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Started by Yersinia on Dec 9, 2017 4:05:45 PM

Any dance fans here? Either as participants or as viewers?

Seen / done anything good recently?

Have you got plans to?

Talk about it here - all genres welcome!

Cartimandua - 09 Dec 2017 18:33:04 (#1 of 12)

Yes, I love ballet. Recently went to see "The Illustrated Farewell/The Wind/Untouchable at the ROH.

Yersinia - 09 Dec 2017 18:59:34 (#2 of 12)

I have had two recent trips:

"Men in Motion" at the Coliseum - a disappointingly unfocussed hotchpotch, despite having some fine dancers.

...and the following day, Northern Ballet's "The Little Mermaid". Quite attractively staged, well danced and darker than the Disneyfied story, but I needed to read the synopsis to realise what some of the finer plot elements were supposed to be.

Cartimandua - 09 Dec 2017 19:22:44 (#3 of 12)

The Wind had a rather snooty review in The Spectator and some complaints about sexual violence but I thought it portrayed with empathy the awful situation of the young woman, married off young and sent to an inhospitable and harsh environment and I bought the novel upon which it is based.

Yersinia - 09 Dec 2017 22:12:58 (#4 of 12)

The Wind - is that Arthur Pita? I keep meaning to go to his Little Match Girl.

I had hoped to take my 9 year old niece to Nutcracker at the Coli this Christmas, but was too late for tickets.

I need to mail my sister to suggest this instead, but I'm not so enthusiastic as I would be for ENB, and the run is limited, so hopefully the timing can fit with my sister's Christmas schedule:

WibbleAgain - 10 Dec 2017 15:12:30 (#5 of 12)

I would love to see that.

DejaLu - 10 Dec 2017 15:24:14 (#6 of 12)

I had to miss Ashton’s Sylvia at the ROH last week as my daughter was unwell. Chuh. So my most recent outing was to see a Macmillan double bill - The Judas Tree and Song of the Earth. Neither was up there with his best work but Judas Tree was really grim. One to avoid unless you like a bit of graphic gang rape.

Yersinia - 10 Dec 2017 16:06:00 (#7 of 12)

That's a shame for both you and your daughter, Lu.

How was the Song of the Earth, other than not being Macmillan's best?

It's in a mixed bill with La Sylphide at the Coli in the New Year - kind of on a long list of possible things to see. We tend to prefer contemporary to ballet, but my mum really likes ballet, so we do go to some of that too.

DejaLu - 10 Dec 2017 20:34:49 (#8 of 12)

It didn’t make a huge impression on me, TBH, unlike his full-length ballets. It had a stripped-down, contemporary feel, and reminded me in parts of Merce Cunningham, so probably a good bet if you’re more of a contemporary fan.

Cartimandua - 21 Feb 2018 18:53:05 (#9 of 12)

Don't bother going to see this.
It's on right now at the Dominion.

coshipi - 12 Jun 2018 14:51:05 (#10 of 12)


Not that I was any good. But I've just rescued the video from obsolete media. Christmas 1988, traditional tribal dancing in India. I'm easily spotted, but the other people are much more interesting.

Cordelia - 12 Jun 2018 14:57:49 (#11 of 12)

I am really looking forward to the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet at Sadlers Wells tomorrow evening.

DejaLu - 18 Aug 2018 19:35:58 (#12 of 12)

Just booked to see Mayerling at the ROH in October. I love a bit of Macmillan perviness.

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