Posted 09 December 2007 - 09:05 PM
Posted 09 December 2007 - 10:04 PM
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Posted 09 December 2007 - 10:06 PM
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Has anyone on Ballet Talk seen this production this year? If so, we'd love to hear about it.
Edited to Add -- Carbro found it, and it's now posted to Links for today.
Posted 10 December 2007 - 06:56 AM
Posted 10 December 2007 - 08:25 AM
Here's the relevant quote containing the ambiguous "museum piece" reference:
The review itself explains (indirectly) the real power of Balanchine's version for adult: the amazing, inventive, complex dancing. I'm not refering only to the variations and the big ensembles, or to the central pas de deux. The party scene -- with parents and children -- is full of character dance and intricately choreographed moves. It's almost TOO packed with detail and incident. The variations are wonderful (though I agree with the reviewer that there's something odd about Coffee's Turkish harem look).
One could argue that Balanchine's version is a museum piece, fascinating for its history and trotted out year after year for its formidable ability to raise company revenue. But that would ignore the very real pull this ballet exerts on children. As the young balletomane seated next to me at Saturday's matinee breathlessly asked, "Is that real snow, Mommy?" The adult eye sees creaky sets, hopelessly dated costumes and intricate choreography. The child sees magic.
Most of the review focuses on OBT's dancers. That's the part that contradicts the negative implications "museum piece." Great choreography challenges dancers. (It helps when they are Balanchine trained, but I don't imagine it's necessary in this ballet.) Clearly the reviewer found that the OBT dancers met the challenge.
Nutcrackers can be danced in several ways. I've seen Balanchine's version performed without conviction, without the sense of newness and wonder that it requires. I've also seen it performed with electricity and excitement that seem to energize everyone on stage. It sounds from this review as though OBT's performances this year are in the second category.
Posted 10 December 2007 - 08:53 AM
Posted 10 December 2007 - 09:41 AM
As the grandmotherly woman seated near me yesterday was overheard saying during the Waltz of the Snowflakes at NYCB's Nutcracker "The snow is so beautiful. It looks real."
Adults are not immune to Balanchine's magic.
Posted 13 December 2009 - 06:53 PM
There were some high points today. It was Brian Simcoe's first performance of Cavalier and he was wonderful! What a great jumper! CAn't wait to see more of his performances this year. Leta Biasucci was a standout in both Snow and as HOt Chocolate. Love her smile and lines. Also outstanding was Alison Roper as Dewdrop.
I have never seen the OBT performances of Nutcracker before. The sets in the party scene set the tree back away from the action making it seem to be of little importance. Not usually how the tree is seen in the other Balanchine performances that I have seen. Also, having the stage totally cleared except for the tree and the soldiers at the beginning of the battle scene was unusual. The stark set made the tree seem smaller than it should have. The children were all well rehearsed. Sarah Stone was wonderful as Marie. She was very animated and lovely. As were Wyatt McCoy as Fritz and Lucas Pitts as the Little Prince. The SNow corps and Flower corps obviously contained dancers not part of OBT. Snow seemed a bit rough, some of the dancers seemed confused about where to go and how to use the snow pom poms. Even though I do not know the company very well, having only seen a few peformances, it seemed pretty easy to pick out the OBT dancers from the students in the production. I was very surprised to see teenagers as pollichinelles. Usually that is a part for younger children. They were taller than the Flowers.
I have season tickets to OBT so am anxious to see the company in other performances this season
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