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Jane S

27-10-01, 01:13 PM (GMT)
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"Don Quixote - evening 26th October"
 
   Anyone who read the reviews of the opening night and then saw one of yesterday's performances must think the critics had lost their minds - but no: Tuesday was a dismal affair, on Friday it looked a different ballet, and possibly a different company too.

New casting in Friday evening's performance:

Kitri/Basilio - Cojocaru/Putrov
Don Q/Sancho Panza - Tuckett/Howells
Kitri's friends - Revie
Street Dancer - Yanowsky
Gypsy Boy - Meissner
Amour - Morera
Fandango - Rosato

Cojocaru was much the sparkiest of the 3 Kitris so far; Putrov did well but looked at the limit of technique and stamina - lots of time ahead for him to build on this though. Meissner got a round of applause during his solo - good for him! Only the matinee audience applauded the horse, though.

That's my last one for the time being - I look forward to reading others' comments on Yoshida/Cope!


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Don Quixote - evening 26th October Ann Welsh 27-10-01 1
     RE: Don Quixote - evening 26th October Shirley 27-10-01 2
         Don Quixote - 27th October Matinee Romi 27-10-01 3
             RE: Don Quixote - 27th October Matinee Helen B 28-10-01 4
                 RE: Don Quixote - 27th October Matinee Pete 28-10-01 6
             RE: Don Quixote - 27th October Matinee Tony Newcombe 28-10-01 5
  RE: Don Quixote - evening 26th October Fiona 28-10-01 7
     RE: Don Quixote - Afternoon 27th October Robert 28-10-01 8
         RE: Don Quixote - BBC 2 Newsnight Extra Brendan 31-10-01 9
             RE: Don Quixote - BBC 2 Newsnight Extra sylvia 31-10-01 10
                 RE: Don Quixote - Robert 02-11-01 11
                     RE: Don Quixote - lara 02-11-01 13
                         RE: Don Quixote - Helen 02-11-01 14
             RE: Don Quixote - BBC 2 Newsnight Extra jhanner 02-11-01 12

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Ann Welsh

27-10-01, 06:34 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Don Quixote - evening 26th October"
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   And what about Cojacaru and Corella?


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Shirley

27-10-01, 07:39 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Don Quixote - evening 26th October"
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   Jane you are so right!

Don Q looked like a completely different ballet last night and this afternoon from the first night. I was very impressed with the cast this afternoon. Jonathan made partnering look the the easiest job in the world and both he and Miyako looked as though they were having a great time.

This was the best overall performance I have seen so far.


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Romi

27-10-01, 10:16 PM (GMT)
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3. "Don Quixote - 27th October Matinee"
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   Shirley, I completely agree with you. Though Kobborg is my best favorite dancer at RB and he was not bad on Tuesday, Jonathan surpassed him this time around. Miyako too danced Kitri marvelously, no need to mention about her lightness and secured technique as she is well known for. Before the performance I was not sure about the paring of Miyako and Jonathan due to their height difference but it worked superbly. Every lifts and dives looked so easy (from the audience point) with maximum effect. Miyako and Jonathan obviously had a good time; they were communicating each other well and kept smiling through the performance. It was good to see Ortueta dancing again (she was Kitriís friend along with Yanowsky ĀEtool friends for tiny Miyako but looks balanced when they dance with Jonathan). Indeed a whole company performed much better than the opening night. It was very joyful afternoon.
Iím now looking forward to seeing Benjamin & Acosta and Cojocaru & Corella.


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Helen B

28-10-01, 00:11 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Don Quixote - 27th October Matinee"
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   Wow, I quite agree with all the comments about Jonathan & Miyako - this afternoon's performance was incredible. This is my first Don Quixote and I was completely mesmerised and astounded by the energy & technique of the cast.
As the wife of a ballet enthusiast I am not known for tripping the light fantastic when it comes to ballet (I'd rather be down the gym) but today's performance certainly took me a step closer to enthusiastic! I particularly noted Martin Harvey's performance and will be watching with renewed vigour in the future!!!! I have to confess however that I too have my favourites and the ever lovely Luke Heydon, Ben Gartside and Zenaida Yanowsky could only add to this afternoon's enjoyment.


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Pete

28-10-01, 00:20 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Don Quixote - 27th October Matinee"
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   As the husband of the wife of a ballet enthusiast....

What a pity the critics missed this afternoon's performance! Jonathan & Miyako were fantastic and the chemistry behind every inspirational partnership was glaringly evident. The response from the auditorium was the best so far. I too thought Martin Harvey was wonderful. Zenaida clearly evidenced her recent promotion to principal and Jamie Tapper gave a brilliant & committed performance as indeed she has done throughout this production -astounding!
Can it get any better??!!


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Tony Newcombe

28-10-01, 00:17 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Don Quixote - 27th October Matinee"
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   Absolutely. Cope is a magnificent partner. As for Yoshida she is still one the finest classical dancers around. A lot has been said about this production. I don't think it is all that wonderful. A large number of critics have stated that they did not like the previous ( Baryshnikov ) production but it did seem to have more choreography for the principals in the first act. It was a matinee again of course in that production, that Yoshida , partnered by Kumakawa, brought the house down. A few years later and she is still as good as ever in the role.


