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6 minutes ago, capybara said:

I think Corrales would be another fine Tybalt.

 

I've just looked up his bio to see if he did Tybalt for ENB but it only mentions Mercutio. Which I can also imagine him being good at. Maybe he could do all 3 of the main male roles in rotation! Actually, that would be fun to see, 3 male dancers each doing Romeo, Tybalt & Mercutio with the cast rotating for each performance. I'd pay to see all 3 combinations!

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6 hours ago, Jan McNulty said:

 In the past I've seen real-life partnerships on stage together where there is absolutely no spark whatsoever and other partnerships where the dancers apparently dislike each other off stage setting the stage on fire together.

Fascinating...do tell Jan ! 

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4 hours ago, Dawnstar said:

 

I've just looked up his bio to see if he did Tybalt for ENB but it only mentions Mercutio. Which I can also imagine him being good at. Maybe he could do all 3 of the main male roles in rotation! Actually, that would be fun to see, 3 male dancers each doing Romeo, Tybalt & Mercutio with the cast rotating for each performance. I'd pay to see all 3 combinations!


Corrales was exceptional as Mercutio with ENB.

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Yes I saw Corrales as Mercutio with ENB and he was just as fab in that role as was in Romeo with Hayward ( what terrific performances from both those two in the last run) 

I think Corrales would be great in any role requiring a strong dramatic talent. 
I think it must be a good thing to dance with different partners every so often to help keep things fresh ....as all dancers have varying nuances of interpretation so can bring out different reactions and responses in each other. 

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13 hours ago, Legseleven said:

I would like to see Naghdi/Muntagirov cast together more often; they are both so musical and magnetic, along with the technical wizardry. 

Also acting wise I think in R&J it would be heartbreaking. Saw Naghdi in R&J stream and imo she has the most heartbreaking silent scream in the end. I couldn't see a performance live as I'm not from London, but I saw a review that said that Muntagirov as Romeo showed a wide range of emotions from joy, heartbreak, and anger. I think both of them combined might also be spectacular acting wise (hopefully)

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11 hours ago, annamk said:

 

I have been thinking McRae might make a more interesting Tybalt than Romeo. 

Would like to see him in this role. He always have that smugness/arrogance in his character interpretation/acting that I think would fit Tybalt

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From ROH Friends Newsletter:

 

Next week in the post you should receive your 2021/22 Season Guide and your new Friends’ Handbook. More details about our Autumn performances will also be available online from Tuesday. Friends booking opens in early August, and we will remind you of the dates well in advance. We are aware that there are currently some serious delays with Royal Mail and it may take longer than usual for your Season Guide to arrive.

We hope to be making some more exciting announcements over the next few weeks so do keep an eye on your inbox.

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16 minutes ago, Lizbie1 said:

Nothing apparently up yet except Friends Rehearsals dates in the calendar view.

 

The Royal Opera House has announced details for its 2021/22 Season, the first full Season since 2019.

 

Opening on Monday 13 September, the Season includes five world premieres from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, classic revivals and an exciting roster of international and UK talent performing across the two stages of the Royal Opera House.

 

In its 90th anniversary year, The Royal Ballet presents a Season that respects the past and heralds the future. Three world premieres, including Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project, Christopher Wheeldon’s Like Water for Chocolate and a new work by American choreographer Kyle Abraham, are performed alongside much-loved 19th-century classics and heritage ballets by Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan. The Linbury Theatre hosts a raft of partnerships and co-productions including with Ballet Black, Alessandra Ferri, Yorke Dance Project and a world premiere from Company Wayne McGregor. Creative opportunities for emerging talent will also feature with Draft Works and the Next Generation Festival. The Season culminates in July 2022 with The Royal Ballet making a welcome return to international touring with a three-week tour of Japan where the Company will perform Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon and Peter Wright’s Giselle.

