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storrrm



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Location: Manchester

PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 9:51 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Last night I went to see ENBs Giselle. Quite a short one this, and not one of my favourites but enjoyable all the same. The second act was beautiful. A few downsides though not least the fact that there was a six foot man with an enormous head sat right in front of me, who completely blocked the centre stage view, meaning I feel like I only saw half a ballet. Such a shame, this really spoiled it for me. I always seem to get the giants in front and only being little it's a real problem. Oh well.
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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 9:46 am    Post subject: Balanchine Reply with quote

Just watched the first half of a DVD 'Balanchine' originally broadcast on American TV. A fascinating documentary about the choreographer's career. Nearly three hours long and a delight.  Many many extracts from Balanchine's ballets especially his work with New York City Ballet.  The extract from his exquisite 'Serenade' made me want to see this particular ballet again.  I wonder does the Royal Ballet have any of Balnchine's work in their repertoire?
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lunababymoonchild



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2009 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know Mike, but you might want to look at this website : Royal Ballet  

There is an email address at the bottom, perhaps you could ask?

Luna
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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Luna. 'Serenade' seems to be in the repertory of the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
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storrrm



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched the Royal Ballet goes to Cuba, a documentary on BBC 4  which I recorded on Christmas Day. Fascinating behind the scenes film of the historic visit of the Royal Ballet to Havana, the first performance by a British company in Cuba ever. The ballet has a huge following in Cuba, it's more popular than football which is a wonderful thing. The dancing was truly breathtaking, especially the excerpts featuring Tamara Rojo and Cubas most famous dancer Carlos Acosta. The athleticism and pure skill of these two is simply amazing and of course it's also heartbreakingly beautiful. It always brings a lump to my throat when I see such wonderful performances. It's just a shame the dance clips were quite short. Still very enjoyable indeed.
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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn. I missed it.
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TheRejectAmidHair



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This Wednesday, we have a family Christmas outing - we're off to see The Nutcracker performed by the English National Ballet.

I've never really been a great fan of ballet, although I do love Tchaikovsky's three ballet scores. But when we were discussing what to go & see over Christmas, Ella said she wanted something "really Christmassy", and we all ended up voting for this one.

I want this show to be spectacular, colourful, magical, enchanting, and very very "Christmassy". In short, I want this to be traditional.
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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Himadri, I am more than a little surprised that your family's choice for a Christmas show was NOT the pantomime with Anne Widdecombe currently on view.  M.
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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been quiet on here recently so I thought I'd try to get a discussion going.  Just before Christmas I took my son to see a live transmission of "The Nutcracker" at the cinema.  

Although it was sumptuous and enjoyable, I felt uneasy about the Chinese Tea dance; it seemed patronising to have the dancers doing a "funny Chinaman" routine when in the First Act they had blended in so well into the ensemble.  They even continued the "funny routine" during the curtain call.  I didn't feel the same about the Arabian Coffee Dance or the Russian scene.

I've seen "The Nutcracker" before but the last time was more than  a decade ago.  I'm not sure if it was the production (The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, choreographed by Peter Wright) or just that I'm more sensitive (some might think over-sensitive) to such matters.

Anyone any views?

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