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1 hour ago, LinMM said:

Thanks for that Ian I’ve never seen anything from Carousel before and was impressed 

Me neither, and I'm thinking that one of the few bright spots to come from COVID is that we have had a chance to see Matthew Ball and Mayara Magri dance together.  What a sparkling, vibrant partnership and one which would normally have been cast, I suspect. 

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Second teary moment the audience spontaneously clapping along with Lise’s little spring points on pointe in Fille pas de deux. How joyous both Sambe’ and O’Sullivan looked throughout that performance......please can Fille be one of the early Ballet’s back first when everything gets back to normal such an uplifting ballet and ...in another lifetime... Lise would still be my favourite role to perform in all ballet. 

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That is my favourite moment of the whole evening, the huge smile on Marcelino Sambe's face as the audience clapped in time for her, and then him joining in, and the roar of applause at the end :)

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On 11/10/2020 at 14:55, LinMM said:

Second teary moment the audience spontaneously clapping along with Lise’s little spring points on pointe in Fille pas de deux. How joyous both Sambe’ and O’Sullivan looked throughout that performance......please can Fille be one of the early Ballet’s back first when everything gets back to normal such an uplifting ballet and ...in another lifetime... Lise would still be my favourite role to perform in all ballet. 

 

Mine too, I love the lightness of the part and Ashton's beautiful choreography. It's such a beautiful role.  I hope they do it again.  

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On 10/10/2020 at 21:37, Don Q Fan said:

I liked Diamonds with Sarah Lamb and Ryo Hirano...

Fille was absolutely joyful as was Carousel which was such a lovely piece I'm surprised it's not danced more often. Ball and Magri make a great couple... 

Agree re Nita Rani's outfit that was just odd!... 

Deborah Bull would have been a good compere.... 

 

For me, Diamonds is the sort of role that sits perfectly with Sarah Lamb's onstage persona and technical precision. More of the same, please, from her.

 

Probably the most joyful and utterly life-affirming performance of Fille that I have ever seen! What a fantastic reaction from the audience in the house and how thrilling (and so well-deserved) must that have been for O'Sullivan and Sambe. Just lovely!

 

Like many others, I, too, have never before seen MacMillan's Carousel and very much hope to see more of it soon. I just adored the glorious and very special rapport between Magri and Ball, with Magri cementing that "can't take your eyes off her" appeal that she brings to everything that she does and Ball, yet again, showcasing his singular interpretative skills and proving what a wonderful partner he is across the board.

 

The less said about Anita Rani's outfit the better, apart from observing that it was the type of dress and boots combination that should never be seen on anyone over the age of six. I have already made my views upon her presenting skills known but it does occur to me to wonder whether she might have been aiming for the same age criteria in her presenting style too.

 

Deborah Bull would, indeed, have been a good compere although, to be honest, any one of the interviewees would have brought that much-needed combination of interest, know-how, enthusiasm and well-informed inquiry into the mix and every one of them would have made a far better presenter than the one foisted upon us.

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Maybe not so "live"? From the Financial Times review....

 

"The Vimeo “live” stream — actually relayed with a 60-minute time-lag — left a great deal to be desired on Friday night, but happily these glitches don’t appear to affect the pay-per-view recording."

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That explains comments about audience members finding themselves caught up in the 10:00 exit from pubs and packed tube trains on their way home when I’d assumed the performance ended at 10:30.

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15 minutes ago, Rob S said:

Maybe the stream started off with an hour's delay but the live audience had an interval.


They did. Some critics who were present referred to this on social media.

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1 hour ago, oncnp said:

Maybe not so "live"? From the Financial Times review....

 

"The Vimeo “live” stream — actually relayed with a 60-minute time-lag — left a great deal to be desired on Friday night, but happily these glitches don’t appear to affect the pay-per-view recording."

 

I thought I was watching a live performance, not unreasonably since it was advertised as such. Maybe I'm naive?! (But at least I had no problems accessing it!).

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Very much enjoyed the performance and looking forward to more opportunities to live stream from home (or anywhere in the world) in the future- hopefully this will be a long term option alongside cinema streaming. 
 

