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eugene merrett

09-11-01, 02:57 PM (GMT)
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"Critics too harsh on Don Q (nov 8 performance)"
 
   I think the critics were a bit unfair on Don Q. It has some problems - specifically the tempi is far too slow and this takes away some of the fizz in the first act. Also with the stage being almost bereft of people one would think that all the action took place during the siesta period! But the sets and costumes were ok (except the crappy windmill!).

Certainly on Nov 9 I saw some fabulous dancing esp from Kobberg, Nunez, Cojacaru and Yanowski. But I was dissappointed with Rojo. She seems to act more like Lise in La Fille then Kitri. Moreover some of her dancing lacked real fire. But she did a wonderfull pdd. The corp de ballet was excellent- perhaps the few more rehearsal.

I would like to see Nunez in the main role!


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Critics too harsh on Don Q (nov 8 performance) helena 09-11-01 1
  RE: Critics too harsh on Don Q (nov 8 performance) Viviane 09-11-01 2
  Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee alison 10-11-01 3
     RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee Viviane 10-11-01 4
     RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee Tim Powell 10-11-01 5
     RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee J 10-11-01 6
         RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee Ann Welsh 10-11-01 7
         RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee Ann Welsh 10-11-01 8
     RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee Jane S 11-11-01 9
         RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee sylvia 11-11-01 10
             RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee Wendy Glavis 11-11-01 11
                 RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee Helen 11-11-01 13
             RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee Wendy Glavis 11-11-01 12
  RE: Critics too harsh on Don Q (nov 8 performance) Shirley 11-11-01 14
     RE: Critics too harsh on Don Q (nov 8 performance) sylvia 11-11-01 15

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helena

09-11-01, 03:08 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Critics too harsh on Don Q (nov 8 performance)"
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   i saw the nov 5th performance and although i was not impressed with the overall production, i felt that that dancing was wonderfull. To see such good dancers in all the soloist roles was a real treat. Although Rojo was technically perfect and gave a good performance, i felt her characterization was a little lacking. for me the real star of the show was Cojocaru ive only seen her ance in a rehersal for gissele last year before she was made a principle and she blew me away then, now in her short solo i also thought she was outstanding. i had booked erealy for onegin blindly and was unsure when i found out she was cast the day i was goung to see it beacuse of all the talk that she was not right, but now ive seen how well shea dapts im really looking forward to it!


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Viviane

09-11-01, 05:26 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Critics too harsh on Don Q (nov 8 performance)"
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   > Also with the stage
>being almost bereft of people
>one would think that all
>the action took place during
>the siesta period!

At last someone who can make a very 'visual' description


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alison

10-11-01, 04:20 PM (GMT)
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3. "Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee"
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   Well, this is the first time I've seen the RB in this, so I can't comment on quality, but I thought they looked fairly well settled into the production (glad I left it so late, though). Yanowsky outshone virtually everyone on stage as the Street Dancer, not matched by Martin Harvey's Espada (does anyone remember whether, in the Baryshnikov production, anyone below principal level ever danced it?). Corella and Cojocaru both extremely good, and possibly the best final-act pas de deux I've seen in a full-length production (and close to rivalling Yoshida/Kumakawa at Sadler's WElls) - the audience absolutely roared their approval afterwards, and it was thoroughly deserved. Alina looked slightly taken aback by the strength of the reception at the curtain call. I believe they're dancing again on the 14th - if you want to go, try and get a ticket NOW - availability is limited! But there were a number of problems with props this afternoon - some of the knives supposed to be stuck into the floor during the Street DAncer's dance fell over, and did someone put butter on the handle of Gillian Revie's fan?She dropped it twice that I saw.


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Viviane

10-11-01, 05:16 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee"
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   What a surprise ! an 'instant' review
Thanks Alison for telling something about the performance by this so-promising cast.


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Tim Powell

10-11-01, 07:19 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee"
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   Like Alison this afternoon was my first viewing of this production and I am much in accord with her comments. I would not want to go into a best ever judgement but I have seen some superb perfomances over the years particularly from the Russians and I have to say that this couple are right up with the best.I thought they went well together and seemed to enjoy the partnership,it would be good to see them paired in other roles. It is interesting to recall that there those who doubted Dowell's judgement in promoting her so quickly which was in fact done quite recently.
There was a mega bonus for me today to find a picture of the very wonderful Beriosova tucked into my programme.


