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AEHandley

02-06-02, 02:14 PM (GMT)
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"Swan Lake at the Palace"
 
   Just wanted to say that while I thought it was a little subdued - lack of audience I think was probably the issue here - the dancing was great. I'd never seen Bolle before - wow! And Yanowsky is just spot on. It's such a shame she's not given the chance to do the big tutu stuff as her technique is immaculate. She's great in more modern roles, of course, but her security of technique is such an asset. I'll try and see Bolle in something else sometime!


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Swan Lake at the Palace Ann Welsh 02-06-02 1
     RE: Swan Lake at the Palace Helen 02-06-02 2
         RE: Swan Lake at the Palace AEHandley 03-06-02 5
     RE: Swan Lake at the Palace sylvia 02-06-02 3
     RE: Swan Lake at the Palace AEHandley 03-06-02 4
         RE: Swan Lake at the Palace Lynette H 05-06-02 6
             RE: Swan Lake at the Palace Robert 05-06-02 7
             RE: Swan Lake at the Palace alison 05-06-02 8
                 RE: Swan Lake at the Palace Ann Welsh 05-06-02 9
                 RE: Swan Lake at the Palace AEHandley 05-06-02 10
                     RE: Swan Lake at the Palace emma 06-06-02 11
                     RE: Swan Lake at the Palace AEHandley 06-06-02 12

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Ann Welsh

02-06-02, 07:34 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Swan Lake at the Palace"
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   I thought that the whole thing was quite disgusting. Dancers of that calibre, relegated to that ballroom, so far away as to be pin-pricks was all too demeaning. Just goes to show what the BBC thinks of dance. I felt so sad for them, putting in all that effort for so little!


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Helen

02-06-02, 07:44 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Swan Lake at the Palace"
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   I thought the idea was to show the Act 3 pas de deux in its proper setting - a palace ballroom. That's what Anthony Dowell said, anyway. It was shown on big screens, got lots of applause - I think people could see it all right.

I hadn't seen Roberto Bolle before either, and was impressed by his dancing and (very) by his looks. Yanowsky I thought looked a bit nervous, at least at first, as if doubtful about the surface she was dancing on.

I was much more impressed with them than I was with Roberto Alagna (very dodgy intonation) or Kiri te Kanawa - absolutely awful diction. Sorry, we are meant to be talikng about ballet, I know!


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AEHandley

03-06-02, 12:27 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Swan Lake at the Palace"
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   >I was much more impressed with
>them than I was with
>Roberto Alagna (very dodgy intonation)
>or Kiri te Kanawa -
>absolutely awful diction. Sorry, we
>are meant to be talikng
>about ballet, I know!


Haven't got as far as Gheorgiu and Alagna yet but thought Kiri was fabulous, far exceeded my expectations. I didn't have a problem with her diction but she did seem very nervous. Relieved to see that Tom Allen still has it too - hope Rostropovich isn't a let-down. Toddler Tim was quite impressed by "the man jumping" to get back to the ballet point...


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sylvia

02-06-02, 11:27 PM (GMT)
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   Gosh, I thought it was actually a bit of a privledge to be allowed access to the ballroom, even if they had to dance to cameras rather than to a live audience. It was really nice to see the pdd in it's very authentic, very grand setting! Though I did wish that the cameras wouldn't keep showing off the ballroom at the expense of the dancers! And Zenaida and Roberto were just wonderful, wonderful! I'm so looking forward to Swan Lake next season!


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AEHandley

03-06-02, 12:25 PM (GMT)
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   Hey? THey were relayed on big screens so that the audience at the palace could see what we were seeing! I think they'd have been far happier with that than with having to be stuck outside!


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Lynette H

05-06-02, 04:14 PM (GMT)
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   In some ways it was all far from ideal - the orchestra miles away from the dancers, probably not the ideal floor - but all the same, seeing the pas de deux in a real royal ballroom complete with thrones and glittering chandeliers rather than a stage set gave a certain frisson. Presumably Yanowsky got to do this in place of the Odette/ Odile she was originally supposed to do on the Australia tour.


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Robert

05-06-02, 06:06 PM (GMT)
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   As the BBC were in charge we should be thankfull their was any ballet at all. I was suprised that they used dancers from overseas but then they also had singers from abroad so I will be accused of Nationalism or something worse. I like Yanovski's dancing and Bolle is both good and handsome. Did Dowell pick Yanovski as he promoted her and Stretton has shown little interest in using her talents.


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alison

05-06-02, 06:14 PM (GMT)
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   Yes, I just wish that the camera hadn't been *quite* so enamoured of the surroundings and paid more attention to the dancers. Having them hardly bigger than a matchstick on screen at times was pretty useless. I suppose that they had to keep the cameras off the dancefloor, but they obviously had zoom facilities and the like, and should have done a better job, I felt. I also felt sorry for the dancers - I assumed that they just had the orchestra piped in somehow, and that the ballroom floor was less than ideal for ballet-dancing (at least, that's why I assumed that changes were made to the choreography). It must have been very frustrating not having an audience to dance to.


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Ann Welsh

05-06-02, 08:41 PM (GMT)
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   Alison, thank you for that. I just thought that the whole thing seemed so barren. No supporting corps, just a big yawning (albeit glamorous) space and - as you say - probably piped music.

To think that someone of the calibre of Yanowsky had to be left behind to represent the RB for a really very small part of this pretty naff gala show I thought was sad.

And, Helen, I totally agree with you about Alagna. Did he ever hit a right note? I winced . And I'm by no means an expert on opera.


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AEHandley

05-06-02, 10:32 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Swan Lake at the Palace"
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   Just watched it again and really can't agree. I liked the zooms out - they happened at the right points of the piece IMO and were never such as to make the experience more distant than watching in the ROH. Re. the music being piped in - well, they were videolinked with the conductor, so they were really in exactly the same situation as they would have been in the ROH (if not slightly better in some ways - I suspect the music could be heard better through the sound system than from the stage). The dancers' lack of an audience was I think the only real problem. In response to Ann's point about Yanowsky "losing" her scheduled Oz performance to do this - somehow I doubt it! The RB Australian tour casting was only announced quite recently and this gala would have been set up many months ago. I also think that to call it naff is unfair. It far exceeded my expectations - really rather imaginative, I thought!


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emma

06-06-02, 11:18 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Swan Lake at the Palace"
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   I saw it in erm less than ideal circumstances, in the pub with different music playing and I was still impressed.
I havn't like Yanowsky before but this changed my mind.
Is she a dancer that is much much better close up?


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AEHandley

06-06-02, 10:57 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Swan Lake at the Palace"
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   TO placate Ann a little - now I've seen the whole concert I'm a bit less impressed. I still think naff is going too far (particularly given the quality of the performers pace Alagna who was clearly having an off night, not that he's the only world-class singer I've heard spend an entire performance out of tune) but the imagination didn't quite last the whole evening...


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