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Fiona

28-10-01, 05:05 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Don Quixote - evening 26th October"
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   I am still reeling from the wonderful performance yesterday mattinee, it was absolutely brilliant! Not having previously seen Don Q, I could not understand what the critics had been complaining about. Let's hope word get around about how good it is. I thought Cope and Yoshida were excellent, (his partnering must be among the best?) She was utterly delightful, full of fun and mischief, with spectacular dancing from both of them. Yanowsky has such personality and attack, and all the parts were well performed, the Corps deserving more applause at the end than they received. I can't wait to see it again!


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Robert

28-10-01, 06:14 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Don Quixote - Afternoon 27th October"
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   For medical reasons I had to swap my Friday 2nd November tickets for the Saturday Matinee 27th October, and was not really looking forward to Don Q. I thought it superb and reading the postings by others I now think I was very lucky. The whole company appeared to be happy and enthusiastic. Cope and Yoshida were obviously really enjoying the dancing. Yoshida is small and light and Cope is big and strong, both are technically impressive. As the afternoon wore on I felt that they sensed the support and enthusiasm of the audience and reacted accordingly. It was an afternoon to be remembered. One should mention all the other dancers as everyone did well particularly Yanowski and Luke Haydon.
A truly wonderful afternoon.


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Brendan

31-10-01, 07:39 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Don Quixote - BBC 2 Newsnight Extra"
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   Don Q was discussed by the panel on last Friday's Newsnight Extra. They were not impressed. The full programme can be found on this Realplayer link. The segment is 16'37" from the top, and lasts 6 minutes in all. It includes a short video clip and brief interview with Ross Stretton.

The following transcript, heavily abridged, gives a flavour. It is worth listening to in full.

Philip Hensher:
This is such a depressing statement of intent. This awful piece is so dreary. It's full of the most idiotic miming. It's just such an old-fashioned awful thing, with the most awful score. I can't believe that they couldn't find anything more exciting to start with. The orchestra just plainly couldn't be bothered, and I don't blame them. The designs could have been executed 50 years ago. This was one of the most depressing, boring evenings I could have imagined spending. It gives ballet a bad name. It is very difficult to see the cultural merit of this.

Natasha Walter:
I'm pretty much with Philip. Some of the dancing here is brilliant, but there's something sad about seeing all this technical training, this virtuosity, with no art really to spring it into life. In the end, it's very hard to take this kind of thing seriously, to see it as high culture. There is something pantomime about it, and then in comes the pantomime horse.

John Carey:
One thing that ballet can't do is narrative. Why should it? It is a ludicrous way to tell stories, by jumping around. Don Quixote is a narrative of lots of short stories joined together. That said, though I think it was a failure, at least this ballet was a little less objectionable than Don Quixote, which is my least favourite classic book. At least this was just sweetness, a nonsense.

Kirsty Wark:
Was there any emotion in it for you?

John Carey:
None whatsoever, nor any intellectual content. That's the trouble. Here's this glittering audience, paying a great deal for their seats, and the intellectual content is less than a first-class football match. Much the same skills are used, and this is thought to be high culture.

Philip Hensher:
I think it's the piece, not the genre. Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Nutcracker - those are grand, serious, intelligent pieces.

Kirsty Wark:
Why would you want to have Don Quixote in your repertoire?

Philip Hensher:
This is a famously demanding part for the dancers. It is a showpiece for dancers. No-one's going to listen to the music or look at the backdrop or discuss whether she meant it when she saidÖ You know, it's nonsense.



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sylvia

31-10-01, 08:39 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Don Quixote - BBC 2 Newsnight Extra"
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   I remember watching it on Friday night and thinking how hilarious it was. I was yelling at my tv at how they didn't know a thing about dance or what the **** they were talking about, but at the same time agreeing with them oh so completely.


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Robert

02-11-01, 04:45 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Don Quixote - "
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   The Critic of the Independent (J. Gilbert) compared Don Q. unfavourably with the Michael Clark show, she also suggested that those of us who enjoyed it were Dinner Jacketed Bolly Quaffing Conservatives. I am not sure if that was meant as an insult. I cannot think of anything to say about someone who prefers watching someone masturbating in front of his female cast, to Nuryevís slightly old fashioned ballet.
Incidentally I have not seen anyone in a dinner jacket at Covent Garden for some time, although they cost less to buy than the all leather trendy outfits so popular at Sadlerís Wells.


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lara

02-11-01, 05:15 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Don Quixote - "
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   >>Bolly Quaffing <<

??????


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Helen

02-11-01, 06:03 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Don Quixote - "
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   Bolly = Bollinger, a brand of champagne. Quaffing = rather old-fashioned word for drinking a lot.


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jhanner

02-11-01, 05:00 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Don Quixote - BBC 2 Newsnight Extra"
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   Sleeping beauty -grand yes but serious and intelligent??we're talking about a kids fairy story where a princess falls asleep for a 100 years and is awoken by a kiss.


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