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Tomorrow (Saturday) night, BBC4, 8 pm:

Tap America: How a Nation Found its Feet.   (Clarke Peters on tap dancing)

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The Mariinsky "Raymonda" will be on arte tv in Germany and France on Sunday, 23.12. at 21.50 CET, with Tereshkina, Parish and Zverev. They announce it with the title "Ballets Russes" which is kind of true but rather misleading... 😕

https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/082239-000-A/ballets-russes-im-mariinksi-theater/

 

available online here for streaming from tomorrow:

https://www.arte.tv/en/videos/082239-000-A/raymonda-by-marius-petipa/

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Did anyone else catch Stephen McRae in the first episode  of "The Sound of Movie Musicals" with Neil Brand - demonstrating Frd Astaire's style of dancing? Boy, can Stephen McRae tap!

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1 hour ago, David said:

Did anyone else catch Stephen McRae in the first episode  of "The Sound of Movie Musicals" with Neil Brand - demonstrating Fred Astaire's style of dancing? Boy, can Stephen McRae tap!

Have just caught up with this , and was about to post about it! Yes he has amazing tap skills, and I believe he is a pretty accomplished ballet dancer as well! 

This was the first in a series of fascinating documentaries about the history of music and dance in films.

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5 hours ago, David said:

Did anyone else catch Stephen McRae in the first episode  of "The Sound of Movie Musicals" with Neil Brand - demonstrating Frd Astaire's style of dancing? Boy, can Stephen McRae tap!

Yes, caught this and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thought Steven McRae would certainly have given Fred Astaire a run for his money if they had been around at the same time! Looking forward to Part 2.

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have just discovered that American in Paris is on Christmas Day, BBC 2 at 1510.I think a previous poster, like me, couldn't find it, but it's there, with Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. That and Swan Lake in one day and then nothing!!

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17 minutes ago, ninamargaret said:

That and Swan Lake in one day and then nothing!!

Well I guess there is always the Vienna State Ballet in the New Year concert! 

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On 15/12/2018 at 11:40, Angela said:

The Mariinsky "Raymonda" will be on arte tv in Germany and France on Sunday, 23.12. at 21.50 CET, with Tereshkina, Parish and Zverev. They announce it with the title "Ballets Russes" which is kind of true but rather misleading... 😕

https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/082239-000-A/ballets-russes-im-mariinksi-theater/

 

available online here for streaming from tomorrow:

https://www.arte.tv/en/videos/082239-000-A/raymonda-by-marius-petipa/

 

Many thanks Angela! The online stream will work till February. A blogger has commented here:

 

https://classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com/2018/12/glazunov-raymonda-petipa-gergiev.html

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2 hours ago, Blossom said:

A programme on Petipa is now available on Arte - in French.

 

https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/076621-000-A/marius-petipa-le-maitre-francais-du-ballet-russe/

 

And here, if it’s ok to repeat my post from last Tuesday, is the German-language version:-

 

https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/076621-000-A/marius-petipa-der-meister-des-klassischen-balletts/

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On 16/12/2018 at 22:28, ninamargaret said:

Yes, caught this and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thought Steven McRae would certainly have given Fred Astaire a run for his money if they had been around at the same time! Looking forward to Part 2.

 

I have hugely enjoyed the first two episodes of this well-made series (last one coming up on Friday). McRae can certainly tap dance but it struck me that his style is quite a long way from what Astaire did (never mind his use of what looked like heavy off-the-peg shoes) so I would be interested to hear from someone who knows about the history of tap. Are the differences a function, for example, of where one learns, or from whom, or the era, or simply personal style? 

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51 minutes ago, Geoff said:

 

I have hugely enjoyed the first two episodes of this well-made series (last one coming up on Friday). McRae can certainly tap dance but it struck me that his style is quite a long way from what Astaire did (never mind his use of what looked like heavy off-the-peg shoes) so I would be interested to hear from someone who knows about the history of tap. Are the differences a function, for example, of where one learns, or from whom, or the era, or simply personal style? 

 

there was an interesting programme on BBC4 recently, on the history of tap. It may still be on iPlayer, but I can't remember exactly what it was called now. 

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This BBC4 film about circus (available on IPlayer for another fortnight) has a sequence with Gandini juggling:

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001jfn

 

The relevance for the Forum is that Gandini - who I first became aware of as the best part of the recent ENO production of Akhnaten - collaborate with choreographers. From the lively and enjoyable snatches of work shown in this film, there are a couple of current RB choreographers who could usefully benefit from considering joining this trend. 

 

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I've seen Gandini a couple of times.  4x4 was a ballet-themed piece and Sigma was an Indian-dance-themed piece.  Both have been enormously entertaining, individual and inventive.

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Stuttgart Ballet in Cranko's Romeo and Juliet with Elisa Badenes and David Moore in the lead roles was shown on television in Germany this morning.

 

It is now available as view on demand until 6 Feb 2019 -  I don't know, however, whether this works from outside Germany, too.

 

https://swrmediathek.de/player.htm?show=ba958e50-1012-11e9-9a07-005056a12b4c

 

 

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Thanks so for this, Duck.  Wonderful to see Haydee (my very first Juliet) out there as the Nurse.  Remember her doing it at the Coliseum when Stuttgart visited - and the houses being SOOOO very empty.  

 

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Glad to see that the video is accessible from abroad :-)

 

 

 

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Not TV but radio: Marianela Nuñez is on Radio 4 on 8th January at 11.30, talking about life and preparations for her 2 roles in the recent RB run of La Bayadère.

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Don't forget the ENB/Akram Khan Giselle tonight, 7 pm, BBC4, if that sort of thing floats your boat.  Plus a repeat of the Kenneth MacMillan documentary in the early hours, I think at 3 am.

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Transmitting at 10pm, Monday 29th April on Channel 4

 

The Curry House Kid

“Khan has made an illuminating, personal and powerful documentary about his life and relationship with his family.” Evening Standard

At their height there were 12,000 curry houses in Britain, the vast majority run by Bangladeshi immigrants. Akram Khan’s father was one of them, and he expected his son to inherit the family business. But Akram had other ideas: he wanted to dance.Now he’s one of the world’s leading dancers and choreographers.

This film sees Akram return to the curry houses of his childhood, meeting the chefs who created this culinary institution in the face of hostility and, often, violent racism. Exploring their stories of immigration, this most effortlessly global of artists comes face-to-face with his own past, his family history, and the reasons he became a dancer. All of this is woven into a poetic new piece of dance that tells a universal story – the immigrant experience in Britain.

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Thanks, Mimi'smom. Recorder set :) 

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See also Links for last Thursday, 25 April - a biggish feature from The Times.

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Either I didn't actually read that one (I know I downloaded it) or I didn't register the link between the two.

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Good to hear.  I forgot it was on, so was very pleased I'd set the recorder.

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I wasn't sure why the programme concentrated on Brick Lane; nowhere was it clarified that Khan was actually born and brought up in Wimbledon. And it's been clear from his work for a long time that he has been seeking to reconcile his upbringing and identity with his Bangladeshi heritage; I found the analysis in the programme much more superficial than what has emerged from his work. So although his dancing was wonderful, I found the programme as a whole a bit disappointing.

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