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We had quite a few ballet threads last year, but I thought it would be good to have one for the 2012 revival.

Aaron Sillis on Twitter has provided some rehearsal related images.

27th February

1st day back rehearsing Pet Shop Boys 'The Most Incredible Thing', at Sadler's Wells

http://instagr.am/p/HoNiyvMVok/ From 1st March

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=2 ... 2866600023 From 13th March Alessia, Ed, Jo, Luke and me mid-run of TMIT
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nickname has already reviewed it in the Spanish press. He was disappointed with the new scene.

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Janet Street-Porter wrote:nickname has already reviewed it in the Spanish press. He was disappointed with the new scene.
lol!

I have just booked myself a restricted view seat for the first performance. I will be attending again, more than once including on my birthday 5th April!

Who else is going on 25th?
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The return of The Most Incredible Thing

Tomorrow, March 25th, "The Most Incredible Thing", the ballet by Pet Shop Boys and choreographer Javier De Frutos based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen, returns to Sadler's Wells in London for a two-week run. First performed a year ago, the ballet returns in a revised production, Javier De Frutos having made several creative changes. Full details and ticket information can be found at the Sadler's Wells link below.
Neil Tennant can be heard discussing the ballet tomorrow on "Weekend Wogan" on BBC Radio 2 between 11 am and 1 pm.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dpqzr

Sir Terry Wogan eases you into your Sunday morning with music and musings. This week he's joined in conversation by Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant and he has music from Marlon Roudette.

Formed in London in 1981 by Neil and Chris, the Pet Shop Boys have become one of the world's best-selling music artists with over one hundred million records sold worldwide. The band are three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, with twenty two top ten hits in the UK.

Pet Shop Boys' latest project, with choreographer Javier De Frutos, is a modern dance performance The Most Incredible Thing, which returns to Sadler's Wells in London for a second run.

Terry will also be joined in the studio by Marlon Roudette for a stripped down session. Formerly of the band Mattafix, the musician of both British and St Vincentian origin is now embarking on a solo career. His new single New Age, which is released next month, has already been a number one hit in Europe and racked up over ten million hits for the video online.

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I wonder whether the chat with Neil will be conducted telephonically....
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Neil and Chris are back in the UK and will be watching the ballet this afternoon! My comment (well conveyed by a certain Andrew Shaw) that I had seen the ballet 5 times was mentioned by Terry Wogan. Neil said ''That's Nice!''
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He told a few things about the new album. No duets but some backing vocals.

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Sandy Shaw wrote:Neil and Chris are back in the UK and will be watching the ballet this afternoon! My comment (well conveyed by a certain Andrew Shaw) that I had seen the ballet 5 times was mentioned by Terry Wogan. Neil said ''That's Nice!''
Terry mentioned my comment as well in the interview! I'm the guy from Belgium who last year made the trip from Brussels to London for only one reason: to see The Most Incredible Thing ;-)
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wieske wrote:
Sandy Shaw wrote:Neil and Chris are back in the UK and will be watching the ballet this afternoon! My comment (well conveyed by a certain Andrew Shaw) that I had seen the ballet 5 times was mentioned by Terry Wogan. Neil said ''That's Nice!''
Terry mentioned my comment as well in the interview! I'm the guy from Belgium who last year made the trip from Brussels to London for only one reason: to see The Most Incredible Thing ;-)
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Sandy Shaw wrote:
wieske wrote:
Sandy Shaw wrote:Neil and Chris are back in the UK and will be watching the ballet this afternoon! My comment (well conveyed by a certain Andrew Shaw) that I had seen the ballet 5 times was mentioned by Terry Wogan. Neil said ''That's Nice!''
Terry mentioned my comment as well in the interview! I'm the guy from Belgium who last year made the trip from Brussels to London for only one reason: to see The Most Incredible Thing ;-)
Congratulations!
Thanks and... congratulations to you too Sandy! Always nice to hear Neil give a reaction on a letter you sent in ;-)

By the way: can you hear clearly what Neil answered as reaction on the message I sent in? I understand 'Good to hear that', but what followed then? Don't understand it that very well. The fragment starts at 1:27:00

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I don't know if someone of this forum has gone to see TMIT and can tell us the changes of the new version.

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nickname wrote:I don't know if someone of this forum has gone to see TMIT and can tell us the changes of the new version.
Hi, I'm at Sadler's Wells at the moment. None of the performers are wearing any clothes. :shock:

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nickname wrote:The return of The Most Incredible Thing

Tomorrow, March 25th, "The Most Incredible Thing", the ballet by Pet Shop Boys and choreographer Javier De Frutos based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen, returns to Sadler's Wells in London for a two-week run. First performed a year ago, the ballet returns in a revised production, Javier De Frutos having made several creative changes. Full details and ticket information can be found at the Sadler's Wells link below.
Neil Tennant can be heard discussing the ballet tomorrow on "Weekend Wogan" on BBC Radio 2 between 11 am and 1 pm.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dpqzr

Sir Terry Wogan eases you into your Sunday morning with music and musings. This week he's joined in conversation by Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant and he has music from Marlon Roudette.

Formed in London in 1981 by Neil and Chris, the Pet Shop Boys have become one of the world's best-selling music artists with over one hundred million records sold worldwide. The band are three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, with twenty two top ten hits in the UK.

Pet Shop Boys' latest project, with choreographer Javier De Frutos, is a modern dance performance The Most Incredible Thing, which returns to Sadler's Wells in London for a second run.

Terry will also be joined in the studio by Marlon Roudette for a stripped down session. Formerly of the band Mattafix, the musician of both British and St Vincentian origin is now embarking on a solo career. His new single New Age, which is released next month, has already been a number one hit in Europe and racked up over ten million hits for the video online.
Thanks for the link. A lot of interesting bits about their plans for the rest of 2012.

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Changes that I can remember: Addition of King's Lament, and new "three act but one interval" version. Clearer clock section with most of the dancers having costumes outlining their roles "Adam" "Eve", spring, "summer" etc. Additional and new choreography for the clock section and others. The clock section now has the character of Leo participating much more and showing the clock to the princess. In my humble opinion, this sectioned has been over clarified and it is now almost too ''in your face'' that the clock is showing the different numbers from one to twelve. Talking about faces, one curious change is that dancers come on with signs bearing the legend ''nose'' and ''ears'' rather than pictures of these body parts for the five senses. Before this when Leo has his dance with the muses, they feed elements of the clock into the bed before disappearing back into it themselves.

The other noticeable area for change is the competition. The presenter now dances as well as having vocally announcing the competition New material has been written around this including a pun on the word ''clock'' (yes that one). The entrants to the competition are presented in silhouette which is very effective. The competition entry names are shown on the screen on the left hand side of the stage, including ''Svetlana sings Sondheim''! Sondheim therefore gets two mentions in the show as he is one of the 300 names which flash up on the clock itself.

In general it seems that the aim has been to clarify the plot and, by condensing the ballet by losing one interval, it seems to pack a more powerful punch.

It was good to see Javier and the Boys there, and I know some fans got to have quite a chat with Chris. i had a little wave from Neil!
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#15 Post by Trixiemix »

Following from Sandy: The competition characters are 'Silhouettes now as opposed to out on stage fooling about anf the Competition compare does a lot of dancing instead of talking (Although talking can be heard in the background).
What a treat to be there tonight again.......and to grab a chat with my two favourite guys ;O)

OOOPss.....looks like Sandy was typing at the same time as I......
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