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24 minutes ago, Fonty said:

On that topic, I remember some years ago chatting with a couple of adults in the shop at the ROH.  They had several children with them, and they had just been to see a special school's performance. The children had been really eager to see Swan Lake, which had just finished a long run.  However, the ROH in its wisdom had decided that the most suitable programme for youngsters under the age of 11 was a triple bill which included The Judas Tree. 

 

I find that absolutely bizarre and extremely irresponsible.

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1 hour ago, Fonty said:

With regard to Mayerling's suitability for children, I think it depends on the child, doesn't it?  Most children I have known love a bit of violence, and if they love ballet they will enjoy the dance and probably ignore or fail to understand some of the very adult themes.

 

 

 

Act 3 Manon - "Mummy, what's that man doing to that lady?"

 

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22 minutes ago, Rob S said:

Marcelino is doing a great job….and dealt with the skull that rolled off the bed right in to the pdd area just before his piece with Stephanie, he kicked it under the desk and all was well again. 

 

Yikes! I've seen a couple of hats fall off during recent Mayerling performances (Sissens lost his in the hunting scene last night & one of the Mitzis, can't now recall who, at the end of the tavern scene earlier in the run) but the skull must be even more awkward as it can roll. I wonder if skull management is part of Mayerling rehearsals?

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41 minutes ago, Dawnstar said:

 one of the Mitzis, can't now recall who, at the end of the tavern scene earlier in the run) but the skull must be even more awkward as it can roll. I wonder if skull management is part of Mayerling rehearsals?


I like to guess whether her hat will fall off each time now…I think it was Claire or Mayara who had to walk off with it still on the floor near the start of the run. And it’s got to be called skull skills!! 🥾💀 

 

Francesca was fantastic too in her pdd, gun went off perfectly too 
 

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2 hours ago, Rob S said:


I like to guess whether her hat will fall off each time now…I think it was Claire or Mayara who had to walk off with it still on the floor near the start of the run. And it’s got to be called skull skills!! 🥾💀 

 

Francesca was fantastic too in her pdd, gun went off perfectly too 
 

Just looked at your photos of Sambe, Hayward, and other cast members on Instagram. As always, thank you, thank you, thank you. I wish I could have been there.

 

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1 hour ago, Rob S said:


I like to guess whether her hat will fall off each time now…I think it was Claire or Mayara who had to walk off with it still on the floor near the start of the run. And it’s got to be called skull skills!! 🥾💀 

 

Francesca was fantastic too in her pdd, gun went off perfectly too 
 

It was Mayara's hat that fell off on 15th Oct 13:00 performance.  As most dancers do, she ignored the mistake and carried on.  I did feel that in this instance, what Mitzi Caspar would have done was to pick the hat up! 

 

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Another astonishing evening, fabulous debuts, and a strong cast. I thought Marcelino Sambé and Francesca Hayward made for a great Rudolf/Mary pairing. They danced brilliantly together and to my eyes the complex moves simply flowed as if they were entirely natural, quite extraordinary. They both came across as equal parties to the joint suicide, equally committed, and that balance worked incredibly well throughout their scenes. 
I thought Sambé acquitted himself pretty well in his PDDs with Louise, Stephanie, and Larisch and his scene with Empress Elizabeth was gripping. But I thought his dancing with Mary was on a different plane.
I found Hayward’s Mary entirely credible and compellingly sensual. The card scene was fabulous with Hayward intoxicated with joy which then exploded in her scenes with Rudolf. This was a debut that we’ve been waiting for since her Manon back in 2014 and it certainly lived up to my very high expectations.

I very much enjoyed Sarah Lamb’s Larisch, Itziar Mendizabel’s Empress Elizabeth, and Mayara Magri’s Mitzi. Taisuke Nakao was a very sympathetic Bratfisch. 
I think the second performance on 30 November will be even stronger and I’m sure will be a fitting end to this extraordinary run of Mayerlings.

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4 hours ago, zxDaveM said:

 

Act 3 Manon - "Mummy, what's that man doing to that lady?"

