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Bruceadmin

01-06-02, 07:07 AM (GMT)
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"Royal Ballet in Brisbane"
 
  
They opened last night... so what happened?!
Oz readers do give us a thumb nail sketch or full blown review - Pease!


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane Bruceadmin 04-06-02 1
     RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane alison 07-06-02 14
  RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane Nadia 04-06-02 2
     Miyako Yoshida Links Bruceadmin 04-06-02 3
         RE: Miyako Yoshida Links Nadia 04-06-02 5
             RE: Miyako Yoshida Links sylvia 04-06-02 6
                 RE: Miyako Yoshida Links Steven 04-06-02 7
     RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane sylvia 04-06-02 4
     RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane AEHandley 04-06-02 8
         RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane Nadia 05-06-02 9
             RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane Shirley 05-06-02 10
             RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane Anneliese 05-06-02 11
             RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane sylvia 05-06-02 12
                 RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane Brendan McCarthymoderator 06-06-02 13
                 RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane alison 07-06-02 15
                     RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane sylvia 07-06-02 16
                         RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane alison 07-06-02 17
                             RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane Shirley 07-06-02 18
                             RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane sylvia 07-06-02 19
                 RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane Nadia 09-06-02 20

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Bruceadmin

04-06-02, 07:57 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane"
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   the Todays Links page has a review of RB in Brisbane:
http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/2784.html#3

We hear of a few injuries - Jonathan Cope was out for the opening night and the Bussell had to be patnered by Gael Lambiotte. Tamara Rojo is also injured and Jamie Tapper made her Juliet debut - "Impressive" is the one word we hear!

Today the company head for Sydney when we expect to see more coverage from the press... and readers/contributors! Hopefully Jonnie and Tamara will be back for the rest of the tour. And good luck to all on the tour - just remember to bring back the Ashes!


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alison

07-06-02, 12:54 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane"
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   Er, Juliet???!!!


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Nadia

04-06-02, 09:41 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane"
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   Dear Ballet.co readers,

I recently mentioned on this site that I was going to the Saturday performance of Swan Lake in Brisbane, the performance Tamara Rojo was scheduled to perform. However, in true ditzy fashion I got my dates wrong and it was actually the Sunday Matinee that I attended. So on to my thoughts on the performance.

Two words: Miyako rocks!!! What a truly beautiful ballerina. With all the spotlight firmly focused on Darcey's performance on Friday (which everyone has said was magnificent), little attention was paid to this wonderful dancer. Her Odette was something of a revelation. As she appeared on stage, her transformation from a fragile bird to a frightened woman was perfect. Every emotion of the character was carried through her movements, and while her technique was faultless, I found myself almost unaware that I was watching arabesques and developpes, but more concerned with the way they could be used to express Odette's longing and fear. Her exit at the end of Act II was so desperate, one felt like jumping over seats to stop Rothbart from stealing her away. She was equally ravishing as Odile, with an interpretation which seemed to show Odile as more of a tool of Rothbart, a true illusion, rather than some mere temptress. How fortunate I feel to have seen her dance in this, one of the truly great classical roles. It was an experience I will never forget.
She was partnered by Ivan Putrov, who I believe was making his debut in the role of Segfried and a fine debut it was. The first thing one notices is the sheer brilliance of his jumps, which produced audible awes from the audience in Act III. But I was also struck by the commanding presence he presented on stage. He has a charisma all his own. He was a very good partner, lifting Miyako as if she weighed nothing at all (children sitting near me ayed in delight whenever she went above his head) and while he seemed too nervous to interact fully with Miyako all the time (who gived so freely of her emotion), I feel confident that as he matures he will develop in this area.
Now onto the rest of the ballet. While the costumes were beautiful, the Lyric Theatre stage is not the size of Covent Garden and the fullness and excess of all the costumes meant that most of Act I was merely fabric. Having said that I'm sure you can imagine what happened when the Maypoll appeared! Even with the cluttering, the corps danced well and the Pas de Trois was lovely. I should also mention Mara Galaezzi, whose beats are just extraodinary, and who danced with great lightness and feeling in her solo.
Act II was lovely, but many people missed the traditional tutus. As someone pointed out to me, 'What's the point of Segfried looking for her helplessly in Act IV, he should have just looked for the broad in the tutu.' Apart from a few wayward arms, the corps danced ably again.
Act III was also beautiful, but again there not not enough stage space for all the extras, but it was still thoroughly enjoyable mainly because of the efforts of the main protagonists.
Act IV was also beautiful, but I think a few people were confused as to exactly what they were floating on for the climatic ending (even I only guessed).
Overall, it was an unforgetable afternoon, and a wonderful opportunity to see this truly great company. I only hope that we do not have to wait another 14 years to see them return to these shores again.

