Did anyone happen to see the RB's Nutcracker this afternoon? I'd be very interested to hear how Brian Maloney got on - his first big role, so far as I know. And has anyone seen Yanowsky as the Sugar Plum yet?
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I saw Yanowsky this evening with Urlezaga. They danced together very well. The shoulder jumps were perfect but as at the dress rehearsal he did not throw her onto his shoulder near the end of the pas de deux. Whether his shoulder is still giving him some difficulty I don't know. Or maybe it is just not possible. Cope is just about the same height as Darcey on point, but Yanowsky on point is a couple of inches taller than Urlezaga. I'm not convinced that tall ballerinas make a perfect Sugar Plum Fairy. I haven't seen any this year so far that have played with the music a la Collier or indeed as Wildor and Hatley did last year. Nunez was superb as the Rose Fairy. What might she have done with the Sugar Plum role?. Loots was a very confident Clara. She just went for the steps and left it up to her partner Meissner to do the necessary! Biggest cheers of the evening were for Chloe Davies and Christopher Saunders in the Arabian Dance. She was truly exotic and where is the next company strong man coming from.
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Digressing here, as I didn't see the same performance, of course, but I wasn't at all taken with Nunez' Rose Fairy, and particularly not compared with Yanowsky on the televised version. I thought that her virtually constant grinning was distracting (and unsuitable), and she appeared to me to have little feeling for Classical style, particularly when contrasted with Yoshida's Sugar Plum immediately afterwards.
What I did notice about my Clara and Nutcracker (Jenny Tattersall and Ricardo Cervera) was that they really went for their pas de deux as though it was the balcony pdd in Romeo and Juliet. When one of the critics commented earlier this season that the production was really all about sexual awakening, (based on my admittedly limited experience of the production) my reaction was "You what?", but having seen them I see what s/he meant!
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Saw the matinee perfomance and both couples danced extremely well. Brian Maloney looked born to the role, with excellent jumps and partnering. Ivan Putrov looked a little nervous at the beginning but soon warmed up and his solos were brilliant. Alina's SPF was of course superb!
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Natasha Oughtred and Brian Maloney did the last Nutcracker, and were immensely promising and both have great charm. I thought Yanowskys Sugar Plum was gloriously majestic, and she was superbly partnered by Urlezaga - this years best Cavalier I thought. The leaps to shoulder were thrillingly uninhibited. Her command of the stage is awesome.