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eugene merrett

19-10-99, 10:54 PM (GMT)
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"Irek Mukhamedev and company - some quick points"
 
   Well worth seeing

Best bit Roland Petit's Bolero and Tucket's new ballet set to the music of Louis Armstrong! Great sexual chemistry between Asylmuratova and Irek Mukhamadev. The former looked quite stunning in the Louis Armstrong ballet.

Other works (without Irek and Altynai) no so good. Sadly we see another rambling nonsense by Ashley Page! Also sorry to say that Mukhamdev very own choreography - ballet Class rather disappointing.

But there are some great bits in it and it always a pleasure to see the great Asylmuratova! Irek looks leaner then he use to be.


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  RE: Irek Mukhamedev and company - some quick points Bruce Madmin 21-10-99 1
     RE: Irek Mukhamedev and company - some quick points Jane S 21-10-99 2
     RE: Irek Mukhamedev and company - some quick points Anneliese 21-10-99 3
         RE: Irek Mukhamedev and company - some quick points gerald dowler 22-10-99 4
             RE: Irek Mukhamedev and company - some quick points Stuart Sweeney 22-10-99 5
                 RE: Irek Mukhamedev and company - some quick points alison 25-10-99 7
         RE: Irek Mukhamedev and company - some quick points alison 25-10-99 6
             RE: Irek Mukhamedev and company - some quick points Julia Matheson 29-10-99 8

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Bruce Madmin

21-10-99, 00:42 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Irek Mukhamedev and company - some quick points"
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Have to do a proper review but some brief thoughts as a response to Eugenes...

I enjoyed the Page and the Tuckett. I'd better repeat that first item of news - I enjoyed the Page!

The 2 classical pdd from Musavarova and Akhmetov were rather outstanding - technically they are a very impressive couple. Kobborg also danced well with Natalia Ogneva in Carnival in Venice - some old Petipa. But it can't be easy dancing such spectacular stuff without a conductor to respond appropriately and at times it looked too rushed.

Petit's Bolero did not do so very much for me and I would like to have seen Asymuratova doing at least one classical piece. While I enjoyed many of the individual contributions the evening overall had a village hall feeling and they need to create space between some of the works... I don't think I was the only one to think the second and third pieces were part of Mukhamedov's opening number. And I don't think Irek would be best advised to give up his day job just yet for a life of choreography!

Nice to see new dancers and some new choreography. If you like Irek you already have your tickets, but I think to see the best of what he is about would still be to see him dance in Manon with the RB - or in some other meaty full length work.


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Jane S

21-10-99, 01:48 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Irek Mukhamedev and company - some quick points"
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   I'd have gone home quite happy after the first ten minutes - Asylmuratova doing simple exercises at the barre is worth anyone's ticket money. I can't match Bruce's enthusiasm for the Russian couple, especially in La Sylphide, but I did like the other Russian, Ogneva.


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Anneliese

21-10-99, 01:58 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Irek Mukhamedev and company - some quick points"
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   Glad to read this review - it shows I haven't missed TOO much! Having said that, I'd still pay good money to watch Irek play hopscotch... I will just set my sights on getting to Covent Garden for Manon in the spring (by then I will be able to have a babysitter for an evening, won't I? Please tell me I will!). I would have loved to have seen Bolero, though. I suppose this week was the only date/place that they're doing?


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gerald dowler

22-10-99, 08:23 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Irek Mukhamedev and company - some quick points"
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   Well, very much a curates egg. Some good, some very sixth-form revue stuff.
I thought the Russian couple very disappointing - Moskowsky Waltz lacked all the fire and Soviet brashness it needs and Sylphiide was cute and affected (she) and laboured and earthbound (he).
The Carnaval de Venise (Petipa would never have given it an English title) I thought excellent, but Kobborg was superb - a real irony that HE wasn't dancing the Bournoville -. Bolero, I'm afraid confirmed my long held belief that Petit really isn't a good or imaginative choreographer. Tuckett's was, by contrast, excellent with the pair reminding me very much of Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. Class was OK but Etude has cornered the market in class ballets. I liked the Ashley Page. Also noteworthy was how well the RB dancers looked in the context - they have nothing to be worried about !


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Stuart Sweeney

22-10-99, 08:38 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Irek Mukhamedev and company - some quick points"
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   LAST EDITED ON 22-Oct-99 AT 08:45 PM (GMT)

A bit boring to say so, but I agree with all Gerald's comments. The Bolero was naff choreography, turned into something very interesting by the superb performers and Bruce is right when he says that it would have been better to see Assylmurtova in something that was less of a vulger knockabout.

My additional thought is that Mara Galeazzi danced beautifully in the overlong class and the Page. How long before I get the chance to see her in a lead role in a full length RB performance?


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alison

25-10-99, 01:19 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Irek Mukhamedev and company - some quick points"
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   Stuart's posting reminds me that the one thing the evening really made me remember is what a fine, beautifully neat dancer Yohei Sasaki is.


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alison

25-10-99, 01:17 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Irek Mukhamedev and company - some quick points"
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   I *thought* they were touring, but haven't any details. Is there anything on the database?


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Julia Matheson

29-10-99, 12:54 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Irek Mukhamedev and company - some quick points"
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   Sadly - the company is not touring - the Russian dancers have all had to return to their home companies and the Royal Ballet dancers also are very busy with the Royal's new season.

Maybe another time.


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