 

The "explore" link at the bottom goes to "Technical Error"

 

Romeo and Juliet          5 October 2021 – 25 February 2022

 

The Dante Project         14 –30 October 2021

 

Giselle                          4 November –3 December 2021

 

The Nutcracker             23 November 2021 –8 January 2022

 

Swan Lake                   1 March –28 May 2022

 

New Kyle Abraham / Solo Echo / DGV: Danse à grande vitesse

                                    24 March –7 April 2022

 

Scènes de ballet / A Month in the Country / Rhapsody

                                    23 April –2 May 2022

 

Like Water for Chocolate

                                    1 –17 June 2022

 

Booking Dates (+5 hours for BST)

 

General: 24 August 2021, 4.30am

Friends: 17 August 2021, 4.30am

Young Friends: 17 August 2021, 4.30am

Friends+: 12 August 2021, 4.30am

Supporting Friends: 10 August 2021, 4.30am

Premium 1 Friends: 5 August 2021, 4.30am

Premium 2 Friends: 3 August 2021, 4.30am

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52 minutes ago, oncnp said:

 

The Royal Opera House has announced details for its 2021/22 Season, the first full Season since 2019.

 

Opening on Monday 13 September, the Season includes five world premieres from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, classic revivals and an exciting roster of international and UK talent performing across the two stages of the Royal Opera House.

 

In its 90th anniversary year, The Royal Ballet presents a Season that respects the past and heralds the future. Three world premieres, including Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project, Christopher Wheeldon’s Like Water for Chocolate and a new work by American choreographer Kyle Abraham, are performed alongside much-loved 19th-century classics and heritage ballets by Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan. The Linbury Theatre hosts a raft of partnerships and co-productions including with Ballet Black, Alessandra Ferri, Yorke Dance Project and a world premiere from Company Wayne McGregor. Creative opportunities for emerging talent will also feature with Draft Works and the Next Generation Festival. The Season culminates in July 2022 with The Royal Ballet making a welcome return to international touring with a three-week tour of Japan where the Company will perform Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon and Peter Wright’s Giselle.

 

The "explore" link at the bottom goes to "Technical Error"

 

Romeo and Juliet          5 October 2021 – 25 February 2022

 

The Dante Project         14 –30 October 2021

 

Giselle                          4 November –3 December 2021

 

The Nutcracker             23 November 2021 –8 January 2022

 

Swan Lake                   1 March –28 May 2022

 

New Kyle Abraham / Solo Echo / DGV: Danse à grande vitesse

                                    24 March –7 April 2022

 

Scènes de ballet / A Month in the Country / Rhapsody

                                    23 April –2 May 2022

 

Like Water for Chocolate

                                    1 –17 June 2022

 

Booking Dates (+5 hours for BST)

 

General: 24 August 2021, 4.30am

Friends: 17 August 2021, 4.30am

Young Friends: 17 August 2021, 4.30am

Friends+: 12 August 2021, 4.30am

Supporting Friends: 10 August 2021, 4.30am

Premium 1 Friends: 5 August 2021, 4.30am

Premium 2 Friends: 3 August 2021, 4.30am

Oh my God I hope they will stream A Month in the Country next year

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55 minutes ago, oncnp said:

The Season culminates in July 2022 with The Royal Ballet making a welcome return to international touring with a three-week tour of Japan where the Company will perform Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon and Peter Wright’s Giselle.

 

Anyone else jealous that Japan gets Manon & London doesn't? I know it's less than 2 years since it was done at the ROH, and I saw 5 casts then, but I'd really like to see it again!

 

Interesting the split dates for R&J: 10 performances in October & 18 January-February. I wonder how that will affect the casting, whether the same casts will do both runs or different casts for each run.

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34 minutes ago, Dawnstar said:

 

Anyone else jealous that Japan gets Manon & London doesn't?

That's a load of extra expense. I thought it was a typo and they actually meant R&J. Either that or someone in Japan has very deep pockets. 

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Not jealous at all. We are getting Giselle this autumn with, I would suggest, the very strong possibility that Manon will be programmed in the early part of the 2022-23 season. As far as the split run of Romeo and Juliet is concerned perhaps someone has finally realised that week after week devoted to an unbroken run of performances of Romeo and Juliet is not the best way to maintain high technical standards throughout the company as so few dancers actually get to perform classically based choreography during such a run. Developing an interesting back story may be great fun but it is no substitute for dancing exposed classically based choreography. The number of performances devoted to this one ballet seems more than a little excessive to me as it suggests that pretty much everyone in the top two tiers of the company will be giving us her Juliet and his Romeo.

 

While I am pleased to see an all Ashton mixed bill which includes Scenes de Ballet and does not include Marguerite and Armand, I  can't help thinking that Kevin could afford to be a little more adventurous in his selection. There are ballets spanning the best part of fifty years to choose from and while I don't expect to see works like Capriole Suite or Foyer de Danse on the main stage I should like the opportunity to see them in full at some point in the not too distant future. Also I can't help thinking that if we really were respecting the past rather than paying lip service to respecting it we would be offered the opportunity to see one of his two or three act ballets each season.