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J

10-11-01, 07:58 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee"
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   Also my first sighting of a full-length Don Q.
Once over the first scene, which had me wondering whether I would enjoy the afternoon, I was totally captured by the production.

The two principals were SO magnificent and seemed to be completely in tune with each other.

A wonderful afternoon which left me buzzing.


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Ann Welsh

10-11-01, 10:27 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee"
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   J, we seem to have some cross-posting here- see Sylvia's posting - (Bruce can you help?) and, like you, I did have some reservations in the first Act, but after that everything went from strength to strength. Well worth my long-distance trip.


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Ann Welsh

10-11-01, 10:31 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee"
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   J, yes I agree, and I've posted in response to Sylvia's message. At the first Act I did wonder if my long distance trip was going to be worth while, but from then on it just went from strength to strength. Well worth the 400 mile round trip and I'm still on a high in spite of a long and wearisome train journey home.


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Jane S

11-11-01, 11:44 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee"
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>Martin Harvey's Espada (does anyone remember
>whether, in the Baryshnikov production,
>anyone below principal level ever
>danced it?).

Yes - the second cast was Adam Cooper, only a soloist at the time


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sylvia

11-11-01, 01:27 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee"
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   Whoops...hadn't realised there were postings here too. Did Inaki Urlezaga ever dance the role of Espada? - seem to remember a posting about it somewhere...and where is he for that matter? It doesn't look like he has anything to do until Nutcracker.


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Wendy Glavis

11-11-01, 04:48 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee"
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   After all the criticism we've heard, it was great to see that so many people (here and on another thread) enjoyed yesterday's DQ matinee. I loved it, too. Alina and Corella did a super job and really set the audience alight. I, too, had tears in my eyes at the end.

However, I also enjoyed the other three performances (and one dress rehearsal) I saw, each one interesting in a different way. It was fascinating to watch Alina gain in confidence (though I also liked her touching partnership with Ivan Putrov, a very promising dancer). The Nunez/Acosta pairing was also great fun; Carlos was amazing and Nunez really seized her chance and ran with it! (And I understand that later performances were even better!) While Jonathan Cope and Miyako Yoshida were beautiful and inspiring and powerful and funny. (I haven't had the chance to watch Rojo and Kobborg, so can't comment on them.)

In fact, I wish I'd been able to see ALL the performances. Think I quite like this production, after all. I can't comment on other aspects of the production, however, as I only look at scenery and costumes when I'm bored because there's no dancing.

Alison mentioned the knives. Yes, those knives were a menace in every performance I watched, because they kept falling over - or looking as though they were about to - sometimes even after the Street Dancer had begun to dance. I noticed that the girls were keeping a VERY close eye on them.


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Helen

11-11-01, 05:03 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee"
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   I put my opinions on Sylvia's Don Q 10/11 thread as well - I thought it was taking over from this thread, but it doesn't seem to have done. I'm not doing it all over again!


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Wendy Glavis

11-11-01, 04:55 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Cojocaru/Corella 10.11.01 matinee"
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   LAST EDITED ON 11-11-01 AT 05:26 PM (GMT)

Aaaghh!! I've double-posted. Sorry!


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Shirley

11-11-01, 05:56 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Critics too harsh on Don Q (nov 8 performance)"
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   >I think the critics were a
>bit unfair on Don Q.

I actually thought some of the original reviews were a bit generous! The first night was dire in comparison to every other show and the last few I attended could have been danced by a comletely different company as they were 100 times better.


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sylvia

11-11-01, 08:21 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Critics too harsh on Don Q (nov 8 performance)"
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   I can't hide that the critics didn't sway me. It could have been the novelty of Don Q at the rehearsal wearing off real quick but after reading all the criticisms all I could see on Rojo and Kobborg's night were flaws, flaws, flaws. But everything seemed magically better yesterday! Do you think the other dancers draw inspiration from the central couple? Or does their brilliance just make everything about the production seem so much brighter?


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