Posted 23 February 2004 - 01:57 PM
I'd like to see more Van Manen; I wish more of his ballets had entered American repertories. Many are small-cast, so they'd be ideal for small or mid-sized companies.
With apologies to Begium for hijacking your thread to talk about international issues!!!
Posted 23 February 2004 - 02:11 PM
No, honnest, I find that DNB has really fine dancers. Must say I was surprised to see Sofiane Sylve in the broadcasted 'Sleeping Beauty' though !
Herman, I'm eager to hear you about our Bayadère
Posted 23 February 2004 - 02:16 PM
We actually have five other people who've registered here listing Belgium as their location. If you're out there, please tell us what you thought of Bayadere!!
Posted 23 February 2004 - 02:39 PM
As far as I understand from the HNB booklets under Wayne Eagling the notion "international" had a lot to do with the fact that internationally renowned choreographers worked with and for the company and sort of created an "international" repertory. (Something which the POB also always takes great pride in.) They named first of all the famous Dutch choreographers (the Vans), followed by a whole group of big names from today's dance world - Carlson, Forsythe, Lock, Marin, among others.
I felt, too, that the favorable comparison with POB, Kirov, Bolshoi, RB, ABT was pushing it a bit too far, but yet, Herman, on the other hand it isn't that far-fetched when you realize the richness and diversity of the HNB's repertory - and what's more, they can give a more than decent (to put it this way) show of everything they have. Frankly, I never felt that way about the Royal Ballet of Flanders, even though that company, too, is of a pretty good level and is attempting the same things, but it's simply no comparison to what HNB can do - and the difference is not just by sheer number of dancers.
It will be interesting to hear your take on the Bayadère, Herman.
Posted 23 February 2004 - 02:47 PM
There was a funny documentary, sort of "The Making of" of "Swan Lake" (or rather in this case "The Unmaking of....") :grinning: In one scene we had Fabre supervising the rehearsals of the swans in act 2. It still looked like Ivanov. But then Fabre suggested to just drop those particular steps - they didn't make sense to him. And that's what they did.
Posted 23 February 2004 - 02:48 PM
Viviane, on Feb 23 2004, 10:11 PM, said:
Herman, I'm eager to hear you about our Bayadère
So may I ask what you thought of Sofiane's Aurora, Viviane?
Perhaps we should go to the DNB room, but I thought her Act I was simply astounding (I saw it three times in a row). It was Beauty and Beast in one, emphasizing Aurora's birthday girl audacity. Sofiane may have wanted to show Amsterdam one last time what they are going to miss for quite a bunch of years.
I would love to hear how you felt about it.
Marc, I think it's perfectly OK to be not quite the Kirov (if only for not having trilions of principals) and yet be a wonderful company, like the DNB. I love 'em. On the other hand I think the Flanders Ballet, which is a notch down anyway, isn't helped by having to tour the relentless way they do (with a limited number of good dancers).
Edited by Herman Stevens, 23 February 2004 - 02:59 PM.
Posted 23 February 2004 - 02:56 PM
Note: Many old threads here have been scrambled out of choronogical order; I'm not sure why. The original post in this thread is mine, about three in.
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Posted 28 February 2004 - 03:43 AM
I thought I'd treat you to a quote from today's Bayadère review in the NRC Handelsblad (more or less the paper of record in Holland).
After some remarks on the set and the awkward dresses it concludes:
"What makes this production successful [de kracht van deze voorstelling ligt in] is the dancers' high level [kwaliteit] and spontaneity. If you're looking for the pure beauty of classical dance there's a lot to enjoy in the exemplary corps and in ballerina Aysem Sunal, who gives the deceived Nikia stirring nobility, poetry and passion."
I should note the review is by Ine Rietstap (a dancer from the fifties) who cannot mention the DNB's Larissa Lezhnina without using the words "robotic smile".
Posted 28 February 2004 - 05:14 AM
Herman Stevens, on Feb 28 2004, 11:43 AM, said:
And then Sunal is described as a Nikiya full of nobility, poetry and passion.... .
Posted 29 February 2004 - 06:18 AM
Posted 29 February 2004 - 08:03 AM
Viviane and Marc will hopefully forgive me if I say there is only one way of finding out if the Bayadère is worth your time and money, and that's by going yourself. Who knows? Maybe you'll love it just like you did Nutcracker.
And if you do, don't forget to post.
I'm going in three weeks sharp.
Posted 29 February 2004 - 09:39 AM
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