Washington Opera "Die Fledermaus"Murphy/Stiefel
Posted 14 December 2004 - 01:58 AM
Among the Act II guests are Ethan Stiefel & Gillian Murphy who will be dancing, not singing.
Placido also shows up.
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Posted 14 December 2004 - 10:07 PM
What do Murphy/Stiefel dance?
Posted 15 December 2004 - 09:14 AM
Presumably it is J. Strauss' music from another work, but whether or not it's a full pas de deux, I dunno.
Guess we'll just have to watch or tape & find out on 12/31.
I did find out it is 2-1/2 hours long.
Posted 15 December 2004 - 04:10 PM
Posted 15 December 2004 - 08:09 PM
The opera itself was very good -- and quite hilarious. I enjoyed Anderson and Brendel as well as Jesus Garcia in a supporting role.
Posted 02 January 2005 - 10:49 AM
I am very familiar with 'Flames of Paris' pdd; it's a competitions staple, after all! It was danced in-full, 100%, by Murphy & Stiefel. This pdd is unusual in that it contains no adagio at the start...only the short majestic waltz. No steps were altered due to the set. The only unusual choreography in the Murphy/Stiefel rendition, as far as I could tell, was the altering of the final diagonal of steps in the female solo; this is usually performed as hops on pointe, whereas Murphy performed a series of alternating chaine turns & pirouettes...to accentuate her natural strengths, no doubt. She was FABULOUS!
It was nice -- if not a bit amusing -- to see Stiefel doing the authentic Soviet-proletariat 'Chaboukiani' poses...standing with deep leans & hand to heart...like a massive Soviet-era statue. Only the hammer & sickle were missing from his hands!
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