Christopher Wheeldon's EstanciaHas anyone seen Saturday night's premiere?
Posted 30 May 2010 - 11:10 AM
I don't think I'd want to see this dance again though. It's rather dark, and it lacks transcendency, which is what I go to the ballet to experience. Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, which followed, to me represents the total Balanchine experience of transcendence through dance magic. The literalness of Estancia's plot, in which a girl rejects a boy because he can't tame a wild horse, is to me foreign in flavor. I prefer something more universal, more - well, plotless in which the story is inferred by dance values, like Brahms-Schoenberg!
I'd be interested to hear other points of view.
Posted 30 May 2010 - 11:56 AM
Posted 01 June 2010 - 06:15 PM
Wheeldon doesn't yet have one of Balanchine's special talents, which is to highlight the main couple through the flow of the movements of the entire group, so his leads (to me) were not always easy to find. That said, I was under the double handicap of no opera glasses and a bad seat (yes, there are some in the house).
Some people said that it was derivative of "Rodeo," and I can see that in some of it, but he made the decision to follow the plot as laid out by Ginastera. What I didn't like were the costumes (which reminded me of "Oltremare"). I think it's worth additional viewings, to watch both the whole and the parts more closely. Tyler Angle is just a lovely, lovely dancer and it would take a lot for me to tire of his work. I can't say the same for Tiler Peck, as good and crisp and clean as her movements are.
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