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Th audience exploded tonight at Marianela and Vadim - with several bursts of applause.  At last, it felt like old times.

 

Fumi Kaneko had an exceptional night, full of irrepressible fun both as Polyhymnia and as the Girl in Green - a worthy successor to Lynn Seymour and Laura Morera.

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I so enjoyed seeing everyone on stage tonight and last night - so many of my favourites; some I particularly enjoyed; and then there is Muntagirov, in a class of his own.

 

It's always a treat to watch him, but there's a particular joy to his dancing in showpieces that makes me feel privileged to be in the right place at the right time.

 

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Lizbie1, I couldn’t agree more about Muntagirov. I have just had a fabulous weekend of two consecutive performances last night and tonight, and I don’t really know where to start!

 

I loved Apollo. It’s hard to believe Balanchine created it in 1928 because it looks so modern. But the simplicity and synchronicity are gorgeous. Muntagirov was Apollo last night and gave a beautiful portrayal of the newly-formed god. His achingly beautiful lines and physique, and the fact that he towered over his Muses, gave him a truly godlike appearance. Ball, tonight, was also very good, but lacked the elegant lines, and being closer in height to his Muses made some of the group dancing flow less well - the bit where they are all holding hands and twisting around each other didn’t go as smoothly as last night. However, Ball did give an excellent account of the role.

 

All the Muses, on both nights, were lovely, but a special mention to Fumi Kaneko and Yasmine Naghdi.

 

That final scene, on the stairway with Apollo at the top, with that amazing lighting, is stunning.

 

And two Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux! Osipova sparkled last night - I thought it was a role that would play to her strengths and it did, quicksilver dancing and reckless dives.... I did have to stifle an exclamation on the first dive as I thought she was going to smack her head on the stage! Reece Clarke partnered her wonderfully (and high praise is due for catching her in those dives), but I don’t think it’s a role for him really - I don’t think it brings out the best in him.

 

Tonight’s Tchaikovsky PDD, however, was what I had been waiting for. I have long wanted to see Nunez and Muntagirov dance this live and I’ve been frustrated on every occasion - the last being in November when I had a ticket to the gala that didn’t happen! - to the point where it seemed to be jinxed for me! But tonight it did happen and what a performance! Marianela was made to dance this, and Muntagirov has just the technical brilliance, the lightness and the exuberance to fill an audience with joy - and he did tonight. The speed and grace of his manège around the stage was incredible. Huge applause and richly deserved!

 

Dances at a Gathering - some lovely individual performances last night (Campbell, Morera, Bonelli, Hinkis and Acri) and some charming Pas de Deux, but for me it goes on for WAY too long and my mind started wandering. Before the end of the performance I knew I didn’t want to sit through it again tonight, so I didn’t - but at least that meant I ended on a high after that remarkable Tchai Pas!

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11 hours ago, Sim said:

Apollo has not been seen here for some years now, and last night's cast rekindled my love of this piece. 

 

Yes, it's been a (far too) long time.  The last performances I actually recall were with Federico Bonelli dancing Apollo despite some injury - was it before the operation he had?  I remember hearing that Ed Watson was covering the role (which may explain why he's been coaching it?), but he never actually got to dance it.  Can there really not have been a run of it since then?  Surely there must have been another one, because I have memories of Nunez, Galeazzi, Calvert and others as muses?

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2 hours ago, li tai po said:

Fumi Kaneko had an exceptional night, full of irrepressible fun both as Polyhymnia and as the Girl in Green - a worthy successor to Lynn Seymour and Laura Morera.

 

... and Leanne Benjamin?

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8 hours ago, alison said:

 

Yes, it's been a (far too) long time.  The last performances I actually recall were with Federico Bonelli dancing Apollo despite some injury - was it before the operation he had?  I remember hearing that Ed Watson was covering the role (which may explain why he's been coaching it?), but he never actually got to dance it.  Can there really not have been a run of it since then?  Surely there must have been another one, because I have memories of Nunez, Galeazzi, Calvert and others as muses?

 

I last saw it in 2007 - Acosta, Bussell, Galeazzi, Nunez - though I can't say definitively if it has been done since then. 

 

I just hope that it will be scheduled again soon, since it has only been given before a reduced audience this time. 

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52 minutes ago, bridiem said:

 

I last saw it in 2007 - Acosta, Bussell, Galeazzi, Nunez - though I can't say definitively if it has been done since then. 

 

According to Saodan's wonderful database, it was last done in 2013:

 

Fri, 22 Feb 2013

Opening Night

Acosta, Nunez*, Cowley*, Mendizabal*

Sat, 23 Feb 2013

Matinee

Bonelli, Hamilton* (replacing Cuthbertson), Choe*, Kobayashi*

Thu, 7 Mar 2013

Bonelli, Hamilton (replacing Cuthbertson), Choe, Kobayashi

Sat, 9 Mar 2013

Matinee

Acosta, Nunez, Cowley, Mendizabal

Thu, 14 Mar 2013

Pennefather*, Lamb*, Cowley, Mendizabal

Debuts marked with * 

 

https://saodan1.wixsite.com/rbcasting/ballets/apollo

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It was Claire Calvert’s debut last night. She was a Handmaiden previously.

 

Incidentally, ENB had danced Apollo the year before its last outing with the RB (i.e. in 2012) and Vadim Muntagirov was one of the Apollos.

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51 minutes ago, oncnp said:

It was too late for today's links....

 

I was just reminding people that there were a number of reviews published in links ... people often forget to look and it is a very rich resource.

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1 hour ago, Jan McNulty said:

 

I was just reminding people that there were a number of reviews published in links ... people often forget to look and it is a very rich resource.

