HomeMagazineListingsUpdateLinksContexts

 


 Ballet.co Postings Pages

 Some Special Threads:
  GPDTalk about George Piper Dances ! NEW !
  NBTTalk about Northern Ballet Theatre
  SBTalk about Scottish Ballet
  ENBTalk about English National Ballet
  BRBTalk about Birmingham Royal Ballet
  TodaysLinks - worldwide daily dance links
  Ballet.co GetTogethers - meetings and drinks...

  Help on New Postings


Subject: "Munich: Manon with Vishneva/Bottaini" Archived thread - Read only
 
  Previous Topic | Next Topic
Printer-friendly copy     Email this topic to a friend    
Conferences What's Happening Topic #2299
Reading Topic #2299
Sonja G

26-11-01, 08:30 AM (GMT)
Click to EMail Sonja%20G Click to send private message to Sonja%20G Click to view user profileClick to add this user to your buddy list  
"Munich: Manon with Vishneva/Bottaini"
 
   Due to injury of one of Munich's principals, we saw an interesting cast last Saturday!
Diana Vishneva was brilliant - brilliant technique like Svetlana Zakharova who we saw earlier this year, but quite different. Her Manon was alive. She's a real beauty (and knows this) - well, sometimes I felt it was Vishneva dancing and flirting around, not Manon - but she was stunning. Her variation in Madame's etablissement was different from what I have seen before - not sure of what changes she made to the choreography (especially head, shoulders and movements of the arms - or if that is simply Kirov version), but it looked great. Only thing I missed was that she developped her character. I love the scene when Lescaut leads Monsieur GM into her bedroom first time and Manon discovers luxury. Well, this Manon did not seem too much overwhelmed by it, so she probably was used to it before?

Alen Bottaini is not the tallest of dancers, so I was worried about the pdd - but it was amazing how well he partnered her. Understandably, at first he seemed a bit nervous - but he got over that quite quickly. Middle of the first bedroom pdd they were a real pair, having fun on stage. Another scene I love is the second bedroom pdd when he tries to pack things and she keeps on distracting him, so finally he unwinds from her embrace, seeming to say: "Love, I have to pack this bag!" Final pdd did not touch me in a way that she was broken - but it was a great show. And his grief at the end was still moving.
It also paid off that he watched so closely the masterclass Sir Anthony Dowell gave to another Munich principal - I felt as if he had "soaked in" some comments. His variations were much more fluently than before, and for the first time, he really expressed feelings by the steps! Sometimes it were just little details - one I recall were the pirouettes after he murdered the gaoler: He used to finish them with arms in second position - nicely looking, but quite academic. On Saturday, arms were also to the side, but he opened his hands and looked to the ceiling, expressing: "Oh my God, how could this happen? What have I done?"

So - a very enjoyable evening - just a pity audience was a bit strange and gave them only one curtain call. After all, it was Saturday, so why on earth was everybody rushing off so quickly? They would have deserved a bit more!!


  Printer-friendly page | Top

  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Munich: Manon with Vishneva/Bottaini Viviane 26-11-01 1
     RE: Munich: Manon with Vishneva/Bottaini Sonja G 26-11-01 2
         RE: Munich: Manon with Vishneva/Bottaini Viviane 26-11-01 3

Conferences | Topics | Previous Topic | Next Topic
Viviane

26-11-01, 12:28 PM (GMT)
Click to EMail Viviane Click to send private message to Viviane Click to view user profileClick to add this user to your buddy list  
1. "RE: Munich: Manon with Vishneva/Bottaini"
In response to message #0
 
   Sonja, how I envy you !
Diana Vishneva with 'my'-most recent-'discovery' Alen Bottaini !
I saw Vishneva as Manon in the Kirov's visit to London this summer so I don't need much imagination to see them together in this beautiful ballet !
Hmm..I need to visit Munich again one day


  Printer-friendly page | Top
Sonja G

26-11-01, 01:28 PM (GMT)
Click to EMail Sonja%20G Click to send private message to Sonja%20G Click to view user profileClick to add this user to your buddy list  
2. "RE: Munich: Manon with Vishneva/Bottaini"
In response to message #1
 
   Hi Viviane,
how about Cranko's "Taming of the Shrew"? Casting ist still tba, but hopefully Alen will dance Petruccio for the first time! (At least that's what he said in October...) Check www.bayerisches-staatsballett.de from time to time...!
Kind regards
Sonja


  Printer-friendly page | Top
Viviane

26-11-01, 06:23 PM (GMT)
Click to EMail Viviane Click to send private message to Viviane Click to view user profileClick to add this user to your buddy list  
3. "RE: Munich: Manon with Vishneva/Bottaini"
In response to message #2
 
   Sonja,
Please don't challenge me !


  Printer-friendly page | Top

Conferences | Topics | Previous Topic | Next Topic

 
Questions or problems regarding this bulletin board should be directed to Bruce Marriott