Looking back on 2003 in Copenhagen?What was the year in dance like for you?
Posted 29 December 2003 - 09:00 AM
Posted 29 December 2003 - 12:59 PM
For me it has been a wonderful year with about 45 performances attended.
- Silja Schandorff and Nicolas le Riche in Manon. Three great performances, guest star le Riche was a vitamin injection for Schandorff. Danced with high intensity.
- Fantastic sets and costumes by Mia Stensgaard in Manon. A convincing debut by a young scenographer. Fresh and colorful costumes and simple sets. Hope to see more of her soon.
- A solid, no-fuzz, staging of La Sylphide by Nikolai Hübbe.
- Gudrun Bojesen established herself as a great Sylph for years to come.
- Gitte Lindstrøm back in the autumn after a long injury absence.
- Diana Cuni and Amy Watson getting better and better.
- Christina L. Olsen, 19 years, the most promising young dancer.
- The three tall blond "princes" Kenneth Greve, Mads Blangstrup and Andrew Bowman.
- Guesting Maria Eichwald and Alen Bottaini in Manon in February.
- Saw NYCB for the first time at Tivoli. Loved Maria Kowroski.
- Fine guest tour by the Estonian National Ballet in Malmö, doing Swan Lake with high class ballerinas like Kaie Körb and Marina Chirkova.
- Several last-minute schedule changes, with Etudes being cancelled a number of times.
- Boring December with only Nutcracker. Couldn't they do something like "A Folk Tale" instead? Good as a family ballet at Christmas.
Posted 05 January 2004 - 12:29 AM
Manon, beautifull scenography beautiful dancing and acting by primarily Silja Schandorff and Kenneth Greve
Schandorff and Greve finally really performing together and not just dancing
The rise and rise of Gudrun Bojesen
La Sylphide, more good than bad)
an exellent Serenade
Mads Blangstrup as James and in Thaikowsky piano concerto
Kenneth Greve as leading man and an impressive Odyddeus in a not to impressive performance
Gitte Lindström back in business
Kristoffer Sakurai finally showing how good he is
A strong In the middle somewath elevated special mention Marie Pierre Greve
Christina Olsson returning for a fine Etudes
A motivated corps doing great in Serenade and new choreography
Posted 05 January 2004 - 07:23 AM
Jorgen, I had a pang when I read your comment about "A Folk Tale." Earlier productions of this weren't children's ballets! (Kirsten Ralov's, especially, which went back to the original drawings of costumes for the trolls; they weren't cute but thuggish human-like creatures, exhibiting the worst of human behavior. And there was great dignity in all the roles, and the ballet generally.) I'm no fan of the current production, but I've heard a few people say that it's seen as a children's ballet there now, and I think that's a shame. According to theater lore, both Fokine and Balanchine, when they frst saw the company back in the late '20s, early '30s, immediately saw "Folk Tale" as a great ballet. If they can get "La Sylphide" back, maybe, some day.....
Posted 05 January 2004 - 07:39 AM
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Posted 08 January 2004 - 05:00 AM
Posted 08 January 2004 - 08:35 AM
Posted 08 January 2004 - 01:08 PM
+finding up-and-comers coming into their own: Sakurai, Birkkjaer, Green, Kupinski (x2), Lambrette, Cuni, Haugland.
+Riggins, Boetcher and Gad lighting up an otherwise very dull Odesseen.
+Schandorff's mischevious Sylph, Boejesen's sweet one, Blangstrups brooding James
+Cavallo as a queen in TPC #2
+Yao Wei-enough said!
+MP Greve in the middle, TOTALLY elevated.
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