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Tomoko.A

26-10-00, 10:12 PM (GMT)
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"RB - Swan Lake"
 
   I would love to read some reviews of Yoshida and Rojo's Swan Lake ! & Sylvie's too !


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RB - Swan Lake Michael Llewellyn 27-10-00 1
     RE: RB - Swan Lake Bruce Madmin 27-10-00 2
         RE: RB - Swan Lake Fuzzyface 27-10-00 3
         RE: RB - Swan Lake Helen 27-10-00 4
             RE: RB - Swan Lake NO7 27-10-00 5
                 RE: RB - Swan Lake Helen 27-10-00 6
                 Sylvie's Swan Lake Jim 27-10-00 8
                     RE: Sylvie's Swan Lake Jane S 27-10-00 10
                         RE: Sylvie's Swan Lake Jim 27-10-00 11
                             RE: Sylvie's Swan Lake Jane S 27-10-00 12
                             RE: Sylvie's Swan Lake Jim 27-10-00 13
  RE: RB - Swan Lake alison 27-10-00 7
     RE: RB - Swan Lake Jim 27-10-00 9

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Michael Llewellyn

27-10-00, 02:27 AM (GMT)
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1. "RB - Swan Lake"
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   Rojo was utterly magnificent and electrified the house. What a star !!!


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Bruce Madmin

27-10-00, 06:44 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: RB - Swan Lake"
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   I think Rojo was far better than that!!

No time today, but hope to put some thoughts down later... but what do others think about the performance


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Fuzzyface

27-10-00, 09:14 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: RB - Swan Lake"
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   Hmmm. I'm not so sure. Rojo had magnificient fouettes and balances, and she danced the Act II pas de deux with beautiful, slow precision. But she had rather exaggerated arms and hands ( a la Makarova) which I found distracting, and her Odile was a little bland. She wasn't really helped by Johan Persson, who was very pleasant, but not especially exciting (in this role at least). I found his very broad grins throughout Act II rather hard to take.

I much preferred the Yoshida/Acosta performance, Acosta in particular. He danced magnificiently, and I really loved the attention he gave to Yoshida. I really felt he wanted to protect Odette in Act II, you could see his heart filling with love. And such nobility, a true prince and "danseur noble". Experience really tells in Yoshida's performance. No exaggerations, nothing over the top. Choreography danced to it's clearest, purest best. And fouettes just as magnificent as Rojo's!

The rest of the company were dancing quite well. Best individual performance was Alina Cojocaru in the Pas de Trois second solo.


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Helen

27-10-00, 09:19 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: RB - Swan Lake"
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   I braved the West Coast main line trains on Wednesday to see Tamara Rojo, and it wasn't easy - delays and cancellations everywhere, and I arrived in London three hours late. Luckily I'd allowed a lot of time, but I had to forego an afternoon's shopping.

It was worth the journey! I'd never seen Rojo before, having always managed to miss her on tour with the ENB. At her first entrance I wasn't sure. She didn't look quite as I expected from photos, and I thought there was something just slightly odd about her proportions, but it may have been the costume. But I was converted in no time at all, and on reflection I think she was certainly one of the best Odette/Odiles I have ever seen. The Act 2 adagio was absolutely ravishing. She is one of those dancers who seems to take all the time in the world, yet is always within the music. Her leisurely, perfectly controlled pirouettes are a joy. A bit too much of the florid Makarova hands for my taste, but I do realise this is a matter of taste.

Her characterisation was subtle, but clear. You felt every nuance of Odette's feelings. Odile was luscious and seductive without being flashy or vulgar - wonderful conspiratorial sideways glances at the audience. Without question she can take her place among the greats. When she was on stage, there was that total stillness in the audience that you only get occasionally. But just to get things in proportion, at the end of Act 2, a woman behind me who was clearly there to show off her diamonds, turned to her neighbour and said "Who's dancing the lead tonight?"

As for other aspects of the performance, I thought none of the men were outstanding. Persson was OK, and was clearly trying hard to live up to Tamara dramatically, but I didn't feel he quite managed it. Alina Cojocaru was lovely as ever in the pas de trois. The gorgeous Neapolitan dance (Morera and Essakow) has been more joyous, I think. The little girls in Act 1 were lovely. And I really like the production (except for Act 4) and the scenery - I love the Chinese lanterns, and the mirror in Act 3. I realise not everyone agrees with me! Some of the costumes did make me think I was back in the Kirov's Sleeping Beauty, though luckily I never felt as if I was in the Kirov's Swan Lake.


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NO7

27-10-00, 10:49 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: RB - Swan Lake"
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   Guillem in Swan Lake last night was splendid. She executed her fouettes impeccably and her nuance as Odette in Act IV just grabbed the heart.
The role of Siegfried seems to me very awkward in Act I&II, but Cope managed to bring back its elegance in the variations in Act III.