 

 

Also reported in relation to Act 1 of Mayerling, sometime late last century :)

 

I've read through 2 pages of comments on this thread and now can't remember what I was going to write!  Glad to hear the second Ball cast performance was good, because for me the first didn't entirely take off until the third act.  Pleased to hear good reports of the Sambé cast too, and looking forward to seeing that.

 

Oh, I know what I was going to ask: why on earth is Stephanie appearing in her nightie in the curtain calls?  Surely it used to be her shooting outfit?  It looks daft, because it's too much like Mary Vetsera's nightie.

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7 hours ago, alison said:

 

Also reported in relation to Act 1 of Mayerling, sometime late last century :)

 

I've read through 2 pages of comments on this thread and now can't remember what I was going to write!  Glad to hear the second Ball cast performance was good, because for me the first didn't entirely take off until the third act.  Pleased to hear good reports of the Sambé cast too, and looking forward to seeing that.

 

Oh, I know what I was going to ask: why on earth is Stephanie appearing in her nightie in the curtain calls?  Surely it used to be her shooting outfit?  It looks daft, because it's too much like Mary Vetsera's nightie.

 

I wonder if Stephanie appearing in her nightie is to help distinguish her from Princess Louise, who appears in shooting outfit in curtain calls?  Not all of the audience are as familiar with the dancers as the forum members!

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7 hours ago, JohnS said:

Another astonishing evening, fabulous debuts, and a strong cast. I thought Marcelino Sambé and Francesca Hayward made for a great Rudolf/Mary pairing. They danced brilliantly together and to my eyes the complex moves simply flowed as if they were entirely natural, quite extraordinary. They both came across as equal parties to the joint suicide, equally committed, and that balance worked incredibly well throughout their scenes. 
I thought Sambé acquitted himself pretty well in his PDDs with Louise, Stephanie, and Larisch and his scene with Empress Elizabeth was gripping. But I thought his dancing with Mary was on a different plane.
I found Hayward’s Mary entirely credible and compellingly sensual. The card scene was fabulous with Hayward intoxicated with joy which then exploded in her scenes with Rudolf. This was a debut that we’ve been waiting for since her Manon back in 2014 and it certainly lived up to my very high expectations.

I very much enjoyed Sarah Lamb’s Larisch, Itziar Mendizabel’s Empress Elizabeth, and Mayara Magri’s Mitzi. Taisuke Nakao was a very sympathetic Bratfisch. 
I think the second performance on 30 November will be even stronger and I’m sure will be a fitting end to this extraordinary run of Mayerlings.

Very pleased to read this - am now even more excited to be attending next Wednesday for the final performance!

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14 minutes ago, FionaE said:

Steven McRae is not performing Mayerling for rest of run 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/ClYa3nGNL0A/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

 

who will step in for tonight?

 

Stepping in is a big challenge in this role with all the complex partnering 

 

Ball? Too bad Muntagirov's in Japan......

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In previous instances, a whole cast has been swapped in but it's so unfortunate for anyone (?Takada) who has yet to get their 'go'.

From what he is saying on IG, Matthew Ball would welcome another show and he must be still in a 'ready' state.

Agree that it would have been great had Vadim Muntagirov not been in Japan but gearing up his mind and body after a fortnight without rehearsals would have been a big ask of him, especially if different partners were involved.

 

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it is almost a complete cast change though i'm excited Akane is still dancing Mary and Dias as Mitzi

 

CAST
CAST CHANGE

 

 
 
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Funnily enough I was looking at the casting yesterday and was quite surprised (since I'd forgotten) that Steven McRae was doing two more performances and quite close together - I thought that would be really challenging for him now. I'm sure he's made the right decision for himself, but it's rather hard on the other cast members who have had to withdraw. I suppose that's what comes with having a ballet so heavily dependant on the lead role. Anyway I hope he recovers well and that Matthew Ball et al have a ball (sorry).

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1 hour ago, FionaE said:

Why does Bratfisch need to change? 

 

That does seem a bit of an odd one. Hope it doesn't mean Hay is injured again, with the upcoming Nutcrackers. I didn't manage to see him in 2019 because he was off injured so I'm very much hoping to finally see him on 6th.

 

Magri's now dancing 3 nights running: Countess Larisch Wednesday, Mitzi Caspar last night & Countess Larisch again tonight!

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