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Sonja G

31-01-02, 02:50 PM (GMT)
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"Munich: Masterclass with Marcia Haydée"
 
   "The Taming of the Shrew", 30.01.2002

Last night saw the third masterclass given at Bavarian State Ballet - this one was sold out even quicker than the ones before, and again the studio was packed with ballet enthusiasts. (I am always wondering how the dancers find enough air to breathe in such an atmosphere!)

Marcia Haydée rehearsed Lisa-Maree Cullum and Alen Bottaini, both Munich first soloists who have not danced in this ballet yet and are going to have their first night tomorrow. I think I have rarely before laughed and learnt as much as in these 90 minutes - it was a fantastic evening, and I hope I can transmit a bit of the atmosphere on this board for those who may be interested!

Before the actual rehearsal started, Marcia Haydée told us a bit about herself and about working with John Cranko - unfortunately I have never seen her live on stage, but her presence and energy were still absolutely fascinating. Some of her remarks I remember....
- For her, Kate was a turning point - not only as a dancer, but also as a person - she learnt that she can be funny (Lisa agreed that she also found it difficult to be funny)
- "Drama is much easier than comedy! Comedy - if you overact, it becomes Kitsch - if you don't do enough, it doesn't work."
- "John said: ,Now you will be funny.' I said: ,I am not funny.' - John said: ,That's your problem' and went for lunch."
- "Shrew" is the most difficult ballet by John Cranko. You have to be earnest - and you must never ever look at the audience. "You have to dance as if you were in a closed room and if everything was real - as soon as you start to laugh, you have lost."
- Difference Cranko - Neumeier: Neumeier gives the exact moves to the dancers. Cranko wanted the steps and a certain feeling behind them. Today's problem: Dancers watch a video and copy the step - "but they don't know why I did it that way. And in the next performance I did something different. Richie never knew exactly what I was going to do - I was challenging him!"

Rehearsal of the fist pas de deux - when Kate is the stronger one. With this pdd, John Cranko started the whole ballet! Lisa and Alen danced some bits, were corrected, and for the "finale", Marcia Haydee asked them to go through the whole pas de deux as if it was a performance. And it was amazing to see how many details they remembered after such short time!

Some details that struck me:
- Those "falls" of Petruccio looked so real, everyone kept his breath. There was such a loud "bang" when Alen hit the floor and he looked almost unconcious, so even Ivan Liska stepped a bit forward to see if he was ok!
- Already in this pas de deux Kate starts to give in (typical for Cranko - at the end of a pas de deux at least one of the partners has changed) - before she turns a slow arabesque (Petruccio comes last minute to support her), "you realize that you do like this man. You don't want him to take his hand away - but you don't want him to know that - so you take away his hand slowly and walk centre stage - thinking: How can I get the man without that he notices that I want him?"

At the end, Marcia Haydée gave a big compliment to Lisa and Alen: She told us (the audience) we had a wonderful cast (thundering applause) and said to them: "John would be proud of you."
So... I am really looking forward to their performance tomorrow night - but apart from these personal emotions, I feel we have learnt a lot about John Cranko and his works that night!


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  RE: Munich: Masterclass with Marcia Haydée Viviane 31-01-02 1
     RE: Munich: Masterclass with Marcia Haydée Sonja G 01-02-02 2
         RE: Munich: Masterclass with Marcia Haydée Viviane 01-02-02 3
  RE: Munich: Masterclass with Marcia Haydée alison 01-02-02 4
     RE: Munich: Masterclass with Marcia Haydée Kevin Ng 02-02-02 5
         RE: Munich: Masterclass with Marcia Haydée Angela 02-02-02 6
             RE: Munich: Masterclass with Marcia Haydée Sonja G 04-02-02 7
                 RE: Munich: Masterclass with Marcia Haydée Sonja G 07-02-02 8
                     RE: Munich: Masterclass with Marcia Haydée Viviane 07-02-02 9

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Viviane

31-01-02, 03:03 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Munich: Masterclass with Marcia Haydée"
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   Sonja, I have 'savoured' this -at first- bit by bit and then...in abundance
I have never seen this ballet, so I'm looking forward to hear you !


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Sonja G

01-02-02, 08:50 AM (GMT)
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   Viviane, I'll keep my eyes and ears open!


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Viviane

01-02-02, 09:07 AM (GMT)
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alison

01-02-02, 12:59 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Munich: Masterclass with Marcia Haydée"
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   Again, I'm really jealous of these masterclasses that I couldn't be there. Wondering if Stretton could get Haydee over here to do one on Onegin? That'd be really worth seeing.


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Kevin Ng

02-02-02, 03:51 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Munich: Masterclass with Marcia Haydée"
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   The Stuttgart Ballet is touring Japan later this month with Cranko's "Taming of the Shrew" and "Romeo and Juliet", and I heard that Marcia Haydee will be dancing Lady Capulet.

I did an interview last year with Marcia Haydee for Ballet.co Magazine.

http://www.ballet.co.uk/magazines/yr_01/apr01/interview_marcia_haydee.htm


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Angela

02-02-02, 01:53 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Munich: Masterclass with Marcia Haydée"
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   Just for the record: Marcia's partner in creating this ballet was Richard Cragun, called "Ricky" by everyone, not "Richie". He did triple tours en l'air as Petruchio, I wonder if Mr. Bottaini tried this? Can't imagine...


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Sonja G

04-02-02, 07:56 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Munich: Masterclass with Marcia Haydée"
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   Angela, thanks for the correction! Will remember this in future.
Mr Bottaini did no triple tours en l'air, but he did some spectacular leaps (sorry, don't know the names for them) - and I tremendously enjoyed the performance!


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Sonja G

07-02-02, 04:42 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Munich: Masterclass with Marcia Haydée"
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   Viviane, I haven't forgotten my promise - just been so busy and had no time yet to translate my German notes... But will follow, hopefully tomorrow!


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Viviane

07-02-02, 06:41 PM (GMT)
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   Sonja, no hurry ! As always I'm a "pack of patience" to hear about Bottaini


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