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Bruceadmin

01-06-02, 07:07 AM (GMT)
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"ENB at the Opera House"
 
  
Just wanted to say that I thought ENB looked really polished in their first ever appearance at the Opera House last night. Theres a review (see Todays links page) by Judith Mackrell, in which she says the company were not at all awed by the place and when out their and really shone brightly - well I paraphrase of course. They did.

And terrific to see such a splendid mixed bill, given some of the mixtures we've had recently at the house - the new of Hampson's Double Concerto, and Balanchine's Apollo and Who Cares. Can't write more at the moment, but what say others? Do go if you haven't already - ENB are on a big up I think.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: ENB at the Opera House Steven 01-06-02 1
     RE: ENB at the Opera House Tim Powell 01-06-02 2
         RE: ENB at the Opera House Kevin Ng 01-06-02 3
             RE: ENB at the Opera House Brendan McCarthymoderator 02-06-02 4
                 RE: ENB at the Opera House Jonathan S 06-06-02 8
                     RE: ENB at the Opera House Bruceadmin 06-06-02 9
  RE: ENB at the Opera House alison 06-06-02 5
     RE: ENB at the Opera House Robert 06-06-02 6
         RE: ENB at the Opera House sylvia 06-06-02 7
             RE: ENB at the Opera House daria 08-06-02 10
                 RE: ENB at the Opera House Bruceadmin 08-06-02 11
                     RE: ENB at the Opera House daria 09-06-02 12
                 RE: ENB at the Opera House Bruceadmin 16-06-02 13

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Steven

01-06-02, 07:40 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: ENB at the Opera House"
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   >
>Just wanted to say that I
>thought ENB looked really polished
>in their first ever appearance
>at the Opera House last
>night.

They looked very polished on Saturday afternoon too - I've never seen a more perfect performance of Apollo and the corps were stunning in Double Concerto. (I'm not a big fan of Who Cares?)

It's a big shame that the lower part of the House was so empty - I'd say the Stalls were about a third full.



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Tim Powell

01-06-02, 10:41 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: ENB at the Opera House"
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   Steven
I was in the stalls this afternoon and it looked better than a third full although certainly it was not the house the programme and performance deserved.
I was delighted to see this lively and entertaining company at the house and looking totally at home. The company has survivived since the early 1950's and it's very terms of reference have often made life difficult yet it has survived and given so much pleasure.
At present in many areas it looks to be giving the regular ROH inmates a run for it's money.
I think Hampy has given them a terrific new work and they did it proud today.
Foe my part I love Who Cares? and today we saw Tom display many of his attributes in a role that makes no obvious demands.
Well done ENB and let's see lots more like this.


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Kevin Ng

01-06-02, 10:57 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: ENB at the Opera House"
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   Steven, I share your enthusiasm for the cast of Apollo this afternoon led by Dmitri Gruzdyev. Thomas Edur was most charming as the soloist in Who Cares. And Beguina Cao, replacing Agnes Oaks, shone in her solo as well as in her pas de deux with Edur.


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Brendan McCarthymoderator

02-06-02, 03:21 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: ENB at the Opera House"
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   They had a very respectably full Opera House for their final performance on Saturday night. This company, which has strength in depth, can give the Royal Ballet a real run for its money. Christopher Hampson's Double Concerto looks even better second time around.

Intriguingly Hampson and Christopher Wheeldon were in the same year at the Royal Ballet School, and it is interesting to compare their two most recent works. Wheeldon may be the more intellectual of the two, but Hampson's ability to entertain and to delight an audience is, arguably, the rarer gift.

Double Concerto was danced with real elan (great to see Daria Klimentova dance in 'her' ballet. She had been injured when ENB were at the Coliseum in January). It is jokey, scintillating and absolutely delights the eye.

A good night - and a lively atmosphere at the ROH.


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Jonathan S

06-06-02, 06:21 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: ENB at the Opera House"
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   >Intriguingly Hampson and Christopher Wheeldon were
>in the same year at
>the Royal Ballet School, and
>it is interesting to compare
>their two most recent works.
>Wheeldon may be the more
>intellectual of the two, but
>Hampson's ability to entertain and
>to delight an audience is,
>arguably, the rarer gift.

I know what you meant by this, but just to make sure that your remark is not misconstrued, I should like to say that having known Chris (H) for many years, I count him as one of the most staggeringly intelligent and quick-witted polymaths I have ever had the pleasure to meet, and for every moment of entertainment or delight in his work, there is a PhD to be written on how it was achieved.



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Bruceadmin

06-06-02, 07:52 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: ENB at the Opera House"
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   >I know what you meant by
>this, but just to make
>sure that your remark is
>not misconstrued, I should like
>to say that having known
>Chris (H) for many years,
>I count him as one
>of the most staggeringly intelligent
>and quick-witted polymaths I have
>ever had the pleasure to
>meet, and for every moment
>of entertainment or delight in
>his work, there is a
>PhD to be written on
>how it was achieved.

There goes my theory that it was all down to too much drink!
(joke in v bad taste - forgive me J&H)

The one thing I always remember about the interview I did with Chris about 5 years ago (in a pub as it happens) is that he thought about the audience and wanted to please them. That was not in any West End 'sell-out' way, but just something that pervaded the way he went about his business. And it comes through on stage every time. All the talent and care for those out front - that's rather rare I think.



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alison

06-06-02, 01:08 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: ENB at the Opera House"
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   I thought they did really well, as well - very impressed with some of the performances. Double Concerto looked fine on the ROH stage, despite my slight misgivings about how well it would fit inside the narrower proscenium arch (compared with the Coliseum). Tom Edur and Begona Cao were excellent (again) in Who Cares?, and a special mention for a couple of the lower-ranked dancers: Cameron MacMillan in Who Cares? had a particularly good feel for the style, and Yosvani Ramos in Double Concerto: even in supporting roles, he still stands out. My only slight disappointment was in the casting of Double Concerto: following the departure of Monica Perego, Vladislav Bubnov was replaced by Jan-Erik Wikström, who I'd already seen 3 or 4 times in the part, and it would have been nice to see someone different. However, it was good to see, for the first time, Daria Klimentova in a role that was so obviously made on her that it didn't "feel" quite as right on the previous casts I'd seen. Lovely, particularly since she hadn't danced any of her scheduled performances that I'd booked to see since Giselle in the spring of last year!


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Robert

06-06-02, 04:24 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: ENB at the Opera House"
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   Did Daria Klimentova have a baby last year? I know she got married, and I thought moved to another company. Anyway it is good to see her back.


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sylvia

06-06-02, 04:45 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: ENB at the Opera House"
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   I think she must have had the baby more than a year ago. I saw her in ENB's Giselle last spring as well they were her first performances back.


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daria

08-06-02, 00:28 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: ENB at the Opera House"
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   I am still with English National Ballet.I have had baby girl Sabina 19 month ago.


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Bruceadmin

08-06-02, 07:43 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: ENB at the Opera House"
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   >I am still with English National
>Ballet.I have had baby girl
>Sabina 19 month ago.

Welcome Daria - loved the Double Concerto and looking forward to the Odette at the Albert Hall. Still don't really understand how or where Sabina fitted in you!!!


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daria

09-06-02, 10:46 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: ENB at the Opera House"
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   Thank you.I love Double Concerto!!!!


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Bruceadmin

16-06-02, 11:51 AM (GMT)
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13. "RE: ENB at the Opera House"
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   Daria and Sabina at work in the studio together! Apparently Sabina just started mimicking her mum spontaneously...


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