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alison

22-03-01, 01:08 PM (GMT)
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"Moscow City Ballet"
 
   Someone, I can't remember who, was asking recently if she should bother going to see MCB when they appeared locally, and since I've seen them in Woking this week I thought I'd add my two-penny-worth.

I suppose the question is really, where are you based, are you likely to see anyone better locally, and how high are your standards?

Based on their Swan Lake production, I'd say that if you can get to see BRB, ENB or even St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre's production you'll get much better dancing and a better production. The orchestra (about 25?) started off pretty badly, although they got better (but not that much better) as the evening progressed. I wasn't particularly taken with the principals I saw, although there was a very nice dancer in the pas de trois, who I suspect may have been a principal on her "night off". The standard of the male dancing has improved since I last saw them maybe five years ago (pretty abysmal then), but still lags behind the females. I thought some of the publicity claimed that it was a company of 65 or so, but now suspect that may include the orchestra as well. Oddly enough, for Russian-trained dancers I found quite a lot of them unusually stiff and lacking in the grand manner for a classical ballet such as Swan Lake.

(Oh, and as far as the production goes, it has the most intrusive and irritating Jester I've ever seen. I wondered why the Queen didn't give Siegfried a crossbow for his birthday as in most productions - she obviously didn't want him up on a murder charge!)

You'll appreciate from the above that I didn't particularly enjoy it, although that doesn't necessary mean that you won't. Just don't expect as high standards as in some other companies. Oh, and if you're equidistant between performances of MCB's and St.PBT's Swan Lakes, I'd recommend the latter.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Moscow City Ballet Ann Welsh 22-03-01 1
     RE: Moscow City Ballet alison 23-03-01 2
         RE: Moscow City Ballet Tomoko.A 24-03-01 3
             RE: Moscow City Ballet alison 26-03-01 4
                 RE: Moscow City Ballet Tony Newcombe 26-03-01 5
         RE: Moscow City Ballet Ann Welsh 03-04-01 6
             RE: Moscow City Ballet alison 05-04-01 7
                 RE: Moscow City Ballet Becca 10-04-01 8
                     RE: Moscow City Ballet Ann Welsh 11-04-01 9
                         RE: Moscow City Ballet Becca 22-04-01 10
                             RE: Moscow City Ballet Ann Welsh 23-04-01 11

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Ann Welsh

22-03-01, 06:20 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Moscow City Ballet"
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   Yes, that was me. Oh dear, I've booked now for Don Q. Will report later -


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alison

23-03-01, 12:44 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Moscow City Ballet"
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   Yes, do. Mind you, Don Q may be better. And, in all fairness, most of the audience apart from me and the lady sitting next to me seemed to be enjoying it.


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Tomoko.A

24-03-01, 10:00 PM (GMT)
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   But surely it can't be as bad as Vienna Festival Ballet !


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alison

26-03-01, 12:53 PM (GMT)
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   Could *anything*?!


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Tony Newcombe

26-03-01, 01:59 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Moscow City Ballet"
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   Never! I saw them do Swan Lake once in Bristol. A cast of about six I think!


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Ann Welsh

03-04-01, 11:03 PM (GMT)
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   Well I've just got back from their performance of Don Q in Newcastle and I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. The orchestra seemed to be on top of it (a bit strong on the brass, perhaps) and the principals (particularly Basilio) were pretty good. To their credit they bravely performed on what must be one of the noisiest stages for dance in Britain - the corps (and indeed all the female principals/soloists) sounded like elephants (unless Russian dancers have concrete in their pointes). But they pulled it off, and the audience appreciated it. Having just seen BRB's delightful Fille at Sunderland a couple of week ago, you can't help but compare. There simply wasn't that lightness of touch you get to expect from English ballet companies. And I just HATE the way Russian dancers milk the audience for applause after each solo/pdd.

I know I keep banging on about this, but I am always amazed at at what makes a ballet audience. Behind me were 5 guys, in age ranging from 35 to 65, who obviously worked together. Where did they come from, what made them want to see ballet? Who sent them? But, bless them, they loved it.


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alison

05-04-01, 05:38 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Moscow City Ballet"
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   Yes, a friend of mine saw Don Q twice last week in Oxford and enjoyed it. Perhaps I was just unlucky with the production/cast.


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Becca

10-04-01, 07:52 PM (GMT)
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   Did you see the Tuesday night Don Q at Newcastle? I was there and I thought there must have been something wrong with the acoustics. I agree with you about milking the audience for applause - I'd run out by the end. I also saw Fille at Sunderland (Vallo and Pobereznic, Friday night) and yes, one certainly can't help comparing, especially as the BRB performance wasn't broken up by applause. I thought the tempo for the Don Q Wedding Pas de Deux was rather odd, too.


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Ann Welsh

11-04-01, 07:43 PM (GMT)
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   Yes, I saw Don Q at Newcastle. I went expecting the worst, and actually was planning to leave at the interval if it was going to be embarrassing, so was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't all that bad. But I'm far more attracted to the 'English' style. I saw Parker and Walters in Fille at Sunderland on the Thursday night and they were delicious.
Becca: Do I detect a fellow northerner here?


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Becca

22-04-01, 04:24 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Moscow City Ballet"
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   Sorry to bump this up to the top when it is most probably irellevant by now. Yes, I am a northerner - born and bred, as they say!!! May I ask where exactly are you situated?


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Ann Welsh

23-04-01, 06:15 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Moscow City Ballet"
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   Tyne Valley. Handy for Newcastle and Sunderland (and Hexham for little visiting companies), also Edinburgh & Glasgow and I have been known to take the odd trip to London before the Railtrack debacle


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