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Stuart Sweeney

24-01-00, 01:11 PM (GMT)
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"Celebration of International Choreography, ROH, 21/1/00"
 
   After the much publicised problems on Thursday night, the Friday performance of the Celebration of International Choreography went off without any apparent hitches. Surprise, surprise, there were no news items in the Press. The scene shifting went smoothly, with the precaution that the Page, which had caused so much trouble the night before, went on first.

I enjoyed the pace and physicality of Page's 'Hidden Variables'. I expected Mara Galeazzi to be good, but in the event, I thought she was exceptional, combining suppleness and precision and catching the spirit of the work deliciously. The rest of the cast danced with verve and there was no sign of the under-rehearsed look mentioned elsewhere for recent RB performances. Although I continued to enjoy it, I'd have to admit that there wasn't a lot of development in the second half. Apparently, Page was not as enthusiastic about the specially commissioned second part of the score as for the first, which already existed.

I also enjoyed Davies' 'A Stranger's Taste' without feeling that it ever caught fire. Four weeks to create a 30 minute work with dancers unused to your methods is a tall order and does not allow much time to discard sections and start again. Jenny Tattersall stole the show for me and I suspect that Davies enjoyed choreographing on her here, as well as in '13 Keys' for Dance Umbrella. Bruce Sansom looked at home dancing in a new style for him, but perhaps the understated subtlety of Davies suits his temperament.

Tharp's 'Known by Heart' left me cold, I'm afraid. I enjoy humorous pieces, but this seemed laboured with its references to every dance style known to man from Bharata Natyam to Broadway, hip-hop and ballet. Ethan Stiefel is a fine technician, but on the basis of the ABT 'Corsaire' video and here, I find his interpretations unsubtle.

'Remanso' was a different matter altogether. Beautiful dance enlivened, but not drowned by great wit. It was a rare treat to see Acosta and Cope dancing together with great skill and Urlezaga did well to hold his own in such company. Thinking back, perhaps 'Remanso' makes an impression because we expect all-male pieces to be fast, furious, macho affairs. This elegant and unhurried work breaks the mould and the mood is signified by the rose which is passed from dancer to dancer throughout the piece. I hope we see more of this work and others by Nacho Duato at Covent Garden.

Instead of Martins' Barber piece from the previous night, we had a solo from 'M' by Bejart. The steps provided a showcase for Juichi Kobayashi, who gave us an extraordinary 7 minutes. It seemed to me that he has it all - great strength and technique combined with delicacy and grace. He made an impression on me when he performed with the Bejart Company at Sadler's Wells in the early 90s and he looks even better now.

'The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude' really is Forsythe for those who don't like Forsythe. The neoclassical style came as such a shock that, taken together with its great pace, I need to see it again to form a clear opinion about it. Johan Kobborg and Victor Alvarez were stunning in the two male roles, coping with the extreme speed and difficulty with ease. Alvarez is yet another graduate of the Victor Ullate School in Madrid. Bearing in mind that Rojo and Corella were also there, the School can lay claim to being one of the best around at the moment. The women, Marianela Nunez, Sarah Wildor and Jaimie Tapper from the National Ballet of Canada, made less of an impression on me, but were encumbered with thin tutus, which stuck straight out and wobbled in an ugly fashion at every step.

Overall, a very good evening of ballet with interesting and varied choreography and some exceptional performances.


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  RE: Celebration of International Choreography, ROH, 21/1/00 jonathan 24-01-00 1
  RE: Celebration of International Choreography, ROH, 21/1/00 alison 28-01-00 2
  RE: Celebration of International Choreography, ROH, 21/1/00 Stuart Sweeney 31-01-00 3

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jonathan

24-01-00, 02:01 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Celebration of International Choreography, ROH, 21/1/00"
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   You can see & read more about Victor on his homepage at http://www.victor-alvarez.co.uk/


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alison

28-01-00, 01:13 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Celebration of International Choreography, ROH, 21/1/00"
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   I meant to say that it's not only been the ROH which has problems. I decided to give this bill a miss last Friday, and instead went to the RSC at the Barbican, where there was a 25-minute delay before the performance started - no apology, no explanation, nothing. (And something I went to on Saturday started very late as well - not a good week, really!)


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Stuart Sweeney

31-01-00, 01:29 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Celebration of International Choreography, ROH, 21/1/00"
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   I've received a nice e-mail from Victor Alvarez, who was guesting in the International Choreography programme. He points out that, apart from studying with Victor Ullate as described in the ROH programme, he also studied for many years with Julia Estevez who played the key role in his development as an artist.


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