 

It's an amazing resource, Jan, and we are all so grateful to you and Ian for being our 'librarians' and so much more. Thank you again, and again.........

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32 minutes ago, capybara said:

 

It's an amazing resource, Jan, and we are all so grateful to you and Ian for being our 'librarians' and so much more. Thank you again, and again.........

 

Thank you Capybara for your lovely comment.

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2 hours ago, Jan McNulty said:

 

I was just reminding people that there were a number of reviews published in links ... people often forget to look and it is a very rich resource.

 

I can guarantee that I am not one of those missing out! :-)

 

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Thanks all for the reviews, comments, links etc. 

 

Looks like a beautiful bill and I hope it won't be another 8 years before Apollo is revived again! 

 

Feels like we're almost back to 'normal'...! How wonderful.

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Thank you all very much for the picture and reviews. 

 

If anyone is still looking for tickets, my stalls seats for 10 and 13 June have gone back to the box office. 

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Very good to see the show tonight. I’ll leave it to others to report on the dancers, this is just a brief note to update the critical comments I posted here last year about the Dances At A Gathering pianist Robert Clark. Based on tonight’s performance, his playing of these challenging pieces is now of a standard appropriate to Covent Garden (perhaps he had more time to prepare for this run).
 

I don’t withdraw what I wrote in 2020 but feel it only right to bring the record up to date. 

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No one has mentioned Will Bracewell! A beautiful lyrical dancer who shone throughout DaaG. 

 

Also a happy ending for 1 * single ticket debacle. I bought 2 because I couldn't get one, invited a close colleague from work who I haven't seen for 15 months in person, and we had a wonderful evening, sharing a meal beforehand and then the ballet.   

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Jenny Taylor that will be almost exactly my story for this Thursday! I’m going with a friend with whom used to dance together regularly but  haven’t seen in nearly two years since the group we danced with ended. It was a risk buying two tickets but I sold the other one to this friend within two hours! 
Am feeling ridiculously nervous about Thursday as haven’t been to ROH since Jan 2020 but excited at same time. 

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Just back from a fab evening at the ROH tonight.  I had managed to bag myself a single seat at the back of the orchestra stalls and I was very pleased that I had a great view since there was only one not very tall person in the row in front and no-one else in my row!

 

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed the show from start to finish.  I loved Apollo which, I thought was superbly danced by Muntagirov, ably supported by his lovely muses.  The highlight was the beautiful pas de deux with Muntagirov and Naghdi and I loved the solemn little bow they gave when the audience applauded at the end of it.  

 

As for the Tchaikovsky PDD Osipova was really on sparkling form tonight.  Reece Clarke partnered her very well but I agree that this sort of showpiece number doesn't really play to his strengths.  However, his variation still got a big cheer from the audience.

 

I had seen DAAG before when it was streamed, and thought it dragged on a bit, but this time, whether  it was the pleasure of seeing it in the flesh or the great cast, I unexpectedly really enjoyed it.  I particularly liked the trio of Nunez, Kaneko and particularly Hayward. Of the men Bonelli and Bracewell stood out particularly for me.

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Apollo last night was even better than the superb standard set at the opening performance.  All enveloped the very soul of Stravinsky's music as if it were - in and of itself - an act of celebratory resurrection.  Moments in DAAG - especially when involving Morera, Kaneko, Nunez, Bonelli, Campbell and Bracewell - made the Chopin sound for all the world as it were the  most vivid plainsong known to man.  Osipova etched the Tchaikovsky with the accelerated thrill of her determined joy.  

 

What was disappointing for me was not the behaviour on stage - but that in the audience.  I sat (much as RobS had as he noted about his Stalls bench) in my single seat locked in on the far cusp of the of the Amphi separated by two only seats from a young couple who had their masks either off or below their chin and who - while rightfully enjoying the balletic fare - spoke and called out throughout.  I must confess I felt far from safe in these particular environs.  

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1 hour ago, Bruce Wall said:

Apollo last night was even better than the superb standard set at the opening performance.  All enveloped the very soul of Stravinsky's music as if it were - in and of itself - an act of celebratory resurrection.  Moments in DAAG - especially when involving Morera, Kaneko, Nunez, Bonelli, Campbell and Bracewell - made the Chopin sound for all the world as it were the  most vivid plainsong known to man.  Osipova etched the Tchaikovsky with the accelerated thrill of her determined joy.  

 

What was disappointing for me was not the behaviour on stage - but that in the audience.  I sat (much as RobS had as he noted about his Stalls bench) in my single seat locked in on the far cusp of the of the Amphi separated by two only seats from a young couple who had their masks either off or below their chin and who - while rightfully enjoying the balletic fare - spoke and called out throughout.  I must confess I felt far from safe in these particular environs.  

 

That's dreadful Bruce!

 

When I was at The Lowry last week I noticed the ushers approaching various people in the auditorium (not during the performance) asking them to wear their masks properly.

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I totally agree, Janet.  There was no usher present in the Upper Amphitheatre area - much as there hadn't been the other evening during the opening performance of this fine triple bill.  When this couple got up and began to go out during the pause between Apollo and the TPDD the ROH usher on the lower amphi level called out to them that this was 'just a pause'.  Neither had a mask on at that point.  Nothing was done to rectify that situation.

 

I have decided that if this happens again I'm simply going to go and stand at the back.  It's quite clear that in such a situation as was present at the ROH last night you are left to simply take your life in your own hands and protect yourself.    I was relieved that I had chosen to double mask myself - much as I always do on public transport.  In this case it certainly was proven to be prudent to do so.  

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