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26-02-01, 01:08 PM (GMT)
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"Kobborg on "La Fille... ?"
   Has anyone attended last Saturday (24th Feb)'s "La Fille" ? I would like to know whether Kobborg danced Colas or not after all. If he has, I will definitely go to see next Monday's performance !

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  RE: Kobborg on "La Fille... ? timpow 26-02-01 1
     RE: Kobborg on "La Fille... ? Romi 27-02-01 2
         RE: Kobborg on "La Fille... ? timpow 27-02-01 3
             RE: Kobborg on "La Fille... ? norns 28-02-01 4
                 RE: Kobborg on "La Fille... ? Sonja 28-02-01 5
                 RE: 5th March performance alison 07-03-01 6

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26-02-01, 01:57 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Kobborg on "La Fille... ?"
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   Kobborg did not dance on the 24th. however we did see quite excellent performances in all the character roles with a truly remarkable Alain from Giacomo Ciriaci.
It has been good to see how well the company have performed in Fille this season the right standard of perfomance from cockerels,hens,notaries and clerks as well as Widows and Alains.
The same cannot be said of some of the principals and it is interesting to note that Irek is way ahead of the current group as Colas.

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27-02-01, 02:07 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Kobborg on "La Fille... ?"
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   Thank you for the reply for my query. I have not decided yet if I would go to see next Monday's performance, though I'd love to see Giacomo's Alain as I have not seen him dance any such a big role (well, most noticeable one for me so far is Clara's B.F. in the Nutcracker). Before Kobborg was injured I was really looking forward to seeing him dance Colas... So I only saw Wildor/Stifeil performance of "La Fille" this season because I did not find any other Colas particularly appeal to me.
What did you find about Jane's Lise ?
Irek's Colas, though he is such a good performer, was not my cup of tea when I saw him with Miyako's Lise some years ago. Maybe I should give a try again... (By the way, the best ever Colas for me is Bruce Sansom)

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27-02-01, 03:18 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Kobborg on "La Fille... ?"
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Jane Burn was very quick and light in the pas de deux.

Irek is a very special artist but he is at the stage of his career where the younger dancers should be giving him a run for his money as Colas. We badly need Kobborg in this role as well as some home grown products.

For me the best Colas ever was David Blair still unmatched with Nicholas Johnson and Bruce Sansom rating very high.

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28-02-01, 02:08 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Kobborg on "La Fille... ?"
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   You should see Ciriaci - his Alain was so full of personality and poignancy,while being superbly danced with especially good footwork. He has such an expressive face- remember when he was at RBS, Merle Park loaned him to the Royal Opera to play Tadzio in Death in Venice,and he was very impressive.

Jane Burn really surprised me, because she was so confident, light and vivacious, with her customary splendid footwork. Her mime in Act III was excellent and got tremendous audience reaction. Persson also is wonderfully light and fleet of foot, partnered well especially in the last act pas de deux, and was very charming if a bit too white of teeth!

I thought Luke Heydon overplayed at the end of the clog dance, so lost his applause after bumping too deliberately into the proscenium! Otherwise he was very good.

it was a particularly reactive audience, who really enjoyed themselves - many had clearly never seen it before, and it makes one realise yet again how perfectly Fille is constructed.

Incidentally, did anyone else see the little girl who was brought on stage and sat with the corps watching the pas de deux and clog dance?? I guess she belongs to one of the dancers?

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28-02-01, 08:31 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Kobborg on "La Fille... ?"
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   I also noticed that little girl - for the first time! I also noticed David Pickering left the stage just before the pas de deux, and she was sitting next to him?!
This performance was great fun - fully agree with above post... I also thought Luke Heydon overacted a bit (I like him as a comedian - brilliant in "The Concert", but here a comedian, not Lise's mother), and a special compliment to London audience who dare enjoy themselves! (In Munich, this is quite different - in those rare opportunities when we get to see "La Fille", noone seems to dare to laugh, as one is "in the opera house"...)

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07-03-01, 01:17 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: 5th March performance"
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   I have to admit, I'd only bought a ticket for this in the hope that Johann Kobborg would be back dancing, as Jane Burn is not a particular favourite of mine, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the whole performance. Burn was bright and vivacious (but rather more lacking in the more melancholy aspects which Wildor brought to the role when she was locked in the house away from Colas), although not as good in the Cornfield pas de deux, which Wildor skimmed through with lightning-quick legs. Persson also came over better in this than anything I'd seen him in before - his legs looked a bit all over the place at a couple of points, but I'm wondering if this may not be the effect of the more vertical sightlines from the amphitheatre, as I've noticed it a number of times since the House reopened, but never before. (Has anyone else noticed this?) He could also do with turning the smile down a few watts, as other people have commented, but all in all I thought they made a delightful couple, convincingly besotted with each other. No major ribbon problems, either, which does help!

The corps and other supporting dancers seemed to be on better form as well - if they're not quite on song, the whole thing seems to go flat. (And on that point, have the RB dancers all gone shy about their singing voices? I could hardly hear them as they danced out of the house at the end). I second norns' comments on Ciriaci, and liked Philip Moseley as Widow Simone as well - he seemed better at bringing out the feminine side of the role than some others I've seen.

The audience loved it, fully enjoying the humour, and it sent me out of the theatre with a smile on my face, which the Wildor/Stiefel performance I saw previously signally failed to do (although, before we get back on the subject of attacks on Wildor, I should say that that was due to all-round performances, and not to anyone in particular).

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