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eugene

23-07-99, 11:34 AM (GMT)
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"Sparticus"
 
   I am sorry but I thought it was the worst thing I have seen for a very long time!

I cannot review it because I hardly know where to begin! Its all bad. Worst of all is the regimented choreography for the corp which is more reminiscent of Stalin then Sparticus. It has some of the ugliest pdd I have ever seen. The sets and costumes were terrible. The dancers always seem to where the same costumes ( in the case of the girls - not very much of it - sort of like BayWatch).

But ultimately it is the utter crudeness of the ballet that is so off puting. It is a blatent piece of Soviet propaganda.

I walked out after the 2nd Act.

After seeing Sparticus I felt that Grigorovitch (and his Kirov counterpart Vingradov) period of stewardardship of the respective companies should be struck off the formal record! This is a symbolic repudiation of their leadership - just as the Romans did to Nero after his reign! How appropriate!


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Sparticus Caz 23-07-99 1
     RE: Sparticus Eugene Merrett 23-07-99 2
         RE: Sparticus Jessica 25-07-99 3
  RE: Sparticus Caitlyn 26-07-99 4
     RE: Sparticus Jessica 26-07-99 5
  Spartacus/Baywatch Jim 31-07-99 6

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Caz

23-07-99, 12:42 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Sparticus"
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   Why are you sorry? No one expected you to like it, did they?


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Eugene Merrett

23-07-99, 01:22 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Sparticus"
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   Well after seeing Raymonda the night before I thought maybe Grigorovitch is not such a bad chap after all.

Unfortunetly after seeing Sparticus I have rapidly reverted to my old opinion of him!


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Jessica

25-07-99, 08:21 PM (GMT)
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   I really quite enjoyed it despite the Baywatch costumes (and even worse the body makeup - have they not heard of fake tan?).

I know it is crude in its symbolism but I think the Stone Flower, which admittedly I have only seen on video, is worse for the evil capitalist v. honest workers storyline. I seem to remember some scene with dancing dockworkers but I could be mistaken.

I enjoyed the performance as it is the first time I have seen the Bolshoi and their strength and stamina were very impressive. I thought Nadezhna Gracheva as Aegina was very impressive her dancing overcoming her tawdry costumes and the sometimes rather monotonous choreography (there aren't too many variations on the goose step and fascist salute).

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed it - the music in particular was wonderful. However, this was the first time I have seen either Spartacus or the Bolshoi.


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Caitlyn

26-07-99, 09:58 AM (GMT)
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   SpartAcus never has, and never will be, a 'great' ballet, but I have to admit I've always found it a good yarn. What with its enjoyable thumpy Russian music, not-too-mentally demanding choreography and relatively stirring storyline, I think it makes for wonderful entertainment,even if its artistic merit is debatable. Spartacus was one of my favourite ballets when I was little and I'm still rather sentimental about it. It is a kind of classic in its own right but I think you have to be prepared to enjoy it as it comes and leave specific standards and judgements at home. Given that Spartacus is a ballet which probably has more mass appeal than most,I'm inclined to feel that it should be admired for its popular success, rather than valued according to a very particular set of values and beliefs which, let's face it, are the values and beliefs of an very small section of the population!

Also, I think anyone interested in ballet should see Mukhamedov dancing Spartacus at least once! Think of it as an educational exercise in the appreciation of Mukhamedov's career!


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Jessica

26-07-99, 06:49 PM (GMT)
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   I agree about Mukhamedov -but I have to ask - Is that his own hair or a wig in the video?


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Jim

31-07-99, 10:58 AM (GMT)
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   >dancers always seem to where the same costumes >(in the case of the girls - not very much of it - > sort of like BayWatch).

That's not a problem is it? What's wrong with Baywatch costumes? I've never had any difficulty looking at them.


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