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Hu Xinxin

15-05-00, 12:04 PM (GMT)
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"Monte-Carlo Ballet came to China."
 
   We saw Jean-Christophe Mailot¡¯s R&J last night at the Century Theater here in Beijing, with¡¡Bernice Coppieters as Juliet and Chris Roeland as Romeo. It was an excellent performance and the audience got very excited.
The production was full with intelligent ideas, simple but effective, and the dancers danced very well. Gaby Baars was very nice as Tybalt.
I saw this company 12 years ago in Tokyo, with Neolla Pontois and P.Dupond as the guests. At that time, it was like a French company. But now, I think the style of the ballet is a little more German influenced than French.
Any way, this ballet was a huge success in Beijing. I do think this is one of the best versions of R &J ever performed here(So far, we have seen Stuttgart, Lyon, Houston and RB in Beijing). I wonder why this version is not known very well in the Western countries.
Some Japanese friend told me that the company had visited Japan in 1997 or 1998, and the audience enjoyed the show very much.
After the show, we went to the backstage, then I heard Mr. Jean-Christophe Mailot said to Ms. Zhao Ruheng (the Director of the National Ballet of China): the audience in Beijing seems very professional. They are so difference from those in Shanghai. He told us they had given 3 performances in Shanghai but the reaction of Shanghai audience was rather cold. So they were quite surprised and very happy to see so many people in Beijing loved their performance.

Royal Danish Ballet was in Beijing last week as well. They gave 4 performances of ¡°A Folk Tale¡±. But the audience in Beijing could not enjoy it very much, because there was more acting than dancing.


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  RE: Monte-Carlo Ballet came to China. Kevin Ng 15-05-00 1
     RE: Monte-Carlo Ballet came to China. Xinxin 15-05-00 2
         RE:Royal Danish Ballet in China Kevin Ng 16-05-00 3
             RE:Royal Danish Ballet in China Xinxin 16-05-00 4
                 RE:Royal Danish Ballet in China Kevin Ng 17-05-00 5
  RE: Monte-Carlo Ballet came to China. Bruce Madmin 17-05-00 6
     RE: Xinxin 17-05-00 7

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Kevin Ng

15-05-00, 02:14 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Monte-Carlo Ballet came to China."
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   The Monte Carlo Ballet also visited Hong Kong in 1997, but they brought a mixed bill including Balanchine's "Stravinsky Violin Concerto". Chris Roelandt, whom you saw as Romeo, danced one of the male leads in that Balanchine.

Pity that the Royal Danish Ballet's A Folk Tale wasn't well received. Did they also dance another Bournonville ballet?


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Xinxin

15-05-00, 07:03 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Monte-Carlo Ballet came to China."
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   LAST EDITED ON 16-May-00 AT 11:11 AM (GMT)

Kevin
About Monte-Carlo Ballet.
They did a mixed bill in Qingdao. But I didn¡¯t go to see it. They were planning to give 2 performances in Beijing, and everybody wanted to see more, but there was no theater for them!
There was an interesting story: Juliet¡¯s mother was danced by a dancer from Portugal, she is nearly 40 years old. My friend Feng Ying recognized her: she was her old friend! They took part in the Osaka International Competition together in 1988 (or 1987?). Both couples were finalists then.

About Royal Danish
They did ¡°NAPOLI¡± in Shanghai, but I didn¡¯t go to see it. Because I am planning to go to Shanghai to see Marseile next month and can not go to Shanghai too often

