National Ballet School of CanadaShowcase 2006
Posted 26 May 2006 - 05:30 PM
Posted 27 May 2006 - 07:40 PM
NBS opened with the second act, La Sylphide. The lead couple was just wonderful.
The couple from the Royal Ballet School was, in a word, amazing. Watching the duet it was hard to keep in mind that these two are students!
I also enjoyed the "doll" dance presented by the John Cranko School. The dancers were incredibly strong, and made what I imagine must be a very difficult piece look like a piece of cake. They truly seemed to enjoy the performance.
Other pieces were good too, and I have to say that the NBS men really shone in Ephebos.
I'll let other posters add to this, I could go on but in short: good show!!!!
Posted 28 May 2006 - 05:25 PM
Posted 29 May 2006 - 11:37 AM
I wasn't crazy about the choreography for Ephebos, although I thought the 5 young men did an excellent job. It's a very athletic piece and their energy level remained constant throughout (I was getting tired just watching all those jumps!).
Just to second mom2's comment, Adeline Kaiser and Pietro Zambello from the Royal Ballet School were stunning in the Concerto pdd (MacMillan/Shoshtakovich). They danced with the poise and confidence of professionals. Zambello was a sensitive partner and Kaiser's adagio technique is near flawless. Definitely a highlight of the evening.
The dolls piece from Stuttgart ("Munecos") was danced by Anais Bueno Garces and Mariusz Czochrowski. Both have the strong technical foundation that allows them overlay it with stylized movements and comedic touches. The audience was laughing from start to finish! At some student performances, the dancers are (understandably) so nervous and tentative. It's a pleasure to see young dancer's just having a good time on stage!
The Hamburg dancers, Anna-Lena Wieg and Mattias Iaconianni, performed a pdd from Neumeier's "Daphnis and Chloe". Together they evoked the calm, pastoral feeling of the ballet. It was a beautifully understated performance.
The NBS students performed a Kudelka pdd, "Four Proverbs". I don't have much to say about this one. All I can remember, unfortunately, is being distracted by Michael Torke's repetitive music with the proverbs from the Bible being sung in a rather banal way. I found it quite distracting.
The last piece, Rudi van Dantzig's "Four Last Songs" provided a fitting closure for the evening. It was so special to see the dancers from 4 different schools all working together. Once again, I was most impressed by the Royal Ballet School dancers, Moe Nieda and Leigh Alderson, who danced with maturity beyond their years. I also enjoyed the choreography.
Next year, I believe the new theatre will be finished. I'm sure it will be wonderful for all the students to have such great facilities!
Posted 07 June 2006 - 10:36 PM
Posted 07 June 2006 - 10:40 PM
Meanwhile, maybe you can tell us, What did Antonella dance, and what were the qualities that specially appealed to you? Did you see the same program as Paquita? How would you assess the students as a group?
Posted 07 June 2006 - 10:53 PM
I'm confused. Deborah Hess has been teaching at NBS for 25 years and danced professionally before that. How old should one be to bring the right drama to the role of Madge?
Deborah Hess was a very dramatic madge! It's incredible to see that kind of acting from someone so young!
Posted 08 June 2006 - 06:47 PM
Posted 15 June 2006 - 12:29 PM
Antonella Martinelli is a student in the post graduate program.
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