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#1 Estelle

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 04:24 AM

My husband and I will be spending a week-end in Copenhagen on Aug 19-22. I've seen
on the RDB web site that a gala was planned on Aug 21, however there is no information on its content; also some tickets princes appear on the Billet Net site but no tickets are available. I was wondering if some people here know more information about this gala- and especially whether the lack of available tickets mean that it's sold out, or if it is for another reason (e.g. no tickets sold online).

Also any advice of ballet-related tourism in Copenhagen would be welcome (and also tourism advice in general, but preferably by PM or e-mail because it'd be off-topic).

#2 jorgen

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 05:00 AM

According to "Billetnet" it's sold out. You could try calling/faxing the ticket office of the Royal Theatre when they open on August 1st.

The gala celebrates Bournonvilles's 200 years birthday, with guests from New York City Ballet, Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Balett, Paris Opera etc. I don't know any program details but Alina Cojocaru is supposed to come. Luckily I have tickets!

#3 Estelle

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 11:48 AM

Thanks for your reply, jorgen- and heartful thanks too the the people who emailed me or sent me PMs (I'll reply later) ! :P

Pity it's sold out- but not so surprising alas... :cool: I'll try to contact the ticket office when it reopens on Aug 1st.

#4 Estelle

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Posted 04 August 2005 - 06:12 AM

It turns out that the gala has been sold out for weeks. A few tickets will be sold on the day of the performance, but there will be only a handful of them, so I'm afraid the queue will be huge... :blush:

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Posted 04 August 2005 - 10:19 AM

Will this gala be telecast? There's a good chance that it will be, as the national TV regularly does live telecasts of such events. Just this year, we've seen at least two telecasts: the opening of the new opera house in Jan/Feb and the final night of the Bournonville Festival in early June.

#6 Giselle05

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Posted 06 August 2005 - 04:19 PM

Bournonville Gala 2005

It lists Nina Ananiashvilli as performing, but she had stated previously that she'd canceled all of her performances in 2005. In fact, Alessandra Ferri had been scheduled to perform, (according to Julio Bocca's website), but apparently she has canceled due to her injury.

If anyone finds out any more information regarding program, dancers, and telecasts ( :) ) , please post! :)

#7 jorgen

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Posted 10 August 2005 - 10:27 AM

Here is the program for the gala "Tillykke, Bournonville!" on August 21.

Program:

Ouverture: Yrsa af Hartmann
Det Kongelige Kapel

Excerpts from the Bournonville schools
Det Kongelige Teaters Balletskole

Birthday gift from Wiener Staatsoper Ballett
Dancers: Franziska Hollinek and Mihail Sosnovschi

Balanchine: Duo Consertante
Dancers: Silja Schandorff (Den Kongelige Ballet) and Nikolaj Hübbe (New York City Ballet)

Petipa & Ivanov: Pas de Deux from Swan Lake
Dancers: Bolshoi Ballet: Nadezhda Gracheva and Andrei Ouvarov

Balanchine: Diamonds
Dancers: Pariser Opera: Marie Agnés Gillot and Jose Martinez

Neumeier: Pas de deux from Lady of Camelias
Dancers: Hamburg Ballett: Anna Polikarpova and Lloyd Riggins

Birthday gift from the Swedish Royal Ballet
Dancers: Marie Lindquist, Anders Nordstrøm and Pascal Jansson

MacMillan: Pas de deux from Manon
Dancers: American Ballet Theatre: Leanne Benjamin and Julio Bocca

Ripples
Dancers: National Ballet of China: Zhu Yan and Sun Jie

Ashton: Voices of Spring
Dancers: Royal Ballet: Alina Cojocaro and Johan Kobborg

Petipa: Le Cosaire
Dancers: American Ballet Theatre: Paloma Herrera and Gennadi Saveliev

Bournonville: Napoli, 3rd act
Den Kongelige Ballet

#8 Hans

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Posted 10 August 2005 - 10:29 AM

Leanne Benjamin is with ABT now? :flowers:

#9 Mary

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Posted 25 August 2005 - 11:41 PM

Getting a ticket to the gala proved to be a difficult thing, different sites said none was available others that there were. And when i finally sat in the audience, almost half the parterre was empty...

