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Ann Williams

27-04-01, 00:45 AM (GMT)
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"Bolshoi at Drury Lane 26/04"
 
   Just in from tonight's performance of the Bolshoi at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. I'm not going to review it - there were other Ballet-coers there as well as at least one professional critic - but I'm certainly going to comment.

The Bolshi has served up its mixed hors d'ouevre of a programme with enormous dash. Each piece was chosen carefully and danced outstandingly - all dancers, from the corps upwards were technically polished and confident and some of the principals were outstanding. Extracts from Swan Lake, Raymonda, Nutcracker, Flower Festival at Genzano, Giselle and Don Q were shown. If asked, I would have to say that the only piece which I felt did not work as an extract was the second act chunk from Giselle (offhand, I cannot think of a single piece from Giselle involving the two principals which would work taken out of context) but the exquisite Svetlana Lunkina partnered by Andrei Uvarov danced so beautifully that they made sense of what they had to do. My personal favourite - and a real revelation to me - was the extract from Bournonville's 'Flower Festival at Genzano', a pdd danced by Anastasia Goriacheva and Dmitry Gudanov. They were sensational. The small, fiendishly intricate steps were danced sweetly and fleetly by Goriacheva, and Gudanov tackled his role with easy elevation and clean and crisp footwork (he got the biggest cheer of the evening).

It was just a shame that there were acres of empty seats in front of me. The Bolshoi deserves full houses, and hopefully they will get them as the critics' reports appear, but meantime I urge all London-based Ballet-coers to go. We don't know how lucky we are!


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  RE: Bolshoi at Drury Lane 26/04 Terry 27-04-01 1
     RE: Bolshoi at Drury Lane 26/04 eugene merrett 27-04-01 2
     RE: Bolshoi at Drury Lane 26/04 Kevin Ng 28-04-01 3
         RE: Bolshoi at Drury Lane 26/04 Ann Williams 28-04-01 4
             RE: Bolshoi at Drury Lane 26/04 Jane S 28-04-01 5
  RE: Bolshoi at Drury Lane 26/04 Terry 29-04-01 6

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Terry

27-04-01, 07:37 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Bolshoi at Drury Lane 26/04"
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   Ann,
Thank you for the review! Did you happen to see Nina Kaptsova? I would love to hear about her, if you have any comments.


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eugene merrett

27-04-01, 10:24 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Bolshoi at Drury Lane 26/04"
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   I think RG is going to do very from this tour. No one could really expect a huge theatre to sell out with cut down ballet 4 weeks straight. But he has brought over a cut down orchestra and corp so his cost are very low. Besides the high yield stall seats were largely full. And if he keep up this level sales over 4 weeks he should do well.

I rather liked Drury Lane. It is what the ROH should be like - sightlines are excellent, more seats then the ROH (and you could squeeze in a few more by making the gap between rows smaller like at the ROH).

As for the performances - I thought the Swan Lake ACT 2 lacked any electricity. To be frank I thought the blank stare of the Russian corp to be very disconcerting (esp in the Cygnet dance).

But the diverstissements were a lot of fun and made the evening.


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Kevin Ng

28-04-01, 11:49 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Bolshoi at Drury Lane 26/04"
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   >Did
>you happen to see Nina
>Kaptsova? I would love to
>hear about her, if you
>have any comments.

Nina Kaptsova danced in the Nutcracker pas de deux (Vainonen version). I wasn't particularly impressed by her performance that night. My favourite items in the programme are Svetlana Lunkina and Andrei Uvarov in Giselle pas de deux, and the stylish performance of the Flower Festival pas de deux.



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Ann Williams

28-04-01, 12:33 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Bolshoi at Drury Lane 26/04"
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   Kevin/Terry
Actually I thought Nina Kaptsova's Sugar Plum variation was quite beautiful. Not to do her down, but this may have a lot to do with that particular piece of music. It is just magic. Somewhere in my very early childhood I must have been taken to see a 'Nutcracker' and that music lodged itself in my brain and in my heart (and possibly in my soul too).

I do love that Vasily Vainonen Nutcracker choreography. I've got about three 'Nuts' on video, but I find it is the Kirov's Vainonen version that I watch for preference, despite the almost impoverished simplicity of sets and costumes.


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Jane S

28-04-01, 03:49 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Bolshoi at Drury Lane 26/04"
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   I loved Kaptsova - but then I was expecting to, having such happy memories of her from the last time the Bolshoi was here. She seems to be a demi-caractere dancer rather than a classical ballerina, so maybe Nutcracker isn't her perfect role - but she has the secret of looking as if she's having a wonderful time and conveys that happiness to the audience - well, to me at least! I find myself smiling with pleasure as I watch her.


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Terry

29-04-01, 08:54 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Bolshoi at Drury Lane 26/04"
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   Thank you for all the comments! It's good to hear that many were pleased to see the performance despite the lack on enthusiasm from the critics.I've actually only seen Nina Kaptsova once, so I really don't have a balanced perception about her, but I thought she was an excellent "Cupid" in Don Quixote. Lunkina seems like she has matured a lot, and Goriacheva must be an upcoming new star. She will be guesting with the National Theater of Tokyo to dance the principal role in Raymonda.


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