Swan Lake by NYCB vs. ABTWhat is the difference? Should I see NYC
Posted 29 November 2005 - 04:16 AM
Swan Lake? Is the NYCB version worth seeing in January, 2006, which they are doing at State Theatre in NY?
Posted 29 November 2005 - 07:17 AM
Posted 29 November 2005 - 07:47 AM
If I were you I would choose based on the dancers. I would like to see Wendy Whelan in the role—a casting that feels odd but right to me in light of her increasing depth and mystery. Gillian Murphy and Veronika Part are definitely worth seeing in the part—the former for her absolutely startling technical brilliance, which makes for a fabulous Odile, and the later for her beautiful arms and intense acting. You'd also have the chance to see the two Cornejos in the pas de trois, Marcelo Gomes as a deliciously evil Von Rothbart, David Hallberg as a sublime Siegfried, the venerable Freddie Franklin as the tutor...
Well, you can see where my heart is.
Posted 29 November 2005 - 08:07 AM
beck_hen, on Nov 29 2005, 08:47 AM, said:
I would love to see Whelan's Odette/Odile.
Posted 29 November 2005 - 08:53 AM
Posted 29 November 2005 - 12:28 PM
As for ABT's version, for me the greatest problem is Act 4. However, Veronika Part even brings that act to life, and is definitely a must see. I also have enjoyed Dvorovenko, Murphy (don't be fooled by the dvd, she's usually way better than that) and Vishneva.
Posted 29 November 2005 - 03:31 PM
Helene, on Nov 29 2005, 12:07 PM, said:
A few years ago I had a 'Swan Lake' day at Lincoln Center... in the afternoon Ananiashvilli in the full version and Whelan in the evening in Act 2. Given my high regard of Ananiashvilli in this role, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Whelan's performance--it was something I would never have expected from her, and she stood up quite well to Ananiashvilli. Whelan was particularly brilliant in the Act 2 coda, which I would expect from her, but I was completely unprepared for her deep portrayal and lyricism.
Posted 29 November 2005 - 04:20 PM
Posted 29 November 2005 - 04:31 PM
atm711, on Nov 29 2005, 07:31 PM, said:
Posted 29 November 2005 - 11:36 PM
Posted 30 November 2005 - 06:44 AM
If you are only going to see one Swan Lake this season go to ABT & try to see Part or Vishneva. Their Swan Lake is not 100% traditional either, as everyone here has pointed out, but it is MUCH better than NYCB's.
Depending on where you live, you might skip both NYCB & ABT's Swan Lake and go see the Perm Ballet's Swan Lake. It's a new production, staged by Makarova and billed as "a spectacular,traditional production". It will be at the NJPAC on March 17th, and somewhere in Princeton around the same time. Unfortunately I will be traveling on business that week, but if I was home in NY I would definitely go out of my way to see it - we're really starved for a good Swan Lake here!
Posted 30 November 2005 - 08:16 AM
nysusan, on Nov 30 2005, 09:44 AM, said:
I think NYsusan's recommendation of the Perm production is probably a good one.
If you tend to like NYCB better, you may prefer NYCB. If you prefer ABT, you'll probably prefer ABT's version. It depends on what you loathe most, but it's like discussing whether you like drowning or burning more. One version is sterile, the other version is distorted. ABT has dancers better trained to get through the ballet. NYCB has no business doing a full-length Swan Lake, but their version pushes fewer of my buttons (I loathe ABT's von Rothbart. Really, deeply loathe.) Choose your poison. Like I said earlier, I'd suggest seeing the dancers you liked best. Of the versions I've seen, the closest to what we think of as "Swan Lake" is the Royal Ballet's.
Posted 30 November 2005 - 10:16 PM
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