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phil

18-07-02, 07:32 AM (GMT)
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"alina's tatiana "
 
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i thoroughly enjoyed last nights performance of onegin ...alina's transformation from gawky bookworm to sophisticated princess was astonishing, i honestly did a double take when she appeared at the ball in act 3 (and i was sitting in the second row of the stalls so i was close enough to see her face) ...the way that she conveys every changing emotion with such clarity ,often with the most minute gesture is truly remarkable ..her partnership with kobborg was as magical as ever ..the act 1 bedroom pdd was breathtaking ..cojocaru took on the fluidity of a pashmina scarf as she was twirled around..the confidence they
have in each other makes the audience feel at times as if they are watching a circus highwire act without a safety net ..i thought that the whole company gave a very strong performance ... my only slight criticism was that i found kobborg's acting a little hammy ..verging at times into silent melodrama villain territory ..but maybe i was just sitting too close or perhaps he had had one gin too many !


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: alina's tatiana meunier 18-07-02 1
     RE: alina's tatiana Paul A 18-07-02 2
         RE: alina's tatiana SLH 18-07-02 3
             RE: alina's tatiana Cathryn 18-07-02 4
                 RE: alina's tatiana alison 18-07-02 7
                     RE: alina's tatiana Cathryn 18-07-02 8
                         RE: alina's tatiana alison 18-07-02 9
                 RE: alina's tatiana Tomoko.A 18-07-02 10
                     RE: alina's tatiana K 18-07-02 11
                     RE: alina's tatiana alison 19-07-02 12
             RE: alina's tatiana alison 18-07-02 6
         RE: alina's tatiana alison 18-07-02 5
             RE: alina's tatiana katharine kanter 22-07-02 13
                 RE: alina's tatiana Paul A 22-07-02 14

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meunier

18-07-02, 09:24 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: alina's tatiana "
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   I was there last night as well, and too thought that Alina was exquisite. I did not feel the Company, however, danced on an international level and am pleased that fate has intervened and that they are not filming this particular performance. I do, however, disagree about Kobborg, however. He shaped Alina's performance with a musicality which Cooper could only but have dreamed of but just two night's earlier. Kobborg listened. We responded. Kobborg has the technical acumen to be sufficiently free to toss those details away for himself and concentrate on a dramatic interpretation with us all. It is generosity personified to a lyrical level. He is, I feel, to the RB what Peter Boal has most majestically become to NYCB. Would that this company as a whole were able to rise to Kobborg's level. Then, I promise you, Phil, the courage of his projection would not, as it so often was last evening, be left hanging by its own petard. Well Kobborg's artistry should be supported. He is that special entity: An aspiration setter. The RB are honoured to have him amongst their midst.


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Paul A

18-07-02, 09:35 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: alina's tatiana "
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   >I did not feel the Company,
>however, danced on an international
>level


Does anybody know - when did the company get back to London. Are they as jet lagged as some have commented. How long have they had to prepare for the summer season?


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SLH

18-07-02, 10:15 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: alina's tatiana "
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   The last act pdd brought tears to my eyes last night. Infact, I still feel slightly shaken this morning, even after a good nights sleep! Cojocaru and Kobborg are both truly remarkable artists and arguably the best partnership that I have seen at the RB in many years. Just can't wait to see their Manon and Des Grieux next season....


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Cathryn

18-07-02, 10:50 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: alina's tatiana "
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   I'm afraid I was really disappointed last night. I know little about the technicality of ballet so I watch it for the magic and the beauty and lyricism. I'm also someone who generally adores everything and hates moaning minnies, but Onegin felt like a letdown. I saw Rojo and Cooper dance Onegin in October and was completely blown away. Last night was such a disappointment. Yes, Alina was fabulous (as ever) and had me in tears at the end when this tiny little girl sends him packing, but nothing else quite had the magic right. Olga and Lensky felt very shaky and uncomfortable(probably because they were both replacements and admittedly did a great job at short notice). Kobborg was fabulous as Onegin at the beginning when he's all icy (such a sexy role), but at the end, when he's supposed to be heartbroken he came across as wheedling and slimy, a bit like a Dickens baddie!!
I was really disappointed by the mirror scene as well -I remembered Tamara being breathtakingly thrown around and apart from a few AMAZING momenets, I didn't feel Alina and Johann had that 'throwing it all to the wind' thing going on.
I did think Christopher Saunders was just lovely, and the last scene was really gutting... but I came out feeling a bit bereft.
And then there was the tube strike...but that's another story.


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alison

18-07-02, 01:06 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: alina's tatiana "
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   Er... Christopher Saunders?!


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Cathryn

18-07-02, 04:41 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: alina's tatiana "
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   I'm sure it was he who danced Gremin although I may be wrong! He was just so gentle and dignified that the scene was really endearing and tender to watch.


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alison

18-07-02, 05:39 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: alina's tatiana "
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   No, it was Bennett (sp?) Gartside.


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Tomoko.A

18-07-02, 06:16 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: alina's tatiana "
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   Who danced Olga and Lensky ?


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K

18-07-02, 07:54 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: alina's tatiana "
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   Alina's performance was wonderful and she projected the emotions of Tatiana just right. Agree with Cathryn about Kobborg in Act 3 though. He was fantastic as the aloof, disinterested rake in the first two acts, but he was such a creep in the last!

Putrov and Jane Burn danced Lensky and Olga. Burn was a little shaky in the first act but warmed up after that. Putrov did amaze me with some new found acting skills. He does a very convinving Lensky.

