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Tomoko.A

17-10-01, 06:21 PM (GMT)
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"R. Nureyev's Don Quixote"
 
   Please tell me if I'm wrong. Prior to my next week's visit to Covent Garden, I watched my video of the Nureyev's Don Q and noticed that the act 2 is a little different from the ones I've seen although I never saw the RB's Baryshnikov version (but I have a video of the ABT's). Did Nureyev use the music from Bayadere for the pdd in act 2 ? I thought the music was the same for the pdd of Nikiya and Solor. Maybe I'm wrong. Sorry for my ignorance ! I personally prefer the Baryshnikov version, but I might change my mind when I see the Nureyev's live next week.


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  RE: R. Nureyev's Don Quixote Ted 18-10-01 1
     RE: R. Nureyev's Don Quixote Susy 18-10-01 2
         RE: R. Nureyev's Don Quixote Fuzzyface 18-10-01 3
             RE: R. Nureyev's Don Quixote alexandra 18-10-01 4
                 RE: R. Nureyev's Don Quixote eugene merrett 18-10-01 5
         RE: R. Nureyev's Don Quixote Tomoko.A 18-10-01 6
             RE: R. Nureyev's Don Quixote Tomoko.A 24-10-01 7
                 RE: R. Nureyev's Don Quixote Susy 24-10-01 8

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Ted

18-10-01, 05:38 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: R. Nureyev's Don Quixote"
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   I don't think so. Since the music for both ballets are by Minkus, there are similarities. I think the music of one of the variation in Scene 2 is the same one they used in some versions of Le Cosair ppd.


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Susy

18-10-01, 09:33 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: R. Nureyev's Don Quixote"
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   Yes Tomoko, in Nureyev's version the music for the romantic pdd in "Don Q" Act Two is from "La bayadère" Act One, first encounter between Solor and Nikiya.


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Fuzzyface

18-10-01, 09:45 AM (GMT)
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   ... and some of the choreography is very similar to the Bayadere pdd as well.


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alexandra

18-10-01, 12:00 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: R. Nureyev's Don Quixote"
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   Yes,Susie,you're right.


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eugene merrett

18-10-01, 01:07 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: R. Nureyev's Don Quixote"
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   In Petipa's days choreography and music is interchangeable. The Queen Dyrad variation is often used in the Corsaire Pas de deux at gala concerts(although niether the ABT or Kirov full Corsaire use it).

I like Baryshnikov's and Nureyev La corsaire very much. I did a review of the film version (go to HOME and look for video reviews) but I think the Kirov version is the best.


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Tomoko.A

18-10-01, 06:06 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: R. Nureyev's Don Quixote"
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   Thanks Susy and everyone for getting back to me ! I'm glad I wasn't mad ! But was this Nureyev's intention ?


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Tomoko.A

24-10-01, 01:25 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: R. Nureyev's Don Quixote"
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   I was in Covent Garden tonight. The romantic pdd with the "Bayadere" music was omitted, but I thought it was better without this part. What do other companies such as POB do ? Do they dance this pdd ? BTW I truely enjoyed this Don Q.


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Susy

24-10-01, 01:02 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: R. Nureyev's Don Quixote"
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   I've seen so many times Nureyev's Don Q, danced by POB, by La Scala Ballet and by Rome Opera Ballet. I know every change of atmosphere and mood that should be conveyed to each scene in order to appreciate the deep emotions which run under the lively surface of this Spanish fiesta. First of all I must say that the two main characters need not only a superb technique but also a developped acting. Kitri is the engine in the first act, with her wit, her jealousy, her flirting. But when she makes the choice to follow Basilio far from the village she's no longer cheeky. The first duet in the second act is the turning point in her love story: now Basilio is the leader and she's shy, until he makes her discover the tenderness and the lust. There is this beautiful choreography where the lines of arms and legs are enhanced by the twirling of Kitri's shawl. After the duet their relationship is no longer the same and this is more evident at their arrival at the tavern. There is a lot of hugging with their friends but no flirting, the mocking is Basilio's making and Kitri is just complying. So why suppress such an important part of the ballet?


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