Medway

Ballet Appreciation

Group OrganiserJohn Smith
ContactJanet Adkin
VenueMember House
Meeting Days2nd Thursday of the Month (pm)
Group Vacancies? Yes

We are a small group co-led by Janet Adkin (contact person) and John Smith and meet on the second Thursday afternoon in the month, usually at the home of John and Jane Smith.

The meeting consists of a mix of watching ballets on DVD and discussing them, going on a visit to either the Dockside Odeon to watch a live link-up from The Royal Opera House, to The Marlowe Theatre to see a performance by The Northern Ballet or occasionally Sadler’s Wells– with follow-up discussion and evaluation at the next meeting. Also we track certain leading dancers or choreographers and share items on them that have appeared in the press or share information on other performances individual members have attended.

This year we have focused on: Tamara Rojo in ‘Good Swan, Bad Swan’, studied a programme entitled ‘The Perfect Partnership’ of Nureyev and Fonteyn , ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Matthew Bourne’s production of ‘Cinderella’ at The Marlowe, Akram Khan’s ‘Giselle’ and also Petipa’s choreography of ‘Giselle’ and the Royal Opera House production of ‘’Manon’.

Attendance at live performances or ‘live link-up’ performances have been: Don Quioxte – produced and choreographed by Carols Acosta, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ - choreographed by Kenneth McMillan also Matthew Bourne’s production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at The Marlow and Sadler’s Wells, and a triple bill of ‘Concerto’, ‘Enigma Variations’ and Act III of ‘Raymonda’.

Before Christmas there are two more live link-ups to attend: ‘Coppelia’ and ‘The Nutcracker’ – always a must before Christmas!

In the autumn of this year we were pleased to have made a link with another (newly formed) Ballet Appreciation group in Wales! We have shared our programmes and hope to stay in touch.

We would warmly welcome anyone with an interest in ballet to come to the group.

Please contact Janet Adkin for further information

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