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Sharon

03-05-02, 09:58 AM (GMT)
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"Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
 
   Thursdays performance, such a disapointment act one dragged, the dancers on auto pilot, Sylvie and Johnathan, doing what they had to, nothing more.
Act two things picked up a little, Zenaida as the harlot, not good, she danced over the top,< I know it is not her fault but the wigs really do nothing for the girls especially Zenaida>.
The last act , nothing special.
The two pas de deux which I love seemed flat.
My feeling is that the company is tired, doing too much, and performing modern dance with classical in the same period not good for the dancers,
On another note I did notice the lack of balletomanes,all at Sadlers Wells??? Will be seeing Sylvie next week with LeRiche, hope he can breath some life nto the ballet.
I have found this season most disapointing ,How have others found it?


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet Bruceadmin 03-05-02 1
     RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet sylvia 03-05-02 3
  RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet AnnaM 03-05-02 2
     RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet Virginia 07-05-02 4
         RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet Flight 07-05-02 5
             RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet Flight 08-05-02 6
                 RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet Virginia 08-05-02 7
                     RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet sylvia 09-05-02 12
                     RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet alison 09-05-02 15
                 RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet Justin 09-05-02 13
             RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet alison 08-05-02 8
                 RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet Flight 08-05-02 9
                     RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet AEHandley 08-05-02 10
                 RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet sylvia 09-05-02 11
                     RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet Tomoko.A 09-05-02 14
                         RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet sylvia 10-05-02 16
                             RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet Flight 10-05-02 17

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Bruceadmin

03-05-02, 10:32 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
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   Oh dear!

I'm happy to say I thought last nights performance rather fine. It's one of Guillems best roles and still seems as powerful as ever. The last act I found particulalry moveing: Guillem has played with the death much over the years and I don't see it as routine and ust anotehr night. Cope sparkled and Ricardo Cervera really impressed me. Good Harlots to... We all see things differntly though.


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sylvia

03-05-02, 10:51 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
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   LAST EDITED ON 03-05-02 AT 06:05 PM (GMT)

I guess I fall somewhere in the middle. I wasn't wholly convinced by Guillem or Cope at first, throughout Act I. Sylvie seemed too refined for the role of Juliet - her dancing doesn't inhabit the traits of a young girl at all. And Jonathan I think went the other way and was overly gregarious. It took some adjustment - like his Albrecht, he dances Romeo his own way. They just weren't Romeo and Juliet for me and I found the balcony pdd empty, beautiful but unmoving. It's probably just a personal taste thing - I didn't likt this movement, or that gesture and it just added up to an 'ok' pdd. The height that Jonathan got on the last two lifts though was quite extraordinary!

Then I don't know if it was my brain doing flip-flops or it was them but they both seemed to come to life in Act II. Jonathan was so naturally exhuberant in the market scenes I had to believe. And Sylvie looked so young and vulnerable and sweet in her brief wedding, I was very touched. The bedroom pdd I thought was extremely passionate, the best of their partnership on show, and it is so apparent how much chemistry is there is and how right for each other they are (as ballet partners and as R&J). It's the first time I've actually seen Sylvie's Juliet and I was surprised at the liberties she took, like all but omitting the run to Friar Laurence. The death scenes were fine, just your normal run-of-the mill death scenes for me.

I think the definite highlight was Ricardo Cervera's Mercutio and his jaw-dropping lightening fast footwork in the ballroom solo. Wow...I have NEVER seen anyone move with that speed! His death scene was jarring, a shock that a man with so much life could be gone. Cervera has so much wit and charisma throughout, I think he alone is worth the price of the ticket. The fact that he is dancing most of the Mercutios in this run is well deserved. What surprised me in his Ballet Association talk was that he didn't have any aspirations to do the principal roles because the secondary ones were much more interesting! I guess I really am clueless as I thought due to the lack of really good male roles, most male dancers aspired to be Albrecht and Romeo. Oh well, I don't care what he thinks, I'm crossing my fingers that Stretton gets a clue - Romeo, Albrecht, maybe Oberon as Cervera suggested with those speedy feed - just more please!

