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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 24)

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 24)

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 24)

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 24)

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:

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

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 24)

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 24)

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 24)

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

coshipi - 12 Jun 2018 14:51:05 (#10 of 24)


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 24)

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 24)

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

Snarlygog - 19 May 2019 02:50:54 (#13 of 24)

An Ex student of ours has just won BBC Young Dancer comp. My colleagues are absolutely excited.

TheGroke - 25 May 2019 16:48:59 (#14 of 24)

I saw that competition (what GENIUS ran the final on BBC2 up against Eurovision? Pah!)

Your guy was the 'wild card', yes? He definitely seemed to have his own, very innovative, ideas.

Snarlygog - 28 May 2019 15:51:07 (#15 of 24)

Yep. Max attended in 2015. Contemporary /body popping to Take Five is definitely out there.

Yersinia - 29 Sep 2019 14:14:42 (#16 of 24)

Saw Akram Khan's Giselle last night, with Alina Cojocaru in the lead role.

Khan used the utter weirdness of pointe dancing well, saving it for the undead Wilis, and creating a real sense of vengeance and fury with it, with the help of some pointy sticks...

It's the second time I've seen Cojocaru as Giselle - the first time was in an absolutely traditional Royal Ballet production at ROH, many years ago. This was very different.

SorrellA - 06 May 2020 22:16:35 (#17 of 24)

I've just found lots of ballet on Prime, which will improve lockdown. First up was this Sleeping Beauty, which was wonderful:

Yersinia - 06 May 2020 22:29:22 (#18 of 24)

English National Ballet and Sadlers Wells are both making performances available online, I think on a weekly basis. In the last couple of weeks, we've watched Akram Khan's Dust, a selection of works starring Natalia Osipova, Broken Wings, the Frida Kahlo ballet, and Vangelis and Maliphant's Greek-inspired collaboration, The Thread.

But I miss going to live dance, and am very sad that it will be a very long time before any form of normality can possibly return to the performing arts.

SorrellA - 06 May 2020 22:57:27 (#19 of 24)

Thanks Yersinia, that's great, I'll watch the ENB Romeo and Juliet tomorrow before it vanishes.

It is so sad. Do you go often in normal circumstances?

Yersinia - 06 May 2020 23:25:53 (#20 of 24)

We go a fair bit, to Sadlers Wells, and sometimes other London venues, and also several times a year to shows more locally, in Woking and Guildford.

Last year was a bit slack, as I had a bad back for a lot of it, and couldn't really cope with going to the theatre.

My mum likes dance, is more inclined to classical ballet than us, though she will also enjoy some more contemporary shows, but finds London too much these days, so it's been great that there have been pretty good programmes at Woking in particular. One of my sisters also enjoys dance, the other is not so enthusiastic.

We had most recently been to see Richard Alston's final show at Sadler's Wells, and Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes at Woking, and had booked for Akram Khan's Creature, which has been postponed to November, at the earliest.

I wish I had managed to get a Firestick set up on mum's TV before lockdown, so we could both watch the same dance on youtube, and discuss it afterwards.

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