Peter Schaufuss's "Satisfaction"
Posted 02 September 2007 - 06:52 AM
Posted 02 September 2007 - 07:30 AM
Posted 02 September 2007 - 09:01 AM
Sarah Fraber, Evening Standard, tried to put her finger on the main problem:
The problem, and it's a problem the size of a planet, is that Satisfaction is the work of Peter Schaufuss, the one-time director of English National Ballet. As a dancer, Schaufuss charmed all. As a choreographer he veers between the loopy and the laughable.
In general, the British papers have been extremely negative. Several adopt the same pun used by the Telegraph review quoted in the first post. "I didn't get no satisfaction," says one of them, Sanjoy roy, The Guardian, who gave it 1 of 5 possible stars.
Maybe the difference between Tharp's good reviews (generally) in this kind of work, and Schaufuss's poor reviews, has to do with choreographic skill and vision.
Posted 02 September 2007 - 11:37 AM
But you'd think the critics would go better than to take the obvious slam-dunk. Did any of them demand satisfaction from Schaufuss (i.e. challenge him to a duel)? That would be at least novel. We haven't had a good one of those since Serge Lifar and the Marquis de Cuevas!
Posted 02 September 2007 - 12:00 PM
Yup. I think the critics aren't quibbling about subject matter or the use of pop music, or anything but the choreography.
Posted 02 September 2007 - 01:12 PM
the 'if you don't know it, then shut up and go home!' riff, as well as the 'cuddle up' reworkings, helped give the musical array a color and thearical sense of its own.
also the fact that the music wasn't all by the beach boys themselves, but as the 'soundtrack' notes, in one case by the rivingtons, etc. added to the special nature of the score.
for the record, here's the NYPL cat.entry on the ballet's credits:
Deuce coupe Chor: Twyla Tharp; mus: The Beach Boys (tape compiled & variations on "Cuddle up" by David Horowitz); scen: Backdrops painted by United Graffiti Artists; cos: Scott Barrie; lighting: Jennifer Tipton. First perf: Chicago, Auditorium Theater, Feb 8, 1973; City Center Joffrey Ballet and Twyla Tharp Dancers.//First New York perf: New York City Center, Mar 1, 1973; City Center Joffrey Ballet and Twyla Tharp Dancers.
Posted 02 September 2007 - 03:35 PM
Posted 02 September 2007 - 10:24 PM
It could be the end of my faith in sanity, bart...OMG, i remember Bjork wearing that...thing...
Posted 04 September 2007 - 03:18 AM
Unfortunately his "Diana the Princess, A celebration" was truly dire and I am afraid my bad memories of that have meant that I'm not making the trek to London for Satisfaction.
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