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Wendy Glavis

11-02-02, 07:59 PM (GMT)
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"Bayadere Rehearsal"
 
   Zowee!! What a day!

We saw Alina Cojocaru and Angel Corella - both in terrific form, I thought. (Alina said afterward that it was 'only a rehearsal' and it 'wasn't very good', but the audience seemed to think otherwise.)

As an extra treat we also got to see Darcey Bussell, who did the 'basket of flowers' solo from Act 1, scene 3 (wonderful and very emotional).

Mara did a nice job, too. Others who shone were Jaimie Tapper (very good in the third leading Shade solo), Ivan Putrov (Bronze Idol) and Vanessa Palmer (D'jampe dancer) - but I'm sure I've left out a lot of others who deserve mention.

There were a few things I noticed and wondered about: Gamzatti was NOT watching when her father said that Nikiya would be killed (Act 1). Has this been changed since the video was made? Also she didn't look at Solor in Act 3 during the corps de ballet with lights bit. Also noticed that Corella started the second section of his Act 1 solo a bit early in order to fit in his multiple turns.

Was looking around for Makarova. Does anyone know if she was there?

Something that struck me as a bit odd was that several members of the corps de ballet of Shades were hurriedly replaced by other girls (this was while they were lined up on either side of the stage, about halfway through the act). Has this happened before, is it an attempt to let everyone have a go at a dress rehearsal, or what??

This was a fascinating rehearsal, with more applause at the end than usual, I suspect. What were other people's reactions?


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  RE: Bayadere Rehearsal EmmaL 12-02-02 1
  RE: Bayadere Rehearsal sylvia 12-02-02 2
     RE: Bayadere Rehearsal Kate R 13-02-02 3
         RE: Bayadere Rehearsal Brendan McCarthymoderator 13-02-02 4
             RE: Bayadere Rehearsal sylvia 13-02-02 5
                 RE: Bayadere Rehearsal Wendy Glavis 13-02-02 6

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EmmaL

12-02-02, 08:59 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Bayadere Rehearsal"
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   <<Something that struck me as a bit odd was that several members of the corps de ballet of Shades were hurriedly replaced by other girls (this was while they were lined up on either side of the stage, about halfway through the act). Has this happened before, is it an attempt to let everyone have a go at a dress rehearsal, or what??>>
Wendy,
I recall they did say something about it being a working rehearsal. Darcey changed with Alina so why leave out the corps.
Emms


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sylvia

12-02-02, 10:09 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Bayadere Rehearsal"
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   >There were a few things I
>noticed and wondered about: Gamzatti
>was NOT watching when her
>father said that Nikiya would
>be killed (Act 1). Has
>this been changed since the
>video was made?

I did see Galeazzi come out from behind some scenery at the back to watch and listen. And likewise in the evening performance with Nunez.

>Was looking around for Makarova. Does
>anyone know if she was
>there?

Yes! She came out through the stage door after. I think quite a few people were expecting her. It was a complete surprise to me!

>This was a fascinating rehearsal, with
>more applause at the end
>than usual, I suspect. What
>were other people's reactions?

I thought the audience was very subdued throughout - nice to see them erupt when Angel did his solos. Alina was so lovely, especially in her pdd with Angel and throughout Act II. Angel seemed a bit gloomy - not used to seeing him without that fantastic smile, but he was probably saving himself for the actual performance. I thought Ivan was quite good, though I really felt for him, putting all that body paint on, taking it off after the rehearsal, then applying it all again for the performance.


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Kate R

13-02-02, 08:28 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Bayadere Rehearsal"
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   I would have thought that there are limited appropriate opportunities for a broad grin in La Bayadere and he was probably keeping himself in character.


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Brendan McCarthymoderator

13-02-02, 09:28 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Bayadere Rehearsal"
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   A slight misgiving from me. Given that these are working rehearsals and clearly flagged as such, is it really fair for any of us to slip into critical gear? Performances fine - Friends' rehearsals I'm a lot more dubious about.


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sylvia

13-02-02, 10:37 AM (GMT)
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   You're right of course Brendan. I wasn't trying to be critical. When I post about rehearsals I usually just mention the highlights and things to look out for, but I've overstepped a little here so apologies.


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Wendy Glavis

13-02-02, 12:15 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Bayadere Rehearsal"
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   Brendan, that's a very good point and I totally agree that it's extremely important to stress the difference between rehearsal and performance.

The chief delight of any rehearsal is just that: that it IS a rehearsal - and therefore a rare chance to glimpse something of what's going on behind the scenes. We get to see the ballet before it's quite finished and watch how different dancers prepare. (Some mark portions of their parts, for instance, perhaps because they're saving themselves for the first night, perhaps for some other reason we'll never know!) It's fascinating to watch this process of last minute polishing and, later, to compare it with the finished product.

OF COURSE we mustn't judge it as a performance. Rehearsal audiences are more subdued than they would be in a performance for that very reason, but they DO respond when they see something they like (just as people sometimes applaud during a company class or a coaching session). So I don't think we're required to suspend our critical faculties altogether and I don't think it's wrong to pick out people for individual praise (but not blame!). We know the ballet's going to look different later - but if someone's danced well in rehearsal, then I see nothing wrong in mentioning that. So long as we remember that we're watching a rehearsal!


To return to other comments: Good point, Emma. But had you ever seen corps de ballet changes of that sort before?? Having just come back from watching the second performance, I now suspect that the Shades substitutions in the rehearsal happened because the RB was taking the corps de ballet preparations for this scene very, very seriously. And the preparations paid off, because the standard of dancing I saw in the Shades scene last night was extremely high.

Thanks Sylvia. I was glad to hear that Makarova was present; I was sure she must be around somewhere! Re the Gamzatti looking-out-at-the-back bit (in Act I, scene ii), I know she was there to overhear that Solor was in love with someone else...but she'd left by the time her Father announced that Nikiya would have to die; in the RB video (unavailable in Britain) Gamzatti is horrified to hear this...and it's only at the end of the scene that she comes round to her Father's view. (I've always thought Gamzatti a rather interesting character. In the Kirov version - well, the Komleva video - she's brought on BEFORE Solor comes on, is shown his picture and asked if she will marry him....so we have some sympathy with her when she discovers that Solor isn't in love with her.)


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