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alison

16-10-00, 01:35 PM (GMT)
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"ENB's new Swan Lake"
 
   Well, if you thought that Derek Deane's revised production of his in-the-round production of Swan Lake was just going to be a "tidy-up and put it behind a proscenium arch" job I think you'd be mistaken. It looks like a far more substantial revision than that. He takes a leaf out of Bourmeister's book by showing Odette's initial transformation into a swan during the overture, and the first act at least includes some sections familiar from the old Makarova production, including the pas de quatre (Ashton, if I remember rightly). Also reinstated is Odile's mime scene where she tells Siegfried how she came to be a swan. The Neapolitan Dance, again, is the Ashton (I am right about that, aren't I - the one where they start exchanging kisses partway through?) and as far as I'm concerned a good reason to see any production of Swan Lake, especially when it's reproduced with the choreographer's permission. I'm not sure who the lakeside scenes are attributed to (and I didn't see anything in the programme to indicate), but they looked distinctly familiar, although I've seen so many productions of Swan Lake over the last decade that I wouldn't like to hazard a guess as to which one.

Finally, since there is now a lake available, as there wasn't in the arena production, the non-Soviet tragic ending is restored, which I am sure will please some critics.

One thought that does strike me, though, is that when you advertise casting to all the national broadsheets and then change it completely, the company's website at the least would appear to be a useful place to announce it once papers have gone to print - unless, of course, it was a totally last-minute cast change, in which case it's not possible. However, since the casting hasn't remained as advertised even as far as the first day of the production, it would seem to be a good idea for anyone who has booked for a particular cast to double-check first to make sure that there have been no knock-on changes.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: ENB's new Swan Lake Tomoko.A 16-10-00 1
     RE: ENB's new Swan Lake Terry 16-10-00 3
         RE: ENB's new Swan Lake Tomoko.A 18-10-00 7
             RE: ENB's new Swan Lake Terry 18-10-00 8
  RE: ENB's new Swan Lake Richard J 16-10-00 2
     RE: ENB's new Swan Lake Jane S 17-10-00 4
     RE: ENB's new Swan Lake alison 17-10-00 5
         RE: ENB's new Swan Lake Eugene Merrett 17-10-00 6
             RE: ENB's new Swan Lake alison 18-10-00 9

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Tomoko.A

16-10-00, 10:05 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: ENB's new Swan Lake"
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   Thanks Alison for the useful info. I'm going to see the Swan Lake tomorrow in Southampton. Hope to see young Erina Takahashi.


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Terry

16-10-00, 11:48 PM (GMT)
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   Tomoko -- I would love to hear some reviews about the young Erina Takahashi. Please let me know how she does! Thanks.


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Tomoko.A

18-10-00, 00:27 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: ENB's new Swan Lake"
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   Terry, I'm sorry to say that Erina didn't dance tonight. I was really disappointed at this cast change. I could have exchanged my ticket, but I was not sure when she will be dancing. I found out the change when I got the theatre and nobody could give me this week's cast plan. So I decided to watch the performance tonight although Oliveira/Clarke was the last cast I would like to see. I liked the new revised production, much much better than the previous one at the RAH. But the quality of dancing was over all poor. I wondered Deane has run out of the dancers of principal quality. Erina seems to be the only hope after Rojo has left. Or am I pessimistic ?


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Terry

18-10-00, 02:17 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: ENB's new Swan Lake"
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   Tomoko -- I'm sorry to hear that. I've always been interested in the ENB, although I've never seen them before. How different is it really, in terms of the quality, compared to RB? I've only seen Erina in pictures, but she seems to have a beautiful physique, especially for a Japanese dancer. I must say that I wasn't as impressed with M.Maeda, when I saw her do the peasant pdd at RB. (But again, I have only seen her once so my impressions can change.) Anyway, thanks for the information!


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Richard J

16-10-00, 10:45 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: ENB's new Swan Lake"
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   Alison: Bristol is next on the list for the ENB Swan Lake, so I'm interested to know which cast you saw (or whether you've heard comments about the various pairings). I know what has been advertised, but from your remarks it was obviously a case of all change at Southampton. The Bourmeister reference interests me because he used Tchaikovsky's score in its original sequence for his 1953 production with the Moscow Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre.

Re. Ashton's choreography, I believe that he passed the copyright of his ballets to various dancers (which is why keeping a grip on Ashton style is a nightmare, compared with the situation for the Balanchine rep.); who owns the bits and pieces he did for such as Swan Lake, I wonder? (You mention the choreographer's permission in your piece). And presumably there is still some Ivanov in Act 2? I saw ENB's mid-scale tour to Cheltenham last Spring, which included the adage aka the white swan pdd. The programme told us that the choreography was by Mr Deane; nobody else was given any credit - but don't you believe it, because it wasn't all down to Mr D.

Thank heaven for the absence of a Soviet-style happy ending; I couldn't take another dose of the kind of thing dished up by the Kirov when von R. collapsed after his wing had been pulled off (good old velcro). The familiar apotheosis is bad enough. Apparently Modest Tchaikovsky was responsible for the idea of this apotheosis with its vision of O and S in eternal bliss; he concocted it for the 1895 production when helping to arrange the new scenario. (One commentary I've read really takes Modest to task for introducing such blatant sentimentality at this point). Of course nothing like this was originally intended by his brother Peter. You only have to listen to the music; the storm passes and the lake is calm once more. Tragic events occur, but life goes on - just as in Romeo and Juliet. But old Russian habits seem to die hard; the Soviets took it one stage further and even tried to concoct a happy ending for Romeo and Juliet when Prokofiev was working on his score in the 1930's.

Anyway, it sounds as if DD has thought a bit about telling the story, and has not simply given us a re-staged swan-fest, but has also included some classy steps. It will still be interesting, because the perfect Swan Lake is as elusive as happiness for O and S.


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Jane S

17-10-00, 09:28 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: ENB's new Swan Lake"
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   Richard, so far as I remember Ashton didn't leave the Swan Lake pieces to anyone in particular - so the copyright will belong to his residual heir, Anthony Russell Roberts.


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alison

17-10-00, 12:37 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: ENB's new Swan Lake"
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   Well, there *is* an apotheosis .


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Eugene Merrett

17-10-00, 03:11 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: ENB's new Swan Lake"
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   Thanks for the review. If it is a new production more or less then I think I might just see it. The previous one Struchova happy ending one was pretty ghastly.


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alison

18-10-00, 12:53 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: ENB's new Swan Lake"
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   Ah, but it's deliberately *not* a review, Eugene. Wouldn't want to get my wrist slapped by ADs for reviewing a preview, would I?


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