RDB American Tour 2011
Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:14 PM
Thanks in advance, everybody!
Posted 24 May 2011 - 06:09 AM
Is there any chance Sorella Englund might perform Madge on this tour? She was so good in the role on the RDB La Sylphide DVD, it would be wonderful to see her live. Does she still perform with the company at all?
Just found casting info for the NYC performances of La Sylphide & The Lesson on their U.S. Tour website. We get Bojeson, Cavello AND Grinder as the Sylphide, Ulrik Birkkjær, Marcin Kupinski and Mads Blangstrup as James. No info on Madge or the secondary roles:
Posted 24 May 2011 - 06:36 AM
As for the NY castings, if this was my only chance of seeing them I'd go for the older dancers - Bojesen, or Blangstrup/Cavallo - on the grounds that it may be now or never.
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Posted 26 May 2011 - 10:00 AM
Elo's "Lost on Slow" was a bit insubstantial, and was danced without any sharpness or attack. Maybe that's what he intended, but they looked like ballet dancers doing modern, and not in a good way. The lighting and stage effects were interesting though, but they promised much more than the choreography and dancing delivered.
Johan Kobborg's pair of pieces looked like the bastard child of SYTYCD and Flower Festival of Genzano, except SYTYCD's faux emo-angst was replaced by unicorns and rainbows. It was fluffy and cute, but the dancing was witless and not musically interesting. You'd see similar stuff in a school recital.
Uotinen's Earth should be placed in a time machine, and sent back to the 80s where it would only be slightly less hackneyed. A dance with old-fashioned-looking modern vocab set to Metallica played by a cello trio and drum kit, this thing was an embarrassment. The choreography was hackneyed, repetitive, and simplistic --- how many times can you make the all-male cast dance in unison? Probably as many times as I facepalmed myself and hoped that this time, the curtain would finally come down. The dancers also were not moving with an attack and phrasing that was idiomatic to the choreography. They kept their soft quality that served them well in the Bournonville extracts, but it was dissonant with this piece.
I don't understand the programming decision behind this program: it showed the company in a bad light, and didn't bring us anything particularly unique to the company. I really hope Napoli is a giant step up from this, otherwise this will be one of the biggest disappointments in a long time.
Posted 26 May 2011 - 10:21 AM
Both Teresinas are good, though I prefer Amy Watson, having more temperament than the delicate and refined Susanne Grinder.
I'll be seeing Ms. Grinder as the Sylph. Is her 'delicacy and refinement' perfect for it? I bet it's going to be really exquisite.
Charming photos I just found:
Posted 26 May 2011 - 12:30 PM
Bournonville Variations was nice, but the men seemed tired (understandably, it's a long flight and they just got here) and like they were marking a lot of it, with some exceptions (the first group of men in the leather skirts with the very intense petit allegro were wonderful--no idea who they were though).
Jormo Elo's choreography is so boring and samey to me, I had no enthusiasm for this piece.
Kobborg's ballet was nice in that you could actually SEE the dancers (what terrible dark lighting in the first two!). I would have liked it more if there was some differentiation in the costuming for the women as I couldn't keep track of them in their little interludes (aside from the very short girl). So the effect of all the partner swapping was a bit lost until the end when they were all on stage at once for an extended period. Les Lutins was okay...it seems like it probably worked better as the gala bon mot it was intended to be rather than as a "serious" piece of dancing. I think it probably played on the originator's known personalities-Cojocaru's sweetness, McRae's cockiness, and Polunin as his rival, young, up and comer in the Royal-so again the effect was a little lost on me.
Earth was...uh interesting. One dancer stood out and I believe it was Thomas Lund (unsurprisingly) though he didn't look how I thought he would look onstage so hopefully I am not misidentifying him (the dancer I am thinking of has short cropped dark hair, and has a broad, muscley torso--much more defined than any of the other men and he was the only one with solo moments--perhaps someone more familiar with the piece can confirm). His movement was beautiful, the flexibility, his command of the stage--if you watched him, the piece went by much faster. I would hate to be the stagehands who have to sweep up all that nasty red dirt on the stage afterwards! Poor things. I kept waiting for a chunk to fly in someone's mouth or eye. Yuck!
Overall not the best showcase. I will see Napoli on Sunday and I hope it shows off the company much better!
Posted 26 May 2011 - 02:29 PM
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Posted 26 May 2011 - 11:00 PM
I am certain the jetlag was a large factor in the muted dancing...it's a long trip and the company doesn't do huge trans Atlantic tours like some other companies, where they are used to often being on the long road.
Neumeier appeals to me! As far as other mixed bill non-Balanchine pieces, I would have liked to see Etudes or The Lesson, as I have seen them both by others and would like to see them done by the masters, so to speak. But they probably wanted to present a "new rep" rather than things they assume we have seen. I understand the scheduling headache and fear of playing it too safe, but when a company hasn't been to visit in a very long time it's the bread and butter pieces you want to see and that's not a bad thing!
Posted 27 May 2011 - 04:08 AM
Some interesting appearances in addition to what's already been published: Sorella Englund dances Madge with the Bojesen/Birkkjaer cast of La Sylphide on June 1st, Maria Bernholdt dances the Pianist in both performances of The Lesson, Thomas Lund dances in Bournonville Variations for the first time on June 4th, and also on June 4th there's a new cast of men in Lost on Slow, including Alban Lendorf.
Posted 27 May 2011 - 05:35 AM
Although I'm sorry to miss out on Englund's Madge, it will be interesting to see Lis Jeppesen in the role: she was so lovely as the Sylph on the RDB DVD.
Full casting for the Berkeley dates is now online.
Edited to add: Although originally I had no plans to see the mixed bill (due to cost rather than lack of interest), the discussion here has intrigued me to the point I may just give up lunch for a couple of weeks and see that program anyway.
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