Speaking of the production, hate to say it lacks grandeur in a way.(I could not help comparing this with the Kirov's) The scenery and costumes are not very inspiring, they look murky even in the scene of a ball in the castle. For the overall performance, I was disappointed in Act I&II, but things just got much better in Act III. I enjoyed this part the most anyway.


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Helen

27-10-00, 11:20 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: RB - Swan Lake"
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   Fuzzyface - I wrote my bit about the Makarova hands before I read yours! Clearly we agree on this. Rojo did say in some interview that she was keen to simplify her style.

I would have loved to see Acosta.


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Jim

27-10-00, 03:30 PM (GMT)
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8. "Sylvie's Swan Lake"
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   >Guillem in Swan Lake last night
>was splendid. She executed her
>fouettes impeccably and her nuance
>as Odette in Act IV
>just grabbed the heart.
>The role of Siegfried seems to
>me very awkward in Act
>I&II, but Cope managed to
>bring back its elegance in
>the variations in Act III.

I agree with every word of this - I too was completely under her spell in the fourth act. I have seen three Guillem/Cope Swan Lakes at roughly equal intervals with her time with the Royal, and this was the most tender performance I have seen yet. I find her interpretation simply breathtaking; every tiny flicker of a finger (or any other appendage) gives the impression of being totally under control, planned and rehearsed. I didn't spot a blemish in the performance all night (and most of the time she was under the scrutiny of my 30x105 ex WW2 German tank binoculars). I think it was Sylvie's developpés I shall remember - it seemed as if she was conducting the orchestra rather than following it. Her sense of musicality and lyricism is astonishing. Every nuance of emotion, from the mirthful contempt at the exposure of Odile's ruse to the loving, tender forgiveness of Siegried's erroneus treachery is entrancing. You run out of superlatives: exquisite; sublime - all seem inadequate.

I thought Cope was a brilliant partner - I hardly noticed him, which maybe the biggest compliment you can pay to Seigfried!

I see that the four ugly ducklings have completed their post-juvenile moult and now dance in white. Goody. However there were 8 unmoulted juveniles in the fourth act whose dresses looked as if they were made out of black dustbin liners. Whilst this maybe a ploy to give ornithological verisimilitude, I don't like it.


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Jane S

27-10-00, 04:22 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Sylvie's Swan Lake"
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   >... every tiny flicker
>of a finger (or any
>other appendage) gives the impression
>of being totally under control,
>planned and rehearsed.

Jim, I agree absolutely with what you say here; but that's exactly why I often don't find Guillem moving! I like an impression of spontaneity - like Gelsey Kirkland, who although she had rehearsed every gesture etc, looked as if she was living every moment for the first time.


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Jim

27-10-00, 04:57 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Sylvie's Swan Lake"
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   > but that's exactly why I often don't
>find Guillem moving!

Well, Jane, I accept your point, but it all boils down at the end of the day (as they say) to personal value judgement (that is, a matter of taste!). I have certainly been moved beyond compare by Guillem. I think I meant that Sylvie is now so assured in performing to audiences that she knows adores her, she simply cannot go wrong. I guess I'm just a fan, and that doesn't have to be accounted for


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Jane S

27-10-00, 06:13 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Sylvie's Swan Lake"
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   Jim, I wasn't trying to say that you are wrong, only how interesting it is that what makes perfection for one person does exactly the opposite for someone else - personal taste, as you say.


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Jim

27-10-00, 06:33 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Sylvie's Swan Lake"
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   >Jim, I wasn't trying to say that you are wrong

Jane, no, no, that's not how I read it - hence the
I'm all excitified now by the prospect of Marguerite and Armand (13 Nov) and Lilac Garden (12 Dec).
Anyone for interval drinkie?


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alison

27-10-00, 01:15 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: RB - Swan Lake"
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   I found Yoshida heart-rending in the 4th Act, where her Odette was so determined to die rather than be condemned to life as a swan. She danced beautifully and unshowily, as usual. Not convinced about the partnership between her and Acosta, though - there was a big discrepancy in heights, which I found a bit silly. Why waste one of the tallest principals in the company on one of the smallest? I did wonder why Acosta's never been partnered with Bussell, as I would have thought he might be sufficiently strong to partner her.

BTW, does Tamara's Odile still have something of the Firebird about her, or was that just for the ENB in-the-round performances?

It was the first time I'd seen the production at the Opera House since 1992, and it reminded me forcefully of all the reasons why I disliked it. I love the corps costumes in Act I, but found the whole design of Act III horrible. And why on earth does a royal prince have to act so discourteously - it quite put me off having any sympathy with him.


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Jim

27-10-00, 04:09 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: RB - Swan Lake"
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   > And why on earth does a royal prince have to act so
> discourteously - it quite put me off having any sympathy with
> him.

Not quite sure what you mean here, Alison - would you mind amplifying?

Jim



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