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Stephanie Wragg

28-07-00, 10:12 AM (GMT)
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"RB Giselle-July 27th evening"
 
   I would love to read other people's impression of last night's performance. I was simply swept away by it, the Guillem-Hilaire pairing is the best I have seen in this ballet.

The company was in good shape last nigth and danced with much energy, at least that's what I saw from the lower amphitheatre. What I enjoyed was the clarity of the acting from everyone: Rosalind Eyre as the Mother mimed the story of the Wilis with such clarity, I have not seen that ever. The physical interaction between Giselle and her mother while watching the pas de six was good too, it really established a relationship between the two women. Luke Heydon as Hilarion was real, no histrionics, I felt sorry for him.

Act II was a revelation: Guillem managed to convey so effectively that Giselle was protecting Albrecht from his fate. Her port de bras had that extra line to them that did this. Hilaire as Albrecht was excellent, I gather he might have used some tricks from the Paris Opera in this? I don't know the choreography by heart, but as he wandered in the clearing, he did this gesture where he was shouting out Giselle's name, I had never noticed it before. I also thought he conveyed the exhaustion of Albrecht well, really staggering with fatigue at the end. Zenaida Yanowsky was a perfect Myrtha, her strength overcoming all, except when Giselle protects Albrecht in from of the grave, when she really crumpled under the sight of such love and devotion.

Overall, I thought is was a very moving performance which convinces me more than ever that Guillem is a top-notch dancer-actress and that I have been very lucky to see her as Manon, Marguerite and now Giselle.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: RB Giselle-July 27th evening Tomoko.A 28-07-00 1
     RE: RB Giselle-July 27th evening Liz P 28-07-00 2
  RE: RB Giselle-July 27th evening Bruce Madmin 29-07-00 3
     RE: RB Giselle-July 27th evening Stephanie Wragg 30-07-00 4
         RE: RB Giselle-July 27th evening Bruce Madmin 30-07-00 5
             RE: RB Giselle-July 27th evening Naoko S 31-07-00 6
     RE: RB Giselle-July 27th evening alison 31-07-00 7

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Tomoko.A

28-07-00, 06:28 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: RB Giselle-July 27th evening"
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   Stephanie, I was there too and I completely agree with you. You said everything what I want to say ! That was the best Giselle I've ever seen. Sylvie is just amazing. She is getting better and better. Sorry, I'm still too excited to say more than that!


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Liz P

28-07-00, 11:53 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: RB Giselle-July 27th evening"
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   I saw them dance Romeo and Juliet together in 98 and it was incredible, particularly Sylvie Guillem whose Juliet was the most powerful I've seen.


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Bruce Madmin

29-07-00, 07:22 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: RB Giselle-July 27th evening"
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   >Overall, I thought is was a
>very moving performance which convinces
>me more than ever that
>Guillem is a top-notch dancer-actress
>and that I have been
>very lucky to see her
>as Manon, Marguerite and now
>Giselle.

Can I ask where you were sitting?!

I have always thought Sylvie an excellent actress, but have mostly had seats near the stage and I got the feeling that what I was seeing was not getting up to the Amphi or wherever in the early days.. and hence people always just talked of her technique and not of her of acting. She has got even better I think, and the drama probably carries further these days, but I also think the audience are more used to her technique and now see much more in the rest of what she does.

I'm always amazed by how she is dismissed in some quarters for her technique when in reality she is one of the most dramatic and thoughtful dancers that RB have. And for her part she is with RB because they care about drama more than anybody.


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Stephanie Wragg

30-07-00, 02:59 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: RB Giselle-July 27th evening"
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   >>Overall, I thought is was a
>>very moving performance which convinces
>>me more than ever that
>>Guillem is a top-notch dancer-actress
>>and that I have been
>>very lucky to see her
>>as Manon, Marguerite and now
>>Giselle.
>
>Can I ask where you were
>sitting?!

I tend to sit in the lower amphitheatre, around rows B and C in the middle, although this time I was a bit to the left. I find it a good location. So does my wallet. I must admit I bring theatre binoculars to catch some details.

Where do you sit when you are at the ROH?


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Bruce Madmin

30-07-00, 06:50 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: RB Giselle-July 27th evening"
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   >I tend to sit in the
>lower amphitheatre, around rows B
>and C in the middle,
>although this time I was
>a bit to the left.
> I find it a
>good location. So does
>my wallet. I must
>admit I bring theatre binoculars
>to catch some details.

A fair way back - it sounds like Sylvie is carrying better!

>
>Where do you sit when you
>are at the ROH?

I always used to sit in Stalls Circle restricted view seats right next to the stage. But in the new house the price of these seats (sorry benches - and most uncomfortable too) have gone through the roof. I still have not found a home yet and am trying new things. Sometimes I stand, sometimes Stalls. For preference Stalls Circle about half way back is nice. But last night I had a good ticket in the Balcony in a wooden chair - or loose seat as it is called on the ticket. It was B26 and for 46 I thought it brilliant compared to 60 in the stalls - cheaper price, better view). But I still really want A1 in the stalls circle for 10.50!

Sitting close one appreciates the acting that goes on and one feels part of the mechanics of the production. But you miss much of the patterns in the corps of course.


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Naoko S

31-07-00, 02:24 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: RB Giselle-July 27th evening"
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   >>I tend to sit in the
>>lower amphitheatre, around rows B
>>and C in the middle,
>>although this time I was
>>a bit to the left.
>> I find it a
>>good location. So does
>>my wallet.

For this run of Giselle (and for this pair) I first sat in the lower amphi (row A) - my 'home' area - then Stalls. I had bought the same area for both dates but after having seen the first night swapped the second night's ticket with the better seat. And the result; it well paid off! The seat in Stalls, H18 was ok - I had a full view without being annoyed by other folks' heads!


>Sitting close one appreciates the acting
>that goes on and one
>feels part of the mechanics
>of the production.


Agree. I had almost forgot how it felt like sitting closer to the stage - in fact this was the first time sitting in Stalls since reopening of the theatre - good thing is that it's easier to concentrate on what's happening on the stage there than the far-way back area; you could almost feel like becoming a part of the scene...

On Guillem & Hilaire - what a pleasure & privilege to see these two dancers together, especially in this ballet. It was quite unusual for me with Sylvie on stage, but my eyes were rather put on her partner. Hilaire, a natural danceur noble, was a perfect Albrecht - in Act I he was a selfish, flirtatious but irresistibly charming young man; then in Act II became a sincere and a knight-like lover. The way he held her hands, whispered to her ears, cried for the lost love ... just so romantic (and it appeared to be done effortlessly)! I even thought this attractive Albrecht could melt away Myrthe's heart...




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alison

31-07-00, 05:29 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: RB Giselle-July 27th evening"
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   I remember the first time I saw Guillem as Manon, back in about '92/'93, I was sitting halfway back in the stalls and didn't think much of her acting because she seemed to be unable to project that far - particularly when I compared her with Durante, who seemed to reach the rear amphi with ease. For one reason or another I was unable to see her again until this spring, and I found she was more than comfortably reaching the side amphi - an excellent performance, and one I really thought should have been televised, as I said at the time. I suppose it comes with experience .


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