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Subject: "This Afternoons Nutcracker." Archived thread - Read only
 
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Nikki

28-12-00, 05:35 PM (GMT)
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"This Afternoons Nutcracker."
 
   I dont know, but this afternoons matinee just left me thinking 'yes that was pretty' wishing i had instead waited for the night time preformance w/ Bussel and Bolle. Saski was just so short and lacking presence, and when he jumped I could hear thud thud thud, i was disappointed w/ his preformance. The Sugar plum farie played by Jamie Tapper was just annoying. Again it felt as if she was tap dancing on the stage, another thing that annoyed me was her teeth, they were just sticking out everythime she plastered on that irrating fake smile of hers. Again no stage presence, I wished Wildor would come out of the curtain to take her place. Im not all impressed w/ Miss Tapper, I prefer bad dancers to annoying ones.

Sir Peter Wrights stage setting was magical, all the elements for a wonderous preformance was there, except quality dancers. Bravo for Ashley Page he was a wonderful Drosselmeyer. The one bit of the preformance that captivated me was the Arabian dancing...just wonderful!, though i did find the bright neon pink trousers a tad bit distracting. I was impressed w/ Joshua Tuifua, and Kenta Kura. The Arabian women Chloe Davies was a delight to look at. The best preformer was Christopher Saunders! I ask again why is'nt he a principle? why why why!!!!!!??????
I shall start a Christopher Saunders petition to promote him to principle.

THe nutcracker prince was good, I loved how he looked w/ disdain upon clara! he was played by Justin Meissner.
Clara well, shes not annoying as Jamie Tapper but she is inflicted w/ a horrible smile. She is a good dancer, shame about the hairstyle it was a bit.....welll a bit flat.

Overall it was saved By christoper saunders for just being amazing and Ashly page for his macbre Drosselmeyer.
I know it was just a matinee preformance, but it makes me winch when Dancers like Saski and Tapper have prime roles, Im sure RB must have better talent than that? surley??


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: This Afternoons Nutcracker. Bruce Madmin 28-12-00 1
     RE: This Afternoons Nutcracker. Tony Newcombe 29-12-00 2
     RE: This Afternoons Nutcracker. Shirley 29-12-00 3
  RE: This Afternoons Nutcracker. Sonia 31-12-00 4
     RE: This Afternoons Nutcracker. Tony Newcombe 02-01-01 5
         RE: This Afternoons Nutcracker. Bruce Madmin 02-01-01 6
             RE: This Afternoons Nutcracker. Tony Newcombe 03-01-01 7
                 RE: This Afternoons Nutcracker. CINDY 03-01-01 8
                     Muriel Valtat Michael 04-01-01 9
                         RE: Muriel Valtat Tomoko.A 04-01-01 10
  Sat. matinee 6/1/01 alison 08-01-01 11

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Bruce Madmin

28-12-00, 06:22 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: This Afternoons Nutcracker."
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   This seems way too harsh on a matinee partnership performing for the first time. If you want to see Principals, go see Principals!

Both Sasaki and Tapper are well loved and often mentioned (try some searches) in dispatches. You don't have to like them of course, but doing the equivalent of a hard hatchet job is too horrid. It all seems incredibly judgemental and absolute. Alas I can't point to an absolutely perfect record of my own beautifully moderated thoughts but I don't think that needs to stop me pointing out the way it might better be.

All companies tend to use the Nut as a way of testing younger dancers and long may they do so. Thank goodness you liked the 'Arabian women' or there would have been serious trouble!

Alas I could not make the performance in the end so can't say more - were any of the regular posters there?


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Tony Newcombe

29-12-00, 01:22 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: This Afternoons Nutcracker."
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   Bruce,
I was at this performance and thought it was quite wonderful.
One landing by Sasaki was maybe a bit heavy. I put this down to nerves maybe. After all most of us know that he is a very good classical dancer, always ending in perfect position. Tapper was fine also. Her turns were tremendously fast. She is probably one of the best in the company when it comes to pirouettes.(This evening, they were both back on stage supporting the Rose Fairy) Nothing like the "Royal management" to bring you back down to earth is there?. The Arabian dance was beautiful. Bruce what were you doing missing Cloe?. She took her curtain call in the position she enters and leaves the stage. Yes, she was held high by Saunders while the audience cheered and cheered. Leana Palmer danced beautifuuly as Clara. She brings as sense of wonderment to the role. Cojacaru of course dances the role brilliantly from a technical point of view, but I have a soft spot for Leana and I think it is wonderful when she gets a chance in a big role. Big sister Vanessa was interesting this afternoon as well. She danced the small role of the dancing mistress. As the children were dancing one noticed her sharp eye on them. With stick in hand she seemed rather familiar! An honourable mention as well to Marianela Nunez as the Rose Fairy. And finally, I think I should mention the Corps. I have seen three performances so far and the Kingdom of Snow scene just gets better and better. The great beauty of the "Royal" as far as I am concerned is having the opportunity to see different dancers in the roles. Almost all of them succeed in giving us something different and quite valid in the roles they dance.


