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Tuesday, April 11, 2006


On Friday 7 April I met up with son Alun with partner Trudy, and friends Richard and Maria to see my favourite ballerina, Sylvie Guillem dancing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (choreography Sir Kenneth MacMillan, mysic Sergei Prokoviev) with the Royal Ballet in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. Sylvie joined the Royal Ballet as a Principal Guest Artist in 1989 and since then I have seen her dance in some 15 roles in London and in Paris.

Sylvie Guillem as Juliet dancing with Romeo in the mask ball

It appears that this may be one of her final performances dancing in a full-length classical ballet as she has no sheduled appearances at the moment in anything other than contemporary works. It is fitting then that she completed the season with a stunning performance with house-shaking curtains calls and a flower throw which lasted well after the house lights had gone up.


Blogger simon said...

what can be said? the classical roles are certainly the best.

I have seen Broken Fall 3 times and it is enough.. As one person said "too gymnastic". I admire Sylvies strength and ability to do the modern roles but really the Manons and R&Js are for me too

11:48 pm  
Blogger done said...

You have some very interesting interests. I've never saw a true ballerina, but my daughter took lessons for a year. The picture shows how graceful they performed, and Romeo and Juliet, what a show.
Take care, Elisa:)

3:19 am  
Blogger simon said...

never seen one! well you should buy a ticket and go see. Like anything the worlds bet are the best to see but I am sure there are plenty of wonderful dance companies in good ol' USA! I danced for 10 years (or there abouts). And I have made some great friends as a result too!


6:08 am  
Blogger done said...

Hi Simon:),
Life is no dress rehersal. My daughter who's been through a interesting situaion these past few months, had someone who we didn't even know send us a letter with those words written on paper. Those words are so true, if we only we took them seriously. Yes, don't be so shocked, but I've never seen a real ballet, but with little girls. I would love to see a show, but I would have to do it alone, and that doesn't make it much fun. I had tried to take dance lessons, but I felt unconfortable not dancing with my hubby, that I didn't continue. Keep on dancing, and enjoy another 10 years of dancing and making friends! Take care, Elisa:)

6:06 pm  
Blogger simon said...

Well, elisa i have not danced for 30 years! that was long ago, But i still enjoy to watch quality dance.
In dance you cannot afford to be 'conservative", and I see by your blog that there would be a clash, or a lack of comfort in some areas. So if you are not comfortable dancing on your own, get hubby involved...

1:11 am  
Blogger done said...

Hi Simon:)
Can you convinced my hubby to do that?
Just joking:) Have a Good Day!
Take care, Elisa:)

3:47 pm  

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