Bolshoi in Orange County
Posted 15 August 2005 - 08:38 AM
Posted 15 August 2005 - 09:33 AM
No, the men were not of the level that I remember from years ago. But the big dancing style and dramatics was all in place. I am hoping that they survive this century with all the changes in their economy and politics. With good direction, they still could hold on to their heretage and lead their dancers into the 21st century.
But I felt watching them that they are in transition and many of the dancers seemed very young,especially the men.
Posted 15 August 2005 - 09:45 AM
I've read so many negative criticisms in the press about the Bolshoi nowadays -- inadequate technique, insufficient casting, overextensive touring, you name it. It's quite extraordinary -- much more than for other companies which are continually called "great."
What's really going on? Do these negative reviews reflect a company-wide failing? If so -- who or what is to blame?
Posted 15 August 2005 - 06:28 PM
We saw Yuri Klevtsov as Spartacus, Alexander Volchkov as Crassus, Alexandra Antonicheva as Frigia and Maria Allash as Aegina.
I think our disappointment was mainly due to high expectations, the technique in particular. The men, in general, were the larger disappointment as we've seen much stronger dancing in corps members from other companies than we saw in lead dancers - a principal dancer who appears barely able to execute a double pirouette? The acting of the female leads was very weak. I never felt drawn in to the love connection between Frigia and Spartacus. Maria Allash as Aegina was better cast IMO but still didn't fully deliver as the scheming courtesan. Don't really mean to bash the Bolshoi, but we just expected so much more.
Bright spots - the crucifixion and the requiem - not the dancing but the theatrical aspects of the scenes.
Posted 16 August 2005 - 11:31 AM
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