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Anneliese

21-01-00, 06:36 PM (GMT)
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"Video of "Fille""
 
   Following the discussion of Lesley Collier as Aurora I decided to watch my Xmas present video today (baby Tim enjoyed it too!). Lesley was as radiant as I remember - her acting was right for film as well as stage and her technique was rock solid (lovely feet). Brian Shaw's dancing as Widow Simone was first-rate (a very stylish clog dance), and his interpretation of the role was very sympathetic - the widow wasn't a caricature in this performance by any means (perhaps Mr. Page should watch the video?). Garry Grant made a touching and nimble Alain - very nicely shaped interpretation and well danced too. Melbon Mackie, principal bassoon, was heard as clearly as ever. The letdown for me in this performance was Michael Coleman. I felt that his footwork was messy and his turns not sharp - and he also almost dropped Lesley in Act 1. Remembering him as Jeremy Fisher ten years earlier I was disappointed. To all those who said that Irek "couldn't really dance any more", well, last January his performance as Colas was way way ahead of Michael Colemen's on this video. You just can't get away from those Bolshoi jumps! He also had more sparkle. This isn't a review per se, just a few thoughts - and confirmation that Lesley Collier was a real gem.


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  RE: Video of "Fille" Eugene Merrett 21-01-00 1
  RE: Video of "Fille" Nicola 22-01-00 2
  RE: Video of "Fille" alison 24-01-00 3

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Eugene Merrett

21-01-00, 09:07 PM (GMT)
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   Lesley Collier La Fille is one the most glorious performances ever captured on video. She has glorious footwork and speed. She is also exquisitely charming and adorable. At hardly matters about Coleman's shortcomings as Collier shines through so radiantely.


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Nicola

22-01-00, 12:52 PM (GMT)
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   It was the video of this performance that first hooked me on ballet in the first place. It is still my all time favourite ballet video (now is that another idea for a ballet.co poll?)

The ballet is a perfect introduction to ballet and when you have such an exceptional Lise then you have an excellent mixture.

We are very lucky that technology allows us to relive these performances - though nothing will ever replace the experience of seeing ballet live.


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alison

24-01-00, 01:19 PM (GMT)
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   Glad to hear Collier was good, as I got the same vid for my birthday, but haven't got round to watching it yet!


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