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Subject: "Lilac Garden" Archived thread - Read only
 
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Jim

13-12-00, 09:45 PM (GMT)
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"Lilac Garden"
 
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Lilac Garden, Royal Ballet 12 December 2000

...the characters who have been seeking and avoiding each other, meeting and being torn apart in the moonlit garden, come together in a frozen group from which Caroline alone steps forward...

Caroline, about to enter into a marriage of convenience, tenders a farewell evening garden party to precede her wedding. Among the guests are the man she really loves and the woman who, unknown to her, is her fiancé's discarded mistress. Quick meetings and interrupted confidences culminate with Caroline leaving on the arm of her betrothed, never having satisfied her desperate longings for the final kiss.

The Royal Ballet's revival in 1968 of Antony Tudor's earlier production for Ballet Rambert was danced by Svetlana Beriosova and Donald MacLeary. It is reported that "sadly it failed to achieve the intensity necessary for its theme". So what, then, were Sylvie Guillem and Jonathan Cope to make of it? I have heard it said that this ballet is somehow "too English" to be suitable for Guillem. What rubbish! Sylvie Guillem can bring her individual interpretation to Tudor's choreography and Ernest Chausson's music as well as any one. And since when has the yearning to be with the one you want to be with, rather than the one you are expected to be with, failed to transcend any national or cultural boundaries? One definition of art is that it takes you beyond yourself, it makes you experience the feelings of others, and Sylvie Guillem does that most exquisitely.

Her attempts to snatch a few moments together with her true love are so sensitively portrayed, each little glance over the shoulder towards him so engorged with pathos. And finally, on the arm of her intended, she gestures a wave to each of the guests, saving the last for her lover, throwing one more glance back over her shoulder as she exits on the arm of her fiancé. I had to try hard to stop myself yelling out a stricken "WAAAAH!"

Guillem's artistry never fails to astonish me. No fireworks here - no whizzing fouettés, no leggy extensions, no breathtaking slow-motion developpés: it is sometimes what she is not doing that can convey so much feeling, such grace, subtelty, fluency, control and absolute command of the stage, the audience and even, one feels, the orchestra. I wish I could see it again.

Jim Fowler


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  RE: Lilac Garden snw380 14-12-00 1
     Ashton Jim 14-12-00 2
         RE: Ashton claires 14-12-00 3
             RE: Ashton Jim 14-12-00 4
                 RE: Ashton Michael 15-12-00 5
                     RE: Ashton smw380 15-12-00 6
                         RE: Ashton Jim 15-12-00 7
                 RE: Ashton Karen 17-12-00 8
                     RE: Ashton Helen 18-12-00 9

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snw380

14-12-00, 05:16 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Lilac Garden"
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   I love Lilac Garden. I love Ashton! I saw some wonderful performances of his ballets at ABT some years back, and was smitten. I wish his work was performed here more.

sarah


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Jim

14-12-00, 06:34 PM (GMT)
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2. "Ashton"
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   > I love Ashton!

Hi Sarah! Have you seen La fille mal gardée? I think that's my favourite Ashton ballet



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claires

14-12-00, 08:12 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Ashton"
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   >> I love Ashton!
>
>Hi Sarah! Have you seen La
>fille mal gardée
? I think
>that's my favourite Ashton ballet
>

I think it's my favourite too though with so many treasures it's hard to say! I'm so looking forward to seeing it again this winter. What does everyone think of the casts?I would have loved to have seen Angel Corella as Colas and Alina Cojocaru as Lise, but I'm really looking forward to Kobborg. And I missed HAtley last time so I can't wait to see her too. The RB video with Lesley Collier is well worth the investment.


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Jim

14-12-00, 08:57 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Ashton"
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   >What does everyone think of the casts?

Well, that seems like an invitation to boast a little! I saw the original cast of Nadia Nerina, David Blair, Stanley Holden, Alexander Grant and Leslie Edwards! I fear that allegations that this combination may never be surpassed may be true, but nevertheless there are some lovely productions to see. Lesley Collier was brilliant too!


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Michael

15-12-00, 02:34 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Ashton"
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   Guillem was so magnificent as Caroline and Marguerite this year, that I think that she has really ascended to even greater artistic heights;special thanks to Anthony Dowell for persuading her to dance them. I can' decide if she, or Asylmuratova, or Rojo, has been greater this year. We are so lucky.


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smw380

15-12-00, 03:41 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Ashton"
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   I just realized that I made this whole thread a big mess by posting Ashton when I believe I meant Tudor.

Sorry! I plead holiday-induced insanity!

sarah


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Jim

15-12-00, 08:14 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Ashton"
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   LAST EDITED ON 15-12-00 AT 08:15 AM (GMT)

>Sorry! I plead holiday-induced insanity!

It's OK, Sarah, you have to be mad to post round here


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Karen

17-12-00, 11:43 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Ashton"
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   I saw the original cast too! I was 18 and in England for the first time on a student cycling trip. I HAD to desert my companions and make a special pilgrimage to Covent Garden to see the performance. Since then, I have seen the ballet many, many times. I think my favourite Lise was Ann Jenner, who absolutely sparkled in the role. Not only did she dance it brilliantly, but her acting shone as well.


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Helen

18-12-00, 08:23 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Ashton"
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   Ann Jenner had such freshness and joie de vivre. She was by far my favourite Lise as well, although I saw the original cast. Doreen Wells was also delightful. In fact, I've never seen a bad Lise - it seems to be a role that brings out the best in everyone.

We seemed to have changed topic. Didn't this start out as a thread about Lilac Garden?


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