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La Scala's Bayadèrenew DVD of Makarova production

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#31 Dale


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Posted 04 March 2007 - 04:07 PM

No offense taken. It's a tricky thing, I think, when tracking how a ballet is supposed to be cast based on the initial performance, when the person who it was choreographed on didn't perform it. Same could be said of Movements for Piano and Orchestra - made on Adams, premiered by Farrell.

re: Zakharova. There's been cold dancers that I've loved but they were cooler in tone, not uninterested. Zakharova sometimes gives an impression of being unconcerned with interpretation, her partner, the music, the others on stage. I think this DVD captures one of those performances in which a little bit of that was going on. I've seen her do Nikiya live, to better effect.

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 04:59 PM

Didn't Verdy once say in an interview that Tchai Pas was also made on Adams, who was unable to premiere it?

Adams clearly inspired some amazing choreography. How sad and poignant that she was unable to dance their premieres. Also confusing, since the dancers who may have learned the ballets only after they'd been set (e.g., Farrell in Movements) were credited as originators, despite not having provided the inspiration.

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 10:50 AM

I actually bought the dvd a week ago and I'm sorry to say this but I'm dissapointed. I was looking forward to see Svetlana Zakharova and Roberto Bolle in the roles.

I absolutely love Makarova's production of la Bayadère!!! :blushing: :) I also love what Lanchberry did to the music I think it works beautifully (at least the way they played it last year when royal swedish ballet danced it).

The set design looks impressive on the la scala stage. But I think some of the costumes are a bit too much, specially the fakirs in act 1 scene 1. Overall I prefer the costume designs by Theoni V. Aldredge used by the Abt and also Royal Swedish Ballet.

Well on to the dancers:

First of all I think Zakharova would be much more effective if she was an better actress. There's no wrong of portraying Nikiya a bitt colder than usual (everyone's different), but I feel that Zakharova just doesn't live the role, which I think is very important. Also Roberto Bolle as Solor looks almost bored at sometimes. He's a very good dancer but I think it would be nice if he could be a bit more passionate in dancing and acting (it's after all a passionate story)!!!

I didn't like Isabelle Brusson as Gamzatti at all. She has a pretty nice technique but not great enough to pull of this role. She would at the moment look better in the corps I think. It's also not really fear to cast her opposite Zakharova, it exposes her techniqal faults even more. She is beautiful, but not shure enough to play the self assure Gamzatti. Her acting is not very affective at all.

As fore the corps de ballet, I think they did overall a good job. It wasn't maybe sharp enough dancing, specially the shade scene. The three shade soloists had silly smiles on there faces. I find that totally wrong for this act (look Viviana Durante on the Royal Ballet DVD, she's got it right)!!!

The DvD is nicely filmed, put overall it lacks in emotion and exitement. It's though worth having if you want to check out Zakharova's and Bolle's splendid techniques.

Any one else feel the same way?

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 01:48 AM

Didn't La Scala broadcast its Sleeping Beauty with Vishneva and Bolle? Maybe that came before the DVD deal.

I was told this was broadcast on RAI but is not available on DVD. I have seen clips on youtube. How can I see the whole thing?

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