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Michael`

12-04-01, 02:54 AM (GMT)
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"Giselle on April 11"
 
   Tonights Giselle, starring Tamara Rojo and Johann Kobborg was one of the greatest I have seen in 30 years of balletgoing. They simply lived their roles, danced superlatively, and were intensely moving. It was a privilege to be there.


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Jim

12-04-01, 02:53 PM (GMT)
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1. "Tamara's Giselle on April 11"
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   I agree with every word of this - it was one one of those truly amazing and magical performances that we see from time to time. The partnership excelled and the second act pdd was simply sublime. I was totally transported to a world of Wilis who had left their gravitational constraints somewhere backstage. I felt emotionally utterly exhausted at the end.

I want to make special mention of Berthe, Giselle's mother, danced by Sandra Conley. Her prophetic awareness of forthcoming doom was so convincing, and I have never seen a better mimed portrayal of the legend of the Wili's than this. There was a particular moment when Giselle was crowned Queen of the Vintage and you could feel her mother's delight at sharing her daughter's happiness of this, and yet also the dilemma of despair and anguish at Giselle's liaison with Albrecht. Obviously, it was the outstanding performances of Tamara and Johan that deservedly stole the show, but these were balanced and made complete by supporting performances like Sandra's, and for this I award her my 'man of the match'.

Oh, Michael, I can add another 10 to your 30


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Michael

13-04-01, 03:58 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Tamara's Giselle on April 11"
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   Jim - I should have mentioned Sandra Conley, who I agree was remarkable in the detail and intensity of her mime. She has always been of the best actresses in the company and is a very special artist. I thought her big mime scene about the Wilis was helped by the very sensitive conducting of Ovsianokov. Special mention too for Jane Burn, whose account of the Ashton variation in the pas de six was perfect.


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