Posted 18 September 2003 - 08:20 PM
Anybody know anything about this ballet? How hard should I try to go, given that I had my dose of avant garde for the year already?
Posted 19 September 2003 - 01:20 AM
One more thing Koshka, I take it this ballet is being performed at the Herod Atticus Theatre as part of the Athens festival, right? An evening at this beautiful Roman open-air theatre is an experience you will never forget and I very strongly recommend that you go to soak up the unique atmosphere. But beware! As the moon rises above the Hymettus Hills it's easy to become distracted and forget what is happening on stage. The dancers I'm told can also get distracted as their view will be the immortal Parthenon in all it's floodlit glory. I really envy you and will be thinking of you tonight.
Posted 19 September 2003 - 01:22 AM
From the excerpts I saw on video, I found the sets a bit too greyish for my taste, on the other hand I was happily surprised by Gabriel Yared's music (created especially for the ballet- I've often be disappointed by ballet scores by contemporary musicians). I don't know which cast will dance in Athens, but the original cast was Nicolas Le Riche (clearly one of Petit's favorite dancers) as Clavigo, and Clairemarie Osta (who happens to be his wife in real life) as Marie, there also was a nice role for Marie-Agnès Gillot as l'Etrangère.
Here's a review about it in French (with two photographs):
a preview in English:
a review in English:
Well, if you finally decide to see it, I'm looking forward to reading your review here!
Edited to add: Mashinka, we posted at the same time. Your depiction of the Herod Atticus Theatre really makes me hope to be able to see it someday, what a lovely place it seems to be!
Posted 19 September 2003 - 05:40 AM
Posted 19 September 2003 - 05:53 AM
Posted 19 September 2003 - 08:25 AM
I got a ticket--front row, on the side, 60 euros.
You convinced me that I really must go just to see the setting and POB--to heck with whether Clavigo turns out to be my cup of tea.
I must be looking poor or stupid or something, because the ticket seller somehow thought she had to make extra sure I knew the price was s-i-x-t-y euros. I told her that sometimes it hurts a little to pay for ballet tickets. :-)
Of course, what was killing me was that I could hear the warmup class music coming out of the theater. I almost abandoned all pride whatsoever to beg the French-speaking people hanging around outside to get me in there to watch. <Sigh>
I will try to take notes & update tomorrow or possibly Sunday.
Posted 19 September 2003 - 08:43 AM
Posted 20 September 2003 - 02:12 AM
Mashinka, next time I will grovel. :-)
Anyway, the ballet was lovely although I really should have read a plot summary before going--it was rather hard to follow. Fortunately (as is often the case in ballet) it was possible to enjoy the ballet without understanding the plot.
I agree with everything in the review linked by Estelle, and the principal casting was the same.
The only thing I have to add is that I thought the ladies' first act costumes were really unflattering. They were too unconstructed or something, and they just didn't flatter--the corps looked kind of dumpy.
I can also report that the Greeks have yet to master the fine art of price gouging on food for captive audiences. A baguette with ham and cheese and a bottle of water was 3 euros.
Posted 20 September 2003 - 02:28 AM
And what kind of sets did they use (I've no idea if the original sets are suitable for
an outdoors performence...)? Who danced Marie's brother?
About food prices: shhh, don't give the Greeks bad ideas! :shhh:
Posted 21 September 2003 - 02:56 AM
For sets, they had some furniture-type pieces (chairs, bed, table) but nothing else.
According to the review you linked, Clavigo descends like a spider during the dream scene--obviously this did not happen.
I discarded my program before leaving Athens, so I don't know who danced the role of the brother. But I would not be surprised if it was the same guy who danced it in the performance seen by the reviewer.
Posted 21 September 2003 - 05:36 AM
I do remember seeing that spider-moment in the video, it was quite striking- but surely
not possible to stage outdoors...
Was the dancer who danced the role of the brother blond-haired? If yes, it's likely to be Karl Paquette (not exactly the reviewer's favorite dancer, and actually not really mine either :grinning: )
Posted 21 September 2003 - 06:19 AM
One of the lead dudes (not Clavigo, one of the other 2) was indeed blond, but since there was no plot summary in the program and I didn't read up before going, I'm not sure if the blond dancer was the friend or the brother...
Haha--one of the reasons I like ballet is that keeping track of the plot is not essential for enjoying the performance.
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