Stand out moments for me had to be

- Fille- such joyous dancing from O’Sullivan/Sambe and welled up a bit by the end

- Carousel- the most perfect piece for Magri and for Ball. It could have been made for them. Left me wanting more from Carousel and the genius that is MacMillan too

 

Can’t wait for the upcoming live performances.

 

 

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On 10/10/2020 at 18:53, Fonty said:

As a matter of interest, where was Darcey?


She was cheering them on from the audience. I would have have loved Darcey as the moderator. Surprised she wasn't asked tbh, as she does the live cinema relays.


Am rewatching the show, and just fast forwarding past the presenter.

One niggle for me (and I love The Dream) was that Alexander Campbell and Claire Calvert didn’t get to dance together. You could see how special it was for the other real life couples to be on stage together. I wonder why their bubble got left out? 

Wishful thinking — Alex could have done two parts (like Akane did) and danced something fun with Claire, like Coppélia. I guess I just want More 😄
 

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10 hours ago, bridiem said:

 

I thought I was watching a live performance, not unreasonably since it was advertised as such. Maybe I'm naive?! (But at least I had no problems accessing it!).


Mmh. I thought that there was something special about ‘being in the moment’ with the company and the audience wherever they were. But not so.......

I understand the reasons why this wasn’t the case but maybe it’s best to be honest. How they managed it all front of house as well as back stage is part of the story and worth sharing.

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15 minutes ago, capybara said:


Mmh. I thought that there was something special about ‘being in the moment’ with the company and the audience wherever they were. But not so.......

 

 

So everyone tuned in to a "live" broadcast, perhaps contributing to the transmission problems which may have been exacerbated by overcapacity (as has been suggested here and elsewhere, and by the experiences of those who could watch it on replay but not live) for something that wasn't really "live". 

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On 11/10/2020 at 00:36, LinMM said:

Watching this now in roughly 30 min sections on phone and just had my first teary moment....Magri and Ball in Carousel! Absolutely loved that and have no idea about this Macmillan Ballet....is it a whole ballet or did he just choreograph this pas de deux ...will definitely be watching this a few times

But back to The Golden Hour 

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I saw this production of Carousel some years ago.  MacMillan did all the choreography and it was wonderful.  The opening Carousel ballet was particularly lovely - it would be nice if it were to be released on a DVD.  Does anyone know if it's on YouTube?

 

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9 minutes ago, bangorballetboy said:

 

Why?

 

Because that's what it was advertised as?

 

The Royal Ballet are joined by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House to broadcast this live performance from the Main Stage to wherever you are in the world in a celebration of ballet.

 

Recovery Campaign
Live performance is a shared experience, and our audiences are at the heart of what we do on our stages, backstage, online, in cinemas and in our communities.

 

Just to add: I don't really care if its live or not. Just be honest about it. Had they said for technical reasons we are broadcasting on a one hour delay would everyone have piled in at 1930 and perhaps contributed to the transmission problems? Which the ROH still haven't even acknowledged? 

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9 minutes ago, oncnp said:

 

Because that's what it was advertised as?

 

The Royal Ballet are joined by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House to broadcast this live performance from the Main Stage to wherever you are in the world in a celebration of ballet.


Exactly.  Thank you oncnp.  As others above have said, the point was to be enjoying the performance as though one was there in the audience, with the orchestra and dancers, sharing the same precious joy of returning to the stage ... at the same point in time. 

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7 minutes ago, oncnp said:

 

Because that's what it was advertised as?

 

The Royal Ballet are joined by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House to broadcast this live performance from the Main Stage to wherever you are in the world in a celebration of ballet.

 

Recovery Campaign
Live performance is a shared experience, and our audiences are at the heart of what we do on our stages, backstage, online, in cinemas and in our communities.

 

For quite a few people the word that should be highlighted is 'broadcast'

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I didn't realise there was a time-lapse of an hour but having now realising that via this forum it really doesn't matter a jot.

 

What matters to me is that at the time I felt involved and I want to remember it that way.  I enjoyed feeling that I was watching with friends (even though we were miles apart) who were all watching at the same time.  So to me it was a live performance.

