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junko

04-03-02, 02:42 AM (GMT)
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"MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March"
 
   As written by Ms. Monica Parker* in program, the performance contains many MacMillan's pieces which are not popular and rarely performed.

STAR DANCERS BALLET company is one of the Japanese ballet companies, quite young but active (founded 35 years ago) And this time they invited Sarah Wildor and Adam Cooper as guest artist for this exciting probramme.

The performance was divided by 2 main parts: Elite Syncopations and Solitaire, completely different style and atmosphere..

ES was a ragtime ballet with pop colour costume, chearful and comical dancing in many spot lightings and chairs set. Solitaire, on the other hand, classical and calm in simple set.

Since I know only popular works of MacMillan such as R&J, Manon, Winter Dreams, and Mayerling (all on video only!), I found ES very interesting and enjoyed. I felt like finding many different attractive sides of MacMillan as choreographer which must be one of Ms. Parker's purposes of this programme.

For Elite Syncopations, some other pieces were put in between:
Lescaut's solo in Act 2 Manon(Cooper)
La Fin du Jour
The Four Seasons
The Seven Deadly Sins "Stripper"(Wildor) and pdd "Desire" (Wildor and Cooper)

The Japanese dancers in ES, I felt the lack of acting skills, I wanted them each showing strong personality which could have made more live atmosphere on stage, especially for male dancers.
I was so sorry that K.Nishijima, main male dancer for "The Four Seasons" has been injured and replaced by (same for the part 2, pdd in Solitaire). We saw the difficulty of partnering, especially for the lifting.
Adam's sudden appearance on stage, drunk Lescaut, was quite a surprise. His presence on stage is quite something.
Since I have always innocent and sweet images in Sarah (only on video again in "Mayerling"), I couldn't recognize her as stripper when she appeared. She was sexy in black tights with dark bobbed hair. The dance "Desire" with Adam was so sensual that the audience missed the timing to applaud. Still, personally I prefer Sarah in the classical role like Giselle, Juliet...
During ES, the cigarettes are used quite a lot. I don't know if it was originally like this but.. if not, who's idea of this ? Cigarettes, Sarah in fan dancer costume, Adam in black trousers... It reminded me of SOMETHING !

For Solitaire, these pieces were put in between:
Concerto
Isadora (Wildor)
Winter Dreams (W and C)
Requiem (Cooper)

I would like to say that Mia Atsugi and Li Bo who danced "Concerto" were very impressive. Every movement, line, lifting, pose was so beautiful. Bravo !
As for "Isadora", I didn't like the piece itself so much but I understood why some people here talked about Sarah's high acting skill.
"Winter Dreams" was very successful and popular among the programme for the audience.
"Requiem" was performed with a baritone, Adam in classical tight costume. Since I have a strong impression of "Stranger" of Swan Lake in Adam, I was quite surprised that I enjoyed a lot his dance in this quiet and peaceful piece. I noticed that he has lost his weight a lot compared with last year when he came to Japan for K-Ballet, which gave him the sharpness in his dancing.

I enjoyed all the performance not only to discover many different aspects of MacMillan but those of Sarah and Adam.
Fortunately I could see this program twice and I have to confess that I enjoyed more on the 2nd day after reading some descriptions in a program.

The seats were occupied by 90% for 2 days, which is, I think, quite surprising for the local Japanese company's performance. This explains Sarah Wildor and Adam Cooper are becoming now very popular in Japan ???

N.B.
Choreography: Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Supervised by Deborah MacMillan
Reproduced by Monica Parker*

Thank you !
Junko


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March Hiromi M 04-03-02 1
     RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March Brendan McCarthymoderator 04-03-02 2
         RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March Tomoko.A 05-03-02 7
     RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March Paul A 04-03-02 4
         RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March Hiromi M 05-03-02 5
             RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March Paul A 05-03-02 6
                 RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March AEHandley 05-03-02 8
  RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March Anneliese 04-03-02 3
     RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March MAB 06-03-02 9
         RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March Hiromi M 06-03-02 10

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Hiromi M

04-03-02, 12:04 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March"
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   I was also at the performance on 2nd of March.

I really appreciated that Monica Parker's unique idea of this very occasion to commemorate Sir Kenneth MacMillan and his works.Various feelings of bits and pieces of MacMillan's ballets gave us some ambition more to see the full length version of them.

I was so surprised by the solo of "Pride" and pas de deux of "Lust" from the ballet "Seven Cardinal Sins" music by Kurt Weil.
Sarah Wildor was so glamourous and gorgeous and Adam Cooper was so cool and strong.

As I have not known about this ballet, does anyone know about this ballet, especially who were the origianl casts or so...?

If you would like to see and feel the atmosphere of the performance, please visit the following site. There are some photos of the performance.