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they are certainly giving the old warhorses a good workout!! (26 R&J's; 17 Giselles; 31 Nutcrackers (21 of which before Christmas, which seems sensible); 24 Swan Lakes).

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Only 8 programmes, down from 10 in 2019/20, and 11 in 2018/19. Same number of full evening works, less mixed bills. Understandable given the circumstances, but not helping the contraction in active rep. We are getting 8 less ballets this season (12) than in 2018/19 (20), a 40% reduction.


That said, I am excited to find out the casting and debuts, and to see how the new works turn out.

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There seems to be a strange gap in the RB schedule with nothing between 2 May and 1 June.  Perhaps there's another mixed bill or something to be added in here ? Very puzzling.  The reduction in the number of programmes is depressing. 

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3 minutes ago, Lynette H said:

There seems to be a strange gap in the RB schedule with nothing between 2 May and 1 June.  Perhaps there's another mixed bill or something to be added in here ? Very puzzling.  The reduction in the number of programmes is depressing. 

Or that's when they are getting Manon ready for Japan.....

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10 minutes ago, Lynette H said:

There seems to be a strange gap in the RB schedule with nothing between 2 May and 1 June.  Perhaps there's another mixed bill or something to be added in here ? Very puzzling.  The reduction in the number of programmes is depressing. 

 

Perhaps TWO mixed bills (I'm being overly optimistic, I know). Or Mr Cockup has come to town...

Is it my imagination, or is there more 'substantial' content in the Linbury this time around? Drafts plus visiting companies (inc McGegor's own)...

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41 minutes ago, Lynette H said:

There seems to be a strange gap in the RB schedule with nothing between 2 May and 1 June.  

 

I'm not sure what you're looking at, Lynette, but, if you go to the calendar view, you'll find that there are 7 Swan Lakes between those dates (8 if you include the schools' matinée)

https://www.roh.org.uk/calendar?date=2022-05

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Ah, that must be it. I was looking at the what's on list, and saw the Ashton triple was followed in the list by Water for Chocolate, but didn't twig that Swan Lake was over such an extended period. Seems to be the new norm, as with R&J. 

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Just a thought but perhaps the performances are spread out over several months in case there has to be another lockdown at some point. Also maybe there will still be rehearsal and performance bubbles for dancers etc. going forwards which might mean not being able to dance two pieces simultaneously as was possible in the past. 

With these precautions in place each show has the maximum chance of going on, at least for some dates, and all will not be lost? 

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5 hours ago, oncnp said:

Scènes de ballet / A Month in the Country / Rhapsody

                                    23 April –2 May 2022

 

That looks like a disappointingly short run to me.  Can anyone tell me how many performances of these masterpieces we are being given?

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2 minutes ago, alison said:

 

That looks like a disappointingly short run to me.  Can anyone tell me how many performances of these masterpieces we are being given?

According to "What's On" page - 7

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It is a classic example of conservative programming which is intended to generate income and deal with a number of problems caused by the unavoidable cancellation of two major world premieres and a number of key debuts during the 2020-21 season. Of course the company had to stage those new full length works and keep the promises about career development which it made to its dancers a couple of seasons ago. I can understand why this particular selection of full length works is being programmed. It was so obvious that it probably did not seem to require much thought to draw it up . But that is its weakness. After the best part of eighteen months during which audiences have been without live ballet performances isn't the season just a bit too heavy? Does the entire season have to be quite so unremittingly serious?

 

Perhaps it is a flaw in my character but I can't help thinking that many of us would have benefited from a little frivolity built into the programme at strategic points during the season as I think that we can all agree that it is unlikely that either of the new works,the Dante Project or Like Water for Chocolate, will provide much in the way of light entertainment.  However while I accept that this season is one in which the company may be required to do considerably more than merely break even I do question whether we really needed 31 performances of Nutcracker ? Surely at Christmas we could have been permitted something else relatively safe as an alternative option to the ubiquitous Nutcracker such as eight performances of Fille or Coppelia or an equally lighthearted and entertaining Ashton mixed bill of say Les Patineurs, A Wedding Bouquet and Facade? At present, to me at least, the programme seems far too unremittingly weighty and earnest.

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