The corps were a little off especially in the second act with one of the couples completely out of sync with the others and another where the the guy couldn't lift his partner for long enough!

The last pas de deux was touching but Tatiana's dismissal of Onegin was really abrupt and it seemed a bit off i.e. it didn't convey her change of heart to him very well...maybe that was just me though!

Good night otherwise


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alison

19-07-02, 01:39 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: alina's tatiana "
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   Burn and Putrov again.


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alison

18-07-02, 01:05 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: alina's tatiana "
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   Actually, after their performance of the bedroom pdd at the end of the last season, I was rather hoping to see Kobborg and Benjamin in that, but I expect you're right.


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alison

18-07-02, 01:03 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: alina's tatiana "
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   I suspect that the company probably came back in dribs and drabs, I expect some of the principals earlier so that they could be well rested (and rehearse!). Given their schedule in Australia, the main body probably couldn't have got back until less than a week before first night, and then of course they'd need some time off to recover from the jetlag, so make your own deductions. They must have been doing some rehearsing on tour and beforehand, but how much I wouldn't like to guess.


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katharine kanter

22-07-02, 10:33 AM (GMT)
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13. "RE: alina's tatiana "
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   LAST EDITED ON 22-07-02 AT 10:38 AM (GMT)

A few notes in haste, as this sort of dancing merits more thought.

Alina Cojocaru IS the face that launched a thousand ships. This is a person of true spiritual beauty, no matter how one might cavil about this or that aspect of her technique. The performance she, Johann Kobborg and Ivan Putrov gave on the 17th, is one of the greatest theatrical experiences in my forty years with the stage. And, plainly, they had all read a certain not-unknown poem, "Eugene Onegin", by a certain not-unknown author, one Pushkin.

I specifically mention this point, because one might perhaps tend to forget that Pushkin considered himself to be a classicist. Like Goethe and Schiller, he rejected the romantic movement, and in fact, his "Oneguin" is an ATTACK on the Russian version of Young Werther, viz., the cad. Tatiana, as he sees it, is wise, and lucky to escape from the clutches of an idle "viveur".


The interpretation Alina and Johann gave of the two leading roles was, I do believe, extremely accurate and true to Pushkin, in addition of course, to the fact that they are on the same intellectual wave-length. The same of Ivan Putrov. This was not over the top, it was not cheap, wringing out every drop of emotion in some expressionist orgy. This Tatiana, Oneguin and Lensky were strictly classical and thus far above the anti-Pushkin naturalism of a Marcia Haydée.

To see three young people identify themselves with an ancient art form in so rigorously classical a way, proves that there is hope for the future of the ballet.

On the 18th, Miss Galeazzi and Adam Cooper did all the things one had hoped they would not. It was romantic mush, and quite offensive, actually. Mr. Cooper has a very pretty face and figure, and is, clearly, keenly aware of that fact, a thing I always find intensely embarrassing. As he is also a great strapping fellow, why he miffed several lifts in the mirror pas de deux with a woman who is technically, quite competent, is beyond me.

Jane Burn was manifestly rehearsing on stage on the 17th. But on the following night, with the Galeazzi-led cast, many of the difficulties had been ironed out, and there was some creditable dancing.

My only regret is that the injury to Tamara Rojo prevented her from dancing Tatiana on the 18th, as it would surely have been a challenging and most exciting interpretation.

After years of watching the POB, to see the RB corps galumphing about on stage like a herd of baby rhinoceri is always something of a shock. Let this not be taken to mean that I think the ladies are fat ! They may be slightly more corpulent than the POB, but then, not everyone need look like a pet giraffe from Claude Bessy's ménagerie. No, what I mean is that, although one can indeed have too much of a good thing, a little TECHNIQUE now and then would do no harm ! And, of course, the corps was blatantly under-rehearsed, always a great help when one has got technical problems to contend with as well...

I am not suggesting for one moment that the RB corps cannot dance. They certainly can act, much better, in fact, than the POB corps, because they are not CYNICAL. But the corps needs technical help - sloppy feet, inter alia. Is anyone listening ?

One last point. Were I Ross Stretton, and no matter how much that may temporarily disappoint the public, I should be careful not to allow that little beauty, Alina, to dance too much in the next few months. In the Ukraine, they taught her to pick up the leg, from the youngest age. As her bone structure is feather-light, the leg flies up easily, but the ligaments are nonetheless weakened.

Moreover, when one picks up the leg, no matter how light the bone structure, the centre cannot be firmly held. Thus, and even when one weighs but 40 kilos, which I believe Miss Cojocaru does, the full force and impetus bears down on the foot. I am not the first to remark that her feet are overly delicate, and indeed, sometimes not fully stretched. Nor is this helped by the Russian-style, narrow platform shoe, no matter how pretty that might look. Ross Stretton has the future of a person who, by normal standards, would be termed a "genius", in his hands, and we can only hope that he will make sure that Miss Cojocaru gets the technical assistance she needs to be dancing for several decades.


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Paul A

22-07-02, 11:22 AM (GMT)
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14. "RE: alina's tatiana "
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Mr. Cooper has
>a very pretty face and
>figure, and is, clearly, keenly
>aware of that fact, a
>thing I always find intensely
>embarrassing.

Which is why his Gremin was so wrong too.

>After years of watching the POB,
>to see the RB corps
>galumphing about on stage like
>a herd of baby rhinoceri
>is always something of a
>shock.

Impressed that the opening tableau of act three didn't get a curtain rise round of applause - it's practically written in.


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