Peter PanApril 1 - 5, 2009, KennCen
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Posted 05 April 2009 - 08:06 AM
In the short public talk afterwards, Norton spoke about the challenges of flying by wire. He said that it felt very uncomfortable, like "wearing five dance belts at once!"
The whole thing was a lot of fun, and personally, I enjoyed it.
Posted 05 April 2009 - 10:09 AM
The choreography was fine enough; it told the story clearly.
Best of All: The production values -- the scenic and costume designs -- were superb and appropriate for a fairy tale. Realistic and with a feeling of 'luxe'...which is a lot more that I can say about the Kirov-Mariinsky's own "fairy tale of the month,' Little Humpbacked Horse with its too-spartan designs that would delight no child.
In the 'iffy' department: that odd-but-serviceable canned music, which is a pastiche of many old tunes cobbled together by Carmon DeLeone. I could swear that I've heard every tune before, including several borrowings from the 19th-C Romantic repertoire, e.g., Sylphide....which reminds me: We will ever get tired of the Man in the Tutu joke?
Posted 06 April 2009 - 09:02 AM
We might, but the motley crew who attend Washington Ballet performances probably won't :0) It was pretty funny though. Jonathan Jordan and John Goding have good chemistry!
The music was really atrocious. I remember seeing this the last time it was performed (2001?) when it was at Warner Theatre, and the music wasn't quite so obviously canned, which helped a little bit.
Maki Onuki really shines -- even in choreography that seems to consist almost entirely of arabesques.
Did anyone else think that Peter Pan's costume made him look more like George of the Jungle than Peter Pan?
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