How do you like your Swan Lake?
Posted 17 March 1999 - 11:42 PM
Posted 18 March 1999 - 01:58 AM
Posted 18 March 1999 - 09:23 AM
Posted 18 March 1999 - 11:06 AM
I want the second act mime, too. Too many dancers aren't learning it and I think it's a loss.
I don't care about the gender of the swans. I would not have said this prior to seeing the AMP Swan Lake.
It must be choreography which can match the music--not any easy task--I say stick with Petipa/Ivanov.
Beautifully schooled corps. Properly trained character dancers.
Number of swans not an issue. But...quiet pointe shoes are.
I won't say I don't care about the happy/sad ending--but when you have seen it done really well, it is just another element of a supremely moving experience.
We all have our own little idiosyncratic things which make us cringe (for me it's overweight swans in sloppy patterns and bad character dancing) but I think this is going to be an extremely entertaining thread!
And I'm sure we'll all think of additionos to each of our postings!
Posted 18 March 1999 - 11:21 AM
Posted 18 March 1999 - 11:27 AM
Posted 18 March 1999 - 01:32 PM
2) The concertmaster should really dig into the adagio and play it not just as accompaniment but as a virtuoso solo violin piece.
3) All the things I will think of (as Juliet Shore mentioned) that I will recall as soon as I hit the "submit reply" button.
[This message has been edited by Ed Waffle (edited 03-18-99).]
Posted 18 March 1999 - 02:59 PM
Can somebody tell me please what's wrong with that poor jester? Thanks.
Posted 18 March 1999 - 04:05 PM
Posted 18 March 1999 - 07:43 PM
By the way, cargill, what exactly is "a Drigoesque last act" ?
Posted 18 March 1999 - 10:26 PM
I dread the new Peter Martins production of Swan Lake that NYCB is going to premiere this summer. I saw this Martins version once in 1997 danced by Royal Danish Ballet. It is awful!
Posted 19 March 1999 - 09:01 AM
I also prefer a thin Swan Queen and corps to give it that otherwordly feeling. There is nothing worse than robust Swan Queen. This is why I quite liked Mezentseva in this role.
Did anyone see Kirkland dance Swan Lake? I can't even imagine what that would have been like?
Posted 19 March 1999 - 09:41 AM
Posted 19 March 1999 - 10:06 AM
Posted 19 March 1999 - 10:56 AM
On the whole, the Martins choreography did not improve on the traditional choreography, or indeed the Balanchine choreography in Mr. B's one-act version.
To be fair, the sets and costumes designs were however colourful enough and quite good.
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