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Bruceadmin

07-06-02, 07:47 AM (GMT)
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"RB in Sydney"
 
   They've opened.. how was it?!


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  RE: RB in Sydney sylvia 08-06-02 1
     RE: RB in Sydney Flight 08-06-02 2
         RE: RB in Sydney sylvia 08-06-02 3
             RE: RB in Sydney Brendan McCarthymoderator 09-06-02 4
  Not Good - Rojo and Guillem cast changes Bruceadmin 09-06-02 5
  RE: RB in Sydney Gattie 10-06-02 6
  RE: RB in Sydney Bruceadmin 11-06-02 7
     RE: RB in Sydney Bruceadmin 11-06-02 8
     RE: RB in Sydney Bruceadmin 11-06-02 10
         RE: RB in Sydney SLH 12-06-02 11
             RE: RB in Sydney Bruceadmin 13-06-02 12
     RE: RB in Sydney alison 13-06-02 13

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sylvia

08-06-02, 06:19 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: RB in Sydney"
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   Wish I was writing a review for this! Hope it's ok to post this but for those suffering from RB deprivation there a really nice one from Sydney on balletalert.

http://www.balletalert.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&postid=43395#post43395


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Flight

08-06-02, 07:32 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: RB in Sydney"
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   She said Darcey had 'floppy feet'!


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sylvia

08-06-02, 07:35 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: RB in Sydney"
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   Well ok, apart from that it was nice!


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Brendan McCarthymoderator

09-06-02, 05:30 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: RB in Sydney"
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   LAST EDITED ON 09-06-02 AT 05:50 PM (GMT)

Jill Sykes, the Sydney Morning Herald's critic, was underwhelmed by the first night, and happier with Saturday's performance.

"On opening night, Darcey Bussell demonstrated her superb abilities in the dual role of Odette-Odile. Her flexibility is astonishing, turning every phrase into a creamy flow of movement that gives no sense of difficulty. Her long limbs make the choreography (Petipa and Ivanov) look even better and she was gallantly partnered by Jonathan Cope, who has been playing the role of Prince Siegfried in this production by Anthony Dowell since its premiere in 1987. Yet, compelling as their dancing was, they failed to make an impact emotionally in this enduring story of a bored prince, an encounter leading to true love, accidental betrayal and death - with manipulation by a queen mother and an evil spirit who has condemned a group of young women to live as swans by day. It took the Saturday night cast of Jaimie Tapper (lifted from first soloist to a principal role) and Gael Lambiotte to capture my emotions as Odette-Odile and Siegfried. Tapper does not have Bussell's extraordinary technical quality but she has an eloquence in her body language that gives theatrical heart to her portrayal."

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/06/09/1022982796906.html

Also I found this feature via the RB website. 'State of the Arts' interviews Anthony Russell-Roberts.
http://www.stateart.com.au/sota/performing/default.asp?fid=496


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Bruceadmin

09-06-02, 06:38 PM (GMT)
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5. "Not Good - Rojo and Guillem cast changes"
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   Sadly there are some changes re Tamara Rojo and Sylvie Guillem - more here:
http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/news/1193.html#26


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Gattie

10-06-02, 04:16 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: RB in Sydney"
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   Firstly, on Darcey and Jonathan. There was a review in the Daily Telegraph (I think), that had quotes from famous ppl at the opening night gushing over her. I think the PM said that she was "wonderful, beautiful and brilliant" and someone else said "I've fallen in love with her". The review basically said that while Darcey was very beautiful (funny how every reviewer has to mention that) and wonderful, Jonathan was a bit lacking in the expression department.

Meanwhile, I saw Leanne Benjamin and Robert Tewsley. She was a very good actress, and while I didn't really connect with her emotionally through the whole ballet, there were a couple of really heart-wrenching moments. She had trouble in Act III with her solos, where it was evident that she had lost some of her confidence. But she recovered nicely by the end of the act.
As for Robert Tewsley (who was every part the noble handsome prince), words couldn't describe how wonderful he was. It wasn't the technique that blew me away, it was his superb acting. He was perfect in portraying Seigfred, with the joy, confusion and pain. I really hope that I will be able to see him again in the future.
The orchestra wasn't very good though. I was very surprised that the players made many mistakes throughout the ballet. Eg: wrong notes, notes out of tune..etc.
Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I can't wait to see Giselle this weekend.


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Bruceadmin

11-06-02, 06:39 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: RB in Sydney"
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A rare spot of cross-posting here. I thought a copy in this thread would be useful. The original posting is at:
http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/2792.html#19

Originaly posted by Michelle Potter:

Well I have to say I was a bit taken aback by Shaaron's review and went to Sydney wondering what to expect. While my comments don't bear all that much relationship to what has been said in this thread I can't resist posting. The opening in Sydney was a knockout as far as I'm concerned. And it wasn't just because of the principals (Bussell and Cope) but more because the entire company danced (and acted) with such spirit. For example, I haven't seen such expressiveness in the upper body for years. It was almost like seeing ballet for the first time - no kidding. I saw two more performances. Different principals etc but the qualities that I loved in the dancing on opening night hadn't dimmed one bit. Hatley and Meissner in the Neapolitan just blew me away. I was sitting close enough to hear Hatley give a little shout of excitement before they started the dance proper and this epitomised for me what the show was like. Everyone, but everyone, looked as though they were there to dance their hearts out because they just loved doing it. And as for Marianela Nunez, what a gorgeously expansive mover she is. My companion turned to me at one stage and said 'Are you sure this is Swan Lake?' And he didn't mean it was different from the version we are used to here in Australia (Anne Woolliams), which indeed is very different, but that at last he felt engaged. The Ashes are yours.


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Bruceadmin

11-06-02, 06:49 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: RB in Sydney"
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   Thank you so much Michelle. I'm so glad you noticed the sparkle across the company - everybody takes the plot 'seriously' and the story comes much more to life. It's one of the reasons Guillem hangs out with us! And great to hear about Belinda Hatley - she is much loved but has had horrid injury problem for many months and is only recently back.


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Bruceadmin

11-06-02, 07:27 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: RB in Sydney"
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Michelle also has a piece in todays Canberra Times - more on the Todays links thread:
http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/2802.html#3


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SLH

12-06-02, 04:19 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: RB in Sydney"
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   Does anyone down under have any feedback on Alina Cojocaru's debut in Swan Lake? I believe she was due to make her debut today but will have already happened now due to 10/12 hour time difference.


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Bruceadmin

13-06-02, 10:42 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: RB in Sydney"
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Valerie Lawson who writes for the Sydney Morning Herald, amongst others, in Oz has kindly (very kindly) done a review for us. I've put it up on a separate thread at:
http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/2808.html


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alison

13-06-02, 01:44 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: RB in Sydney"
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   >it wasn't just because of
>the principals (Bussell and Cope)
>but more because the entire
>company danced (and acted) with
>such spirit.

They do - that's one of the great things about the Royal Ballet, especially that even in minor roles the dancers tend to throw themselves into everything.

Hatley and Meissner
>in the Neapolitan just blew
>me away. I was sitting
>close enough to hear Hatley
>give a little shout of
>excitement before they started the
>dance proper and this epitomised
>for me what the show
>was like.

Yes, Belinda's gorgeous in that role, I seem to remember.

And as for
>Marianela Nunez, what a gorgeously
>expansive mover she is.

What was "she* doing? If you see her with a number of other dancers, you realise that she can be too expansive for her own good at times .


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