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Subject: "Don Quixote - 3/11/01" Archived thread - Read only
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03-11-01, 12:34 PM (GMT)
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"Don Quixote - 3/11/01"
   LAST EDITED ON 03-11-01 AT 12:42 PM (GMT)

It could have just been the view from my seat which was pretty terrible compared to the one I had to the rehearsal, but I found this performance rather lukewarm.

Rojo I feel didn't really catch fire as Kitri. I think my expectations may have been too high. She earned glowing reviews for Juliet and Giselle, she was astounding in the Don Q pdd in the mixed bill in August, and I just assumed this would be another natural and brilliant role for her. She is a wonderful dance actress for sure, coquettishly eyeing up her love Basilo, defiant at the prospect of an arranged marriage. After an initial slip onstage she snapped right back into character. And she was a technical marvel throughout her solos as Dulcinea. In the grande pdd she threw out quads from the start, snapping open her fan with each one.

I was so excited at hearing of the pairing of her with Kobborg when it was first announced but now I don't think they have much chemistry in this ballet. I did hear a few whispers that she generated more fireworks with Acosta.

I can't find any fault with Kobborg though. He's a brilliant dancer, his cabrioles and series of pirouettes bringing gasps from the audience in the final pdd. And he's just as wonderful actor, stealing confused and jealous glances as Kitri danced with Don Q. His 'mock death' scene - absolutely perfect. The expression on his face when he stabbed himself was hilarious.

Marianela Nunez made a wicked Street Dancer. Martin Harvey pulled off the Toreador with great panache. I don't think this is a particularly strong role though - not nearly as much for the man to do as I remember in Baryshnikov's version. Justin Meissner as the Gypsy Boy brought loud cheers.

Zenaida Yanowsky was fabulous as the Dryad Queen, while Cojocaru made a light and airy Armour. I have a weakness for glitter and tutus and the moment when the screen lifts to reveal the dancers boureeing in place is absolutely my favourite scene. And the sight of Rojo, Yanosky and Cojocaru threading bourees around each other is even better.

Now that the novelty of a new production has worn off, I can appreciate why critics find the production so dull. For me the Act I costumes in particular could use more colour. Kitri for example should stand out from all the other villagers, but her rose-red dress just blends her in right into the props. I also think Don Q slows down the action everytime he's on stage. His sequences are far too long and I still don't have a clue what's going on in the gypsy scene with the minature stage and those kids.

I enjoyed it tremendously the first time. Nureyev's choreography for the corps I found particularly interesting. But last night I was stifling yawns. One more performance to go with Cojocaru and Corella. This is the pairing I'm most looking forward to, but as for the ballet, I could really take it or leave it.

Final note, BBC cameras were everywhere last night for the broadcast in X-mas. I heard the camera people saying that some of the cameras should be moved back, that they'd do so 'next time'. I don't know if this means they'll film another Don Q or if it's for another ballet/opera altogether.

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  RE: Don Quixote - 2/11/01 sylvia 03-11-01 1
     RE: Don Quixote - 2/11/01 Bruce Madmin 03-11-01 3
  RE: Don Quixote - 2/11/01 Virginia 03-11-01 2
     RE: Don Quixote - 2/11/01 Lily 04-11-01 4
         RE: Don Quixote - 2/11/01 Anneliese 04-11-01 5
         RE: Don Quixote - 2/11/01 CV 06-11-01 6
             RE: Don Quixote - 2/11/01 Lily 06-11-01 7

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03-11-01, 12:42 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Don Quixote - 2/11/01"
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   It should be Don Q 2/11/01. I put today's date by accident but I can't seem to change the subject title. Can it be corrected Bruce?

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Bruce Madmin

03-11-01, 03:30 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Don Quixote - 2/11/01"
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   >It should be Don Q 2/11/01.
>I put today's date by
>accident but I can't seem
>to change the subject title.
>Can it be corrected Bruce?