Happy Jubilee!!!


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Bruceadmin

04-06-02, 10:54 AM (GMT)
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3. "Miyako Yoshida Links"
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Glad you liked Miyako - she is a treasure. Some Yoshida Links for you...

Our thumbnail sketch of Yoshida:
http://www.ballet.co.uk/links/dancers_rb_principals.htm#miyako_yoshida

Ballet.co reviews where Yoshida is mentioned (we have nearly 50 I think):
http://www.ballet.co.uk/cgi/reviews_database_search/db_search.cgi?dancer_names=yoshida&publication_name=ballet.co

Our interview with her:
http://www.ballet.co.uk/feb98/interview_miyako_yoshida.htm


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Nadia

04-06-02, 01:11 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Miyako Yoshida Links"
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   Thanks for the links Bruce, they were great!

Sylvia, I really liked the production too, but I think it challenged a lot of preconceptions about the ballet without being too radical. Brisbane audiences are 'Kellogg's and cheerios' people - they like what is familiar to them. And whenever we actually get to see a full-length classic in Brisbane, it is by the Australian Ballet, whose productions are never done to quite the opulent standard of the Royal. I must say that is something that suprised me, because I affiliate really opulent costuming to the Paris Opera Ballet. I really always admired the Royal for their amazing sets (Kingdom of the Sweets in 'Nutcracker', and I can't imagine what those gates from 'Swan Lake' must be worth). Something else I didn't mention before but I'd love to ask about now, what is that weird-wavy thing at the end of Swan Lake meant to represent? Is is Heavenly? Maybe I should just figure it out myself but I'd like to be certain I've got the interpretation correct.

Thanks a bunch


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sylvia

04-06-02, 03:44 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Miyako Yoshida Links"
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   Nadia, do you mean when everything goes pink that funny vehicle Odile and Siegfried are transported in? I'm actually not sure exactly what it is either! But yes, in Darcey's words they are "whisked off to heaven" at the end.

I'm all for opulence. But I never saw the old production of Swan Lake, at least not live, so I have no comparison. Have you seen the RB production of Sleeping Beauty on video? I sure am glad that one's being redone!


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Steven

04-06-02, 05:58 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Miyako Yoshida Links"
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   that funny vehicle
>Odile and Siegfried are transported
>in? I'm actually not sure
>exactly what it is either!

I've always assumed it's a giant swan's wing, but I may be wrong!


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sylvia

04-06-02, 12:06 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane"
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   Nadia, what a great review, thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed Miyako - her Odile/Odette is absolutely one of my favourites. A lot think otherwise but I love this production. Bu if the sets looked a bit cluttered in Convent Garden, I can't imagine how they must have been in the Lyric Theatre!


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AEHandley

04-06-02, 11:01 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane"
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   Miyako Yoshida, Ivan PUtrov and Mara Galeazzi are 3 of my favourite dancers in the RB at the moment (but not sure I'd have put Putrov to partner Yoshida just yet) - so I'm glad you were delighted with them! Very envious!