Anyway, I am so pleased to see Sarah is dancing again after 8 months absence.

http://www.ne.jp/asahi/tokyo.dance/square/sdc1.html
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/tokyo.dance/square/sdc2.html


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Brendan McCarthymoderator

04-03-02, 12:15 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March"
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   Junko and Hiromi, thank you for your highly interesting accounts and for directing us to the excellent photographs. There is an initial dialogue box on the Asahi site, with an option to download the Japanese characters; there is no need to do so.


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Tomoko.A

05-03-02, 06:21 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March"
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   A friend of mine, who had never seen MacMillan's ballets before was there too. She said there were too many pieces in a short time, which was just 90 minutes or so. And each piece was too short to appreciate the quality of his works. She wished there had been less pieces lasting longer in this programme. Nevertheless, she was stunned by Adam's charisma !


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Paul A

04-03-02, 03:00 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March"
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   MacMillan I think revisted Seven Deadly Sins several times in his career (others please correctly), last on TV in the mid-80s for Alessandra Ferri. I don't remember her partner. It had another Weil piece tagged on at the start - I really only remember a lot of yearning/ coming/ going. Never struck me as MacMillans's best - so very interested to read your reaction to the excerpts. What a fascinating programme.


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Hiromi M

05-03-02, 01:29 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March"
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   Thank you Paul! It is very helpful info to know Ferri danced Seven Deadly Sins. Although I did not think the ballet was the best of MacMillan's choreography, it was a very "Wow" piece of the night for me.

Anneliese,
Wayne Sleep and Vergie Derman must have been so funny and gorgeous couple in Alascan Rag ! and I imagine very easily Sandra Madgewick was so suitable for a girl in Solitaire.

I really enjoyed the various aspects of MacMillan's ballets; happy and fuuny Elite Syncopations, purity and celenity of 2nd movement in Concerto, and dramatic Farwell pas de deux from Winter Dreams.


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Paul A

05-03-02, 01:41 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March"
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   Sorry for an oldie's (40) perspective but the extreme height difference between Derman and Sleep, and their real deadpan quality, hasn't been bettered. They were recorded way back in the 70s (I think the whole ballet and excerpts too)- wonder whether that will ever surface again.

You are enjoying a much more comprehensive range of MacMillan than we are promised in the year ahead.


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AEHandley

05-03-02, 09:47 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March"
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   Couldn't agree more Paul! (I'm 38...) I was very disappointed in the Derman/Sleep number when I saw it 10 years ago. Lesley Collier was gorgeous as Merle Park (iyswim) but the Alaskan Rag seemed cheap to me um er 15 years (?) on. I remember the original TV broadcast - hope it isn't lost for all time (but note that a bit of the original TV broadcast of "Month" turned up in "Bourne to Dance" over Xmas so you never know your luck!). I often play the cassette in the car on the way to work and had the poster up on my wall in college - Elite Syncopations is a real tonic!


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Anneliese

04-03-02, 02:31 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March"
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   What a lovely programme! But I would not have been happy to have Elite Syncopations OR Solitaire broken up like this. However, i think you were very lucky to see two of Macmillan's most instantly appealing works in one performance. I have very strong memories of Sandra Madgwick in Solitaire about 20 years ago - she was so touching. And who can forget Wayne Sleep and Vergie Derman in E. S. ? Great to hear that Sarah is in demand too.


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MAB

06-03-02, 01:23 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March"
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   I've managed to unearth my programme for the first night of Seven Deadly Sins. Jennifer Penney danced the role of Anna II and Georgia Brown sang Anna I. Lynn Seymour was the sleazy cabaret dancer in "Pride" and Vergie Derman had another opportunity to display her wonderful deadpan humour as the Tap Champ in "Anger". The cast also included David Adams; Petrus Bosman; Michael Coleman; Graham Fletcher and Derek Rencher. As a big fan of Brecht & Weill, I always enjoyed this ballet immensely although I had some reservations about the sets and costumes.

"Seven Deadly Sins of the Petit-bourgeois", to give it it's full title, has had an uneven career since its creation. It was first choreographed by Balanchine in Paris with Tilly Losch dancing and Lottie Lenya singing. It wasn't a success. I think part of the problem has been deciding if it is an opera or a ballet. It was also considered rather shocking at the time of its premiere.

On the subject of "forgotten" MacMillan ballets, I would love to see Images of Love and House of Birds again. Also Sideshow pas de deux which he created for Seymour and Nureyev, though I admit the latter would be very difficult to cast.


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Hiromi M

06-03-02, 02:07 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: MacMillan "KALEIDOSCOPE" in Tokyo on 2,3 March"
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   Thank you MAB for your posting on the info of original cast of Seven Deadly Sins. It is quite interesting to imagine how they danced at that time.

As there was no notes or mentions on MacMillan's choreography about this ballet on the souvenir programme; which costs 8 pounds or so... , I really appreciated to hear some good informantions and various thoughts .

Also thank you Bruce to give us this wonderful place to share informations and thoughts on ballet/dance easily even if we live very apart on the earth !!

Hiromi


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