Unfortunately not - one of the few things that can't be changed by the system as is. It's possible to delete (and post again), but thats no good for the message at the start of a thread because it takes all the responses with it. Anyway hopefully people will spot your correction.

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03-11-01, 03:11 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Don Quixote - 2/11/01"
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   >It could have just been the
>view from my seat which
>was pretty terrible compared to
>the one I had to
>the rehearsal, but I found
>this performance rather lukewarm.

I agree - I (and my companion) were very disappointed. Although Rojo seemed secure enough technically, apart from her early bump, I didn't find her performance interesting - when she first came on stage, I almost wondered if it could really be her, as she didn't seem to be generating much presence - and overall I found the ballet bemusing and ugly. The costumes seemed particularly hideous in shape and colour. I had no feel of it being set in Spain, and I didn't understand Don Quixote's role in the plot or his character at all (admittedly I didn't buy a programme but surely that shouldn't be essential to follow what's going on?) All that early sequence with Don Q and Sancho Panza I found boring and annoying to watch.

I liked Kobborg a lot, but didn't feel he and Rojo generated much spark, and there was certainly no tension about whether or not she would be able to marry him; it seemed obvious from the start that the opposition was feeble and that Kitri was in control - which made Don Q's part the more puzzling. And overall I felt very little joy in dancing coming from the stage - with the exception of the corps, at times, and definitely Justin Meissner. I did enjoy Yanowsky's dancing, but again in that act felt that some lovely choreography was being undermined by ugly costumes - Cojocaru probably had the worst one and, for me, failed to sparkle at all last night, unlike the previous times I've seen her. In general it seems not to be a very interesting ballet, nor one which shows the RB off in any positive way.

When I've watched Rojo dance before, I've thought she was excellent, which may be why last night was extra disappointing. I don't understand why Ross Stretton wanted to use this as his opening piece, and am now rather less excited about the tickets for Rojo & Cooper in Onegin.

And where is Sylvie Guillem?!


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04-11-01, 11:41 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Don Quixote - 2/11/01"
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   I went to yesterday's matinee (3/11/01)- and I found it a very glittery performance. The atmosphere was fantastic and it seemed after every solo there was a round of applause, which i hope the dancers found comforting! Although the performance was held up by 20 minutes - there was a problem in the stalls, no one seemed to mind. Alina just gets better and better- I had prejudged her to be a dancer who was unable to play a feisty little madam but she proved me wrong and was fab as was Ivan Putrov - who does look very young - he was practically flawless and his fake death was hilarious and the whole audience laughed loudly -

Is this ballet too like a panto? - with Dobbin the horse, it made me wonder. Nevertheless, it was a good antidote to the current world situation...

One last thing-some of the music reminded me of some that appeared in The Tales of Beatrix Potter - the first ballet I ever saw..I was under the impression that John Lanchberry had found some olde english music and used that.

Can anyone elighten me?

Thanks in advance

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04-11-01, 04:46 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Don Quixote - 2/11/01"
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   Lanchbery may be quite good at re-using things - and in this ballet there's certainly a precedent for re-use of other music - but I can't answer your question for certain. THe Beatrix Potter music was based on ideas taken from music hall and theatre music of the late 19th century IIRC. I think that the similarity you noticed is most likely to be down to the four-square (or three-triangle) rumtity tumtity nature of the music for both works.

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06-11-01, 09:43 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Don Quixote - 2/11/01"
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   You are right about Tales of Beatrix Potter. The following music from the 'Dream' of Don Quixote was used in Beatrix Potter (if slightly arranged):

2nd dance (polka) - Dance of the Pigs
Cupid's variation - Squirrel Nutkin's solo
Kitri's variation - Jemima Puddle Duck

Hope this answers your question!

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06-11-01, 01:31 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Don Quixote - 2/11/01"
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   It does - thanks so much!

I don't think you ever forget the first ballet music you hear! I haven't...

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