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Nadia

05-06-02, 08:10 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane"
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   Thanks guys for clearing up the ending! I guess though with those sort of things, any impression is good as long as they don't think what my friend told me her brother thought (something about Rothbart's magical wing making a final dig at them and the bright light of their love shielding them, intriguing!).

I haven't seen the RB production of Sleeping Beauty, other than a few pictures from the old, old productions (and they were black and white!), but like most of the Royal Ballet's work, we have very little opportunity in Australia to hear or see much at all. Thank God for the Internet. What is it about it that needs work? I know that the Australian Ballet Production is lovely (there's a video of it with Christine Walsh) except now it seems a little dated. What doesn't these days though, it seems we change our opinion of modernism and fashionability at the drop of a hat. Plus strangely, some of the Act I fairy costumes are beautifully intricate with beading etc, but I was never really fond of the colours. I guess no one can compete with the POB's production which must be the dreamiest ever.

I agree with AE'c comment that they wouldn't have put Ivan and Miyako together yet. He partners very well and did work towards her but she is just so emotionally expressive and free that at times I wished he would abandon his inhibitions more. At least they're a good height for each other, and he is clearly in awe of her. At least that's the impression he gave during the curtain calls.
Who does he usually partner in London?

Miyako's regular partner was Bruce Sanson, wasn't it? I hardly hear anything about him anymore, what's he up to?

And what was everyone's opinion about Gael? He partnered Darcey on Friday, but everyone only spoke about Darcey's performance and not much was said about him except good jumps and turns. I didn't even know he was in the company until I read the program notes. I'm sure if he was partnering Darcey he has to be good?


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Shirley

05-06-02, 09:46 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane"
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   >And what was everyone's opinion about
>Gael? He partnered Darcey on
>Friday, but everyone only spoke
>about Darcey's performance and not
>much was said about him
>except good jumps and turns.
>I didn't even know he
>was in the company until
>I read the program notes.
>I'm sure if he was
>partnering Darcey he has to
>be good?

Gael was brought in for the tour to replace Inaki Urlezaga. I haven't seen him dance at all so I can't comment but others may have seen him.

He was originally only scheduled to dance Giselle with Darcey and Swan Lake with Tamara so I assume he was thrown into the first night of Swan Lake with 2 days notice and very little rehearsal time with Darcey. Can you enlighten us about what was said about the first night?


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Anneliese

05-06-02, 10:15 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane"
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   >Miyako's regular partner was Bruce Sanson,
>wasn't it? I hardly hear
>anything about him anymore, what's
>he up to?

Miyako also did quite a lot of work with Irek (this started IIRC when Viviana was on a year's break) and they were wonderful together. If you get the chance to see the video of BRB's Nutcracker, their Sugar Plum pdd is the most breathtaking piece of partnering I've ever seen!


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sylvia

05-06-02, 10:41 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane"
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   LAST EDITED ON 05-06-02 AT 10:46 AM (GMT)

Hiya Nadia

Regarding Ivan, he's still a first soloist and hasn't had that many leading roles so no regular partner yet. This year he danced Don Q, Onegin (Lensky) and Nutcracker (Hans Peter and the Cavalier) with Alina, Giselle with Miyako and Jamie Tapper, A Month in the Country with Muriel Valtat. And I was really surprised to hear that he understudied with Muriel in Marguerite and Armand! And now Swan Lake on tour plus Nutcracker with Miyako next season. So I guess there are high hopes for him and Stretton likes them together. I thought it was a bit of an odd pairing at first but I do think they compliment each other's dancing. When I saw his Albrecht I didn't think he was all that expressive either, but a few performances later he was quite wonderful and touching so maybe it's just a question of first night nerves and more rehearsal.

Bruce Sansom? I think he's in the middle of a fellowship in arts management in Washington. I think everyone's secretly hoping he's training to come back to London to run the RB some day.

I'd love to hear about Gael as well! And Jamie Tapper's debut with Robert Tewsley - I imagine they didn't have much rehearsal time either!


