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eugene

23-03-00, 12:57 PM (GMT)
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"Ashton triple bill - some thoughts"
 
   Anthony Dowell must be the Bob Ayling of the ballet world. Anything he touches turns to dust. Rendervous is the another in a long line of Dowell disasters. As soon as the curtain opened I nearly went into shock at the appalling designs. The ballet itself is also complete fluff with poor music, uninispiring choreography. It should never have been revived and I have no time for this kind of work.

Symphonic Variations is the exact opposite. God help Dowell if he ever tried to tinker with that ballet. But it never seems to be quite right in performance. I think you can never have too many rehersal of this ballet. Durante was superb but why did they put Jane Burn in? Her lack of timing is legendary so what is she doing in this ballet where timing and musically is everthing.

I did however greatly admire Maurgerite and Armound. I thought Sylvie Gulliem is pefectly cast. Her partnership with La Riche brought about some the most passionate dancing I have seen on the stage. It was also refreshing to see Sylvie not indulging in gratuitous acts of contortion which I consider to vulgar and quite ugly.

But I also this is a very fine ballet. It has an intimancy and passion with out the MacMillan overstatement. The utilization of Liszts music is miraculous. You would think it was written specifically for this ballet. It has clever and understated sets which enhances the intimacy of this ballet. I look forward to seeing this ballet again in the Summer and hope that it will remain in the Rb repertoire.

I think comparison with Fonteyn and Nureyev are irrelevant. It is such a personal and initmate ballet that preference are a matter of personal taste. But I am always biased towards the latest and most modern dance style so I do prefer this partnership more.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Ashton triple bill - some thoughts Jeannie Szoradi 23-03-00 1
     Late dancing Stephanie Wragg 24-03-00 2
         RE: Late dancing jhanner 24-03-00 3
  RE: Ashton triple bill - some thoughts G Dowler 24-03-00 4
     RE: Ashton triple bill - some thoughts Eugene Merrett 24-03-00 5
         RE: Ashton triple bill - some thoughts Bruce Madmin 25-03-00 6

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Jeannie Szoradi

23-03-00, 05:09 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Ashton triple bill - some thoughts"
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   How on earth can they botch Les Rendezvous? I've seen it performed by ABT, in the original set & costumes, and it can be pure delight! Those designs were "pretty & pink"--perfect for a Sunday afternoon frolick by prissy little debutantes. I shudder to think of the new-and-improved designs. Eugene, you're way too rough on the music. Wagner wouldn't do for a piece this this, would it? (hee-hee)

So - just how LATE was Jane Burn? That opening segment of Symphonic Variations, with the three ladies performing synchronized port de bras movements, must be spot-on or it's almost laughable.


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Stephanie Wragg

24-03-00, 12:52 PM (GMT)
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2. "Late dancing"
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   Well I was there on the 22nd and although the 3 female leads were not always perfectly synchronized, it wasn't like watching popcorn pop.
Mara Galeazzi was slightly ahead, Durante right on and Burn just behind, but nothing to elicit the comments Eugene made. I must admit it was my first viewing of S.V. so I was just very willing to be pleased as I had read so much about it. I would love to see it again.


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jhanner

24-03-00, 01:09 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Late dancing"
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   I was also there and agree that Burn was out of sync. However, as I was looking at Durante who was
terrific in this and the Thais pas de deux before, it didn't matter.


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G Dowler

24-03-00, 04:54 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Ashton triple bill - some thoughts"
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   Well, I LOVE 'Les Rendezvous'
A delicious bonne bouche with so many felicitous touches and hidden challenges, it exudes a charm and a vivacity which is infectious. The music is Auber and rather pretty, very danceable. Choreographically, it is complicated, all the more so given that it was created on a nascent company. Markova's technique was prodigous so that even today's dancers find it challenging. For the piece Ashton paid homage and then developed that demi-caractere feel seen in Balanchine's Cotillon. We can also see so much he was later to develop, the extravagant epaulement, the bending and twisting, the inticate footwork and the sense of style, period and an unwillingness to outstay his choreographic welcome. Many moves are later seen in numerous works from Patineurs and Cinderella to Rhapsody. An absolute delight and generally well danced and thoroughly rehearsed in the proper style.
However, if one of the best French composers of the early 19th Century and the first masterpiece by our greatest choreographer do not suffice, then fine, consign it to your dustbin and don't book for the revival.
I for one will be there everyt time it is programmed.


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Eugene Merrett

24-03-00, 05:07 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Ashton triple bill - some thoughts"
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   Maybe I have been abit hard on it. But it is totally whimsical and light wieght. It reminds me of Paquita and many other other rather decadent that Kirov do. I have more then my fair share of videos of these works.

But I think that there is little doubt that the disigns are a real mess. As soon as the curtain rose I could hear a discernable groan from the audience. And that is something I have never heared before!


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Bruce Madmin

25-03-00, 08:02 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Ashton triple bill - some thoughts"
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   >Maybe I have been abit hard on
>it.

Yes - and hard on Dowell also me thinks. His taste in designers may be somewhat different/odd/strange but he has brought back a piece of Ashton which is all to the good for thise who have not seen it before and also acts as a benchmark and test for the company. And I'n not against seeing designs changed either....

>But it is totally
>whimsical and light wieght.

yes - and isn't that absolutely fantastic! We need a mix of ballets surely.


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