again in the prologue

-The rapport between Fumi Kaneko and her princes in the rose adagio, and seeing how pleased the whole company were for Kaneko (Hannah Gremmell looked like she about to burst into tears and so was I) 

- Bonelli in his solo and his PDD with Kaneko in the vision scene... Made me pine for what would have been their Swan Lake!

 

Watching this made me wonder who would have been made a principal at the end of this season: Kaneko, O'Sullivan and perhaps Magri surely all candidates depending on how SL had gone... 

 

“Which role has tested you the most & how ?

The cinema relay of The Sleeping Beauty in January was an experience that I‘d never had before ….

I was told to do Aurora on the same day, which I hadn’t done for more than a month.. I couldn’t have done it without my friends and colleagues support. I could enjoy the performance and live in the present on stage.“

 

http://www.balletnews.co.uk/cupcakes-conversation-with-fumi-kaneko-first-soloist-the-royal-ballet/

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42 minutes ago, Clara_f said:

 

Watching this made me wonder who would have been made a principal at the end of this season: Kaneko, O'Sullivan and perhaps Magri surely all candidates depending on how SL had gone... 

 

With 8 principal women currently, and absent anyone leaving, I wonder if anyone would have been promoted? Not that they don't deserve it but how many does a company need? 

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Am I the only one to have watched and thoroughly enjoyed Sleeping Beauty? I loved the rapport between Kaneko and Bonelli - they appeared to really enjoy dancing with each other. Bonelli's little skip when he took his solo curtain call suggested that he was pretty pleased with things! The actual filming seemed spot on, possibly focussing more on telling the story than the actual dancing but highly enjoyable. I think several other forum members commented favourably when this was shown in cinemas so I'm probably just a bit late to catch up with it. One small point about these transmissions - it would be good to have access to a cast list somewhere - the quick scroll down at the end is not enough, especially for a ballet like SB where there are many characters.

 

I watched it too and thought it was wonderful. Fumi Kaneko's Aurora was so lovely she brought tears to my eyes, a poignant reminder of all we have missed these last few months.

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I watched The Sleeping Beauty streaming (having seen the cinema replay) and really enjoyed it. Kevin O'Hare was participating in the comments, telling the story, giving the casting, offering praise, and answering a few questions. I thought that that was a really good idea.

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3 hours ago, Clara_f said:

Loved watching:

 

-Mayara Magri, Anna Rose Osullivan and Yuhui Choe again in the prologue

-The rapport between Fumi Kaneko and her princes in the rose adagio, and seeing how pleased the whole company were for Kaneko (Hannah Gremmell looked like she about to burst into tears and so was I) 

- Bonelli in his solo and his PDD with Kaneko in the vision scene... Made me pine for what would have been their Swan Lake!

 

Loved the "vision" sequence too...with the Corps joining in, this is probably my favourite part of TSB. Beautiful.

Also loved Hay, O'Sullivan and Magri in the last Act PDT.

 

On my TV these screenings are blurry if viewed "live" but the picture quality is fine if seen later on. Does anyone else find this?

 

 

 

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