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06-06-02, 07:48 AM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane"
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   The Australian's review. "Act 1 features a pas de trois with outstanding performances from Marianela Nunez in particular. The dancing in this first act sets the pace for the rest of the work. Fluid torsos and arms, easy arabesques, genuine smiles and overflowing vitality belied the precise techniques that underlined this expertise. A nervous start by principal dancer Gael Lambiotte, playing Prince Siegfried, was relieved by the quality of dancing around him. At the risk of sounding parochial, Brisbane boy Justin Meissner jumped with no regard for gravity and it was his detailed and articulate footwork in Act 3's Neopolitan Dance that was spectacular. Bussell leaps into Act 2 with a breathtaking presence, displaying a cool virtuosity that demonstrates the power of ballet technique. Her Odette is controlled and elegant, pure and unflappable. Less so Lambiotte's partnering, which seemed insecure at times.
The work ends back at the lake with swans and cygnets forming and reforming patterned groupings with stirring precision while Prince Siegfried and Odette end it all by jumping into the lake. A magnificent carriage displays the lovers triumphantly united in death, but this final image was marred by curtain-call blunders, which returned us to earth with a thud.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,4439909%255E16953,00.html


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alison

07-06-02, 12:56 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane"
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   AFAIK, Putrov's still a Soloist, isn't he? He didn't dance in Month in the Country the other week because of a foot injury, I believe, but depending on Sylvie's injury perhaps you might get to see him in Marguerite (or is it Month they're doing, I forget?).


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sylvia

07-06-02, 04:59 PM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane"
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   You're right, your're right of course...my brain is just numb from revision and exams. I'm sure it won't be too long before he's promoted though! Yes it's Marguerite they're doing, but wouldn't Jonathan Cope partner Muriel Valtat in it rather than Ivan? It would be another irony if Australia got to see his Armand while the UK is left waiting and waiting.

What does AFAIK mean btw? That's an acronym U haven't come across before!


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alison

07-06-02, 05:39 PM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane"
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   As far as I know ...

And yes, I'd expect Putrov to get promoted in the not-too-distant future. Not sure what they'd do about casting - it'd depend on whether Jonny and Muriel had sufficient time to rehearse, I suspect. Good luck with the exams, if you haven't already had them - one thing I don't miss about not being a student any longer!


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Shirley

07-06-02, 06:20 PM (GMT)
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18. "RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane"
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   I don't think Muriel has gone on tour!


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sylvia

07-06-02, 07:06 PM (GMT)
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19. "RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane"
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   She hasn't! Well if Sylvie's still injured by the time those mixed bills come around I wonder what they're going to do?!

I guess they could always fly Muriel in though.


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Nadia

09-06-02, 03:36 AM (GMT)
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20. "RE: Royal Ballet in Brisbane"
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   Dear Sylvia,

Sorry it has taken so long for me to respond, I have exams coming up as well.
No one I know went to the Saturday Matinee, so I honestly don't know how Jamie and Robert danced. This was the performance I thought I was originally going too, and they are both dancers I was really interested in seeing, so I was miffed that I didn't know anyone who went to that performance. Everyone went to see Darcey and Leanne, mainly because they were evening performances. People love an excuse to dress up when going to the theatre in Brisbane and sequins just aren't appropriate for Matinees.

As far as Gael goes, I have to admit that few of my friends spoke highly of him. But I hate to put someone down or repeat unkind comments when I myself have no evidence to base it on. Most of the comments were mainly about his partnering anyway, 'He didn't work to her enough', 'There wre shaky moments', but that seems perfectly understandable if they had to go on with such little rehearsal time. Swan Lake is not an easy ballet for the man either and it is definitely a hard ballet for the man to totally express himself emotional (he is trying to make it with a Swan, and I'm sure there are actors out there that wouldn't bother trying to portray that mindset). The reviews weren't great either, but Gael just probably needs to find his feet a bit, being a replacement and new to the company. I certainly wouldn't judge him at all on the performance here in Brisbane.


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