I guess the main reason that the Royal Danish did ¡°A Folk Tale¡± for Beijing is that Mr. Franck Andersen likes it very much. As you know, Franck is a very good friend with our National Ballet.
I didn¡¯t attend the opening performance on May 10, because Kyung-Wua Chung was giving her recital in the same night and I didn¡¯t want to miss it. I went to the theater in the next afternoon to see the rehearsal (but not dress rehearsal). When I got to the theater Mr. Andersen was sitting on the stage, rehearsing some major roles. I saw the performance that night (May 11). There were some pretty good dancers, but they don¡¯t need to dance a lot. I kept saying to my friends: don¡¯t expect a lot of dancing, just enjoy the drama and acting. The audiences liked the commutes and the stage design very much, but the stage was too small for the production.
Gudrun Bojesen danced the title role Hilda. Sir Ove was performed by Mads Blangstrup but he danced very little. Some principal dancers, including Caroline Cavallo and Thomas Lund appeared in Pas de Sept in Act 3.
Alexei Ratmansky danced Pas de Sept the following afternoon in a Matinee show. I attended that performance as well. Mr.Ratmansky is very popular in Japan. I think he danced quite well, it was very clean dancing, but too short. Marie-Pierre Greve danced Hilda. She was better actress than Bojesen. Kenneth Greve did Sir Ove. He was tall and handsome but less good than Blangstrup in dancing.
Cavallo danced Hilda that night (the last night in Beijing), with Martin Vedel as her Ove. But I didn¡¯t see it.



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Kevin Ng

16-05-00, 01:58 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE:Royal Danish Ballet in China"
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   LAST EDITED ON 16-May-00 AT 02:43 PM (GMT)

Xinxin, thanks. You are so lucky to have seen "A Folk Tale". It was danced towards the end of the Bournonville Week in Copenhagen in Jan., and unfortunately I missed it as I only stayed for the first half of the Week. I liked very much Gudrun Bojesen, Thomas Lund and Mads Blangstrup.

What other companies are going to visit China this summer? The Ballet de Marseilles will also tour Macau next month, as well as Shanghai that you mentioned. That new "Giselle" produced by Eric Quillere should be interesting.


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Xinxin

16-05-00, 09:09 PM (GMT)
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   To Kevin:
We¡¯ll see Albanian Ballet on May 19 and Korean Ballet (or the National Ballet of Korean? I am not sure) on May 23 or 24.
There will also be a ¡°Modern Dance Week¡± in late May. Then a male ballet company from St. Petersburg will give its performances in many cities (including Gaungzhou, on June 2 and 3, I think). This is a very unique company because the male dancers can dance pretty well on Pointe (I watched the video). A private arts agency is planning to invite some good companies from Russia (such as Bolshoi) and perhaps Matsuyama Ballet from Japan as well, but I don¡¯t know the exact dates.
The National Ballet de Marselle will do a mixed bill in Shanghai as well.
Stuttgart Ballet will come to Beijing in October (Mr. Malakhov will come).
BTW, the National Ballet of China is visiting Denmark the next month, and do some ¡°La Sylphide¡± and other pieces there. I think Franck Andersen is still staying here to ¡°polish¡± the Chinese dancers.


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Kevin Ng

17-05-00, 07:55 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE:Royal Danish Ballet in China"
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   I didn't know that the National Ballet of China will visit Copenhagen; it looks like a cultural exchange between the two countries. So in October, I suppose it will be the Russian star Vladimir Malakhov's first performance ever in China, with the Stuttgart Ballet.


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Bruce Madmin

17-05-00, 08:10 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Monte-Carlo Ballet came to China."
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   Thanks Xinxin - always nice to hear about comapanies we don't know so well. I very much hope that you will be able to give us further impressions of both 'our' western companies and your eastern companies that dance in China. Are you going to see Albanian Ballet? I guess I'm curious because it was such a closed (to the west) country. Thanks once again.


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Xinxin

17-05-00, 04:00 PM (GMT)
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   Hi! Bruce,nice to see you again.
I¡¯ll try to give you reports on the Albanian Ballet (actually, I saw the company long time ago when Albania was friend with PRC), Korean Ballet and St. Petersburg Male Ballet, and maybe more detailed description about the Monte- Carlo¡¯s R & J, because it was really an interesting production.


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