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#1 ajg

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 12:47 PM

As noted on another thread the Royal Ballet will be performing at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, July 10 - 13. Here are the performances and casting:

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 8:00 PM The Royal Ballet - Romeo & Juliet
Featuring Principals: Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 8:00 PM The Royal Ballet - Romeo & Juliet
Featuring Principals: Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson

Thursday, July 12, 2007 8:00 PM The Royal Ballet - Swan Lake
Featuring Principals: Tamara Rojo and Federico Bonelli

Friday, July 13, 2007 8:00 PM The Royal Ballet - Swan Lake
Featuring Principals: Marianela Nuņez and Thiago Soares

Any suggestions on which one to see? I am slightly more inclined to see Romeo & Juliet but could be convinced to see Swan Lake. As we are traveling from the other side of the state I think we will only go to one performance although it is tempting to consider going to both Wednesday and Thursday evenings....

#2 Helene

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 12:52 PM

If there was any chance for me to travel to Philadelphia this summer, from everything I've read about this wonderful dancer, I would see the Swan Lake with Rojo. As much as I'd like to see Cojocaru and Kobborg, it wouldn't be for MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet.

#3 canbelto

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 12:55 PM

As has been noted on Johan's message board, I believe Alina Cojocaru is out for the rest of the season with a neck injury.

#4 Ray

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 12:56 PM

As noted on another thread the Royal Ballet will be performing at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, July 10 - 13.
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Any suggestions on which one to see? I am slightly more inclined to see Romeo & Juliet but could be convinced to see Swan Lake. As we are traveling from the other side of the state I think we will only go to one performance although it is tempting to consider going to both Wednesday and Thursday evenings....


I couldn't tell you which to pick; if you have the means to do both, you by all means should. Also, I hope you've gotten your tickets already. When we got ours, they had a huge block of tickets set aside for VIPs. Its a gargantuan venue, so you'll want to get the closest seats you can afford. And give yourself time to get up to "the hill"--last time I was there it was pretty poorly organized. It's no Ravinia or Tanglewood. As a transplanted Philadelphian, it's another one of those Philly things that I just shake my head at--a wonderful resource that's very poorly managed, and strangely out of touch with what's going on in nearby New York and DC--and with the city in which it resides!

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 01:58 PM

If there was any chance for me to travel to Philadelphia this summer, from everything I've read about this wonderful dancer, I would see the Swan Lake with Rojo. As much as I'd like to see Cojocaru and Kobborg, it wouldn't be for MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet.


From everything I've read about Rojo I would also choose to see her Swan Lake if I could, unfortunately this is a Tuesday - Friday engagement which really discourages anyone thinking about traveling in from out of town...

I'm thinking about trying to catch the Friday night performance with Nunez and Soares but I'm not sure. From what I hear the Mann is in a bad neighborhood and not easily accessible by public transportation. That makes things a little dicey since I don't drive. They supposedly have a shuttle bus that runs from downtown Philly to the Mann and then back after the performance but I don't know how reliable that is and I'm not sure I'm ready to count on it as my only option to get back to my hotel after the show...

#6 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 02:58 PM

Ray - you'd know more about transit options to the Mann Center - can you address them?

It's a question of taste, but between Rojo and Nunez I'm only marginally more inclined to Nunez. I've liked her so far in everything I've seen her do. Between Bonelli and Soares though - Bonelli.

I'd also opt for Swan Lake over R&J. It's the MacMillan R&J, which can be seen here frequently. Now, most Londoners consider this production of Swan Lake to be far less than ideal, but when you compare it to NYCB's or ABT's version it's so much better it's disheartening. If you're yearning for a Swan Lake that actually quacks like a Swan (tragic ending, no jester, no dancing von Rothbart, not cut to ribbons or sped up) then it's worth your time.

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 03:59 PM

If you're yearning for a Swan Lake that actually quacks like a Swan (tragic ending, no jester, no dancing von Rothbart, not cut to ribbons or sped up . . .

