ABT's Corsaire, Friday
Posted 12 March 2002 - 01:17 AM
In addition, I think it really depends who plays the roles. Kent has always danced Medora with a wink and a giggle whereas Jaffe and Nina A gave the role more depth. And I liked Stiefel as Ali rather than Conrad, a character he plays like Errol Flynn.
Posted 12 March 2002 - 05:09 AM
Posted 12 March 2002 - 10:22 AM
Mary, I didn't use the Lincoln Bedroom example for the money, but to symbolize crossing an invisible line. I don't begrudge any ballet company making money. It's the Corsaire effect that worries me. (I also don't mean to imply that everyone in the audience, at every ballet, should be sitting there thinking, "What will this mean for the future?" smile.gif
The ending is one of the most unresolved I've ever seen in a 19th century restaging. It makes no sense. As for the post-premiere tightening, I wonder if Holmes was consulted. She does have respect for Petipa and the Russian tradition.
Posted 12 March 2002 - 02:32 PM
Too bad Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. died a couple of years ago. I'd suggest bringing him in to coach.
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