I learned that a big sponsor, who had many free tickets, pulled out at a very late stage which is why there was such a big confusion since the theatre suddenly had tickets to something that was sold out... Anyway

I had a wonderful evening.

The absolute high's were Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in Voices of spring and Leanne Benjamin and Julio Bocca in Manon

I am becomming more and more a fan of Ashton and Macmillan, I feel that a good technique combined with their excellent sense of fluidity and humble brilliance in the pdd's is getting more and more exciting to watch.

The low's were Andrew Bowman in Corsaire and the Swedish contribution danced by Marie Lindquist, Anders Nordstrøm og Pascal Jansson. The dancers are not bad at all, but they seemed nervous and were not together several times. I saw the general where it was a lot more smooth. but the piece itself was one long preparation for pirouettes wheras the theme was an actual dinner between Jenny Lind, Bournonville and HC Andersen. An interesting subject but unfortunately we got no wiser at the and of the piece.

Andrew Bowman has a beautiful physique, but has only that to offer. I am aware that he was called in on a short notice and that he most have been terrified to stand next to Paloma Herrera. But she is a strong dancer and he should be able to partner her with much more ease. As for his variation i have a hard time understanding why he aims too high in the tricks when the fact is he doesnt have the jump to make them impressive. I wonder who coaches him...

As much as i am a fan of Nikolaj Hübbe i absolutely did not like the Duo Concertante. It is such an uneven and akward pdd. Silja Schandorff looked stunning as usual, but again with some real coaching she could shine even brighter. Even though i don't like the piece there is more to be found in the choreography than she managed. But bless them both, they are wonderful.

Marie Agnés Gillot and Jose Martinez in the pdd from Diamonds were perfect, so perfect that I almost wanted to see them do something completely different. Mats Ek's Carmen maybe?

Ripples danced by Zhu Yan and Sun Jie, was the most poetic moment of the whole evening.

Nadeja Gracheva and Andrei Ouvarov danced black swan pdd. The only comment i have is: was i dreaming or were we back in the 40ies. I had no clue people stil dances like that. They were both really good and strong, but on the whole it was sooo outdated

Lloyd Riggins found himself onstage with the most stunning creature Lucia Lacarra, she really impressed with her sense of style and frailty. Lloyd on the otherside has put on some weight since i saw him last, which made it sort of unlikely that she would ever fall in love with him. And dont give me the Neumeier analysis that its because it's true love... *S*

From Vienna with love, Franziska Hollinek and Mihail Sosnovschi. She was formerly in RDB and he is presently one of the most beautiful men to have danced on Gamle Scene, a pity the piece didn't show them off better.

During Napoli 3rd act, which was really, really danced well i kept on thinking that its a real shame that the danish mr B only created one ballet that is worthy to show at the end of an evening, because by now i think we all know the steps...

Most interesting thing was to see Kobborg, Hübbe, Bocca, Martinez, Sosnovschi and Gillot all dressed in Napoli costumes fooling around at the tables.

But an evening like this does put you on a high, and maybe i was seen dancing Napoli on my way home...

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Posted 26 August 2005 - 05:58 AM

Thank you for that, Mary! (I think Herr B did create more ballets that were worthy to show at the end of an evening, but they've disappeared :thumbsup: ) I love the idea of your dancing Napoli on the way home! If you see more performances in Copenhagen this coming season, I hope you'll tell us about them.

[Editing to add:] I forgot to ask -- I'd be very interested in knowing what you found outdated about the Bolshoi dancers? Style, technique, approach, all of the above, something else?

