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Bruce Madmin

29-03-00, 07:30 AM (GMT)
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"RB Manon - 28th"
 
   I have no time to say much on this at the moment, but wanted to encourage others to put their thoughts down soonest.

In the circumstances it was a good night I thought. Viv seems quicker these days - very sharp and on form. but no time to say more!


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: RB Manon - 28th Theresa 29-03-00 1
     RE: RB Manon - 28th Kate R 29-03-00 2
     RE: RB Manon - 28th jhanner 29-03-00 3
  RE: RB Manon - 28th Lynette 29-03-00 4
     RE: RB Manon - 28th and FT review Penny 31-03-00 5
         RE: RB Manon - 28th and FT review Tomoko.A 02-04-00 6
             RE: RB Manon - 28th and FT review eugene merrett 02-04-00 7
                 RE: RB Manon - 28th and FT review Stuart Sweeney 02-04-00 8
                 RE: RB Manon - 28th and FT review Bruce Madmin 03-04-00 9

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Theresa

29-03-00, 10:46 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: RB Manon - 28th"
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   I would agree with that. Viv was terrific from the moment she stepped on that stage. She held your attention and I felt her reading of Manon was brilliant. It is a role she excels in. Given the difference in size between the two, Cope handled the partnering well although in the first pdd one felt that it may not work. The bedroom pdd was lovely with two beautiful lifts. The death scene was touching although I think Cope was careful not to chuck Viv around too much. This is where the Irek/Viv partnership is in a league of its own. As for the others I liked Christina McDermott who brought the humour out in the brothel scene. One negative was the opening with Burley who improved as the performance progressed but seemed out of it at the start which let the production down a bit. One can't help feeling that judging by Viv's form last night, it would have been something very special with Irek.


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Kate R

29-03-00, 11:29 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: RB Manon - 28th"
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   I think that you are being rather unfair on Mr Burley. I thought that he was one of the better Lescauts that we have seen in recent years. He had authority on stage, playing it cool and calculating rather than over the top and eye-rolling.


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jhanner

29-03-00, 11:35 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: RB Manon - 28th"
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   The partnership with Cope worked better than I expected although there was that special something missing that is between Viv and Irek. In particular, they are so comfortable with each other that the pas de deux in Act 1/death scene are v.physical.

there were a couple of awkward moments in the bedroom scene pas de deux at the end of Act 1 but I thought the partnership was better than expected. In fact, I think the difference in height served them well for the initial meeting scene as Viv's tinyness brought out Manon's youth and fragility (also in death scene).

Other points- I thought Christina Mcdermott was good as the mistress after a wobbly start. She had the flirtiness and humour in the role better than when I have seen her dance it before.

I also thought that the girls who were Manon's fellow prisoners were v.good at the beginning of Act 3. They brought across the pathos and fright of the situation v.well rather than just looking a bit daft (as has sometimes been the situation) rolling about the stage in wigs.

All in all, a good night (although Irek would have made it a better night) esp as Viviana was v.sharp. Lets hope we get to see her again next year....


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Lynette

29-03-00, 12:16 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: RB Manon - 28th"
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   Just a brief word about Manon. I felt distinctly glum at the prospect of a Cope / Durante pairing in this, on the basis of their recent performance in Thais. In the event, it was a very good performance - not perhaps as intense as it might have been with Irek, but very fine nonetheless. Durante looked very crisp and sharp, and totally in command of herself, and brought out every nuance of the role. Iíve always liked Cope as des Grieux: another very well danced performance. The partnering was good in the first two acts, and the disparity in height didnít seem to register too badly. They were an entirely credible pair of lovers. In fact the partnering for Durante from Lescaut and M. GM in the bedroom scene looked considerably less assured than Copeís. It was only perhaps the last pas de deux in Act 3 that the abandon and daring that characterises the Cope / Guillem and Mukhamedov / Durante pairings seemed to be a little lacking.

Burley as Lescaut failed to make much impression with me - he just didnít seem to have much stage presence and didnít really project the character at all. Christa MacDermot did a good job as the Mistress, nicely detailed in her acting and secure in technique.

I couldnít help but think how much I miss some of the RB men who left. Trevitt used to do an excellent, cold hearted Lescaut. I never saw Michael Nunn as des Grieux, but I know many people who liked him in the role. It was a shock to think that only two RB Principals (Cope and Sansom) now dance this role (Mukhamedov is a guest), when Manon seems to have become such a cornerstone of the repertoire.


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Penny

31-03-00, 01:12 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: RB Manon - 28th and FT review"
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   I also thought Durante brought out all nuances and was very sharp and generally gave a riveting performance. Granted it may not have had the intensity as it does with Irek and to quote Mackrell the pas de deux did not have "erotic delirium" which is a valid point. However she did generally speak positively about Durante. It is Crisp's review in the FT today which is rather ungenerous about Durante's Manon. Much as I respect him as a critic he ingnores her deep interpretation and dismisses it quickly as a dutiful performance. Read it for yourselves. You can find it via the FT archive. Click on the archive link and type 'Viviana Durante' in the box and it should call up his review which is free.


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Tomoko.A

02-04-00, 01:18 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: RB Manon - 28th and FT review"
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   Penny, I agree with you ref. the FT review.Crisp was too hard on Viviana. You would be pleased to read Levene's review in today's Telegraph. I really want to see Viv's Manon again on Tuesday. Hopefully Irek will have recovered by then.


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eugene merrett

02-04-00, 02:36 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: RB Manon - 28th and FT review"
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   Clement Crisp's review can be found

www.globalarchive.ft.com/search-components/index.jsp.

I also search for the review through web search and out came articles about Pinochet!!

I think Durante did hold back a bit which is understandable given the sudden change of partners. But I think Clement Crisp should be more understanding!


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Stuart Sweeney

02-04-00, 03:13 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: RB Manon - 28th and FT review"
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   Thanks for the link, Eugene. Two points, firstly you will needto drop the point at the end to make it work and secondly it will only take you to the search function.

I can understand why Bruce is getting so frustrated with the new FT site, as the unearthing of URLs there remains a closed book for me too.


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Bruce Madmin

03-04-00, 08:27 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: RB Manon - 28th and FT review"
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   Thanks for trying on the link - links are not necessarily so easy to get right and yet they are so helpful to everyone. Main reason for responding is with a small tip for link posters (and I hope there will be many of you!):

Unless you are very sure the link URL is right it's often best to give it a quick test. You can do this easiest by bringing up a second copy of your browser (File - New - Window), pasting in the URL and hitting return. If it works its obvious, if not you are probably in a Frames site where its all a bit different. Sometime I should do a page on this I supose!

But thanks for trying - I encourage everybody to try.


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