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Sonja

04-10-01, 01:42 PM (GMT)
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"Munich: van Manen/Balanchine/Robbins/Forsythe 2.10.01"
 
   GROSSE FUGE / WHO CARES / IN THE NIGHT / SECOND DETAIL
Bayerisches Staatsballett, München

After a "bejwelled" weekend with the Kirov, Munich ballet scene has come "back to normal", with a mixed programme performed by Bavarian State Ballet - "topped" with a guest appearance of Paris Opera Ballet étoile Aurélie Dupont (replacing the injured Maria Eichwald).

The choice of ballets provided a very wide range of "modern" ballet - not like the new triple bills of Royal Ballet, for example, each of which is put under a general theme. What may sound strange at first - to me it worked as it gave an idea of the diversity of styles, and I found it quite amazing how well Munich dancers changed their style within one evening. They are not specialists in one style, so some may critic that they don't to anything perfectly - but it's the variety I appreciate, and I guess so do the dancers. Some notes on the individual ballets:

Grosse Fuge (Hans van Manen)
Kusha Alexi, Sherelle Charge, Silvia Confalonieri, Beate Vollack
Amilcar Moret, Christian Ianole, Oliver Wehe, Norbert Graf
This is one of van Manens better known ballets, and one of the most significant, I would say. Personally, it is not my favourite (I am not too keen on baroque music, I must admit), but it goes really well with the music. The dancers went for it - but who made those strange hair decorations that looked to me really odd? The whole ballet is in black and white, and I have never seen colourful (yellow, red, brown and black) hair accessories before...

Who Cares
Lisa-Maree Cullum, Laure Bridel-Picq, Michelle Nossiter
Alen Bottaini
I thought it quite courageous (or foolish?) to put on a Balanchine piece, only two days after the Kirov Ballet had performed "Jewels" - but maybe noone expected people to watch both?? I love this one, it's so entertaining - and Lisa-Maree Cullum is very quick, very much at home in his style. Alen Bottaini felt at ease, too - he looked as if everything was all easy and spontaneous, really boyish and having a great time flirting with his three ballerinas.

In the Night
Lisa-Maree Cullum - Roman Lazik
Kusha Alexi - Oliver Wehe
Aurélie Dupont- Kirill Melnikov
First time I saw this ballet - and although some people may call it old-fashioned, I loved it. It's so beautiful, set to beautiful Chopin music, no unnecessary extras, nice costumes - something to sit back and enjoy.
There was quite a long break between "Who cares" and this one - although it was not a proper interval, but Lisa-Maree Cullum had to change her hair and dress, so this was a bit unfortunate, I thought.
Aurélie Dupont replaced an injured dancer from Munich - I had only seen her in "Diana & Acteon" pdd in a gala before, plus on the "Sleeping Beauty" video, so I really don't know her. And she was really good! She and Kirill had a nice rapport - they looked as if they had danced a lot together! - and I enjoyed their acting very much! There were so many little details, such a variety, between passion, anger, despair - and after all, sort of "happy ending" - it was great entertainment.

The second detail
What a change, after "In the night". Fortunately, there was an interval in between the two ballets, otherwise this would have been a bit tough to cope with.
I am no particular fan of Forsythe, but this is the ballet I personally like best of those I know. Some call it "clinic", too cold, all the light grey costumes etc - but I prefer it as it is one of the few Forsythe ballets where one can actually see the dancers' movements. Many other of his ballets are so poorly lit that I can only guess a bit of the choreography, but here it is all bright and visible.
As for the music - generally I am no fan of electronic noises (basically, this is how it sounds to me) - but for some reason this one gets me going every time I hear it. And it seems to have this effect to the dancers as well. They really go for it - and the audience loved it. There was huge applause - a nice reward to our local company.


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  RE: Munich: van Manen/Balanchine/Robbins/Forsythe 2.10.01 Kevin Ng 05-10-01 1
     RE: Munich: van Manen/Balanchine/Robbins/Forsythe 2.10.01 Sonja 05-10-01 2
  RE: Munich: van Manen/Balanchine/Robbins/Forsythe 2.10.01 Viviane 05-10-01 3
     RE: Munich: van Manen/Balanchine/Robbins/Forsythe 2.10.01 Sonja 05-10-01 4
         RE: Munich: van Manen/Balanchine/Robbins/Forsythe 2.10.01 Viviane 05-10-01 5
             RE: Munich: van Manen/Balanchine/Robbins/Forsythe 2.10.01 Sonja G 05-10-01 6
                 RE: Munich: van Manen/Balanchine/Robbins/Forsythe 2.10.01 Viviane 05-10-01 7

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Kevin Ng

05-10-01, 03:53 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Munich: van Manen/Balanchine/Robbins/Forsythe 2.10.01"
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   Sonja, yours is a very interesting and thorough review. I do envy you seeing so much dance in the past week - this mixed bill as well as the Kirov's Jewels.

Does the Bavarian State Ballet tour much? I remember it toured New York in the early 1990s not long after Yelena Pankova and Kirill Melnikov joined as principals.


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Sonja

05-10-01, 07:24 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Munich: van Manen/Balanchine/Robbins/Forsythe 2.10.01"
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   kevin, BSB don't do much touring - mainly some short guest appearances within Europe... Last year they went to India, though, but I am not sure anything similar is planned for this year.
Details can be found on their homepage (partly also in English - finally!): www.bayerisches-staatsballett.de


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Viviane

05-10-01, 09:17 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Munich: van Manen/Balanchine/Robbins/Forsythe 2.10.01"
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   Sonja, thanks to share your ballet-delights with us.
I loved it to read something about Alen Bottaini !
I'm surprised to hear he was in a Balanchine-piece.
I saw him only once, this summer in Florence. He was a perfect and amazing Albrecht ! What a wonderful dancer !.
He is on my 'need to see again'-list
(wished my brother was stil living in Munich !)


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Sonja

05-10-01, 10:53 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Munich: van Manen/Balanchine/Robbins/Forsythe 2.10.01"
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   Viviane, glad to read your reply - Alen Bottaini is one of my favourites here in Munich, and here he does everything, from prince roles to Lescaut, from Balanchine to Mats Ek. If you make it to Munich, it would be nice to meet you - if you feel like, just send me an email: sonja.grether@gmx.de
By the way, who did he dance with in "Giselle"? And are there any reviews?


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Viviane

05-10-01, 11:24 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Munich: van Manen/Balanchine/Robbins/Forsythe 2.10.01"
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   Sonja !
How fine to hear Bottaini is one of your favourites in Munich !
I'm afraid I have no immediate plans to go to Munich...but it's tempting to see Alen Bottaini again
I promis to send you a 'warning' if I'm in the neighbourhood.
Well I was very impressed by him in 'Giselle', in fact it made my ballet-summer ! He was the guest-artist of Maggiodanza for their Boboli-performances.
I have tried to write something about it : http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/1956.html
I am a bit disappointed because I can't find a lot about him...seems to be some hidden treasure for many in the balletworld ?


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Sonja G

05-10-01, 12:40 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Munich: van Manen/Balanchine/Robbins/Forsythe 2.10.01"
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   Viviane, thanks for the link!
I had tried before to find a review as I knew Alen Bottaini would be guesting somewhere in "Giselle", but was not successful so far.
I am sorry I don't have any interesting links ready at this stage, but if you feel like, I would be happy to send you some photocopies with information.


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Viviane

05-10-01, 06:22 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Munich: van Manen/Balanchine/Robbins/Forsythe 2.10.01"
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   Sonja, this sounds wonderful !
I'll email you thanks.


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