 

I don't think that realising it was a time-lapsed performance in any way changes how I felt at the time or now.

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watching it 'live' it was quite obviously on a delay (the way they cut between pieces, the way the audience's applause suddenly died, and the background 'hum' changed as the next piece was about to start, etc). I guessed it was about 30mins (rather than 60) to allow for hiccups. Can't say it bothered me to be honest.

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I thought I had posted this review earlier but can't see it on the Forum. Mods please remove it if I'm duplicating myself (senility setting in early, alas!)
 
Well! What a fabulous evening!  It was very well planned and fabulously executed. No one would think only a few months ago all dancers were doing classes on Zoom in their living rooms and kitchens. it was as if they've never been off stage at all and as if these last few terrible months had never existed (if only!) Seems terrible to single out individual performances out of so much excellence but for me there were a few stand out performances.
 
Best Discovery of the night. Sir Kenneth Macmillan's Carousel pas de deux danced so fabulously by Mayara and Matthew. I've never seen it before. Have the RB danced it before as it was created for the National Theatre? It was so passionately danced, and the choreography was so wonderful it just heightens the loss of Kenneth Macmillan if that was the last piece he created. So much nicer to remember him for that rather than Judas tree.
 
Most joyous performance of the night. Definitely Marcelino and Anna Rose in La Fille. I really got quite emotional when the audience joined in clapping along to Anna Rose. This is what live theatre is all about, and then Marcelino joining in as well. Made me realise it's been too long since la Fille was staged and it's the sort of ballet we all want to see right now, to bring life, colour and, above all, FUN back to our lives. 
 
Best classical performance of the night. Of course, it had to be Marianela and Vadim, she of the infectious smile and amazing balances, and his split-level leaps and amazing turns and wonderful partnering. Wow!!
 
Doncaster Dances. A brilliant short film on how dancing can change and inspire lives and a little-known part of the RB that people should know about.
 
Finale. Inspired choice to have the colour and light-heartedness of Elite Syncopations - and so many dancers! it was really terrific. Melissa Hamilton was superb (why isn't she given more chances?) and great to see Fernando Montano again. I expect I'll be dipping in and out of the entire concert many times in the next month (maybe I'll even get to like Medusa!).
 
The whole programme was a wonderful encapsulation of the strength and depth of the RB and their incredible, (definitely world beating!) repertoire and talent. It was so emotional to see them back on stage and with an audience which makes all the difference, and their enthusiastic response meant you hardly noticed they were so reduced. The stress on light-heartedness and love of dance was just what people wanted after six months of doom and gloom. It's inspired me to raid my dvds and watch many of these wonderful performances again as well as see the performance itself again and again.
 
 
 
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On 13/10/2020 at 18:44, Jan McNulty said:

I didn't realise there was a time-lapse of an hour but having now realising that via this forum it really doesn't matter a jot.

 

What matters to me is that at the time I felt involved and I want to remember it that way.  I enjoyed feeling that I was watching with friends (even though we were miles apart) who were all watching at the same time.  So to me it was a live performance.

 

I don't think that realising it was a time-lapsed performance in any way changes how I felt at the time or now.

In the circumstances, should we not all just give thanks that the Royal Ballet was back on stage and that, vicariously, those of us at home were able to enjoy that?

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I honestly couldn't care two hoots if it was exactly in sync with the live performance or a half hour later!  I sat in front of my computer screen with such a thrill of anticipation and was not disappointed - I spent the most wonderful three hours plus and intend watching it again and again, whilst it's still available!  I recommended it to loads of ballet colleagues and all of them were so grateful to me for doing so!  What a wonderful evening and so amazing that after 6 months of being locked out of the ROH the company could put on a performance of that calibre.  It was so obvious to all watching that they pulled out all the stops and everyone gave the performance of their lives!  The joy in their expressions and the passion in their dancing was so incredibly infectious - I knew just how they felt at having the response of an audience again  after months of dancing in their kitchens!  And it was worth every penny to have the privilege of being able to watch such a special performance.  Another one of those occasions to lock up in my memory for ever!

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