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Shirley

29-12-00, 01:25 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: This Afternoons Nutcracker."
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   >All companies tend to use the
>Nut as a way of
>testing younger dancers and long
>may they do so.

Quite agree - young dancers need a chance to perform in new roles and perhaps you shouldn't expect fireworks from them all on their debuts. Everyone takes time to grow into roles and I'm sure they all will.

Also there are only so many performances of The Nutcracker the principles want to do anyway!


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Sonia

31-12-00, 11:38 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: This Afternoons Nutcracker."
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   You should have been at Covent Garden 27th December matinee, you would have seen a beautiful performance of Nutcraker, you are wrong just to go for the principles, you will miss some wonderful dance, the performance with Valtat, Persson, Putrov and Cojacaru, with the rest of the perfomers, made for a wonderful afternoon of dance.
It is a great pity we do not see more of Valtat, a wonderfully lyrical dancer, with a warm personality,that comes across in her dance.
First soloists often are more pleasing to see dance, as when they get given a show, they give their all.


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Tony Newcombe

02-01-01, 05:12 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: This Afternoons Nutcracker."
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   Nice to read your comments about Muriel Valtat. I am looking forward to seeing her next week. She danced the Rose Fairy last week in the Wildor/Cope performance. She was the third Rose Fairy that I had seen this season and I thought she danced it beautifully. As you said she is a lyrical dancer who I feel is always very elegant on stage.


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Bruce Madmin

02-01-01, 06:32 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: This Afternoons Nutcracker."
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   >Nice to read your comments about
>Muriel Valtat.

From Paris too - but we don't hold that against her!!

I too like Muriel. Am I right in recalling an Aurora wih Trevitt?


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Tony Newcombe

03-01-01, 10:52 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: This Afternoons Nutcracker."
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   I saw her dance Aurora a couple of times and I am ashamed to admit that I cannot remember who her prince was. However I did see her only Swan Lake when she was partnered by Trevitt.


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CINDY

03-01-01, 06:58 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: This Afternoons Nutcracker."
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   Yes and why was she not given another Swan Lake, or a Giselle, she would make a perfect Giselle, wth her beatifull polished dancing, It seems as though Sir Dowell is just going for big names and the flashy dancer ,such as Yanowsky, before his retirement, he should be giving his girls, such as Hatley,Valtat,Benjamin and Burn, the classics, let them dance, they have been with him for a long time, and who can guess the kind of dancer Stratton will use, word has it he likes the baby ballerna, god forbid.
Sir Dowell if you read ballet pages take note this is what your regulars want to see, our girls and boys.


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Michael

04-01-01, 02:04 AM (GMT)
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9. "Muriel Valtat"
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   Dowell has infact been very loyal to Muriel. She has rejoined the company twice during his tenure - once after leaving for Scottish for a time, again after pregnancy. She was given Month in the Country early on, an exquisite performance, and I hope will be returning to it this year. Hatley has done many Auroras, Nutcrackers and is a charming Giselle - unfortunately last years long injury came at the wrong time, and maybe she will now never be a principal. If you look at the casting for April-June, Benjamin comes out best in the casting. I wonder what Bull is doing - presumably almost retiring from (classical Ballet?)dancing as she is cast for virtually nothing this year. It will be interesting to see what happens over Strettons first year - the turnover in Australian Ballet has been high, with a lot of young retirees.


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Tomoko.A

04-01-01, 09:12 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Muriel Valtat"
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   Bull has danced only 2 performances of Swan Lake this season and she is not scheduled to dance at all now. Is she retiring ? Or is she busy doing other jobs ? But she is yonger than Benjamin (I think). As for Benjamin, I don't know about her career well. She was a pincipal with SWRB and ENB and also worked in Germany. When did she join the RB ? Can anyone tell me a brief story about her career ? She dances almost all roles at the RB, but I don't know her background.


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alison

08-01-01, 01:11 PM (GMT)
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11. "Sat. matinee 6/1/01"
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   Well, I attended Saturday's matinee performance and thought Sasaki and Tapper were perfectly fine in the pas de deux (and the short bit at the beginning of the second act). In fact, I thought their adagio was very good. Perhaps you just got a bad day, or maybe it was debut nerves?


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