The company as a whole were excellent, very lively I thought. I was watching all the market scenes with a big silly grin on my face, I was enjoying myself so much. Ivan Putrov truely impressed again as Benvolio - you can't help but notice, and Cope, Cervera and Putrov make a fine handome trio. Plus points for Zenaida Yanowsky as Romeo's harlot - she's a standout, whatever role, hidden behind caked makeup, garish dress and all!


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AnnaM

03-05-02, 10:42 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
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   Yes, I fully agree with Bruce. I was there yesterday with a bunch of friends and we all loved it. (And we do go often, and I have seen Sylvie in R&J many times, so we can compare.)

I think Sylvie is sensational in that role. So many nuances, such expression in the movement and shapes. Such intensity between her and Cope, I am amazed every time I see them.
With Le Riche they both seem to amplify the dancing, with Cope it's more the emotion.


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Virginia

07-05-02, 04:30 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
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   I saw Guillem and Le Riche on Saturday (am seeing her and Cope later this month). Sylvie was marvellous - she can express so much with such subtle movements and is so beautiful and moving to watch. As always, I'd forgotten how many tissues I'd need - I always expect not to cry until the end ...

And I was agreeably surprised in Le Riche's characterisation - much better than I remembered from the last time I saw them, when I found his interpretation a bit tentative. This time I found him a much more convincing Romeo, both with Guillem and with the other men - he and Tybalt and Mercutio struck sparks off each other.

Virginia
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Flight

07-05-02, 08:44 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
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   I was there on Saturday too, and I thought Cervera was amazing. I don't think I've ever seen him before but I will certainly go out of my way to see him again.


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Flight

08-05-02, 08:21 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
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   And I thought Elizabeth Magorian the best Lady Capulet I've ever seen.


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Virginia

08-05-02, 11:16 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
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   Oh, I agree very much about Magorian and Cervera - they were both great. Lady Capulet came across much more strongly as a personality than I ever remember before, and Cervera made Mercutio as exciting as he should be. I really liked the way all the men reacted to/off each other.

What did you think of the orchestra/conducting?

Virginia


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sylvia

09-05-02, 04:29 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
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   I think the orchestra is pretty terrible. I don't think they're even trying. There always seems to be a duff note from an individual, but tonight there was some miscue from an entire section of the orchestra.


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alison

09-05-02, 05:33 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
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   >and Cervera
>made Mercutio as exciting as
>he should be. I really
>liked the way all the
>men reacted to/off each other.
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>
Hope I catch that cast, then - that's one thing I've really been missing in recent years.


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Justin

09-05-02, 09:21 AM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
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   Can I add some praise for David Drew, who was tremendous, and William Tuckett: I thought the Capulets were all very good, and the 'Dance of the Knights' impressed me more than ever before.


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alison

08-05-02, 01:08 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
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   He's an excellent dancer - I've appreciated him for years. But I don't remember him dancing that much this year - not sure if he was injured or not.


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Flight

08-05-02, 08:39 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
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   Was it just me or were some of the orchestra sitting in the stalls?


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AEHandley

08-05-02, 10:16 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
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   They usually have to occupy the stage boxes for R&J - it takes a big band.


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sylvia

09-05-02, 04:28 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
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   Alison, Cervera didn't have any prominent roles in Don Q or Onegin, and I didn't see any Nutcrackers, but he was pretty busy in everything afterwards - Beyond Bach, Leaves, In the middle, Remanso, etc, etc. In the mixed bills he's often been in the 2nd cast or part of an ensemble so maybe that's why you may have missed him.


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Tomoko.A

09-05-02, 01:17 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
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   Sylvia, Ricardo danced Hans-Peter/The Nutcracker with Natasha Oughtread's Clara on 15th December. This was Cojocaru/Putrov 's debut performance as The Sugar Plum Fairy/The Prince. You shouldn't have gone away in the Christmas holiday, Sylvia !!


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sylvia

10-05-02, 03:43 AM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
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   Figures! I think I should just cancel all my holidays and set up house in the ROH Tomoko!


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Flight

10-05-02, 07:47 AM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Such a disapointing Romeo and Juliet"
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   I've never been very impressed with the ROH orchestra - they come in, do their job and are very rude at the stage door.


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