Viennese New Year Concert
Posted 01 January 2004 - 02:43 PM
The ballet soloist was Jose Carreno - choreography by Eifman.
Fabulous guy! I have never seen him before - but this was really something!
Then, I suppose one must make allowances for that he danced in a newly restored palace and the flooring, beautiful as it was, was not suitable for ballet and it must have hampered him somewhat.
Anybody else saw that concert?
Posted 01 January 2004 - 05:08 PM
I saw the concert on British TV this morning. I thought Carreno's contribution was courageous, given his huge jumps on that vast, dangerously-shiny ballroom floor and given that this was a live transmission with no posibility of editing out errors.
I also thought that the Eifman choreography was strange. Not bad, just..strange. They wheel in this big, expensive star and then have the local ballerina do most of her dancing with corps men. Carreno had, I think, two solos, but for most of the piece he had to look on sadly while the ballerina was being lifted by the corps men. Nevertheless, I was intrigued by Eifman's hit-and-miss choreography; some of it looked good and I'm sorry now that I missed his company in London last year.
And finally... happy New Year to all you BalletAlerters..
Posted 01 January 2004 - 09:54 PM
Bravo to the dancers of the Vienna State Ballet!
Posted 02 January 2004 - 06:39 AM
The choreography was not what one would usually have, but that is fine.
It was at least classical for the most part and largely musical.
(We are sort of starved for classical ballet here where I live, so anything is appreciated!)
I too wonder about the floors. Do they wash them with coca-cola or something similar before-hand?
Posted 02 January 2004 - 07:37 AM
Posted 02 January 2004 - 08:09 AM
I enjoyed more Eifman's other piece set to the Champagne Polka.
Posted 02 January 2004 - 08:25 AM
Posted 02 January 2004 - 10:58 AM
Posted 02 January 2004 - 01:16 PM
Well, one version of a glimpse of heaven vs. another version.
At the end, instead of showing Carreno, they filmed the ceiling instead.
Sorry to have missed, and hoping to catch rebroadcast one way or another.
Posted 03 January 2004 - 06:34 AM
Oh, yes: filming the ceiling! I had almost forgotten!
Well, when one knows that the main reason they even have these interludes is to show the various places one can go in Austria as a tourist...... I suppose they _had_ to show the ceiling.
I like carbro's response. ("Well, one version of a glimpse of heaven vs. another version. ")
As to the choreography not being terribly cohesive; could it be that the guest just got in the day before, and they had to put him in somehow?
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