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sylvia

24-10-01, 01:19 AM (GMT)
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"Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01"
 
   Cinderella was the first ballet I ever saw in the UK. Same company, same stage, same production. I wasn't overly impressed 4 years ago, and I'm not sure I'm entirely impressed now.

What made it for me were Oaks and Edur. Oaks has lovely port de bras, gently stretching out each phrase and making the most of some rather repetitive choreography. She filled the role with warmth though I did think she was too sad, too wistful and maybe even too weak. It would have been nicer to root for a girl with a self-esteem. In any case, despair turned to joy as she was outfitted in a sparkling white tutu and entered the palace in a shower of glitter.

Edur's entrance reminded me of Aurora's at the ball - fast, bounding steps that say 'Here I am!' Unfortunately Thomas took a nasty spill right at the start and couldn't lose the flustered look throughout that first solo. Must be a slippery piece of choreography - didn't Robert Tewsley fall down the stairs at the same point in this production a while back? Anyway no problem, 2 entrechat-sixes and magic restored as he came foward to dance in solo number 2. Floaty jetes, light landings and spot-on pirouettes. I don't think anyone plays the longing and passionate prince as well as Thomas.

Of course the ballet really came alive for me with the central pdd in the ballroom, undoubtedly my highlight of the ballet. Oaks and Edur are absolutely luminous together and their dancing is filled with such onstage adoration. These two in classical roles are such perfection, I'm more than curious to see what they do in other works.

Takahashi and Klimentova were lovely to watch as the Spring and Summer fairies. Not too sure about Yat-Sen Chang whom I ordinarily love - his leafy vermillion Autumn costume made him look terribly strange and bulky. I really don't think this kind of choreography is him. Yosvani Ramos made an appropriately dashing Dancing Master, while Vladislav Bubnov and Cameron McMillan were energetic companions of the Prince. I'm keeping a close eye on these three. I'm a little uncertain about the Stepsisters. I've only seen splices of Ashton's version, and I think the comedy in using men in these roles works much better. Here, it wasn't really funny and it wasn't great dancing either, though by no fault of Simone Clarke and Sarah Mcllroy.

I'm not really a fan of Michael Corder's choreography. The choreography for the court was particularly unimaginative, and Act III dragged on. I've said before that I'm all for pointless divertissements but the prince dancing with 3 princesses, Spanish, Egyptian and Oriental in his dream looked like something from another ballet altogether.

Still, had a nice time. If I'm too gushing it's because I'm still glowing from meeting Oaks and Edur at the stage door (they're even more beautiful in person that they are on stage, and soooo nice!) Definitely worth trading in my Don Q tickets for. (Seeing Rojo and Kobborg next week instead!)


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01 alison 24-10-01 1
  RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01 Tomoko.A 24-10-01 2
     RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01 sylvia 24-10-01 3
         RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01 Jonathan 25-10-01 4
             RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01 Anneliese 30-10-01 5
  RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01 Caroline Clayton 30-10-01 6
  RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01 alison 09-11-01 7
     RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01 Robert 10-11-01 8
     RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01 alison 10-11-01 9
         RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01 Robert 13-11-01 10

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alison

24-10-01, 01:08 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01"
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   Glad you thought it was worth it, Sylvia! My view with regard to the Corder is that it's so much better than ENB's previous dull Stevenson one that I'm quite happy to watch it, although it's not as good as the Ashton. But I agree with you about the bit where the Prince is off round the world trying to find Cinderella - it can look a bit wishy-washy - needs a really dramatically convincing prince to make it work, and I think the time I saw Edur in it I wasn't convinced (or most of the other casts, for that matter).


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Tomoko.A

24-10-01, 11:18 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01"
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   Thanks Sylvia for your report. I'm going tomorrow night. Like Alison, I prefer Ashton's production ( In the Corder's production, I think the scene when the Prince goes to different countries to look for the owner of the shoe is too long.), but I'm looking forward to seeing it again. When I saw it for the first time a couple years ago in Southampton, the Cinderella was Tamara Rojo !


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sylvia

24-10-01, 11:50 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01"
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   Tomoko, I honestly don't have a clue who I saw in 1997 but I can't believe I missed Rojo in Southampton. For that matter I can't believe I missed Durante and Kumakawa in Nutcracker as well.

I'm hoping Oaks and Edur will dance in R+J next year as well. I found Nureyev's choreography so odd though - wonder what they'll make of it. Should've asked I guess - I was so excited at meeting them my mind just drew a complete blank. Does anyone ever go backstage anymore? It was just me and a little kid last night.


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Jonathan

25-10-01, 00:03 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01"
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   Whatever you think of Ben Stevenson's version (which I actually really liked), you have to give him credit for cutting Act III down to 20 minutes. All that stuff in the third act is there in the Prokofiev score, and so is arguably not the choreographer's fault - but it takes a brave one to take the surgeon's knife to it in the way that Stevenson did, and I think his version was all the more successful and enjoyable for it.


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Anneliese

30-10-01, 05:09 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01"
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   I've just asked 2 colleagues who were going to this production on respectively Friday and Saturday nights what they thought. They both said that the leading man fell! Is there some problem with this production?


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Caroline Clayton

30-10-01, 10:46 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01"
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>I did think she was
>too sad, too wistful and
>maybe even too weak. It
>would have been nicer to
>root for a girl with
>a self-esteem.

To be honest, that opening music is, to me, so gut-wrenchingly sad, that to have a heroine showing self-esteem doesn't seem quite right.....it has me in floods of tears every time.


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alison

09-11-01, 10:17 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01"
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   I saw Takahashi + Wikstrom in the leading roles recently. She danced it very prettily, and made a good impression, particularly since doing "good, innocent and vulnerable" is something she's very effective at. What I felt was missing was a bit more depth in characterisation. Not sure what to make of Wikstrom as yet (I missed the last act), so think I'll reserve judgement on that one until I've seen him in something more. But was the Dancing Master always as camp as Shi-Ning Liu made him?


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Robert

10-11-01, 12:26 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01"
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   I am going to see it in Oxford tonight. Although inconvenient to me I am pleased to report that is sold out for the mattinee in almost full for the evening, they do not get enough Arts Council funding to tour the country to critical aclaim and empty houses like some modern dance groups.


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alison

10-11-01, 04:23 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01"
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   Forgot to credit the orchestra under Anthony Twiner for a very good rendition of the score - the "midnight" section was really quite scary.


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Robert

13-11-01, 03:16 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Cinderella - Southampton 23/10/01"
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   Sylvia
Thank you for the helpful review. I saw Cinderella in Oxford on Saturday and find myself in agreement with you. The dancing especially by Edur and Oakes was very good, so I did enjoy it. The choreography got lost about halfway through, and the whole ballet appeared to be padded out. The capacity audience in Oxford loved it, and I was happy to see so many families with quite young children watching (and sleeping!). At the interval I spoke to a young lady (early twenties) who was visiting the ballet with her boyfriend for the first time. She loved it and asked for advice on what to see next? I have been turning over the answer I should have given ever since Saturday.


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