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Tomoko.A

20-01-01, 04:00 PM (GMT)
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"Alessandra Ferri"
 
   I recently watched the video of Romeo & Jiliet with Ferri again. To me, Ferri is a perfect Juliet and every time I watch this video, I think it's hard to find better Jiliets than her although I've never seen her live performance. I believe she left the RB in 1985 to join the ABT. I know she excelled in MacMillan's ballets. She dances all over the world aoart from in this country and it is unlikely she will dance with the RB again. I feel I missed something really great as I was not in England when she was dancing with the RB. Was she really sensational ? I'm sure a lot of ballet co readers have seen her in Covent Garden. I would be pleased if anyone can tell me about her performances that time.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Alessandra Ferri Viviane 22-01-01 1
     RE: Alessandra Ferri Kate R 22-01-01 2
         RE: Alessandra Ferri Tomoko.A 22-01-01 3
             RE: Alessandra Ferri Kate R 23-01-01 4
                 Oops Kate R 23-01-01 5
                     RE: Oops Anneliese 23-01-01 6
         RE: Alessandra Ferri alison 25-01-01 9
     RE: Alessandra Ferri Mutlu 23-01-01 7
         RE: Alessandra Ferri Viviane 23-01-01 8

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Viviane

22-01-01, 06:23 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Alessandra Ferri"
In response to message #0
 
   I'm still waiting for a vivid reply on this posting !?
There must be lots of people who have seen Alessandra Ferri, and even more outside Covent Garden !

I have seen Ferri in Giselle, some 8 (maybe 10!?) years ago in Italy.
At that time I had only seen the Giselle-ballet twice and I wasn't that impressed....until I saw Alessandra Ferri in a most wonderful, dedicated and passionated performance. I think I have never seen a better Giselle, although I love also Pietragalla in this role.
But Ferri just made me love Giselle !!!!!!!

If England fails (?) ....hello Italy !? May we ask for a reply ? As you already noticed, I am not a ballet-connoisseur, so there are people who can post a more worthwhile answer ! Please ?


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Kate R

22-01-01, 07:10 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Alessandra Ferri"
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   I saw Ferri last year in R&J with ABT. I do not know how many Juliets I have seen but she was up there near the top.

As to who is the "perfect" "best" Juliet, that has to be down to personal preference at the end of the day.

I thought Ferri's performance was the most inteligent I have seen. Her attention to detail is imaculate. But I have to say I found Sarah Wildor, all those years ago when she only danced the role twice, the more moving. I think I started crying in the ballroom scene and did not stop.

Wildor's attention to detail is more naturalistic than Ferri. Ferri is almost too imaculate for me. She lacked Wildor's apparent spontaneity.

I hope that Wildor's Juliet's will be one of the highlights of this season and it is a crime that she has not been given the role these past seasons.


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Tomoko.A

22-01-01, 11:04 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Alessandra Ferri"
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   Great, as I'm going to see Sarah's Juliet this season ! (as well as Sylvie and Tamara Rojo) Do you think Ferri is similar to Viviana in R & J ? How about Ferri's Manon ? I'd love to see her Manon.


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Kate R

23-01-01, 07:57 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Alessandra Ferri"
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   Ferri's Juliet is different to Durante. Personaly I prefer the former but I know many other posers would disagree. As for Manon, I wish...


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Kate R

23-01-01, 07:58 AM (GMT)
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   That should have said "posters"....


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Anneliese

23-01-01, 04:24 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Oops"
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   >That should have said "posters"....

Well, it made me laugh anyway....

I hadn't seen Ferri since she left the RB till I watched this vid (about a month ago). Her performance was intense and moving and convincing (she looked VERY young!) but I find Viviana easier on the eye in many ways. However, I suspect that Ferri's may be the more "naked" performance (haven't seen Viv in R&J but her Giselle knocked me sideways). Other things that struck me about the vid - the quality of the male dancing. Extension, footwork, precision that is rare today. Wayne Eagling was technically very fine indeed - but I really missed Irek's fire in the role. The orchestra was DIRE.


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alison

25-01-01, 01:18 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Alessandra Ferri"
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   But I
>have to say I found
>Sarah Wildor, all those years
>ago when she only danced
>the role twice, the more
>moving. I think I
>started crying in the ballroom
>scene and did not stop.
>
Yes, I was very impressed with her as well. Only I wish she'd been partnered with somebody other than Jonathan Cope - they didn't match at all, physically or (particularly) in interpretation! Dire (and why I haven't booked to see her this time round, unfortunately). Oops, did someone say she was dancing with Zelensky as well?


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Mutlu

23-01-01, 07:18 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Alessandra Ferri"
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   Hi Vivane,
Here is a VIVID reply for you....

I first saw her in R&J in MET in 1995 w/ Julio Bocca-I think the two are one of the best partnerships around. The balcony pas de deux was really breath-taking.

Then I saw the couple in "Other Dances" by Jerome Robbins(again in MET in 1998). It was a dance originally created for Barysnikov & Makarova. Well, I must say, I did not regret I did not see the premier w/B&M. AF danced like she had no weight, lifted and moved her legs like they were feathers.

In 1998, I also saw "Merry Widow" & "Giselle" from the couple.
Merry Widow was more abt. acting than demanding dancing BUT they were as excellent in that, playing two old lovers falling in love again. It was one of the most romantic ballets I saw.

Their Giselle was beautiful and I was especially charmed by her acting in the mad scene. For me it is a scene many ballerinas over-act but not Alessandra.

Last June, I saw "Taming of the Shrew" from them.
It was a lot of acting and mimics but there were some demanding pas de deuxs as well. I simply cannot forget the one before Kate agrees to marry Petruchio. The two almost fight with each other, doing very unique lifts. I remember the audience had a good laugh in that pas de deux.

The only dance I saw Alessandra w/o Julio was Jean-Christoph Maillot's In Volo. I must say AF & JB have a very special and electrifying rapport on stage, sth. like Jayne & Chris on ice.
Still, even without him, she was a delight to watch.

By the way, this is neither England nor Italy !
I am writing from Turkey!!!!
Hope you enjoy it.....



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Viviane

23-01-01, 08:32 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Alessandra Ferri"
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   Mutlu,
YOU MADE MY DAY !
and...welcome Turkey !


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