#11 Estelle

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Posted 26 August 2005 - 07:53 AM

Getting a ticket to the gala proved to be a difficult thing, different sites said none was available others that there were. And when i finally sat in the audience, almost half the parterre was empty...

I learned that a big sponsor, who had many free tickets, pulled out at a very late stage which is why there was such a big confusion since the theatre suddenly had tickets to something that was sold out... Anyway


Thanks for the explanation ! I finally managed to get a ticket too, though it took quite a lot of time (the queuing system was a bit difficult to understant for us non-Danish speaking tourists, so we queued from about 3 PM to 5 PM- were you queuing then too ? Perhaps we were both there at the same time...) As the gala started at 6 PM and ended at almost 10 PM, that was a lot of time at the Royal Theater :) But we were quite happy with our seats (a bit up, but in the center, and it was a good view, especially for "Napoli").

I have to say that in general I'm a not a fan of galas, especially as I find that often a lot of pas de deux or solos which are excerpts of a longer work lose much of their strength when presented alone (and sometimes it becomes a bit too "circus-like", let's count the fouettés, etc. And also all the recent galas at the Paris Opera were awfully expensive.) But as I had seen no ballet performance since last fall, I was eager to grasp any opportunity to see some ballet at last, and also seeing the theater (which reminded me a little of the of the Paris Opera, but with less red velvet) itself was a treat.

There were a few differences between the program posted by Jorgen and the printed program we were given: the printed program listed Galina Stepanenko instead of Nadejda Gracheva in the "Black Swan" pas de deux, and as Mary wrote, the "Lady of the Camellias" pas de deux was performed by Lucia Lacarra instead of Anna Polikarpova, and the "Corsaire" pas de deux was performed by Andrew Bowman instead of Gennadi Saveliev. Also it seems that the pas de deux by the Chinese choreographer Fei Bo was called "Lianyi" instead of "Ripples" (but since the program was only in Danish I'm not sure-
the sentence reads "Fei Bo's bye vaerk har skiftet navn fra Ripples til Lianyi", if someone can help with the translation...) and the order was a bit different from the previous list.

On the whole, it was a bit hard to understand exactly why many of the works of that program were chosen (not being able to read the program notes didn't help): it included two world premieres by Pär Isberg and Renato Zanella, a recent work by Fei Bo, two pas de deux after Petipa, and all the rest were various pas de deux from the 1970s whose link with Bournonville I failed to understand...

The exercises from Bournonville school looked too familiar to the Danish audience, but for
a foreigner like me it was quite instructive, and actually I wished it would have lasted more.

The new pas de trois by Pär Isberg from the called "Sondag den 3. september 1843" (I don't know how to type the o with a / in its middle...) Thanks Mary for providing an explanation for the plot of this ballet, as I had no idea what it was supposed to deal with.
The dancers were good looking with nice white costumes but I'm afraid I don't remember much of it (being quite sleepy didn't help- a delayed flight is partly to blame) and I didn't find the score (by Edvard Grieg) very interesting... And actually I had the same problem with the new pas de deux by Renato Zanella called "From Vienna with love" on some music by Carl Nielsen which was performed later in the evening (starting with a bizarre short comical part with strange exaggerated old-fashioned costumes, and then continuing with leotards).

It was only the second time I saw "Duo concertant" (the previous one was in Edinburgh five years ago, with Nilas Martins and Yvonne Borrée). I have to say I have trouble appreciating Stravinsky's score, I do like some of his other scores like "Agon" or "Apollo" (and of course earlier works like "The Firebird", "Petrouchka", etc.) but this one really isn't easy for the ears. However I enjoyed the choreography more than the first time, and I wish I wish I could see it a few more times again (unlikely to happen, alas :( ) I did enjoy very much Silja Schandorff's and Nikolaj Hübbe's very musical dancing.

