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#1 Cathy

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Posted 18 June 2005 - 03:19 PM

Hi,

I just found my way to the site, and found absolutely nobody here! This part of the site has been dead for more than a year! Where are you all?

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#2 carbro

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Posted 18 June 2005 - 03:29 PM

Excellent question, Cathy, but we're glad you're here.

So, why don't you tell us what's been going on in Amsterdam lately? Interesting new productions? Young dancers to keep an eye on? Downright balletic disasters?

And whether or not you have anything to post, you might want to swing by our Welcome page and tell us a bit about yourself and how you found yourself here.

Welcome, Cathy, to BalletTalk! :)

#3 Cathy

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Posted 19 June 2005 - 10:44 AM

Thank you Carbro!
I feel much more welcome now!
My first post was like walking into a room, finding it empty, and asking a question in the silence anyway... :)


So what shall I say about everything going on here...
A few months ago they just blew me away with a new production: an adaption of Mozart's Don Giovanni!
It was beautiful, exciting and SEXY!
I hope they'll keep it in their repertoire, and preferably even take it abroad so you can all see it!

Then in March/April they celebrated some ballet "pioneers" with Balanchine's Symphony in C, a poignant new choreography by Hans van Manen called Frank Bridge Variations (to the music of Britten's Variations on the theme of Frank Bridge), and William Forsythe's The Second Detail.
I don't know how much recognition Van Manen gets overseas, but I think he's fantastic. His choreographies bring such a rare, powerful physicality to ballet! This one was beautiful and rather dark, with grasping grim atmosphere (but sort of happy end, even though it wasn't "a story" as such) that truly made it an experience to watch.

After that, part of the company went to Canada doing several choreographies including Carmen, and the other part toured the Netherlands with "Feest". Unfortunately I wasn't in the opportunity to visit either one.

And next is "Ballet Now", showing (in their own words) the current "state of ballet". I will go see it next week, so I can't say anything about that yet.
It's sad though, because it marks the departure of two fantastic, experienced principals: Jahn Magnus Johansen and Nathalie Caris.

So I guess that's all the latest.

But I don't understand, the counter says over 60 people viewed my message, but nobody replied. So appearently none of you live in Amsterdam or ever visit the Dutch National Ballet? Then who are you all? Was my subject description confusing (so you found out only after reading it that it didn't apply to you), or are you just curious about Amsterdam, or the Dutch National Ballet, or what? Don't be shy, let me know!
If there's anything you want to ask, just post it. I might not know it either, but maybe I do.
And if anyone's seen "Feest" or the Canada show (surely they weren't performing for empty theatres there?), please tell me about it!

Cathy

#4 Alexandra

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Posted 19 June 2005 - 10:59 AM

Hi, Cathy! Thanks for catching us up on what's going on in Amsterdam. I haven't seen much of Van Manen's choreography lately. Not many American companies perform his works (unfortunately, in my opinion, as he's one of the few contemporary neoclassical choreographer!). Tell us about the Don Giovanni. Who was the choreographer? What was it like and why did it blow you away?

You asked why 60 people had read your post but no one replied -- a lot more people read this (and almost every other message board) than register, much less post. Why is one of the great mysteries of cyberlife :) But it means that people are interested. We don't have a lot of people who see the company regularly -- although as you can see by the list of topics, there are a few people who do (I hope Herman Stevens sees this) But there are a lot of people who are very interested in what's going on, so you may not have a lot of people to talk to (at least right now) but you will definitely have readers!

Please feel free to take part in other discussions, as well. Threads on Anything Goes, or Aesthetic Issues, etc. often touch on issues of interest to people anywhere, and always benefit from having a fresh viewpoint.

#5 bart

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Posted 19 June 2005 - 01:55 PM

I don't know how much recognition Van Manen gets overseas, but personally I think he's fantastic. His choreographies bring such a rare, powerful physicality to ballet!

I'd also like to hear the answer to this.

About the company in general: Dutch National Ballet's version of Sleeping Beauty (Peter Wright staging, with Sofiane Sylve) is in tape in the US. And it's a stunner -- beautifully danced, staged, and costumed. I was very impressed with the style and technique of all involved.

I've also seen snippets of shorter works from DNB on Classical Arts Showcase on TV, but honestly did not register the name of the choreographer. The company is definitely worth looking for.

