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meru

28-04-01, 11:13 PM (GMT)
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"Stravinsky Staged - 26th April"
 
   Did anyone watch Stravinsky Staged at ROH on 26th April?
In Agon Nunez was fantastic and Christina Arestis- who has not really been seen before was equally promising and brilliant.
Yohannes(do not know the spelling...or the surname)a new member from Holland was just out of the world! He just has the feet for the dancing career and he will definately go very far!
And can anyone tell me what are the two Russian girl and boy presenting at the end of Firebird? Stick and a box? What do they mean??


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  RE: Stravinsky Staged - 26th April Robert 30-04-01 1
  RE: Stravinsky Staged - 26th April Kevin Ng 30-04-01 2
  RE: Stravinsky Staged - 26th April Alymer 30-04-01 3

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Robert

30-04-01, 01:08 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Stravinsky Staged - 26th April"
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   I too was at The Stravinsky staged performance on 26th April. The Royal Ballet's Firebird is always good. I think Yoshida’s Firebird is lovely and Jonathan Cope is impressive. The entire cast danced well and with such an excellent and exciting score, wonderful sets and costumes, it is difficult to go wrong.

I am afraid I am not able to discuss Agon seriously, as I am not very moved by it. The dancers did do very well with some difficult and complicated choreography. Christina Arestis was the only female dancer with anything approaching the right figure for Balanchine and she was very much appreciated by the audience for some fine dancing. I am not sure who The Johannes from Holland you mention is. Johannes Stepanec is from Austria and Johan Persson is Swedish, both were impressive. The costumes make the girls look like a synchronised swimming team and unfortunately made them look short and podgy. I saw some of the Balanchine ballets in the 50’s and thought them cold and abstract then, even with his tall leggy dancers. Nowadays people appear to like them more but I am afraid I still find them complicated but boring. (I might get drummed out of Balletco or censored for such sacrilege!) The other problem is I do not like the Agon music.

Les Noces was fascinating. Four pianos four singers choir percussion and amazing dance style. It was very interesting and very well done. Like The Rite of Spring this was an important moment in the history of Modern Art not just ballet,in this century, and we are lucky to be able to see it relived. It is noisy and at times repetitive but it is always fascinating and still very modern. Two good shows in an evening and excellent dancing from some lesser known RB dancers is a pretty good night out.


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Kevin Ng

30-04-01, 12:06 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Stravinsky Staged - 26th April"
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   >Did anyone watch Stravinsky Staged at
>ROH on 26th April?
>In Agon Nunez was fantastic and
>Christina Arestis

I was there on Saturday night, and I do prefer this second pas de deux couple of Agon to the first cast. Johannes Stepanek and Christina Arestis were wonderful in the pas de deux. However Jaimie Tapper was more incisive than Nunez in the second pas de trois. I think that both casts danced this Balanchine masterpiece extremely well.


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Alymer

30-04-01, 03:23 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Stravinsky Staged - 26th April"
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> And can anyone tell me
>what are the two Russian
>girl and boy presenting at
>the end of Firebird? Stick
>and a box? What do
>they mean??

The boy presents Ivan Tsarevitch with a sceptre - the symbol of his royal power. The girl is carrying a loaf of bread and a box of salt. Bread and salt are a traditional gift of welcome.


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