2004-2005 season -- discussion
Posted 08 June 2004 - 08:11 AM
Posted 10 July 2004 - 08:41 PM
I threw in my inevitable 2 cents a while ago, but to summarize:
I'm most excited to see the Robbins and whatever Chris Stowell and Yuri Possokhov cook up. Not familiar with the Czarny: looking forward to it.
Re: Swan Lake Act III (The Ballroom) While I understand the "approaching a major story ballet by performing one act" theory, unless Stowell has raided SFB or PNB and hired a lot of dancers (and where exactly would the money come for that?) I don't find this sort of thing tantalizing. I'll enjoy it, but a fragment is never satisfying. A swan-less lake?
Nutcracker a la Mr. B...not my favorite, but without it, there's no OBT. Hope it sells well. Already have received a nice Nutcracker brochure: happy to see the recorded performances have dwindled to only two. That's a big step in the right direction. OBT must have received some money in its live music fund.
Disappointments: I'm not a big fan of Stowell Senior, though I'll admit to having seen only a half dozen of his pieces. Of all the Balanchine available, Concerto Barroco would have been half way down my personal list for this company. Keep in mind: OBT is still very thin at the top. Apollo or Agon a much better choice.
Then there's the repeat of Company B. Isn't the second season a little soon to be nostalgic for the first season?
As I said before, I appreciate all the thought and budgetary woe that goes into shaping a season. If I knew the hard facts that OBT has to deal with, I might not have come up with a better season myself. (Though Company B's dead bodies would have been over my dead body.)
To end on a positive note: last season OBT was filled with wonderful suprises all year long: in performance, choreography and programming; I am hoping for more of the same this season.
See you at the Park Blocks,
Posted 10 July 2004 - 09:21 PM
Posted 10 July 2004 - 10:10 PM
I'd like nothing better than to eat my words.
On the other hand, some of the leading dancers are showing some real sparks of brilliance. I would love to see them take on the Four Temperments. Gavin, Yuka, Kathi & Allison with Kester, Paul, Artur and Matthew...could be very exciting.
I have an idea: drop Company B and do both!
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