#6 Cathy

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Posted 20 June 2005 - 01:38 PM

Hi!

A very quick response from me:

a lot more people read this (and almost every other message board) than register, much less post.


To all of you out there: it takes about 50 seconds to register, and you don't need to supply any information you don't want to supply!
So don't be afraid, register and let us hear your voice!

To Alexandra and Bart: thanks for stopping by this otherwise rather lonesome thread... :dry:

The company is definitely worth looking for.


Yes it is!

I'll probably go see Ballet Now tomorrow!

Cathy

#7 Viviane

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Posted 20 June 2005 - 01:56 PM

Hi Cathy !
Here is a Belgian balletomane with a weak spot for Dutch National :dry: Not that I have seen them often, but they've surely impressed me.
I know this place is quiet now, but there are some others around like Marc and Herman who know a lot about the company !

#8 carbro

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Posted 20 June 2005 - 03:01 PM

To all of you out there: it takes about 50 seconds to register, and you don't need to supply any information you don't want to supply!
So don't be afraid, register and let us hear your voice!

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[Moderator's beanie on]

Small correction, Cathy. Actually, the registration procedure changed right after you joined, and in addition to locations, we now require real names, but only the administrators have access to that info.

[Mod's beanie off]

Your enthusiasm is contagious! :dry:

#9 Cathy

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Posted 20 June 2005 - 03:45 PM

the registration procedure changed right after you joined


I walk in the place and security measures are increased! :dry:

But potential posters shouldn't hesitate because of this, the rest of us can't see your "real" data anyway, and it's nice when you think about it, the board will be even safer this way!

Viviane: Thanks so much for stopping by and posting a message! I was just reading the Flanders thread, how very nice to "meet" you!

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#10 Cathy

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Posted 22 June 2005 - 02:28 PM

I just got back from Ballet Now.
Tonight was Jahn Magnus Johansen's last performance! ;(
Krzysztof Pastor made a special solo for him, which Jahn danced at the very end of the evening, right after he'd already given us the most touching performance of The Grey Area I've ever seen...!
It was very sad but very, very beautiful!
It literally brought tears to my eyes...
We're SO gonna miss him... :)

#11 carbro

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Posted 22 June 2005 - 02:41 PM

Seems to be a big year for retirements! :) Having just seen two such in recent weeks, I know how sad and sentimental these can be.

What music was used, Cathy?

#12 Cathy

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Posted 26 June 2005 - 07:11 AM

What music was used, Cathy?



J.S Bach's cello-suite nr. 6 was used for "Solo for Jahn".
Yesterday was Nathalie Caris' last performance.
She did Wayne Eagling's "Duet" with Altin Alexandros Kaftira. It was beautiful, but I think it was less emotional than Jahn's last performance. Don't know why. Maybe because this choreography wasn't written for this occasion specifically and did therefore not embody the "dramatic premises" of celebrating a beautiful career and leaving it behind. Or maybe I was just in a different mood...

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Posted 26 June 2005 - 07:16 AM

By the way the season has ended now (for most companies I guess), and it will be a long long time before DNB performs in Amsterdam again. :tiphat:
They will take part in Edinburgh Festival in September and Dansersfonds '79's Balletgala in October.
I think the first "regular" performance here in the Muziektheater isn't until November!

Cathy

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Posted 02 August 2005 - 09:55 AM

By the way, the season has ended now (for most companies I guess), and it will be a long long time before DNB performs in Amsterdam again... :lol:
In the meanwhile the company will first enjoy a well-deserved vacation, after which they'll start training and rehearsing, and take part in Edinburgh Festival in September and Dansersfonds '79's Balletgala in October.
I think the first "regular" performance here in the Muziektheater isn't until November!

I'm really not looking forward to four months without seeing my favourite company...

xCathy

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Cathy,
My wife and I will be in Amsterdam around Nov 20-25. Wiill the
new season have begun by then, do you thiink?

Ed Bock

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Posted 02 August 2005 - 10:03 AM

According to the Dutch National Ballet Calendar, there will be two performances of the "Lines 2" program while you're in Amsterdam:

http://www.het-natio...r=2005&month=11

Continuum - Wheeldon
Who Cares? - Balanchine
Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux -- Balanchine
TBA


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