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petra

06-11-00, 01:39 PM (GMT)
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"universal ballet-opinion"
 
   what mainly shocked me about all the reviews was how litlle real understanding of ballet exists in todays times--regarding corps de ballet qualities there are only 2 companies which in my eyes still have high qualified corps: kirov and pob---when you look at rb you are shocked how deep the corps-quality could drop within the last 10-15 years-- most of todays dancers are mainly interested in showing off technique and tricks and pay little to no attention to style( including foot-work) and interpretation--abt is a company with virtuosic male dancers, but little artistic depth--the corps is underrehearsed and all different types of physique and sizes--ballerina qualities exist less and less--it's more supermarket than gourmet quality---in western co i see very little understanding of port de bras and phrasing --
here no comes a very young co with no tradition but with a wonderful idea of transferring vaganova style to the west with its western roots in the kirov academy in washington-with vinogradov's strict hand on them just for 2 years- give them time to grow, but what was visible already, dancers from different cultures melting into one style, and who can judge on a co by just 1-2 perf.,you have to see a whole serie---with a well trained corps- the girls had good physique+line , even most of their feet are not well arched and the point-work has to be improved-the perf.quality varied still very much from perf. to perf., but i saw a couple of these perf. with a very dynamic and harmonious corps and extremely welldanced character-dances with the necessary accents in dancing---the sadlers wells stage of course was too small and the corps in giselle looked sometimes cramped around too much set-the giselles i saw seh-eun kim and sun-hee park were very lyrical- park a little more classical-with beautiful arms and of real spirit in act 2 and tenderness in their quiet interpretation-and both with very subtile bourres..i never would compare this co to kirov, with its 250 years tradition ( kirov corps you can only compare to itself)--you have to see it western eyes-pyrotechniques here and there are enjoyable, but in no way artistic---i see much hope in this young new co, to present classics on the base of taste and style and not like many other co on the base of technique +lack of style( including hyperextensions)--personality alone also is not enough--to project with the body becomes more and more a foreign language.
i wish universal ballet much luck and i'm very curious to see them progress---by the way they were very successful in usa in 1998 and this year.they will be in n.y. in august 2001 with bayadere and 32 shades.


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  RE: universal ballet-opinion DavidL 10-11-00 1
  RE: universal ballet-opinion J.H. 11-11-00 2
     RE: universal ballet-opinion Ann Williams 11-11-00 3
         RE: universal ballet-opinion Bruce Madmin 11-11-00 4
         RE: universal ballet-opinion Caz 13-11-00 5

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DavidL

10-11-00, 10:34 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: universal ballet-opinion"
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   The shift and Caps Locks keys are located in the bottom left hand corner of your keyboard.


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J.H.

11-11-00, 00:52 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: universal ballet-opinion"
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   Well done, you found the full-stop by the end. Sorry to join DavidL in a little gentle criticism, but your piece was very hard to read without capital letters and separate sentances, which was a shame given that your knowledge of ballet seemed comprehensive and erudite.


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Ann Williams

11-11-00, 10:54 AM (GMT)
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   I seem to recall from some earlier postings from Petra that she is not English (possibly Swiss or Dutch?) so criticism of this nature is unwarranted and unnecessary, particularly given the quality of her posting. And if we were to criticise errors of this nature, how about the spelling of certain contributors? One could be positively cruel here, David...


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Bruce Madmin

11-11-00, 11:13 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: universal ballet-opinion"
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   Thank you Ann - this site is a testement to the typo I'm afraid!

I do some absolute howlers at times, but after so many decades I guess I'm not really able to do so much about it. But I do try with my capitals and paragraphs of course!


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Caz

13-11-00, 01:53 AM (GMT)
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>criticism of this nature is
>unwarranted and unnecessary

...and rude.


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