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Tomoko.A

11-03-01, 02:10 PM (GMT)
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"Cranko's Onegin"
 
   I'm glad to hear that the RB will do Cranko's Onegin next season. I've never seen this ballet before. I only know the story and that Cranko used different music by Tchaikovsky instead of his opera music. I was looking forward to seeing it with ENB a couple years ago, but it was cancelled. Does anyone know why ? How did the RB manage to get this ballet ? I remember Sylvie's quote in "Dance Now" that she wants to do this ballet, but the RB can't do it as it is ENB's repertoire.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Cranko's Onegin Jim 11-03-01 1
     RE: Cranko's Onegin Shirley 11-03-01 2
         RE: Cranko's Onegin Tomoko.A 11-03-01 3
             RE: Cranko's Onegin alison 12-03-01 4
                 RE: Cranko's Onegin Sonja 12-03-01 5
                     RE: Cranko's Onegin Tomoko.A 12-03-01 6
                         RE: Cranko's Onegin Sonja 12-03-01 8
                         RE: Cranko's Onegin Angela 12-03-01 9
                 RE: Cranko's Onegin Shirley 12-03-01 7

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Jim

11-03-01, 02:28 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Cranko's Onegin"
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   >I'm glad to hear that the
>RB will do Cranko's Onegin
>next season. I've never seen
>this ballet before.

Tomoko, that is wonderful - where did you discover the news? I have a video of this by Canadian Ballet Company. I wonder if it was Sylvie who influenced the decision? When is "next season"? I hope it's not during the summer when I am away!


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Shirley

11-03-01, 03:44 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Cranko's Onegin"
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   >>I'm glad to hear that the
>>RB will do Cranko's Onegin
>>next season. I've never seen
>>this ballet before.
>
>Tomoko, that is wonderful - where
>did you discover the news?
>I have a video of
>this by Canadian Ballet Company.
>I wonder if it was
>Sylvie who influenced the decision?
>When is "next season"? I
>hope it's not during the
>summer when I am away!
>
Next season is October I believe and I think I first heard it the news from Donald Macleary at a Ballet Association meeting last month! However speaking to one of the dancers recentlly they said that nothing of the coming season's rep had been confirmed. That was a few weeks ago so it may have changed now!


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Tomoko.A

11-03-01, 08:44 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Cranko's Onegin"
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   I got this info. in an article about Darcey's maternity leave a month ago. It was said she would be back on stage for Cranko's Onegin. It was mentioned in yesterday's Telegraph again. (The piece was actually about Darcey's "Hello" magazine deals when the baby is born and when she gets back on stage.) So, it should be quite accurate !? I'd love to see Sylvie and Tamara in Onegin.


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alison

12-03-01, 12:59 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Cranko's Onegin"
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   I was looking forward very much to Tamara in Onegin with ENB before it got cancelled, and even more so with the RB, where there are loads of women I think you could cast in the two main roles - I could probably come up with 4 different casts. However, what I'm worried about is the male side of it - I think they're very short on dancers who could do a really convincing Onegin and Lensky, and if not all 4 of the main roles are equally well taken the ballet doesn't work properly. Incidentally, I heard this as "fact" some time ago, but of course the programme for next year still hasn't been officially announced.


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Sonja

12-03-01, 01:35 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Cranko's Onegin"
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   I'm really curious if and who will perform this ballet in London! (I fell in love with it from the first time I saw it in Munich - and finally, the music is available on a double CD, for all those interested! Gorgeous Tchaikowsky - but better not to be listened to if you are already feeling sad... Every time I do so I end up crying...)
Alen Bottaini, one of Munich's principals (great actor, but rather short) said in an interview, he would not approach the role of Onegin as this role "requires a certain type of dancer with a certain look"... But in any case, it will be interesting to see RB dancers develop in it - it's such a masterpiece!


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Tomoko.A

12-03-01, 03:06 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Cranko's Onegin"
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   Sonja,could you please tell us more about the music. I heard Tchaikovsky's less known pieces are used for this ballet. What are they ? I'd like to purchase the CD you mentioned. Can you give me more details ? It looks like that The Bayerisches Staatsballett have interesting repertoires. I used to live in Geramny, but unfortunately far from Munich, so I never got around to see them.


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Sonja

12-03-01, 04:13 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Cranko's Onegin"
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   Tomoko, I have to check at home for the details of music and CD - then I will post them here. Let's hope "Onegin" will make it to RB!
I feel quite happy to live in Munich, that's true, as we have no resident choreographer and thus a wide repertoire. The standard in general, however, is not comparable with RB, regarding acting as well as dancing. However, we used to have an "Onegin" cast that made even New York critics go wild when Munich Ballet ("Bavarian State Ballet" as it is called officially) guested in New York, with Judith Turos as Tatjana and Kirill Melnikov as Onegin. I believe Kirill was the first Russian to dance this role and he is really good in it!


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Angela

12-03-01, 05:39 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Cranko's Onegin"
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   The music for Cranko's "Onegin" was arranged by the German composer Kurt-Heinz Stolze (1926-1970) especially for John Cranko. Stolze also arranged the Scarlatti music for Cranko's "Taming of the Shrew" later.

The music for the ballet "Onegin" does not use any music from the Tschaikovsky opera "Evgenij Onegin", but it is made up of less known symphonic pieces and piano music by Tschaikovsky. Stolze used several piano pieces from "The Seasons", for example for Lenski's solos; the mirror pas de deux in the second act is based on a theme from "Romeo and Juliet", and the final pas de deux is built on a theme from "Francesca da Rimini". There's a list of all major sources for "Onegin" in the Stuttgart recording of the ballet.

The Orchestra of the Stuttgart Opera House, home to the Stuttgart ballet, has recorded the whole music in 1999 (2 CDs on a label called "animato", conducted by James Tuggle), but the recording is really not very good. There's an old recording of almost the whole music, which I fear is not available on CD, by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Lanchberry, a much better recording: faster, more emotional, more "Russian".

As for the cast in London - I have always thought that Jonathan Cope would be a wonderful Onegin: tall, dark and noble. And you have Mukhamedov and Zelensky, so this could be quite exciting.


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Shirley

12-03-01, 03:07 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Cranko's Onegin"
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   > Incidentally, I heard this
>as "fact" some time ago,
>but of course the programme
>for next year still hasn't
>been officially announced.

I also heard it as a 'fact' some time ago but was then was informed more recently that as the budget had not been set there was no quarantee that it would go ahead!



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