HomeMagazineListingsUpdateLinksContexts

 


 Ballet.co Postings Pages

 Some Special Threads:
  GPDTalk about George Piper Dances ! NEW !
  NBTTalk about Northern Ballet Theatre
  SBTalk about Scottish Ballet
  ENBTalk about English National Ballet
  BRBTalk about Birmingham Royal Ballet
  TodaysLinks - worldwide daily dance links
  Ballet.co GetTogethers - meetings and drinks...

  Help on New Postings


Subject: "Swan Lake - some thoughts" Archived thread - Read only
 
  Previous Topic | Next Topic
Printer-friendly copy     Email this topic to a friend    
Conferences What's Happening Topic #335
Reading Topic #335
eugene

29-10-99, 12:01 PM (GMT)
Click to EMail eugene Click to send private message to eugene Click to add this user to your buddy list  
"Swan Lake - some thoughts"
 
   Perhaps the best production of Swan Lake I have seen. Intelligent dramatically with good sets and designs (set in the mid 18th century). Fairly straigt forward choreography.

Has a pas de deux in the final act but uses non- Swan Lake music (Serenade Meloncholique). Very poignant. Most production that have an Act 4 pas de deux tend to use a bit from the rarely performed pas de six - great music but it is only 2 minutes and ends rather abrubtly. But by using Serenade Melancholique the pdd can last 5 minutes making it more effective.

Yan Yan Taing was lovely in the main role especially in the second and fourth act - more vulnerable then regal perhaps. A nice set of 32 fouettes in Act 3. Beautiful sinewy arms - wonderfully expressive.

Really worth seeing - puts Dowell's montrousity to shame!

No intermission between Act 3-4. This gives it better dramatic balance then no intemission between 1-2. However it makes it difficult to have a grand ensemble dance at the beginning of the Act 4 because only dancers who were not in Act 3 can appear (there is not time to change costumes!). The result is that the opening ACt 4 dance was not overwhelming.


  Printer-friendly page | Top

  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Swan Lake - some thoughts Bruce Madmin 29-10-99 1
     RE: Swan Lake - some thoughts Jenny Delaney 29-10-99 2
  RE: Swan Lake - some thoughts Jane S 29-10-99 3
  RE: Swan Lake - some thoughts Bruce Wall 29-10-99 4
  RE: Swan Lake - some thoughts Bruce Madmin 01-11-99 5

Conferences | Topics | Previous Topic | Next Topic
Bruce Madmin

29-10-99, 02:14 PM (GMT)
Click to EMail Bruce%20M Click to send private message to Bruce%20M Click to view user profileClick to add this user to your buddy list  
1. "RE: Swan Lake - some thoughts"
In response to message #0
 
   >Yan Yan Taing was lovely in the
>main role especially in the second
>and fourth act - more vulnerable
>then regal perhaps. A nice
>set of 32 fouettes in Act
>3. Beautiful sinewy arms -
>wonderfully expressive.

Yes but what of Yuan Yuan Tan?! (just kidding Eugene and I've probably misspelt her name as well!)

I'm both pleased and sad to hear how well she danced: pleased for obvious reasons and sad because I missed it.


  Printer-friendly page | Top
Jenny Delaney

29-10-99, 02:37 PM (GMT)
Click to EMail Jenny%20Delaney Click to send private message to Jenny%20Delaney Click to add this user to your buddy list  
2. "RE: Swan Lake - some thoughts"
In response to message #1
 
   And let us not forget that ballet.co-ers attending tonight or tomorrow afternoon will also get to see the one and only Sara Sessions doing big swans and the Czardas!

Go on, what are you waiting for? Ballet.co's cover girl on stage!

(Thanks Sara, that'll be 10 for the plug.)


  Printer-friendly page | Top
Jane S

29-10-99, 02:51 PM (GMT)
Click to EMail Jane%20S Click to send private message to Jane%20S Click to view user profileClick to add this user to your buddy list  
3. "RE: Swan Lake - some thoughts"
In response to message #0
 
   I'd agree about the production - a nice change to see the story so straightforwardly told; but I was less impressed by the choreography, and found the whole of Act 4 rather thin, whilst there was maybe too much in Act 1 - it looked as if he'd tried to stuff too many different steps into the pas de trois, for instance. The sets and costumes are very pretty, but I personally find the 18th century setting rather at odds with the music and the story. I liked Nedviguine in the pd3, and Feijoo was terrific in the Spanish Dance - first time in years I've actually enjoyed that number. Tan is a lovely dancer but I found her a bit inexpressive - the best bit was just before her exit in Act 2, when she suddenly seemed to come alive dramatically.


  Printer-friendly page | Top
Bruce Wall

29-10-99, 03:35 PM (GMT)
Click to EMail Bruce%20Wall Click to send private message to Bruce%20Wall Click to add this user to your buddy list  
4. "RE: Swan Lake - some thoughts"
In response to message #0
 
   I was a little disappointed with the Swan Lake, or perhaps it was just my mood. It seemed a little tired to me, but then I was extremely so ... so...... please take my comments as read -- and this was only in comparison with some very vital work earlier in the week.

What was a great joy for me, however, was to see Jorge Esquivel - that great Cuban spitfire - as a dancing von Rothbart. That he is still dancing at all is a marvel. The opening of Act 11 showed his keen prowess has not been dimmed; his stage-sweeping prowess has in no sense been diminished. Oh those lucky students at the SFB School. Memories flooded back of all those vastly exciting performances I saw him share with Alonso. It is of course impossible to bring those days back, but how wonderful to have been given such a vital reminder. It was also lovely to see the Royal Ballet Students actually employed in a production where they were let dance. This is one tradition, a la Balanchine, which I agree with Tommasson should be very much encouraged. It seemed the audience too was in keen agreement.

Please forgive my comments re: Esquivel above which surely for most must read simply as a rather selfish personal reminder of an ever fading past. However, for the present -- i.e., the remainder of this week -- please keep your eyes peeled should he appear again. At least here the past is made very vital in the present.

Cheers for now, Bruce.


  Printer-friendly page | Top
Bruce Madmin

01-11-99, 01:02 AM (GMT)
Click to EMail Bruce%20M Click to send private message to Bruce%20M Click to view user profileClick to add this user to your buddy list  
5. "RE: Swan Lake - some thoughts"
In response to message #0
 
   I've done a review..

http://www.ballet.co.uk/magazines/yr_99/nov99/bm_rev_sfb2_1099.htm


  Printer-friendly page | Top

Conferences | Topics | Previous Topic | Next Topic

 
Questions or problems regarding this bulletin board should be directed to Bruce Marriott