Don Quixote2/14/04 eve
Posted 14 February 2004 - 11:55 PM
Generally speaking, this is a good solid production of Don Quixote, if not entirely orthodox. Tomasson has made some changes to the traditional choreography: Basilio's traditional act 1 solo has been moved to the tavern in act 2, and inact 1 he dances a variation to music in a minor key, which I actually liked. Then there's the extra adagio in the Gypsy camp, and also some circus-sounding music in act 3 for Kitri's bridesmaids. While I usually like Jens-Jacob Worsaae's costumes and sets for other ballets, the jury's out on his designs for Don Q, with their bright colors, tons of lace, and a consistent motif of vertical stripes of color on the bodices/vests of the costumes, even the tutus. Still, I enjoyed myself immensely.
Did anyone else see Don Quixote?
Posted 15 February 2004 - 03:50 PM
Since this is only my second year in the Bay Area, I am enjoying getting to see Tina LeBlanc perform. She would out on maternity leave last year. What a wonderful performer. Technically, she is everything that I have heard her to be, absolutely wonderful. What really delights me, is how she can bring a role to life. She was able to make me feel her emotions as she wanted to be with Basilio instead of the rich count that her father preferred. She was so at one with the choreography. Vanessa Zahorian was wonderful also, technically right on, but not as at home in the role, it seemed to me.
I loved Murial Maffrey in Mercedes and Julie Diana as Driad Queen.
All in all, a very enjoyable program. It is nice to see a very well done story ballet. Thanks SFB.
Posted 03 March 2004 - 10:16 AM
I love San Francisco Ballet, though, and I'm glad I saw it. The girl who played the Driad Queen really stood out. I also enjoyed the entire second act, with the gypsies.
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