Today the Royal Opera House launched a new website featuring their World Stage series.
For Autumn 2009 Royal Ballet dancer Sergei Polunin is featured, and this website is a chance to see films, interviews and pictures of him, as well as his ipod playlist. Frank Sinatra gets a look in. The film of the filming of the cover shot (as it were) is charming, as is the music.
Polunin talks about being a First Soloist, which is a promotion for him (he’s still listed as Soloist on the ROH website). Unofficially his promotion, among others, is widely known, but as yet the official position has not been released from the press office & I only mention it here because Polunin himself has.
What is irritating is the design, with its Flash which not everyone has enabled & which many dislike. It just doesn’t work well enough. Trying to click on one of the photo’s is like trying to knock a coconut off its perch and I’m not sure that was the intended user experience. But then, ask anyone who tries to book online how they feel about it and you’ll realise that the ROH are not renowned for their website design.
More inexcusable are the wrongly captioned photographs. Why ?
Worth taking a look for the film footage, if you can get past the design & the mistakes.