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Eugene Merrett

18-06-00, 12:47 PM (GMT)
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"Derek Deane Sleeping Beauty - surprisingly good!"
 
   I thought the Derek Deane Sleeping Beauty was pretty good. It was FAR FAR better then I expected. I only went to see Rojo and I would not have bothered to that had I known that she was joining the Royal Ballet next year when I booked the tickets.

Deane does a pretty commendable job with the choreography. Instead of have dancers on four side (as in Swan Lake) Deane puts more emphasize on pique turns, turning jumps and other rotational steps so all sides of the arena were "facing" the dancers. I certainly preferred this to Swan Lake. But I thought the corp scene in the vision did not have the same beauty as in std Sleepings Beauty. There were too many dancers crowding out the stage Also too much smoke obscured some to the dancers. But I must say some of solo look very spectacular on the huge bare stage.

Costumes were spot on as well except the firsts few scenes. I thought the Victorian ball gowns and evening where were charming!

Excellent performance from Tamara Roja who dance with great confidence and personality. But the real highlight was the Blue Bird Variaton with Monica Prego an Yan Sen Chen. I particularly like Prego's light weight moves and her quick feet! Yan Sen Chan was spectacular in his jumps.

The orchestra is as every bit as bad as the critic said in the D. Telegraph. My stereo equipment at home sounds better then them. How about using a good recording and using all the money saved to give a bonus to the dancers.


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  RE: Derek Deane Sleeping Beauty - surprisingly good! Tomoko.A 18-06-00 1
     RE: Derek Deane Sleeping Beauty - surprisingly good! Helen 19-06-00 4
  RE: Derek Deane Sleeping Beauty - surprisingly good! alison 19-06-00 2
     RE: Derek Deane Sleeping Beauty - surprisingly good! eugene 19-06-00 3

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Tomoko.A

18-06-00, 07:10 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Derek Deane Sleeping Beauty - surprisingly good!"
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   Having watched the Kirov's Beauty 2 days earlier, the costumes for the prologue of the ENB's Beauty looked very cheap and reminded me of candy wrapping papers. I also hated the set. I felt as if I had gone to the Disneyland. But things got better thanks to Oak's excellent performance. The vision scene was beautiful and I didn't mind not seeing the Petipa's choreography. I liked Volochkova's Lilac Fairy too !! Perhaps her Lilac Fairy was better than her Carabosse. Anyway, I had a great evening and I'm glad I went last night. But to me, the best Beauty is still the RB's production, the Dowell's. I know I probably the only one who thinks so. But I really love the video too. I haven't seen better Lilac Fairies than Hussein's in this video. BTW, as Alison mentioned, the famous fish dives were not seen both in the ENB's and the Kirov's Beauties. Can anyone educate me when the fish dive was introduced to the grand pdd ?


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Helen

19-06-00, 10:54 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Derek Deane Sleeping Beauty - surprisingly good!"
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   Tomoko - according to Robert Greskovic in his book "Ballet, A Complete Guide" the fish dives as we know them in the RB version were first introduced by Bronislava Nijinska for the Diaghilev production in London in 1921. At the Kirov performance I went to on Thurs. afternoon, Ayupova and Korsakov did one, at the end of the Grand pdd adagio, I think.

And you are not alone in liking the Dowell RB production - I do,too!


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alison

19-06-00, 01:38 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Derek Deane Sleeping Beauty - surprisingly good!"
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   By definition, Eugene, unless you've got a totally rubbish recording of the score, any CD which you play on a decent stereo system at home will sound better. That's almost invariably the way it is, because, after all, the CD will hopefully have been recorded somewhere with decent acoustic conditions, not an orchestra pit, and will probably have been put together and sanitised by sound engineers who will have cut out any duff notes etc. And it will sound *precisely the same* every time you listen to it, which is why some people do prefer going to live orchestral performances - it's the whiff of danger (and see the recent postings on live v. recorded ballet performances).

However, I agree with you about Rojo (and I enjoyed the whole show a lot more, despite the fact that some of the secondary roles were less well cast). I liked her performance very much. Not surprisingly, knowing Rojo, she managed to put more drama into the finger-pricking scene than any other Aurora I've ever seen, and in the Rose Adagio she hit a stunning balance - I think it was an attitude - and just held it and held it. I wondered if she was ever going to bother giving her hand to the Spanish Duke for support at all! (Cue the Fonteyn reminiscences!).

Oh, I also preferred Joanne Clarke's malevolent Carabosse to Volochkova's - far more in-depth.

Rojo's last performance with ENB will be at the Schools' Matinee at 2.30 on Tuesday. Although ENB don't seem to be advertising the performance publicly, the Box Office tell me that it is open to the general public, and that all seats, even for members of the public, are 5. So if you can spare the time, do go and see her - she's almost certain to be dancing less frequently from now on.


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eugene

19-06-00, 02:11 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Derek Deane Sleeping Beauty - surprisingly good!"
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   Sorry Alison but I do not agree. I remember so well the Royal Opera Orchestra perfromances of Sleeping Beauty and they were wonderful. In fact I thought they were better then the Kirov who did not impress me,. But I find all good Russian orchestra rather heavy sounding. I absolutely convinced that Russian orchestra's are pitched lower then their Western counterparts.

BTW excellent advise about SBeauty on Tuesday. I find school matinee performances rather enjoyable!!


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