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Eugene Merrett

01-01-00, 07:49 PM (GMT)
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"Nutcracker with Sarah Wildor"
   Where was every one for Sarah Wildor's Nutcracker debut on December 28th?

Personally I though her performance was not that great. She did not look very comfortable in the pdd.

I certainly preferred the second act of the RB Nutcracker to both the ENB and the BRB, I think it was the gentle set designs and glamourous tutus that one me over. O.K Bruce maybe design does matter.

However the first act looked terribly dated - it most had a Victorian feel to it! I urge the RB to think about given these sets a lick of paint at the very least!!

I never could understand why directors have so much difficulty with the Nutcraker. Why cannot they have as child given lots of presents at Christmas. When she falls asleep she dreams of a never-never Kingdom of princes, ballerinas, sweets, toys etc. She wakes up the next morning happy and contented at her dreams. It is a unpretentious appreciation of the vivid imagination Children have. There is no need for child psychology, questionable Freudian overtons or sexual innuendo.

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  RE: Nutcracker with Sarah Wildor Michael 02-01-00 1
  RE: Nutcracker with Sarah Wildor Kate R 02-01-00 2
     RE: Nutcracker with Sarah Wildor Stephanie 04-01-00 3
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02-01-00, 04:36 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Nutcracker with Sarah Wildor"
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   Sarah has such exquisite poise and epaulement that she is always a joy to watch. I agree her footwork might not be up to the standard of Yoshida or Durante but she projects real joy in performance. I suspect some of her discomfort related to Bruce, who is neither as strong or lithe as he once was - age I am afraid - and was the least effective Prince for me so far. At least she had the better conductor in Poliachev - Andrea Quinn seems to have a knack of sabotaging and does not seem to have the confidence of the orchestra. Quinn did not help Viviana and Carlos Acosta in their solos. The pdd was glorious, she looked so glamorous and he is so regal, and I am sure they were happier without the white wigs. However they were woefully out of synch in the coda.

I have been very impressed by Zenaida Yanowskys superbly commanding Rose Fairy and sinuous Araba, and by Christina McDermotts sunny and secure Sugar Plum and Rose Fairy.

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Kate R

02-01-00, 11:27 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Nutcracker with Sarah Wildor"
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   Sarah may nor be the greatest classical ballerina in the Company but neither is its "greatest" goung to win oscars for her acting.

Sarah exuded a rare charm and her interpretation of the solo was exquisite.

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04-01-00, 12:58 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Nutcracker with Sarah Wildor"
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   I am in a very lucky position to have been able to see most of the castings of the Nutcracker and feel that Sarah was one of the best (Viv being my favourite. She has a sweetness that is so charming and beautiful lines - even if Bruce didn't always do her full justice - I think he nearly dropped her at one point!!

The night she danced (was it the 28th?) I was in the amphi and had to seat Adam Cooper (IN BLACK LEATHER TROUSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). After her solo it was so heartwarming to watch him clap enthusistically and "bravo" her. Bless

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04-01-00, 01:07 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Nutcracker with Sarah Wildor"
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   I saw this performance too. I thought Sarah & Bruce were completely sabotaged by the terrible conductor. Bruce's solo went at a snail's pace, no wonder he started to flag. I thought it was a pretty poor performance on the whole, and things only cheered up with the arrival of Gillian Revie as the Rose Fairy. I did think Sarah was very good, the best CG Sugar Plum I have seen since Fiona Chadwick & Nina Ananashivili.

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