What? :clapping: No jester? :( Rothbart isn't sexy? :speechless-smiley-003: And they have the sheer temerity to call it "Swan Lake"??? :smilie_mondieu:

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 04:36 PM

I'm thinking about trying to catch the Friday night performance with Nunez and Soares but I'm not sure.


Nunez and Soares are wonderful together in Swan Lake, and I particularly love Nunez' Odette/Odile. She's a marvelous stage presence and a wonderful actress. In addition to a very solid technique, there's so much emotion in her body and her facial expressions - she's a very human and touching Odette, and her Odile is a force to be reckoned with. So you can't go wrong with Nunez/Soares, IMO (though Rojo/Acosta would be out of this world as well).

#9 Helene

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 04:49 PM

So it sounds like, the two Swan Lakes :clapping:

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 05:56 PM

:clapping: The Royal Ballet in Philadelphia...!!! So close to home! And I'll be away all summer. :(

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 06:27 PM

Ray - you'd know more about transit options to the Mann Center - can you address them?


I've only ever been driven there (no, not in a pumpkin coach), but I did see a shuttle bus. So I did a little research and found this link: http://www.septa.org...manncenter.html

Unfortunately, as with all things SEPTA, it's not a very tourist-friendly map! You'd need to get into Center City from 30th St. station if you're taking Amtrak; or, if you're taking the SEPTA train from Trenton, go to Suburban Station (one after 30th St.), and get this bus at 15th and JFK. If you take the bus (Chinatown or Greyhound--they both come to approx the same area), you'd have to walk down to the Academy of Music. It's shocking that there is no "culture bus" from 30th St. station! (The entire transit system is run by suburbanites who think of the city as only a 9-5 workplace--very Man in the Grey Flannel Suit--they would NEVER be caught dead on public transit themselves.) Shocking also that the Mann doesn't think about hiring its own bus. And while the Mann is kind of in a "bad neighborhood" it's also far from any neighborhood--and high above them! (Quite spectacular views, actually).

All that said, best bet would be to try to get a group and share cabs from 30th St. station.

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 05:12 AM

I don't go to every performance of Swan Lake here (transport issues, especially with long ballets like Swan Lake or Beauty), but if you get Rojo/Acosta, go. Bonnelli is currently out with injury, so Acosta might fill in, as he is doing this Friday in London. Technically, Acosts obviously gets a big 'yo' factor... he's not the best of actors in my opinion, but it's okay for this, especially as he seems so besotted by Rojo's swan (or at least that's how it was last time I saw them do this together).... and I really do like Rojo in this.... And I mean like as in triple chocolate brownie with all the trimmings! :dunno:

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 10:00 AM

Well, I don't think I can pass up the chance to see anything resembling an actual traditional Swan Lake - so I'm going on Friday. I will plan to take the SEPTA shuttle but if anyone else is making the trip and wants to pool resources or even just meet at the shuttle - let me know!

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Posted 25 May 2007 - 07:12 AM

The Mann really is in the middle of Fairmount Park, so it's not part of any neighborhood, good or bad.
The roof is a heat trap IMO and Philly is very humid in the summer so dress accordingly. If it's really warm, bring a fan.

This is insane! I've lived in Philadelphia for 3.5 years. I constantly bemoan the fact that I am 'so near and yet so far' from NY and DC - and I'm moving two weeks before the Royal Ballet comes to town...

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 07:22 AM

Anyone who is interested in the Kirov reconstructions of Petipa-Era ballets via the Stepanov-notation books should see this amazing production. True, the decorations are cheap-looking filigree and most costumes are tacky BUT the staging of the two lakeside acts, in particular, is exquisite. It's the closest thing to the 1895 version of SL as can be seen on the planet. I just saw the two most recent performances at the ROH of the weekend (tentative Lamb/Putrov and spot-on Marquez/Kobborg pairings) and I'm thinking about going to Philly just to see the unparalleled Act IV staging once more. It is that wonderful, especially from the historical point of view.


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