NOW will somebody tell me about the Pied Piper?
Posted 21 May 2001 - 05:01 PM
Posted 21 May 2001 - 06:18 PM
Posted 21 May 2001 - 07:01 PM
I'm curious if there were a lot of children there -- ABT has been billing this as a family production -- and, if so, if you could tell any reactions? (Sometimes children are bored to tears at "children's ballets." The last time the Royal came to DC they brought a double bill of "The Dream" and "Beatrix Potter." The kid in back of me finally stopped kicking the back of my seat two minutes into Beatrix; fast asleep )
Posted 21 May 2001 - 08:00 PM
However, I'd also like to hear reactions on this new Pied Piper. I was across the Plaza all weekend.....
Considering the hype, I suspect that the costuming, sets, lighting, and extravaganza/attempts to impress were more notable than the dancing/choreography. Now I love extravaganza, and will travel many miles for it, but I'd rather see the POB purple parrots in Bayadere than pasteboard rats. I don't imagine that there was too much dancing, esp. for the women, who had Kingdom of the Shades on the program as well that evening.
I'd really like to hear some more impressions--- ;)
Posted 21 May 2001 - 10:34 PM
Posted 22 May 2001 - 12:48 AM
As for Pied Pipper, I think it's over-hyped but I love the score. They tried to make the ballet looked like a Broadway production. Dancing wise, there's not enough of it and Corella had to carry to whole show. All the talks about the new technologies, props, sceneries, stage design & magic just heightened my expectation and I came home unimpressed. But still it was an unique and positive experience and I have to give credit to ABT for its new approach and direction in staging new ballet.
Posted 22 May 2001 - 04:26 PM
P.S. Looks like I will have to take a pass on Pied Piper, but I can't say these reports are causing me much regret...other than Corella.
Posted 23 May 2001 - 06:12 PM
And Paquita, I also wondered where that blue costume was.
Posted 24 May 2001 - 12:34 AM
Thereafter the sets and projections were right out of Super Nintendo. (I've watched far too much of that with my teenagers over the years -- that is definitely what I'd compare the blocky cartoonish landscape to).
Finally, when the "children" materialize in spinning projections overhead, we return to "Screen Saver Land" ... or perhaps are beamed into the light show from a Nineteen Seventies Heavy Metal Concert. Something from Deep Purple.
The rat costumes looked very like the Raptors in Jurassic Park. Perhaps they didn't want rats that looked too much like those from Mr. B's Nutcracker?
And the blue pajamas on the kids looked very like the green suits worn in correctional facilities in NY State.
The plot -- a Freudian Pied Piper is divided into three personalities, discovers his powers, banishes the raptors after they tickle him with baby raptors on sticks, is then shunned by the Burghers who act as if they've charmed the Raptors, but finally leads the children of the town into Super-Nintendo-Land -- is far too involved to be conveyed and, even if it could be conveyed, would still be ridiculous.
I thought Herman Cornejo almost worth the price of the ticket, but the piece also, by the end, made him look bad.
The first five minutes of Bayadere, the entrance and evolutions of the female corps, was quite beautiful. (As always). And Ekaterina Shelkanova was very very good in her variations and her pas de trois. But I have to recant much of the praise I've been bestowing on Ashley Tuttle lately. At least for today. Tuttle struck some beautiful poses today . . . when she caught up, that is, and got there. (Lovely cambered back, arm held high; or attitude en avant). The problem was what happened on the way. Very stiff and unmusical between the poses, not moving well at all, and sketchy and unstable in the big developpees, especially those to her left. Picone didn't help either.
Posted 24 May 2001 - 06:55 AM
Posted 25 May 2001 - 08:17 AM
Why is hype all of a sudden considered a bad thing for dance? It's tiring reading and/or hearing about sequels to medicore films, reality television and untalented celebrities who achieve fame for their personal lives rather than talent. I like seeing Angel Corolla's picture plastered all over NYC. (Even if he's not in the same PIPER costume.) In the long run the publicity should be a good thing for both ABT and the Parsons Dance Company.
And what if arts organizations like ABT stopped taking chances? Even as much as we cherish certain ballets, must it always be the same thing?
Posted 25 May 2001 - 08:27 AM
You asked why hype is considered bad for dance. I think the hype in this case was criticized because it concentrated on everything BUT dance, and was selling the ballet as though it were a Broadway show or a new Disney movie. It's good to draw people in, yes, but, as is often talked about on this board, for ballet, not the special effects.
I think it's wonderful for ABT, or any company, to take chances, but this seemed like a calculated grab for a huge big hit, not taking chances at all, to some.
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