Fei Bo's new work, whatever its title was, was a strange mixture of traditional Chinese music, Chinese-inspired costumes and crossover choreography; I was not crazy about the choreography itself by the lightings (unfortunately the lighting designer was unnamed) and costumes were extremely good looking and, as Mary wrote, poetic and so was the music, so it was an enjoyable moment.

(More later...)

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Posted 26 August 2005 - 09:37 AM

That does sound like a long gala! Not much about Bournonville, but perhaps intended as having dancers from around the world pay tribute to him? I'm sorry you had so much trouble getting tickets, Estelle -- it sounds like a hassle. But it is a beautiful little theater.

Estelle wrote:

Also it seems that the pas de deux by the Chinese choreographer Fei Bo was called "Lianyi" instead of "Ripples" (but since the program was only in Danish I'm not sure- the sentence reads "Fei Bo's bye vaerk har skiftet navn fra Ripples til Lianyi", if someone can help with the translation...)


Could it be "nye vaerk"? If so, I think the sentence would read, "Fei Bo's new work has changed names from "Ripples" to "Lianyi." ("bye" means "towns," I think). My Danish is rather primitive, so please, if anyone really knows, don't hesitate to correct me :(

I look forward to reading the rest of your review!

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Posted 26 August 2005 - 10:25 AM

Oh yes, it was "nye" not "bye", sorry for the typo ! Your translation makes sense.

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Posted 27 August 2005 - 08:37 AM

My attention was drawn to the phrase written by Mary:

“Nadeja Gracheva and Andrei Ouvarov danced black swan pdd. The only comment i have is: was i dreaming or were we back in the 40ies. I had no clue people stil dances like that. They were both really good and strong, but on the whole it was sooo outdated.”

SO, WAS IT GOOD OR BAD? Considering that Mary wrote the word “but” it was not good.

I have not attended that gala but I have seen this Bolshoi’s couple dancing many times: Gracheva has beautifully fluid, swan-like movements and Uvarov has very impressive jumps and partnering skills. So, if “they were both really good and strong”, what, in your opinion, Mary, was outdated in their rendition of the Black Swan pas de deux?

Some dancers, as we know, ‘embroider’ the classics now with 6 o’clock extensions, or triple fuettes (regardless of the fluency of their execution), or some tricks which force conductors to ‘rape’ the score, and so on. Is THIS an up-to-date presentation of the classics? Or you mean something else?

Another ballet forum has an interesting ongoing debate at the moment on this issue triggered by the ‘novelty’ seen at the Mariinsky’s “La Bayadere’ in Covent Garden a month ago: the entrance of the Shades saw them raising their leg in penche significantly higher than they were ever doing it before. In my opinion, it distorts the line, leads to more wobbles and ruins the serenity of the scene. Therefore, I am certainly, in favour of the Shades to be danced in the same manner as it was done in 1940-1990s.

Probably, it might become a good topic for an important debate: dancing the classics. Should the presentation of the classics change? every 20 years? or every decade? Should it be modernized? If so, then HOW?

What about repainting Rembrandt and Raphael? Did anyone think of this?

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Posted 27 August 2005 - 09:22 AM

My attention was drawn to the phrase written by Mary:

“Nadeja Gracheva and Andrei Ouvarov danced black swan pdd. The only comment i have is: was i dreaming or were we back in the 40ies. I had no clue people stil dances like that. They were both really good and strong, but on the whole it was sooo outdated.”

SO, WAS IT GOOD OR BAD? Considering that Mary wrote the word “but” it was not good.

...So, if “they were both really good and strong”, what, in your opinion, Mary, was outdated in their rendition of the Black Swan pas de deux?

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Did the ways in which they were "good and strong" seem to conflict with the style? There are several dancers I've seen over the years who seem to be "beyond" a role in technique and almost bridle at the technical limitations of the part or seem bored with it, and they end up looking out of place in the ballet. Other times, it's as if they are dancing outside a style with a more direct, athletic approach, and then "remember" the stylistic context and switch. (The happens all of the time in film.)


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