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alison

03-07-00, 01:19 PM (GMT)
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"Mark Morris: L'Allegro ..."
 
   I haven't got time to say anything properly about this, except to say that it's a long time (well, at least since the Royal Ballet's last performances of Fille Mal Gardée) that I walked out of a dance performance with such a big smile on my face. I liked this a lot more (and I liked it then!) than the last time I saw it 3 years ago. If only I could find the time, I'd go back and see it all over again. It's on til the end of the week, so do try and see it - there were still tickets available on Friday. It does need to be seen from above for best effect, I think, but preferably somewhere out in the open where the acoustics are better - I had great difficulty following what the sopranos in particular were singing, as they were located down in the orchestra pit (mind you, I usually do have problems understanding ENO's singers), which may not have been ideal technically. Surtitles might be useful, as it's too dark to follow the libretto in the programme, and Morris' choreography does pay great attention to the words as well as the music. Have to go now ...


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  RE: Mark Morris: L'Allegro ... Stuart Sweeney 06-07-00 1
     RE: Mark Morris: L'Allegro ... Lynette H 06-07-00 2
         RE: Mark Morris: L'Allegro ... Lynette H 06-07-00 3
  RE: Mark Morris: L'Allegro ... Robert 08-07-00 4
  RE: Mark Morris: L'Allegro ... David 09-07-00 5

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Stuart Sweeney

06-07-00, 09:00 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Mark Morris: L'Allegro ..."
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   I agree with all Alisons points. For me 'L'Allegro...' is one of the best ensemble works of the 20th Century in any dance discipline.

If you can do heed Alisons wise words and leave the stalls to the opera lovers. The delicious patterns are one of the key ingredients.


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Lynette H

06-07-00, 02:15 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Mark Morris: L'Allegro ..."
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   I caught L’Allegro last night, and I’d agree with Alison - I haven’t smiled so much while watching a performance for a long time.

I saw this production when it came here in 1997: then, as now, the audience received it rapturously. I didn’t feel convinced back then: this time I was. Perhaps it’s just greater familiarity with Morris in general, but the structure now seems much clearer (and viewing from higher up helps). The diction of the male singers was fairly good, which helps when the movement is quite tightly knitted to the text: the women were sadly rather more indistinct. I don’t know who was playing the flute, but I’d like to extend my thanks to them: it was so clean and fresh.

I think I’ll take back what I said about the audience being less obviously split between dance and opera fans though. Despite all the publicity about Morris, I still overheard comments from some audience members such as ‘Those dancers are quite good aren’t they ? Do you know who they are ?’. Well, next time, everyone should know who they are.


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Lynette H

06-07-00, 02:19 PM (GMT)
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   ....by the way I forgot to add that there is a MMDG web site at

http://www.mmdg.org/

- not a lot of detail. But it does have pictures of the dancers, which the ENO programme didn't, in case you are trying to put names to dancers you remember.


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Robert

08-07-00, 04:32 PM (GMT)
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   What a wonderful evening. The Music was superb, the singing excellent and the dance something very special. A lovely ending with the whole chorus lobbing flowers at the dancers to great applause.Apart from the audience finding the choreography fascinating one felt that the singers were completely involved with the dancers. Mark Morris drew us all in to his production with both witty and dramatic dancing. This was a wonderful evening of music,Song and dance combined.I am just sorry it is over.


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David

09-07-00, 05:50 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Mark Morris: L'Allegro ..."
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   >I haven't got time to say
>anything properly about this, except
>to say that it's a
>long time (well, at least
>since the Royal Ballet's last
>performances of Fille Mal Gardée)
>that I walked out of
>a dance performance with such
>a big smile on my
>face.

Yes, but did Eugene like it?

That's the sticking point.


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