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Sleeping Beauty, w/ Sylve, Dutch National Ballet


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#31 art076

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 11:30 PM

The extended mime scene that usually opens Act I is missing from this production; instead the curtain goes straight up on the "famous" Waltz with no mime about the King threatening to punish old ladies with illegal spindles.

#32 Joseph

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Posted 08 December 2004 - 11:46 AM

I just got my dvd yesterday; I really enjoy it! Two good friends of mine are in it :) For me it is the best recording, quality of a Sleeping Beauty dvd / video I have seen yet. I like the thunder and lightning in the scenes with Caraboose. The pas de quatre in Act III is also nice, it has some good variations for the men, I particularily like the first male variation. I am not really crazy about the scenery in Act I, "The Spell." It is a little too orange for me. But, I recommend this dvd to everyone here at Ballet Alert, or at least to take a look at it. The special features with Sir Peter Wright and Sylve are interesting as well.

One other thing I like is that a lot of the music in Act II was kept and restored. Some versions tend to cut this out. (When the prince gets to the palace to try and find Aurora.)

Oooh, and I like the costumes too. I think that Caraboose's goblins costumes are cool! (creepy kind of)

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Posted 15 December 2004 - 08:55 PM

Oh, I have a question - Does anyone here know the name of the ballet that Sylve is seen dancing in her special feature section.? She is in a green tutu...

#34 art076

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Posted 16 December 2004 - 12:54 AM

Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the green space-age looking tutu is from "Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude," choreographed by William Forsythe.

#35 Andre Yew

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Posted 16 December 2004 - 11:52 AM

Art, I believe that is the correct ballet. There's also a short excerpt from it in Sylve's 7-turn fouette video from the Dutch National Ballet website. The dancing and music in it are so exciting that I'm looking forward to the day I can watch it in its entirety.

--Andre

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Posted 16 December 2004 - 01:20 PM

Wow, thanks. Yeah I have seen it on the website as well. Do you know who wrote the music and what exactly the piece of music is called???

Would love to see it live also!

#37 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 16 December 2004 - 02:10 PM

From Vertiginous? It's choreographed to the final movement of Schubert's 9th Symphony.

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Posted 18 December 2004 - 10:55 AM

great thanks!

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Posted 27 December 2004 - 10:33 AM

I was struck by what Peter Wright said about how "Aurora" should be interpretated in each of the Acts---In Act 1 she should be girlish, in Act 2 remote and womanly in Act 3. These are the qualities I missed in Silve's performance. I can sympathize with him, however, he was probably recalling Fonteyn. I did, however, enjoy the technical aspects of her dancing very much. I was disappointed in the camera work---most of the time I felt as though I was sitting in the 'cheap seats'---I had the urge to reach for my opera glasses.

One thing I must add---the excerpt of Silve dancing 'Dewdrop' is worth the price of the DVD.

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Posted 19 January 2005 - 02:58 PM

I just viewed this dvd and loved it! I particularly loved the stately, opulent production, and Sylve's wonderfully down-to-earth Aurora. Along with Asylmuratova she's been the Aurora I have on video that conveys the actual sweetness of Aurora without seeming overly cute and precious. Sylve has some wobbly, uncertain moments in the Rose Adagio but somehow I didnt mind them, mostly because I felt that her adorable personality more than made up for this. She seems to be one of those dancers (Cojocaru is another) for whom charm comes naturally.
The costumes are stunning, if a bit too fussy. I liked the longer-length tutus. And Gael Lambiotte is really wonderful -- very handsome. The Vision Scene was lovely, although upon closer examination the corps' final lineup had some blemishes.
Highly recommended. I also LOVE the gorgeous photo of Olga Spessivtseva during the overture.

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 10:41 AM

Ok, I have read most of your reviews. Seems as most of you liked the production which really astonish me. I have watched the DVD a couple of times and I have really really tried to like it and take it onto my heart. The only thing I find it is that the production is too dark so I actually have fallen asleep several times watching it :) . I find the same phenomenon with the other Sir Peter Wright production of Swan Lake with the Royal Swedish Ballet DVD. The settings and the dancers, costumes melt together into one big orangey background and you are constantly waiting for something for the foreground. (In the Swan Lake DVD, it was a big grey background instead of orange though :cool: )

The funny thing is that the live-stage version of Swan Lake was very very beautiful (it literally took my breath away when I saw it) so I would expect that it is the same phenomenon with the Sleeping Beauty.

I just had a very hard time neglecting the whole oreangey-mass and concentrate on the dancing...

I definitely agree with those who didn't like the gown of the lilac fairy. I think those long sheets on her arms made her look like a scarecrow (forcing her to have har arms right out from the body all the time) more than a graceful and yet powerful fairy. Also, I suppose I have a different picture of the lilac fairy in my mind: a mild and kind fairy rather than a fairy with power.

I was actually more content with the extra material featuring an interview with Ms Sylve.

Sometimes the reality doesn't meet up with expectations I suppose and in this case I had set too high expectations :o


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